Men and women in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas trust cosmetic dentistry professional Dr. Saj Jivraj to help them meet their goals that center on a healthy, attractive smile. Cosmetic dentistry is an exciting field in which the sole purpose is to bring out a person’s natural beauty using meticulous techniques and lifelike materials.

Innovation in cosmetic dentistry has made it possible for dentists to mimic the appearance and the structural integrity of natural teeth using highly durable materials. However, the magic of cosmetic dentistry does not lie only in materials; there is an extensive amount of training that a cosmetic dentist completes making the best use of these materials. Truly, a smile makeover of any degree is a work of artistry and skill.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the functionality) of teeth, gums and/or bite. It primarily focuses on improvement dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance. Many dentists refer to themselves as “cosmetic dentists” regardless of their specific education, specialty, training, and experience in this field. This has been considered unethical with a predominant objective of marketing to patients. The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a formal specialty area of dentistry. However, there are still dentists that promote themselves as cosmetic dentists.

Procedures For A Better Smile Makeover

Cosmetic dentistry is a rather complex practice because every tooth is different. Also, dentists are not dealing only with teeth, but also the jaw, bone structure, facial symmetry, and patient preference. The objective of each case is unique, which is why there is such a wide variety of cosmetic dental treatments available today.

#1 Teeth Whitening

An extreme makeover dentist pays attention to small details such as tooth shape and size. Teeth can be lengthened or shortened to a more attractive size using gum reduction or porcelain veneers. Tooth shape can also be altered using cosmetic bonding or veneers.

#2 Laser Whitening

Laser whitening is a teeth whitening technique in which gums are covered with rubber and a bleaching chemical is applied on the teeth. A beam of argon laser, which is intended to accelerate the process of bleaching, is then projected upon the teeth. This laser activates the bleaching chemical and lightens the teeth color. Laser whitening is said to be six times more effective in teeth whitening compared to other procedures.

#3 Tooth Reshaping

An extreme makeover dentist pays attention to small details such as tooth shape and size. Teeth can be lengthened or shortened to a more attractive size using gum reduction or porcelain veneers. Tooth shape can also be altered using cosmetic bonding or veneers.

#4 Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a dental procedure in which a dentist applies a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) and cures it with visible, blue light. This ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth and improves the overall appearance of teeth

#5 Dental Bridges

This is a fixed solution that involves a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by attaching an artificial tooth permanently to an adjacent tooth or dental implant.

#6 Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain laminate veneers are wafer thin shells of ceramic material which are bonded to the front of teeth. They can be placed to mask discoloration, brighten teeth, change shape or to give an illusion of a change in alignment of teeth, crowding, spacing etc. If placed using the latest bonding techniques by a suitably trained dentist they should last for many years.

#7 Dental Implants

Dental Implants are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth. According to ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists) there are commonly three parts to what it is described as an implant: the implant device which is predominantly made of titanium (which is inserted into the bone), the abutment, and a dental crown or a denture which are connected to the implant through the abutment.

#8 Lumineers

Mminimal-prep porcelain veneers that take only two visits to complete a smile makeover. The ultra-thin nature of Lumineers is appealing to individuals who would prefer to preserve tooth enamel.

#9 Gum Lift

Gum lift, known as crown lengthening, is generally performed in order to improve the health of the gum tissue, or to prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures. In addition, crown lengthening procedures can also be used to correct a “gummy” smile, where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue. Crown lengthening exposes more of the natural tooth by reshaping or recontouring gum tissue and bone. This treatment can be performed on a single tooth within a single visit.

#10 Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign treatment is being used as an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign helps in treating spacing, crowding, and overlapping teeth to create the smile patients desire. This system has treated hundreds of thousands of patients and has been around for over a decade. Clear aligners are comfortable, invisible and easy to clean.

#11 Snap On Smile

Snap On Smile, also known as snap on teeth is a fantastic and cheap alternative to cosmetic surgery in order to get that Hollywood smile. They are a dental device that fit right up to your gum line and snap into your own teeth. It is a painless process which will help you camouflage imperfections like stained teeth, broken or chipped teeth, missing teeth or misaligned teeth behind a beautiful dazzling smile.

Schedule a Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation Today!

When it comes to efficiency of your time and proficiency of cosmetic dentistry techniques, Anacapa Dental Art Institute is the right choice for your teeth. Contact us to schedule your private consultation today and find out why we consider our dentists as the best cosmetic dentists in the area.


We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jivraj contact our Oxnard, CA, dental office today by calling 805-800-8289. Our office welcomes patients in and around Oxnard, CA, including Santa Barbara, Woodland Hills, Ventura, and the surrounding Southern California communities.