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Composite Fillings

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Composite fillings are just one of the many top-of-the-line cosmetic dentistry services Dr. Valentina Obradovic offers at Adriatic Dental. Although composite fillings can be used to restore function as well as appearance, many patients ultimately choose this type of cosmetic dentistry procedure for aesthetic reasons. Traditional fillings are much more conspicuous than composites because they are constructed from metals like silver and gold. The metal fillings can become visible when a person laughs or smiles. Fortunately for cosmetic dentistry patients in San Marcos, advances in dental techniques and the utilization of new materials has greatly expanded the services available in cosmetic dentistry.

Advantages of Composite Fillings in Cosmetic Dentistry

Composite fillings offer the advantage of discretion as well as versatility. Unlike traditional metal fillings with their telltale silvery glint, composites are fashioned from a glass and plastic mixture that allows them to blend in seamlessly with the tooth. This chameleon-like quality makes composites an obvious choice when it comes to restoring the front teeth.

Traditional fillings are still frequently used, particularly when patients need tooth restoration in the back of the mouth. Fillings placed in the back of the mouth must be extremely robust to handle the increased bite pressure in this region. This is not to say that composite fillings cannot be used in the back of the mouth; they are also extremely strong, so Dr. Obradovic can use them for both functional and cosmetic dentistry purposes. That being said, metal fillings are still favored for the back of the mouth because they are less costly than composites. Most patients elect to invest in that money in the front fillings where they are more inclined to stand out.

Placing Composite Fillings

The process for placing composite fillings is very similar to traditional fillings. After Dr. Obradovic numbs the tooth and surrounding area to minimize any discomfort during the procedure, she will proceed to do the following:

1. Apply the composite in layers, using a light after each application to expedite hardening.
2. Shape the composite to fit each tooth.
3. Polish the composite to prevent early wear and staining.

If you would like to learn more about composite fillings and other treatment options in cosmetic dentistry, the San Marcos office is just a phone call away!

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Teeth Whitening

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If you are serious about attaining your whitest, brightest, and most beautiful smile, it’s time to drop the at-home whitening trays and schedule a cosmetic dentistry treatment with Dr. Valentina Obradovic at Adriatic Dental. Like many patients, you may be tempted by the low cost and convenience of a store bought whitening products, but with cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, you can receive more predictable results.

Don’t Believe the Hype!

Many ads and companies claim that their at-home whitening products can achieve the same results as an in-office cosmetic dentistry treatment, but unless you’re interested in investing several costly weeks of treatments, dealing with cumbersome mouth trays, and achieving relatively limited shade improvements, then consider the revolutionary, safe, and easy “One-Hour Rembrandt®” process available at Adriatic Dental.

Want Results Fast? Try Adriatic Dental’s Rembrandt® One-Hour ’Perfect Smile’ Whitening Process

If you can spare an hour, we can transform your smile. Dr. Obradovic uses the Rembrandt® One-Hour ’Perfect Smile’ Whitening Process to help patients achieve dramatic results. Patients see results through cosmetic dentistry at San Marco; after the Rembrandt® One-Hour ’Perfect Smile’ Whitening Process is complete, most patients will see a difference of about eight to 10 shades lighter on average. Unlike many at-home treatments, most patients do not experience any discomfort or sensitivity during this particular cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Why the Disparity?

Why is there such a discrepancy between at-home whitening treatments and the results you can achieve through cosmetic dentistry at the San Marcos office?

At the end of the day, the difference comes down to numbers. Dr. Obradovic and other dental professionals use products with significantly stronger bleaching agents than can be obtained in any over-the-counter product. The difference can range anywhere from 15 to 43 percent (for dental professional products) compared with 10 to 22% percent (for over-the-counter product whitening products).

Results May Vary!

Although Adriatic Dental’s in-office whitening treatment typically produces excellent results, every patient is different. There are factors that can change the success of your teeth whitening such as age, coffee, tea, or smoking. Other factors that can detrimentally affect your results include periodontal disease and worn enamel.

