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Cosmetic Dentistry – San Marcos, CA

Be Confident Showing Your Smile
to the World

In the California communities of Rancho Bernardo and San Marcos,
Dr. Nelson Y. Howard can enhance your smile with his dental artistry with incredible results. Cosmetic procedures correct dental issues that may cause you embarrassment or affect your confidence, such as discolored old front teeth fillings, mismatched front teeth crowns, dark spots, visible silver fillings, dark lines showing around your existing crowns, stained enamel, or excess gums. Not only can cosmetic dentistry from our San Marcos, CA dentist enhance your appearance, but it can give you a reason to smile more. And smiling is a vital part of your emotional and physical health!

Woman with gorgeous smile after cosmetic dentistry

Why Choose Nelson Y. Howard, D.D.S. for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Porcelain Veneers

Closeup of smile after porcelain veneers

Sometimes your teeth have so many cosmetic problems that you don't know where to begin when you think about improving your smile. However, there is a single cosmetic dental procedure that can give you a dazzling smile in just two to three treatment visits to
The Center for Advanced Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry. Porcelain veneers are thin laminates, or custom made and shaped layers of dental porcelain (glass) bonded/adhered to the fronts of your teeth. They can cover stains, cracks, chips, discolorations—and can even correct crowded or crooked teeth!

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Metal-Free Dental Restorations

Closeup of smile with metal free dental restoration

Gold and silver crowns are durable and good for protecting your teeth, but they also have a hard time blending in with the rest of your smile. Dr. Howard can provide metal-free crowns made out of porcelain. The material is very strong and can last for many years, but unlike gold and silver, it can be shaded to blend right in with the rest of your smile. Each restoration will be customized so that its shape and color match your natural teeth as closely as possible.

Dental Bonding

Smile after dental bonding

Dark spots, chips, yellowed enamel, gaps, misshapen teeth—all these cosmetic issues can impair your smile. The good news is that San Marcos and Rancho Bernardo cosmetic dentist
Dr. Nelson Y. Howard can use tooth-colored bonding to affordably and conservatively repair minor cosmetic problems—usually in just one visit to either of our dental offices in Rancho Bernardo or San Marcos. Bonding is the consistency of putty, and it's hand-sculpted to the tooth that needs cosmetic work. Then the bonding is hardened with a special light. Dr. Howard is one of the few dentists in the world to use an Argon Gas Composite Curing Laser light to harden the composite material to the precise light wavelength necessary for optimal curing and hardness. His results are phenomenal!

At-Home Teeth Whitening

At home teeth whitening kit

Teeth get stained for a number of reasons such as tobacco use, drinking coffee or wine, aging, and inconsistent oral hygiene. At the Center for Advanced Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we offer teeth whitening services at our San Marcos or Rancho Bernardo dental offices. We give you customized take-home kits with professional-grade whitening products: DayWhite, NiteWhite, or Opalescense. No matter which take-home kit you choose, our teeth whitening products will give you a sparkling smile! Learn more about teeth whitening.

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Gum Recontouring/ Crown Lengthening

Woman with beautiful smile after gum recontouring

Sometimes improving the appearance of your teeth means making a few alterations to your gum line. If you have what’s known as a “gummy smile” (meaning there’s too much gum visible whenever you pull back your lips), gum recontouring can be used to remove the unnecessary tissue. This reveals more of the tooth’s structure and gives your grin a much more balanced appearance. We may also perform a similar procedure called crown lengthening if there’s not enough room in your mouth to place a restoration.

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