Cosmetic Dentistry

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Quality Cosmetic Dentistry in Woodland Hills, CA

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Dr. Dan Hilton and Dr. Pariksha Gunnala are your professional cosmetic dentists in Woodland Hills, CA, and neighboring areas. Our dental practice takes a conservative approach to cosmetic dentistry and believes that a simple enhancement can lead to dramatic results for your overall appearance. We focus on the simplest treatments to help you smile your best!

Our team of highly trained dental professionals understands how a beautiful smile can boost your self-esteem and confidence. Call us today and let us help you achieve your desired smile!


What Does Cosmetic Dentistry Do?

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on dental procedures that improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. If your teeth are stained, chipped, misaligned, or you have unwanted gaps between them, we are here to work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your personal needs, budget, and time.

Below are the various types of cosmetic dental procedures we perform:

How Can I Fix My Smile?

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There is often more than one procedure that can help you achieve this goal. Dr Hilton and Dr. Gunnala are happy to go over all your options during your consultation. Fixing your smile might only involve teeth whitening or require more complex treatments like orthodontics or veneers to fix an unwanted gap between your teeth, misaligned teeth, and challenging discolorations that cannot be resolved with bleaching alone.

Based on your needs and personal preferences, our professional team will strive to maintain the character of your smile while achieving an enhanced look, so all changes look natural. 

Why is it Important to Have Straight Teeth?

Looking good is not the only reason you may want to straighten your teeth. It is worth knowing that malocclusion (misaligned teeth) can affect your overall well-being as much as it affects your oral health. Here are some health issues misaligned teeth can create:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene - It is difficult to clean your teeth if they are overcrowded, which usually results in cavities and gum disease.
  • Speech Problems - In some cases, misaligned teeth can affect the way one speaks.
  • Poor Digestion – When your teeth are not in proper alignment, you can’t chew food adequately, causing poor digestion.
  • Headaches & Jaw Pain – The joints connecting your jaw can become strained and sore, causing headaches.
  • Uneven Wear on Teeth - When pressure on your teeth is not equal, it can lead to uneven wear and possible fractures.

Is Teeth Straightening Difficult?

There is no one-size fits all when it comes to orthodontics. Every patient is unique and has individual needs. If you need straighter teeth, we will take you through the  options suitable for you and help you reach a decision. 

One of the streamlined methods for teeth straightening is Invisalign® clear braces, which makes aligning your teeth fast and discreet.  Simpler cases we can manage right in our office with Dr. Gunnala, an experienced Invisalign provider. If your case is more complex we utilize our board certified orthodontists, always looking for your very best treatment option.  With our specialized "I Tero Digital Scanner" wand, diagnostics to create your new smile is fun and easy.  We can see your teeth "3D" before and after on our large computer screen, so you will know what can be possible.

What is Invisalign?

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The Invisalign system works with a series of custom-made aligners to straighten your teeth in six to eighteen months on average, depending on the severity of your problems.

Why Our Practice Chooses Invisalign?

  • Discreet Treatment - Invisalign clear braces are transparent plastic braces (aligners), invisible to others. There will be no visible change to your teeth and smile during the process of straightening your teeth.
  • Allows for Better Hygiene - These braces are removable. All you need to do is remove your aligners to eat, drink, and brush your teeth freely, and then wear your aligners once again.
  • Doesn’t Interfere with Your Lifestyle - Not only does Invisalign allow you to eat whatever you want, but it also doesn’t interfere with your other life choices. If you travel a lot, we can accommodate your treatment! Let us know, and we will give you multiple sets of braces that you can use until you’re able to come back for an appointment.
  • Works Fast - Unlike traditional brace methods, Invisalign typically takes 6 to 18 months to achieve results. 

Do You Offer Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly requested dental procedures at our practice. For that, we offer different teeth whitening solutions. The most popular whitening method among our patients is a specialized hybrid technique unique to our practice. Our bleaching technique helps you achieve the white teeth you strive to achieve in no time.

Zoom! In-Office Whitening System

Zoom! is an in-office fast whitening process that frees your smile and empowers you to brighten your teeth up to several shades on the spot. The whole process is complete in just 45 – 90 minutes!  An even quicker version, Quick Pro!, is completed in less than 20 minutes.

Professional Take-Home Whitening Kits

If you choose this method, we provide you with professional high-concentration whitening gel and customized dental trays for you to touch-up your smile as needed in the comfort of your home.  We also offer advanced preloaded whitening trays that apply directly to your teeth in lieu of gel application and customized trays. 

Our Unique Teeth Whitening Technique

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To give you the best of both worlds, we have developed a special method to produce white smiles in an expedited fashion that takes very little of your time. We use a combination of in-office Zoom® power whitening or Quick Pro and take-home whitening kits.

The whitening ingredient in our treatment includes potassium nitrate and fluoride, which have been shown to help reduce post-treatment teeth sensitivity and strengthen teeth to prevent cavities and other damage. Our teeth whitening services allow you to comfortably and effectively whiten your teeth for a dramatically brighter smile.

Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?

No, but it can last long! This varies from one person to another according to the amount of care they are willing to give their teeth. Our recommendation is for you to follow our post-whitening instructions, which include frequent brushing and flossing, routine dental appointments, and bleaching touch-ups as needed.

