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23Jul

Too many people are living with smiles that they do not love, because they mistakenly believe that the dental treatment necessary to correct these issues would be uncomfortable, unsightly, or inconvenient.

The truth is that our Glendale cosmetic dentists offer a range of treatment options that are designed to fit into your life, and work with your smile. One of these options is Invisalign.

The Invisalign orthodontic system uses a series of clear aligners to incrementally move teeth into better positions over time. You’ll switch out to a new aligner every two to three weeks; each aligner moves you closer to your dream smile.

With Invisalign, you can improve a number of a aesthetic as well as functional dental problems, such as:

  • Crowded or crooked teeth
  • Large gaps in the smile
  • Narrow smile
  • Bite dysfunction, like overbite, underbite, or crossbite

Many patients do not realize that by improving bite structure, they can actually improve the long-term health and stability of their smile. When your teeth fit together evenly and optimally, they wear better over time: decreasing your chance of developing prematurely thin enamel as well as cracked or chipped teeth.

While Invisalign undoubtedly delivers aesthetic benefits, this is by no means the extent of what Invisalign treatment can do.

When you come in for your consultation with our dental team, we’ll be able to assess the current health of your smile, and give you a better idea of whether Invisalign is right for you. Invisalign is a generally well-tolerated treatment option, and many people are strong candidates. We will ensure that your smile is healthy enough for treatment, and that Invisalign can move your teeth adequately.

As always, please feel free to reach out to our Glendale cosmetic dentists to learn more and to schedule your personal consultation. We look forward to speaking with you! 

09Jul

We all want to enjoy bright, white, and luminous smiles, but the unfortunate truth is that teeth tend to dull and darken over time. The good news is that this aesthetic issue is by no means permanent; there are things that you can do to refresh and brighten your teeth. Keep reading to learn more from our Glendale cosmetic dentists

When we are evaluating aesthetic treatment options, we’ll match your cosmetic solution to the underlying cause of your discoloration. You may end up benefiting from:

  • Professional dental whitening—the topical gels we use lift stains from the natural dental enamel, helping to restore the tooth to its previous color
  • Dental bonding—our team can cover unsightly enamel with custom-shaded and shaped composite resin
  • Porcelain veneers—these individually crafted restorations are permanently bonded to the natural dental structure, completely resurfacing the visible tooth

Once you’ve achieved your desired aesthetic result, there are specific things that you can do maintain brightness and luminosity:

  • It is important to keep your smile clean, and keep up with your schedule of professional cleanings, so that unsightly dental plaque isn’t able to build up
  • Topical whitening treatments will need to be repeated after several months in order to minimize newly developed stains
  • Both dental bonding and veneers are naturally stain-resistant, but you may need to lighten surrounding natural enamel so that your entire smile blends

No matter how you choose to move forward, the treatment process always begins with a thorough dental assessment and cleaning. You may be surprised at just how much better your smile looks after a professional cleaning!

Even if it has been years since you’ve been in to see your dentist, our Glendale dental team is here to help you get back on track, and achieve a fresh and bright smile. Give our office a call to schedule a personal consultation!

14May

We all want to enjoy healthy, blemish-free smiles, but the truth is that, sometimes, dental problems develop despite our best efforts. In today’s article, our Glendale dentists are sharing some information about types of dental damage, and levels of severity.

Before we talk about dental problems, we first need to review the basic structure of a tooth. Keep in mind that teeth are not solid and inert, rather, they are comprised of different layers:

  • Dental enamel

This is the outermost layer of the tooth; it is sturdy and free of nerves. Thanks to dental enamel, you’re able to bite and chew comfortably. The enamel is tasked with protecting the inner layers of the tooth, which are more vulnerable.

  • Dentin

The dentin sits directly under the dental enamel. Dentin is more porous than enamel, and so it is more susceptible to infection and damage. Also, dentin is slightly yellower than enamel.

  • Dental pulp

The core of the tooth holds dental pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and living tissues. This is the most fragile tooth layer. If your pulp is damaged, you’ll likely experience significant discomfort.

Generally speaking, the further into a tooth that an infection or damage gets, the more expensive, time intensive, and involved treatment is.

Damaged dental enamel can often be treated quickly and comfortably with a simple filling or dental bonding. However, when dentin or dental pulp is affected, our team may recommend more extensive restorative treatment. Dental restorations, for example, are used to rebuild missing tooth portions. Infected dental pulp often requires root canal therapy, during which our team clears away the nerves, roots, and tissues that sit in the dental core.

As you can see, prompt identification and treatment can make a world of difference when it comes to treating cavities as well as cracks and chips. Reach out to our Glendale restorative dentists at the first sign of trouble!