Dental Esthetics

Feb 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Cosmetic Dentistry, More dental news

dental estheticsDental esthetics, also known as cosmetic dentistry, is concerned with improving the appearance of your smile. Even traditional dentistry, which focuses on treating oral health problems, can have a cosmetic component in that most modern treatments for tooth decay are barely detectable. Gone are the days when people would flash a mouth full of dark fillings and silver crowns, as current treatments are both effective at treating dental problems and making your teeth look beautiful. From decay to crooked teeth, Dr. Moiceanu offers treatments that are both effective and esthetically pleasing.


An dental esthetic alternative to a silver amalgam filling is a tooth-colored filling made from composite resin. Know as a direct filling, this soft material is placed onto the tooth and then hardened. If the decay is too extensive for a filling, Dr. Moiceanu may use an indirect filling, which is made outside of the mouth from a hard substance such as porcelain and then bonded onto the tooth.

A porcelain inlay is an indirect filling placed in the indented part of the tooth, and an onlay is placed on the top projections of the teeth. For decay covering the majority of a tooth or when a root canal is needed, Dr. Moiceanu can place esthetically-pleasing porcelain crowns that look completely natural.

Dental Esthetics improve Discolored or Misshapen Teeth

If you have surface stains on your teeth, you will benefit from a professional in-office teeth whitening performed by Dr. Moiceanu. If your stains are due to severe acid erosion or tetracycline use, or if your teeth have an irregular shape, porcelain veneers can be placed with an optimal improvement of the dental esthetic smile complex. Veneers are thin shells bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can change the color, shape, and size of your teeth to improve a variety of dental esthetic problems.

Crooked Teeth and Dental esthetics

If you have crooked teeth or a bad bite but wouldn’t be caught dead wearing traditional metal braces, you may be a candidate for Invisalign. Using a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over the teeth, Invisalign is a barely-noticeable method of orthodontic treatment that will improve your smile in the most discreet way possible. In many cases, treatment takes only about a year.

If you’re ready for  to improve the look and feel of your smile, call Dr. Moiceanu today at (510) 758-7222 to schedule a consultation for a dental esthetic evaluation. Hilltop Family Dental happily treats patients in Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa county areas.

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