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

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

Porcelain Veneers and Smoking

Beautiful surprised woman isolated on whiteAre you happy with you smile? Or does it feature multiple cosmetic flaws that you wish will disappear? If this is the case for you, our dentist might recommend dental veneers. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of the teeth using dental bonding. They can mask many different cosmetic flaws, such as chips, cracks, crookedness, and stains.

Speaking of stains, this is an important factor once the veneers are placed. Dental veneers are typically made out of porcelain, which is a material used often in dentistry for several reasons. One reason is that it resists stains, making this one cosmetic issue patients can worry less about.

However, it is important to remember that stain resistant still means that staining can occur. One way to get stains on your porcelain veneers is by smoking. Nicotine can very easily alter the color of the teeth, as well as veneers and restorations, such as crowns and fillings. Patients who get teeth whitening, restorations, or veneers are encouraged to refrain from smoking.

For more information about dental veneers in Beverly Hills, CA and how to prevent stains, schedule an appointment with us today.

Porcelain Veneers and Smoking

How Do Braces Work?

0129.jpgBraces have been the go-to appliance for straightening teeth since the practice began. Since braces have been used for so long, orthodontists are very adept at utilizing them to their full ability. While it may seem like braces are unnecessary and bulky, understanding how they work may make treatment easier.

Braces are comprised of metal brackets that are bonded to the fronts of the teeth using dental bonding, and a metal wire that is run through them. Patients must visit our orthodontist periodically throughout treatment to have these wires tightened. The pressure this creates works to pull the teeth together.

This method can correct virtually any orthodontic issue, such as crooked teeth, spacing issues, and bite misalignments. These bite issues include cross bites, open bites, overbites and underbites. For these cases, bands may be used, connecting the braces on the top and bottom arches.

Typical braces treatment lasts between twelve and eighteen months. Patients will need to visit our braces expert every couple of weeks for tightening, to pressure the teeth further into better positions. If you have more questions about braces and how they work, schedule a consultation appointment with us today.

How Do Braces Work?

How to Care for Porcelain Veneers

0002Porcelain veneers are the sturdiest, longest-lasting type of veneers. To keep them looking their best, however, the right care is required. Here is how to keep porcelain veneers in good shape.

Rinse After Eating or Drinking

If you eat or drink anything rich in pigments, such as coffee or tea, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water afterwards. The longer pigments are allowed to settle on your veneers, the more likely they will cause lasting discoloration. Tobacco, another common cause of stains, should be avoided entirely.

Brush Every Day

Just like other teeth, teeth capped with porcelain veneers must be brushed every day to minimize risks of staining. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and avoid teeth-whitening toothpastes, which often contain abrasive substances that can damage porcelain veneers.

Never Whiten Veneers

Teeth whitening products and procedures are not designed to work on veneers. If you use them anyway, only the teeth surrounding your veneers will be bleached. This could create a noticeably two-tone smile. Instead, our cosmetic dentist in Northridge may recommend polishing or replacement.

Porcelain veneers can look great for decades if you take care of them. To learn more about caring for porcelain veneers, you can schedule a consultation with our porcelain veneers dentist in Northridge.

How to Care for Porcelain Veneers

What are Indirect Fillings?

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Up until very recently, the only type of fillings were direct fillings. These involved creating the filling right in the tooth. The material would be placed directly in the empty space created by a cavity or root canal treatment. While this method is still sometimes used today, indirect fillings are now much more popular.

Indirect fillings are created outside of the tooth, and then placed, instead of both at once. This requires two appointments. At your first appointment, our OC dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to a lab where your filling will be created. Once completed and sent back, you can return to have them placed. This process may also be possible in just one appointment with CAD/CAM technology.

There are two types of indirect fillings – inlays and onlays. Inlays are the fillings that enter into the tooth, where onlays are for damage that only affects the cusps, or the surface. Dentists and patients alike prefer fillings in most situations, as they do not require as much loss of healthy tooth structure as dental crowns. They do, however, still require consistent care and regular check-ups from our dentist. We can answer any questions you may have on the topic in our office.

What are Indirect Fillings?

How are Dental Bridges Placed?

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Modern restorative and cosmetic dentistry offers several options for replacing missing teeth. The primary method recommended by professionals is typically dental implants, which are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Older patients often choose dentures, as they require less invasive methods and support. Dental bridges offer the best of both worlds.

Dental bridges are comprised of two main components – pontics (or artificial teeth) and crowns. The pontic or pontics are attached to dental crowns at both ends, which are then placed onto the adjacent teeth.

This tooth replacement option provides stability from the neighboring healthy teeth, working around the need for jaw bone integration and the months-long process required with it. You might be a candidate for a bridge if your teeth and gums on either side of your gap are healthy and stable. Your bridge will be custom created, specifically to you and your needs. While there are a few materials that can be used, porcelain is often preferred, as it offers several benefits. These benefits include stain resistance and a similar look to dental enamel.

It is important to not procrastinate if you are missing a tooth, as the effects of tooth loss are often serious. If you are looking for more information about dental bridges, contact our cosmetic dentist in West Hollywood today.

How are Dental Bridges Placed?