Comprehensive Dental Care from Dr. Michael D. Wong

Dr. Michael D. Wong is committed to working with patients to achieve the beautiful, stunning smiles that they deserve. He is highly trained and fully-qualified to provide you with a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, using cutting-edge technology to ensure the highest degree of care and quality. Every procedure is performed by Dr. Wong himself to guarantee comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Wong is passionate about giving you the smile you want, whether it takes a subtle adjustment or an intricate, complex procedure. To provide you with your ideal smile, Dr. Wong performs the following procedures:

For more information about any of these procedures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wong, please contact his office.

Tooth-whitening

Bright, white teeth are at the top of many people’s dental wish lists. A set of teeth without stains or yellowing can dramatically boost self-esteem and improve the overall appearance of your smile. Dr. Wong uses the Zoom!® in-office whitening system to substantially whiten your teeth by an average of eight shades. Rather than the days or weeks of treatment many at-home whitening systems require, Dr. Wong can use Zoom!® to whiten your teeth in about 45 minutes.

The Zoom!® procedure is relatively simple, comfortable, and quick. After preparation, which consists of covering your lips and gums to isolate and expose the teeth, Dr. Wong applies the special Zoom!® whitening gel. Zoom!® whitening gel is designed to work in conjunction with the unique Zoom!® lamp. When the light from the Zoom!® lamp hits the gel, the gel breaks down, penetrating your teeth to remove discoloration and stains. After this procedure, your teeth will look amazingly whiter.

Dr. Wong also offers Zoom! Weekender™ and Nite White® gel, the Zoom!® line of take-home products, to help you maintain the whiteness of your teeth.

To find out more about tooth-whitening and the Zoom!® in-office whitening system, please contact Dr. Wong’s practice.

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Veneers

Dr. Wong offers veneers, an exciting and popular cosmetic and restorative dental treatment. Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells of a ceramic material that are bonded directly to the front part of your teeth. Because they are set on the front of your teeth, veneers cover up stains and chips and can also fill in gaps between teeth. Porcelain veneers are fitted exactly to the size and color of the surrounding teeth, resulting in a completely natural-looking smile. Furthermore, veneers are virtually undetectable to others and even yourself, as their exact fit and color make them very comfortable and unnoticeable.

A major advantage of veneers is their strength and resistance to damage. When cemented to the teeth, porcelain becomes very strong and sturdy, freeing you of any worry about damaging your veneers. Also, because porcelain is a ceramic material, its glassy character makes it resistant to stains that can result from tobacco, coffee, or other staining agents.

If you are wondering if porcelain veneers are a good choice to help you achieve the smile you want and deserve, contact Dr. Wong to schedule a free consultation. He is happy to help you decide which cosmetic procedure is the best for you.

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Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a quick and effective alternative to porcelain veneers and dental crowns, ideal for treating decaying, cracked, stained, or gapped teeth. Dr. Wong will utilize composite resin, a putty-like substance, to cosmetically repair your teeth. The first step of dental bonding is to pick a composite resin that matches the color of your surrounding teeth. The doctor will then apply the resin to the appropriate tooth, sculpt it, and polish it until it matches the surrounding teeth. The resin is then exposed to an intense ultraviolet light that hardens the resin to a strong, sturdy material.

Typically, the dental bonding procedure ends there. However, Dr. Wong may see a need to continue shaping and polishing the dental bonding. Though not as stain-resistant or strong as porcelain veneers, dental bonding is still a viable, practical, and ultimately satisfying option for patients who wish to improve their smile.

Like any other cosmetic and restorative dental procedure option, the possibility of undergoing dental bonding should be advised by and discussed with Dr. Wong. To schedule a consultation during which you can explore all of your options, please contact Dr. Wong’s office.

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Tooth-colored Fillings

Dr. Wong is proud to offer the possibility of tooth-colored fillings to patients who desire an alternative to more traditional silver fillings. While silver and amalgam fillings are, for the most part, unsightly and quite noticeable, tooth-colored fillings are practically unrecognizable. In addition to their pleasing aesthetic, tooth-colored fillings are stronger than traditional silver and amalgam fillings and are actually bonded to the teeth.

Tooth-colored fillings, like actual teeth, come in a number of colors, one of which will match your particular teeth. Dr. Wong will pick a shade that best matches the color of your teeth and then pick the appropriate material. Tooth-colored fillings that are used on the front teeth typically have a higher shine while tooth-colored fillings that are used in the back teeth are stronger with less shine.

