Teeth Whitening Expectations 

Group of friendsTeeth whitening is one of our most requested procedures, but a brilliantly white, sparkling smile is not achievable for all of our patients. Having realistic teeth whitening expectations can ensure you are completely happy with your results. Our Northridge cosmetic dentist can help you find the right procedure based on your dental health and habits so that you can achieve your results. 
 
Stains occur for many reasons and often appear as a result of what you eat and drink. Exposure to cola, tea, coffee, wine berries, tomato sauce, curry and other strongly colored foods and drinks will leave teeth discolored. Tobacco use and excessive fluoride exposure can also discolor teeth. Less commonly, trauma and certain medications can discolor teeth. 
 
Most extrinsic stains, or stains caused by external factors like foods and drinks, respond well to conventional teeth whitening treatments. These treatments use peroxide to oxidize the stains in the enamel and dentin and lighten the color of teeth. Intrinsic discolorations, or stains located inside the tooth’s structure, will not usually respond to conventional teeth whitening treatments. We may recommend dental veneers to cover discolored teeth.  
 
Pregnant women, children under 16, people with active gum disease, people with untreated cavities and those with extremely sensitive teeth might not be candidates for teeth whitening. Additionally, teeth whitening treatments will not leave your teeth unnaturally white. Call our dentist today to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening in Northridge.

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Dental Implants Expenses

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Dental implants are the most trusted product in modern tooth replacement. They create a natural smile, with no reduction in tooth functionality. The success rate is as high as 98 percent for qualified patients.

While not cheap, this product compares favorably with other, older replacement options. There is also dental insurance to consider. Add the fact that you’re essentially making a lifetime investment, and most potential patients don’t let budget affect their decision.
Dental implant cost is complicated. There are many hidden fees, so be sure to ask for a complete breakdown. The more experienced your dentist, the more you can expect to pay—but with a procedure this intricate, you can’t afford to get it wrong. Some laboratories charge more than others, which is written into your upfront quote.

An implant consists of a titanium root, a crown, and an abutment that connects the two. These materials are all priced separately. And if you need more than one implant, the cost goes up.

If you have missing teeth that are close together, you may get by with one implant. Implants are also often combined with dentures and fixed bridges, which may be cheaper options.

Contact your implants doctor for more.

Features of CAD/CAM Dentistry

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CAD/CAM technology is among the most advanced dental options available today. It refers to computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, and in dentistry, it is used to design and complete restorations in a single appointment. This saves you time and improves your comfort by eliminating the need for temporary acrylic restorations. Our dentist can use CAD/CAM dentistry for a variety of applications, including crowns, inlays and onlays.

Some of the features of CAD/CAM dentistry include:

1. Fast results
Rather than waiting weeks for your new restoration, you can often be in and out of our office in about an hour. We prepare your tooth just like we would for any other restoration and then take a digital impression. This impression is used to customize your new crown to fit your tooth precisely.

2. Unparalleled quality
High-quality porcelain is used to create CAD/CAM restorations, and we use advanced technology to match your tooth precisely so that you can get the most aesthetic results possible.

3. Improved comfort
Not only do you not have to wear a temporary restoration, but you also will not need multiple anesthetic shots. Once your tooth is prepared, your final restoration can be placed as soon as it is finished.

Call today to learn more about same day dentistry or to schedule your appointment with our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco.

Professional Tooth Whitening Tips

Group of friendsIf you’ve looked into Kor whitening treatment, you are aware of just how effective this system is for a majority of patients. Incredibly easy to use, Kor gives patients the opportunity to whiten their teeth during in-office treatments and from the comfort of their own homes.

Kor whitening is highly effective because it performs a deep bleach process that allows your teeth to absorb oxygen and it effectively removes deep-set stains. Kor is incredibly efficient because it can continue to perform the whitening reaction necessary to alter teeth for up to several hours. Other whitening systems are only effective for approximately a half an hour before saliva hinders the chemical process.