If you would like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, CA, call and schedule a teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Obradovic.

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Porcelain Veneers

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If you want straight, white, natural looking teeth without the use of braces or surgery, you may want to consider porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can resolve a variety of cosmetic dental issues and dramatically improve the look of your smile. At Adriatic Dental, Dr. Valentina Obradovic specializes in cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, CA and can usually complete a porcelain veneers procedure in just three visits.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are constructed out of ultra-thin shells of tooth-colored material that are custom-made to fit each tooth they are placed over. Dr. Obradovic bonds these shells to the surface of the teeth, allowing her to significantly alter the color, shape, length, or size. Porcelain veneers offer a few advantages over other types of veneers and cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as their ability to reflect light in a way that mimics real teeth. This gives them a more natural look. In addition, their material gives them extra stain resistance. All veneers usually need to be replaced after eight to 10 years.

Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers can be used to rectify several different cosmetic dentistry concerns. If you are ineligible for surgery or simply do not wish to undergo a more invasive procedure, porcelain veneers may be the ideal solution for helping you achieve the beautiful smile you desire.

Depending on your individual situation, Dr. Obradovic may recommend porcelain veneers as an alternative to braces or surgery if you have one or more of the cosmetic dentistry issues below:

• Wear and Tear
• Worn Enamel
• Uneven Teeth
• Stains and Discoloration
• Dissimilarity in Contour or Color
• Genetic

All types of patients may qualify for porcelain veneers, but smokers and patients with weak teeth will not be eligible. In addition, those with gum disease, missing teeth, decay, or patients who require major orthodontic work may require other treatments prior to the placement of their porcelain veneers.

Before porcelain veneers can be replaced, some of your teeth’s natural enamel must be removed to make room for it. Since this is permanent, Dr. Obradovic may suggest alternative forms of treatment if your teeth are still functioning adequately.

To learn more about porcelain veneers and cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, please schedule a consultation today.

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Lumineers

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If you want to transform the look of your smile without undergoing an invasive procedure, Lumineers ® by Cerinate® may be the ideal solution. Lumineers ® are a type of porcelain veneers that instantly give you a smile of perfectly white and aligned teeth. At Adriatic Dental, Dr. Valentina Obradovic provides Lumineers ®, veneers, and a variety of other options for cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, CA.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Differences between Lumineers ® and Traditional Veneers

If you are considering Lumineers ®, it is important to understand the key differences between Lumineers ® and traditional veneers. To begin, Lumineers ® are much thinner than other types of veneers, measuring only about 0.2 mm. They are also highly translucent, a characteristic that enables them to replicate the look of natural enamel. As with other types of veneers, Lumineers ® are custom-made to fit over each tooth. However, unlike traditional veneers, these “smile shapers” are so thin that they can be applied to your teeth without shaving off enamel to place them. As a result, there is minimal pain involved with this procedure.

Dr. Obradovic can even place Lumineers ® over your existing bridgework or crowns without replacing them. They are an enduring cosmetic solution for discolored, chipped, or misaligned teeth. In just two or three visits, you can have a gorgeous custom-made smile that you can enjoy for decades. The Lumineers ® procedure takes about one hour. Because your natural tooth structure is still intact, this cosmetic dentistry procedure is completely reversible.

You can have a more beautiful smile without the removal of tooth structure, even with old crowns and bridges! Call Adriatic Dentistry to learn more about cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos and see how Lumineers ® can change the way you smile and feel about yourself.

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Invisalign

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Invisalign is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that enables patients to straighten their teeth and attain a more beautiful smile without the conspicuous metal brackets and bars of traditional braces.

Invisalign gradually shifts teeth into place using clear, custom-made aligner trays that need replaced on a biweekly basis until the Invisalign cosmetic dentistry treatment is complete.

