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.

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.

Best Preventive Dentistry Treatments

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In the past, dentists and patients would simply address dental problems as they arise. Today, we are better at preventing issues before they start. This is called preventive dentistry. There are a few different treatments our Torrance cosmetic dentist offers to patients looking to lower the risk of dental problems.

Fluoride treatments are very useful for many patients. Aggressive brushing and acidic foods or drinks can scrub away at our dental enamel. This leaves the teeth unprotected, meaning the nerves can be affected through small tubes in the dentin. Many patients experience severe tooth sensitivity due to this issue. Fluoride helps to remineralize the teeth, and build the enamel back up.

Dental sealants are also a helpful preventive dental treatment. This uses a material similar to plastic, which is placed on the cusps of the molars. These cusps are very textured, and difficult to clean of plaque. Applying a dental sealant protects these areas and keeps the teeth clean for as long as seven years.

There is one preventive measure that you can do at home. If you know or have been told that you clench or grind your teeth while sleeping, our preventive dentist recommends wearing a mouth guard at night. This keeps the teeth from damaging one another, preventing chips, cracks, and wear.

Options in Dental Fillings

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Cavities in teeth must be filled. Fillings can restore the tooth’s size and shape and protect the damaged part of the tooth from further decay. Several options for dental fillings are available, and our Torrance cosmetic dentist can help you decide on the best one for your smile.

The most common dental filling options include:

1. Composite resin fillings
Composite resin is a tooth-colored material that is made of glass or quartz mixed with other materials. These fillings bond chemically with the tooth’s structure and are capable of withstanding significant bite forces.

2. Amalgam fillings
Amalgam fillings, which are sometimes called silver fillings, have been used for many years to restore teeth. Amalgam is a blend of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. It is strong and durable, though not necessarily aesthetic.

3. Gold fillings
Gold fillings have been used for hundreds of years and are known for their durability, but they are also quite noticeable, much like amalgam fillings.

Fillings are usually placed in a single visit, and require no special care beyond good dental hygiene. Call our expert in dental fillings in Torrance today to find out more about dental fillings or to schedule your appointment with our team.

Advantages of Digital Dental X-Rays

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Dental X-rays are often used to monitor changes in your smile, identify dental diseases below the gumline and between teeth, or plan treatment. Our Torrance dentist uses digital dental X-rays, which offer many advantages over conventional dental X-rays.

Digital X-rays are processed quickly and are immediately sent to a computer screen where you can easily see the image. There is no need for the film to be processed with special chemicals, and the images are bright, crisp, and clear. We can adjust the colors and contrast so that you can see specific features more clearly. We can even enlarge the images.

Unlike conventional X-rays, digital images are easy to print, copy, and send electronically to insurance companies or dental specialists as needed. This can speed up your treatment or simplify claims processing. Because they eliminate the need for film and the chemicals associated with the film, they are even more environmentally friendly.

With digital X-rays, you will spend less time in the dental chair and more time understanding your treatment options. There is even less radiation involved in administering the X-rays. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment with our expert in digital dental X-rays in Torrance.

Choosing Your Kids’ Orthodontist

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Basic qualifications for an orthodontist include completion of dental school and an orthodontic residency program. For the best orthodontic experience, however, you may want to take other considerations into account as well as you choose the orthodontist who gives your child straight teeth. Here is a look at factors to consider.

Availability of Different Treatments

Many modern patients prefer braces other than the traditional metal ones. Unfortunately, not all orthodontists offer alternatives, such as ceramic braces and lingual braces. Ask orthodontists whether they provide these treatments if you are considering them for your child.

Flexible Scheduling

Orthodontic treatment requires regular appointments for adjustments and progress checking. To avoid having to delay treatment progress due to scheduling conflicts, choose an orthodontist who offers care during the hours convenient for you and your child.

Friendly Treatment

An orthodontist, staff, and office that make your child feel comfortable will provide the best treatment experience. If your child does not dread orthodontic appointments, he or she may feel more motivated to comply with treatment requirements.

The American Association of Orthodontists provides a website directory for reputable braces providers. Our kids orthodontist in Torrance, a member of the AAO, offers consultations for parents who want to learn more about our treatment options and standards.