Cosmetic Excellence and a Smile That Fits Your Lifestyle
Our office's primary focus is on the health and appearance of your smile. New dental procedures and state-of-the-art technology allow Dr. Hahn to create a personalized and winning smile for you.
A person's smile has the ability to change their whole outlook on life. A winning smile is often seen as a sign of confidence. If you have unsightly, crooked or discolored teeth, your confidence level may not be at its full potential. This is where cosmetic dentistry can help.
The American Dental Association does not recognize Cosmetic Dentistry as a specialty. A family dentist with advanced cosmetic training and experience will be able to help you achieve an attractive smile; however, depending upon your condition you may require assistance from other dental professionals such as an orthodontist to straighten your teeth or adjust your bite, or a periodontist to re-shape your gum tissue or help you achieve good oral health before you start.
Dr. Hahn, an Invisalign dentist in San Francisco, often recommends an Invisalign procedure rather than traditional braces. Invisalign is the breakthrough technology that lets you have the smile you've always wanted without the hassle of braces. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step-by-step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike conventional braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual. An average Invisalign course of treatment takes about a year.
Cleaning your teeth every day at home, while important, is only part of a successful routine. Visiting our hygienist at least once a year may help ensure a healthy mouth. Our dentist and hygienist will use professional tools to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria build-up that you are generally unable to efficiently clean yourself. Combining regular brushing and flossing with an annual dentist’s office visit will not only give you a more confident smile, but it will also help protect you from tooth decay, tooth loss, and periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.
Implants & Dentures
Missing teeth can damage your confidence, but they can also harm the health of your smile. When a vacant space is left for extended periods of time, other teeth and oral tissue will compete to fill the gap. Without treatment, your teeth and jaw may fall out of alignment and result in both functional and aesthetic damage. Our office provides a variety of solutions, and will work with you to find the best treatment to fit your needs, such as implants and dentures.
Financial District Dental in San Francisco, has a simple affordable remedy for chipped teeth, cracked teeth, uneven spacing, and other cosmetic dental problems. Dental Bonding is the perfect solution for small enamel issues that have been sabotaging your smile. Our San Francisco Cosmetic Bonding Team can complete several tooth bondings in a single visit for an immediate smile upgrade.
Most patients will not need anesthesia or sedation. Our San Francisco patients love dental bonding because it allows them to achieve beautiful results with minimal cost or preparation. If you are in good health and have strong teeth with no major decay or infection dental bonding may be a great choice for smile improvement.
Dental bonding is applied while the patient relaxes in a comfortable dental chair. In most cases, none of the existing enamel will be removed. Dr. Hahn will apply a bio-safe material called composite resin, a high-quality, putty-like compound that is applied to your enamel and sculpted into shape.
A veneer procedure is a popular cosmetic procedure. Porcelain is known as one of the best materials for aesthetic dental procedures, because it mimics tooth enamel very closely. Veneers are extremely thin (usually less than 0.5 mm thickness), giving them an enamel-like translucence creating a natural appearance. They are about as thick as a contact lens or a fingernail. Tooth preparation requires very little tooth alteration.
Porcelain veneers are attached to your teeth using a dental bonding glue or cement. Although veneers are very thin, once bonded to your teeth they become strong. The process is fast and conservative. First, your teeth are prepared and impressions are sent to a dental laboratory along with the design for your new smile. Veneers may be recommended along with other cosmetic procedures in order to produce optimal results.
Whitening your teeth at home often involves using a custom fitted mouth guard into which a whitening solution is placed. These custom fitted mouth guards will help protect your gums from irritation that occurs while using ill-fitted, over-the-counter whitening mouth pieces. After the solution is placed in the mouth guard, it is placed over the teeth and left on for a few hours or overnight depending on the type of whitening solution. Ask Dr. Hahn if home whitening is right for you.
A significant number of people suffer from some degree of anxiety regarding the dentist. It is our first priority to make you feel comfortable with our staff and practices at all times, but we understand the importance of assistance to help put you at ease during treatments. Our office offers a variety of methods in sedation dentistry, and will work with you to find the best solution for you. Anxiety is understandable, but it’s our goal to ensure it doesn’t interfere with you receiving the best possible dental care.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is most often used for patients who are mildly or moderately anxious or nervous. It eases their fears so that they can relax and receive treatment comfortably and safely. Nitrous oxide is administered by placing a small mask over the patient's nose. As the gas begins to work, the patient becomes calm, but is still awake and can communicate. When the gas is turned off, the effects of sedation wear off almost immediately.
Patients who are more anxious may need an oral medication that is stronger than nitrous oxide. With oral sedation, the patient may be sleepy but can be aroused if necessary and can respond to simple commands.
Minor side effects such as nausea or vomiting can occur with some medications. Before a visit in which a patient is to receive oral sedation, he/she should receive instructions about eating and drinking, what to expect and what to watch for after treatment. You may need assistance to get home after sedation. Patients may need to stay for a short observation after dental treatment has been completed.