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Renew Your Smile in 2015 with West Los Angeles Porcelain Veneers

January 10, 2015

88014878Do you want a new smile for the New Year? If you have resolved to finally fix your teeth in 2015, Westside Dental Associates can help. With a new set of porcelain veneers, you can quickly and easily correct discolored, chipped, broken, and crooked teeth for good. West Los Angeles porcelain veneers can help you achieve the “picture perfect” smile you’ve always wanted. Don’t spend another year hiding your teeth. Make an appointment with Dr. Latner for your new set of West Los Angeles Porcelain Veneers today.  Westside Dental Associates restores smiles daily throughout West Los Angeles and the surrounding communities including: Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Rancho Park and Mar Vista.

What Are West Los Angeles Porcelain Veneers?

West Los Angeles porcelain veneers are custom designed, ultra-thin shells of tooth-colored materials placed over the front surface of your teeth to improve or correct cosmetic imperfections.

How Are West Los Angeles Porcelain Veneers Attached? Porcelain veneers usually take three visits to complete.

  • First, you’ll come in for an initial consultation. Dr. Latner will discuss the cosmetic results you wish to achieve. You’ll get a full dental examination to ensure that West Los Angeles porcelain veneers are the most appropriate procedure for your situation. You may also get x-rays and impressions taken of your teeth.
  • At the second visit, Dr. Latner will prepare your tooth for the veneer by removing about half a millimeter of enamel from the surface. This amount is equal to the thickness of the porcelain veneer to be placed. Next, Dr. Latner will make an impression of your tooth to be sent out to a dental lab for fabrication. The fabrication process can take a couple of weeks.
  • At your final visit, Dr. Latner will place the porcelain veneer over your tooth to examine its fit and color; trimming the veneer if needed. Before the veneer is permanently bonded, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and roughened to achieve a strong bond. Then, Dr. Latner will apply a special curing light to the veneer to activate the bonding cement. Finally, the excess bonding cement will be removed, your bite will be evaluated, and any final adjustments will be made. You may need to schedule a follow-up visit to ensure that your West Los Angeles porcelain veneer placement has been completely successful.

What Can West Los Angeles Porcelain Veneers Fix? Porcelain veneers are an incredibly versatile cosmetic dentistry tool. They can easily fix:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Spaced teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

West Los Angeles Porcelain Veneers Appointments

It’s time to rejuvenate your smile. Make your West Los Angeles Porcelain Veneers appointment with Dr. Latner at Westside Dental Associates today.  Your 90064 dentist serves families throughout West Los Angeles, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, and nearby areas.

Three Cheers for Laser Dentistry!

September 22, 2014

160047568Dentistry has come a very long way in a relatively short time period. Advancements in Laser Dentistry have made many routine dental treatments less invasive and have significantly cut down on the time required for treatment and healing. By eliminating the need for incisions, certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia. Laser dentistry also minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beams aid in the clotting of exposed blood vessels, thereby inhibiting blood loss. Lasers are useful for patients who are fearful of dental work, don’t like anesthesia, or don’t like the sound of the drill. Dr. Latner utilizes laser technology in his practice to aid in the comfort of his patients throughout Los Angeles, CA, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and the surrounding communities.

Laser Dentistry is less invasive and yields better results than drills and needles.  It helps to minimize the spread of bacterial infections because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on. Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized and wounds heal faster as tissues are easily regenerated. Dental lasers may also be used to seal tubules (located on the root of the tooth) that are responsible for hot and cold tooth sensitivity. There are two basic kinds of dental lasers.

Laser Dentistry: Soft Tissue Lasers

Soft tissue lasers help with the healing process after surgeries and during soft tissue procedures.  Soft tissue lasers can be used to reshape gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure, improve the appearance of a gummy smile and for crown lengthening procedures. A soft tissue laser can also be used to perform a frenectomy, which is an ideal treatment option for children who are tongue tied, babies who are unable to breast feed adequately due to limited tongue movement, and to eliminate speech impediments. Soft tissue lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of soft tissue folds often caused by ill-fitting dentures.

