Our team has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a Cosmetic Dentist.
Dedicated to life-long learning, our team has averaged 70 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout their careers; the minimum requirements for the state of California are 50 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
“Never thought I could say that I had a great time at the dentist. Once again thanks for changing my perspective on dentists. Would recommend this place to anyone.”
Our team, with a high-tech cosmetic dental office located in Montclair, is always educated and informed on the latest and greatest dental technologies and trends.
Bonding & White Filling
Tooth bonding is an economical alternative to porcelain veneers. Tooth bonding is a quick, effective treatment that is typically used to address minor to moderate dental concerns. If you have a more serious dental concern, like extremely worn or weakened teeth, a dental crown or veneer may be a better solution to increase strength and function.
Tooth bonding requires minimal to no tooth preparation. Since the treatment does not involve a dental lab, it can be completed in just one visit to Montclair Dental office. You can expect your results to last from three to ten years, depending on your level of care.
Our cosmetic dentist offers tooth bonding in our Montclair, CA dental office. Our tooth bonding material comes in a variety of tooth shades allowing us to color-match it with your natural teeth. When performed by a talented cosmetic dentist, it will be impossible to distinguish the bonded toot from your other teeth. Tooth bonding can be an effective solution to address your dental concerns.
Tooth bonding can last many years with proper care, so we consider it a desirable and affordable solution to these problems. However, before making a decision, patients need to know that this material is not stain-resistant. So those thinking about enhancing their smile with veneers should also consider the porcelain alternative to get more durable results.
Video 01:00 These days, there’s no reason to settle for a smile that’s less than ideal. Bonding is a dental technique that can improve the appearance of teeth by repairing chips, cracks, stains or gaps.
Tooth bonding can be used to address damaged teeth as well as a wide range of cosmetic dental concerns.
Tooth-colored fillings are often strengthened by the use of laser tools. Our team uses lasers to kill bacteria and to provide a tight seal around the composite filling. This seal avoids a possible marginal leakage in the restoration, which can compromise the future of the filling.
How can composite resin bonding be used in the smile?
Composite resin bonding is an excellent solution for the following dental problems:
What to Expect
Bonded teeth can darken and absorb stain but they cannot be lightened. If you are considering teeth whitening, we recommend you do it before the procedure. This way we can color-match the bonding material with the whitened teeth. It is also a good idea to avoid smoking and dark beverages such as tea, coffee, and red wine to avoid staining your newly bonded teeth.
The tooth bonding procedure only takes about thirty minutes to an hour and can be done right in our Montclair, CA dental office. We will first clean the teeth or tooth that will be bonded. A clean, plaque-free surface is an important step to ensuring successful results. Depending on the condition of the affected teeth, our team may need to remove a small amount of the surface structure. To accomplish this, she will apply a mild solution that will gently etch tiny pores in the tooth. This will create a rough surface that will allow the durable resin to bond sufficiently to your teeth.
Once the teeth are prepared, our team will apply the composite resin material onto the affected surfaces, filling the tiny spores to create a strong bond. She will carefully mold the composite resin into the desired shape to blend with your surrounding teeth. Once the desired aesthetic is reached, the composite resin is cured using a special UV light. Once hardened, our team will polish the teeth for a natural, beautiful luster.
Orthosnap (Premium Clear Aligners)
Straighten crooked teeth with invisible braces!
Invisible braces can be an effective solution to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth. Invisible braces allow patients to discreetly and effectively address a wide range of orthodontic concerns. Unlike traditional metal braces, invisible braces straighten crooked teeth using clear, removable aligners. Custom designed clear aligners are an efficient, comfortable treatment for realigning crooked teeth that will not disrupt your professional or social life like traditional metal braces.
Video 01:20 | Introducing the Orthosnap Clear Aligner System.
As our preferred method of invisible braces, cosmetic dentists Montclair Plaza Dental Group is a Montclair, CA, Orthosnap provider. Orthosnap is a clear, removable aligners system that gradually straightens crooked teeth. The goal of Orthosnap treatment is to gradually and gently realign crooked teeth to create a beautiful, healthier smile.
Benefits of Invisible Braces
Orthosnap aligners are designed with the patients’ aesthetic and comfort in mind. Orthosnap aligners are custom made to fit snugly over the teeth, allowing for a portable, effective solution for a wide range of orthodontic issues. As a Montclair, CA Orthosnap provider, our team works with each patient to create a treatment plan that is right for them. The benefits of invisible braces include:
As the aligners are removable, you can take them out for eating, brushing, and flossing, and even for an important meeting or event. There are no diet restrictions, so you will be able to enjoy your favorite foods throughout the treatment. Say hello again to apples and sticky sweets!
At Montclair Dental Group, treatment planning is a vital part of creating personalized solutions to address a wider range of dental concerns. Dr. Nikki will work with each patient one on one to determine if invisible braces are right for their dental needs.
Your treatment will begin with Dr. Nikki taking impressions of your teeth using 3-D dental imaging technology. The impressions are sent to Orthosnap laboratory for fabrication. These impressions will be used to create custom-made, clear aligners that fit comfortably over the teeth.
Every couple of weeks you will receive a new set of aligners that will gradually move your teeth closer to the final position. For an effective treatment, patients should wear their aligner for at least 22 hours a day. This will leave you with plenty of time remove them so you can enjoy the foods you love and maintain good oral hygiene with thorough brushing and flossing. Cleaning your teeth properly is imperative to avoiding gum disease that may lead to missing teeth or bone loss.
The number of aligners and length of your Orthosnap treatment will depend on the problem(s) being addressed and desired result. For most people, the treatment usually lasts about four phases over about a year’s time.
Clear aligners will take some time to get used to, but should not cause constant pain. You may initially feel a little discomfort while your teeth get used to wearing Orthosnap.
