Teeth Whitening Options

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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.

Teeth Whitening Options

What Can Snap On Smile Do?

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Perhaps the best service Snap On Smile provides is backup for the dentally compromised who can’t get the usual cosmetic or orthodontic treatments. This might be because of financial hardship, a pre-existing medical condition, or dental phobia.

If your teeth are fatally flawed because of too much rotation, staining, or spacing, Snap On Smile gives you the chance to go on smiling with no interference or embarrassment. This is because the Snap On Smile prosthetic camouflages your smile zone, just by being itself. You put in the device as you need to, and wear it all day if you want. Or you can take it out as it suits you.

The device is made from the same non-toxic resin NASA uses in its cabinetry. It’s durable, flexible, and custom-fit based on your own dental impressions taken by your Snap On Smile dentist.

Because of its removable and transient nature, Snap On Smile is ideal for special occasions. A photo opportunity you were dreading, or the day of a big presentation, can be made stress-free with your newly customized smile device.

Ask our West Hollywood cosmetic dentist if you qualify for Snap On Smile.

What Can Snap On Smile Do?

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?

Are Lumineers Better than Veneers?

portraits of pretty teen sistersLumineers 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 Lumineers Better than Veneers?

Placement of Dental Bridges

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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.

Implant-Supported Bridge

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.

Placement of Dental Bridges

What are Tooth Colored Fillings Made of?

A cavity in a visible tooth no longer needs to wreck your life. Gone are the days of silver fillings. Today, tooth-colored fillings are available that can be matched to your natural tooth color to discreetly fill a cavity in a front tooth.

Most tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin material. The composite consists of a plastic and glass mixture. While in a soft consistency, it is fitted into the cleaned out cavity space and shaped to match the anatomy of your tooth. It bonds chemically to the tooth and, using a special light, is hardened into place in a matter of seconds. Finally, it is smoothed and polished to blend in with the surrounding natural tooth enamel. The composite material is so effective at blending in with the natural tooth color that our West Hollywood cosmetic dentist can also use it to repair chipped or cracked teeth, fill in gaps, whiten teeth and other minor aesthetic issues.

Several tooth-colored alternatives to composite fillings exist. Porcelain inlays provide a durable material for filling cavities. Due to being hardened before being placed into the tooth instead of after, inlays are especially preferred for large cavities or for otherwise fragile teeth. Compomers and silicate and glass ionomers are also available, though they are less durable and used infrequently.

If you have a cavity but do not want everyone to know, contact our expert in tooth colored fillings in West Hollywood to discuss which of these discrete options is best for you.

What are Tooth Colored Fillings Made of?

How Dentists Examine the Teeth

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A lot happens in the process of one visit to an expert in dental exam in West Hollywood. Your dentist takes this time to do a proper, full examination of your teeth and overall dental health. What does this involve? It is good to know what to expect before you go in to your dentist. This can help prevent any stress or fear, and also help you compile any questions in advance that you may need answers to.

The first thing your dentist will do is evaluate your overall oral health and hygiene. Dentists can tell a lot just by a simple look inside your mouth. They will then assess any risk of tooth decay, root decay, gum, or bone disease. They also make a point in checking your jaw and jaw joints, as well as your bite, as your orthodontic health deeply affects your dental health.

Much of your visit will be spent cleaning – removing stains and/or deposits. If they feel you will benefit from it, your dentist will demonstrate proper brushing and other oral hygienic techniques. They may also decide whether or not you require fluoride.

If you require more information about basic dental examinations, you should not hesitate to contact a dentist in WeHo for more information.

How Dentists Examine the Teeth