Invisalign and Dental Crowns

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Dental crowns are restorations that cover the visible part of the tooth. They are needed when a tooth has suffered serious damage or been badly decayed. Our Invisalign specialist in Los Angeles may recommend Invisalign if you have dental crowns and need orthodontic treatment. Because Invisalign straightens teeth without the need for bonded brackets, it can straighten your crowned teeth with minimal risk of damage to your teeth. In some cases, patients may need small bonded buttons attached to their teeth to fine tune their results, but this puts only slight pressure on their teeth.

You might be a candidate for Invisalign if you have:

  • Healthy teeth and gums
  • Slightly to moderately misaligned or improperly spaced teeth
  • Properly and securely crowned teeth

During Invisalign, the roots of your teeth will move through the jawbone as they shift into their new positions. Each aligner tray moves your teeth a little closer to your final smile. The clear trays are almost invisible when you wear them, and they are easy to remove when you eat, drink, brush and floss. Call our dental office today to find out more about how Invisalign can transform your smile or to schedule your appointment.

Dental Veneers Candidates

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Dental veneers are a great way to create your perfect smile. They are thin shells made of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. They can effectively mask many cosmetic flaws, such as chips, cracks, and stains, as well as misshapen and crooked teeth. While this is a great option for many, some do not make good candidates.

Dental veneer patients should have otherwise good dental and oral health. Issues such as decay or gum disease should be treated beforehand. Patients should also not have bruxism, or the habitual clenching and/or grinding of the teeth. This could potentially damage both the veneers and teeth, leading to further cracks and chips.

Another qualification for dental veneers is a healthy layer of enamel. To place veneers, our Los Angeles veneer dentist will need to remove a thin layer of enamel. This is so the teeth do not look too big once the additions are made. If the patient does not have enough enamel, the teeth may not be strong enough to sustain bite forces, as well as cause tooth sensitivity.

To find out whether or not you are a candidate for dental veneers, schedule a consultation appointment today.

Can Anyone Get a Dental Implant?

Dental implantNearly anyone can be a candidate for dental implants if they have lost one or more teeth. For the best results, you should be in good dental and general health, and your jawbone should be healthy. Your jawbone should also be finished growing. Our Beverly Hills tooth implants expert can help you decide if implants are right for you.

To determine your candidacy, you will need a complete dental evaluation. During this evaluation, we will take your medical and dental history. Some conditions can affect your healing, including diabetes and leukemia. Tobacco use can also affect your healing. These factors do not necessarily mean you will not be a candidate, but they can affect your treatment plan.

If you have lost substantial bone or gum tissue, you might need additional procedures, such as gum or bone grafts, to ensure a successful outcome from your procedure. This can lengthen the dental implants process, but it can also improve the success rate.

With proper care, an implant can last a lifetime and has the lowest rate of complications and failures of any tooth replacement. Call our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.

The Process for Getting Same Day Inlays and Onlays

Two women hugging and smilingSame day inlays and onlays are the fast, easy way to get your badly damaged teeth restored. Unlike other major restorations, these inlays and onlays can be made and placed in just one dental visit. We can eliminate the wait and second visit and reduce your chair time by using same-day dental restorations.

The process is simple, and it begins much like any the process for other restoration. Our dentist will evaluate the broken or decayed tooth to ensure an inlay or onlay is the right choice. Next, he will prepare the tooth, which includes numbing it, removing any decayed tissue and reshaping it. Next, an impression will be made.

Unlike the typical impression, which uses a sticky compound that solidifies as it is in your mouth, we will use a digital impression. Our dentist uses a small, handheld wand to take a picture of the tooth, and the 3D image of your tooth and surrounding tissues are sent to the computer. We will use a special program to design your new inlay or onlay. This design is sent to the on-site milling unit to create your restoration. In the final step, we will bond the restoration to your tooth, providing you with a natural-feeling, beautiful-looking tooth.

Call our dental office today to learn more about same day restorations or to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist.

Teeth Whitening and Celebrities

paparazziWhat are some things you envy about celebrities today? Chances are one of those things is the brilliant and impressive smiles you see them show off on red carpets. Here’s a secret: those smiles didn’t come easy. All of the celebrities of today have undergone some level of dental work. If you are looking to get a smile like theirs, there is one treatment that can get you on your way.

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that works to eliminate extrinsic stains and discolorations. These are often contacted by eating and drinking highly pigmented foods and drinks, such as berries, tea, and coffee. Some lifestyle habits, such as smoking, can also affect the brightness of the smile. These pigments get into the pores of the teeth beneath the enamel, and create an unhealthy, aesthetically displeasing look.

Fortunately, our teeth whitening dentist can eliminate these stains quickly with the right treatment. For example, Zoom whitening is a simple process that takes less than an hour in the dentist’s chair. It utilizes a safe whitening gel that is activated by a special dental laser. Afterwards, patients may notice their smile is as much as eight shades brighter.

If you are interested in getting a smile matches those seen on movie sets, talk to our Los Angeles whitening expert today.

Why is Invisalign Teen Different?

Experts advise parents to take their children to see an orthodontist by the age of seven. At this age, they can adequately see how the teeth and jaws are developing, and possibly even whether orthodontics will be needed at some point. If so, most patients of our cosmetic dentist in Agoura Hills receive treatment during the early teenage years. Invisalign offers a special teen treatment just for these patients. Here is why.

The early teen years are the best for restructuring and straightening the teeth and jaw for two reasons. First, all of the adult teeth have fully grown in by this point. So any movements by the appliances will be permanent ones. Secondly, though the jaw is fully developed, as well, it is still malleable and can be guided easier. Invisalign Teen is specifically designed for these situations.

Another great example is the incoming wisdom teeth. The aligners used for teen patients are expandable, and can accommodate any growing teeth that may come in during treatment. This means that no new aligners will be needed, as the original ones will work just fine.

Invisalign Teen treatment also offers dots on the aligners to indicate use, and up to six replacement aligners. Talk to our Invisalign Teen dentist for more information today.

Can I Afford Getting Snap On Smile?

Beautiful surprised woman isolated on whiteCompared to more invasive procedures like implants or veneers, Snap On Smile is an affordable way to improve your smile immediately. Even if your insurance doesn’t cover it, your out-of-pocket expense is minimal given the speed and thoroughness of the product.

Snap On Smile is a removable device worn over the teeth. If your teeth are gapped or spaced, or have breaks or chips, Snap On Smile protects them from view. The best part is, you only have to wear it when you’re being social. In fact, you shouldtake it out for meals (at least if you want it to stay clean and not deteriorate) and before sleeping.

Snap On Smile price depends on where you live and the provider you choose. A lot may also depend on the cut and nature of your device, which is custom-fit. The style of your teeth, and whether or not both arches need coverage, will affect your final quote.

It’s important that you keep your Snap On Smile clean, so ask your provider about cleaning products. There should be both an antibacterial gel and a cleaning solution available for a nominal fee.

For more help budgeting Snap On Smile, contact our Snap On Smile dentist in LA.