Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

Japantown Dental

Alex H. Mendoza, D.D.S.

Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry located in San Jose, CA

Seven in 10 Americans say they feel self-conscious about their teeth and smile. Cosmetic dentistry provides a safe and effective way to address oral imperfections, including missing and crowded teeth, cavities, discoloration, and stains. At Japantown Dental in San Jose, California, Alex Mendoza, DDS, and the team provide all-inclusive cosmetic dentistry on-site. To schedule an appointment, book online or call the office to speak with a friendly staff member today.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q&A

What is cosmetic dentistry?

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Cosmetic dentistry uses oral prosthetics and orthodontics to improve the physical appearance of your teeth, gums, and mouth. The treatments and techniques used can optimize your oral health and help you smile and speak more confidently.

What are the different types of cosmetic dentistry?

At Japantown Dental, the team offers a comprehensive suite of cosmetic dentistry services, including:

Crowns and bridges

Crowns and bridges are popular and long-lasting oral prosthetics. Crowns are tooth-shaped coverings that protect a molar or premolar from further damage or decay. Your dentist bonds the crown to the top of your affected tooth.

Bridges fill a gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth. In addition to restoring your chewing and biting abilities, bridges significantly lower your risk of gum recession and bone loss. 

Dental implants

If you’ve lost some or all of your permanent teeth, dental implants can restore your smile. Dental implants provide a firm foundation for prosthetics like crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures. An oral surgeon places them into your jawbone during a quick, outpatient procedure.


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If you have crooked and crowded teeth or a misaligned jaw, you might benefit from orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®. Invisalign straightens your teeth using a series of clear, nearly invisible aligners. By wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours each day, you can achieve a symmetrical smile in just 12-18 months.


Veneers are custom-tailored shells of composite resin or porcelain that the Japantown Dental team bonds to the front of your natural teeth. Veneers are ideal if you have stained teeth that won’t respond to whitening or you want a more balanced, Hollywood-worthy smile.

Teeth whitening

If you have stained, discolored, or yellow teeth, consider teeth whitening. At Japantown Dental, the team offers in-office chairside teeth whitening as well as take-home teeth whitening trays. Both treatment options provide a safe and effective way to achieve a brilliantly white smile.

Cosmetic fillings

If you develop a cavity, you might benefit from cosmetic fillings. Cosmetic fillings are made of composite resin and blend in with your natural teeth. They’re almost as durable and long-lasting as your tooth enamel, ensuring stunning results with little risk of additional damage.

Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

Only a qualified dentist can determine if you are a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. Following a comprehensive oral exam, a review of your oral health history, and digital X-rays, the team at Japantown Dental can make recommendations that align with your needs.

Invest in cosmetic dentistry by scheduling an appointment at Japantown Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a staff member today.