Is Teeth Whitening Bad for My Teeth?

Professional teeth whitening is safe. However, some people may experience sensitivity following the first or second treatment. To ease any discomfort, our professional team use varnishes and desensitizing gels to keep you comfortable at all times.

Can Everyone’s Teeth be Whitened?

It depends. Medications or an injury can cause your teeth to become discolored, and may not respond to whitening. However, Dr. Hilton and Dr. Gunnala offer veneers and bonding to correct more severe staining. During your consultation, we will discuss your options to make your teeth look beautiful again. 


Get Your Desired Smile with Porcelain Veneers

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Veneers are thin covers that cover the front surface of one or more of teeth. The porcelain shells will improve their appearance by giving them a new shape, size, or color. Porcelain veneers look exactly like natural teeth and blend in with your smile seamlessly.

What is Dental Bonding?

Bonding uses tooth-colored dental resin to make small changes that don’t require covering the whole tooth. They can be applied to a smaller portion of a tooth and are often completed in a single visit. Like veneers, they resemble natural teeth and won’t stand out when you smile.

Which Treatment is Suitable for Me? Veneers vs Bonding

Based on your specific situation, Dr. Hilton and Dr. Gunnala will discuss your options with advantages of each technique.  We take a very conservative approach to cosmetic dentistry and make recommendations based only on what is needed and your preferences. For example, if you need to treat one tooth, we will create a single veneer or use bonding and leave the rest of your teeth untouched. We do not need to involve multiple teeth just to treat one discolored or misshapen tooth. Our team of dental professionals are dedicated to only treating what is truly necessary.

5 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Veneers

1. You Don’t Have to Use Veneers for All Your Teeth

You can fix one tooth or several teeth; it depends on your needs and budget. Our highly trained dentists have the artistic sense to create veneers that compliment your smile.

To ensure you get the best results, we provide you with temporary veneers made of composite to wear for a few days. This fitting period allows you to experience how permanent veneers will feel like before the final process.

Veneers are a permanent smile solution. A small layer of enamel is removed to keep your teeth from looking bulky. Bonding cement is then used to adhere the veneer onto each tooth, making it a part of your teeth. Nobody will know the difference except you and your dentist!

Just like natural teeth, veneers need to be brushed ,flossed and taken care of by not biting hard objects. When properly cared for, veneers can last an average of 10 to 15 years.

Not only are porcelain veneers strong and sustainable, but porcelain is stain resistent, giving your smile lasting shine.

Do You Have One or More Missing Teeth?

Missing any number of teeth can affect your appearance dramatically and can be the first thing people notice when they look at you. A healthy set of teeth not only helps you show off a fantastic smile, but it also helps you maintain good overall health. If you are facing this problem, we offer several solutions that will revive your look and confidence.

3 Ways You Can Deal with Missing Teeth

Missing teeth is a problem you can part with. Our chosen method of treatment depends on the number of missing teeth, their location in your mouth, and the condition of your jawbone. You may qualify for more than one option. We are happy to review your options to help you make the right decision. Below are three different procedures you can use to get your smile back.

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Dental Implants

If you need to replace a single tooth or several teeth in different areas of your mouth, dental implants are a good option. They provide a permanent base for a replacement tooth, anchoring the tooth in place. The biggest advantage is that the replacement tooth resembles a natural tooth and can last for decades. Check our restorations page to know more about dental implants.

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Fixed Dental Bridges

If you need to replace one or more teeth in the same area, you may be a good candidate for a fixed bridge. A bridge, as the name implies, bridges the gap using one or more artificial teeth to replace the missing tooth. The artificial tooth is attached to adjacent crowns placed over healthy teeth and  bonded into place with dental cement. Bridges are made of porcelain to blend in seamlessly with your neighboring teeth.

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A denture is a removable artificial replacement for missing teeth. Depending on the number of teeth you want to replace, dentures can be complete or partial.

Complete dentures are used to replace all your teeth in an arch, while partial dentures are used to replace only some of your teeth and use your healthy teeth as anchors.

Composite Fillings

Our office is amalgam-free. Amalgam (metal) fillings stand out in your smile, and contain trace amounts of mercury, which for some patients can be unhealthy. Composite or white fillings are used to improve your smile by matching the exact color of your teeth and thus are seamless. They can be used to restore decayed teeth, giving you back your beautiful smile.

Crowns (Caps)

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If your tooth is badly damaged and a filling won’t do the job, you may need a crown restoration (onlay or full crown) to protect it from further damage. We are proud to offer Lava dental crowns made from beautiful zirconia. Zirconia is a tooth-colored material with unique properties, allowing light to pass through its surface in the way that a real tooth would. Because your crown is made from a solid block of zirconia, you will observe less chipping or aesthetic deterioration than you would see with a porcelain-on-metal crown.

Is a Crown or Composite Filling Better for Me?

Based on the amount of damage to the tooth, our doctors can help you decide which option is better for your specific needs. A filling is a good choice for smaller areas of decay, while a crown is used for badly decayed or broken teeth. We use a conservative approach and will try to keep as much natural tooth as possible.

Ready for a New Smile?

Do you have questions about cosmetic dentistry? Call or email our Woodland Hills, CA, dental office today, and learn more about achieving a stronger and more beautiful smile.


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