Cosmetic Dentistry

South Bay Prosthodontics

Prosthodontists & Restorative Cosmetic Dentist located in Torrance, CA

When you laugh or smile, do you cover your mouth? If so, cosmetic dentistry may be able to help. MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, Michelle Ikoma, DDS, and the team at South Bay Prosthodontics in Torrance, California, proudly offer their patients a full suite of cosmetic dentistry services including teeth whitening, veneers, and crowns. If you dream of achieving a whiter, brighter smile make an appointment by calling the office.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of oral health care designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of your mouth, teeth, and gums. 

The skilled, experienced cosmetic dentists at South Bay Prosthodontics, can help whiten or straighten your smile. They can also restore one or multiple missing teeth using dental implants, bridges or dentures.

Who can benefit from cosmetic dentistry?

Anyone who is unhappy with the general physical appearance of their teeth and gums can benefit from cosmetic dentistry. 

For example, if your teeth are yellow or brown, your dentist may recommend whitening to eradicate stains. For overcrowded or misaligned teeth, the team may recommend orthodontic treatment.

Cosmetic dentistry is also beneficial for athletes, actors, singers, and busy professionals who are in the public eye. Regular cosmetic appointments can help boost your confidence and ensure you’re red carpet ready, year-round.

What types of cosmetic dentistry do you offer?

The team at South Bay Prosthodontics offers a number of cosmetic dentistry services including:


Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain or composite resin affixed to your natural, permanent teeth. Veneers are incredibly versatile and can correct a variety of imperfections including discolored teeth, misshapen teeth, and gaps between teeth.

Dental implants

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. If you lose a permanent tooth, they can restore your smile to its near-original condition. Plus, with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. 


Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings that fit over a cracked or damaged tooth. Crowns mimic the color and shape of your natural teeth and provide an effective way to prevent further decay. 


A dental bridge is used to replace a missing permanent tooth. Dental bridges feature a false tooth, or pontic, that fills the gap. Your dentist attaches your bridge to your permanent teeth on either side of the gap with crowns.

Which cosmetic dentistry option will best meet my needs?

The type of cosmetic dentistry you’ll most benefit from depends on your health history and your goals for treatment. Following an oral exam and discussion, your South Bay Prosthodontics provider can formulate a treatment plan that aligns with your needs. 

Stop hiding your smile from the world. Cosmetic dentistry can boost your confidence and change your life. Make an appointment today by calling the office.