Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

Joseph Hwang, DMD -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Joseph Hwang, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist located in Livermore, CA

Dr. Joseph Hwang is a cosmetic dentist who specializes in many procedures that are used to enhance and improve a person’s smile. At Tri-Valley Aesthetic Dentistry, the dentist and his staff serve the residents of many California communities, including Livermore and other neighboring towns.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

What Dental Procedures Are Considered Cosmetic?

Dental procedures that are used to improve the look and appearance of a person’s teeth and smile are normally considered to be cosmetic. Veneers and teeth whitening procedures enhance a person’s smile, for example, while bridges and orthodontic appliances bring the teeth into proper alignment. When the form of the mouth is altered or repaired, the procedure is normally performed to improve the function of the mouth as a whole. Although they have cosmetic benefits, restorative procedures offer value when it comes to improving how the mouth works as well as how it looks overall.

What Are Contouring and Reshaping?

Contouring and reshaping provide subtle changes to the look of a person’s teeth. Contouring and reshaping procedures can correct chips, improve the shape, and slightly alter teeth so that they no longer overlap. In some cases, the procedures can also help improve a person’s bite pattern. Most contouring and reshaping procedures are performed in a single visit, and the patient can resume normal activities shortly after leaving the dentist’s office. Ideal candidates for these procedures have generally healthy teeth and only need slight improvements made to enhance the look and form of their teeth.

Can More Than One Cosmetic Procedure Be Performed at the Same Time?

Depending on a person’s health, the condition of their mouth/teeth, and what procedures are being considered, it is possible to perform more than one cosmetic or dental procedure during one visit. Time will also be a factor. There are certain procedures like teeth whitening, crowns and the introduction of Invisalign® trays that will take more than one visit. In most cases, the dentist will try to achieve as much as possible during each visit, as long as it doesn’t have a negative effect on the patient or the outcome of the procedure. Procedures like teeth whitening may be performed during the same visit as a dental exam.


Tri-Valley Aesthetic Dentistry accepts the following PPO plans. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please contact our office.

Aetna PPO
Anthem Blue Cross
Assurant Dental Health Alliance (PPO)
Assurant Employee Benefits
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna PPO
Delta Dental PPO
First Dental Health PPO
Guardian PPO
Lincoln Dental
MetLife Dental
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
Premier Access
Principal Dental
The Standard
United Healthcare PPO