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When considering improving your smile, it is essential to understand which treatment option is best for you.  For many adults, straightening your teeth is the most minimally invasive way to enhance your smile. Adult orthodontics is an excellent solution for realigning your smile to give you the smile of your dreams.

How Adult Orthodontics Work

Whether you have crooked or misaligned teeth, braces are the least invasive solution to fixing that smile. Gone are the days where braces were limited to pre-teens and adolescents. Adult braces have made the process of obtaining and managing braces much more comfortable and discreet. Adult orthodontics can improve your oral health by making teeth easier to clean. When teeth are crooked or misaligned, it’s difficult to clean efficiently at home.

The act of flossing is a rare routine for many people, and when flossing is not performed or conducted correctly, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth. Dangerous and unhealthy bacteria can build up if a dental cleaning is not done properly, which can lead to poor oral- like cavities and gum disease. In addition to these oral health issues, severe dental infections can sometimes lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke in some people. Bacteria from a gum infection can get into your internal bloodstream, and contribute to inflammation of blood vessels. Adult orthodontics make it much easier to ensure that teeth are cleaned the way they are supposed to be and can also decrease the risk of needing implants or dentures down the line.

Your good health is a major factor in enjoying your life. Adult orthodontics can improve your health and your internal health.  If you have questions or concerns about your oral health and whether adult orthodontics could be a solution for you, contact your orthodontist in Bellflower CA to schedule your consultation.


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When looking to enhance your smile, it is best to understand all the cosmetic dentistry options available.  Common questions that arise about cosmetic dental treatment include:

What is cosmetic dentistry?

With advanced dental treatments, your cosmetic dentist can help you feel confident and comfortable with your smile. Your dentist will specialize in cosmetic dentistry and provide custom treatment plans to enhance your smile.

What treatments are offered through cosmetic dentistry?

Common cosmetic dental treatments include:

  • Teeth Whitening – We offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments using customized whitening trays fitted for your teeth. Get the best results as our office uses advanced technology and high-quality teeth whitening products.
  • Dental Bonding – Tooth bonding is an easy and affordable cosmetic dental procedure that can improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth.  The tooth-colored resin material is bonded to an existing tooth using a high-intensity curing light.
  • Dental Veneers – Dental veneers are thin layers of tooth-colored material that are custom-made to cover the front surface of teeth. Porcelain veneers are a popular choice to recreate the natural look of teeth while also providing stain resistance.

How do I find out if a smile makeover is right for me?

If you think a smile makeover may enhance your smile and self-confidence, contact your cosmetic dentist in Bellflower, CA to schedule a consultation.  During the consultation, your dentist will learn more about your situation and discuss possible solutions to improve your smile.

 


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14/Jan/2021

Your smile is one of the first aspects of your appearance someone notices.  If you are always smiling and confident, people are generally drawn to you and want to know what drives your positive attitude and self-confidence.  The same is true if you are always hesitant to smile but the effects are generally not as positive. If you are finding yourself smiling less because of stains or discolorations on your front teeth, then porcelain veneers may be the right option to enhance your smile.

Understanding the Process

Dental veneers can be used to correct the issue. Dental veneers are tooth-colored material that gets bonded to teeth. First, the dentist needs to identify if the patient is a good candidate for veneers based on their occlusion and alignment. In some cases, the patient is referred to an orthodontist to evaluate the occlusion and spacing of the teeth. Second, the dentist will prepare the tooth structure by removing about .5 mm of the enamel. In some cases, the patient does not need to be anesthetized. The dentist will place temporary veneers on the patient and sends the impression of the teeth to the lab on the same appointment. The lab usually takes between 1 to 2 weeks to prepare the veneers. At the next appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and replace them with the fabricated veneers by the lab.

How Porcelain Veneers Work

Porcelain veneers refer to light layers of tooth-colored dental restorative material that are custom-made to fit over the outer surface of worn down, stained, chipped, uneven, misaligned, or abnormally spaced teeth to provide an attractive, natural-looking smile. Dental veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth to provide a basis for the alteration of their shape, size, color, or length. Dental veneers are typically created using porcelain or resin composite components. The former is usually the material of choice because it offers superior stain resistance compared to resin composite, plus it shares the light-reflecting qualities of regular teeth, giving you a more natural look.

To find out if porcelain veneers are right for you, schedule your consultation with your dentist in Bellflower, CA today!


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14/Jan/2021

Whether you are a teen or an adult, orthodontic treatment is usually not something anyone looks forward to undergoing.  Fortunately, straightening your teeth can be more comfortable and efficient than ever before with Invisalign treatment in Bellflower, CA.  Invisalign is a unique orthodontic treatment that allows you to discreetly straighten your teeth with less interruption to your daily life.

What is the Invisalign Difference?

Invisalign clear aligners are a favorable orthodontic treatment that doesn’t interrupt your life. The aligners are removable, which allows you to:

  • Enjoy your favorite foods and the occasional drink as usual
  • Participate in sports and other physical activities without worrying about damaging the aligners
  • Brush and floss your teeth like normal without wires and brackets getting in the way

Teen Invisalign aligners come with blue compliance indicators to help parents monitor their teens to ensure they’re wearing them enough.

How Invisalign Fits into Your Life

The aligners are made from clear material, which makes them virtually invisible. In fact, most people cannot notice that you’re wearing them. This allows you to engage socially with increasing confidence as your smile changes, without being too self-conscious and covering your mouth every time you smile or laugh in public.  Additionally, there is no risk of damaged brackets or loose wires that need tightening, so you will barely have any emergency visits. This makes it easier to plan your daily activities with no surprises from your treatment.

To learn more about the advantages of straightening your smile with Invisalign treatment, contact your orthodontist in Bellflower CA to schedule your consultation today!

 



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