Invisalign as a Part of Smile Makeovers

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Our dentist offers smile makeovers for patients who wish to address multiple dental flaws. Smile makeovers are comprised of treatments and procedures specific to each patient. Together you will work with our dentist to design your perfect smile, and determine the best methods to achieve it.

There can be many treatments and procedures involved in your smile makeover. Issues such as physical damage, staining, and too much gum tissue can be addressed with crowns and fillings, teeth whitening, and gum grafting.

Many patients also wish to perfect smiles that are suffering from orthodontic issues. This may include gaps between the teeth, overlapping teeth, and crooked teeth. Misaligned bites, such as over, under, cross, and open bites may also be an issue. Invisalign is often used in smile makeovers for these cases.

Invisalign offers a comfortable, discreet treatment that corrects orthodontic issues faster than braces. Patients can easily remove their Invisalign aligners to eat their favorite foods and brush their teeth without obstruction. Correcting even small issues, such as minor gaps or only slightly crooked teeth, can make a significant improvement in the smile.

Patients interested in getting a smile makeover or this orthodontic option can talk with our Invisalign doctor today.

Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers

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Are you unhappy with cosmetic flaws in your smile? If so, you might be considering dental veneers. These thin porcelain shells are bonded to the teeth surfaces to mask aesthetically displeasing aspects. Our Los Angeles dental veneers dentist can inform you of everything you need to know about this option, but in the meantime, here are some pros and cons of the treatment.

Pros

Dental veneers can effectively mask a wide variety of cosmetic issues, including stains, chips, cracks, gaps, and crookedness. They are made specifically for each patient, using impressions to ensure they fit over the teeth perfectly and mask what they need to. Furthermore, they are made using porcelain, which offers many benefits. It is durable, stain resistant, and looks very similar to dental enamel.

Cons

Possibly the only con regarding veneers is that they are permanent. A thin layer of enamel must be removed in order to place them, so that the teeth do not look too big afterwards. The teeth will therefore not be strong enough on their own, making the veneers necessary from that point forward.

If you are looking for more information about porcelain dental veneers, schedule a consultation appointment with our dentist today.

How Veneers are Used in Cosmetic Dentistry

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Many people do not see a dentist for their cosmetic dental issues because they believe that the only option is complete restoration, which will be undoubtedly costly and time consuming. These patients are not aware that there is another option that can perfect their smile. Dental veneers are a simple and effective solution for most cosmetic dental problems.

Dental veneers are thin strips of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. They can effectively mask a wide variety of cosmetic issues. These include chips, cracks, and spacing issues, as well as crooked and misshapen teeth. Patients have the choice of whether to place dental veneers on all of their visible teeth, or just a select few.

Porcelain is a material often used in dentistry for several reasons. It is stain resistant, meaning patients do not need to worry about their favorite foods leaving their marks. It is also very strong and durable, just as our teeth. Furthermore, it naturally reflects light just as enamel does.

Our Northridge cosmetic dentist can use dental veneers as part of a larger smile makeover process. Talk to our porcelain veneers dentist in Northridge to learn how this option can benefit you and your smile.

What is Dental Bonding?

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Dental bonding is an affordable cosmetic procedure used to hide many types of flaws. In many cases, it is also a faster alternative to other cosmetic or restorative procedures. Below is more about bonding, including what it can do and how long it lasts.

Application of Composite Resin

Bonding is basically the application of a custom-tinted, tooth-colored composite resin to tooth enamel. The resin is shaped, cured, and polished to ensure that it matches the shape of the surrounding tooth structure.

What Bonding Can Do

Our dentist can hide many aesthetic flaws with bonding, including chips, cracks, and unappealing tooth shape. Very heavy stains can also be hidden this way when teeth whitening does not resolve the problem. In some cases, bonding is even used to reduce gaps between teeth, making braces unnecessary.

How Long Bonding Lasts

Taken care of properly, bonding can last for years. Although bonded areas will not respond to whitening, they can be polished or replaced if stains develop.

Patients of all ages can receive bonding, which is also often used as part of a smile makeover. A consultation with our dentist in West Hollywood can be scheduled by patients who want to learn more about bonding and its applications.

Why Use Porcelain?

Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic choice in cosmetic dentistry today. They are used to perfect the smile by masking flaws in the teeth. Many patients opt for veneers instead of several different treatments, and many types of patients can benefit from them. Veneers are typically made of porcelain, a material used often in dentistry for many reasons.

Porcelain offers multiple benefits. It is durable and very strong, meaning it can support the bite forces our teeth sustain when we eat every day. It can be altered and formed to fit your teeth perfectly, and create the appearance of natural teeth. Part of the reason this is possible is because porcelain is able to reflect light in the same way our natural dental enamel does. Furthermore, porcelain veneers resist stains, meaning your new smile will stay bright and white for years with the right care.

Friends and even family members won’t even know anything has been added to the smile. They will think you have undergone several lengthy and costly treatments and procedures, when in actuality you chose the smart option with porcelain dental veneers. If you believe you could benefit from veneers, schedule an appointment with our porcelain veneers dentist in Los Angeles.

When is it Necessary to Remove a Tooth?

Tooth loss, whether from extraction or any other cause, is never ideal. However, it is sometimes necessary. Below are the main reasons a tooth extraction might be needed.

Dental Problems or Physical Trauma

In some cases, teeth or the tissues that hold them are damaged too severely for repair to be an option. When this is the case, the often severe pain is instantly eliminated by extraction, and patients can then consider tooth replacements.

Orthodontic Tooth Removal

Our Houston dentist may recommend removing certain teeth before braces. For example, this is sometimes the case when orthodontic patients have a narrow arch, which offers too little space for all of the teeth present. Performing extraction before treatment can allow orthodontics to work more effectively.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Many wisdom teeth are impacted when they emerge from the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth may be facing sideways, backwards, or forwards, and may not even be completely erupted. Removing impacted wisdom teeth can help prevent infections, tooth damage, and orthodontic problems later.

Finally, some patients, when faced with extensive dental treatments, simply choose to have the problematic teeth extracted instead. Patients can contact our tooth extraction dentist in Houston to schedule a consultation and discuss tooth removal further.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

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A number of professional teeth whitening options are used today. In all of these treatments, a similar basic process is used to eliminate or greatly reduce discoloration from the tooth surfaces. Here is how these procedures work.

Whitening Ingredients

Gels used for professional whitening are all have a peroxide base. Most of these gels contain hydrogen peroxide in concentrations higher than what is sold on store shelves. Some treatments from our cosmetic dentist in Northridge, such as Zoom whitening, also contain carbamide peroxide to boost the effects.

Stain Oxidation

Oxidation is the key to how bleaching gels are able to clear stains off of teeth. When the peroxides make contact with the pigments that have settled on the tooth enamel, the chemical reaction of oxidation occurs. After oxidation is finished, the pigment particles are smaller and lighter colored. Activation methods, such as lights, cause oxidation to happen more rapidly.

Because whitening gels must make contact with particles in order to oxidize them, the gels only work on discoloration on the outsides of teeth. These include most stains resulting from coffee, tea, wine, chocolate, and tobacco. Patients can schedule a consultation with our teeth whitening dentist in Northridge to learn more about our whitening treatments.