Types of Dental Veneers

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When considering the possibility of having a set of dental veneers placed on your teeth, the sheer amount of information can feel more than a bit overwhelming at first. For every patient, however, there is in fact a viable path to a more youthful, radiant smile, and your dental veneers dentist has all of the answers to any questions you may have about which option is correct for your particular case.

Dental veneers generically are wafer-thin tiles designed to mimic the look of natural teeth; after removing a portion of the existing enamel, the teeth in question will be cleaned and scored, and the veneers will be set with a special type of light-sensitive adhesive. Veneers function exactly as the original teeth did before, while also improving the size, shape, hue, and overall appearance of the patient’s smile. They are safe and virtually painless.

One of the big decisions to consider when deciding how best to revitalize your smile through the use of dental veneers is choosing which type is right for your particular set of complaints and lifestyle – the different varieties offered nation-wide run the gamut, and each offers a unique profile of pros, cons, and potential long-term considerations to keep in mind when choosing which one is right for you.

Veneers made of composite resin are among the most commonly administered, both because they come with the added benefit of being able to be fully placed in as little as one appointment, and also due to the fact that they are quite a bit less expensive than other materials available. They are ideal for filling in chips and cracks, and can also be used to close gaps existing between teeth, as well.

Porcelain veneers are the best option for those seeking a final product that most closely resembles that of a real set of teeth; they are customized for each patient and as such will require multiple appointments with your dentist to complete the process of installation front to back.

Instant veneers are veneers which come in several pre-manufactured shapes, sizes, and colors; your dentist will present all of the different options at your disposal, and the one which most closely resembles the type of change you wish to make will be chosen. After that, it’s as simple as having them placed and sculpting them to fit as beautifully in your mouth as possible.

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Adults and Orthodontic Treatments

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More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatments to improve their smile. Fortunately, there are advances in orthodontics that allow individuals to get braces that are more convenient than traditional methods. We understand that getting braces as an adult can be inconvenient, as adults (unlike children), are busy and may not want braces on for a lengthy period of time.

 

Getting adult braces does not have to be a daunting process. Now there are many options available to older individuals who want to speed up this process and make it more suitable to their lifestyles. If you choose to go the inexpensive route, you can opt for traditional braces, which include metal brackets and wiring. While they don’t look very glamorous, they are now lighter than ever before and very effective in correcting most orthodontic issues that plague adults.

 

There are also options that look less visible on the teeth such as lingual and ceramic braces. Lingual braces are worn on the back of the teeth so they are not seen from the front. However, this option isn’t the best for everyone. Often lingual braces are for people with more minor corrections. Ceramic braces are much like the traditional option except they are lighter in weight and the color of enamel. This is great because they are less visible than traditional methods.

 

There is also another orthodontic treatment options called Invisalign. This method is very popular for improving the smile because they are not braces at all. Instead, our experts can fit you with clear plastic aligners that can be removed at any time. They are virtually invisible so you can smile with confidence. This is also very convenient because they can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing and sleeping. As your teeth move and shift into place, the aligners are switched out (usually every week). Often, the length of time these are worn is much shorter than the other methods listed above.

 

The length of time for any orthodontic treatment will depend on your case. It could be as little as six months up to a couple years before treatment is complete. If you have crooked teeth, crowding, overbite, underbite, or misaligned teeth, talk to our dentist in North Hollywood. We can discuss the best orthodontic options available to you so that you can improve your smile. Schedule a consultation with us to get started.

What Teens Should Know about Invisalign

Life as a teenager can be tough. There are a lot of pressures at school, in sports and with friends. Not to mention, there’s extra pressure to look your best! Getting braces can only add to the pressures a teen faces. But there are treatment options available to teenagers that are more convenient than traditional braces. Your teen should be able to go about their day with confidence while their smile is improved.

 

Our experts in orthodontics can discuss Invisalign Teen with you as a better alternative. Invisalign aligners are designed to improve the smile without interrupting a teen’s life. They are completely removable and virtually invisible.  Teens can continue to enjoy sports, foods and other activities without the interruption of traditional braces. The brackets and wires can be distracting especially on the field. Teens playing sports may feel the brackets hit the inside of their mouths, which can be painful. But with Invisalign, there’s no need to worry.