During treatment, you will want to avoid foods known to stain, such as chocolate, coffee, red wine, and spaghetti sauce. A good rule of thumb is if the food can stain a white shirt, it can negatively impact your teeth. Also crucial, you should be diligent about at-home treatment. The more dedicated you are to this system, the better your results will be. If you want permanently white teeth, Kor treatment is well worth the investment.

Call our office for more information about cosmetic dental procedures or to set up a consultation with our tooth whitening expert.

Keeping Up with Your Periodontal Health

Group of friendsPeriodontal disease affects the majority of Americans over 35, but it is not inevitable. Keeping up with your periodontal health can help you keep your gums healthy and avoid this common dental problem. Our North Hollywood dentist can help you design a preventive periodontal strategy to protect your gums and your smile.

1. Use the right tools.
Many people use a toothbrush that is too rough. A soft-bristled toothbrush is ideal because bristles that are hard or stiff can injure your gums and leave them vulnerable to infection.

2. Brush properly each time you brush.
Technique matters as much as frequency. Clean your teeth using small tooth-length strokes with your brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums, and spend about two minutes at a time brushing.

3. Clean between your teeth.
The toothbrush cannot reach between each set of teeth, so you do need to use a special tool to clean in this area. Floss is perhaps the most common tool of choice, but you can also use floss picks, dental flossers or interdental cleaners to clean between your teeth. Whatever you choose, just remember to clean between your teeth at least once a day.

4. Eat a healthy diet.
What you eat matters, too. Brushing and flossing perfectly is not going to help your teeth very much if you eat a starchy, processed diet low in nutrients. You have to feed your teeth and gums plenty of healthy foods to keep them strong.

5. Visit us.
Regular dental cleanings and checkups on a recommended schedule will always be important because they help us monitor your teeth and gums for early signs of problems and give you important advice on how to improve your dental routine.

Call our periodontist in North Hollywood to schedule your next appointment.

Lumineers Technology

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Teeth that need coverage for non-medical reasons need a chance to shine. Lumineers are so good at this coverage, the entirety of the no-prep dental veneer market is typically referred to as “Lumineers”—whether or not it’s another product. Insisting on the real thing ensures you get the full benefit of Lumineers technology, which is brought to you by Cerinate porcelain.

This porcelain is unusually strong. It is also the thinnest available veneer, at approximately the width of a contact lens. Since it’s so slim, the laminate can go right over the desired tooth. This is what we mean by “no-prep” veneers. The slimness of the product means the tooth doesn’t have to be trimmed or edited to accommodate it. This is not true of other veneers, and theoretically means Lumineers are reversible, because your teeth stay in their original states.

Keeping your Lumineers means you keep your smile the way you always wanted it—free of chips, cracks, or stains. At your consult, your Lumineers dentist in Los Angeles will analyze your smile zone and tell you how many veneers would make the most impact, and in which places. Not everyone shows the same amount of teeth when they smile, so in some cases one or two strategically-placed Lumineers make all the difference.

Call our office for more.

How Does Acceledent Work?

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Once you make the decision to undergo orthodontic treatment, you will be excited to see the results of your new smile. With Acceledent, that may happen sooner than you would expect. Acceledent is an FDA-approved device that can significantly speed orthodontic treatment. Our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco can help you decide if this treatment is right for you.

During orthodontic treatment, continuous pressure is applied to the teeth through braces or invisible aligners. Acceledent uses vibrations that can speed the bone remodeling process. You will wear the Acceledent mouthpiece for 20 minutes a day. During this time, you simply bite down on the appliance while you read, watch TV or relax. The gentle vibration will help the tissues adjust to treatment so that your teeth move more quickly. There is never any pain or discomfort associated with Acceledent, and the vibrations are mild enough that the system can even be used for patients with low pain tolerance.

If you want to unveil your new smile faster or simply speed your orthodontic treatment, Acceledent might be an appropriate solution for you. Call to schedule your consultation today to learn more about Acceledent in San Francisco.