Dr. Stephen G. Alfano practices as a dentist, serving the Newport Beach, California, and surrounding area out of Balboa Island Dentistry. He possesses a degree from the University of Texas Dental School and provides a wide range of basic dental treatments and specialized services such as cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry is an area of dentistry that includes procedures with the sole purpose of affecting the aesthetic appearance of the patient's teeth.
In a majority of cases, the procedures aren't covered since they don't serve any medical purpose. In order to qualify for insurance coverage, a procedure needs to be necessary or help a person's health in some way, shape or form.
Patients who want to change the appearance of their teeth may undergo procedures such as veneers, crowns, reshaping, resizing, implants, bonding or whitening. Of all cosmetic procedures, whitening is the most frequently sought.
Some patients may experience pain or sensitivity after having a cosmetic dental procedure. However, most patients undergo a procedure and feel nothing after the procedure. With some procedures such as dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or crowns, the patient may develop pain or an infection. This occurs in patients who already have an infection, and it's not treated adequately prior to the procedure. The infection continues until the patient requires a root canal. With a highly skilled Prosthodontist like Dr. Alfano, the risk of complication is minimized. Any procedure that introduces a foreign material, including a composite filling or crown, may lead to an unpleasant reaction.
The results of a cosmetic dentistry procedure aren't always permanent, but this is completely dependent upon the procedure. Whitening is a temporary change in the tooth's color, and the teeth may become stained again if the patient doesn't change certain habits or maintain the whitening with a take-home gel. Veneers tend to last up to 10 years but may last much longer. Dental implants may last a lifetime. Dental bonding lasts for quite some time as long as patients don't partake in behaviors such as biting their fingernails or chewing on pens.
"Dr. Alfano is a wonderful dentist & a very caring person as well. If you are looking for consistency & friendliness in staff, Balboa Island Dentistry is the place to go"
"Dr. Alfano...did a wonderful job with my problem tooth. I cannot say enough about his “chair side” mannerand his familiarity with my situation."
"Very happy with Dr. Alfano. He has a way with injections to make them not hurt! Very professional yet very friendly office."
“Very satisfied. Entire staff is professional & friendly.”
“Dr. Alfano is really really good! Had crowns replaced. The doctor was great ! No pain in administering the shot. I am happy with him.”
"The exceptional care combined with the staff’s focus on their patients’ needs and comfort have earned my respect and kudos!”
“The staff was very informative. Everyone in the office is always helpful and informed”
“The office staff is all so nice and helpful, always! I never have to wait for my appointment, always very prompt.”
"Dr. Alfano makes visits to the dentist (almost) a pleasure. I hope he's in practice for as long as I need a dentist."
"Love all the wonderful friends that greet me at the office. Not like any other office."
"Without a doubt the best care my teeth & gums have ever had!"
"Dr. Alfano seems to be a great successor to Dr. Ballback and all of the exceptional staff is still there."
"A special thank you to Dr. Alfano for the fabulous dental work. We would highly recommend him to anyone needing dental care."
"This dentist is as good as it gets."
Dr. Alfano's staff is top rate. He does a great job for his patients.