Cosmetic Dentistry

Refresh Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry in Bakersfield

Satisfied patient showing her perfect smile after treatment

Your smile has a huge impact on your confidence and sense of self. If there’s something you wish was different about your smile, you don’t have to keep wishing! Cosmetic dentistry provides a wide array of services that can do everything from brightening your teeth to completely transforming them.

At Gateway Family Dentistry, Dr. Padmaja Mutyala and her team strive to blend the art and science of dentistry to create beautiful, long-lasting results. We personalize your treatment to your needs, helping you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Ready to take the first step toward your best smile? Schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Mutyala today!

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Cosmetic Services for Your Ideal Smile

Because every patient has a unique smile and different personal goals, we offer a wide range of cosmetic services to meet their needs. Our cosmetic enhancements include:

Does Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

How long your results will last depends on the type of treatment you select. Crowns, for example, last much longer than teeth whitening. Likewise, the quality of materials used will also impact the lifetime of your cosmetic treatment. Dr. Mutyala offers cosmetic treatments using high-quality materials and can provide tips to help your results last as long as possible.

Which Cosmetic Option is Best for Me?

Handsome male patient looking at his beautiful smile sitting at the dental office

There are various factors to consider when choosing a cosmetic treatment. The two most important points of consideration are your goals and your oral health. Good health provides the foundation for an appealing smile, which is why Dr. Mutyala always strives to address health concerns first.

During your cosmetic consultation, our dentist takes the time to talk with you and learn what your goals are for your smile. She’s careful to take into account your personal preferences, concerns, and lifestyle when evaluating your treatment options. She also pays close attention to your physical features – including the shape of your lips, the way your mouth moves, your facial structure, and skin tone – and how they will affect the final look of your smile.

Depending on what you want to accomplish, you may need more than one treatment, or a combination of treatments to achieve the desired results. Our dentist talks you through your options and works with you to create a custom cosmetic treatment plan that you’ll feel excited about.


A Straighter Smile with Invisalign® Clear Braces

woman putting on invisalign clear braces

Few things can dramatically impact your appearance like dental misalignment. We are a certified provider of Invisalign clear braces, an innovative treatment that lets you straighten your teeth comfortably and discreetly.

Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays custom designed to move your teeth into the optimal position. The trays are made to apply gentle pressure to specific targeted areas, with each tray moving them slightly closer to the goal. If you have mild to moderate misalignment, including crooked teeth, unwanted gaps, crowding, and minor under-bite or overbite, Invisalign can be a great option to help you enjoy a straight, healthy smile.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

There are numerous advantages to straightening your teeth with Invisalign, not only for aesthetics but for your health and lifestyle as well. Here are some of the best things Invisalign has to offer.

Comfort: Each tray set is designed to fit around your teeth, barely altering the way your teeth feel naturally. Many people even start to forget they’re wearing them at all!


Discretion: The thin, clear aligners fit snugly against your teeth, making them almost invisible to others. Most people won’t even know you have them!


Convenience: Invisalign aligners can be removed, allowing you to eat whatever you want and brush your teeth normally.


Health: Straighter teeth can chew better, are easier to clean, and have fewer jaw problems, leading to better overall health. Invisalign also protects your health with its design, as the thin aligners are less likely to cause inner mouth injuries, especially during sports or outdoor activities.


Teeth Whitening for a Fresh, Confident Smile

Teeth whitening is one of the simplest cosmetic treatments, yet its results are anything but simple. Teeth naturally become stained over time, but with professional teeth whitening, we can help to lift these stains and refresh your smile.

Our office uses Philips Zoom® whitening, a first-rate whitening system that penetrates beneath the enamel to remove years of staining. A one-hour visit to our office could be all you need to enjoy a dramatically brighter smile!

Is Zoom Whitening Effective?

Absolutely! Zoom whitening uses professional-strength whitening gel to deliver the best possible results. The gel can reach beneath the enamel’s surface to reach stubborn stains and lift them, gradually revealing the natural enamel color underneath. Depending on how much your teeth are stained, it can be possible to whiten them by as much as eight shades in a single session!