 

The clear plastic aligners will fit right over your teen’s teeth. Then, they will gradually move and shift the teeth into place. The aligners are removed for eating, drinking and brushing teeth. The aligners will be switched out for new ones about every two weeks as the teeth move and shift into place. Watch as their smile is transformed! The SmartTrack material speeds up this process by 50%.

 

Oral hygiene is still very important for your teen. Make sure they brush and floss at least twice a day for two minutes. Best part is, the aligners can be removed, and so your teen doesn’t have to worry about flossing in between brackets and wires. The aligners can also be cleaned with lukewarm water before bedtime and after brushing. There are so many benefits to having properly aligned teeth. According to the American Dental Association, straight teeth carries many benefits beyond a confident smile. With Invisalign, your teen can reduce their risk of tooth decay, gum disease, jaw problems and increased wear on the tooth enamel.

 

Talk to our experts about the best options available to your teen. Schedule a consultation so we can see if Invisalign is right for them. The length of your teen’s Invisalign process will depend on their specific case. We can go over their case and make sure to match them with the best system.

Invisalign Options

If you need braces but you don’t like the traditional options that include metal brackets and wiring, Invisalign may be an option for you. Patients with a wide range of orthodontic issues such as gapped teeth, overbites, underbites, open bites, overly crowded teeth and crossbites are great candidates for this alternative form of braces.

 

 

Correcting your smile has never been more convenient. You will wear clear plastic aligners that are custom-made just for you. They will fit right over your teeth and are removable for eating, drinking and sleeping. Enjoy the convenience of removable retainers as you go about your day. As the teeth move and shift into place, you will receive new aligners. It’s very possible that with weekly aligner changes, you can achieve an amazing smile even faster.

 

 

Talk to our orthodontist in Torrance about your orthodontic needs. Using these clear plastic aligners make it super comfortable to correct your smile without wearing brackets and wires. Our experts will monitor your tooth movements such as rotations, extrusions and significant root movements as you wear these retainers. This will ensure that you get the best results possible. Aligners should be worn for most of the day except when eating, drinking, brushing, flossing and sleeping.

 

 

Good oral hygiene is a must while using these aligners. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes along with flossing. When you take care of your teeth and gums, you avoid issues such as cavities, plaque buildup, tooth decay, and periodontal disease among others. While we help correct your smile, you can be diligent about your oral health.

 

 

Unlike traditional braces, this option is great for very active people. If you play sports, you don’t have to worry about brackets hitting the sides of your mouth on the field. These plastic aligners are made of lightweight material and fit right over your teeth for ease and comfort. If you have a special occasion coming up, you can take them out and pop them back in when you’re done! It’s a very convenient option for so many active people.

 

 

It’s our goal to give you the best smile possible so you can go about your day with confidence. See what more than four million patients have experienced using this system. The SmartTrack material is proven to fit better and more comfortably in the mouth. Schedule a consultation today and talk to our experts to see if this alternative is right for you.

Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is associated with out-of-control snoring. But that’s just one symptom, and it’s harmless. Multiple other symptoms could be more disruptive of your quality of life. Comparing your symptoms to a list won’t help you feel better, but it could put you on a path to a diagnosis.

 

Sleep apnea is a pattern of interrupted sleep, caused by the collapse of throat muscles. This condition can be either obstructive, when the cause is physical, or central—when the cause is neurological. Either one is bad for the business of your sleep. While it’s up to your sleeping partner to rate your snoring, there are signs you can notice yourself. These include:

 

Waking multiple times per night to urinate
Waking up with a headache, sore throat or dry mouth, or a sore jaw
Recurrent reawakening or insomnia
Persistent feelings of fatigue
Inability to concentrate or increased irritability during the day

 

In an apneic episode, the body ceases to breathe. In severe cases, it happens consistently throughout the night. Obviously, this can impact your health. Along with the pre-existing health patterns that may have led to sleep apnea in the first place—like obesity or alcoholism—you should treat your sleep apnea with urgency. This means getting a diagnosis, which often means getting a sleep study. Sleep physicians like our San Francisco dentist often recommend a sleep study both before and after diagnosis—one to determine a course of treatment, and the other to determine the effectiveness of that treatment.
Available treatments include CPAP—or continuous positive airway pressure—and OAT—or oral appliance therapy. CPAP is a machine that regulates airflow through a mask. OAT is for patients who do not respond to the invasiveness of CPAP, and uses a mouth guard to reposition the jaw for better breathing.

