How Dental Bridges Work

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Though it seems pretty obvious, dental bridges are specifically prepared prosthetics that bridge the gap created from one or more missing teeth. For years, dental bridges in Agoura Hills have been a standard for patients needing to return order to their faces and smiles. But many patients don’t understand the procedure.

It works by attaching crowns to other, healthy teeth and then spanning the gap with a false tooth or teeth. The procedure begins with Dr. Shindler, Agoura Hills dentist, injecting local anesthetic into the gums. Then the dentist reshapes the teeth that will house the caps or crowns. They need to fit securely so the bridge rests comfortably in place. An impression will then be made of missing teeth. A bridge will be customized to the individual. Until this permanent one is set, a temporary will be put in place. A follow-up visit will then be necessary where the permanent dental bridge is inserted. The dentist will take care to ensure nothing interferes with the patient’s bite.

Good care of these prosthetics can help the bridge last for many years. One general cause for failure is the forming of cavities on crowns. As usual, proper oral hygiene will keep that bridge work in perfect order.

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Do Veneers Feel Bulky?

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Are you interested in a glamorous, white smile but nervous veneers will make your teeth feel bulky and fake? Many patients express this concern at their initial consultation for veneers, yet end up incredibly happy with their results.

Veneers are thin shells that are attached to the front surface of the tooth. In order to place veneers correctly, our dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel. This process will ensure that your veneers feel normal and look natural. Other procedures, such as placing lumineers, are more likely to create a bulky feeling due to the fact that no enamel is removed.

Our Los Angeles porcelain veneer dentist recommends you receive 6-10 veneers at a time. If you receive too few, the difference in appearance and size of your teeth may seem slightly unnatural. During your consultation, our dentist can determine the correct number of veneers necessary for you. At your appointment, you will also discuss your desired results and our expert will help you find the proper shade to choose. Before you know it, you will have stunning, custom fit veneers that are simple to maintain.

Contact our office for more information on cosmetic dentistry or to schedule your appointment.

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.

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.

Teeth Whitening Process

Friends having funOur teeth are supposed to be bright and white. Unfortunately, they can quickly become darkened and yellowed over time. This is often due to certain diet staples, such as berries, red sauce, tea, and coffee. It can also be caused by some lifestyle habits, such as smoking. Our dentist in San Francisco can perform a teeth whitening treatment in order to remove these extrinsic stains.

There are many different types of teeth whitening treatments, however most of them work very similarly. It will begin with a teeth cleaning, in order to remove any plaque, tartar, and food debris. Then they will apply a rubber block in order to protect the gums and other soft tissue of the mouth.

A whitening liquid or gel is then applied directly on to the teeth. It will be activated with a special dental light or laser. For most types of treatments, the liquid and light will stay in place between a few minutes and fifteen minutes. It will then be removed and reapplied one to two more times.

If an in-office treatment is not what you are looking for, we can also offer take-home kits. These provide you with the tools, materials, and instructions you need to brighten your teeth at home.

Best Age for Orthodontic Treatments

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The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children start a dental treatment plan at the age of 7. This plan will start with simple evaluation, as adult teeth start to come in. Any problems the child has can be diagnosed and treated either with braces or appliances. For instance, if the child’s upper arch is too small for their mouth, the doctor may prescribe a palatal expander to ensure the permanent teeth will grow in properly. This practice is called interceptive dentistry.

Most kids get their adult teeth between the ages of 8 and 14. Before all of them erupt, it may be possible to guarantee their best positioning with dental appliances. This makes braces easier down the road.

Not all children evolve the same way. But you can do your child a favor by watching for the following symptoms:

• Excessive spacing
• Open bite
• Crossbite (front or back)
• Overjet
• Abnormal eruptions

Thumbsucking and mouth breathing are also warning signs, with the former contributing largely to overjet.

Our orthodontist in Van Nuys follows the industry trend of prescribing braces between the ages of 8 and 14, while the jaws are still malleable. A few decades ago, it was common for kids to receive braces much later, while already in high school.

For more, contact your Van Nuys cosmetic dentist.

Foods That Can Stain the Teeth

Foods That Can Stain the TeethIdeally your teeth will stay white for many, many years, but some foods are just too delicious to give up entirely. Certain foods and drinks can severely stain your teeth, necessitating an in-office whitening treatment from our best cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills. Some of the top offenders for staining teeth include:

•    Wine: This is an acidic beverage that contains chromogens and tannins, two notorious substances for staining teeth.
•    Tea: Another substance that is rich in tannins. Black tea is the worst for staining teeth while herbal, green, and white teas are much better.
•    Sports drinks: This is a highly acidic drink that can severely soften tooth enamel.
•    Soda: It is particularly likely to stain your teeth if you sip it at your desk all day.
•    Berries: Intensely colored fruits such as blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, cherries, and grapes can lead to stains.
•    Candies: Any sort of hard candy, gum, popsicle, or other sweets contain artificial coloring agents. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if it turns your tongue a funny color, it can do the same to your teeth.

You can minimize the effects these substances have on your teeth by drinking beverages through a straw and by rinsing your mouth out with water after a meal.