Cosmetic Dentistry in Foothill Ranch

Is cosmetic dentistry worth it?

Feeling comfortable with your smile can make a huge difference in living your life to the fullest. If you find yourself shying away from laughing or smiling, or if you feel self conscious when you speak, cosmetic dentistry may be right for you.

Cosmetic dentistry helps with a wide variety of dental issues, drastically improving smiles and renewing confidence. If you are considering cosmetic dental treatment in Foothill Ranch, ask yourself if you are fully satisfied with your smile. If not, cosmetic care at our office can help you gain the smile that you deserve.

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Veneers can help protect your natural enamel.

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What to expect at your cosmetic consultation

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Initial Conversation

We will do everything we can to ensure that you are comfortable speaking about your insecurities with no judgements, only solutions. During this first conversation, our dentists in Foothill Ranch will discuss what problems you have with your smile, and provide you with options on how to improve it.

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Comprehensive Exam

We will first begin with a thorough oral exam to find out if you are a good candidate for cosmetic services. In order for treatment to be successful, having a healthy set of teeth and gums is essential. Dr. Selina Sarno will go over any restorative treatments required before beginning cosmetic care.

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Personalized Treatment Plan

After your consultation and oral exam, Dr. Selina Sarno will curate a specialized treatment plan that is designed to fit your specific needs and desired results. We will cover treatment options and plan accordingly so that you receive optimized care. This personalized plan will help you visualize each step of your smile transformation.

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Explore Your Options

You will be provided with an array of options for treatment. Together, you and your dentist will discuss how these options suit your personal needs. Your lifestyle and budget will be taken into account so you feel comfortable every step of the way.

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Scheduling & Payment

After you’ve chosen your treatment plan, we will schedule your next visit; we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about our services or finances.

Cosmetic Treatment Options

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Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Take-home teeth whitening is a great option if you want to whiten your teeth without leaving the comfort of your home. You’ll get great results over the course of 2 weeks. 

We create the whitening trays by taking impressions of your teeth and gums so that they fit comfortably in your mouth. When your personalized trays are crafted, you’ll receive our whitening product. Detailed instructions for proper use and how to care for your trays will follow. Reading and following these instructions will give you professional results. 

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office whitening can provide a more dramatic transformation. In just your first visit, you can significantly brighten your teeth–up to 10 shades lighter! This is a great option if you want instant results for an upcoming special occasion, or if you simply don’t want to wait to show off your brighter smile.  

To achieve these results, your dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums so that they aren’t irritated during the whitening process. Retractors are used to keep your cheeks and other soft-tissues out of harm’s way. Then a powerful whitening agent will be applied carefully to your teeth, activated by a UV light. This whitening agent will be left on your teeth for about an hour but the time varies based on your desired shade. Repeated visits may be required for those with advanced discoloration. This process can be recurrent until you achieve the results you desire, but even one visit can make a huge difference!

Dental Bonding, Shaping & Contouring

If you are interested in a non-invasive procedure that can revive your smile, dental bonding may be a great fit. The procedure only takes about 30-60 minutes per tooth. Your dentist will begin by applying a color-matched dental resin, designed to blend in with the rest of your smile. The resin will be carefully sculpted into your desired shape before hardening it with a UV light. This reinforces the look, feel, and function of your grin. 

Enameloplasty is a cosmetic procedure that shapes and contours the teeth, it is performed during a dental bonding. During this process, a thin layer will be removed to achieve your desired shape.


Veneers are often used to eliminate any tooth imperfections. This ranges from eliminating small gaps to completely covering up stained, misshaped, or uneven teeth. They are expertly crafted out of wafer-thin porcelain shells, made to look tooth-colored and natural. 

This procedure begins with the removal of 0.5mm of enamel so the veneer can merge to the tooth. This makes it an irreversible procedure because enamel doesn’t grow back. Even so, veneers are still a highly popular procedure as they can last for up to 20 years, giving you an impeccable smile that will boost your confidence.

Cosmetic Makeovers

Cosmetic makeovers are personalized plans that utilize multiple treatment methods to address all of your smile needs. Because everyone is unique and may have different goals, the exact services included can vary widely between patients. Over the course of one or more appointments, a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures will be carried out to help you achieve your dream smile.


Invisalign straightens your teeth without the hassle of uncomfortable metal, ceramic brackets, or wires. Invisalign is created with durable plastic called SmartTrack for the clear aligners. One of the major benefits of Invisalign is they are easily removable, so you don’t have to worry about having dietary restrictions.

The technology for Invisalign is becoming increasingly more advanced, meaning that they are capable of treating complex orthodontic solutions. Consult with Dr. Sarno and discover if Invisalign is the best option for you.

ICON Lesion Treatment

White Spot Lesions (WSLs) are a common issue that surfaces after orthodontic treatment. They are caused by an enamel defect, infection, or trauma to the teeth. They are little white spots that form on the surface of teeth and can result in demineralization if not properly treated. 

At our practice, we provide a solution to the problem. ICON resin treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that reduces the appearance of WSLs.

To rid or “erase” your smile of these unappealing spots, we will gently remove the outer layer of enamel to apply a strengthening dental resin. The resin remineralizes the de-calcified area while evening out the shade of your tooth. You will have your smile back without a worry with our ICON resin treatment.

Did you know…

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In-office whitening can brighten your smile by up to 10 shades in a single visit.

Interested in cosmetic services?

Call (949) 830-3511 to book an appointment

Have questions about cosmetic dentistry? Find answers here.

What dental issues can cosmetic dentistry solve?

Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of options that can treat nearly any aesthetic dental issue. Yellow or stained teeth can be fixed with teeth whitening; minor cracks, chips, or evening out your smile can be solved with dental bonding; Veneers or Lumineers can completely refurbish any aesthetic concerns, and dental crowns are used on teeth that have severe damage or decay. Cosmetic dentistry is a worthwhile option if you are aesthetically unsatisfied with your smile in any way. 

Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dental treatments?

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Having good oral and overall health is the main requirement for cosmetic treatments. You are a good candidate if you meet those and are looking to improve the look of your smile.

Oral health issues like gum disease, cavities, or occlusal (bite) issues usually require orthodontic or restorative treatments before cosmetic treatment. It’s important to get an initial oral health exam before proceeding with any procedures. 

Can I get more than one cosmetic dental procedure done at the same time?

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Yes you can! In fact, it’s a common practice. Receiving multiple cosmetic treatments in one appointment makes it way more efficient to get the results you want. Some procedures, such as dental bonding and enameloplasty, go hand-in-hand. Our practice prioritizes keeping procedures as straightforward and effective as possible.

Is cosmetic dentistry covered by dental insurance? 

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Every insurance plan is different but generally, cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance. Insurances typically don’t cover procedures that aren’t medical necessities. Some plans may cover veneers or crowns if they provide restorative benefits, but this is an exception rather than a rule. 

The best way to get exact details on your coverage plan is to call your insurance provider directly. However, we can provide financing options and plans; we will help you work out a solution that will give you the beautiful smile you deserve. Just give us a call so that we can help assist you.

Did you know…

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Cosmetic dentistry can make it easier to take care of your smile.