How to Improve Your Smile’s Appearance

If a major event is coming up in your life, be it a graduation, a wedding or a big promotion, you want your smile to look its best. Whatever the occasion, you want to be confident enough to show off your smile. Many cornerstone events are often heavily photographed.  These pictures will last a lifetime, and so will your memories, which is why it’s important to love the way your smile looks! At Southern Cal Smiles, our Woodland Hills dentist Dr. Susan Fredericks offers a variety of ways to enhance your smile’s image.

Consuming teeth-staining foods and beverages like coffee, red wine, and berries can discolor your teeth. Yellow teeth are consistently voted the number one downgrade to having an attractive appearance. This is not how you want to remember  your big day! You should be fresh-faced and beautiful with bright white teeth. Our Woodland Hills cosmetic dentist will do everything possible to give you a beautiful smile. 

One basic way to refresh your smile is  to have your teeth professionally cleaned. Plaque can make your teeth appear yellow and stained, even when they’re not actually dirty. The good news is that a teeth cleaning can usually be completed in under one hour at our Southern California dental office.  This simple treatment can also improve your oral health!

A common cosmetic dental treatment performed at our office is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is accomplished by using peroxide-based compounds to brighten the color of a patient’s teeth. By comparison, the whitening strips you buy in the store can take weeks to produce real results.

When a whitening solution is applied to the teeth, the peroxide inside of the solution penetrates through the enamel. It then starts the oxidation process to remove stains and discoloration. This process is typically extremely effective for eliminating stains and can be repeated frequently.  On occasion, the stains are too strong for a teeth bleaching procedure to work. 

When you visit Dr. Fredericks  teeth whitening, she’ll use a professional-grade whitening solution that works far better than anything you can buy in the store. We’re proud to offer top of the line ZOOM WHITENING. This whitening treatment penetrates your enamel to target the deeper stain inside your teeth. Deep stains cause teeth to reflect less light and appear dark, our ZOOM teeth whitening solution can whiten your teeth by eight shades or more. 

ZOOM whitening can dramatically change the appearance of your smile in just one appointment lasting under two hours.  We can also provide you with custom trays made to use monthly to keep your teeth white on an ongoing basis.

Whitening custom trays put patients in control over how white their teeth become and how often they want them  to whitened. We’ll first take an impression of a patient’s teeth to use in creating their customized whitening trays at our dental office near Hidden Hills. 

These trays will fit securely around your teeth, allowing for an ideal and convenient way for patients to whiten their teeth at home. Patients are provided with a whitening solution and trays that must be worn for a couple of hours every night for a week or more. Once teeth have reached the perfect shade of white, a patient can stop wearing the trays and enjoy the stunning results!

If you’re still not satisfied with your smile, Dr. Fredericks also offers porcelain veneers for a quick cosmetic enhancement.  Of course, this treatment takes more time and planning ahead, which could be a few weeks to a few months. This is often preferable for patients that smoke as dental veneers are stain-resistant and won’t yellow quickly like natural teeth. Still, our dentist near Calabasas encourages patients to try a teeth whitening procedure before starting a cosmetic one.

To explore your teeth enhancement options, call Southern Cal Smiles today at 818-346-3337. Dr. Fredericks has years of education and experience, making her one of the best dentists in Southern California to address your cosmetic dental needs.