Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic Dentistry services offered in Los Alamitos, CA

If you want a whiter, more symmetrical smile, cosmetic dentistry can help. Treatments like teeth whitening and Invisalign® can minimize aesthetic imperfections, ensuring you look and feel your best. At Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry, experienced dentist Richard Blackburn, DMD, and the team offer several types of cosmetic dentistry, including veneers, crowns, and dental implants. To make an appointment in Los Alamitos, California, call the office or book online today.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry uses dental restorations, orthodontics, and whitening treatments to improve the appearance of your teeth, gums, and smile. 

Most cosmetic treatments are elective, but some offer the added benefit of improved oral health. For example, straightening your teeth with Invisalign® oral aligners makes them easier to clean, reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease.

What are some examples of cosmetic dentistry?

At Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry, the team offers several types of cosmetic dentistry, including:

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening uses hydrogen peroxide gel to minimize the appearance of stains and tooth discoloration. One in-office whitening treatment can make your smile up to eight* shades brighter. Teeth whitening isn’t permanent, but the results often last an average of 4-6 months.


Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment. It uses removable plastic mouthpieces to improve the alignment of your teeth and jaw. At Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry, the team uses Invisalign to treat various issues, including crowding, jaw misalignments, and gaps between the teeth.

Dental implants

Dental implants are metal posts placed into your jaw during an outpatient procedure. Over time, the implants integrate with your bone, providing a base for restorations like crowns, bridges, or implant-retained dentures. 


Veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of your permanent teeth. They cover up oral imperfections that don’t respond to other types of treatment, like chipped, pointy, or unusually shaped teeth. 


If you have a deep cavity or severely damage a tooth, the team might recommend a crown. A crown restores your tooth to its near-original size and shape, restoring your chewing and biting abilities.


If one of your permanent teeth gets extracted, the team at Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry might recommend a bridge. A bridge fills the gap in your smile with a false tooth. That restores your smile and prevents your remaining healthy teeth from moving out of position.

Smile makeover

A smile makeover combines several different procedures to enhance the appearance of your smile. When developing a treatment plan, your provider takes several factors into account, including your skin tone and hair color as well as the size and position of your teeth.

What type of cosmetic dentistry will benefit me?

The type of cosmetic dentistry that will most benefit you depends on several factors, including your oral health history and goals. After an oral exam and a series of 3D digital X-rays, the team at Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry can develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

To see if you can benefit from cosmetic dentistry, make an appointment at Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry by calling the office or booking online today.

*Individual results may vary.