Since tooth-colored fillings are now made harder and stronger than traditional silver and amalgam fillings, they can, with proper maintenance and care, last a whole lifetime. Tooth-colored fillings are meant to feel comfortable and natural to the point that you won’t notice that you even have them in your mouth.

Contact Dr. Wong if you have any questions about tooth-colored fillings or any other cosmetic or restorative dental procedure.

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Crowns

Crowns are a wonderful cosmetic and restorative procedure when the surface of the tooth is the problem area. Teeth that are cracked, worn down, or even broken may have incurred damage as a result of teeth grinding, improper bite, age, or decay. These are ideal conditions for which a crown can be an effective and satisfactory treatment as they cover up the entire surface of the tooth. Crowns will reinforce, strengthen, and stabilize your damaged tooth.

The crown procedure is typically split up into two visits to Dr. Wong. During the first visit, Dr. Wong will make a mold of your tooth. The mold is sent off to a dental laboratory, where a crown that is exacted to the shape of your tooth will be created. Approximately two weeks later, during your second visit, Dr. Wong will cement the new crown onto your tooth.

Dr. Wong is happy to educate you on the benefits and risks of a variety of procedures, including crowns. He believes that it is important for you to be well-educated about your procedural choices, and will give you his full attention until he is sure that you understand and want the option you choose. Contact Dr. Wong today if you wish to schedule a free consultation.

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Bridges

For cases where a missing tooth or teeth cause a gap, Dr. Wong may recommend that you receive a dental bridge. Bridges literally bridge the gap by anchoring a false tooth or teeth (pontics) between two dental crowns on either side of the gap. A properly installed bridge can bring back your smile; repair your ability to speak, bite, and chew normally; and actually maintain the shape of your face.

There are three main types of bridges: the traditional bridge, the cantilever bridge, and the Maryland bonded bridge. The traditional bridge is the most common type of bridge that is used and consists of two dental crowns placed on either side of the gap and a false tooth between the crowns. The cantilever bridge is applied when teeth are only present on one side of the gap. If that is the case, the replacement tooth is fused to two crowns and used to bridge the gap. Lastly, the Maryland bonded bridge utilizes plastic teeth and gums, which are fused to a metal support. The metal support is bonded to the existing teeth.

When Dr. Wong performs the procedure to install dental bridges, he will first make the appropriate molds for the crowns. The finished crown is then bonded to a false tooth and cemented onto the existing teeth. The procedure generally requires at least two visits to Dr. Wong.

If you have any questions about bridges or interested in undergoing a procedure to receive them, please contact Dr. Wong’s office.

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Smile Makeovers

Dr. Wong will stop at no length to help you achieve a smile that you love and will be proud to show off. If you are someone who suffers from severe dental problems that cause pain, discomfort, and dissatisfaction of your smile, Dr. Wong can set up a strategic treatment plan for a full smile makeover, or full mouth reconstruction. The smile makeover takes into account the health, appearance, and function of your teeth, gums, and jaw. With a smile makeover, Dr. Wong can gradually repair the relationship between your teeth, gums, and jaw, eventually resulting in a radiant smile that shows off your great set of teeth.

Through discussion and strategic planning, Dr. Wong can create a plan for your smile makeover that merges the art of cosmetic dentistry with the strategic planning of neuromuscular dentistry, laying a path to a perfect smile. Orthodontic procedures may be combined with various restorative and cosmetic procedures like crowns, bridges, bonding, implants, and veneers as part of your plan. Though the results are not immediate, Dr. Wong believes that a perfect smile is worth the wait and will help you in any way possible to achieve one.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of a smile makeover with Dr. Wong, please contact his office to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

Please contact the office to find out more about a revolutionary method to improve the appearance of your smile without shots and pain. The procedure is quick, easy, and reversible!

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Dental Implants

Apart from crowns and bridges, dental implants are a popular option for filling in gaps left by missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically positioned under the gums over several appointments. They eventually fuse to the jawbone and act as a foundation on which to attach replacement teeth.

While Dr. Wong does not perform the procedure to place dental implants, he is able to repair and restore damaged or worn implants. If you are having discomfort or difficulty with your dental implants, please contact Dr. Michael D. Wong’s office today.

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Address:
1304 15th Street, Suite 203
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone:
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