Teeth Whitening Strips

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There are a few different ways that patients can brighten their smile. The method most often recommended is in-office treatment. However, you may also be able to benefit from an at-home option, if recommended by our Beverly Hills teeth whitening dentist.

Teeth whitening kits with strips are available both from our professional dentist and many retail stores. These strips are to be wrapped around the arches. They are each coated in a gel that contains either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. In holding them against the teeth, they seep into enamel and lighten extrinsic stains. You will likely need to apply them every night for a few days to see results.

It is important to use these strips carefully and follow the instructions given by your dentist or included in the kit. If overused, there could be some enamel loss, which could lead to sensitivity. Furthermore, if you already suffer from tooth sensitivity, whitening yourself will likely not be a good choice.

If our dentist recommends in-office teeth whitening, the results will likely be apparent immediately. If taken care of, the teeth will not need to be whitened again for at least another six months.

Teeth Whitening Strips

About the Jaw Joints

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TMJ is a serious disorder that can make even the simplest daily tasks, such as speaking and eating, difficult and painful. The disorder is centered in one of the jaw joints. While experts are unsure of why this issue occurs, we do know that it can be brought about due to stress, arthritis, or physical damage. Here is some important information about the jaw joints.

The joints that connect our lower jaw to the skull are the most complex in the whole body. They allow us to move our jaw up and down, forward and back, and even slightly side to side. It is able to function this way thanks to a whole system of bone, muscle, and soft tissues. There is also a large nerve that travels across the joint to the top of the face. If anything in this area becomes damaged, shifted, or disrupted in any way, TMJ can develop. This often results in pain in the jaw, head, neck, shoulders, and even teeth, as well as numbness on the side of the face. Other symptoms include tinnitus, grating sensations, and lock jaw.

If you recognize any of these symptoms in your daily life, schedule an appointment with our dentist for TMJ pain treatment.

About the Jaw Joints

Invisalign and How It Works

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Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance that is preferred by many patients today. This is usually true for many reasons. The benefits of Invisalign include:

  • Discretion – the aligners used are virtually see-through
  • Comfort – the aligners are also seamless, without the bulkiness and pointiness of traditional braces
  • Removability – the appliance is easily removable, so patients can eat their favorite foods and clean their teeth without difficulty

Where braces work by pulling the teeth into place, Invisalign aligners push the teeth together. Our Rocklin orthodontics team will supply you with your first aligner, which will begin applying pressure to the teeth. It will be worn for about two weeks before the patient much move on to the next one in the set. Each one will apply pressure in order to slowly move the teeth toward more correct, healthier positions.

While it may seem like the process takes a long time, it has been proven that orthodontic treatment works best when exacted slowly. Depending on the patient’s specific case, treatment can take between twelve and eighteen months.

Invisalign is best for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Talk to our orthodontist to see if this appliance will work for you.

Invisalign and How It Works

Can Dental Crowns Get Damaged?

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Because dental crowns are used to protect damaged teeth, it can be easy to have the mistaken perception that these appliances will last forever. While certainly strong and very durable, crowns can be damaged or they may need to be replaced over time.

Dental crowns are often referred to as caps. They serve to protect your natural teeth from further damage while giving you the look and function of real teeth. Meant to last for anywhere from 5 to 15 years with proper care, injury or normal wear and tear can cause damage or dislodging of your crown.

Dental crown emergencies can occur when the dislodged or cracked crown interferes with your ability to function normally or results in extensive pain. If too much of the pulp of your tooth is left exposed, this might create an immediate need for treatment to prevent further damage to your affected tooth.

If you have no real struggles, you may be able to wait until you can see your normal dentist. When you just can’t wait, selecting from the available Los Angeles emergency dentists means finding a professional who has extensive experience in handling emergencies situations with dental crowns.

Can Dental Crowns Get Damaged?

Teeth Whitening and Oil Pulling

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Cosmetic dental trends pop up every few years, some better than others. One that has gotten a lot of opinions behind it lately is a unique way to whiten the teeth. Patients are excited about this inexpensive and healthy way to brighten the smile… but does it work?

Oil pulling involves wishing coconut oil in your mouth through your teeth. Instructions on the internet say that this should be done for half an hour every day to see results, which include eliminating bacteria, lessening sensitivity, and of course, whitening the teeth.

It is important to know that the American Dental Association has declared that they have not found any evidence that coconut oil pulling has any positive effect in any of these areas. In fact, it will be completely ineffective, at best. At worst, it causes an upset stomach and diarrhea.

Our whitening dentist in Los Angeles recommends a professional treatment for those looking to eliminate extrinsic dental stains and brighten their smile. There are several different types of treatments, meaning patients can work with our dentist to determine the best type for them. Patients will see results right away, sometimes up to eight shades brighter.

Teeth Whitening and Oil Pulling

Causes and Treatments of Gum Recession

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Our gums support and protect our teeth and roots. Unfortunately, gum tissue can recede and the gumline pull away from a healthy position. Here is a look at why this happens, and how our Orange County dentist treats this issue.

 

Causes of gum recession

Common reasons why the gums recede include bruxism, gum disease, and brushing the teeth too hard. Someone may also suffer from receding gums due to aging, their genetic makeup, or poor tooth positions. Our expert in gum recession in Orange County may be able to determine the underlying cause.

 

Treatment possibilities

Our dentist utilizes pinhole surgery to treat this issue. This involves creating holes throughout the gums, effectively loosening the tissue. This allows them to glide the gums back over the teeth, protecting the roots and creating a better looking smile. Another type of treatment is gum grafting. Our dentist can use tissue from another area of your mouth, from a donor, or synthetic tissue to replace and fill out the gums. To ensure the results of treatment last, patients should refrain from smoking and similar bad habits, which inhibits healing and promotes inflammation.

If you are concerned about your gums and whether or not they have receded, schedule an appointment with our dentist.

Causes and Treatments of Gum Recession

How Invisalign Moves the Teeth

Aligners Focus - 6Invisalign is the orthodontic treatment preferred by many patients today. Those who require orthodontic work will request this appliance, but we find that most do not know how it actually works. Here is a description of how Invisalign works to move the teeth.

Traditional braces use brackets that are bonded to each tooth, and wires that are threaded through them. These wires are tightened periodically throughout treatment in order to pull the teeth into place. Invisalign works very differently. Instead of brackets and wires, it utilizes trays that fit around the arches like mouth guards. These Invisalign aligners push the teeth into place. Depending on the type and length of your treatment, you could get between ten and thirty aligners, each custom made for your smile.

When first worn, each aligner will fit just a little bit too tight. This is to apply pressure to the teeth in order to move them into straighter, healthier positions, bit by bit. Our Invisalign dentist in Torrance will keep track of your progress at appointments periodically throughout your treatment. A 3D digital model of your smile will also be used in order to show you the ideal development of your teeth movement, and compare with your actual progress.

Our cosmetic dentist in Torrance can answer any questions you may have about the Invisalign process.

How Invisalign Moves the Teeth