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Transform Your Smile in the New Year with Cosmetic Dentistry

We all want to improve ourselves for the new year, and this includes adjusting our appearance to boost our self-confidence and how we present ourselves to others. This might mean fixing an issue with your teeth that prevents you from smiling the way you want to. 

All areas of Contra Costa County in California can seek treatment from Dr. Lovely Manlapaz Teodoro and her team at The Dental Center of Hercules. They provide a number of cosmetic dentistry options to those looking to transform their smiles, from simple whitening procedures to extensive dental implants. 

The benefits of cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is about more than simply whitening your teeth or filling in gaps in your smile. Fixing issues with your teeth can come with a number of benefits, including: 

Your teeth can have a large influence on your self-confidence. Simply being able to smile more can provide you with increased opportunities to enjoy yourself and make connections with others. On top of improved self-confidence, good-looking teeth can boost your chances of success in the workplace, according to some studies. 

What are my options for cosmetic dentistry? 

The phrase “cosmetic dentistry” includes a number of things, from veneers to whitening. However, options like Invisalign and dental implants are also considered cosmetic dentistry. Let's look at each. 


Porcelain veneers are a great way to correct multiple issues and achieve the smile you always wanted. During this procedure, personalized porcelain shells are created and adhered to your teeth to correct chips, stains, and gaps. 

Dental bonding 

Similar to veneers, dental bonding works to correct the appearance of chips, gaps, and discoloration. It is a more conservative procedure that uses tooth-colored resin, unlike veneers, which use porcelain. 


If you have a problem that would usually require braces, Invisalign might be a better option. Invisalign straightens your teeth and corrects your bite without filling your mouth with metal and rubber bands. 

Dental implants 

Missing teeth do more than impact your self confidence – they can cause atrophy in the jaw. Implants can improve your appearance while also filling in the gap left by a lost tooth. This prevents future issues and allows you to chew and speak more easily. 


Many of us – especially those who drink coffee, wine, or soda – wish we had whiter teeth. All of these things can stain your teeth, leading to embarrassment or a hesitance to smile. The Dental Center of Hercules offers both in-office teeth whitening and take-home kits for those who want to lighten their teeth a few shades. 

If you have an issue with your teeth that you want to tackle in the new year, the first step is seeking help. Dr. Teodoro and her team can provide you with the insight you need to make a decision and get the treatment you need. To contact us, call 510-254-3328 or book an appointment online

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