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The Makings of a Better Smile

One of the best things about today's cosmetic dentistry is how dramatically your smile can be enhanced with very simple, conservative procedures. All of us differ in terms of our appetite for cosmetic improvement. But a custom plan can be developed that fits your own particular desire—and comfort level—to a "T." A great smile is the sum of its components. These include color, tooth spacing, size, straightness, gum line, and more. As we age, all of these components can be negatively affected: teeth darken, little chips and gaps show up, gum tissue contours grow less than perfect. There's no need to settle for this decline—we can help! There's a whole list of smile repairs we can make that were unheard [...]

By |2022-01-27T19:27:25+00:00June 28th, 2022|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on The Makings of a Better Smile

Do You Commit Tooth Abuse?

Especially for Braces Wearers Do you absent-mindedly commit Tooth Abuse? These are habits definitely off limits for the health of your teeth: Don't chomp on a toothpick—it can wear teeth down and get caught in your braces. Stop chewing your nails, pens and pencils—it's hard on teeth and gums. Leave the ice in your drink? Chewing ice can crack teeth and fillings, and pop wires in braces. Don't consume something very hot just after something very cold. The rapid expansion and contraction can crack dental enamel. Treat your teeth right!

By |2022-01-10T22:54:12+00:00May 10th, 2022|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Do You Commit Tooth Abuse?

Impression Material

What is that goo? Whether you need a new denture, braces, or a single inlay restoration, you'll encounter the "goo" dentists use to make an impression - the first step to a perfect likeness of your mouth. In effect, the material you bite into registers a "negative" image, like a photograph. To make a positive model, a plaster-like "stone" is poured into the impression and allowed to set. And there you are. Impression material, to work properly, must reproduce oral structures accurately, and be strong enough to hang together while it's removed - without sucking out anything in the vicinity by accident. It can't shrink or expand, either, or the end product (your new bridge, for instance) won't fit. And, [...]

By |2022-01-10T22:53:57+00:00May 3rd, 2022|Patient Education|Comments Off on Impression Material

The Right Time for Braces, Part 2

Will treatment be uncomfortable? The interconnecting wires are tightened at each visit, putting mild pressure on the brackets or bands to shift teeth gradually. Your teeth and jaws may feel slightly sore after each visit, but the discomfort is brief. Keep in mind also that some teeth may need to be extracted to make room for teeth being shifted with braces and for proper jaw alignment. Do I have to avoid any foods or personal habits? Yes. Cut down on sweets, chips and pop. Sugary and starchy foods generate acids and plaque that can cause tooth decay and promote gum disease. Healthy, hard foods like carrots or apples should be cut into smaller pieces. Sticky, chewy sweets like caramel can [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:45:17+00:00October 15th, 2019|Orthodontic Dentistry|Comments Off on The Right Time for Braces, Part 2

The Right Time for Braces, Part 1

What is "orthodontics," and why do people get braces? Orthodontics is a special discipline of dentistry concerned with aligning the teeth and jaws to improve one's smile and oral health. "Ortho" means correct or straight, and "Odont" means tooth. Braces are usually recommended to improve physical appearance. Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, incorrect jaw position, and disorders of the jaw joints are corrected. When is the right time for braces? Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more accessible to straightening. However, [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:43:16+00:00October 8th, 2019|Orthodontic Dentistry|Comments Off on The Right Time for Braces, Part 1

Straighten Teeth With Invisalign

Affordable Invisalign in Sacramento! Clear aligners to discreetly straighten your teeth. Explore your Invisalign options by calling our office today at (916) 565-2570. After a consultation with one of our friendly dentists, we'll determine if Invisalign is right for you, as well as the exact details of your treatment plan. Ever wish that you could have perfectly straight teeth—without months of wearing those geeky metal braces? And wouldn't it be nice to do so without everyone knowing? Now, there's a new way to straighten teeth—invisibly. And our office can walk you through it! The process is called Invisalign®, because it uses a series of clear aligners instead of brackets and wires. Even up close, Invisalign® is nearly undetectable. So, now [...]

By |2019-07-15T15:29:35+00:00July 16th, 2019|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on Straighten Teeth With Invisalign