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By RICHARD HAMATY
February 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Say goodbye to your crooked smile once and for all thanks to this clear treatment.

Who says that the whole world needs to know that you are wearing braces? Not anymore! Thanks to Invisalign treatment, more and more adults are discovering the freedom of being able to get the smiles they’ve always wanted without having to wear metal braces. From the office of our Yorba Linda, CA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Richard Hamaty, find out more about Invisalign and whether it’s right for you.

 

What is Invisalign?

Instead of using brackets and wires to move teeth into the ideal alignment, Invisalign uses a clear retainer-like system that fits over your teeth and is less visible when smiling or talking. These aligners are custom-made to fit your smile and they can handle a variety of issues such as,

  • Crowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped smiles
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

If you are dealing with any of these issues then Invisalign may be the most effective approach for giving you the smile you want. Of course, if you are dealing with more severe issues that require complicated or complex tooth or jaw movements then Invisalign may not be the most effective treatment option. To find out if your smile could benefit from Invisalign you’ll need to undergo a full evaluation with our Yorba Linda, CA, dentist.

 

What you can expect from Invisalign treatment...

 

Comfort

Instead of metal, Invisalign uses removable aligners made from flexible, thermoplastic that are perfectly contoured and molded to fit comfortably against your teeth without irritating the gums.

 

Convenience

Invisalign aligners fit into your lifestyle, making the treatment a great option for adults who lead busy lives. The aligners are removable, meaning that you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods without having to alter your diet. All you have to do is remove your aligners prior to eating! When it comes to brushing and flossing, Invisalign also makes it easy to clean teeth and gums by removing your aligners.

 

Faster treatment

In most cases, adults looking to get a straighter smile will enjoy amazingly fast results with Invisalign. The average length of treatment for adults is one year. For teens, the length of treatment is comparable to traditional braces. During your consultation, we can give you an approximate length of treatment that you should expect to wear your Invisalign.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

If you want to discover the clear approach to a straighter smile, it’s time to call our Yorba Linda, CA, dental office today to let us know that you are interested in getting Invisalign. Our number is (714) 779-1313.

GetRidofThoseUnattractiveTeethwithPorcelainVeneers

Those unattractive teeth you see in the mirror are what are standing between you and a truly beautiful smile. If only you could make them go away.

In a way, you can do just that—with dental veneers. For the past three decades dentists have been covering the imperfections of problem teeth with these thin layers of porcelain. What's more, they're usually less involved and expensive than other restorations.

Veneers work best on teeth with moderate flaws like chipping, heavy staining or wearing, or slight misalignments like crookedness or gaps. The dental porcelain used is a ceramic material that so closely mimics the color and translucence of natural teeth it often takes a trained eye to notice any difference.

The first step to getting veneers is to plan your new look with a full examination and a diagnostic mock-up, a temporary application of tooth-colored filling materials applied directly to the teeth. This gives you and your dentist a better visual idea of how veneers will look on your teeth, and to make any adjustments ahead of time. A dental lab will use these findings to create your custom veneers.

In the meantime we'll prepare your teeth to accommodate your veneers. Although they're usually only 0.3 to 0.7 millimeters thick, veneers can still appear bulky when placed straight on the teeth. To adjust for their width we usually must remove some of the teeth's surface enamel so the veneers look more natural. Because enamel can't be replaced, the removal permanently alters the teeth and will require some form of restoration from then on.

When the veneers are ready we'll attach them with special cement so they'll form an almost seamless bond with the teeth. You'll then be able to use them just as before—but with a little caution. Although quite durable, veneers can break under too much force, so avoid biting on hard objects like ice, hard candy or nuts. And be sure you practice good dental care on your veneered teeth with daily brushing and regular dental cleanings and checkups.

The end result, though, is well worth the upkeep. Porcelain veneers can rejuvenate your smile and provide you a new level of confidence for years to come.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better than Ever.”

3ThingsYouMightNoticewithYourChildsTeethThatNeedaDentist

Dental disease doesn’t discriminate by age. Although certain types of disease are more common in adults, children are just as susceptible, particularly to tooth decay.