Yes, they are essentially the same tooth straightening system, but that’s where the comparison ends. Invisalign is the original clear aligner system. Orthosnap aligners are thinner than Invisalign, but that can make them more delicate. There are many factors to consider in order to compare the two options.
No. Orthosnap does not contain harmful chemicals that can cause tooth staining. Your clear aligners can not harm your teeth this way. Although, it is possible to stain the clear aligners! Remember to always remove your aligners before eating. Refrain from drinking coffee and wine with your aligners on.
You may have a lisp at first while becoming accustomed to talking with Orthosnap. You will get used to wearing them and the lisp should go away.
Straightening your teeth will support long term dental health in addition to providing the smile you have always wanted. Invisible braces alleviate many of the hassles associated with traditional metal braces. Metal braces are very noticeable and unsightly. Oftentimes, food gets caught in the metal braces causing embarrassing situations especially for adults. You are very limited on your food choices with metal braces. Braces are permanently attached to your teeth where they will remain for 6 months up to 3 years making it difficult to brush your teeth and maintain proper oral hygiene. Metal braces are comprised of brackets that are bonded to your teeth then those brackets are connected with a thin metal wire which can often cause discomfort.
Porcelain veneers can address one or more damaged teeth to create a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Our Montclair, CA dental team offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry solutions, including porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are designed to match seamlessly with your natural smile, creating a long-lasting, durable solution for a variety of cosmetic dental concerns. Porcelain veneers are thin, ceramic shells that are designed to fit comfortably over the existing teeth.
Video 01:00 | If your teeth are chipped, cracked or stained you may want to consider veneers.
What can porcelain veneers correct?
Veneers are versatile and can cover teeth with the following issues:
Why should I choose porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are custom-made to cover natural teeth entirely. They are a fantastic option for those looking for a dramatic smile makeover. The procedure takes fewer visits than most patients might expect. In just two or three visits, they can get the smile of their dreams. Veneers are reliable solutions, and with proper care, you can expect them to last many years. Porcelain veneers are a conservative option, as they require minimum alterations to the teeth. And last but not least, they are also stain-resistant, which makes them a better choice than composite resin bonding.
What to Expect
Porcelain veneers are a highly durable solution for damaged teeth. Porcelain veneers are created using a stain resistant ceramic that blends naturally with the existing smile.
Designing porcelain veneers may require 2-3 visits to our Montclair, CA dental office. Our team will perform a full comprehensive exam to determine the condition of your teeth and address any underlying dental concerns. If porcelain veneers are right for you, we use 3-D imaging to create impressions the teeth.
At the next visit, our team will prepare the teeth to be treated by removing a minimal amount of tooth surface structure (about one half of a millimeter) for optimal, comfortable placement of the veneers. Enamel removal sometimes requires a small amount of local anesthesia, but many patients need no numbing. Dental impressions will then be taken to be used in fabricating your porcelain veneers. The impressions are sent to a trusted lab where a skilled ceramist will make your veneers by hand. Your completed restorations will be ready in approximately two to three weeks.
Once your custom-made and color matched veneers are ready, we will permanently secure them and make any necessary adjustments for fit at our Montclair, CA dentist office. Our team will clean your tooth to ensure a tight bond with the veneer. She’ll use bonding cement and a special light to permanently affix your veneers and revitalize your smile. In the end, patients will have a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.
No. The treatment is similar to getting a tooth filled. You will feel no pain, and may not even need to get your mouth numbed. This will depend on the placement of the veneer, and other factors.
No. Porcelain veneers are made of a highly stain-resistant material that is not affected by teeth whitening procedures. Porcelain veneers will almost never need to be whitened. If your veneers are discolored, we can replace them.
No. Dental insurance rarely covers elective cosmetic procedures. They may cover part of the treatment if the veneers are used to repair chipped and broken teeth. Contact your specific provider for details about your dental insurance plan.
You can get as many dental veneers as you need. There is no limit to how many you can get, but the procedure may be spread throughout a couple of days. Alternatively, you can combine porcelain veneers treatment with other cosmetic dental procedures for a full smile makeover.
Teeth Whitening & Bleaching
Achieve a whiter, brighter smile with professional teeth whitening.
Professional teeth whitening is a cost-effective, long-lasting cosmetic dental solution used to whiten the smile. Teeth that are discolored and stained will dull your smile and may even cause you to be self-conscience. Teeth whitening can be a quick solution to transform and brighten your smile.
Our Montclair cosmetic dentist offers a wide selection of cosmetic dentistry treatments, including in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening. Both take home, and in-office teeth whitening treatments use professional grade bleaching gels to help patients achieve a whiter, brighter smile. Our team will work with each patient to create a treatment plan to address any pressing cosmetic concerns.
What to Expect
Our team offers both in-office and take-home teeth whitening. We can work with you to determine which professional teeth whitening treatment fits your cosmetic goals, budget, and lifestyle. Typically patients will need to have healthy teeth before undergoing professional teeth whitening. If you have severely stained teeth and that will not respond to teeth whitening, Our team may recommend porcelain veneers, a dental crown, or dental bonding.
Please contact us today to see if you are a candidate for this type of whitening.
Video 01:00 | The GLO Science Professional Teeth Whitening Device combines safe LED light with warming heat to accelerate professional-strength whitening formulation
Which whitening method should I choose?
We encourage every patient to visit the Montclair Plaza Dental Group office to discuss which option will suit their unique needs. One of our dentists will take the time to better explain both treatments to the patient and the pros and cons of each one. Both the patient and the dentist will work together to choose the best possible solution. Patients seeking for a more economical solution tend to select the at-home whitening kits. However, they need to understand that results are slower than with the in-office treatment.