General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Santa Clarita, CA

If you are looking for a skilled yet gentle dentist, our caring dental team is here to help! Here are links to some of our most popular services: Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening, Invisalign (an orthodontics alternative), general dentistry such as cleanings, and Dental Implants (same-day crowns) for missing teeth.

Truly modern dentistry dedicated to its patient’s dental health, offering all the latest dental techniques and procedures. Mark Taheri, DDS uses advanced technology to create a beautiful mouth and a perfect smile for each patient while reducing any possibility of pain. We offer personalized care accomplished with friendliness and professionalism in a pleasant and comfortable environment. At May Dental, we strive to achieve the ideal in modern dentistry.

Modern dentistry allows for giving patients beautiful individualistic smiles. With the advancements in technology, combined with the utilization of the latest dental techniques and procedures, Dr Taheri and his staff are sure to meet your expectations and provide you with quality pain-free dentistry experience.

We welcome new patients to our practice and offer a variety of dental care services. Whether it is an aesthetic need or a full-mouth reconstruction, or just a second opinion, please call the office staff to schedule an appointment. We treat all individuals with the highest regard.

So if you are looking for a dentist, call us today and see what a difference a beautiful healthy smile can make.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums or bite. There are many procedures that can be performed by a dentist to improve your smile. The procedures range from subtle changes to major repairs. The procedures usually treat teeth that have been discolored, chipped, misshapen and missing. The dentist can close spaces, reshape the teeth, restore short or worn teeth, and alter the length of the teeth. Common procedures include bonding, bleaching, crowns, veneers and reshaping and contouring. These treatments are not always cosmetic, but also treatment to common oral problems such as your bite.


This is a common procedure used to whiten the teeth. A person can go for this procedure if they want stains in their teeth to disappear, or want to make their shade whiter. Discoloration can occur in the enamel and can be caused by cigarettes, medication, tea and coffee. It can also be hereditary or due to getting older.The procedure can be performed by a dentist in the office or under the supervision of the dentist at home. Many people prefer bleaching at home because it offers more convenience. The dentist usually creates a custom mouthpiece that ensures that the correct amount of whitening solution has been used and that the teeth have been exposed properly. If the whitening is done at home, it will take two to four weeks, depending on the results you want to get. If you decide to have it done at the dentist’s office, then it will take 45 to one hour. You can go for one or more visits, depending on your condition.


Dental bonding is a procedure where a tooth-colored resin material is applied using light which will bond the material to the teeth and restore a person’s smile. It is good when:

– A person has decayed teeth
– When a person has a cracked tooth or cracked teeth
– When a person wants to improve the appearance of discolored teeth
– There are spaces between teeth
– A person wants to make his/her tooth longer
– Changing the shape of the teeth
– Used as an alternative to amalgam fillings

The procedure is not complicated and can be done in the dentist’s office. Anesthesia is not necessary unless the bonding is used to fill a decayed tooth. The dentist will choose a resin shade that matches to the color of your teeth. The surface of the teeth is then roughened and a certain liquid applied. This is done to make the resin adhere to the tooth. The resin is then applied, molded, and smoothened to the desired shape. The material is then hardened using laser or ultraviolet light. The dentist will then trim and shape it after it has hardened. This procedure will take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.


A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over the tooth to cover it and restore the size, shape, improve appearance, and strength. The crown will encase the entire visible part of the tooth above the gum line when it has been cemented in place.

When can a dental crown be needed?

– To protect a weak tooth from breaking or hold together parts of a cracked tooth (especially from   decay)
– To restore a tooth that has broken or has severely worn down.
– To support and cover a tooth with a large filling when there is no tooth left.
– Holding a dental bridge in place.
– Covering discolored or mis-shapened teeth.
– Covering a dental implant
– Making a cosmetic modification

A crown can also be used in children primary teeth when:

– saving a tooth that has been damaged by decay and can’t support a filling.
– protecting the teeth of a child who is at a high risk for tooth decay, especially if they have a difficult time keeping up with oral hygiene.

There are different types of crowns that can be used. Permanent crowns can be made from stainless steel, all metals, all resin, porcelain fused to metal, or all ceramic. You will have to make two visits to prepare for the crown. The first step involves examination and preparation of the tooth while the second is the placement of the crown. Anesthesia is usually used to numb the gum tissues around the tooth.


Dental veneers are shell like materials that have designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve the appearance. These shells will change the appearance, color, size, shape, length of the tooth.

Resin composite materials or porcelain can be used to make the dental veneers. Porcelain veneers resist stains better and mimic the tooth light reflecting properties better. Resin veneers are thinner and less tooth surface is needed to be removed before they are placed. Your dentist will help you understand better the different options and discuss the best for your teeth.

