Nitrous Oxide and Dentistry

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One option in dentistry that many patients do not consider is sedation. Various types of dental sedation allow you to remain calm during your appointment, whether it is for a basic check-up or lengthy procedure. Many believe that this is only available for a small margin of patients, but in fact, it may be an option for you.

The most commonly used dental sedation type is Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas. This gas is colorless, has a sort of sweet odor, and takes effect right away. It is a mild anesthetic that leaves patients awake, but very relaxed and drowsy. A mix of Nitrous Oxide and oxygen is provided through a mask, allowing the patient to directly inhale the substance.

Many patients can benefit from this service from our Nitrous Oxide dentist. It is useful for patients who may have trouble sitting in the dentist’s chair for the whole appointment, or must undergo a particularly long treatment or procedure. Patients who experience dental anxiety or phobia will likely benefit from the feeling of calm and relaxation that Nitrous Oxide provides. Furthermore, if you have a sensitive gag reflex, sensitive teeth, have difficulty getting numb, or suffer from chronic pain in nearby areas, this may be a good option for you. Talk to our Los Angeles dentist about this possibility ahead of your next appointment.

How Can Veneers Change the Smile?

0250.jpgMany patients come to our office with only cosmetic dental issues, as opposed to serious health concerns. Many do not want to spend the time and money correcting all of these flaws, but do want to achieve a perfect beautiful smile. In these cases, we suggest porcelain dental veneers.

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth. They can cover cosmetic dental flaws in order to completely change the look of the smile. These flaws include:

• Chips
• Cracks
• Crooked teeth
• Gaps and crowding
• Stains and discolorations
• Small and misshapen teeth
• And more

In order to place veneers, our expert in veneers in Los Angeles will need to remove a thin layer of enamel. This is to ensure that the veneers will fit in place, and not make the teeth look too big. This, however, does mean that they are permanent addition to the smile.

Dental veneers are the perfect way to transform the look of the teeth, particularly for those who want to achieve a beautiful smile in time for a big life event. We often have patients in our office who ask about this option for a graduation, reunion, or significant birthday.

Steps of Getting Dental Veneers

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If you are considering getting dental veneers to perfect your smile, you will first need to visit our dentist for a consultation. At this appointment, our expert in porcelain veneer in Beverly Hills will examine the teeth to determine if this option is the best choice for you. If you have any flaws that affect your dental or oral health, they will need to be addressed beforehand.

If you and our dentist decide to move forward with veneers, they will take impressions and images of your teeth. These will be sent to a lab where your custom veneers will be made. Once the final products are sent back to our office, you can return so they can be placed. A thin layer of dental enamel must be removed in order for the teeth to not look oversized with these new additions. The veneers are applied to the teeth with dental bonding, which is cured with a special light.

Dental veneers can last as long as fifteen years with the right hygiene and care. Brush the teeth twice a day, floss at least once a day, and follow any other care directions our dentist may recommend to ensure they last as long as possible.

Are Teeth Whitening Toothpastes Safe?

29-12-10_529(41).jpgWith advances in the area of modern dentistry, there are a variety of products that are deemed as safe to use at home to care for the teeth. While most over-the-counter preparations are safe to use at home when you follow the directions, it is important that you are aware of how these products work so that you do not cause harm to your teeth or your gums.

Toothpastes that are used to whiten the teeth typically use abrasive materials to scrub away surface stains on the teeth for a whiter and brighter look. This means that there is the possibility that you can begin to wear away the enamel from the surface of your teeth if you use too firm of a toothbrush, brush too hard, or use these products more frequently than directed.

Some toothpastes use hydrogen peroxide to help whiten teeth. The concentration in these products is quite low, making them safe to use on your teeth. However, it can take weeks or even months before you see results. You can talk with an LA tooth whitening expert to make sure that you are using the right products at home and to find out more about in-office whitening solutions.

In-Office Vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening

Two women hugging and smilingTeeth whitening is possibly the most popular dental treatment, as well as one of the safest. It is used for patients who have sustained extrinsic dental stains due to highly-pigmented foods and drinks, such as berries and coffee, and bad lifestyle habits, like smoking or chewing tobacco. Patients often have a choice between at-home and in-office treatment.

Our cosmetic dentist in Orange County can supply you with a whitening kit that you can take home to use on your own. This kit will include a liquid or gel, as well as a mouth tray. You will put the whitening material into the tray, which fits perfectly around the top or bottom arch. This will need to be kept in place for the instructed amount of time. The process will need to be repeated once a day for a few days to a week.

Teeth whitening in our office is completed during just one appointment. Our teeth whitening dentist in Orange County will apply the peroxide-based liquid onto each tooth, careful to avoid the lips, gums, and other soft tissues of the mouth in order to prevent irritation. This process can result in a smile up to eight shades brighter. Patients can ensure their results last by avoiding staining substances and attending regular professional cleanings.

About Porcelain Veneers

For some, correcting every cosmetic flaw in their smile would be a big undertaking. It could require multiple treatments and procedures, which would likely be both time consuming and costly. Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a solution with porcelain dental veneers.

Porcelain veneers are thin coverings that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are custom made for each patient to accommodate their aesthetic needs. They can effectively cover:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Small or misshapen teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • And more

Our Orange County dentist uses porcelain in many different cosmetic and restorative cases, veneers included. Porcelain is strong and durable enough to sustain chewing forces daily. It also naturally reflects light in the same way dental enamel does, meaning veneers provide a realistic look for every patient.

Dental veneers can be placed in just two appointments. A thin layer of dental enamel must be removed from the teeth in order for them to fit properly. Patients have the choice of addressing all of the visible teeth, or only the ones with visible cosmetic flaws. Each veneer is custom made, so our dentist will work with you to ensure you get the new smile you want.

Different Teeth Whitening Systems

If you have been looking for ways to whiten and brighten your smile at home, it is good to know that you have a myriad of options at your disposal. Whitening rinses, pastes, and gels are popular and inexpensive. However, these options can only remove surface stains on the teeth and may take many weeks or even months before you really notice any improvements. For a little more in cost, there are various systems that may be more effective for you.

Tooth-whitening strips are a fairly inexpensive way to whiten teeth at home. You simply apply the strip and wait. As long as the tooth surfaces are covered, you can get results in just a few weeks. Some of these kits also come with a special rinse to use before and after the strips for better results.

Gels and trays can be very effective at whitening teeth and removing stains that are below the surface. Available over-the-counter or from your dental care provider, the trays hold the gel against the tooth surfaces to lighten and whiten. A tooth-whitening dentist in Los Angeles can provide you with trays that are individualized to fit better for enhanced results.