Smile Makeover with Dental Veneers

Cute smileIs there something about your smile that makes you feel less confident? Your smile is often the first thing others notice about you, but chips, worn enamel, stains, and other cosmetic flaws can detract from your smile and your overall appearance. A smile makeover with dental veneers can fix your smile and make you feel more confident.

A dental veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that fits over just the front of the tooth. Unlike crowns, which require extensive preparation, veneers require that only a small amount of enamel is removed, making them a conservative option for a smile makeover.

Porcelain veneers can be used in conjunction with teeth whitening and other treatments, or they can be used on their own to address many smile flaws, including:

• Crooked and misaligned teeth
• Stained or discolored teeth
• Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
• Uneven or misshapen teeth
• Gaps between teeth

We can usually place dental veneers in just two to three appointments, and they can last fifteen years or more. If you are not happy with your smile, a smile makeover with dental veneers might be just the solution you need. Call our office today to learn more about what veneers can do for you, or to schedule your consultation with our dentist.

How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?

How long Invisalign takes depends on a number of individual factors, including your case’s complexity and your individual needs. On average, most people will be in active treatment about 12 to 18 months, but some patients may need up to 2 years while others can be done in as little as 6 months.

Generally, teens will be in treatment less time than adults will be. Their teeth are more responsive to treatment and easier to move. Adult cases can be more complex, and their teeth are more firmly set in the jawbone. This can lead to their treatment times being longer.

Another thing that can affect your treatment time is your compliance. For maximum effectiveness, aligners need to be worn between 20 and 22 hours a day. This means that you can only remove them when you brush and floss or for meals and snacks. At all other times, you need to be wearing your aligners. When you do not wear them, they cannot move your teeth as intended, and this can delay treatment.

Call our office today to learn more about how long Invisalign treatment can take or to schedule your appointment with our Invisalign specialist.

Facts About Invisalign

Invisalign is a relatively new orthodontic appliance that many patients are opting for today. If you are considering getting Invisalign to straighten your teeth and correct your bite, it might be helpful to know as much as you can about the appliance beforehand. The following are some important and interesting facts about Invisalign.

• More than 1.3 million people have benefitted from Invisalign so far, ninety-six percent of which reported satisfaction after treatment.
• Not only can it straighten the teeth and correct misaligned bites, but also keep the gums healthy, make cleaning easier, decrease the risk of enamel wear, and even result in weight loss.
• At a consultation appointment, patients can watch a virtual simulation of the projected progression of their smile. This provides a helpful look at the process and result goals.
• Invisalign patients can enjoy fewer visits to our Rocklin dentist, as they can switch to their next set of aligners on their own after every two weeks. Check-up appointments are needed only every four to six weeks.
• Aligners can be removed by the patient as needed in order to eat, drink liquids other than water, and brush.
• Patients interested in Invisalign can schedule a consultation appointment to learn more.

To learn more, contact our office.

Different Periodontal Treatments

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Gum health and tooth health are inextricably linked. Poor gum health can lead to tooth loss, so if you have gums that are inflamed, swollen, or bleeding, taking action now could ultimately save your smile. Our cosmetic dentist in North Hollywood offers a variety of periodontal treatments that can preserve, improve, and restore your gum health.

1. Scaling and root planing
Also known as SRP, this is a deep cleaning procedure that focuses on cleaning all buildup from your teeth so that your gums can heal without the interference of bacterial toxins. By removing plaque and tartar both above and below the gumline, we can create a healthier oral environment. For many people, SRP and improved dental hygiene are all that are needed to address early stages of periodontitis.

2. Pocket reduction surgery
As gum disease progresses, gum tissues become loose, forming pockets around the teeth. These pockets allow even more plaque to accumulate, and over time, the infection can drive deep into the oral cavity. Pocket reduction surgery is typically performed in conjunction with deep cleaning procedures and is designed to reduce the size and depths of periodontal pockets.

3. Gum grafts
Gum tissue can be destroyed by periodontal disease. Gum grafts can help restore lost tissue and regenerate healthy new tissue.

Call our office today to learn more about available periodontal treatments in North Hollywood or to schedule an appointment with our team.

Dental Care Tips after Root Canal

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Advances in the industry have standardized root canal well past the old stigmas. Still, some people still associate root canal therapy with traumatic stress and unbearable pain. In a significant majority of cases, this doesn’t happen and patients experience effortless recovery. If you experienced pain before your procedure, that alone is the biggest indicator of postoperative pain. It’s very unlikely your procedure will induce new pain, and even if it does, this is no indication something went wrong.

You can expect some mild bleeding and swelling, so use the gauze the dentist gave you. You can control most of the discomfort with regular pain reliever, in recommended doses.

Any discomfort that arises after your root canal is probably related to the root itself. Sometimes a dentist will inadvertently nick a ligament with a tool, or the rubber dam used to cover the surrounding teeth will pinch the adjoining gum tissue. This tenderness or awkwardness should go away within a few hours. If not, our expert in root canal in Van Nuys recommends you use a saltwater rinse every three to four hours until relief is achieved.

Make sure you get plenty of rest, remember to hydrate, and don’t chew on the affected tooth until it’s comfortable to do so.

For more, contact your Van Nuys dentists.

Process of Kor Whitening

Three young people smilingOur teeth start out bright, white, and ready to be shown off. But over time, they can become yellowed and darkened due to the foods we eat and other staining habits, such as smoking. This can make not only the smile, but the person look unhealthy overall. Fortunately, there are several types of teeth whitening treatments available to eliminate extrinsic stains and brighten the smile.

Our dentist in Agoura Hills uses Kor whitening, a deep cleaning procedure considered one of the best available today. It involves a special tray that keeps the saliva in the mouth contained in order to prevent the dilution of the teeth whitening material. This allows the material to work for about six hours, as opposed to the normal thirty to forty-five minutes, meaning it has longer to work and therefore the ability to remove more stains. Our dentist ensures that the at-home trays are custom made to fit around your teeth and avoid the gums, preventing sensitivity and abrasion. This is followed by the in-office portion, which is able to eliminate the harder to access stains.

After treatment, our dentist will inform you of the best ways to keep your smile bright and stain-free. This will involve proper brushing, flossing, and recommended mouth wash. Be sure to return to our dentist at least every six months to ensure the teeth stay white and healthy.

Orthodontic Treatments and Their Importance

dental bracesOrthodontics only seems superficial. If you think braces or Invisalign represent smile upgrades exclusively, you should consider all the external factors of having straight teeth. Orthodontics is foundational in dentistry—it looks after all the dentofacial structures and protects them against future breakdown.

First of all, crooked or rotated teeth are hard to clean. Having cleaner teeth reduces your exposure to tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. You also are less likely to need crowns or inlays/onlays.

Orthodontics also relates heavily to the jaw and bite. If you have a birth defect like a severe malocclusion, or if your bite was damaged by thumbsucking or tongue thrust, you need an expert in orthodontic treatments in Beverly Hills. A product like Invisalign can straighten teeth but not correct malocclusion, and even braces sometimes need help. Other appliances like occlusal splints or cheek bumpers may be necessary. If you have TMJ symptoms, especially those due to jaw malformation, orthodontics could play an essential part in your treatment.

The younger you identify any orthodontic issues, the better your dental career can be planned. Ask our dentists in Beverly Hills about the right age to start your children on orthodontic treatments.