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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

April 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Removable dentures are no longer the only way to replace missing teeth. All-On-4 dental implants offer a more comfortable alternative. all-on-fourOur Yorba Linda, CA, dentist, Dr. Richard Hamaty, explains how All-On-4 works.

What are dental implants?

Can you imagine how difficult eating would be if your tooth roots weren't firmly attached to your jawbone? Every time you chomped on a raw carrot or attempted to thoroughly chew a bite of steak, your teeth would slip and slide, irritating your gums. Unfortunately, slipping can be a problem when you wear removable dentures. Although the dentures can easily handle soft foods, eating hard foods can be a problem because the restorations only rest against your gums and aren't connected to your jaw.

Dental implants replace your missing tooth roots. The tiny titanium implants are placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. Once in place, implants bond to the bone, offering a secure, stable foundation for the dentures that will be attached to them. Bonding generally takes can take up to six months, although the process can vary from person to person.

How many dental implants will I need?

Traditionally, six to eight implants were needed to support an upper or lower implant-supported denture. When you opt for All-On-4 implants, only four implants will be needed to firmly anchor an upper or lower denture.

What benefits does All-On-4 offer?

Replacing missing teeth with All-On-4 offers several important advantages, including:

  • Better Jaw Strength: Tooth roots provide needed stimulation needed to keep your jawbone strong. Without them, the bone begins to shrink. Although the problem can occur no matter how many teeth you've lost, losing all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw can lead to more rapid changes. Your All-On-4 implants constantly press on the jawbone and help to reduce bone resorption.
  • Convenience: In most cases, all four implants can be placed in your jawbone in just one visit.
  • Improved Appearance: You'll leave our Yorba Linda office with temporary implant-supported dentures. Although your new dentures will fill the gap in your smile, you'll need to restrict your diet to soft foods until you receive your permanent implant-supported dentures about six weeks later.

Would you like to improve your appearance with All-On-4 dental implants? Call our Yorba Linda, CA, dentist, Dr. Hamaty, at (714) 779-1313 to schedule your appointment.

By Richard Hamaty
April 12, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   toothbrush  

If there’s one essential tool for dental health, it’s the toothbrush. But though simple in basic design, manufacturers have nonetheless created a dizzying array of choices that often muddy the decision waters for consumers.

It doesn’t need to be that way—you can choose the right toothbrush like a boss. First, though, you need to know a toothbrush’s purpose expressed as two basic tasks: removing dental plaque, the thin biofilm that causes most dental disease; and stimulating the gums to maintain good health.

So what should you look for in a toothbrush to effectively perform these tasks? Here are 3 important factors to consider when buying this essential dental care tool.

Bristle quality. First, it’s a myth that bristles should be hard and stiff to be effective—in fact harder bristles can damage the gums. Opt instead for “soft” bristles that are also rounded on the ends. And look for bristling with different levels of length—shorter length sections work better around the gum line; longer sections help clean back teeth more effectively.

A “Just right” size. Toothbrushes aren’t uniform—you’ll need to choose a size and shape that works well for you personally. You might find an angled neck or a tapered head easier for getting into your mouth’s hard to reach places. If you have problems with dexterity, look for a brush with large handles. And be sure to ask us at the dental office for recommendations on brush dimensions that are right for you.

ADA Seal of Acceptance. Just like toothpaste brands, the American Dental Association assigns its seal of approval to toothbrushes they’ve evaluated and found to meet certain standards. Although you can find high quality toothbrushes that haven’t sought this evaluation, an ADA seal means it’s been independently tested and found safe and effective for use.

Of course, no matter how high quality the toothbrush you buy, it’ll only be as effective as your brushing technique. So, be sure to use gentle circular or oval motions along all your teeth and gumline surfaces—it should take you about two minutes. We’ll be happy to show you the proper technique in more detail, so you’ll be able to get the most out of your chosen toothbrush.

If you would like more information on effective daily hygiene practices, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.