Amanda Delwiche D.D.S.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cosmetic Dentistry

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We always welcome your questions and concerns about our practice, the services and therapies we offer, and dentistry in general. We believe that education and information are crucial, and we make every effort to help our patients become active participants in their own care.

These questions are ones that we are commonly asked. If your question isn’t answered here or if you would like more information, feel free to call our office or fill out our convenient online form.

Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are interested in improving cosmetic flaws like discolored teeth, widely spaced teeth, short or eroded teeth, chips, and enamel damage, then porcelain veneers may be an excellent choice for you. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are fitted over your natural teeth, restoring their appearance and giving you a healthier, more attractive-looking smile.

Most patients with healthy teeth and gums are a good candidate for veneers. If you have decay, gum disease or other oral health issues, our Santa Rosa, CA dentist Dr. Delwiche may recommend treating these problems before proceeding with veneer placement. A healthy mouth will ensure your veneers stay bright for years to come.

Veneers look and act like natural teeth and require good oral hygiene habits to keep them looking their best. If you have questions about how to care for your veneers, don’t hesitate to ask! We will be happy to demonstrate the best way for you to keep your veneers looking healthy and natural.

The best way to find out if veneers are right for you is to call our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Amanda Delwiche. She'll perform a comprehensive examination to make sure that veneers can help you meet your goals.

While individual plan coverages vary, most cosmetic procedures are not covered by dental insurance. If you are in need of other dental treatments, our office can work with your insurance coverage to determine if cosmetic materials such as tooth-colored composite fillings or porcelain crowns can be used to give you an improved aesthetic with your treatment.

We will be happy to review your cosmetic treatment plan to determine if your insurance plan will cover some or all of the services, as well as reviewing your payment options. In addition, we offer a discount plan through our office, the Quality Dental Plan. Members of our Quality Dental Plan receive a 15% discount on many of our services, including cosmetic services, as well as free preventative care such as exams, cleanings, and x-rays.

The Quality Dental Plan is available to both new and existing patients. If you are interested in more information on the Quality Dental Plan and enrolling yourself and your family, let our office know and we will get you signed up! You can also enroll during your next appointment. Call our office today to schedule a consultation and we will work with you to create a cosmetic treatment plan that fits you and your budget.

With a smile makeover! Your Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Delwiche and her staff are experienced in many cosmetic dental procedures that can take your smile from embarrassing to bright and beautiful. Through a combination of inlays, onlays, veneers, whitening treatments, tooth-colored composite fillings, and other treatments, we can fix cosmetic problems big and small.

With a customized comprehensive treatment plan that’s tailored to your teeth and your needs, we can do just a few simple procedures or a complete overhaul of your mouth, fixing issues such as staining, yellowed teeth, cracks, chips, gaps, misshapen teeth, and more. If you’ve ever wondered if there was a way to improve a less than perfect smile, the answer is yes! We will also treat any other dental issues such as decay and gum disease, giving you a healthier, happier mouth.

Dental technology is always improving, and we can take advantage of these improvements to give you beautiful, long-lasting results that will improve your self esteem and your smile at the same time. If you’re not happy with your smile, call to schedule a consultation and let us show you all the ways we can change your mouth from shameful to shining.

Teeth can become yellowed and stained over time, and many people are concerned about the color of their smile. If you want a brighter smile, teeth whitening may be the answer you’re looking for. Most teeth whitening systems consist of trays that are filled with a specially formulated whitening gel and worn over your teeth for several hours per day, usually while you sleep.

At our office, we offer a professional teeth whitening system that you can use at home using customized whitening trays made to fit your mouth comfortably. We use Opalescence whitening gel, which comes in three different strengths for individualized results. Used properly, our teeth whitening system gives you whiter, brighter teeth in just a few weeks. Dr. Delwiche will work with you to create a whitening plan that suits your needs to get you the best results possible.

While not all stains and discoloring are treatable, most patients are happy with the results gained through teeth whitening. If you have questions or concerns about your specific situation, Dr. Delwiche will be happy to discuss your treatment options with you.

If you are interested in joining our Quality Dental discount plan, our office would love to assist you.

Call today for an appointment and get started on your way to a brighter, healthier looking smile!

The soft tissue laser makes it easy to perform a number of treatments less invasively and more comfortably with greater precision and control than is possible with manual instruments. Patients who have received treatment with the laser experience a shorter healing time with minimal bleeding and discomfort. Infection can be vaporized at the source, and when the laser is used for periodontal treatment, only diseased tissue is removed, leaving healthy tissue intact. 

Dental bonding and veneers can both be used to correct a wide range of cosmetic flaws in your teeth, such as cracks, gaps, shortened teeth, and misshapen teeth. Veneers are porcelain shells that are bonded to your natural teeth while bonding is done with a composite resin that is shaped and then hardened into place with a special UV light.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both procedures. Veneers require some removal of healthy tooth structure to create a properly sculpted site to cement the veneers firmly. Veneers usually require two visits to complete the procedure; the veneers must be custom-created to fit your teeth, and the teeth must be prepped before the veneers can be manufactured. You will need to wear temporary veneers during this process.

Bonding can be done directly onto the tooth with very little prep work and minimal loss of healthy tooth material. The composite is soft and shapeable until it is cured, allowing Dr. Delwiche to craft it into the desired appearance in a single visit. However, bonding is not as strong or durable as porcelain veneers. For this reason, bonding is usually recommended for more minor cosmetic repairs.

Ultimately, the choice between veneers and bonding depends on your individual situation and the desired outcome. Our dental office in Santa Rosa, CA will be happy to schedule you a consultation to determine whether bonding or veneers is the solution you’re looking for!

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