Cosmetic Dentistry

Affordable Cosmetic Dentist in San Jose

San Jose Cosmetic DentistryCosmetic Dentistry is one of Dr. Fatima Vafai’s professional specialties.  Visit us at our modern hi-tech San Jose dental office to receive the best cosmetic dental services at an affordable price.  Review our list of dental treatments and procedures below to see how we can give you that picture perfect smile.


Dental Bridge

Need to see a San Jose dentist for a missing tooth? Need to replace one or more missing tooth or broken tooth?

One way to do fill the gap, is a dental bridge. If the teeth surrounding the gap (missing teeth) have enough bone support and are healthy, a bridge is an option to replace the missing tooth. In this case the two surrounding teeth on either side are prepared (just like they would for recieving a crown) and will provide an anchor for the missing tooth. This is usually a two step process. On your first visit the teeth will be prepared and an impression will be taken of the teeth. You will be sent home with a temporary bridge. The impressions are sent to a trustworthy lab and approximately two weeks later you return for your second visit and the final bridge will be glued in place. After that all you need to do is continue your home care and regular dental checkups to assure the health of the teeth and tissues around the bridge.

Composite Fillings (White Fillings)

Have decay, a hole in your tooth? Need a tooth colored filling?

Tooth colored fillings are made from a mixture of glass or quartz filler. They are chemically bonded to the teeth (versues silver fillings that are retentively placed into the tooth and can leak over time). Since they can be adhered to your teeth they are more conservative than silver fillings. In other words, less tooth structure needs to be removed. They are a long term solution for small-to-mid size cavities that are subject to moderate chewing pressure.


Have a broken tooth?

You may need a crown. When a tooth is fractured, severely damaged by decay, or has a large old filing, a crown (also called a cap) is often placed. A crown strengthens the tooth, protects the remaining tooth structure and often improves appearance.

The location of the tooth, the way your teeth bite together, and your functional and esthetical needs as a patient are some of the factors used in deciding which type of crown is best for you.

Crowns are made of metal, ceramic, combination of metal and ceramic, Zirconium or the combination of Zirconium and ceramic. On the first visit your dentist will prepare the tooth (remove decay, place any fillings needed and make room for the crown to be placed), then a precise impression of the tooth and your bite is taken. The impression is sent to a trustworthy lab and a crown is made based of of the models to fit precisely to that tooth. On the second visit, your dentist will ensure the fit and glue in the crown.


Are you missing a couple or all of your teeth?

One of the choices you may have is to replace the missing teeth with a denture. A denture is a removable appliance for missing teeth and it can replace one or more of your missing teeth. There are two types of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when you are missing all of your teeth, while partial dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting. Dentures are very durable and can last several years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that the Dentist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are a good option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. After the implants is placed by an oral surgeon, the implants are revealed and another titanium piece, called an “abutment,” is attached to these posts. A porcelain crown, bridgework, or fixed denture is cemented to this abutment by Dr. Vafai . Only this piece is visible, as the implant looks, feels, and functions as a natural tooth. While the procedure is lengthy, most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

Inlays / Onlays

Considering getting a crown?

You may qualify for an inlay/onlay instead. Onlays are dental restorations only used by a select number of dentists. They are a conservative replacement for crowns and are bonded (adhered) to the teeth. Onlays preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring the damaged areas of the teeth. Also known as indirect fillings, these restorations are beneficial from both an aesthetic and functional point of view. Inlays and onlays can often be used in place of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage. Whereas dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated indirectly in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth by your dentist.

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Minimally Invasive Dentistry

Internal Whitening

Do you have a single discolored tooth? Have you been told that the only way you can whiten that tooth is to place a “cap” or “crown” on it?

Usually these teeth have been discolored due to trauma or previous root canal therapy. If this describes your situation there is good news. We have another solution for your discolored tooth, without grinding your healthy tooth structure and costly expense. Internal Whitening (whitening from within the tooth). With internal whitening you can whiten the tooth within 4-8 weeks, results are more natural looking and is less costly.


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Teeth Whitening, Bleaching, Zoom Whitening

If you would like to try to bleach your teeth at home we ill make an impression of your teeth, and make a custom-fitted tray made especially to fit your teeth. We will then give you a bleaching agent that comes in the form of a bleaching gel. The gel is placed in the custom-fitted tray and worn up to two hours daily or at night for about two weeks depending on the strength of the bleach and our recommendation.

In office bleaching (Zoom whitening)

Zoom whitening is safe, effective, fast, and performed only by a dental professional. The complete procedure takes less than an hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by 45 minutes of bleaching. (A cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom whitening session.) You’ll leave the office with visibly whiter teeth in under an hour.

Veneers (Porcelain) / Laminates

Porcelain veneers, sometimes referred to as laminates, are ultra-thin custom-made ceramic shells which are bonded directly to the front teeth, providing a brighter, straighter, natural-looking smile. Porcelain veneers can be used to treat badly stained, crooked, chipped, or broken teeth. Veneers can also correct minor misalignment’s. Their versatility makes porcelain veneers one of the most common cosmetic dentistry options currently available.

Snap On Smiles

Have you always wanted that perfect smile but couldn’t afford it? Or are you nervous about how it would look like and if you would like the outcome?

Snap on Smile is a set of natural looking teeth that sit over your teeth which can be worn throughout the day and even function with. You could wear them up to one year and if you like how your teeth look or get that extra cash to help out, you can decide to permanently change your smile and if not you just take them out and leave your teeth untouched.