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.

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 To Avoid for Better Oral Health

Foods To Avoid for Better Oral HealthThere are many foods you should make a part of your diet in order to ensure good oral health; however, there are just as many foods that can erode tooth enamel and lead to cavities or tooth decay. If you want your teeth and gums to remain healthy, here are the foods you should avoid:

Candy

Your parents probably told you not to eat too much candy during Halloween and for good reason. Candy is high in sugar, which can lead to cavities, and biting down on a lollipop or other hard candy can lead to a broken or chipped tooth.

Ice

You may not think ice is that bad since it is just frozen water, but regularly chewing on ice can lead to a dental emergency if you end up damaging a tooth.

Acidic Fruits

These include lemons and limes, and if consumed constantly, they can slowly erode your enamel. They can also irritate mouth sores, so be sure to drink plenty of water to wash away the acids.

Dried Fruits

Dried fruits and trail mix often tend to be sticky, causing them to adhere to your teeth longer, and they can be more difficult to clean off. Make sure to brush and floss after eating, and rinse your mouth out with water after consuming these snacks.

If you are unsure if a food is good or bad for you, talk to our best cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills for more information.