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Bonding vs. Veneers – Which Is the Best Option for You?

November 23, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 12:15 am
Woman smiling

Both dental bonding and veneers are excellent options when it comes to masking imperfections in your smile. Whether you’re dealing with discoloration, cracks, chips, gaps, or another cosmetic issue, both options could be viable solutions. However, the difference between veneers and bonding is important for you to understand in order to make an informed decision. Read on to learn which factors you should consider before opting for cosmetic treatment.

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What Type of Toothpaste Works Best for Veneers?

November 9, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 5:57 pm
example of ideal toothpaste for veneers in Los Angeles

If you’re struggling with one or multiple dental imperfections, veneers can provide you with the most comprehensive solution for improving your smile. Although they’re durable, lifelike, and can last 15 years or more, you’ll still need to practice good oral hygiene to preserve them. Picking the best kind of toothpaste for your porcelain shells is an important part of that. Read on to learn which products are right for veneers and additional ways to prolong their lifespan!

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I’ve Had Braces. Is Invisalign Still an Option for Me?

October 21, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 5:49 pm
woman smiling with aligner in her hand

Ahh…nothing brings back memories from junior high like braces. Those clunky pieces of metal led to the joy of straighter teeth. Yet, as time has passed, you noticed your teeth have returned to being slightly crooked. It’s natural for them to want to move back to where they were because teeth shifting is a natural part of the aging process. You’d like to have straight teeth again, but the last thing you want to do is to have braces again as an adult. So, is Invisalign an option for you? Your cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles has the answers for you!

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Losing Your Invisalign Aligners is Not a Lost Cause: Here’s What to Do!

October 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 6:01 pm
woman with her hands up in shock

Losing things is a frustrating and sometimes comical part of life. How many times have you had to search for your keys or the television remote? Surveys have found that the things Americans lose the most are the ones they carry around with them:  phones, keys, glasses, wallets, and bags. If you wear Invisalign trays, you are unfortunately at risk of losing those too! If you end up losing your aligners, you may begin to stress about keeping your treatment on track. Your cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles is here to give you the next steps of what to do…and how to prevent future “Invisa-bility” of your aligners.

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Can I Safely Drink Coffee with Veneers?

September 23, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 3:50 pm
A close-up of porcelain veneers in Los Angeles

You probably know coffee tends to stain teeth if you drink it often. With enough java on your enamel, the latter will turn from white to brown! However, you might wonder if the same applies to porcelain veneers. After all, the prosthetics are made of ceramic and thus artificial. Well, your local dentist is here with the answer. Read on to learn whether veneers from Los Angeles stain and some ways to reduce the risk of discoloration.

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Do Chipped Teeth Heal Over Time?

September 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 2:26 pm
A man with a chipped tooth

If you suddenly suffer a chipped tooth in Los Angeles, you’ll probably be concerned about it. After all, the issue could end up ruining your smile’s look! Still, you might hold out hope that the injury will heal on its own. If skin, organs, and even bones can recover, why not teeth? The unfortunate truth, though, is that it won’t. To restore your damaged tooth, you’ll need help from your dentist. Learn more in this summary of the matter from your local dental practice.

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Yes, You Can – and Should – Put a Knocked Out Tooth Back In Its Socket

August 1, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 8:21 pm
man experiencing tooth pain

There are some things in life you just can’t plan for – and dental emergencies are certainly on that list. One of the most common urgent oral situations your dentist sees is knocked out teeth. This incident can happen a number of ways, especially from traumatic accidents or playing sports without a mouthguard. 

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Can Dentures Affect My Overall Nutrition?

May 1, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 11:21 pm
Holding dentures.

Dentures are a viable option for missing teeth—they allow your compromised smile to look and feel natural again, letting you talk, laugh, and eat with a wide grin on your face! However, recent research has shown that dentures might actually have a negative impact on your body’s overall nutrition! Keep reading to learn more about how dentures can play a role in your body’s nourishment, and how attaching your dentures to dental implants might be a viable solution.

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Could Ill-Fitting Dentures be Life-Threatening?

April 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 9:11 pm
Toothbrush cleaning partial dentures

You wouldn’t usually think of ill-fitting dentures as a dire health risk. They might be uncomfortable, or even painful, but life-threatening? Most people would call this an exaggeration at best and an outrageous lie at worst. Just how in the world could wearing dentures, however poorly fitted, threaten your life?

Below is a guide to ill-fitting or slipping dentures written by your resident Los Angeles dentist, with special focus on their health risks. Read on to learn just how dangerous they can be and what you can do to make them safer in the future!

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All-On-4 Surgery: What to Eat & Drink Afterward

April 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 7:26 pm
two blueberry smoothies to drink after All-on-4 surgery

All-on-4 dental implants are a great way to replace an entire arch of one’s teeth. They work by using only four titanium screws to hold a denture in place, which makes this restoration more stable than one that doesn’t use dental implants. This allows you to easily enjoy all of your favorite foods as well as laugh, speak, and smile with friends and family without having to worry about them shifting in your mouth. However, you’ll need to slightly adjust your diet as your mouth heals from All-on-4 surgery to prevent discomfort or complications. Read to learn more about what to expect after the procedure and what foods and drinks to purchase beforehand.

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