25Jun

Our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentist office offers a wide number of cosmetic dentistry treatments that can improve the appearance of unsightly teeth. One of the simplest and fastest treatments available is dental bonding. Let’s talk a little bit more about what dental bonding can do for your smile—read on to learn more!


What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment that involves our dentist using dental resin to cover imperfections on your dental enamel. The dental resin is shaded to blend with your natural dental enamel, so your post-treatment smile will look natural and flawless.


What kinds of cosmetic issues can dental bonding correct?

Dental bonding is quite versatile, and it can be used to fix a large number of common cosmetic problems. Do you see yourself on this list? If so, then dental bonding may be right for you!


Our dental team regularly uses dental bonding to…

· Lighten the appearance of dark or dull enamel

· Close cracks of chips in the dental enamel

· Smooth the appearance of ragged or uneven dental edges

· Resize poorly proportioned teeth

· Close small gaps between teeth

· Build up uneven bite surfaces


How long does the dental bonding process take to complete?

One of the great things about dental bonding is that this cosmetic treatment only takes one appointment for our dentist to complete, and you will see full results right away. This unique, non-invasive treatment delivers stellar results in no time.


Do you think dental bonding may be the right choice for you? If so, please feel free to give our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentist office a call to get started. When we meet for your first consultation, our dental team will be able to give you a better idea of how dental bonding can work for you.

12Feb
As more and more patients are considering improving their smile with cosmetic dentistry, our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentists have been fielding many questions about dental veneers. These porcelain cosmetic restorations can transform a patient’s smile quickly and comfortably, but what happens once treatment is over? Here is some information about what happens with your veneers once you get home…

1. Do I take my veneers out to clean them—like I would with dentures?

No, veneers are permanently attached to your teeth, so you’ll care for them by brushing and flossing—just as you care for natural teeth! Unlike dentures, which the patient removes throughout the day, the only time your veneers will be taken out is when a dentist replaces them with fresh veneers.

2. Will I use a special cleaning solution for my dental veneers?

No, again the formulations that you use for your natural teeth should be sufficient to clean your restorations. If, however, you use a particularly abrasive cleanser, talk to your dentist about how it may affect your porcelain veneers.

3. Will my veneers develop cavities?

Veneers do not develop cavities like natural teeth do. However, the tooth root, to which your cosmetic restoration is attached, as well the gum tissue around your restoration can still become infected. This is why it’s so important to continue following a thorough dental hygiene routine.

4. What about discoloration?

Porcelain veneers are designed to be stain-resistant. If you feel like you’d like to lighten the appearance of your smile, you should know that porcelain is not lightened with dental whitening formulas. Talk to your dentist about your options for whitening your smile.

I hope this was useful for you, and that you now feel like you know more about dental veneers and how they work. Still have questions? Call our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentist office!

16Oct
When you’re choosing a cosmetic dentistry treatment, you want to take into consideration what kind of regular maintenance and care your post-treatment smile will need. Dental veneers allow patients to transform their teeth and then maintain them relatively easily post treatment. Our Toluca Lake cosmetic dental office wants to help you understand how dental veneers age over time, read on for more information…

Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are attached to existing teeth in order to make them look more polished and aesthetically pleasing. Once veneers are placed they stay on the teeth (unlike removable cosmetic options like dentures), so you’ll care for them while they’re in your mouth.

For the most part this means that you’ll care for your dentures just like you’d care for your natural teeth. However, there are some additional steps that you can take to ensure the longevity of your porcelain restorations.

  • Don’t use overly abrasive toothpastes to clean your teeth
  • Don’t bite nuts or hard seeds with your front teeth
  • Try not to chomp or gnaw on ice or hard candies, as this can cause veneer breakage
  • If you suffer from bruxism (chronic grinding or clenching of the teeth) seek treatment right away
  • If you notice that your teeth are shifting, talk to your dentist right away. This can cause your veneers to come into contact with each other and weaken them over time.

Dental veneers are an amazing cosmetic dentistry treatment because they look and feel like natural teeth. By taking just a few proactive steps, you can safeguard your stunning veneers smile, and keep it strong for years to come. Feel free to call our Toluca Lake dental office to get more information about this exciting cosmetic dental treatment. We look forward to helping you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of!