 

To find out if you have sleep apnea, contact our expert in sleep apnea in San Francisco.

Can I Get Veneers?

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In Beverly Hills, everybody’s looking to have a little bit of work done. A nip here, a tuck there. It’s so deeply embedded into the culture that most of us don’t even think about as anything unusual. If your own personal problem area is your smile, rest assured that there are options available to you in terms of improvement; specifically, the possibility of having dental veneers placed over your existing teeth. It’s the most natural-looking, least intrusive path to the teeth of your dreams. If you’re wondering whether or not you qualify, read on.

One huge qualifier is the state of your mouth before the procedure; healthy gums are a must. Giving the veneers a properly-maintained arena within which to shine is the best way to ensure success; there is little point in attaching a cosmetic veneer to a decayed, crumbling tooth that may fall out anyway after the procedure has been completed. As a few layers of enamel will have to be removed before affixing the veneers to the teeth, having enough of it there is also necessary, as is a properly-aligned jaw. Patients who have a history of teeth-grinding, especially at night, are discouraged from getting dental veneers.

 

Of course, all of this information can be a bit overwhelming, but luckily for you your dentist will be there at every step along the way to guide your choices. In the initial planning phases, they will use a number of tools to make sure that dental veneers are the best option for your own personal set of circumstances. This may include a digitally-produced conception of what your smile will look like once the veneers have been installed. This not only makes sure your desired results are possible, but also gets you both on the same page when it comes to the goals of the procedure.

 

Dental veneers are the best solution for patients who seek to correct multiple cosmetic issues with their teeth without necessarily resorting to a surgical solution. If your mouth is in good health and you’re willing to hold yourself to a commitment of proper maintenance, there’s no reason you shouldn’t give us a call. We’ve got decades of experience in our office. Schedule an appointment with an expert in porcelain veneer in Beverly Hills today.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

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“Everybody knows that it’s important to keep their teeth healthy.  We only get one adult set of them in our lives, so most people understand that it’s important to keep their mouth’s well-being a priority. Something many take for granted, though, is the fleshy pink membrane their molars are embedded in – the gums are one of America’s most overlooked organs in terms of hygiene and maintenance, which is ironic considering how much preventative measures can protect them in the long run.

 

The number one way to keep your gums healthy? Brushing thoroughly twice a day, same as you do for your teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush and take care to massage all along the gumlines, where many types of gum disease lurk, at a forty-five degree angle.  Two other areas to take extra care with when brushing: the surface of the tongue and the roof of your mouth. Both places serve as petri dishes for bacteria when neglected. You certainly don’t want to skip either.

 

Flossing is another habit that many people assume only benefit your enamel, but this is far from the case. Not only does it clear out physical debris and plaque trapped in the gums, it also stimulates them and improves blood flow and circulation, enabling them to maintain themselves even more efficiently.  Removing the plaque found in those hidden spaces prevents build-up and inflammation, which can loosen the gum around the teeth and create opportune pockets of space for germs to hide and fester in.

 

Lifestyle also has a huge impact on one’s periodontics – tobacco is absolutely the number one thing to avoid as a whole, as the carcinogenic effects of the smoke can cause the delicate tissue of the gums to deteriorate and decay.  Age is another factor – the older you are, the more attention your mouth is going to need to stay in good condition. Genetics are also something to keep in mind, as certain types of people are more susceptible to some problems than others. And, of course, the things you eat also matter a great deal; avoiding as much sugar as possible and eating one raw, fibrous fruit or vegetable a day is what most dentists will recommend.”