Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry services offered in Santa Monica, CA

If your smile isn’t as white or as symmetrical as it used to be, consider cosmetic dentistry. Dental restorations, orthodontics, and whitening treatments can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. At his self-titled practice, general and family dentist Jason Ray, DDS, and the team provide various cosmetic dentistry services, including porcelain crowns, veneers, and Invisalign®. To make an appointment, call the office in Santa Monica, California, or book online today.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q&A

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry uses oral prosthetics, whitening treatments, or orthodontics to improve the appearance of your teeth, gums, and smile. Most cosmetic procedures are elective, but some can also improve your oral health. For example, straightening crooked teeth with Invisalign can reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease.

What are some examples of cosmetic dentistry?

Dr. Ray and the team offer various cosmetic dentistry services, including:

CEREC® same-day crowns

CEREC same-day crowns are porcelain caps bonded on top of a damaged or severely decayed tooth. Once placed, the CEREC crown restores your tooth to its near-original size and shape, making it easier to bite and chew.


Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain or composite resin bonded to your permanent teeth. Veneers cover minor oral imperfections, including stains, cracks, and unusually shaped teeth.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening uses solutions like carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to remove stains from your teeth. Dr. Ray and the team offer two types of teeth whitening –– in-office chairside teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening trays.

Dental bonding

Dental bonding repairs chips, cracks, and other minor tooth damage with strong tooth-colored materials. After the bonding material dries, it restores your tooth to its near-original condition, preventing further damage.

Dental implants

Dental implants are metal posts that replace your permanent tooth roots. An oral surgeon inserts them into your empty tooth sockets during an outpatient procedure. They integrate with your jaw over time, providing a foundation for crowns, bridges, or implant-retained dentures.

Cosmetic gum contouring

If you have a “gummy” smile, Dr. Ray might recommend cosmetic gum contouring. During cosmetic gum contouring, he uses special tools to remove excess gum tissue.


Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that straightens your teeth and jaw with a series of removable plastic aligners. Dr. Ray has over 15 years of experience prescribing Invisalign treatment and is a Premier Preferred Invisalign Provider.

Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

Anyone who wants a more aesthetically pleasing smile can benefit from cosmetic dentistry. After a review of your dental records, an oral exam, and a series of digital X-rays, Dr. Ray and the team can develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your goals and budget.

To explore the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, make an appointment at the practice of Jason Ray, DDS, by calling the office or booking online today.