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Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues.  If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

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Aesthetic dentistry is aimed at restoring the teeth to their original beauty. We can improve your existing teeth to a truly natural and appealing appearance, whether they are in the front or the back of your mouth.

Aesthetic dentistry includes whitening of teeth, veneering of the front teeth to correct misalignment, discoloration, poor contour or shape of teeth, improving or lifting of the gums, white, non-metal fillings and crowns on the front and back teeth, instant orthodontics or straightening of the teeth, and implants to replace missing teeth.

Aesthetics and adhesion have changed dentistry forever, and we are proud to offer you these most exciting and advanced techniques. Our role as aesthetic dentists is to provide the most pleasing and functional smile possible for our patients.

An attractive smile improves how you feel about yourself and can increase your self-esteem.

Adhesive dentistry allows us to bond restorations directly to your teeth. This allows these types of restorations to be beautiful and helpful in restoring strength to your teeth. Adhesive dentistry allows us to be much more conservative while providing your dental care. In the old days, we had to eliminate good tooth structure to provide retention for fillings that were only pressed into a cavity preparation without any seal or adhesion. These old black fillings are very prone to breakdown and leakage allowing decay up and around them. They also expand causing unnecessary stress on the teeth often times causing fractures and breakage.

The whitening process (sometimes called bleaching) of your teeth is very easy. Many of us are dissatisfied with the color of our teeth. Some people are born with naturally dark or yellow teeth, while others notice their teeth become dull with age. There are many over-the-counter products on the market, however most are not tested and generally do not work. They can even damage the teeth because of the harsh, abrasive chemicals they use. Professional whitening services offered through our office are nonabrasive, safe and approved by the American Dental Association. They also whiten your teeth internally. We make custom trays specifically fit to your teeth to carry the whitening gel. These very thin trays are worn while you sleep for only a 1 to 2 week period. The dramatic, successful results last for several years. Saving your whitening trays allows you the ability to touch up your smile as you wish. Your own natural teeth are an important asset to both your physical health and your self-image.

A healthy, sparkling smile is important at any age; its never to late to renew your smile.

1. What are porcelain laminate veneers?
Veneers are thin custom made shells, made of strong, tooth colored materials that are bonded to cover the front side of the front teeth.

2. Why would you consider veneers?
Porcelain veneers are used to cover gaps in the front teeth, or to cover teeth that are discolored, stained, chipped, poorly shaped, or even crooked. They are conservative restorations that look beautiful and natural, without any dark lines around the gums because they are not made with metal.

3. How long do veneers last?
Veneers can last anywhere from five to twenty years (and sometimes longer). Regular check-ups and great oral hygiene help these restorations stay looking good for a much longer time.

4. How are veneers done?

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Piedmont Dentists, Dr Jill Martenson is a dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry with services including Dental Exams, Dental Makeovers, Teeth Whitening, Veneers, Crowns, X-rays, Fluoride, Cleanings, & more. Please come and visit Piedmont Dental by Design in Piedmont, CA today.

Jill Martenson, DDS 2024

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