Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our smiles start to look dark, dull, or yellow. Even with a diligent oral hygiene routine, environmental factors like foods, drinks, and tobacco products can leave color deposits on dental enamel over time. At the same time, structural changes to your teeth can affect the overall appearance of your smile. The good news is that our San Francisco cosmetic dentists offer treatment solutions to help you refresh your smile.

Perhaps the quickest and most affordable option available to you is professional dental whitening. By applying a topical whitening gel to your dental enamel, we are able to lighten discoloration and help to restore your smile to its previous level of whiteness. The entire treatment process is completed in just one appointment, and the process can be repeated over time in order intensify results.

There are also a number of treatments that transform your smile by actually covering your natural dental enamel with other substances. Dental bonding, for example, uses composite resin to achieve results. Because the resin is custom-shaded, it blends in seamlessly with the natural enamel. Dental veneers can likewise resurface natural teeth. Veneers are individually crafted porcelain veneers, which are then permanently attached to the tooth. Every aspect of the porcelain veneer—from the color, to the shape, to the size—is personalized to suit the patient’s needs and appearance.

Orthodontic treatment, specifically Invisalign, is designed to bring your natural teeth into better alignment. With this option, you can close gaps between your teeth, improve bite issues, and widen the overall profile of your smile. The great thing about Invisalign is that it doesn’t use any metal brackets or wires; rather, Invisalign moves teeth with custom-crafted, clear plastic aligners.

It may be that you’re able to achieve all of your dental goals with just one cosmetic option, or you may choose to combine treatments to optimize your results. The best way to get started is to call our San Francisco cosmetic dentists to schedule a consultation!


We know that you’re already working hard to keep your smile clean and healthy day to day. However, even the most diligent dental patients can sometimes use a refresher on proper at-home dental care. Our San Francisco dentists have put together this quick article with some tips on how to keep your smile as clean as possible. We hope that you find this useful in assessing your own oral hygiene routine!

In order to build a strong foundation for your oral hygiene routine you need to be brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing your smile once a day. Your dentist will let you know if you need to beef up this routine at all.

The best times to brush your teeth are in the morning, to clear away plaque that has accumulated in the night, and right before bed, to clean bacteria that built up during the day. Aim to floss your smile at night, right before your brush your teeth.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re brushing your teeth:

  1. You want to clean your smile for two minutes continuously every time you brush
  2. You should apply light pressure as you brush, so as to avoid causing enamel or gum tissue damage
  3. Use small circular motions to buff the plaque off of your enamel surfaces
  4. Make sure that you’re using a type of toothbrush that is healthy for your tooth—for most people, this means using a soft-bristled brush

If you are following this general oral hygiene routine, but you feel like it’s difficult to maintain a fresh smile, talk to your dentist about ways to augment and optimize your routine. Your dental team may recommend that you incorporate a mouth rinse into your oral hygiene plan, or they may suggest certain tools—like Waterpiks—that can help you eliminate more plaque.

Our San Francisco dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need about how to care for your smile at home—give us a call to get started! 

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