Smile Design in San Luis Obispo, CA

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Georgia C. is a patient who's had upper and lower anterior veneers and is very happy with her treatment.

The Path To A More Beautiful Smile & A More Confident You  

A beautiful smile can be a lifelong asset to your confidence, social life, and even your health! Smiling is scientifically proven to help fight infection, make you appear more attractive, and boost your mood. However, you may find it difficult to smile with confidence if you’re dealing with dental issues that take a toll on your smile’s appearance. 

If you need help getting the smile of your dreams, you may be a candidate for smile design. Keep reading to learn about smile design and how our San Luis Obispo dentists can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.  

What Is Smile Design?

Smile design is an individualized treatment plan drafted by your dentist to address multiple oral health issues for the purpose of improving the aesthetics of your smile. By correcting dental problems, your dentist can help you feel more confident in your smile’s appearance. Smile design consists of the treatments best suited to transform and rejuvenate your smile. 

Benefits of Smile Design

Undergoing smile design treatment is beneficial for the aesthetics of your smile and your oral health. Benefits of smile design include:

  • Improved oral health
  • More incentive to smile and enjoy the benefits of smiling
  • Prevents oral health issues from progressing further
  • Greater confidence
  • Higher quality of life
  • Makes your face look younger and healthier

For a more detailed look at possible results of procedures commonly used in smile design, visit our smile gallery and view photos of real life cases that were completed at our office.

Treatments Offered With Smile Design

Teeth Whitening 

Teeth whitening is the most commonly sought after cosmetic treatment due to its ability to whiten smiles almost instantly. With professional teeth whitening your dentist can remove internal stains trapped below the enamel and remove years worth of stains in just one appointment to our San Luis Obispo office.   

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a good option for patients who won’t see significant change with teeth whitening, or can’t replace damaged teeth with restorations like implants. These thin, tooth-shaped shells can be adhered to the front surfaces of your teeth to conceal minor cosmetic issues such as discoloration, gaps, and irregularly shaped teeth.   

Dental Bonding 

Dental bonding makes use of composite materials to not only repair your teeth, but enhance their appearance. Dr. Ramirez can use dental bonding to address common instances of dental damage, such as chips, cracks, holes, and cavities while improving the shape, color, and size of the affected tooth. With dental bonding, your teeth will be repaired and your smile will be beautiful and natural-looking.   


Re-contouring, also known as odontoplasty and enameloplasty, is a process where your dentist removes small amounts of enamel from a tooth. Removing a small bit of enamel allows your dentist to correct the length, size, and shape of your teeth. Re-contouring is a non-invasive and virtually painless procedure with immediate results.

Dental Implants 

For patients who are missing permanent teeth and qualify for the procedure, your dentist will likely recommend dental implants. Dental implants are permanent fixtures surgically implanted into your jaw. Implant restorations look and function like your real teeth, which not only beautifies your smile, but also enhances and protects your oral health. 

Coordination With Specialists (i.e. Orthodontist)

Sometimes your smile requires more specific care, which is why your dentist may recommend coordination with specialists, i.e., orthodontists. Orthodontists are dental professionals who specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and correcting issues with the teeth and jaws. Your dentist will work with your orthodontist to address issues such as dental misalignment and overcrowding.     

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does smile design cost?
How long does smile design take?
Do I qualify for smile design?
How much does smile design cost?

The exact cost of your smile design treatment will depend on multiple factors, including how many treatments are needed, your current level of oral health, and your insurance coverage. We encourage you to call your dental insurance provider beforehand to learn what coverage your plan provides. 

If you find that you need help covering the cost of your smile design treatment, don’t worry. We offer third-party financing through CareCredit to help our patients achieve the smile they deserve. 

How long does smile design take?

The exact length of your smile design treatment will vary based on multiple factors, such as the procedures you undergo and your availability. Your dentist will work with you as they draft your plan to help your treatment fit your schedule. 

Do I qualify for smile design?

You may qualify for smile design if you’re experiencing a combination of any of the following problems with your teeth:

  • Misalignment
  • Tooth loss
  • Cracks 
  • Chips
  • Cavities
  • Gaps
  • Discoloration

Enhance Your Smile With Smile Design

With smile design, we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted by improving the aesthetics and the health of your teeth. The skilled team at our San Luis Obispo dental office have the skills necessary to safely and effectively transform your smile so you can look and feel like your best self. 

To schedule an appointment, contact the office of E. Carrie Ramirez by dialing (805) 549-8483. You can also fill out our contact form on the upper right side of the page, or click the button below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Dr. Ramirez and Dr. Johnson proudly offer their expert services to patients across San Luis Obispo and its surrounding areas, including Santa Margarita, Arroyo Grande, and Pismo Beach, CA. 

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