How a Smile Makeover Can Affect You

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Your smile affects everyone around you, not just you. If your smile is compromised by age or lifestyle, you may notice your reception cooling, especially by strangers. And if your job revolves around making a strong first impression, your teeth can be either your best friends or your worst enemies.

Sometimes smile makeovers are necessary in emergencies or after illnesses. However, they remain an excellent resort for dental patients who need to either restore their smile to old heights, or risk losing quality of life. Damaged smiles come in all forms and for all reasons: poor diet, bad hygiene, genetic proclivities, smoking, and more.

Our smile makeover expert in Beverly Hills, CA can install a treatment plan with multiple resources. These may include whitening, scaling and root planing, flap surgery, dental veneers, dental implants, or orthodontics like braces and headgear.

Some smile flaws happen naturally with age, like discoloring or enamel loss. Others are due to malformations that need deeper treatment. Malocclusion, or bad bite, can harm the relationship of your teeth, and lead to pain and erosion.

A smile makeover doesn’t have to just lift your spirits. It can also improve your life and your career. Call today for a consult.

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

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Making the decision to undergo orthodontic treatment is a big step, but choosing the type of treatment is a big step, too. There are many types of treatments available, but one of the most popular treatments for teens and adults today is Invisalign. These smooth clear aligners are comfortable and easy to wear, and they are virtually invisible.

Are you a candidate for Invisalign? These questions can help you decide.

1. How bad is your orthodontic problem?
Invisalign is designed to address mild to moderate orthodontic issues. If you have more severe problems, they may not be adequately addressed by clear aligners.

2. How old are you?
Younger patients whose jaws are still growing are not necessarily good candidates for Invisalign. For the best results, your jaw should be finished growing. Teens and adults get the best results from treatment.

3. How committed are you?
Invisalign uses invisible aligners, which are removable, so for the best results, you will need to be fully committed to treatment. If your aligners are not in place at least 20 to 22 hours a day, or at all times unless you are eating, drinking, brushing or flossing, they might not work.

A complete evaluation is needed to determine if you are a candidate. Call our Invisalign provider in Beverly Hills today to find out if Invisalign is right for you.

How Long Does Getting Veneers Take?

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Except for CAD/CAM veneers, which are made in small milling machines, veneers are not made at dental offices. Instead, they are made by hand at a dental laboratory before being sent to the office where they will be placed by a dentist. As a result, the full process can take one to two weeks. Here is more about how long the veneers process takes.

Preparation for Veneers

The first visit to our dentist for veneers involves having the teeth prepared. This involves removing some of the outer tooth enamel, ensuring that the addition of veneers will not result in excessively large teeth. Afterwards, bite impressions are taken for use in shaping the new veneers.

Veneers Placement

One to two weeks after their preparation appointment, patients return to our dental veneer dentist in Los Angeles to have their veneers permanently attached. This involves bonding the veneers in place with composite bonding resin. Finally, the veneers are cured with a special light, and patients can immediately start enjoying their new smile.

Numerous dental flaws can be concealed with porcelain veneers, and the results can last for decades. Patients can contact our dentist to schedule a consultation and learn more about getting veneers.

Steps in Gum Disease Treatment

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Gum disease treatment starts at home. If you know your symptoms—usually red or puffy gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, and/or gum recession—you can start by upping your brush/floss game. Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and consider adding a quality mouthwash to the mix. Your materials should be quality as well—if it’s been more than 3 months since you replaced your toothbrush, do it soon. And make sure it’s a soft-bristled brush.

The first step in gum disease treatment at the office is usually a form of deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. This is the only way for our expert in gum disease treatment in Van Nuys to remove all the calculus—or hardened plaque—that’s accumulated below the gums. Once this removal happens, gums usually halt their recession and periodontal pockets recede.

Once any pockets you developed are back to normal, you may be good without further treatment. If you regress or your symptoms return, the dentist may need to perform gum flap surgery to restore inflamed bone. In even more severe cases, you may require a gingivectomy or gum grafting to replace destroyed bone.

Contact our dentist in Van Nuys for more information.

How Much Does Full Mouth Reconstruction Cost?

Beautiful surprised woman isolated on whiteA full mouth reconstruction is a completely personalized dental process that is performed on patients who have experienced significant dental issues ranging from dental trauma to advanced dental disease. Their natural teeth may have suffered extreme damage, and they often require significant restorative treatments to recover full function and health. If you have suffered severe dental problems and are a candidate for a full mouth reconstruction, our dentist in Van Nuys can help you learn more about the potential costs associated with the process.

Some factors that can affect your final costs include:

1. The number and type of procedures needed to restore function and health
Many procedures can be incorporated into a reconstruction, including fillings, crowns, inlays and onlays, bridges, dentures and dental inlays.

2. Your insurance coverage
Insurance will typically cover at least a portion of the cost of medically indicated dental procedures.

3. Your preferences and goals
Cosmetic procedures can add to your out-of-pocket costs.

Our team will work closely with you to create a healthy, fully functional smile. We can give you an estimate once we determine the treatments and procedures needed for your treatment plan and recommend alternatives as needed. Call our expert in full mouth reconstruction in Van Nuys today to learn more or to schedule your consultation with our team.

Why Teeth Need to be Removed

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We are meant to keep all of our teeth for our entire lifetimes. Unfortunately, some cases require their removal. Furthermore, in some instances, a tooth may need to be extracted quickly. In emergency situations, our dentist can remove a tooth as well as replace it.

There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed at our emergency dentistry office. Poor dental health at home and an avoidance of regular check-ups can lead to weakened teeth that cannot function properly. Gum disease can also cause issues, such as loosened teeth that are better replaced.

Tooth removal requires a surgical process, often done with local anesthetic. Our dentist will shift the tooth in question back and forth in order to loosen it from connective tissues. Eventually, it can be pulled out with ease. If the case is more complicated, they may need to break apart the tooth and remove it in pieces.

We can work with you to decide which replacement would be best for you. Dental implants are best, and can be used for patients with otherwise good oral and gum health. Dental bridges can replace one or multiple teeth.

Be sure to keep our number close by in case of emergency tooth removal needs.

Is Tooth Bleaching Right for Me?

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Just about everyone these days seems to be getting their teeth whitened. If you haven’t yet taken the plunge, you might be wondering, is tooth bleaching right for me? Teeth get darker naturally over time, but they also accumulate stains as a result of what we eat and drink, as well as due to habits such as smoking. If your teeth are darker than they used to be, you might be a candidate for teeth whitening.

Professional whitening is the most common and effective way to bleach your teeth. At your consultation, we will assess your teeth to determine if bleaching is the best way to brighten your smile. Peroxide-based bleaching solutions are most effective for people with extrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains refer to those that are on the surface of the teeth, such as those caused by coffee, wine, soft drinks, berries, tobacco, and other substances.

Intrinsic stains, or discolorations that have occurred in the developing tooth, are often associated with antibiotic use and dental trauma. These stains do not typically lighten with conventional teeth whitening solutions. Restorations will also not respond to bleaching. If you have intrinsic stains or visible restorations, you might not be a candidate for teeth whitening. You also might not be a candidate for whitening if you have any untreated dental problems, such as cavities or gum disease.

Call our office today to find out if you are a candidate for bleaching or to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Northridge.