The Invisalign Cosmetic Dentistry Process

After determining that you are a good candidate for Invisalign cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Valentina Obradovic takes x-rays and makes impressions of your teeth to create a 3-D digital image and formulate an individualized plan for your teeth straightening treatment. Using the impressions and x-rays, Dr. Obradovic makes customized aligner trays that are worn night and day during the treatment. The trays are only to be taken out while you are eating or cleaning your teeth.

Your aligner trays will be replaced approximately every two weeks, advancing you to the next level of treatment. In most cases, the Invisalign treatment will achieve the desired straightening results within a year. During that period, you will meet with Dr. Obradovic every six to eight weeks so that she can monitor your progress.

Cosmetic Dentistry in San Marcos: Invisalign Advantages

Invisalign offers many benefits, including:

Eat without restriction. Removable trays that allow you to eat and enjoy your favorite foods without the restrictions of traditional braces.
Subtle straightening. Invisalign trays are so discreet that most people won’t even notice them.
Easy maintenance. The trays are easy to remove and clean, so you can maintain good oral hygiene.
Comfort. Unlike traditional orthodontia, the Invisalign aligner trays are very comfortable and cause little to no irritation.
Confidence. Invisalign cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos allows you to obtain a beautiful smile without wearing embarrassing metal braces.

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Dental Implants vs. Dentures

If you have been searching for a viable alternative to dentures and you reside in San Diego, dental implants can be conveniently obtained at Adriatic Dental. Whether you’ve grown tired of your dentures or you still need to replace missing teeth, Dr. Valentina Obradovic can explain your options and help you determine if dental implants are right for you.

Dental Implant Basics

Dental implants are made up of three important parts: the titanium implant, the abutment, and the crown. After the implant is surgically placed in the jaw bone, the integration process begins, creating a connection between the jaw and implant that mimics the one between the jaw and a natural tooth. The abutment is fitted over the exposed part of the implant followed by the crown, which resembles a natural tooth.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Strength and Stability

• Implants are surgically embedded into the bone socket like natural teeth, giving them superior strength and stability.
• Because they are not secured to anything, dentures are prone to slippage.

Resilience

• Implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
• Dentures eventually break down and need to be replaced.

Material Compatibility

• Implants are made from titanium, which is naturally compatible with the human body.
• Dentures are made from incompatible materials such as flexible plastic, acrylic, and cast metal that cannot be maintained in the long run.

Bone Growth and Deterioration

• As the implant integrates with the jaw bone, it supports the bone and preserves the structure of your jaw, encouraging growth and preventing deterioration.
• Dentures do not stimulate bone growth; they simply rest on the gums and do not ward off further deterioration.

Adriatic Dental, a San Diego dental practice, can replace your dentures or missing teeth with dental implants.

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Dental Crowns in San Marcos

As a dentist practicing cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, Dr. Valentina Obradovic offers a variety of restoration solutions for teeth that have lost significant structure. A dental crown is tooth-shaped cap that can be used to change the size, shape, strength, or general appearance of a tooth by fitting it over the visible area of the affected tooth. There are many different types of crowns, including full porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and full metal crowns. Dr. Obradovic can help you determine which one is right for your individual cosmetic dentistry needs.

The Dental Crown Procedure

A cosmetic dentistry treatment can usually be performed in two to three visits. The process begins at our San Marcos office where we make impressions of the diagnosed teeth involved. The impressions are sent to a dental lab where they will be used to create a mold of your teeth. Lab technicians work on the mold to fabricate a crown or bridge from which an actual tooth replication is created. The finished work is sent back to the Adriatic Dental for inspection and Dr. Obradovic will cement the crowns onto your teeth in the subsequent visit.

Dr. Obradovic may suggest a cosmetic dentistry crown treatment in the following circumstances:

• To prevent a weak tooth from breaking or to hold the pieces of a cracked tooth together.
• To support and cover it in cases where the patient has a large filling and little of the natural tooth remains.
• To improve the aesthetics of a patient’s smile by fitting it over a discolored or misshapen tooth.
• To secure a dental bridge.