There are several factors one must consider when choosing an orthodontic treatment. Although traditional metal braces are known to be very effective, many patients struggle to keep them clean. As particles build up between brackets, it can be difficult to ensure your teeth are completely free of plaque. Our San Fernando Valley Invisalign dentist will give you the tools you need to align your teeth and maintain a healthy smile.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which uses virtually invisible aligner trays that fit over your teeth and shift them into place. One of the major advantages of Invisalign is that you can remove your aligner trays before meals. By doing so, you are not forced to restrict your diet in fear of damaging your appliances. After you eat, brush and floss as you would normally do. With traditional braces, some patients experience discoloration surrounding their brackets over time. Invisalign will give you peace of mind in knowing you can fully prevent cavities from forming and keep your teeth sparkly white. It is very simple to take care of your aligner trays, as well. All you have to do is soak them in a dental solution and clean them with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Talk to our doctor about any questions you may have about Invisalign, or to set up an appointment.
People who experience sleep disorders understand the major impact these conditions can have on their everyday experience. Sleep apnea can produce serious side effects to your health if left untreated, which will put you at a disadvantage when it comes to getting a quality night’s rest. Our sleep apnea dentist in Thousand Oaks is dedicated to helping you restore your sleep schedule and live a high quality lifestyle.
Sleep apnea is interrupted breathing during sleep. You are more likely to be diagnosed with sleep apnea if you are male, overweight, above the age of 40, or suffer from nasal obstruction and have a family history of sleep apnea. Although not all sleep apnea patients are overweight, a majority of patients are. There are several treatments available to those who suffer from disrupted breathing during sleep. Our doctor may prescribe sensor monitors, appliances that reposition the jaw, airway pressure devices, or even suggest surgery. It is important to address sleep apnea, as it correlates to several other major health problems, including depression, high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes and headaches.
Without a good night’s rest, you are not at your best and pose potential hazard by participating in activities such as driving while drowsy. Call our doctors to find your solution to sleep apnea and achieve a good night’s rest.
Pulling a tooth is not as traumatic as the clichés. Knowing what to expect can mellow your anxieties before your appointment, and make sure no surprises arise. Remember, reports of pain during extractions are rare.
Your dentist begins by delivering a local anesthetic thru an injection. This numbs the extraction site so you won’t feel much except the occasional pulling sensation. There is the noise factor to consider, which is why so many dentists suggest you listen to music through headphones or earbuds. A dental extraction can be loud, as the tooth being rocked back and forth produces a lot of cracking.
Sometimes, the cracking sound really is something breaking—occasionally the tooth root. The pressure needed to extract a tooth is only slightly less than the pressure that fractures a tooth. If your root breaks, our expert in dental extractions in Los Angeles is trained in crisis management—which usually consists of finding the displaced root and extracting it along with the tooth. Typically, all this adds to the procedure is time.
Some bone may break during the extraction. This is also fairly routine, and the fracture heals with the extraction site itself.
For all your extraction concerns, contact our Los Angeles dentist.
Invisalign Teen is the successful spinoff of the industry-changing program Invisalign. This program straightens teeth using thermoplastics. The patient wears aligners so clear they’re not noticed at a glance. Teeth are straightened in relative privacy, and without many of the inconveniences of traditional braces.
When it comes to Invisalign Teen, patients need to oversee their child’s usage. Kids are busy, especially teens. Invisalign has a schedule that needs following, and any deviation can slow the straightening process. The aligners are designed to be worn in a certain order, for a certain length of time—usually 2 weeks.
Parents need to make sure their teen wears their aligners for the required 22 hours per day. This means meals and snacks are the only exception. It’s acceptable for teens to wear their aligners while playing sports or being in band—in fact, that’s one of the draws of Invisalign. But busy teens can also lose their aligners really easily. Invisalign Teen offers extra aligners, but it’s still important to stay on track. Helpfully, each aligner has a blue indicator that fades with wear, demonstrating to your Beverly Hills Invisalign provider that the patient is in compliance.
Encourage the patient to keep their aligners clean, and practices regular hygiene.
With the major buzz surrounding Hollywood solutions to white teeth, many patients are asking about the benefits of dental veneers. For those who are unfamiliar with this cosmetic dental solution, it can be difficult to decide whether this is a viable option toward the perfect smile.
Dental veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are applied to the front of the teeth. Our expert in dental veneer will first remove a thin layer of the patient’s enamel to make sure the veneer will properly join the natural tooth. She will also take a mold of the patient’s smile to get an accurate measurement of his teeth. This mold will be sent away so that custom veneers can be designed. Our veneers dentist will also determine the appropriate shade after discussing with the patient their desired results. After approximately two weeks, the custom veneers will be ready for application. In the meantime, our expert will attach temporary veneers to the patient’s teeth.
Veneers are exceptionally durable and easy to care for. To maintain your veneers, it is important to have good dental hygiene; brush twice daily and floss daily. Also, you will want to avoid foods and liquids known to stain, such as beets, coffee, tea, soda and red wine.
