Patient Satisfaction with Invisalign

Invisalign boasts a very high level of patient satisfaction. There are several reasons why it has become such a popular orthodontic treatment.

Many patients are huge fans of the fact that Invisalign offers a level of discretion during their orthodontic treatment that traditional metal braces simply are not able to offer. When you are wearing metal braces, everybody knows it the second you open your mouth. Conversely, the clear plastic aligners that are used during your treatment with Invisalign are effectively invisible while they are being worn. Patients also enjoy the fact that the Invisalign aligners are removable. This aspect allows patients to continue eating whatever food they desire to eat. Patients with braces face all sorts of dietary restrictions. The removable nature of the aligners also encourages better oral hygiene, as Invisalign patients simply need to brush and floss their teeth like they normally do. Another Invisalign review points to the comfort level of Invisalign. The plastic aligners are smooth to the touch, which means that your tongue and cheeks will not get all cut up like they would with the metal brackets and wires of braces.

If you would like to find out if orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is right for you, contact our Beverly Hills Invisalign expert to schedule a consultation.

Patient Satisfaction with Invisalign

How Dentures Work

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Dentures are an exceptionally common dental device used by our dentist in West Hollywood to restore a smile after significant tooth loss on one or both jaws. They come in both complete and partial denture varieties, depending on the needs of the patient.

If the patient has some natural teeth remaining, partial dentures are called for, as they will incorporate the real teeth into their structure and help keep them in place. When there are no natural teeth, complete dentures are needed, but the stability provided by natural teeth can be mimicked by the use of dental implants. In this instance, the dentures will snap into place over the implants.

However, all dentures mimic the functionality of real teeth, allowing the patient to look and eat normally. Dentures are custom made for each mouth and are designed to be set on the gums completely. By hugging the contours of the gum line, they gain their stability and their functionality using suction. At times, however, a dental adhesive may be needed. Additionally, gums without teeth will slowly recede, and the jaw bones will deteriorate. This natural process, which is only halted by the presence of natural teeth or implants to mimic them, requires that dentures be regularly adjusted to ensure they fit tightly and comfortably in the mouth.

To learn more, contact our dentures dentist in West Hollywood to schedule an appointment to discuss options available to you.

How Dentures Work

Best Type of Braces for You

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Obviously, the only way for you to know definitively what type braces will work for your particular situation is to meet with a Los Angeles orthodontics expert. However, understanding what your options are can help you be sure to ask your orthodontist about each.

There are essentially three different options when it comes to braces.

Metal Braces

These are effective at dealing with essentially all bite and tooth irregularities, although there are occasions when extractions and the like may be needed. While these are exceptionally effective at correcting issues, their impact on physical appearance is the greatest and can cause significant self-consciousness. This problem may prevent working adults from getting the dental work they need done. This is the most inexpensive option, too.

Ceramic Braces

These offer the same benefits as metal braces, but because the brackets are tooth-colored, they offer more discretion. The wire between them is still metal, but the impact on appearance is significantly better than metal ones.

Lingual Braces

These braces, unlike the others, sit behind the teeth. As a result, these are easily the most discreet, even more so than Invisalign, but their utility is relatively limited. In addition to the variety of bite and tooth abnormalities that they can fix being comparatively small, their cost is the often more than other options, too.

Talk to an expert in teeth braces in Los Angeles to learn more about braces options that are right for you.

Best Type of Braces for You

Pros and Cons of Metal Braces

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Metal braces have been in use for decades and their effectiveness at addressing a wide range of orthodontic issues has been well established. Here is a short look at some of the pros and cons of them from our dentists in Glendale.

Pros

Metal braces are effective, in that they can address just about any dental abnormality. While strides have been made to improve on the process using other orthodontic means, metal braces are still the best option available for certain dental issues. Additionally, they are also the least expensive orthodontic option available on the market.

