Has your smile lost the shine it once had? Have you tried those over the counter tooth whitening products and seen disappointing results, if any at all? If you are tired of stained or yellow teeth, our Santa Monica cosmetic dentist office is where this can all change.

There are many over the counter tooth whitening systems on the market today, but none are as effective or provide the same level of whitening as the professional products. Tooth whitening is the simplest and least expensive way to enhance your smile and restore a youthful appearance.

Teeth can naturally be less than white or may be stained and discolored due to:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Illness
  • Certain medications (such as antibiotics).

Most common reasons for discoloration are due to:

  • Tobacco use
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soft drinks
  • Wine

Zoom! Power Whitening System

Tooth whitening is one of the safest dental procedures available. The Zoom! s ystem is a state of the art, in office procedure. It is a safe, easy, and effective bleaching process that lightens the discoloration of your enamel and dentin. Our cosmetic dentist
offers this system as well as other professional home whitening products. This procedure is done while you sit back in our comfortable chairs, and relax while you listen to your favorite music.

Contact your Santa Monica cosmetic dentist for a complimentary consultation to evaluate your whitening goals and needs. We take the time to ensure that you will leave with the beautiful vibrant smile you are looking for.


There are many options in dentistry today for missing teeth replacement. A dental bridge is just one such option, and today we explain the benefits of fixed bridges. A fixed (non-removable) bridge is durable and creates an excellent replacement for missing teeth

You’re probably most familiar with a “traditional bridge” that involves two crowns that are placed on two adjacent teeth and are then attached to an artificial tooth (pontic). This creates a “bridge” that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

4 Reasons to Choose a Dental Bridge

You and the Santa Monica family dentist may decide on a fixed bridge for any of the following reasons:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Prevent drifting of remaining teeth
  • Restore ability to chew and/or speak clearly
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture
How We Place a Dental Bridge

Placement of a fixed bridge will generally require two or more visits. The two anchoring teeth will be prepared by removing a portion of enamel, allowing room for a crown. Your Santa Monica family dentist will then take an impression of your teeth. This mold is sent to a dental lab where a custom-fit bridge will be created specifically to fit your teeth and accommodate your bite. You will leave your first appointment with a temporary bridge created by your dentist.

Your second appointment takes place once the permanent bridge has been created. At this point, it will be carefully checked and adjusted to make sure it fits properly. The bridge is then permanently cemented.

At the conclusion of this visit, you receive instructions on how to properly care for your new permanent bridge. The life of your new bridge will be extended greatly by following proper brushing and flossing techniques and scheduling regular dental visits.


It will no doubt surprise some of our patients that many of the foods and drinks we love are also among the most damaging to teeth. Dr. Carol E. Follette, a respected Santa Monica dentist with expertise in all facets of oral care, reviews some of the worst offenders.


It’s an incontestable fact that lemons, oranges, and grapefruit are packed with healthy doses of vitamin C. Alas, it’s also a fact that these foods are also packed with enamel-eroding acid that renders teeth vulnerable to cavities and decay. Not only are citrus fruits bad for teeth, they can also exacerbate mouth-sore symptoms. If you enjoy snacking on an orange or adding lemon to your water, our advice is to consume citrus in moderation and rinse your mouth with water right after consuming.

Dried Fruits

Sticking with the fruit theme, the dried versions of the aforementioned foods, as well as figs, prunes, and apricots, also provide health benefits. Acid content is a bit lower in dried fruits, but sugar content is higher, and the fact that dried fruit is sticky means that it lingers on the teeth longer than normal. This gives the sugar time to find its way o to the teeth and into the gums, where it can do damage if left untreated. After consuming dried fruits, our local dentist recommends not just rinsing with water, but brushing and flossing too.


Many of us enjoy an after-work or weekend drink, but few people realize that alcohol actually dries out the mouth. This leaves our mouth short on saliva, which is a key protector of teeth since it washes away food particles and keeps solids and liquids from sticking to teeth and gums. Saliva even helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Thus, when you consume alcohol it’s a smart move to drink water during and after consumption.

Sour Candy

Candy is bad enough for our teeth if not consumed in moderation, but sour candy is especially harmful. That’s because sour candy is chewy, sticky, and chock-full of acids that can do a number on enamel. If you’re not diligent about ridding your mouth of a sour candy’s residue, cavities and tooth decay will likely follow. If you’re looking for a sweet that’s better for your mouth, choose chocolate. It tastes good, goes down quickly, and is easily rinsed away.

Potato Chips

Who doesn’t enjoy tearing open a bag of potato chips from time to time? The problem with chips though is their high starch content, which when trapped between our teeth and gums eventually breaks down into sugar. This sugar is consumed by the bacteria present in plaque, and the combination eats away at teeth.

Carbonated Drinks

Soda pop, even “diet” varieties, is loaded with sugar and acids that not only accelerate cavities and tooth decay, but also can stain and discolor teeth.

Schedule an Appointment

Our family dentist serving Santa Monica uses state-of-the-art dental tools and decades of collective experience to keep your mouth healthy. Make an appointment and visit us for all of your dentistry needs, from cleanings and whitening to veneers and bonding.