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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

Have you ever smiled in the mirror…

And wondered, what if... What if your teeth were less prominent, or just a bit more even, or maybe that missing chip was back in its place? Cosmetic dentistry isn't "just for movie stars" or "just for women." Typically it's a very conservative treatment that returns huge dividends in personal self-confidence. Today we have new materials and techniques that can put a super smile within everyone's reach. For example, porcelain onlays and inlays can return structural integrity to damaged teeth, while leaving them looking as natural as the ones you were born with. For teeth that are intact but seem to lack that youthful sparkle, we have a variety of procedures that are simple, safe, and effective. You may want [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:38:19+00:00June 22nd, 2021|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on Have you ever smiled in the mirror…

Who Wants Whiter Teeth?

Whitening, or bleaching, is a way to lighten teeth without bonding material to the teeth or removing any sound tooth structure. In this respect, it's one of the most conservative cosmetic procedures we have. Here's how it works. How does whitening work? Typically for in-office appointments, we'll fit your mouth with a special mouthpiece filled with a whitening solution. Then, a special frequency of light is shown into your mouth to activate the solution, which penetrates the dentin of your teeth to lighten their color. There are also at-home treatments available that incorporate custom made trays to be worn at night or during daily sessions. After three to five sessions, the teeth really start to show a difference. Does it [...]

By |2020-07-27T18:58:03+00:00November 3rd, 2020|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on Who Wants Whiter Teeth?

What’s Your Smile Say?

The most famous smile in history belongs to Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Generations of art analysts have speculated over its meaning. Seductive? Bashful? Secretly knowing? Or could it be, given her upturned—but firmly closed lips, that she was ashamed of showing her teeth? Could they have been chipped, stained, crooked or gapped? These days there's no need to hide your smile because your teeth aren't perfect. Modern cosmetic technology can straighten, repair, contour, and whiten teeth, using twenty-first-century techniques to create a natural-looking appearance in a less-than-perfect mouth. Leonardo, Mona Lisa's creator, was not only a painter but also a mathematician and engineer. So it's not surprising that her mouth and eyes form a perfect equal-sided [...]

By |2020-07-27T18:48:25+00:00September 25th, 2020|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on What’s Your Smile Say?

You and the Tube

Start reading labels to choose the right toothpaste for you and your family. All toothpastes have certain ingredients in common. They'll contain mild abrasives for scrubbing, foaming detergents to help float away debris, fluoride to protect tooth enamel, thickening agents for stability, humectants for moisture retention, and flavors to make the mixture palatable. Gum Protection Given what we know about the relationship between gum disease and your overall health, finding a toothpaste that will protect your oral health should be your top priority. Dental researchers at the University of Buffalo found that the ingredient triclosan outperformed fluoride in battling the bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis. Natural Whether you're a vegan locavore or just a mother bear [...]

By |2020-06-27T20:32:23+00:00August 18th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on You and the Tube

Teeth Whitening Facts

Is your wedding approaching and you want your smile to be its brightest? Or maybe you have an important speaking engagement? Whatever the reason, tooth whitening isn't just for the movie stars, and it isn't just for one day. Many people have their teeth whitened, and probably millions more are thinking about it. The desire for a brighter smile with whiter teeth is very strong, and teeth whitening safely lightens the color of the teeth, lasting for up to five years. Is whitening for you? Generally, whitening is successful in at least 90 percent of patients, though it may not be an option for everyone. Consider tooth whitening if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking. If [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:16:14+00:00November 5th, 2019|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on Teeth Whitening Facts

Whiter & Healthier Teeth With These 7 Tips

At-home Tips & Tricks Some simple changes in habits to improve oral health and get whiter teeth! Cut out the stain-causing food. For whiter teeth, consider the foods you eat. Change in tooth color occurs mainly due to food and drink. Typically, anything with a dark color will affect your teeth. These include things like coffee, red wine, and even dark sodas and juices. If you can't bear to do away with these things completely, be sure to brush immediately afterward, and consider using an over-the-counter bleaching kit or a teeth whitening procedure from your dentist. Eat stain-fighting foods. Certain foods, like many fruits and vegetables, have the exact opposite effect as the stain-causers discussed above. These foods have a [...]

By |2019-05-31T09:21:21+00:00June 4th, 2019|Patient Education|Comments Off on Whiter & Healthier Teeth With These 7 Tips

A Brighter Smile With Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening in Sacramento You've lived this long, you've earned it... No doubt about it. We're living longer, we're living better. All that effort put into diet and exercise is paying off. And while you're going through your paces on the treadmill, consider another part of you that might need a bit of improvement: your smile. With age, one of the first things to go is the freshness of your smile. At about thirty, tooth color begins to dim. There is a natural tendency for dentin—just beneath the enamel—to yellow. And if you smoke or overindulge in coffee or cola, darkening can be dramatic. Exercise and low-fat foods count for less if your smile gives you away. But just as [...]

By |2019-04-24T13:31:58+00:00April 9th, 2019|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on A Brighter Smile With Teeth Whitening