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Cosmetic Dentistry for More Confident Smiles in Escondido

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As one of your most prominent and memorable features, its only natural to desire a smile you can be proud of. Most individuals, however, aren’t born with a naturally-perfect smile, and with teeth in such constant use, dental damage, wear, and discoloration are not uncommon. Fortunately, with all the comprehensive and customizable treatments cosmetic dentistry has to offer, you can achieve the dream smile you’ve always wanted, no matter your current dental situation.

Whether you need only a few quick enhancements, or you have multiple smile limitations you’d like addressed, Escondido dentist, Stanley Schaeffer, DDS can provide you with the cosmetic dentistry services needed to exceed your expectations. Contact our office today to schedule your personalized consultation!

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Our Available Cosmetic Dentistry Services

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At the Escondido dental practice of Stanley Schaeffer, DDS, we are proud to offer the following services to enhance, restore, and revive your smile:

Helping Choose the Right Cosmetic Solution for You

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Before our dentist recommends any treatments or procedures to improve your smile, he will first conduct a thorough examination of your current dental and oral health. A strong foundation of healthy teeth and gums is essential for your cosmetic results to remain beautiful and long-lasting. If any concerns such as decay or active gum disease are detected, Dr. Schaeffer and his highly-skilled team will treat these issues beforehand.

Once a proper foundation of oral health is established, Dr. Schaeffer will take the time to discuss your needs, concerns, and goals for treatment. This discussion involves our dentist analyzing everything from your hair and eye color to your skin tone, natural facial features, and the way your lips move when you talk to create a cosmetic dental treatment plan that is truly your own.


Cosmetic Treatments for A Brighter, More Dazzling Smile

Although tooth enamel is strong, it is very porous, absorbing the stain-causing pigments from dark foods and beverages over time, thus creating surface stains on your teeth. In situations of injury, certain medication use, and smoking, teeth can become deeply discolored, beyond the enamel.

Depending on your teeth whitening needs, Dr. Schaeffer can improve the shade of your smile with the following:

Professional Teeth Whitening: You can eliminate years’ worth of discoloration and brighten your smile quickly and safely with custom bleaching methods that produce stunning and even results. Professional teeth whitening treatments use powerful, specialty-grade whitening agents to lift staining molecules from teeth.


Porcelain Veneers: Made from beautiful and durable porcelain materials, veneers are thin ceramic shells that are placed by our dentist with great skill onto the surfaces of your teeth. Veneers can address many smile limitations at once, providing you that symmetrical, dream smile you’ve always wanted.

How Does Professional Teeth Whitening Work?

Professional teeth whitening works using the following methods:

  • In-office whitening can eliminate stains and whiten enamel by up to eight shades, often within a single visit! Once in the dental chair, the whitening gel is applied evenly to your teeth and is monitored by a professional throughout the process to ensure your treatment is safe while producing even results. Whitening in the dental office allows for the use of the highest-strength whitening solutions, offering quick and effective results in as little as an hour.
  • Take-home whitening kits are a great way to whiten your smile professionally on your own time and in the comfort of your own home. Often an ideal choice if you have a schedule with time constraints, take-home teeth whitening offers the convenience of brightening your teeth at your preferred pace. These kits include a custom tray designed to fit your unique smile, resulting in all over, even whitening.

What Issues Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?

Because the porcelain materials used for veneers are widely known for their ability to mimic natural teeth, they transform smiles with numerous limitations to become practically flawless. Once applied to the surfaces of teeth, veneers can be used to address these seven common dental issues:

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  1. Severe Enamel Discoloration
  2. Mild Dental Misalignment
  3. Dental Chips, Cracks, and Fractures
  4. Worn or Misshapen Teeth
  5. Gaps between Teeth
  6. Crooked or Uneven Teeth
  7. Excessive Gum Tissue

Can Anyone Get Veneers?

Most healthy adults make excellent candidates for veneers. As with any cosmetic procedure, Dr. Shaeffer will evaluate your current dental and oral health to make sure your smile is healthy enough for veneer treatment. Next, he’ll discuss with you what you like and dislike about your smile, helping to create a set of veneers that truly align with your desires.


