When it comes to visiting your San Francisco dentist, there are the routine reasons, which include things like dental cleanings every six months and perhaps the occasional filling or crown, but there are also cosmetic reasons to visit a dentist like Dr. Robert M. Walley. The first time anyone comes into contact with you, they are almost certain to notice your smile, but if your smile is lacking in any way, cosmetic dentistry exists to help it sparkle like it should.

If you feel like you're in need of a smile makeover, Dr. Walley can provide you with any of the following four options to help correct whatever problems you may feel like you have.

#1 Teeth Whitening

There are a number of reasons that teeth can become stained, ranging from the consumption of stain-causing beverages like coffee and cola, to a lifetime of smoking, to less common things like medication side effects. Whatever the reason, discolored teeth aren’t something you have to live with, as there are safe, painless whitening procedures that can remove staining and make every tooth gleam and glisten exactly like it’s supposed to.

#2 Invisalign

Literally millions of people in the United States have invested in orthodontic care at some point in their lives because they didn’t want to live with teeth that either could not comfortably chew or that looked so crooked as to lose some of their aesthetic appeal. Invisalign is a fast, low-maintenance way to correct some of those issues, and it doesn’t fill your mouth with metal like typical braces do.

#3 Veneers

Built from porcelain or composite resin, dental veneers are basically thin shells bonded to the front of teeth to change their shape, length, size, or color. It is easy to understand why these would be desirable to certain patients with chipped, damaged, discolored, or oddly-sized teeth, and the good news is that they aren’t an invasive procedure. They can be done in just one or two visits and don’t require any special care once they have been put into place.

#4 Dental Implants

In rare cases, patients require complete dental reconstruction. This occurs when patients have seriously damaged teeth or even teeth that have fallen out completely, leaving gaps in their smile. When this happens, it can be easy to feel a lack of self-confidence in the way your smile presents itself, but thanks to dental implants, which look and feel exactly like real teeth, there is no gap or damage that Dr. Walley can’t fix. If you want your smile back to normal, sometimes full smile construction and dental implants are the answer you’ve been looking for.

Your Local San Francisco Cosmetic Dentist

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, never hesitate to reach out to your friendly neighborhood cosmetic dentist so we can start making plans for getting your smile back in order. Teeth can and should be beautiful, so if you’d like to talk about how Dr. Walley can make that happen more easily for you, there’s no time like the present to get that going.


High-quality pediatric dental care can set the patient up for a healthy smile well into adulthood. Today, our San Francisco dentists are sharing information about helping children develop healthy dental habits.

  1. Good habits start early

Research has shown that young patients who have positive, consistent dental experiences are more likely to carry healthy habits into adulthood. Think of it this way: your children can practice proper dental hygiene techniques on primary teeth, before permanent adult teeth even come in. Childhood is the perfect time to get your kids used to brushing twice a day, and flossing every night. Take this opportunity to teach your children about proper brushing technique—using small circular motions to buff plaque from dental enamel, and brushing for at least two minutes every morning and night.

  1. Even damage to primary teeth matters

While it is true that a child’s primary teeth will fall out at some point, it is still very important to keep them as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Remember, primary teeth are necessary in order for children to develop healthy speech patterns, and in order for them to expand their diets. Primary teeth also serve as “placeholders,” so to speak, for adult teeth; they help to ensure that there will be enough room along your gum line for permanent teeth to emerge. Additionally, infections that begin in a child’s teeth can quickly spread to oral tissues and even the jawbone.

  1. There are oral hygiene products that are just right for kids

When helping your child establish an oral hygiene routine, take the time to select the right tools for the job. Keep in mind that young children, those that are prone to swallowing toothpaste, should not use formulations that contain fluoride. There are kid-friendly toothpastes on the market that are fluoride-free. You also want to ensure that the head of the brush is small enough to reach your child’s back molars.

To learn more, or to schedule a consultation with our San Francisco family dentists, please give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page to submit an inquiry. 



People of all ages may decide that their teeth are in serious need of Invisalign, but Dr. Robert M. Walley often works with teenagers because, for many reasons, tackling crooked teeth at a younger age often makes the entire process much easier.


This isn’t to say that adults can’t also get Invisalign if the need for it arises, but for a handful of reasons, knocking out orthodontic care earlier on in a person’s life is the simpler, more convenient option.

Why Orthodontic Care Works Best in Adolescents


Teens can receive all the same benefits of Invisalign as adults, but there are a few extra advantages for adolescents, including:


Teenagers’ Mouths Are More Malleable


The simplest reason to undergo Invisalign (or any orthodontic care) as a teenager is because that is the ideal time to do so from a biological standpoint. By the age of 11-to-13, most people have lost all of their baby teeth and the majority of the permanent teeth have come in. That gives orthodontists a clean slate to work with in terms of correcting bad bites, improper tooth spacing, or poor alignment.


These types of issues will not simply get better on their own as the patient ages, but they will become more difficult to deal with as the teeth grow used to their permanent locations and plant themselves in the gums. Since adolescent bodies are still growing, their mouths are more malleable, which allows Invisalign devices to do their job more easily.


The Process Doesn’t Take as Long


Because the mouth is more malleable at that age, the process of getting Invisalign often does not take as long to complete. Teeth in the mouths of adults—especially older adults—are more stubborn and therefore take longer to move permanently. If worn properly, the process should take about 12 months for teens, but it certainly can take a little longer for adults. As is the case with all orthodontics, no one wants to drag out the process.


There’s Less of a Stigma at a Younger Age


No one thinks twice about a teenager with braces or Invisalign because it’s a perfectly normal thing to see in people that age. In fact, some would argue that going through orthodontic care is a rite of passage, but for adults the same isn’t necessarily true. Some adults that get Invisalign grow insecure about wearing implements most often associated with teenagers, meaning if they could be worn during the teen years, that social stigma would never have to be a consideration. In fact, we’ve even heard stories of adolescents making friends because they were wearing orthodontic implements like Invisalign. It can be a bonding experience at that age where it typically is not for adults.

Schedule an Appointment With an Experienced Orthodontist

None of this is to say that adults should not get Invisalign if they feel they need it. As your San Francisco dentist, Dr. Walley wants to help everybody that feels their bite needs an aesthetic overhaul, no matter their age. Still, much of the process is easier if tackled during the teen years, and in our experience, people want their orthodontic care to come as easy as possible.

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