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Could Grinding Your Teeth Cause Your Dental Implants to Fail?

February 24, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 6:40 pm
woman grimacing in bed

Bruxism is the formal name for teeth grinding, and it’s remarkably common. Sleep bruxism in particular is very prevalent, occurring in around 13% of adults. If you’re one of them, it may be a good idea to understand how it can affect other aspects of your oral health.

For example, dental implants are one of the most common tooth replacement options, favored for their durability and realistic feel. If you have bruxism, however, that could potentially interfere with the dental implant procedure. If you’re wondering how, here’s a little bit more information about why that might be.


What Causes Yellow Teeth?

February 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 6:33 pm
closeup of a yellow smile

Yellow teeth don’t necessarily have any effect on your oral health, but many people would rather avoid them nonetheless. A shining smile makes a great impression and affords you confidence that can put everyone around you at ease.

However, getting a white smile is easier said than done. There are quite a few things that can yellow teeth if you aren’t careful; here are just a few of them, along with what you can do to prevent them from affecting your smile.


Avoiding Dental Emergencies: 5 Essential Tips

January 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 2:22 pm
Woman with a towel on head holding toothbrush

Dental emergencies such as severe toothaches can happen to anyone, and they usually strike when you’re not expecting them. While your dentist has multiple options for treating a wide variety of urgent dental problems, it’s obviously better if you can avoid emergency situations altogether. And while there’s no way to guarantee that you never encounter any dental emergencies, following these 5 tips can make them much less likely to occur.  


Why You Should Call Your Dentist Instead of the ER for a Dental Emergency

January 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 3:28 pm
Render of a tooth standing next to a medical chest

Whenever you’re suffering from a medical emergency, your instinct is likely to call an emergency room. But if you have an emergency that involves your teeth or gums, the ER may not be the best option for getting the care you need; generally speaking, when it comes to urgent oral health problems, it’s best to call your dentist instead. Here’s what you need to know to make sure your smile gets the care it needs when it counts the most.


How Do I Floss My Dental Implants?

December 23, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 5:56 pm
Senior man flossing in the mirror

Dental implants are famous for their incredible longevity and their ease of maintenance. They’re the tooth replacement option that feels most like a natural tooth, and taking care of one isn’t all that different from how you’d maintain the rest of your teeth. However, there is one notable exception: the way you floss will likely have to change. If you want to know how to floss a dental implant, and why you’ll have to make changes, here’s a guide that might help.


Make an Impression in the New Year with Cosmetic Dentistry!

December 5, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les Latner @ 7:10 pm
A graphic that reads “Happy New Year”

When the new year comes around, it’s great to commit to changing your life for the better. If there’s something that’s been bothering you or holding you back, now is the time to leave those things behind.

Most of the time, it’s not realistic to expect an overnight transformation. Cosmetic dentistry is the exception. Modern dentistry offers a myriad of procedures that can completely change the way your smile looks, often within a single appointment. If you’re interested in improving your smile, here are a few cosmetic dental procedures that could help.


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.


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!


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!


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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