Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

Viva Smile -  - General Dentistry

Viva Smile

General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Van Nuys, CA & Granada Hills, CA

Your smile should be more than healthy — it needs to be beautiful, too. Gohar Hovsepyan, DDS, and Káren Baghdasaryan, DDS, MBA, AAACD, AFAAID, offer exceptional cosmetic dentistry services to their patients at Viva Smile, with two offices conveniently located in Van Nuys and Granada Hills, California. To learn more about how Viva Smile can enhance the natural beauty of your smile, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a dental specialty that’s dedicated to improving the appearance of your smile. While general dentistry is geared towards keeping your mouth healthy, cosmetic dentistry is focused on making it beautiful.

Why should I get cosmetic dentistry treatments?

Your smile is a reflection of your personality and a personal calling card for communicating with the world. 

Cosmetic imperfections in your smile can leave you feeling insecure and self-conscious when interacting with others. 

Cosmetic dentistry can fix your insecurities. By improving the look of your smile, cosmetic dentistry boosts your confidence, increases your self-esteem, and makes you proud to share your smile with the world. 

What cosmetic services do you offer?

Viva Smile offers a wide range of cosmetic services, including:

Teeth whitening

White and lustrous teeth are the hallmark of a beautiful smile. Viva Smile offers both in-office whitening with Phillips Zoom!® and at-home bleaching trays, so you can brighten your smile in whichever way is most convenient for your schedule.

Do you love to start your morning with a steaming cup of coffee? Is red wine your go-to dinner beverage? These are just two reasons why your smile may not shine as brightly as it once did. In fact, discoloration is something that is pretty difficult to avoid. We all love to admire the sparkling smiles of Hollywood stars, but when it comes to our own smile, we may not meet the same standard of beauty. If you want to, you can! A radiant smile is not hard to come by. In fact, you can have that gorgeous smile in less than an hour if you so choose.

Options for Teeth Whitening

Patients of Viva Smile can choose professional teeth whitening to be performed right here in our Granada Hills office. We use the Zoom! Whitening System, which is comfortable, convenient, and fast. The process works by applying the professional grade whitening gel directly onto teeth, and then activating the peroxide solution with light. The streamlined process may be repeated a few times during that office visit. The primary benefit of Zoom! whitening is that we do all the work, and you leave our office with a great new smile.

The most common option for teeth whitening chosen by our Granada Hills patients is tray whitening, which can be conducted at home. There are benefits to home whitening that differ from in-office treatment, such as the ability to control sensitivity by adjusting the frequency of application. Whitening at home lets you gradually brighten the color of your teeth, and also maintain your ideal shade with periodic touch-ups as needed.

Benefits of a Brighter Smile

If you're considering having your teeth whitened, you probably already know one of the biggest benefits: you will have more confidence when you smile! While there are many more benefits of a bright smile, the sense of satisfaction you feel trumps them all. According to research, a beautiful smile looks younger and friendlier, and that can have a notable effect on your professional success, and even on your romantic life.



Straight teeth and a properly aligned bite not only make your smile more attractive, but they also make it healthier, too. 

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontics system that can move your teeth into proper alignment with a series of clear plastic aligner trays that are discreet, comfortable, and convenient.

Invisalign is a very popular procedure for patients of all ages, specifically adults because it is a treatment that is virtually undetectable and effective. Using a series of clear, plastic trays, our dentists are able to treat misalignment and bite issues in order for you to be able to smile confidently. The trays are removable, which allow for easy care and cleaning.

Dental implants

If missing teeth have left unsightly holes in your smile, Viva Smile can fill them in with high-quality dental implants. 

Implants are artificial tooth roots that, when used in conjunction with a restoration like a crown, bridge, or dentures, fill in the holes in your smile with a tooth replacement that looks and feels just like the real thing.


Dental bonding is a quick, easy, and minimally invasive procedure that can instantly repair minor cosmetic imperfections like cracks or chips in your teeth. 

Your Viva Smile dentist treats your tooth damage with a bonding material that looks exactly like your natural enamel, giving you a smile that looks more beautiful.

Small cosmetic problems can have a big impact on your smile, and when they do, your confidence may suffer. The team at Viva Smile in Granada Hills can help you regain the appearance you deserve, and your full sense of satisfaction with your smile. Just give us a call to talk about dental bonding.

What is Dental Bonding?

The bonding procedure is performed for small repairs and cosmetic improvement. Bonding could also be referred to as direct veneer treatment, and is sometimes put into the category of a tooth-colored filling. Regardless of what it is called, the important note about bonding is that it achieves great results with minimal investment, and that is what our patients love.

Bonding involves the expert placement of a resin material that is colored to perfectly match your shade of enamel. Each tooth that is bonded is given intense attention that requires up to 60 minutes, depending on the extent of repair. After the ideal shade of composite resin has been selected, the tooth is prepared to accept the bond. To do this, we slightly "rough-up" the surface using a liquid conditioner. After this step, the tooth-colored resin is applied and shaped. Ultraviolet light hardens the material, which we then perfect with further shaping and polishing.


Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that are permanently sealed to the front side of your teeth covering up any cosmetic imperfections and completely makeover your smile. 

The porcelain that Viva Smile uses for your veneers has the same color and translucency as your tooth enamel, so your new smile will look as attractive as it does natural.

Dental veneers, sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers, are thin, tooth-colored shells that are bonded to teeth and used to improve the condition of your teeth for a natural-looking feel and appearance. They are custom-made by your dentist in order to match neighboring teeth which makes them virtually undetectable so that no one will even know you have them!

Veneers help correct dental issues such as:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Otherwise damaged teeth

There is nothing better than having a bright, white smile and porcelain veneers will help you get the smile of your dreams. Our dentist at Viva Smile in Granada Hills, Dr. Hopsepyan, is highly-experienced and will surpass all of your expectations in using veneers to create your award-winning smile. An added benefit is that porcelain veneers are durable and can last anywhere from five to ten years.

How are veneers applied?

You will first need to visit our dentist for a consultation in order to decide if veneers are right for you. During this visit, your treatment plan will be established and thoroughly discussed. Some veneers can even be completed in as little as a couple visits.

What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?

  • Veneers will not change color over time
  • They are stain-resistant
  • Extremely lifelike
  • Virtually undetectable
  • Durable and scratch resistant
  • Can cover imperfections like gaps, chips and stains

Veneers also require only minimal maintenance such as regular brushing, flossing and routine visits to the dentist, just as you would care for your normal teeth.


Inlays and onlays

Inlays and onlays are also known as partial crowns. They are most commonly used to strengthen a damaged tooth, whether it be from decay or trauma. Inlays are used by our dentists in Granada Hills to repair the inside of the tooth and onlays are used to repair the outside of the tooth. Just like many other cosmetic procedures, inlays and onlays are undetectable because they used tooth-colored material.