23Apr

Could your smile do with a little sprucing up? Maybe you have obvious esthetic flaws you want to fix or you’re maybe your teeth are making you look and feel older than you really are.

Modern dental science and advances in materials and techniques now provide the Santa Monica cosmetic dentist with more options than ever for customizing a smile makeover to fit your unique needs.

Let’s take a look at 5 options we offer that are designed to improve the aesthetics and health of your smile:

Professional Teeth Whitening

No list of cosmetic dental treatments would be complete without teeth whitening, the most requested of all procedures. With both in-office and take-home options, we can get your smile from dull to dazzling in no time.

Dental Veneers

If you have teeth that are improperly shaped, have gaps and uneven spaces or are severely stained, porcelain veneers may be the option for you. These tooth-shaped shells of porcelain are designed to conceal numerous esthetic flaws and leave you with a stunning Hollywood smile.

Dental Implants

Missing teeth not only detract from your smile, but those empty spaces can create other oral health problems. Dental implants are a full tooth replacement that improves both the beauty and health of your smile.

Invisalign

Have you been putting up with mild to moderate tooth misalignment? Crooked and crowded teeth are not only unappealing, but they can also make oral hygiene difficult and put you at risk for gum disease. Invisalign is a discrete, short-term orthodontic treatment that is perfect for the adult lifestyle.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Whether you have a damaged tooth that needs a filling or small flaws like chipped teeth, tooth-colored filling material looks completely natural. The Santa Monica cosmetic dentist can perform repairs that even you won’t be able to see.

Call for Your Smile Consultation

Would you like to learn more about these options and how they might benefit you? Please call the Santa Monica cosmetic dentist so we can arrange a convenient appointment to get started!


09Apr

Is bad breath holding you back? Also known as halitosis, bad breath is unpleasant and embarrassing and can inhibit you in social or business interactions. All of us suffer from bad breath from time to time, especially in the morning. But there are numerous reasons why your breath smells, and it may not just be the onion rings you had with lunch.

Some common reasons for bad breath include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Tobacco use
  • Prescription medications
  • Medical conditions

Your Santa Monica family dentist wants you to be informed about the reasons for bad breath and how to eliminate it. While there may be a medical reason for chronic bad breath, there are some easy lifestyle changes you can make to minimize the risk.

  • Don’t smoke: While there is a multitude of reasons to quit the bad habit of smoking, one of the more obvious ones is to devoid yourself of the smell externally (clothes and body) and internally (your mouth).
  • Don’t eat foods with strong odors: Avoid onions and garlic, especially before or during an important business meeting or another event where you need to interact with others. Onions and garlic leave a strong odor because they contain elements that make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs until you finally breathe them out.
  • Do floss: Flossing isn’t only necessary for your oral health to prevent cavities, but it dislodges food particles that would be otherwise stuck between your teeth, trapping bacteria and causing a distinctive odor.
  • Do chew sugarless gum: If you can’t brush your teeth immediately after eating, try rinsing out your mouth with water or chewing sugarless gum about 20 minutes after mealtime. Chewing stimulates saliva production, which combats bacteria and cavities that lead to bad breath.

Chronic breath is not only unpleasant, but it may also be an indication of a more serious problem like periodontal disease. Please call your Santa Monica family dentist to arrange an appointment. You may be surprised that’s all that’s needed is a thorough dental cleaning to refresh your smile.