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.

Top Rated Teeth Whitening Options

When it comes to teeth whitening, it might seem that there are virtually endless options. Not all of those options are equally effective. Our Beverly Hills tooth whitening doctor can help you find the top rate teeth whitening treatments and the best one for your smile.

1. Teeth whitening strips
Many patients enjoy the convenience of strips. These strips are easy to stick to teeth and work while you go about your day. Teeth whitening strips are effective against minor stains, but they can only lighten teeth a few shades. If you want dramatic results, your best bet is to choose a professional whitening treatment.

2. Light-assisted whitening
Professional-strength chair-side whitening treatments offer some of the most dramatic results. If your teeth have significant extrinsic stains and you want fast results, this might be the best choice for your smile.

3. Porcelain veneers
Intrinsic stains do not respond to topical whitening treatments, but porcelain veneers can cover these stains as well as many other flaws. They can resist stains for years and keep your teeth bright, white and beautiful as long as they are in place.

Are you ready for your new smile? Call our dental office to schedule your appointment.

How Teeth Whitening Strips Work

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Teeth whitening strips are among the most popular OTC whitening kits. These strips are affordable and easy to use, and you do not need a prescription for them. How do they work?

Most whitening strips contain peroxide just like other teeth whitening products. They are usually made of polyethylene, a type of plastic that is thin, pliable and easy to form around your teeth. The plastic is coated with the peroxide and designed to adhere to your teeth. You apply the strips according to the package directions, and the peroxide penetrates the enamel to break down the stains in the teeth. You will need to use the strips daily for a specific period.

Many people prefer whitening strips because they are affordable and easy to use. As long as you follow instructions, they are also typically safe for most people, and you should start to see results within a few days. However, the results they offer will not be as dramatic or as noticeable as the results from professional whitening treatments.

Remember to schedule a dental checkup before using any whitening product and to use all teeth bleaching materials according to package instructions. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our teeth whitening dentist in Beverly Hills.

Is Getting Veneers the Best Option?

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Are you unhappy with your smile? Are you considering a smile makeover? An increasing number of people are turning to dental veneers, which can be a great way to create a Hollywood smile. Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to cover imperfections and create a resilient new surface. Our veneer provider in Beverly Hills can help you decide if they are the best option for you.

Veneers can be a great option for you if you have:

• Healthy teeth and gums with no untreated dental disease
• Chips, cracks or worn enamel
• Stains or discolorations
• Gaps, crooked or uneven teeth
• Misshapen teeth or enamel abnormalities
• Other damage or imperfections

If you are not interested in a permanent restoration, veneers may not be the best choice for your smile. Veneers might also not be the right choice for you if you are not committed to good dental hygiene since decay can lead to damage to the tooth beneath the veneer. Additionally, people who grind their teeth will need to wear night guards to avoid damaging their veneers. Call our dental office today to find out more about how veneers can change your smile.

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.

Why is an Invisalign Retainer Needed?

Patients are sometimes surprised to learn that there is one last step after Invisalign treatment is over. But don’t worry – the last part is not nearly as involving as wearing your aligners for all those months. After you are finished with your main orthodontic treatment you will need to wear a retainer.

Invisalign retainers are very similar to regular aligners. They look and fit around the teeth in the exact same way. The main difference between the two is that retainers do not attempt to shift the teeth, but are designed to keep them in place.

Trusting the teeth will stay in their new spaces after orthodontic treatment is dangerous. The teeth actually tend to shift back into their old, unhealthy spots. An Invisalign Retainer helps to keep them where they should be, so as to not negate all of the hard work you and your smile have done.

Our dentist may recommend you wear your retainer as much as you did your aligners, or only at night. If you are instructed to wear them for at least twenty hours a day, we may later lessen that time after the teeth have had time to adjust. We recommend retainers for patients of Invisalign Express, Full, and Teen.

How to Know if Invisalign is Right for You

Are you interested in Invisalign? Invisalign is a comfortable, clear, highly effective way to straighten your smile. Is it the right choice for you? Our Beverly Hills Invisalign expert can help you answer that question by asking a few simple questions about you, your smile and your needs.

1. What do you want to fix?
Invisalign can fix gapped teeth, crowded teeth, crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites and overjets. It is most effective when the problem is minor or moderate, but it can also be used to treat some severe issues as well.

2. How committed are you?
Invisalign is easy, but it does require effort on your part. You will need to wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day and change them on schedule. You will also need to take your aligners out when you eat and drink and brush and floss your teeth thoroughly before replacing your aligners. Once treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth straight to prevent relapse. If you are not fully committed to treatment, you will not see the results you want.

3. How old are you?
Invisalign is most appropriate for teens and adults.

Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your Invisalign consultation.