Dental Bonding and What It Does

Dental bonding is a very versatile cosmetic dental procedure that utilizes a resin-based material. It can be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, close the gaps between teeth, reshape the teeth, and can even be used as a dental filling.

Dental bonding is often used instead of veneers or crowns because it is considered one of the least invasive cosmetic dental procedures available. Also, dental bonding can usually be done in one visit without the need for anesthesia. In order to prepare your tooth for bonding, our dentists in Los Angeles will need to make your tooth a little bit rougher in order for the bonding to properly adhere to the tooth. After it is made rougher, a conditioning liquid is then applied to the tooth. The dentist will then match the shade of the bonding to the shade of your natural teeth. When the bonding is applied, it is secured to the tooth with the use of an ultraviolet light. It can last up to ten years in some cases.

If you have minor imperfections in your teeth that you would like to be filled in, contact our expert in dental bonding in Los Angeles to set up a consultation.

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Surgery for Improving Gums

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Did you know that you could improve the look of your gums with surgery? Our periodontist in Los Angeles offers a variety of cosmetic periodontal procedures that can create the most flattering look for your whole smile. Several options are available.

One of the most common gum surgery options is the gum lift. Gum lifts, which may also be called gum contouring, are used to raise the gum line. The extra tissue, which often remains when the gums do not recede after the adult teeth erupt, can be gently trimmed and contoured for a more attractive and balanced appearance. Another common gum procedure is the crown lengthening. This procedure works similarly to gum lifts but may also involve the bone tissue around the tooth as well as the gum tissue to expose more of the tooth’s crown.

The last option to improve gums does not actually involve the gums. Lip lowering may be appropriate when the gums are normal but lip muscles are hypermobile, which results in the exposure of a greater-than-normal amount of gum tissue. Call us today to learn more about available treatments or to schedule your appointment with our expert in gum lift surgery in Los Angeles.

What You Should Know about Invisible Braces

For many years, the only choice that patients had for orthodontic treatment was the traditional metal braces. Today, there are several alternatives available to choose from. One of the most popular alternatives to traditional metal braces is the invisible braces.

Invisible braces can be a great option for the right candidate. There are a few things that you should know in order to determine whether you would qualify for invisible braces. The first thing you will want to take into consideration is the severity of the misalignment or bite issue you are trying to correct. Invisible braces work great on gapped teeth, protruding teeth, crowded teeth, and minor bite issues. Unfortunately, you may not be a good candidate if you suffer from severe bite issues or from teeth that need to be vertically moved or rotated.

In addition to their inconspicuous nature, another major perk of invisible braces is their removability. This allows patients to eat whatever they want during treatment, because all they need to do is remove the trays. Our orthodontists advise that invisible braces must be worn for at least 22 hours a day, though, in order for treatment to work effectively. That means that if you do not have the discipline to follow these instructions, invisible braces may not be the best option for you.

If you are curious whether or not you would make a good candidate for invisible braces, contact our expert in invisible braces in Los Angeles to set up a consultation.

What are Clear Braces Made of?

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Modern braces do more than just straighten teeth in today’s dentistry. For instance, a popular alternative to traditional metal braces are clear braces. Clear braces are made of ceramic and match the surrounding tint of your teeth. As a result they offer a tooth-colored alternative to the metal mouth aspect of traditional metal braces.

The ceramic material is what gives clear braces their translucent quality. Many patients find clear braces aesthetically more pleasing than traditional metal braces. While wires are still utilized with clear braces, they can usually also be matched to the tooth color of the patient. In addition, clear braces offer our Los Angeles orthodontists a similar level of control as traditional metal braces in moving your teeth into their correct positions. Another nice perk of ceramic is that it does not stain.

Clear braces should not be confused with Invisalign, which uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are designed to straighten your teeth. Invisalign is a great option for the right candidates, but it does not treat severe alignment issues as well as braces. That is why clear braces are seen as a nice middle ground between the function of traditional metal braces and the discreetness of Invisalign. While clear braces are able to offer a more aesthetically pleasing solution than metal braces, they are also able to offer more strength than Invisalign.

Clear braces may be the right solution for you, so contact our expert in clear braces in Los Angeles to set up a consultation.

How Well Does Invisalign Work?

Since the aesthetics of traditional metal braces can make some people feel self-conscious, many are thrilled to learn about the newest alternative with Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners. As one of the biggest benefits of Invisalign aligners, the clear aesthetics hide your orthodontic treatment to outside observers. For some, this perk almost seems too good to be true. Many want to know if Invisalign really works.

The good news is that Invisalign is a very effective treatment for straightening your teeth. Before treatment starts, our Invisalign doctor will take detailed X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth. Using these images and records, a treatment plan will then be created for your teeth. The laboratories at Invisalign will then design a series of clear plastic aligners that is custom-fit for your smile irregularities. Each aligner is worn for two weeks at a time and then is replaced with a new one. The aligners are designed to each incrementally move your teeth one step closer to the treatment goal. However, the aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours a day in order for treatment to be effective. Since the aligners are removable, you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods.

A great way for understanding how well Invisalign works is by going online and searching for Invisalign before and after photos. By looking over the previous patient’s photos and reviews, you will see that there have already been many satisfied patients.

Gum Disease and Its Treatment

If plaque is allowed to accumulate unchecked, it eventually leads to tooth decay. If tooth decay gets bad enough, you may even develop gum disease.

The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis. At this point, plaque has accumulated to the level that your gums will be inflamed, causing red tender gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing. No bone or tissue loss has occurred in this stage, so the gingivitis is highly treatable through scaling and root planing. Scaling is when the dentist scrapes away the plaque and tartar that has built up above and below the gumline. Root planing is when the dentist removes the rough bacteria deposits that form at the root of your tooth. If scaling and root planing is done early enough, then gingivitis can be reversible and your smile can be saved.

If gingivitis is left untreated, then it can very easily develop into gum disease. During gum disease, your gums will start to separate from your bone. This creates pockets in which the bacteria are able to thrive. Scaling and root planing can halt gum disease if it is not too advanced, but it will not be able to reverse any damage that has been experienced. If gum disease gets bad enough, our dentists in North Hollywood may recommend surgery in order to control it. If enough bone and tissue have been lost, you may need to have either a bone graft or a soft tissue graft to restore them. Another possible treatment is flap surgery, in which our expert in periodontal treatments in North Hollywood surgically lifts your gums back to remove the plaque and tartar that has accumulated.

How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

Monitoring your symptoms is the first step in diagnosing central sleep apnea. The most common symptoms include the difficulty staying asleep throughout the night, as well as being tired for no specific reason during your day. If you have headaches in the morning, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, and poor memory these may also be indicative symptoms.

A proper diagnosis can be made through an expert in sleep apnea test in Glendale with what is called a polysomnogram, which monitors your sleep patterns throughout the night. During this test, a Glendale sleep apnea expert will record your brain waves, blood oxygen levels, eye and muscle activity, heart rate and breathing. A polysomnogram can either be held at a sleep center or in the comfort of your own home. During the test, special monitoring equipment will be attached on your chin, scalp, and outer edge of your eyelids, as well as your chest to record heart activity. The test is looking for unusual activity in your sleep, such as the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep and enter the REM cycle, how many times you may stop breathing, and how your body moves. It is important not to drink any alcohol or caffeine leading up to the sleep test.

A spouse or family member who has observed you in your sleep may also be helpful in diagnosing your disorder. Speak to a Glendale sleep apnea expert about what they have noticed in your behavior while asleep.