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30Apr

You’ve spoken and our Glendale cosmetic dentist have heard you loud and clear: many of you feel that it can be pretty tough to pick the perfect cosmetic dentistry treatment for your smile. That is why we are putting together this article series on various aesthetic treatments. Today, we’re getting started by giving you more information about veneers and LUMINEERS.

What are LUMINEERS and veneers used for?

Both of these aesthetic restorations are designed to cover the visible portion of a patient’s tooth. Once the veneer or LUMINEER is in place, it completely resurfaces and transforms the tooth’s appearance. Using these treatments you can close gaps between teeth, lengthen disproportionately short enamel, and even make uneven teeth appear straighter.

What is the main difference between them?

Veneers and LUMINEERS are quite similar. The primary difference is the type of porcelain used. LUMINEERS are crafted from Cerinate porcelain, which is exceptionally strong. Due to the strength of Cerinate porcelain, LUMINEERS are made to be even thinner than traditional veneers. LUMINEERS, are therefore less bulky, and require less reduction of natural tooth enamel when they are placed.

How long does treatment take?

One of the major advantages of both LUMINEERS and veneers is that they can be completed in just a few dental appointments. First your teeth will be prepped, then an impression will be taken. Once your final veneers or LUMINEERS are crafted, our team permanently bonds them to the natural tooth surface. Veneers and LUMINEERS allow you to achieve a total smile transformation quickly and conveniently.

How long do they last?

Both veneers and LUMINEERS are designed to be permanent additions to your smile. With proper care, they can last for decades before they need to be replaced. Additionally, because porcelain is naturally stain resistant, they will remain looking bright and fresh as time goes on.

We hope that you now have a better idea of what veneers and LUMINEERS can do for your smile. Check back soon for info from our Glendale cosmetic dentists about additional aesthetic dentistry options!

 

16Apr

There is so much misinformation out there about oral herpes, or cold sores. Unfortunately, misleading info can keep patients from seeing treatment, and developing adequate treatment and management plans. That is why our Glendale dentists have put together this short article on cold sore development. We hope that you find this helpful!

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). HSV-1 is highly contagious; The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost 50 percent of adults in the United States have it. HSV-1 can be passed on by kissing, and by sharing drinks, eating utensils, or oral hygiene tools. Many people actually contract HSV-1 as children.

Most us of call the oral herpes called by HSV-1 “cold sores” or “fever blisters.”

  • Usually, cold sores develop on the lips. However, it is possible for these sores to appear elsewhere on the face, like on the chin, cheek, or inside of the nose.
  • Most patients will experience an outbreak shortly after HSV-1 exposure; this is called primary herpes. You may notice individual cold sores, or sore, swollen oral tissues. For some patients, they will never experience another instance of observable symptoms.
  • People who experience recurrent oral herpes episodes will likely deal with discrete cold sores, which last for about 8 to 10 days. Generally speaking, subsequent episodes are milder than the initial outbreak was. Cold sores start out as tender, red, and sore, and then gradually crust over as they heal. It is particularly important that you not exfoliate or pick at these lesions; this can delay the healing process and cause scaring.

If you are dealing with cold sores, please don’t panic! This is a very common issue for both children and adults. Remember: these sores will heal on their own, so the best thing that you can do is to keep the area clean, use topical ointments to minimize discomfort, and otherwise leave it alone. You also want to refrain from kissing and sharing food/drink while the sore is active, as this is how HSV-1 spreads from person to person.

As always, our Glendale dentists are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have—give us a call to get started! 

02Apr

There is so much information out there about oral health, and unfortunately, a lot of it is misleading. Today, our Glendale dentists have put together a short article debunking common dental myths. We hope that this is informative, and, remember, you can always give our office a call if you have additional questions!

“It’s always a good idea to brush; I should do it as much as I can.”

The truth is that there is a reason the American Dental Association recommends that patients brush in the morning and right before bed. First of all, brushing before you sleep helps to clear away plaque and dental debris that has accumulated during the day. Additionally, our mouths are driest at night while we are asleep. Saliva helps to neutralize bacteria and re-mineralize enamel. At night, we have less saliva in our mouths, so it’s extra important that our mouths are as clean as possible. Then, when you wake up in the morning, it is crucial that you clear away bacteria that have developed in the dry conditions overnight.

“Bleeding gums means that I should let my tissue heal before I floss again”

If you find that your gums are prone to bleeding, especially when flossing, then that is actually a sign that you should recommit to your oral cleaning routine. You should find that your gums bleed less as you get back into the habit of flossing. It is normal for neglected gum tissue to bleed when you start flossing again, but reach out to your dental team if the bleeding does not subside over time.

We’ll continue our discussion of common dental myths next week, so check back then. In the meantime, our Glendale dentists are here to answer any questions that may have. You can always call our office, or us the Contact Us page on our website to reach our dental team.