28Jul

Taking steps to tweak your daily routine and protect your smile can give your oral health a boost. Many of us have developed habits, or fallen into ruts, that are actually unhealthy. Keep reading to learn more from our Santa Monica dentist

  • Dental Grinding

The tooth-on-tooth contact that occurs when you grind your teeth or clench your jaw will weaken your dental enamel over time. Although you may not see cracks or chips right away, you are developing small weak spots in your teeth. Over time these vulnerable spots will accumulate dental bacteria and become more severe.

  • Chewing Indiscriminately

Certain substances are too hard or abrasive to chew regularly. Ice, mints, and hard candies should dissolve in your mouth. When you chomp on these things you are putting too much stress and pressure on your dental enamel.

  • Using the Wrong Tools

Not all dental tools are created equal! When you choose the right tools for your smile and your routine, you will see improvements in the efficacy of your daily dental routine. Let’s start by talking about tools to avoid: wooden and metal toothpicks, for example, may cause damage to your oral tissues or irritate sensitive dental nerves. On the other hand, a soft-bristled toothbrush is designed to effectively clean your smile without being too abrasive. If you think you may need a brush with firmer bristles, please talk to your dental team first; they will be able to tell you what type of brush is both safe and effective for your smile.

  • Loading Up on Sweets

We have always been told that sugary treats are bad for our smiles, but, why? Well, the oral bacteria in your mouth need fuel to grow and multiply. The most effective fuel for these bacteria is sugar. That is why you want to indulge in sweets and refined carbohydrates minimally and at specific time-limited sittings.

We hope these simple tips have given you a better idea of how you can take control of your oral health. If you have any questions or you would like to learn more, give our Santa Monica dentists a call! 

07Jul

One of the most important things that our Santa Monica dentist does is to help our patients evaluate their treatment options, and, ultimately, choose the perfect one for them. Today we are getting started by comparing two popular and convenient treatments: dental bonding and custom veneers.  

Uses

Veneers and dental bonding can be used to achieve many of the same dental goals, including:

  • Resurfacing dark enamel
  • Repairing dental damage
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Making the smile appear better aligned and seamless
  • Lengthening disproportionally short enamel

Material

Veneers are individually crafted from porcelain. They are only as thick as a contact lens, which is why they do not look bulky once their placed. Porcelain is an ideal material for this type of treatment because it mimics the appearance of natural enamel, and it is stain-resistant.

Dental bonding, on the other hand, is made from composite resin. Our team will shade the resin to match your natural tooth shade. Or, if you are transforming your entire smile with bonding, we will color the resin to achieve your desired level of whiteness.

Application

Veneers take two or three appointments to fit and place. Your veneers will be crafted to your specifications. Our team will prep the enamel of relevant teeth by filing some of it down—this helps ensure a comfortable and natural looking fit once the veneer is in place.

Dental bonding takes just one appointment to complete. When our team applies the resin to your natural tooth structure it will be soft and malleable. We’ll shape it achieve your desired results, and then cure it with a special light so that it hardens and bonds to the tooth surface.

Our Santa Monica dental team is here to answer any questions that you may have, and to help you schedule a personal consultation. We look forward to speaking with you! 

18Feb

We all want to show off healthy, attractive smiles as we age. But how do we achieve this goal?

Well, research continues to show that one of the absolute best things that you can do is to diligently follow your dentist-recommended schedule of professional cleanings. This short article is all about what our Santa Monica dental team does during these appointments. We hope that this helps you get a better idea of why professional care is so important!

Once you are in the dentist’s chair, our dental team will complete a number of assessments to get an idea of your current oral health status. We are looking for…

  • Dental cavities—these may be visible spots, or they may simply be portions of the enamel that are soft and de-mineralized
  • Signs of periodontal disease (gum tissue infection)
  • Cancerous or pre-cancerous tissues
  • Old, structurally unsound restorations

Once we’ve checked your teeth and gums, we’ll know whether any further restorative treatment is necessary to bring your smile back to health.

The next thing that we do at your semi-annual appointment is to clean your smile of plaque and tartar. As you probably already know, plaque is the sticky bacterial film that develops in your mouth throughout the day. Tartar is what we call plaque that has hardened and calcified to the tooth structure; this requires professional treatment to remove.

Finally, we polish your smile, and talk to you about your current oral hygiene routine. We’ll make recommendations to help you get the most out of your daily dental routine. We can help you pick the right kind of toothpaste, mouth rinse, and even toothbrush for your unique needs.

If you want to learn more professional dental care, or schedule your own personal consultation, you can always call our Santa Monica dentists for assistance! You can also reach out through the Contact Us page on our website.