26Mar

Porcelain crowns are “caps” that completely surround a tooth that has been seriously damaged or decayed. Crowns replace lost tooth structure and provide strength and protection for the natural tooth.

Using updated technology and materials, your family dentist in Santa Monica creates durable, high-quality restorations that will provide you with many years of use. That’s good to know, but what are some other benefits of choosing crowns?

3 Reasons to Choose Porcelain Dental Crowns

  1. Crowns restore function – If you have a damaged tooth, you know that it is a constant reminder that there’s a problem. It hurts to eat many of your favorite foods because other teeth are doing all the work. A high-quality crown relieves undue pain or discomfort by restoring function to the natural tooth.
  2. Porcelain crowns look natural - There are many materials that can be used for crowns, but our patients prefer porcelain. This material has the same translucent qualities as natural tooth enamel and can be shaded by your dentist to match your unique smile. The result is a restoration that blends in seamlessly with your smile.
  3. Crowns restore confidence – No one wants to live with damaged teeth. Even if the problem is not obvious, you may feel self-conscious simply because you know something is not right. A well-made porcelain dental crown not only restores function but also improves your appearance and your self-confidence.

Learn More About Your Options for a Healthy Smile

For more information please call the family dentist in Santa Monica to learn more about porcelain crowns and your many other options for dental treatment. We will take the time to review your situation and provide you with all the appropriate options.

Our team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental care results.

15Mar

Brushing isn’t the only nighttime oral care activity that maintains healthy gums, strong teeth, and a great smile. Carol E. Follette DDS, a well-respected Santa Monica dentist, has additional suggestions for cleaning your mouth and ridding it of bacteria before bed.

Floss

For most people, flossing is easier if they brush their teeth first. Flossing allows you to reach the plaque and food particles that your toothbrush can’t, and doing it at least once a day is a great way to prevent periodontal (gum) disease. Proper flossing requires winding an 18-inch strand around your middle fingers and then holding the floss firmly with your thumbs and forefingers. Gently guide the floss between your teeth, rubbing back and forth against each tooth as you go from one to the next. When you get to the top of each tooth, slide the floss between the gum and the tooth and continue the gentle rubbing motion. This is where a lot of plaque buildup occurs, because the average toothbrush struggles to penetrate these places. Continue flossing until you’ve flossed between every tooth, including the backsides of the furthest teeth on the top and bottom.

Mouthwash

After brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth for around two minutes with a therapeutic mouthwash. This is an excellent way to maintain plaque-free/cavity-free teeth and prevent gingivitis, as well as maintaining fresh breath. Mouthwash shouldn’t be considered a replacement for brushing and flossing, but as a very useful complement. From a scientific perspective, the human body produces less saliva during sleep, and consequently the mouth becomes dry. In lieu of saliva, which naturally mitigates cavity-causing acids and bacteria, mouthwash is effective because it has similar cavity-preventing properties but won’t wash away during sleep.

Many different mouthwashes, some over-the-counter and some prescription-based, are available depending on a person’s specific needs. For example, an antiseptic rinse like Listerine fights plaque and bacteria and helps combat gingivitis. A fluoride rinse such as ACT is more geared towards reducing tooth sensitivity and remineralizing enamel so that cavities are kept at bay.

Prevent Teeth-Grinding 

Signs that a person grinds their teeth during sleep include damaged cheek tissue, heightened tooth sensitivity, and a wearing-out of tooth enamel. If your mouth exhibits these signs, make an appointment with our local dentist and let’s discuss making you a mouth guard. There’s no magic substance that can stop a person from grinding their teeth while sleeping, but a mouth guard is proven to protect teeth from grinding damage during sleep.

Drink Water 

Earlier on we mentioned how the body decreases saliva production during sleep. Drinking a healthy amount of water before going to bed is a terrific way to cleanse your mouth of bacteria, food particles, and oral acid. Also, the water retained by the body during sleep will help counteract the “drying effect” that takes place in the mouth. Drinking lots of water isn’t just important at night: doing it throughout the day provides a significant boost to overall oral health.

Choose Us For All Your Dental Needs 

As a family dentist with decades of experience and a multitude of capabilities, Carol E. Follette is a top choice for people seeking Santa Monica dental care. Call us today to make an appointment with our friendly team.

 

 

12Mar

Many adults live with crooked or crowded teeth because they believe the only alternative is years of traditional orthodontic treatment with metal braces. However, today you don’t have to endure years of life with uncomfortable braces to get back the smile you were born to have.

Patients who want to straighten teeth will be pleased to know that the Santa Monica cosmetic dentist offers the option of using Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign adult orthodontics is an effective, efficient alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign clear braces offer a more comfortable and virtually invisible method for gently straightening your teeth.

3 Reasons to Consider Invisalign

  • Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are made of a soft, flexible material, so they’re much less likely to create any irritation to your mouth.
  • Discreet: Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. The casual observer will not notice any difference when you’re wearing your aligner.
  • Removable: You can remove your aligners when you eat, brush your teeth, or any other time that it’s necessary.

The Invisalign Process

The Novato cosmetic dentist starts by taking impressions, images, and x-rays of your mouth. A specialized software program allows us to develop your entire treatment plan and predict how your teeth will move, from start to finish.
We send the information to a lab where several sets of clear aligners are customized to straighten your smile.

We will instruct you to wear each set for about two weeks, then move on to the next in the series that has been carefully crafted to shift your teeth gently to the next stage in the straightening process. You will make visits to your cosmetic dentist about every six weeks so we can check on your progress.

Problems Invisalign Corrects

Invisalign aligners correct nearly any alignment issue you may have with your teeth. Our dentists will help you choose the appropriate Invisalign system to correct issues like the following:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbites/Underbite
  • Overcrowding
  • Spaces/gaps in teeth

Please Call Our Office to Learn More

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is a perfect choice that fits your busy lifestyle while providing the straight, beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. Please contact our Santa Monica cosmetic dentist for more information and to start your Invisalign treatment!