When I graduated from dental school, I was absolutely obsessed with cosmetic dentistry. My journey started with post graduate courses at the Rosenthal Institute at NYU College of Dentistry under Dr. Larry Rosenthal, one of the foremost experts in the field of cosmetic dentistry. I then did additional training at Frontier Labs, where my work was proudly featured on the cover of Practical Aesthetics as the highlighted cosmetic case of the month. Finally, I earned my fellowship from The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, where I underwent an exceptionally comprehensive training regimen for full mouth reconstruction and to treat Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD). I’ve treated everyone from Playboy models to stay-at-home Mom’s looking for that celebrity smile.
Creating the perfect smile isn’t as easy as putting on porcelain veneers and bleaching teeth. Careful consideration has to be made when designing your smile so that it fits perfectly with your entire face. The idea is to create a harmonious balance between your teeth and the unique characteristics of your face, creating a look that is subtle yet striking, and drawing away from minor imperfections that we all obsess about.
Equally important is creating the perfect, functional bite so that you not only preserve the integrity of those expensive veneers, but also maintain proper function of the temporomandibular joint and bite alignment. This is where my training at LVI comes into play, and I make sure that proper occlusal functionality is maintained after your new smile is created.
Cosmetic Procedures offered by Dr. Kathrina Agatep
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation – Receding gums not only expose the tooth roots to erosion and disease, but that can also spoil your smile. Getting this condition corrected therefore has both health and cosmetic benefits — and pinhole gum rejuvenation is the state of the art. This technique allows us to cover the exposed root surface by simply shifting the gum tissue without painful incisions or lengthy recovery times.
Teeth Whitening – Teeth whitening can strip away years of discoloration caused by food, beverage and tobacco staining. Home kits work just fine, but if you’re looking for quick results, we use iSmile Whitening chairside kits.
Porcelain Veneers – If you’re embarrassed by front teeth that are jagged, have large gaps, cracked, or too deeply discolored for effective whitening, porcelain veneers may be your answer. These thin tooth covers are cemented to the prepared front tooth surfaces, instantly giving you a perfect smile.
Cosmetic Bonding – Cosmetic bonding typically lasts about half long as veneers, but it’s a great affordable alternative that can repair small chips and other imperfections in a single visit.
Same-Day Crowns – Crowns are the cosmetic choice when you must strengthen a tooth as well as beautify it. The processes of completing a crown used to take weeks, but our CEREC Same-Day Crowns live up to their name. Our digital scanning and in-office milling equipment provides a precisely-fitting crown in a matter of hours.
Clear Aligners – Our San Diego dentist can help you enjoy straighter teeth the fashionable way. Our Six Month Smiles options features clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, while our Invisalign clear aligner trays are all but undetectable at a distance (and easily removed for big events or close interactions).
Dental Implants – Patients who need to replace one or more teeth but don’t want to contend with bridges or dentures will love the many advantages of dental implants. These surgically-implanted posts are topped with permanent crowns to give you realistic, perfectly functional teeth that require no special care or concern beyond good dental hygiene.
BioClear Matrix – This new technology is a quick and easy way to close empty space between teeth. If you have a large gap (diastema) or black triangles resulting from having previously had braces, this is a great option for you.
If you have any questions about how we can help your smile, feel free to contact us today at (858) 490-4281.