Cosmetic Dentistry La Jolla
If you’re embarrassed to smile or socialize due to the appearance of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Sabourin may be the ideal solution.
Our highly experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. David Sabourin combines a keen eye for dental perfection with the skilled hands of an artist to deliver state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry procedures at his elegant La Jolla dental practice.
With more than 35 years of cosmetic dentistry experience, Dr. Sabourin has helped countless patients turn back the clock and achieve dream smiles. If you have a misaligned bite, tooth discoloration, failing fillings, missing teeth, or other issues, he looks forward to providing you with the same transformative results.
How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Change Your Life?
Although cosmetic dentistry can correct some functional issues, its primary purpose is to restore smile aesthetics. Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of reshaping, aligning, and brightening teeth to create natural-looking, confident, and beautiful smiles. Whether you have small imperfections or major ones you wish to correct, a smile makeover will restore your smile beauty and self-confidence!
If dental anxiety is preventing you from scheduling cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Sabourin is dedicated to providing gentle, fear-free dentistry at his La Jolla dental practice. He’ll discuss dental anesthesia at your first consultation, then help you determine the best option to meet your needs. Dr. Sabourin works with a board-certified anesthesiologist to deliver safe, soothing sedation that alleviates anxiety and also makes it possible to perform several smile makeover procedures during the same visit.
Our Cosmetic Dentistry Smile Makeover Procedures
1. Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening can brighten teeth multiple shades whiter in just a single session! Dr. Sabourin offers several different professional-grade treatments that penetrate deep into the inner layers of your teeth to remove both surface-level and deep stains. If you prefer the convenience of at-home whitening, he can create custom-made trays that fit perfectly with safe and highly effective whitening gel.
2. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that cover the front surface of teeth in your smile zone. They’re an ideal option for concealing cosmetic tooth flaws including gaps, chips, crookedness, or discoloration. During this procedure, a minimal amount of tooth enamel is removed to ensure your veneers fit perfectly and provide a natural appearance. The porcelain veneers are carefully fabricated by skilled dental lab technicians to seamlessly blend in with your surrounding teeth. Once the veneers are bonded to your teeth, they provide beauty that can endure for 20 years or longer with proper oral care.
Instead of the painful wires and brackets associated with traditional braces, Invisalign relies on customized, discreet clear aligners that gradually and comfortably straighten your teeth. In addition to correcting crooked teeth, Invisalign is an effective orthodontic protocol for treating crowding, gaps, and several different bite issues. Invisalign clear aligners need to be worn 20–22 hours a day, but they can easily be removed for eating, oral hygiene, and sports. While minor alignment issues can be achieved in as little as six months, it typically takes 12–18 months to complete treatment.
4. Dental Implants
Dental implants permanently replace one or more missing teeth to restore normal function and natural aesthetics. Implants are the number one tooth replacement solution due to their superior strength, versatility, longevity, and natural-looking beauty. Dental implants fuse with your jawbone and maintain your bone health, thereby providing the strength and stability to restore complete oral function. They also greatly improve smile beauty and prevent undesirable changes to your facial structure.
5. Dental Bonding
Composite dental bonding is a minimally invasive and affordable method for enhancing the appearance of your teeth. Dr. Sabourin uses composite bonding to conceal chips or cracks in teeth, hide discoloration, close gaps, and change tooth shape to improve overall smile aesthetics. The tooth-colored composite resin is the same material used to fill cavities. The resin is hardened with the help of a blue lamp, then trimmed, shaped, and polished to blend in with the rest of your teeth.
6. Gum Contouring
Also called gingival contouring, gum contouring is primarily done for cosmetic reasons to treat gum recession or teeth that look long in appearance. While this procedure is used to perfect smile aesthetics, it can also reduce the risk of periodontal disease. By using a soft tissue diode laser, Dr. Sabourin can reshape your gums and restore your smile symmetry far more comfortably than with traditional methods.
7. Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are porcelain or zirconia caps that conceal cosmetic and functional tooth damage. Dental bridges require modification of teeth on each side of the empty socket and crowns to support the false tooth in the middle. Bridges effectively restore function and beauty to your smile, while preventing remaining teeth from shifting out of place and altering your bite. Unlike traditional bridges, dental implant supported bridges replace both the tooth roots and crowns, thereby preserving underlying bone and stimulating new growth.
The Smile Makeover Process and Timeline
1. Assessment and Consultation
The smile design process begins with a complimentary cosmetic consultation and thorough dental evaluation, including imaging. During this visit, Dr. Sabourin takes the time to listen to your concerns so he can create the perfect smile makeover customized to your unique needs.
2. Smile Makeover Planning
Dr. Sabourin creates a detailed treatment blueprint based on digital X-rays, digital photos, and models of your teeth and final smile. To ensure correct function of veneers, crowns. or replacement teeth, he studies a model of your teeth in an articulator, a device that simulates jaw movement. Smile simulation technology provides a sneak smile preview of your likely treatment results.
3. Smile Makeover Treatment
Your personalized smile makeover involves a customized selection of procedures designed to correct dental imperfections, with the primary goal of creating a beautiful, healthy smile. Regardless of the specific procedures you need, Dr. Sabourin’s goal is to improve the look of individual teeth and create a beautifully symmetrical smile that complements your facial features, lips, and skin tone.
4. Smile Makeover Timeline
Depending on the type of dental work you need, a smile makeover may only require one visit or several spaced apart. In some cases, your mouth needs time to heal between procedures. In addition, it can take up to a few weeks for the dental lab to fabricate and send back your customized restorations. With that said, unless you’re getting dental implants, a smile makeover can often be completed in as little as two to four weeks.
Why Choose Dr. Sabourin for Cosmetic Dentistry?
For more than 35 years, Dr. Sabourin has provided the best cosmetic dentistry in San Diego tailored to his patients’ unique needs, using the finest materials and latest techniques. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has been voted the best San Diego dentist multiple times.
With extensive training and experience coupled with an eye for smile beauty, Dr. Sabourin’s sophisticated aesthetic dentistry skills enable him to create stunning results. He can improve virtually any tooth problem, including shape, size, color, gaps, chips, worn down enamel, and even missing teeth.
How Do You Know If Cosmetic Dentistry is Right for You?
A recent study indicated more than a quarter of people don’t like smiling because of their teeth. Furthermore, an estimated 42% said their smile was the first thing they would change about themselves and slightly more than one-third were embarrassed by their smile. If you’re among this group and feel like a less than ideal smile is negatively impacting your life, you’ll benefit from exceptional cosmetic dentistry delivered with the highest standards by the best La Jolla cosmetic dentist.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation Today
Your journey to a beautiful new smile starts by scheduling a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sabourin, one of the best cosmetic dentists at his beautiful La Jolla office. You’ll be amazed how cosmetic dentistry can dramatically transform your smile and quality of life!