Veneers are used when:

– Tooth are worn down
– Tooth has discolored – due to large resin fillings or root canal treatment
– Teeth have broken or chipped
– Teeth are uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped (have bulges or craters in them)
– Gaps between the teeth (closing the spaces between the teeth)

You will go for three visits to the dentist to get the dental veneer. The first will be the consultation visit and the other two making and applying the veneers. Many teeth can undergo the process at once. During the first visit, the dentist will examine the teeth and make sure that veneers are needed, what is needed, and the limitations.

The dentist will remove half a millimeter of enamel from the surface of the tooth, which is equal to the thickness of the veneer. He/she will then make an impression of the tooth and send it to a dental lab where the veneer will be constructed. It will take one to two weeks for the dentist to get the veneers back. Temporary dental veneers can be placed for very unsightly teeth. The veneers would last five to ten years after which they are replaced. There is no special care needed, other than the normal oral hygiene practices.

Contouring and reshaping

This is a simple dental procedure that is us in making minor adjustments to a tooth by removing small amounts of the tool enamel (this is the outermost layer of a tooth) in order to improve the appearance of the teeth. The tooth that has undergone this procedure will change in length, shape and size. The process can be combined with bonding.

Dental instruments and abrasion techniques are used in reshaping the teeth. X-rays can be taken before the procedure is done to ensure that the teeth are healthy. The dentist usually marks the teeth with a pen highlighting the areas that need sculpting. A sanding equipment is used to eliminate any imperfections. After the sanding is done, the teeth will be smoothed and polished.

Tooth reshaping is recommended for people who need tiny adjustments to improve the feel and look of their teeth. If your teeth are a little crooked, one side sticks, or too pointy, then this procedure is ideal for you. This procedure is not recommended for people who have decaying teeth, root canals, and unhealthy gums.

This procedure can sometimes be the first step towards a more extensive cosmetic dentistry. This is a good option if you want to avoid the expenses that come with other types of cosmetic dentistry.

Which procedure is right for you?

If you have any concern or questions about any of the techniques, then the dentist will answer you. The procedure to be followed will depend on the extent of the damage and the amount you are ready to spend. If you are currently considering going for a treatment, then there are a number of questions you can ask your dentist before choosing the right procedure. Some of the questions are:

– What changes should I expect?
– What can I expect during the course of the treatment?
– What type of maintenance will be required?

How can you choose the right dentist?

Choosing the right cosmetic dentist is important in determining the type of results you will get. It is important to note that cosmetic dentistry is not an officially recognized field within dentistry. This means you have to be extra careful when choosing a cosmetic dentist.

Before you can start choosing a dentist, you need to have a rough idea on what you want. This will enable you to give a clear picture of what you want and your expectations. It is also a good idea to go with an open mind because the dentist might suggest a better procedure. You can then compare your initial plan with what the dentist is proposing.

Ask for referrals

This is one of the best ways to get the best cosmetic dentist. Ask any friends of family members for referrals. Many people will be happy to help you especially if they got good results. Once you have a list of good cosmetic dentists, you will need to choose one from them.

View their work

Many cosmetic dentists are usually proud of their work and are eager to document it with before and after photos. These images can be found on their website or office. You should ensure that the photos you are seeing are the actual patients of the dentist.

Make sure you go to different cosmetic dentists and check out their work. You will also be able to see their offices because the state of their offices says a lot about them. You should ask questions to learn more about their procedures and costs. If there is a big difference in cost between the costs from different dentists, then you should find out why. There are some that offer extra services that can increase the total cost of the procedure.

There are a number of benefits of cosmetic dentistry. Some of the benefits include:

Fast treatment

The procedures take a little amount time and the results are instant. If there are any changes you would like to make, you can easily make without having to worry. The time needed between booking an appointment and the actual treatment is short. Other options are usually time-consuming and your appearance can change for the worse.

Less pain treatment

Man of the procedures can be done without using anesthesia unless the tooth or root canal has decayed. There is less pain or no pain at all during and after the procedure. Many equipment used are usually modern and will go a long way in helping you feel no pain. After a procedure, you can easily resume your day to day life without any problem. The only thing you need to follow are the normal dental hygiene practices.

Improves self-confidence

When you have beautiful teeth, you will not shy away from showing them. You will also be able to interact with people with a smile and without hesitating. You won’t be avoiding the invitations you get, but you will be looking forward to them. This is motivation enough to take a procedure to improve how your smile looks.

Comfort and ease

Once you are through with the procedure, it will take many years before you start thinking of another procedure, using dentures is cumbersome and you will be worrying about where your dentures are. Your teeth will feel natural and you won’t even give it a thought. The procedures are long lasting and might be even cheaper than other procedures in the long term.

Cosmetic dentistry has improved over time and the cost has come down. The demand for these procedures have increased, and there are even some covered by insurance. If you have any concerns, ask your dentist. They can also suggest the best procedure going by your dental records.

Many of these procedures are done at the office, you don’t have to worry about the time. There might be return visits to examine the progress. They might also recommend another procedure to be done. This will ensure you have your desired look.