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.

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.

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.

Effects of Smoking on Dental Implants

It’s easy to say that smoking impacts dental implant placement, because smoking impacts healing in any oral cavity. It’s harder to identify what combination of toxicity makes this happen. It involves anything from hydrogen cyanide to increased levels of fibrinogen and carboxyhaemoglobin. In any case, smoking negatively affects the outcome of almost every therapeutic procedure in the mouth. Implants are no exception.

Before qualifying you for implants, your implant dentist in Los Angeles probably explained the necessity of an oral health regimen to ward off implant failure. Obviously, not smoking is part of an oral health regimen. Smokers are generally not approved for implants, even with pledges to quit. The patient is always advised against paying for a product that becomes significantly less guaranteed by tobacco usage. In a high number of smoking cases, bone quality was too low to merit consideration.

Consider a study done at the University of Murcia in Spain, which followed 66 implant recipients for five years. For the non-smokers, the fail rate was 1.4 percent. For the smokers, the fail rate was 15.8 percent.

Ask our dental care providers for more about smoking and dental implants.

How Fast Does Invisalign Express Work?

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Invisalign offers three different types of treatment. One type is Invisalign Express, which is used for patients with only a few mild orthodontic issues that need to be addressed. Our LA orthodontist will recommend Invisalign Express if your smile requires two millimeters or less of midline correction and spacing or crowding per arch, as well as minimal dental expansion and tooth rotation.

Many are curious about exactly how long Invisalign Express takes. It is important to remember that no two smiles are the same, meaning that everyone will have different treatment experiences and costs. Your treatment may take a few less or a few more aligners than normal, depending on your orthodontic progression. It is also important to remember to wear the aligners for at least twenty-two hours a day. Any less than this, and treatment may be prolonged.

Typical treatment time spans about six months, utilizing ten to twenty aligners. You might decide to undergo this option before a wedding, graduation, or school reunion. You can find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign Express at a consultation appointment with our Invisalign Express dentist.

Traditional Braces Alternatives

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Traditional braces have always been the gold standard in correcting orthodontic structure for virtually any patient. Since the beginning of orthodontic practices, professionals have developed several deviations of metal braces. One of these variations is Damon braces.

Damon braces are still similar to traditional braces in that they use brackets bonded to the teeth, and wires that are threaded through them. The main difference between the two is that the wires are self-ligating. This means that they are able to shift and tighten on their own.

Self-ligating braces allows two main important factors. First, this allows for less hardware on the brackets. They no longer need bands in order to keep the wire in place, and therefore no need for the four pointy band holders. This allows for the brackets to be much smaller, and so much less noticeable. Self-ligating wires also mean that patients spend less time in the dentist’s chair. Our orthodontist in Los Angeles can offer clear brackets made of ceramic, meaning the appliance would be that much less noticeable.

Damon braces offer even more benefits, including a faster treatment time, and less pressure and friction on the teeth. Schedule a consultation appointment at our office to learn about Damon braces and other similar appliances.

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.