Braces 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.
When patients of our dentist in Agoura Hills learn they require orthodontic work, they often immediately express their interest in Invisalign treatment. While many consider traditional braces a treatment to be avoided at all costs, many also do not know about the specifics of Invisalign. Our dentist likes to ensure patients that Invisalign does work, and about the specifics of how it works.
Traditional braces use brackets and wires to pull the teeth into place. Invisalign, conversely, uses aligners to push the teeth. Aligners look and fit around the teeth just like mouth guards that you might wear during high contact sports. They work by applying consistent pressure to the teeth. They will fit a little tight, because they are shaped closer to where your teeth should be. Patients will move on to new aligners about every two weeks. Each one will be shaped a little more like how the arches should be shaped than the last ones.
Our Invisalign dentist in Agoura Hills reminds everyone that the treatment will work with the right level of participation. The aligners must be worn for at least twenty-two hours a day for full effectiveness. Less than this, and the teeth may not be exposed to enough pressure to see results on time.
Despite the fact that half of adults in America have it, periodontal disease is not on most people’s radar. High numbers of adults practice little to no oral hygiene. Unfortunately, periodontal disease always gets worse if left untreated, and can irreversibly affect the bones and soft tissues in the mouth.
Seeing your San Fernando Valley dentist for regular exams is still the best way to keep track of your dental health. Your periodontal specialist will work to reverse your gum disease, and make a treatment plan to ensure it stays minimal.
There are DIY remedies you can try as well. Two secret agents against periodontal disease are turmeric and coconut oil. You can leave a turmeric paste on the gums overnight, and this kills bacteria and relieves inflammation. Or you can brush with turmeric powder instead of toothpaste for a few weeks. Rinsing orally with coconut oil can reduce bacteria and even strengthen gums.
Your doctor may decide you need scaling and root planing. This is a conservative, non-surgical treatment that superficially improves the tooth roots to make them less conducive to bacteria. There’s also pocket reduction, which involves peeling back the gum and removing infectious bacteria and affected bone.
Ask our doctor for more about periodontal treatments.
Veneers are thin, translucent laminates that act as camouflage for bad teeth. They hide everything from heavy extrinsic stains to chips or cracks. Due to their thinness, veneers can mask with a high degree of subtlety. Tooth enamel is usually minimized beforehand to guarantee a lifelike appearance.
Front teeth are almost always included in veneer placement. Most patients want to clean up their smile zones, and not all patients show the same number of teeth when they smile. But front teeth are always shown, and veneers are often used to fix gaps in front teeth when the patient doesn’t want to use dental bonding.
For instance, a patient could have aging crowns on their two front teeth. Or their two fronts could clash with the rest of the teeth, due to uneven sizing or an injury. In the former scenario, our dental veneer dentist in Los Angeles might place new crowns on the two front teeth, and fit the adjoining teeth with veneers.
As part of their smile makeover, some patients may combine laser gum surgery with 4 to 8 veneers. This improves both smile quality, and contributes to oral health.
Porcelain 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.
Lumineers are made from Cerinate, which is high-quality porcelain that looks natural and has high life expectancy. This component separates Lumineers from other veneers, most of which require drilling away enamel to guarantee fit. The thinness of the Cerinate means no modification and less time in the chair.
As expected, this process is not cheap. But Lumineers are priced per tooth, and you may be able to get by with as few as 4 laminates. The number of Lumineers you need depends on your smile zone, and our expert in Lumineers in LA can bring the rest of your teeth up to code with supplementary services like bonding and whitening.
The price of Lumineers can depend on geography and specialty. If you live in a major city, there’s probably higher demand for cosmetic dentistry. And the dentists are probably more qualified. Lumineers is a straightforward procedure, but requires high attention to detail.
Call our office today about Lumineers price in LA. Dental insurance typically won’t cover a veneer placement, but in cases of non-cosmetic improvement, exceptions do exist. Ask your dentist for more information.
If you are missing teeth, you may have several options for replacing them. These can include removable or fixed appliances. Dentures are designed to replace multiple teeth. They are held in place by the bone and gum tissue, and any teeth that may remain. Our dentist in Huntington Beach can help you decide if dentures are right for you.
Candidates for dentures include those who have lost several or all of their teeth. For the best results, they should have sufficient healthy gum and bone tissue to support the dentures. Partial dentures can be a good option for those who are missing some but not all of their teeth. Partial dentures are typically supported by clasps that attach to the remaining teeth. Full dentures are used when an entire arch or both arches are missing.
Both partial and full dentures can also be used with dental implants. Implants are inserted into the jawbone, and therefore add additional stability. The dentures can be snapped into place and used just like your natural teeth.
A consultation with our dentures dentist in Huntington Beach can help you learn more about your options and determine your candidacy for dentures. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with our team.