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30/Sep/2022

If you are wanting to enhance your smile, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments to choose from based on your dental needs. To get started, it is best to schedule a consultation with your dentist to find out what treatment they recommend to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

A few treatments most dentists recommend include:

  • Teeth Whitening – Most dentists 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.
  • Porcelain 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.
  • Dental Bonding – Tooth bonding is an easy and affordable cosmetic dental procedure that can improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. Tooth-colored resin material is bonded to an existing tooth using a high intensity curing light.

Schedule Your Consultation

To find out more about how cosmetic dentistry can enhance your smile, contact your dentist in Bellflower, CA to schedule your consultation today!

 


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30/Sep/2022

If you are missing a tooth, dental implants may be an excellent solution for restoring your smile. Implants provide a natural look and functionality of a real tooth. In addition, you may find a boost in your self-confidence after enhancing your smile. Dental implants are offered in a variety of types to best fit your restoration needs, including:

One-Stage Implants

The dentist places the implant in a new, healing or healed extraction site such that it is visible above the gum immediately. This eliminates the need for a second surgical process to expose the implant. The implant requires several weeks or months to heal before it can support the dental restoration.

Two-Stage Implants

The dentist places the implant in a new, healing, or healed extraction site and covers it with a layer of gum tissue so it’s not visible. When the gum tissue has healed – after several weeks or months – a second surgical procedure is necessary to uncover the implant and attach some components that will rise above the gum tissue, and on which the tooth restoration can be attached.

Same-Day Implants

This technique allows you to enjoy your new teeth immediately, without waiting for weeks or months for the implant to heal. The process requires meticulous planning and is only recommended for lower jaw teeth replacement.

The dentist places multiple implants at the same time and then installs a full set (arch) of temporary or permanent teeth. If temporary restorations are used, they will need to be replaced with permanent bridgework after your gums have healed sufficiently.

To find out if dental implants are right for restoring your smile, contact your cosmetic dentist in Bellflower, CA today!


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30/Sep/2022

Teeth whitening in Bellflower, CA is a straightforward, non-invasive dental solution for changing the color of natural tooth enamel, and enhancing the appearance of your smile. 

Is Teeth Whitening Right for you?

Getting whiter teeth is considered the most popular esthetic concern for most dental patients. Common reasons for teeth whitening include:

  • Normal wear of tooth enamel
  • Excess fluoridation (fluorosis) during early tooth development
  • Stained teeth due to smoking or medications like tetracycline
  • Brown or yellow stained teeth

Generally, any patient above the age of 10 years can consider teeth whitening to enhance their smile and boost confidence. However, it is not recommended for patients with oral issues such as dental cracks, leaky fillings, or dental decay, because the whitening products may irritate the tooth nerve, resulting in discomfort or more damage. In addition, patients with short teeth or a gummy smile may not necessarily look better after bleaching because whiter teeth tend to accentuate a gummy smile.

Schedule Your Consultation

Before you decide to whiten your teeth, it is important that you get a proper dental examination that includes X-rays to help establish the cause of tooth discoloration. In some cases, staining can be an indication of dental disease that requires a different treatment. But for simple whitening, options include bleaching from inside the tooth, for a dead tooth that has a root canal, or a single-tooth bleaching tray for a living tooth. Once the cause and extent of discoloration and staining are known, you and your dentist can explore the different whitening options that apply to your case. 

Teeth usually don’t get discolored uniformly. So your dentist will come up with an appropriate strategy to whiten each tooth sufficiently to give you a uniform smile. This means that you can also choose to whiten only one or two teeth, or more. 

Please visit your cosmetic dentist in Bellflower CA to learn more about teeth whitening. 


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30/Sep/2022

If you are considering porcelain veneers in Bellflower CA to restore your smile, you may have questions before scheduling your consultation, including:

How do veneers differ from other cosmetic dental treatments?

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.

How are porcelain veneers placed on the tooth?

Porcelain veneers in Bellflower CA 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.

What can expect during the procedure?

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 do I know if veneers are right for me?

Veneers may be recommended when teeth are/have discolored due to:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Excessive fluoride
  • Tetracycline stain
  • Root canal treated
  • Chipped/Broken
  • Uneven
  • Worn down
  • Gap

If you think porcelain veneers may be the best dental solution to improve your smile, please contact our cosmetic dentist in Bellflower CA to schedule your consultation today!


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30/Sep/2022

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in Bellflower, CA. For many, achieving a bright smile gives them the confidence necessary to reach their goals and enjoy life. At our dental practice, we desire to offer our patients the latest whitening techniques which is why we recommend Zoom teeth whitening treatment.

How It Works

Zoom is a popular in-office bleaching treatment used to lighten enamel discoloration. Before the procedure, you will have regular professional teeth cleaning to get rid of plaque and tartar. Here are some other things to expect:

  • Preparation – Zoom whitening takes about 60 minutes, but you may need an extra 30 minutes for a thorough oral exam, medical check, and teeth cleaning. The dentist will also mark the current shade of your teeth to track the progress of your whitening treatment.
  • Zoom Whitening – The dentist will use cheek retractors and cotton rolls to protect your gums, tongue, and other soft tissues from the chemicals. A protective layer will also be painted on your gums before the whitening starts. Once your teeth are exposed, your dentist will apply the whitening gel, and allow it to remain in place for 15 minutes. During this time, the Zoom light will be used to activate the gel so it penetrates the tooth enamel to remove the discoloration. As the treatment progresses, you can listen to music, watch TV, or just relax. A full Zoom whitening treatment requires 3-4, 15-minute meetings, so the treatment takes a maximum of one hour. When the treatment is complete, the dentist will apply a fluoride gel to reduce tooth sensitivity.
  • At-Home Whitening – To maintain the results of the whitening, we will give you a Zoom touch-up kit with individually made whitening trays to use at home. We will give you detailed instructions on how to use the kit.

Schedule Your Appointment

To find out if Zoom teeth whitening is right for you, please contact your cosmetic dentist in Bellflower, CA today!


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30/Sep/2022

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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30/Sep/2022

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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