Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about cosmetic dentist Dr. Jonathan Ziv, his staff, the procedures we offer, cosmetic dentistry, reconstructive dentistry, and neuromuscular dentistry here. If you have a question that isn’t listed here, please contact our office and someone at The Ziv Studio for Smile Design will be happy to assist you.

Question: Why should I choose a cosmetic dentist who has been accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry over a non-accredited dentist?

Answer: Accreditation is given only to cosmetic dentists who not only pass a rigorous test of their aesthetic skills, but also display a marked interest in continual learning of new techniques, procedures, and incorporating new technologies. Many dentists who offer cosmetic procedures have only the most basic required knowledge and training to perform these procedures, but those accredited by the AACD have advanced training and have proven their dedication to the art and skill of cosmetic dentistry.

Question: I know cosmetic dentistry can help me, but I don’t think I can afford it. What financing options are available for me?

Answer: Please review our “Patient Information” page to learn more about the options available at our practice, or contact The Ziv Studio for Smile Design to speak with an experienced staff member about how we can make cosmetic dentistry a viable option for you. You can spread the cost over seven years, or choose a short term, interest-free plan instead. We want to make our exceptional cosmetic dentistry procedures available to as many people as possible.

Question: How many office visits will it take to improve my smile?

Answer: This depends on the extent of the smile makeover you want. Some procedures can be completed in a single office visit—some even completed in under an hour—while others may take a few visits. Most procedures, however, can be completed within a visit or two and will provide instant results. If you have more questions or concerns regarding the length of your treatment, contact Dr. Ziv today for a free consultation.

Question: How long will my new smile last?

Answer: This depends on the specific procedures you undergo, the overall health of your mouth, and your diligence in your dental hygiene. However, dental technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, and many materials currently used by Dr. Ziv are actually stronger than your natural teeth. With proper care, your restorations should last many, many years.

Question: What is laser dentistry, and how does the DIAGNOdent® work?

Answer: At our Agoura Hills practice, close to Calabasas and Woodland Hills, Dr. Ziv utilizes the DIAGNOdent®® laser tool for the earliest detection of cavities and decay possible. The DIAGNOdent®® detects the formation of decay by measuring the laser fluorescence reflected back to the device by the laser. When there is more decay, more laser fluorescence is reflected back, and our dentist is able to determine the extent of the decay.

Dr. Ziv also uses the diode laser, which can be used for corrective procedures such as sculpting the gum tissue to eliminate “gummy” smiles.

Question: What are some of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?

Answer: When performed by a qualified cosmetic dentist such as Dr. Ziv, cosmetic dentistry procedures can have effects that are quite far-reaching. Not only will your teeth look and feel better, but they will be stronger and more resilient to further damage, as well. But perhaps the greatest benefit of cosmetic dentistry our patients enjoy is an overwhelming positive effect on self-image confidence. Smile makeovers performed by Dr. Ziv allow patients to make the incredible first impression they’ve always dreamed of.


  • “Dr. Ziv and his staff are very nice, helpful people, and I have never had to wait past my appointment time. I would certainly recommend Dr. Ziv for his knowledge, professionalism and excellent patient care.”

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