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04Aug

One of the best things you can do to support optimal oral health is to take a look at your diet. Every day we expose our teeth and gums to different foods and beverages—some of them are good for dental health, while others can a toll on your smile

Today, our Glendale dentists are going to be talking about the ways that refined carbohydrates affect your smile. Let’s get started!

What are refined carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates that have been refined have been stripped of their fiber, bran, and nutrients. Many of the foods that we enjoy every day are refined carbs:

  • White bread
  • Cereal
  • Pizza
  • Bagels
  • White rice
  • Pastries and sweets

Additionally, you will find refined carbohydrates in many condiments, fruit juices, yogurts, and sauces.

When you consume these things, the oral bacteria in your mouth are able to use the sugars and refined carbohydrates as fuel to grow and multiply. This is why it is so important that you consume these foods and drinks thoughtfully.

What can I do to protect my smile?

Obviously, limiting your consumption of carbs and sugars will go a long way toward maintaining oral health. If you are able to swap white bread out for wheat or whole grain, for example, you are making a good decision for your smile. Additionally, it can help to eat and drink at specific, time-limited periods of the day. We are trying to limit the amount of time that oral bacteria are able to be active and feeding on your teeth and gums.

Our Glendale dentists are here to help you refine your diet and your daily dental routine to optimize your results. You can call our office to schedule a personal consultation, or use the Contact Us page on our website and we will get back to you shortly. 

21Jul

Our Glendale dentists are here to help all of our patients achieve smiles that they love and are proud to show off. Some aesthetic treatments are multi-phased and deliver results over months or years. Alternatively, there are other treatments that refresh the appearance of your smile quickly. Keep reading to learn more!

Get A Professional Cleaning

Before you start aesthetic treatment, take the time to complete a professional cleaning. Many patients are surprised at just how much better their smiles look and feel after a thorough cleaning. Plaque and tartar can create dark or yellow spots on your smile; an in-office cleaning clears away dental debris and bacteria.

Use Tooth Whitening Formulations

Over-the-counter whitening products, like white strips and toothpastes, can incrementally improve the brightness of your smile. If you want to lighten your dental enamel by several shades, professional whitening treatment—which uses a highly concentrated stain-fighting formulation—delivers same day results. It is possible to whiten teeth by several shades after just one appointment.

Consider Dental Bonding

Bonding is an incredibly versatile treatment that is used in both restorative and cosmetic situations. The bonding process involves our dental team placing custom-shaded composite resin on your existing tooth structure. We shape and refine the resin, and then cure it so that it hardens and bonds to your enamel. With bonding you can close gaps between teeth, resurface unsightly enamel, repair cracks and chips, and even make your smile appear straighter.

As you can see, you don’t need to devote a ton of time or money in order to improve the appearance of your smile. Our Glendale dental team is here to answer any questions that you may have, and to help you get started with a personal consultation. We look forward to speaking with you! 

07Jul

Invisalign is truly a state-of-the-art treatment protocol, that perfects a patient’s dental alignment without using any metal or abrasive brackets. This has become a go-to treatment for patients of many ages. So, today our Glendale Invisalign dentists are answering a few commonly asked questions about this orthodontic option.

Q: What are Invisalign aligners made of?

A: These aligners are crafted from smooth, clear plastic resin. Because they are clear, your teeth are not obscured by metal brackets or wires. By using this innovative material, our team can help you achieve your dream smile in the most discrete way possible.

Q: How do I care for my smile during treatment?

A: Another advantage of using Invisalign is that it is easy and straightforward to maintain your oral health throughout the treatment process. Invisalign aligners are completely removable; you’ll actually take them out when you eat, drink anything other than water, and clean your smile.

While your aligners are out of your mouth you can floss, brush, and rinse your smile as you normally do. You’ll also take a moment to clean the aligners itself. When you choose Invisalign you don’t have to worry about plaque and tartar building up around metal brackets or wires.

Q: How long does it take to see results?

A: Invisalign treatment generally takes between 12 to 18 months to complete. However, you will notice a change in your dental alignment after just a few months. Thanks to Invisalign’s clear aligners, you will be able to see how much straighter your smile is becoming, month by month.

Whether you are interested in straightening your smile for health reasons, cosmetic results, or some combination of the two, our Glendale Invisalign dentists are here to help. Don’t hesitate to give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site.