Teeth Whitening Options

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We know there is great value in a gleaming white smile. Our patients tell us how confident they feel after teeth whitening and how much more they smile too. Unfortunately, not everyone has a smile they are proud to show to the world. Our dentist has options for teeth whitening which could help create your perfect smile.

There are two categories of teeth whitening, at-home whitening, and professional whitening. While our Torrance cosmetic dentist does not oppose an attempt at whitening your teeth at home, you should note that the results from a professional whitening are faster, more uniform, and longer lasting than results from an over the counter kit.

Our office offers two options for tooth whitening, by a dentist or with a professional whitening kit in your home while supervised by a dentist.

• TEETH WHITENING BY A DENTIST- When you choose in-office whitening, a single visit is typically all that is necessary to get the results you want. Occasionally, a patient needs more treatments if their teeth are severely stained or if they want a specific shade of white.

Whitening in our office needs no anesthetics because it is painless. We will protect your gums with a gel or a plastic shield to prevent any gum sensitivity if the whitening solution touches your gums.
Next, our dentist spreads a solution of hydrogen peroxide onto your teeth. We then shine a light or use heat on your teeth to speed the whitening process. The length of time for the treatment depends on the health of your teeth and the level of whiteness you desire.

• WHITENING THAT IS SUPERVISED BY A DENTIST- Supervised whitening is carried out in your home. It is a good option those who do not want to devote much time to whitening at our office.

For at home supervised whitening, our dentist takes impressions of your teeth and makes a customized mouth tray to hold whitening gel. To use the system put the gel in the tray, place it on your teeth, and leave it in place for a few hours each day. The results are slower than an in-office whitening, but our patients are pleased with their results.

Both options for teeth whitening give you a beautiful smile, contact our office if you would like more information.

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How Teeth Whitening Can Affect Your Teeth

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Patients who visit our office often want our help getting a brilliant white smile. There are two basic options for tooth whitening available through our office, intrinsic whitening, and extrinsic whitening. The two treatments work in different ways, so it is necessary to know how each treatment will affect your teeth.

INTRINSIC WHITENING- The intrinsic whitening treatment is very popular in the field of cosmetic dentistry. When you receive an intrinsic whitening, our dentist is essentially whitening your teeth from the inside out. To do this, we apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth. The gel soaks into your teeth and whitens the inner layer, called the dentin. The dentin in your teeth naturally yellows as a part of the aging process and shows through the enamel. As the gel penetrates the enamel, dentin whitens. This color change reflects through the enamel of your teeth giving you a whiter smile. This process is sometimes erroneously called bleaching. We do not apply bleach to your teeth during this treatment. Your tooth enamel is not affected by the whitening gel. The color change takes place inside of your teeth.

EXTRINSIC WHITENING- When we talk about extrinsic whitening we mean changes to the outside of your teeth that occur when we professionally clean and polish your teeth. External whitening is a good option if your discoloration is because of exposure to things like coffee, tea, or red wine. This type of procedure does not affect the inner layers of your teeth.

Which treatment you choose depends on the type of discoloration is affecting your teeth. Our staff will be happy to help you achieve the smile you dream of and will guide you through the whitening process. When you consult with our teeth whitening dentist in Torrance, you can discuss which treatment will give you the results you want.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.