Call our office today to learn more about dental veneers or to schedule a consultation.
Replacing lost teeth can restore the look, function and confidence of your smile. You may have the choice of bridges or dentures. Which one is right for you? Our Orange County dentist can help you choose the best restoration for your smile.
A bridge is typically used when one or more teeth are missing. You must have healthy teeth on both sides of the gap that can support the bridge. If you do not have healthy teeth to support the bridge, implants can be placed to support the bridge instead. Bridges last 5 to 7 years on average but can last longer when maintained properly, and they keep your teeth properly spaced while giving you a beautiful looking smile.
Dentures are most commonly used when you are missing a complete arch of teeth, but a partial denture can be used in those who are missing just a few teeth. Partial dentures are similar to bridges but are removable. They have clasps or attachments to keep them in place. Removable dentures must be made to fit precisely so that they stay firmly in position, and they need to be cleaned and brushed as do your gums.
Call our office today to find out whether bridges or dentures are the best choice for you.
Bridges are made to fill the gaps between teeth when one or more teeth are lost. If you have lost teeth and are a candidate for a dental bridge, our Agoura Hills dentist will help you find the best bridge for your smile.
There are several types of bridges are available, including:
1. Traditional bridges
These bridges are supported by abutment teeth or dental implants, and the artificial tooth is suspended between two crowns. Traditional bridges are the most commonly used bridges and are typically made of porcelain or porcelain that is fused to metal for the most aesthetic results.
2. Maryland bridges
Maryland bridges are typically used to replace missing front teeth. The pontics, or artificial teeth, are attached to thin, metal bands, which are then bonded to the abutment teeth using resin. They are more conservative than conventional bridges, but they are also not as strong, which means they have a higher failure rate especially when used to replace multiple teeth.
3. Cantilever bridges
If you are missing a tooth with natural teeth on only one side, a cantilever bridge might be necessary. The cantilever bridge has a design similar to traditional bridges but uses only one crown for support.
Call us to learn more about dental bridges in Agoura Hills or to schedule your appointment.
For anyone who has undergone long-term orthodontic treatment, there is nothing worse than learning your teeth have shifted because you didn’t wear your retainer. Many adults seek orthodontics later on in life to correct alignment issues previously fixed in adolescence. If wear adult braces, there is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, with methods such as Invisalign, your co-workers and family members will not even notice you are correcting your teeth. Our Invisalign expert in San Fernando Valley is dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful smile and rebuilding your confidence.
Invisalign uses clear aligner trays that fit over your teeth to shift them into proper placement. Every two weeks, you will receive new trays and your smile will improve with each passing day. Adults prefer this discrete orthodontic method because the trays can be removed before meals and do not disrupt standard dental hygiene. It is important to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day to receive optimal results. Most adults with minor to severe dental issues are strong candidates for this orthodontic method.
If you want to avoid feeling self-conscious of traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be the best option for you. Contact our dentist with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation.
According to dental professionals, gum disease can sneak up on the best of us. But what should you do if you experience tender, inflamed gums? There is no reason to panic, as the early stages of gingivitis are easily reversible. However, if you ignore the signs of poor gum health, such as bleeding, bad breath, and pocket formations between the teeth and gums, you may require a more in-depth solution.
There are several surgical procedures to combat the advanced stages of periodontitis. For patients with bacteria below the gum line, it may be necessary to perform a pocket depth reduction. This method involves opening up the gum tissue to remove disease-causing build up. Our dentists will then reposition the gum tissue so that it is easier to clean and maintain. For some patients, it may be necessary to perform a soft tissue graft or regeneration to properly cover and protect root surfaces. To avoid scaling, root planing, or surgical procedures, you should focus on good dental hygiene. Floss at least once a day and brush at least twice.
As always, it is important to attend regularly scheduled dental cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Talk to our periodontists about any questions or concerns you may have, or to schedule an appointment.
Small chips and enamel defects are not necessarily enough to compromise your teeth’s health, but they can affect the way your smile looks. If you find your eyes drawn to chips and other small irregularities, our cosmetic dentist may recommend enamel reshaping or contouring.
Contouring can be used to address a variety of minor cosmetic problems, including overlaps, pointy teeth, flattened teeth, irregular tooth length and chips. At your appointment, we will examine your teeth and determine the best way to help you accomplish your goals. In some cases, dental X-rays can be necessary to protect the pulp and maintain a healthy bite.
During the procedure, only the outer coating, or enamel, is sculpted and then polished. This tissue contains no nerves, so you will not necessarily need an anesthetic. You should feel no pain, but you might feel some vibrations as your tooth is shaped and contoured. Tooth contouring can be performed alone or in conjunction with teeth whitening, bonding or other conservative procedures to brighten and improve the look of your smile.
Call our dental office today to learn more about your options or to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Houston.