Cosmetic Treatments that Repair Teeth and Rejuvenate Appeal

Yes, teeth are strong, but they can still chip, crack, and suffer other forms of damage and wear. When your teeth are generally healthy but need a little help, we offer the following treatments to help repair enamel and restore your smile’s aesthetics:

White, Composite Fillings: Made from natural-looking and reliable materials, our white composite fillings are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural enamel while being able to withstand the pressures of everyday biting and chewing. Composite fillings provide excellent durability and restoration of enamel with minimal to medium-sized chips, cracks, and fractures. These tooth-colored fillings can be applied to any tooth in the smile.


Porcelain Inlays & Onlays: Inlays and onlays are often an ideal treatment for teeth with considerable damage that need more than a simple filling but not enough to need a crown. Both inlays and onlays are made at a dental lab using a solid piece of durable and lifelike porcelain. These aesthetic restorations are carefully designed to fit in the spaces where moderate damage or decay has left the enamel missing. Although they’re often referred to as “partial crowns,” inlay and onlays are designed only to fit the chewing surfaces of back teeth or molars.

Why Choose Composite Fillings Over Metal, Gold, or Amalgam?

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Gold and amalgam (metal) fillings were once popular choices for repairing worn or damaged enamel in the past. For a variety of reasons, including their traces of mercury, metal fillings are now much less popular. Although the amounts are small, mercury is the main component of metal fillings with traces of toxicity. These materials have been known to expand when exposed to hot and cold food or beverages, releasing mercury gases that can irritate the teeth and gums of patients.

Aesthetic restorations, such as porcelain crowns, inlays, onlays, and composite fillings, do not have any metal or mercury. These metal-free alternatives are made of natural-looking and body-safe materials that offer safe, custom treatment.


Restoring and Replacing Teeth with Dynamic Cosmetic Restorations

Porcelain Crowns: When a tooth suffers extensive damage or wear, but its structure can still be saved, dental crowns work to help preserve the tooth by encompassing it entirely. Made from beautiful, lifelike porcelain, these restorations are designed to feel, function, and look exactly like a healthy, natural tooth. Crowns are also extremely versatile and can be used with multiple services to help you achieve a beautiful, functional, and healthy smile once more.


Porcelain Fixed Bridges: Smiles with one to several missing teeth in a row can be complete once more with fixed bridges. These appliances use the best aspects of aesthetics and restoration treatments to replace teeth. Bridges can either be held in place by two hollow crowns that use natural, neighboring teeth to help bridge the gap, or they can be supported by two dental implants. Bridges are reliable restorations that help restore jawbone function and re-establish a proper bite.

How We Use the Versatility of Crowns to Transform Your Smile

Porcelain crowns allow our Escondido dentist to:

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  • Strengthen a weak tooth
  • Reshape teeth that appear short due to wear
  • Replace the entire structure of a missing tooth with a dental implant
  • Protect a tooth after root canal therapy
  • Repair teeth with significant dental chips, cracks, and fractures
  • Cover teeth with severe enamel discoloration
  • Restore a tooth’s overall appearance and function

Do Porcelain Crowns or Bridges Stain with Time?

Unlike natural tooth enamel, crowns, and fixed bridges are stain-resistant! This means that once your new aesthetic restoration is placed, you’ll never have to worry about dark foods or beverages dulling the sheen of your restored teeth. We do recommend that if you are thinking about having your teeth whitened, to do so before having your crowns, bridges, and veneers placed. Restorations are created to match your existing tooth color and will not change with professional bleaching services.

Will My Porcelain Crown or Bridge Require Any Special Care?

You may be surprised to discover that your new crown or bridge does not require any special care. As long as you remember to brush twice daily, floss at least once a day, rinse your mouth with mouthwash, and keep up with your dental visits every six months. Your restorations should last as long as they were specifically designed to and maybe even longer.


Achieve Your Most Stunning and Functional Smile Yet!

Dr. Stanley Shaeffer loves helping individuals feel confident about their smile through comprehensive and personalized cosmetic dental treatments. Whatever your goals for enhanced smile aesthetics are, our Escondido dentist and his team are committed to helping you achieve a smile you can truly be proud of. Contact us today to schedule your cosmetic consultation!

CALL US: (760) 747-4411 REQUEST APPOINTMENT

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