Is Invisalign Express an Option for Me?

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Because of the popularity of the Invisalign treatment, the company released two more types of procedures to help meet the orthodontic needs of more patients; these are Invisalign Teen and Invisalign Express. While it is simple to know whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign Teen, there are a few details you need to address with our dentist before deciding to get the Invisalign Express system.
What is Invisalign Express?

It is an orthodontic treatment which uses thin plastic alignment trays to guide crooked teeth into the correct position. The key difference between Invisalign Express and the full Invisalign system is the amount of time you will use the alignment trays. The express method is significantly faster than the full system; instead of a year or longer, express patients will have about six to eight weeks of treatment.
How to know i
f Invisalign is right for you:

• The first key to eligibility for Invisalign Express is whether or not you have significant malocclusions. A patient who has slight imperfections does not need to spend extra time receiving the full Invisalign treatment. So, if your teeth have minor misalignment, the express treatment may be a good option for you.

• A second factor that is important with Invisalign is compliance. You must be willing to switch aligners, visit our dental office in Agoura Hills as scheduled, and care for your alignment trays as directed. Included in the care is cleaning the aligners before putting them in your mouth. Not adhering to instructions will impede your treatment and ultimately, waste your time and money.

• The third point regarding Invisalign Express is that you remember to wear your alignment trays for the correct number of hours every day. Because the trays are removable, we find that some patients take their trays out to eat, per the product instructions. However, after eating they forget to put the alignment trays in their mouths.
• Also, you have no dental work which will get in the way of the alignment trays. Often dental implants or bridges play a role in disqualification from Invisalign Express.

If you think Invisalign Express could be right for you, contact our office, and we will schedule an appointment for an exam and consultation.

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When is a Full Mouth Reconstruction Needed?

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Modern dentistry gives our patients advanced ways to get the smile that they have always wanted. One method for our patients to achieve their perfect smile is through a procedure called Full Mouth Reconstruction. While the name sounds imposing, the treatments involved in reconstruction are safe and gentle.

Our Northridge cosmetic dentist will recommend a full reconstruction to our patients for various reasons. The most frequently cited reason for a complete mouth reconstruction is often a combination of reasons. A patient who comes to our office with extreme dental problems such as cracked or broken teeth, teeth with fillings that are failing, a large number of missing teeth, or teeth that show wear from tooth grinding they are a good candidate for a full reconstruction. A combination of multiple problems can compromise our patients’ health and their appearance.

Not all mouth reconstructions are due to poor oral hygiene. Our dentists see patients in need of restorations which were born with various dental disorders including Amelogenesis, Dentinogenesis Imperfecta, or Ectodermal Dysplasia.

Our dentists have several treatment options to offer patients and a full reconstruction almost always involves a combination of treatments. These may include:

• Bridges- These work well as a way to permanently replace missing teeth as long as there are teeth present strong enough to help support the bridge.

• Dental Bonding- Bonding improves the appearance of teeth with cracks, chips, or stains. A dental composite covers the teeth and permanently fuses in place.

• Dental Crowns- Crowns help improve teeth with many different problems. They cover, protect, and strengthen the teeth.

• Dental Implants- If teeth are missing, dental implants can fill the missing tooth’s spot. The implants improve appearance and help prevent bone loss by stimulating jaw growth.

• Veneers- Adding veneers is a way to disguise tooth imperfections found in otherwise healthy teeth. A specially made cover, typically porcelain, sits on top of the tooth hiding chips, cracks, or discolorations.

Although no two cases are exactly alike, the dentists at our practice have decades of experience performing full mouth reconstructions. Call our office for a consultation; your perfect smile is closer than you think.

Benefits of Laser Teeth Whitening

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There is no denying the unconscious effect your teeth have on your disposition. If you have a smile that features discolored teeth, you will most likely try to hide the stained teeth when you interact with others. Over time darkened teeth may leave you subconscious with depleted self-confidence. The impact of stained teeth has increased recently, due to the prevalence of gleaming white movie-star smiles that so many people are showing off these days. If you are among one of the thousands of people who dream of having a stunning smile, do not despair. Our San Francisco cosmetic dentist can improve your smile in minutes with the revolutionary laser teeth whitening system.