Cons

The primary negative side to metal braces is the impact they make on physical appearance. Metal braces are exceptionally easy to see from a distance and there is no hiding that fact. They also limit the types of food you can eat, preventing the wearer from eating things like popcorn, corn on the cob, and even raw carrots. They are also notoriously difficult to clean, meaning that extra care needs to be made while brushing. This is particularly the case because flossing is significantly more difficult.

Contact our expert in metal braces in Glendale to learn more about options that might work for you and your teeth.

Pros and Cons of Metal Braces

Different Teeth Whitening Procedures

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Teeth whitening is currently one of the most popular procedures offered by our cosmetic dentists in West Hollywood. It is no wonder, given the focus put on social media. There are several different teeth whitening procedures that are currently available. While the techniques vary slightly, they all require that the soft tissues of the mouth are covered during the procedure, so that only the teeth are exposed.

Zoom whitening is a popular type of procedure that utilizes a 25 percent hydrogen peroxide gel. After the gel is applied, a special light is used to accelerate the bleaching process. The gel and light treatment is administered in three, 15-minute intervals. A fluoride paste is used after the treatment to reduce sensitivity. Total chair time is around an hour.

Opalescence Boost uses a 38 percent hydrogen peroxide gel, but does not utilize a light in its whitening process. The gel is particularly viscous, though, and contains a unique mixture of potassium nitrate and fluoride. It takes around one to two hours.

Sapphire Professional Whitening by Den-Mat is a 25 percent hydrogen peroxide gel that is used in conjunction with a desensitizing agent. After both of these have been applied to the teeth, a special light is used for 30 minutes to enhance the whitening process. Chair time is around an hour.

If you would like to learn more about which whitening option is right for you, contact our expert in teeth whitening in West Hollywood for more information.

Different Teeth Whitening Procedures

Central Sleep Apnea and Its Symptoms

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Central sleep apnea is less common than obstructive sleep apnea, but is equally problematic for our health, mood, productivity, and general well-being. It is a serious condition that should be addressed sooner rather than later.

Central sleep apnea occurs during sleep when our brain fails to send signals to our breathing muscles telling them to keep working. As part of the automatic nervous system, this process is usually not something we ever have to think about. It happens outside of our conscious thought. In fact, it is such an automatic system that our bodies will sometimes cause us to faint when we are having problems breathing as an attempt to remove our conscious control and resume natural breathing.

Symptoms of central sleep apnea generally overlap with those of obstructive, making differentiation clinically difficult. A primary symptom that often sets central apart from obstructive happens when you are abruptly awakened, feeling a sense of panic, and being short of breath. This can cause difficulty in getting to sleep and getting back to sleep afterwards. Additional symptoms include awakening with a dry mouth, the apparent stopping of breathing during sleep that others would notice, excessive daytime sleeping, and morning headache, among other things.

For more about the symptoms of central sleep apnea, contact our sleep apnea dentist.

Central Sleep Apnea and Its Symptoms

How Fluoride Helps the Teeth

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Fluoride is added to many municipal water supplies and is in many dental care products. It is a natural mineral that can be found in some foods and water, and it helps keep your teeth strong and healthy. Our Santa Clara dentist recommends that our patients use fluoridated toothpaste and may recommend additional fluoride products for some patients.

When you eat, the bacteria that live in your mouth transform the sugars in the foods you eat into acids. These acids leach minerals such as calcium from the enamel of your teeth. Removing plaque and bacteria through brushing and flossing is one way to protect your teeth, but fluoride offers additional support. Fluoride works by helping to replace the lost minerals in your teeth and by hardening the enamel. By remineralizing teeth at an equal or higher rate than they are demineralized, you can protect your teeth from decay and cavities.

Using fluoride products and drinking fluoridated water are great ways to get more fluoride to your teeth, but our dentist may also recommend in-office fluoride treatments for those at high risk of decay. These applications are applied to teeth as a varnish, gel or foam and allowed to work for several minutes. Oral supplements can be prescribed as needed. Call us to learn more about available preventives or to schedule an appointment with our expert in fluoride treatment in Santa Clara.

How Fluoride Helps the Teeth