Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

Sutter Place Dental Group

Nathaniel K. Minami, DDS

Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in San Francisco, CA

Dr Minami improves the appearances of his patients’ teeth and smiles from his Sutter Place Dental Group Practice in San Francisco, CA. His patients face the world with brighter, whiter, straighter smiles.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q&A

What is the difference between cosmetic and general dentistry?

While cosmetic dentistry can improve oral issues like bite or gaps between teeth, its primary purpose is to improve the appearance of the teeth and smile. Cosmetic treatments can treat discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing teeth. Teeth can be reshaped, smiles straightened, and gaps closed.  Following a consultation where a patient describes his or her goals and expectations for improving the appearance of their smiles, a dentist can suggest a variety of procedures including bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers, reshaping and contouring.

What should I look for in a cosmetic dentist?

When looking for a cosmetic dentist, you should always collect references, which provide a sense of the quality of care provided by the dentist. The dentist should also provide before and after photos of thier work to show you the results and expectations. This will allow you to see if the work meets your expectations. You will also want to see proof of continuing education. While all dentists participate in extensive education prior to practicing, dental techniques and technologies are regularly updated and improved. Check to make sure your dentist is up to date with current practices.

How will I know what treatment is best for me?

Your dentist will have a detailed conversation with you about what changes you want to achieve and your expectations of the treatments available. The condition and health of your teeth may dictate the best procedure to meet your needs. Some key questions to discuss with your dentist should include:

  • What will my teeth look like after the treatment?
  • What will my procedure involve? How many visits will be needed? Will it be painful?
  • What kind of maintenance will be needed?

Insurance Information

Please contact our office for any additonal questions regarding our accepted insurance providers.

Aetna PPO
Anthem Blue Cross PPO
Delta Dental PPO (all states)
Delta Premier
Guardian PPO
Level PPO
Metlife PPO