cosmetic dentistry san diego

Having Confidence in Your Smile

Smiling with confidence feels great and is an essential social and professional asset, yet many people avoid showing their teeth in public or in photographs because they don’t like what they see. If that sounds like you, then you might be a great candidate for treatment with a cosmetic dentist.

Dr. Young understands that your smile is part of who you are and your identity. Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. Here at Barbara Young, DDS, we look forward to serving cosmetic patients located in San Diego, California, as well as the surrounding areas.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry that focuses on improving the aesthetics of your smile. If you find yourself uncomfortable with your smile and sometimes stop yourself from smiling then cosmetic dentistry is something you should consider. Here at Barbara Young, DDS, we provide a wide array of cosmetic dental services.

After a quick consultation, Dr. Young will be able to suggest cosmetic dental procedures that will not only you feel comfortable with your smile but will also help strengthen your teeth so that your smile can last your entire lifetime.

Dental Stains and Teeth Whitening Trays

There are two types of stains that you can have on your teeth. Surface, or “extrinsic” stains, caused by smoking and diet occur on the surface of the enamel. “Intrinsic” stains are deeper and happen inside the tooth.

You can remove surface stains on your teeth by using a whitening toothpaste. These kinds of toothpastes usually contain special abrasives that gently polish the teeth as well certain chemicals that can help break down stains. These toothpastes can be tough on tooth enamel, so make sure to always read labels when using them–some should only be used temporarily.

What are Veneers?

For teeth with aesthetic imperfections that go beyond stains, such as chips or slight alignment problems, veneers could be a good solution. A veneer is a custom-made thin layer of porcelain or resin that covers the front surface of teeth.

Veneers improve the overall aesthetic of a smile by changing the shape, closing up spaces between front teeth, and covering up significant stains from coffee or red wine. The porcelain veneers are hand-painted and glazed for the most aesthetic and natural tooth look possible.

Dental Crowns for Damaged Teeth

Veneers aren’t always the best option, however. Teeth that are damaged from decay or an injury might instead be good candidates for crowns. Your crown will be designed to fit your tooth perfectly and blend in with the rest of your smile to provide you with a beautiful, long-term solution for your oral health. A tooth that needs root canal therapy will need a crown as well.

In the past, crowns were made of metal, but modern crowns can be made of materials that blend in with the rest of your smile, like porcelain, ceramic, or resin.

Dr. Young’s Cosmetic Dental Services in San Diego, California

Not every general dentist provides cosmetic dental services. Some general dentists are not interested in providing these specialized services or they may not have received the proper training. In addition to having additional training, Dr. Young has a keen eye and talent for creating fantastic-looking smiles. Here at Barbara Young, DDS, we pride ourselves on helping our patients, friends, community, and families feel confident about their smiles.

Some of the cosmetic dental services we provide are:

What Are My Next Steps for Cosmetic Dental Treatment?

If you live in San Diego, California, give us a quick call at (858) 273-7777 or send us an email ( In a short conversation and consultation, we can answer all of your questions about how cosmetic dentistry can help you start feeling great about your smile. You can learn more about us by checking our business page, and make sure you get the directions to get to our practice!