FAQs: Do I Need Cosmetic Dentistry?

How do you feel about your smile? Do you look in the mirror and wish you could flash a smile that belongs on the red carpet? Many esthetic issues can plague a person’s smile, including teeth stains, misalignment, and damage from chips or decay. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can make completely transforming the appearance of your smile possible.

Common Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry

Question: What cosmetic procedures does Dr. Hofkes offer?

Answer: At Cerritos Dental Surgery, we offer innovative techniques designed to boost the beauty and function of your smile. Our cosmetic procedures include white fillings, ceramic crowns, and porcelain veneers.

Question: Doesn’t a white filling just address tooth decay?

Answer: Our white fillings are made from a metal-free composite resin. This material can easily be shaded to match the appearance of surrounding teeth. In addition to providing lifelike restoration for cavities, a white filling can be used to repair a chipped tooth, close gaps between teeth, and reshape a malformed tooth. The entire procedure can also be completed in a single visit.

Question: Do ceramic crowns look natural?

Answer: Yes. Ceramic mimics the translucent appearance of natural tooth enamel. Ceramic is also stain-resistant. With a ceramic crown, your restoration with blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth, returning your decayed or damaged tooth to full function and health.

Question: What cosmetic issues will porcelain veneers address?

Answer: Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain placed over the front of a tooth. Veneers mask permanent teeth stains, address gaps, cover the appearance of minor misalignment, and lengthen worn down teeth. Veneers can also be used to reshape malformed teeth and repair chipped or fractured teeth. If you have any questions about veneers or any of our other cosmetic procedures, please contact our office today.

About Your Cerritos Oral Surgeon:

Shawn Hofkes, DDS, is highly qualified to address complex issues, including the diagnosis and treatment of destructive gum disease. He can also help improve the beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry. To schedule your appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.