Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

Pragasam Family Dentistry, Inc.

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Redlands, CA

Cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and veneers can greatly improve the appearance of the teeth and of the smile as a whole. Dr. Lloyd Pragasam at Pragasam Family Dentistry in Redlands, California is ready to consult with patients individually to help them determine which cosmetic dentistry treatments and procedures are best for them. Call the office or schedule your appointment online today.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

Pragasam Family Dentistry, Inc.

How does teeth whitening work?

Pragasam Family Dentistry offers a tray teeth whitening system that can whiten your teeth as much as four to eight shades. First, Dr. Pragasam will create a mold of your teeth so that custom whitening trays can be fabricated. You'll take the whitening trays home with you, along with a powerful prescription whitening gel.

Each day, you'll wear the trays for a short period, usually an hour or less at a time. Dr. Pragasam will prescribe a treatment period, which can be just a few days in many cases. For major teeth discoloration, you may need to wear the trays overnight each night. This teeth whitening system is a convenient, easy, and fast way to get the brighter smile you want.

How do veneers work?

Veneers are another popular cosmetic dentistry option. They can improve your smile in many ways and are often used in situations such as:

  • Covering a cracked tooth
  • Covering a chipped tooth
  • Covering a small gap between the teeth
  • Concealing a permanently discolored tooth that can't be whitened with teeth whitening
  • Correcting mild alignment issues, for example slightly askew front teeth

Veneers are made using a mold of your natural teeth. This means that they'll fit perfectly atop your teeth, and that they'll have an extremely natural appearance. Because veneers are bonded into place with a strong dental cement, they're considered long-term cosmetic improvements. Veneers last for years, if you care for them properly.

How do crowns work?

Crowns are similar to veneers in terms of materials and purpose. They're made from porcelain or ceramic and are used to conceal and protect teeth. However, crowns are used primarily in the back teeth. Crowns cover the entire tooth, so they're a more extensive and costly type of restoration than veneers.

How does a smile makeover work?

A smile makeover combines cosmetic dentistry procedures to create the smile of your dreams. Many patients have more than one concern about their teeth, and a smile makeover can address all of those concerns at once. For example, you may want to whiten your teeth, correct minor alignment issues, and conceal a damaged tooth. All of these things can be done over the course of several appointments at Pragasam Family Dentistry, leaving you with a beautiful and bright new smile.