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.

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.

Why Does My Tooth Hurt?

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Many people think that pain in the teeth is a normal occurrence, but this is actually considered a dental emergency. A tooth can hurt in a few different ways – the feeling may be sharp or dull and throbbing. The reasons behind the pain can also vary.

A very common reason behind pain in a tooth is an infection. This occurs when plaque and tartar are allowed to build up, resulting in deep decay. Infections don’t simply go away, which is why you should see our dental emergency dentist right away, before the situation gets worse. We can perform a root canal treatment in order to remove all of the inflamed tissue and restore the tooth.

Your teeth may also hurt due to enamel loss. This can be caused by consuming a lot of acidic foods and drinks, which will erode this protective layer. We can correct this issue with a fluoride treatment, which stimulates remineralization. Avoiding certain foods can help keep your teeth safe.

A loose or knocked-out restoration, such as a filling or crown, can also cause pain. Our dentist can replace these restorations so the tooth remains safe and pain is eliminated. If you are experiencing tooth pain, be sure to contact our office right away.