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Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

Sunshine Dental

Aesthetic and Implant Dentists & Family Dentistry located in San Ramon, CA & Livermore, CA

If you’re self-conscious about your smile or the appearance of your teeth and gums, consider cosmetic dentistry. At Sunshine Dental in San Ramon and Livermore, California, dentist Sushma Balakrishna, DDS, and the caring team offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening, dental veneers, implants, and more. To schedule your appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book online today.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q&A

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of oral health care focused on improving the physical appearance of your teeth, gums, and smile.

As you get older, your mouth experiences a variety of changes, including tooth stains, gum recession, and general wear-and-tear. Cosmetic dentistry addresses these and other issues, allowing you to bite, speak, smile, and chew confidently.

Are there different types of cosmetic dentistry?

At Sunshine Dental, Dr. Balakrishna and the team offer several types of cosmetic dentistry, including: 

Teeth whitening

The team at Sunshine Dental offers three types of teeth whitening treatment, including in-office whitening, take-home whitening trays, and laser teeth whitening. Each of these treatments safely and effectively eradicate stains and discoloration from the surfaces of your teeth.  Although teeth whitening isn’t permanent, it’s capable of making your teeth brighter and whiter for four to six months.

Dental veneers

If you have chipped and cracked teeth, smaller-than-average teeth, or gaps between your teeth, you might benefit from dental veneers. Veneers are custom-crafted shells of composite resin or porcelain that Dr. Balakrishna bonds to the front of your permanent teeth. Some people get one or two veneers, but most receive six or eight. This process restores balance and symmetry to your smile. 

Dental implants

If you’re missing some or all of your teeth, dental implants can restore your smile to its near-original, healthy condition. Implants are small metal posts placed in your gums. Once secured, they support oral prosthetics including crowns, fixed bridges, or implant-supported dentures.


If you develop a cavity or otherwise damage a tooth, Dr. Balakrishna might recommend a crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped covering that envelopes your tooth. This prevents further damage while restoring your biting and chewing abilities.


If you’re missing one permanent tooth, you might benefit from a dental bridge. A bridge closes a gap in your smile and relies on the surrounding, healthy teeth for support. Once placed, a bridge blends in with the rest of your smile, ensuring no one knows you’ve had any work done.

What type of cosmetic dentistry will I most benefit from?

The type of cosmetic dentistry that will most benefit you depends on your oral health, your goals for treatment, and your budget. Following a thorough oral exam and a review of your medical history, Dr. Balakrishna and the team develop a custom care plan that aligns with your individual needs.

To schedule your cosmetic dentistry appointment at Sunshine Dental, call the office or book online today.