939 S. Atlantic Blvd. #110
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Cosmetic  and  General  Dentistry
Duong DDS
4227 Rosemead Blvd.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
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   Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is everywhere – it's on the faces of many people
you meet, though you may not know it. Your closest friends may have
their teeth whitened or bonded. According to the American Academy of
Cosmetic Dentistry, there were 2.69 million cosmetic dental patients in
2006. If you're considering cosmetic dental enhancements, you aren't

Cosmetic treatments include:

Teeth Whitening
Have your teeth lost their sparkle? With professional teeth whitening,
you can have a stunning, star-quality smile. Teeth whitening is
effective and safe for patients whose teeth have yellow, brown, or
orange tinges due to age, food stains, heredity, or tobacco use. The
simple procedure requires no anesthesia, and it’s perfectly safe. We
can whiten your teeth professionally in an hour in office or we can
make custom whitening trays for use at home.

If whitening can’t get your teeth as white as you’d like, veneers or
bonding may be a good solution. These cosmetic dentistry procedures
are long lasting and do not discolor or stain. In addition to whitening
your smile, porcelain veneers and bonding can cover cracks, chips,
and slight misalignments.

If you have a chipped, slightly misaligned, or otherwise imperfect tooth
that needs cosmetic restoration, we may suggest one-appointment
bonding. The dentist can apply putty-like composite resin, shaded to
blend with your tooth’s color, to rebuild a pleasing shape to your tooth.
After hardening the resin with a curing light, the dentist will artistically
sculpt and polish the restoration. In just one visit, you can enjoy a
beautiful new smile!

Porcelain Veneers
Veneers beautify smiles by concealing stains, chips, gaps, and worn or
misaligned teeth.  Porcelain veneers and minimal prep veneers can
transform flawed teeth into stunning smiles. Say goodbye to dental
imperfections and hello to gorgeous teeth!

Custom veneers are ultra-thin, handcrafted porcelain shells created in
a dental lab by skilled ceramic artists. They're permanently bonded to
teeth and provide long-lasting beauty. Porcelain veneers look
incredibly natural and resist stains. Design and placement of porcelain
veneers takes about two visits, and some enamel reduction is required
for optimal fit.

Minimal Prep Veneers
If you want to change your smile without the commitment of tooth
reduction, consider minimal prep veneers. Able to change tooth shape,
size, and color to create stunning smiles, minimal prep veneers require
little to no alteration of tooth structure to apply. Minimal prep veneers
are reversible, so our cosmetic dentists can remove them to return
your original smile.

Inlays and Onlays
You have a big filling that needs replacement. Do you have to get a full
crown? Not necessarily. A more conservative option, inlays and onlays
fit into a tooth similar to a filling, yet they are milled restorations, much
like a crown. The bumps on top of a tooth are called cusps. Inlays fit
between cusps, while onlays fit over one or more cusps. Inlays and
onlays allow a patient to retain more natural tooth structure, which is
always best.

Not every situation is right for an inlay or onlay, but the dentist will
assess your problem and determine the best solution for you. Because
they are created in a lab like a crown, inlays and onlays require two
appointments. At the first visit, we will prepare your tooth by removing
your tooth decay or old filling and cleaning the area. We will take a
dental impression and send it to our dental lab so that a technician can
prefabricate a custom inlay or onlay for you. The dentist will determine
the best material to use, but in most cases, teeth that show when you
smile or speak can have a white restoration. Back teeth incur extreme
pressure, so a metal inlay or onlay may be indicated. You'll wear a
temporary until the lab delivers your final restoration.
At the second appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary and
permanently cement your final inlay or onlay into position. After
polishing and modifying the restoration as necessary to ensure proper
bite alignment, you'll enjoy your stronger, healthier smile for years to

“Invisible Braces”
Forget everything you’ve heard about teeth straightening. Because
now there’s breakthrough technology that delivers the smile you have
always wanted without bands, brackets, or wires. By using a series of
clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth right before
your eyes. Change them about every 2 weeks and your teeth will
move…little by little, week by week…until they have moved to the final
position we desire. Comfortable to wear, aligners are also removable
so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss as usual.

We are now certified to offer Invisalign orthodontic appliances. These
“invisible” appliances are used to straighten teeth, close spaces, and
correct imperfections in your smile. You can brush and floss normally,
which can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease during
treatment. Because the Aligners are removable, you do not have to
worry about what you eat. Properly positioned teeth are easier to
brush and floss than teeth that are crowded, crooked, or spaced too
far apart.
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