The Zoom Whitening Process

patient getting in-office professional teeth whitening

When you come into our office for whitening, we treat your teeth with great care to ensure your comfort as well as the best possible results. First, we clean and polish your teeth to ensure that the whitening gel is applied to your enamel, not plaque. Once cleaned, we’ll show you where your teeth rank on a color chart so that you can compare them to the final results.

We apply a special cream to protect your lips and gums from the gel and minimize any tooth sensitivity. Once you’re prepped with our special equipment, we carefully apply the whitening gel to ensure that it is evenly spread across your entire smile. An LED light is used to activate the whitening gel, and one of our trained staff will monitor your treatment to make sure you’re comfortable and that it goes smoothly.

Typically, the process takes about an hour to complete. When finished, we’ll compare your final results on the color chart, and you’ll be ready to leave the office with a fresh, confident smile.


Transforming Your Smile with Veneers

Dental Veneer samples

When it comes to enhancing your appearance, veneers have a lot to offer. Capable of correcting everything from a chipped tooth to minor misalignment, veneers let you control the shape, size, and color of your teeth, creating a true designer smile.

A veneer is a thin shell made of ceramic – usually porcelain – which bonds to the front surface of the selected teeth. The front six teeth of your upper arch are ideal candidates since they’re the most visible teeth in your smile.

Dr. Mutyala designs each veneer to look natural and lifelike within your smile while providing ideal shape, color, and appearance. She carefully considers each design to help it work in harmony with your features, creating a smile that’s uniquely yours.

Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers?

Patient choosing correct veneer shade

Most people make great candidates for veneers, and you will likely be one, too! As with all cosmetic treatments, Dr. Mutyala looks to see how healthy your teeth and gums are to ensure a strong foundation for your treatment. If you have any health concerns, she will strive to address these before beginning your veneer treatment.

The next step is determining what you want to change in your smile. Veneers are highly versatile and can correct a wide variety of cosmetic issues, but you may want to consider other treatment options as well. If you’re simply looking to brighten your smile, teeth whitening may be a better choice. However, if you have discoloration that doesn’t respond to whitening, veneers can help you transform the affected teeth.

Other issues that veneers can address include:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Unwanted gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Teeth that are small or worn

Porcelain Crowns Correct and Protect

Crowns are frequently used to protect or restore damaged and decayed teeth, but did you know they can also be used for cosmetic enhancements? Their durability and versatility make them valuable in cosmetic dentistry. Crowns can be used on any tooth, improving its shape, size, color, and even benefiting your overall bite.

Why Choose Porcelain?

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain is considered one of the top materials when it comes to dental restorations. This elegant ceramic mimics natural enamel in its thickness and translucency, which helps make the restoration appear more lifelike. Porcelain can also be colored to match the enamel of nearby teeth, further helping it blend into the smile.

The Crown Process

Whether you’re getting a crown for cosmetic purposes, restoration, or both, the process starts with an examination. Our dentist will examine your teeth and determine if a crown is needed. She then prepares the tooth and takes impressions, which are sent to a dental lab to craft your custom crown.

Once the crown is ready, you can return to our office to have it placed. Dr. Mutyala will make any final adjustments before using a special cement to bond it into place. When finished, your new crown will last for years, and possibly decades.


Composite Fillings for Beautiful Repairs

3D render of dental lamp curing composite filling on tooth

It’s important to try to keep your teeth healthy whenever possible, but if you do find yourself with a cavity, it doesn’t have to mean the end of your smile’s appeal. Composite fillings help to restore your tooth while still preserving your smile aesthetics.

The composite resin is carefully shaded to match the surrounding enamel, letting it blend in seamlessly. It can also fit into small spaces and bonds to the tooth enamel, creating a tight seal and allowing the dentist to preserve more of your healthy tooth. Best of all, this treatment can be done in a single visit, so we can get your smile back to health quickly and let you get back to living your life with confidence!


Find Your Best Smile in Bakersfield!

At Gateway Family Dentistry, helping you feel great about your smile is what we love most about what we do! Whether this means helping you transform your smile or providing the right service to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy, Dr. Mutyala and our team provide quality, personalized service every time you visit.

Contact our office today to find out what we can do for your smile!

CALL US: (661) 829-7905 REQUEST APPOINTMENT

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