The laser teeth whitening system that we use in our office is a diode laser approved for use in dental offices by the United States Food and Drug Administration. While some patients initially express concern about a laser whitening their teeth, the treatments are painless and quick. Our dentists take special precautions to protect patients, and the laser is extremely precise. You can feel confident that your treatment will be safe in addition to being effective.

Having your teeth whitened by a laser has several benefits that other whitening systems cannot offer.

• REDUCED SENSITIVITY
The traditional light whitening system shines a hot light on patients for several minutes at a time, creating sensitivity and even pain. The laser light comes in 30-second bursts. Because of the reactive ingredient in the peroxide gel, the laser light absorbs quickly reducing sensitivity

  • FAST RESULTS
    Our patients see results after their first treatment. A typical 20-minute treatment produces teeth two to three shades lighter than they were prior to the procedure.
  • LASTING RESULTS
    Laser whitening requires fewer follow-ups than regular whitening systems.

    If you are not sure if laser teeth whitening is the right choice for you, we invite you to make an appointment for a consultation. One of our dentists can answer your questions and determine if the diode laser treatment is the best choice for you.

How Invisalign Makes Teeth Straighter

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Our cosmetic dentist in Torrance may recommend Invisalign because it is very effective, it is easy to change by the user, and it is not noticeable. The clear aligners are custom-built for each of our patients. So, they fit snugly over your teeth. Gradually, each of aligner will shift your teeth slightly until every tooth gets to its right position. The aligner moves some teeth horizontally, it moves some vertically, and some teeth even get rotated. This is why it takes time to straighten some teeth.

One of the reasons orthodontists prefer this option is that it has been designed to apply the right amount of force and pressure to change the position of every tooth in the wrong position as quickly as possible without hurting the user. This is because the braces are made of multilayer material that can gently shift your teeth into their right position. No other treatment option offers this. In an ideal situation, you should change your aligners every week except if your doctor says otherwise.

Apart from the benefit discussed above, there are other benefits that make clear aligner a great treatment option in orthodontics. One clear benefit is its total invisibility. Others won’t notice it at all. It is a big benefit because some of our patients complain that wearing metal braces lowers their self-esteem and confidence as they find it difficult to talk or laugh in public.

One thing we want you to understand is that straightening your teeth significantly improves your overall dental health. Straightening your teeth will restore the confidence that bad dentition made you lose. In addition, straightening your teeth reduces the risk of developing tooth decay and its concomitant gum diseases.

Braces trap food particles and since they make it difficult to wash your teeth properly, they increase the risk of tooth decay. The case is different with clear aligners. They can be removed easily to enable you brush your teeth properly and also floss the way you normally do. That way, you will be able to keep tooth decay and other mouth/gum diseases at bay.

Consult with our Invisalign provider in Torrance to learn more about this treatment.

Different Uses of Dental Crowns

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When many people think about dental crowns, they’ll usually think about them in the context of covering up a damaged tooth. While this is certainly one application for this type of procedure, the truth is that there is a wide range of issues our cosmetic dentist in Northridge can address through the use of one or more dental crowns.

 

What is a dental crown? A dental crown is an artificial tooth designed to cover up the original tooth. A decayed or fractured tooth may require a dental crown. All crowns by definition perform this one simple task, but there are also many additional benefits that result from having one placed.

 

Most commonly, dental crowns are used to restore a tooth’s appearance. The tooth in question is usually damaged in some prominent, visible way, such as in the case of a fractured tooth, a deeply decayed tooth, or a severely discolored tooth. In order to get a dental crown, there must be enough of the tooth firmly lodged in the jawbone to support the implement. Encasing the original tooth in this way not only improves the appearance of your face and smile and makes eating, speaking, and swallowing much easier, it also protects any sensitive, exposed tissue or nerve endings from getting more damaged and saves you the pain that this damage would bring. The tooth receiving the crown is usually deadened just before the crown is cemented into place, allowing you to use your teeth as you did before without agony.

