Greetings, my name is Dr. Kari Ann Hong, and I have a family dentistry practice here in Thousand Oaks, California. Frequently, my patients will ask me if I do cosmetic dentistry. This is an interesting question, because cosmetic dentistry defines every treatment that I provide. In fact, cosmetics are intrinsic to the very nature of dental procedures. My ultimate goal is to provide you with long term dental solutions that are both functional AND beautiful.
The most common procedure associated with the term “cosmetic dentistry” is teeth veneers. Veneers can be used to change the color, shape, and size of the teeth. They are an excellent solution for teeth that have been chipped in the past or that have had extensive fillings. Also, they can be used to fill in gaps or to correct the alignment of teeth. The process of making a veneer involves lightly removing about 0.3-1.5mm of tooth structure. Then an impression is taken, temporaries are made, and the dental lab takes about two weeks to fabricate the veneer.
Veneers are made out of either feldspathic porcelain or lithium disilicate. Both materials are known for their translucency and life like appearance. Patients are often concerned that their veneers will look fake. I work very closely with my dental lab to ensure that the final result is both natural and esthetically pleasing.
If you are interested in teeth veneers, please fill out the contact us page at the bottom of this page.