People desire whiter smiles to achieve a youthful edge. The older we get, the more our teeth discolor—even if we try to avoid staining agents. For those with genetically darker teeth, the process is speedier. This is why teeth whitening is such a booming business.
Basically, you can try to whiten your teeth yourself, or you can let a pro do it. There are advantages to doing it yourself—like saving money—but over-the-counter products must be handled with care. Home whitening kits can be destructive if you don’t administer the gel properly, or if you don’t protect your gums.
Less extreme than home bleaching are products is whitening toothpaste, which can help remove extrinsic stains. But deeper stains will resist this treatment, and you won’t go up very many shades.
Our West Hollywood dentist recommends chairside treatment, which can get lift your smile several shades in one afternoon. The whitening products used in the dentist’s office are mixed with higher levels of carbamide peroxide than are allowed in stores. Our dentist carefully covers the gums before applying the gel, eliminating risk of chemical burn.
For more about teeth whitening in West Hollywood, contact our team.
Lumineers and veneers are similar dental restorations that are used primarily for cosmetic purposes. Both use thin layers of porcelain to conceal visible flaws on the surfaces of teeth. Our cosmetic dentist can use Lumineers and veneers to cover chips, discolorations, stains, worn enamel, cracks, gapped teeth and other common flaws.
Both have pros and cons that make them great choices for different smiles. Veneers are usually placed in about three visits while Lumineers only take two. The difference is due to the preparation process. Lumineers rarely require any preparation of the tooth’s surface unlike veneers, which require teeth to be trimmed or adjusted so that the veneers can be bonded comfortably to the teeth. Lumineers are thinner than veneers, so they can be placed right over the top of the teeth without shaving the teeth.
This makes Lumineers a more conservative restoration as well as a reversible one, and many people prefer their simplicity. However, some patients may benefit from the more complex preparation process associated with veneers due to the nature of their dental needs. Call our Lumineers dentist in West Hollywood today to learn more about whether Lumineers or veneers are best for your smile or to schedule your appointment with our team.
Are you missing teeth? If so, you understand the embarrassment that can come from having a large empty space in your smile where a tooth should be. Dental bridges are a common treatment choice for those wishing to replace one or more adjacent teeth that have been lost. A bridge consists of several connected false teeth, normally made of porcelain and resembling crowns, that are used to fill in the empty space in the mouth. This can be done in either of two ways.
Using the Natural Teeth
In the most common scenario, the natural teeth on either side of the empty space are used to anchor and support the bridge. To accomplish this, our expert in dental bridges in West Hollywood prepares the teeth by removing some of the enamel. The teeth of the bridge can then be placed on top of the natural teeth, resembling the fit of a crown, and the remaining teeth fill in the empty space.
When multiple teeth are missing in a row, dental implants can be used to anchor a bridge. In this case, one implant is placed at each end of the empty space, and the bridge is attached to them to fill in the space entirely with false teeth. Implant supported bridges have numerous advantages over traditional bridges, but this treatment does take significantly longer to complete and may have a higher initial cost.
To learn more about dental bridges or to find out which approach is best for you, schedule a consultation with our West Hollywood dentist today.
At home, brushing and flossing twice a day is the best thing you can do for your oral hygiene. Regardless of how thorough you are with your oral hygiene regimen, though, you will absolutely miss cleaning some spots in your mouth. Plaque and tartar have a way of hiding between teeth and underneath the gumline in spots that we simply cannot reach. A professional cleaning by our West Hollywood dentist will ensure that those hard-to-reach spots are also cleaned.
Dentists and their hygienists are professionally trained to clean your teeth. They also have access to better tools for cleaning the entirety of your mouth. They will be able to identify the spots in your mouth that plaque seems to congregate, so that you can keep a special watch on those spots at home. The dentist will also provide you with tips for how to best clean your mouth. While the professional cleaning aspect is certainly a good reason to visit the dentist, there are also other benefits. For instance, during your cleaning the dentist will be able to keep a look out for any changes in your oral health. Many issues like gum disease and oral cancer are much easier to treat the earlier they are caught by your dentist.
If it has been a while since your last professional cleaning, contact our expert in dental cleaning in West Hollywood to set up an appointment.
Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that are designed to straighten your teeth using pressure over the course of your treatment. Since the Invisalign aligners are clear and removable, they are a very popular alternative to traditional metal braces. If you are interested in the Invisalign option for your orthodontic needs, you may be wondering how to find the best Invisalign dentist.
Invisalign actually requires special training with their product before doctors are able to start using it on their patients. Make sure any dentist you are considering has taken that training. Additionally, those dentists who have gained significant experience in using Invisalign can even become Premier Preferred or Elite Preferred Providers. Ask your dentist if they have received any of these accolades from Invisalign. As with any kind of medical procedure, it is usually best to select the provider with the most experience. When you go in for your consultation, make sure the Invisalign dentist is able to articulate his or her plan on how best to straighten your teeth using Invisalign.
If you are interested in seeing whether or not you might make a good candidate for Invisalign, contact our cosmetic dentist in West Hollywood today to set up a consultation.