We are pleased to announce that our office is open! • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. * All patients will be required to wear face coverings to enter the office. • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed. • Every patient will have their temperature taken upon entering the office. If above 100 degrees, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment for the safety of our staff and other patients. • We want you to call the office or text when you arrive for your dental appointment. We will then call you when your room is ready so you go straight back to the chair. For the time being, we will not have a “waiting room”. • Following your appointment, we will do a “virtual” checkout by calling you to take any payments and/or schedule any follow up appointments. • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That means that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. If you already have a scheduled appointment we may need to reschedule to a future date to be able to follow the new guidelines. We appreciate your patience as we all work through this pandemic and resume back to business. Sincerely Dr. Belnap, Dr. Jergense and staff,

Smile Makeover Candidates Want to Achieve a Flawless Smile

January 7, 2017 — by tbelnap
Tags: Smile Makeover Porcelain Veneers Teeth Whitening Cosmetic Dentistry

Smile MakeoverA beautiful smile can help you make a great first impression. When you feel confident in your smile, you feel confident in other areas of your life as well. Many people, however, are unhappy with one or more aspects of their smile. They may have yellowed or chipped teeth that make them feel self-conscious. Fortunately, at PQ Family Dental, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments. Good smile makeover candidates include patients in the Rancho Penasquitos, CA area who are unhappy with multiple aspects of their smile.

Qualities of a Smile Makeover Candidate

Ideal smile makeover candidates only want to address cosmetic flaws in their smiles. Thus, they are in relatively good oral health, free of gum disease or tooth decay. Patients with gum disease or tooth decay must have these issues addressed before undergoing a smile makeover.

A smile makeover can combine two or more cosmetic procedures to address the appearance of the teeth as well as the gums. A candidate for a smile makeover may want to address:

  • Minor to severe discoloration of the teeth
  • Chips, cracks, or other minor damage that does not affect the tooth structure
  • Teeth that are oddly shaped
  • Teeth that are slightly crooked
  • Unevenly spaced teeth
  • Excess gum tissue or an uneven gum line

Smile Makeover Procedures

With the right combination of procedures, we can transform your smile into something that makes you feel confident. At PQ Family Dental, we offer the following cosmetic procedures. We can combine any two or more of these procedures for a comprehensive smile makeover.

  • Porcelain Veneers: Using thin shells of ceramic that affix to the front of the teeth, we can correct an array of cosmetic flaws, including discoloration, minor damage and misalignment, and gaps.
  • Teeth Whitening: Years of coffee drinking, tobacco use, and more can contribute to a yellowed smile. With professional teeth whitening, we can brighten your smile by as many as eight shades.
  • Dental Bonding: As an alternative to porcelain, we can use composite resin to bond the teeth and correct a myriad of issues, including staining, damage, and more.
  • Gum Contouring: We can use laser gum contouring to create a perfectly scalloped gum line. This can eliminate the excess tissue that creates a “gummy” smile and can also create greater symmetry.

Smile makeovers are completely customized to meet your individual needs. Teeth whitening is most frequently combined with other procedures, especially with porcelain veneers and dental bonding. This is because it provides a new base shade to which we can then match the porcelain or composite resin.

Find Out if You Can Benefit from a Smile Makeover

The only way to determine if a smile makeover is right for you is to schedule a consultation. We can evaluate your oral health and discuss your cosmetic goals with you in detail to determine if a smile makeover is the right solution for your needs.