Unfortunately, the early signs of disease in a child’s teeth can be quite subtle—that’s why you as a parent should keep alert for any signs of a problem. Here are 3 things you might notice that definitely need your dentist’s attention.

Cavities. Tooth decay occurs when mouth acid erodes tooth enamel and forms holes or cavities. The infection can continue to grow and affect deeper parts of the tooth like the pulp and root canals, eventually endangering the tooth’s survival. If you notice tiny brown spots on their teeth, this may indicate the presence of cavities—you should see your dentist as soon as possible. To account for what you don’t see, have your child visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups.

Toothache. Tooth pain can range from a sensitive twinge of pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods to a throbbing sharp pain. Whatever its form, a child’s toothache might indicate advancing decay in which the infection has entered the tooth pulp and is attacking the nerves. If your child experiences any form of toothache, see your dentist the next day if possible. Even if the pain goes away, don’t cancel the appointment—it’s probable the infection is still there and growing.

Bleeding gums. Gums don’t normally bleed during teeth brushing—the gums are much more resilient unless they’ve been weakened by periodontal (gum) disease (although over-aggressive brushing could also be a cause). ┬áIf you notice your child’s gums bleeding after brushing, see your dentist as soon as possible—the sooner they receive treatment for any gum problems the less damage they’ll experience, and the better chance of preserving any affected teeth.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By RICHARD HAMATY
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsOne of the many consequences of tooth loss is the deterioration of your jawbone. To offset this destructive effect, dental experts have long used dental implants as reinforcement, and your dentist in Yorba Linda, CA, knows firsthand both how beneficial this procedure can be and how to perform it!

Procedure

First, a local anesthetic is applied to the area that will undergo treatment. Next, any decayed tooth material is removed and a titanium post is inserted into the jawbone. This titanium post then acts as the new tooth root (rest assured that titanium is biocompatible, so there is no worry of tissue rejection.

The doctor will then surgically close the area and allow it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months while osseointegration takes its full course (this is the process where titanium fuses to the jawbone to provide reinforcement).

Finally, when you return, your Yorba Linda dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment, and place a crown on top of it.

Advantages

  • They anchor dentures and fill gaps in your teeth.
  • You won't have to worry about being unable to bite into and chew your favorite foods.
  • They don't slip out of place like dentures, making them both comfortable and practical.
  • They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.
  • They look natural and give you a beautiful smile.
  • Dental implants are successful 95 percent of the time, making them more reliable as compared to other dental restorations.

Dental Implant Care

  • Get professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months
  • Brush teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss at least once before bed
  • Use fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent gum disease and tooth decay

Consultation

If you have questions or concerns, your dentists in Yorba Linda, CA, can help. Just call (714) 779-1313 to make an appoint today!

By Richard Hamaty
December 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
NewYearNewSmile

As December brings the old year to a close, it’s a great time to set goals for the year to come. This might include a major life change, such as a new job—or even a new romance! If one of these items is on your list for 2019, a smile makeover may be just the thing to help you get there.

Having a great smile can give your self-confidence a real boost. It can also affect how you are perceived by others. According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset and 96% believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. At the same time, three quarters of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.

If you aren’t pleased with your smile and want a new look, we can help you figure out which cosmetic dental treatments could be right for you. The answer might be something simple—like an overall brightening of the smile with professional teeth whitening, or fixing a small crack or chip in a single tooth with cosmetic tooth bonding. If you’re unhappy with worn-down or crooked teeth, dental veneers or orthodontic treatment might be the way to go. In fact, many adults find that orthodontic treatment with clear aligners is a great way to get a beautiful, straight smile without drawing attention to the fact that a makeover is in progress.

Of course, it’s not only important for your smile to look good but also for your whole mouth to stay healthy. So if you are experiencing any tooth pain, unusual mouth sores or gum problems, it’s time for you to come in for an exam. And if it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning, why not make an appointment for early in the year? Don’t start the new year with last year’s dental problems!

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments or preventive dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Dental Hygiene Visit.”