 

Another common thing dental crowns are used for is physically holding a badly fractured but otherwise firmly-rooted tooth together without needing to extract it. In a similar way, they can also be used to stabilize an existing cosmetic fixture already present in the mouth, almost like a lone abutment.

 

Crowns have many uses in the realm of pediatric dentistry as well. Because children have baby teeth and may be a bit less capable of taking care of them than an adult would, there are several special cases where a crown is appropriate. One such example would be a badly decayed tooth that is either too small or too damaged to accommodate a proper filling. This not only saves the child pain, but also helps them avoid endless trips to the dentist and unnecessary, excessive anesthesia exposure.

 

Interested? Give us a call. Our expert in dental crowns in Northridge has all the answers you’re looking for.

Do All Teenagers Qualify for Invisalign?

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Most of us are already familiar with the Invisalign system – it’s a series of alignment trays designed to gradually straighten one’s smile without all the hassle and discomfort of ordinary metal braces. Something not everybody may be familiar with, however is Invisalign Teen, a treatment plan designed specifically with kids in mind. It is a safe, subtle alternative to traditional braces that will have your teen’s smile dazzling brighter than ever.

You may be wondering if your child is an eligible candidate for treatment with Invisalign. With braces, after all, come a litany of rules and restrictions set in place to both protect the braces themselves and also keep your progress on track. The good news about Invisalign is that the trays are fully removable and will not force the patient to choose between the life they previously enjoyed and the smile of their dreams. Participation in contact sports is allowed as the patient is able to simply remove the retainers while on the field, and little to no varieties of food or drink are off limits for the same reason. With that being said, however, the aligner trays do in fact need to be worn at least 22 hours a day to keep the patient moving toward their end goal at an appropriate pace.

Putting lifestyle and habitual factors aside, there are certain responsibilities your teen must be willing and capable of taking on in order to ensure their success with the program. Proper maintenance is an absolute must: the retainers must be removed for all eating, drinking, and activities where they may become damaged. They must be cleaned thoroughly, preferably as often as the patient brushes his or her teeth; you will be given a full run-down on proper aligner care in the home. One unique aspect of the teen program is that each aligner comes outfitted with a blue indicator strip that tracks usage physically and allows our orthodontist to make sure the retainers are being used properly. Ideally, your teen must be responsible enough to both make a commitment to making time for all the appointments and evaluations necessary for success and also to keep track of their aligners and take care not to lose them, as any lapses in treatment can potentially set them back.

Methods of Dental Reconstruction

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When the relationship between the upper and lower teeth becomes compromised, and the components no longer work well together in balance, oral health becomes compromised. When this happens, a patient may consider dental reconstruction. This refers to the set of procedures designed to replace missing teeth, repair damaged teeth, correct improperly seated jaw joints and fault bites, jawbone and gum damage, replace worn-out dental work and treat diseases in the mouth.

 

Full mouth reconstruction can include one or more of the following: dental crowns, bridges, implants, dental bonding, fillings, inlays and onlays, gum re-contouring and more. Patients who have multiple oral health problems affecting most or all of the teeth and supporting tissues, could be great candidates for mouth reconstruction. Talk to our cosmetic dentist in Huntington Beach about your oral health, and we can discuss if reconstruction is right for you.

 

In many cases, dental implants may be the only choice to restore all necessary functions in the mouth. An implant can replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. Implants can also be used to increase the retention of dentures, which helps minimize gum irritation. Unlike a dental bridge, implants do not require adjacent teeth to be fixed in the mouth. The implant acts as the tooth root which fuses to the jaw bone before a tooth is placed.

 

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that could be a part of the reconstruction process. This is a conservative alternative to full coverage dental crowns. They can be used in place of dental fillings to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage. There’s also a new treatment plan that has patients in and out of our office in the same day. CAD/CAM technology allows patients to receive milled metal-free crowns, veneers, onlays and inlays in one office visit while they wait.

 

If you think your dental health has been compromised due to tooth decay and other dental issues, talk to our dentists. With today’s dental technology, there are many reconstruction options available to you. We understand that oral reconstruction is a big deal. We are here to discuss all the different methods and examine your mouth to determine the best treatment plan for you.