Laser Dentistry: Hard Tissue Lasers

Hard tissue lasers also offer many advantages to the dental patient. Cavity detector lasers detect small amounts of decay inside the tooth. This is decay that visual exams and x-rays will not be able to find. Cavity detecting lasers, such as Dr. Latner’s Diagnodent system, consists of a small light probe that scans the teeth with harmless pulses of laser light. When the pulse reaches decay inside a tooth, the decay emits a fluorescent light.  This light bounces back to the sensors and is translated into a digital readout.  In general the higher the number the greater amount of decay. This laser accurately finds decay in its earliest stages. For dental fillings, some lasers may eliminate the need for a local anesthetic injection and the traditional turbine dental drill. Lasers used in dental filling procedures are capable of killing bacteria located in a cavity, potentially leading to improved long term tooth restorations. However, dental lasers are not appropriate for the replacement of amalgam fillings, onlays or crowns.

Laser Dentistry for Los Angeles, CA Patients

Laser Dentistry allows your dentist to detect cavities, remove bacteria, perform speech impediment surgery, crown lengthening, gum contouring and treat periodontal disease while minimizing your treatment time and discomfort. Contact Dr. Latner to find out how laser dentistry could aid in your dental treatment. Dr. Latner serves patients in and around Los Angeles, CA including Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and the surrounding communities.

The Cosmetic Dentistry Boom

September 10, 2014

187872302It’s hard to think of dentistry without thinking of teeth whitening, veneers, or natural looking porcelain crowns. However, dental treatments weren’t always focused on improving both the health and appearance of your teeth. In the not so distant past, dental treatment only concerned itself with the treatment and cure of dental maladies like tooth decay and gum disease.  Today, having good-looking teeth has merged with having a healthy mouth, and cosmetic dentistry is now a part of an all-inclusive dental treatment package. Although not an official branch of dentistry according to the ADA, cosmetic dentistry has fast become one of the most popular type dental solutions. Dr. Latner works to provide Los Angeles, CA, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and the surrounding communities with comprehensive treatment plans, each designed to address both the health and appearance of their teeth.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry encompasses any procedure that improves the appearance of your teeth. This includes: removing teeth stains, professional teeth whitening, reshaping teeth, filling gaps and cracks, placing crowns, veneers, bridges, dentures, dental implants and oral restorations through dental fillings. Advancements in technology have made it possible to get these restorations done and enhance the appearance of your teeth in a single dental visit. Whitening or bleaching is by far the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the United States.

Why is cosmetic dentistry so important?

Many surveys have shown that tooth loss and decay can significantly deteriorate quality of life for most people. Improved appearance is directly proportional to improved self-esteem. Imperfect smiles can effect personal self esteem and diminish confidence. This can affect your ability to form healthy personal relationships, and can also affect school and work productivity. Simply put, your smile is important.

Representing approximately 41 percent of the total population, Baby Boomers are the first generation to realize the importance of a great smile. The appearance of our teeth naturally changes as we get older. They may stain, yellow or decay. Baby Boomers made the move from hygiene to image enhancement. This desire to improve appearance — partnered with significant advances in the cosmetic dental industry itself — has contributed to the rise of cosmetic dentistry.

Quality Cosmetic Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA

Although having a great looking smile is important, your first priority should be to have a healthy smile. Dr. Latner will work with you to achieve this goal while also addressing your aesthetic concerns. In this case, health and beauty go hand in hand. Continuing advancement in biomimetics (mimicking nature) and biocompatibility (implants that match perfectly with the body and work permanently without causing any harm) have set the stage for the future of cosmetic dentistry industry. Contact Dr. Latner today to achieve your perfect smile. Dr. Latner proudly serves all of Los Angeles, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and the surrounding communities.

Brighten Your Smile with Teeth Whitening

August 27, 2014

103801783One thing that many people strive for is the smiles they see in the magazines or on television, and one thing all of those smiles have in common is the fact they are dazzling white. Having a beautiful white smile is definitely a lasting, positive first impression, and many people are willing to do whatever they have to in order to accomplish that. Unfortunately, our smiles are not resistant to stains, causing them to really affect the overall aesthetic of our smiles as time goes on. Luckily, Dr. Les Latner is able to brighten your smile using teeth whitening at his Los Angeles, CA dental office.

We offer two forms of teeth whitening. The first is in-office teeth whitening, which is able to completely revolutionize your smile in as little as an hour. When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Latner will apply the Zoom! Whitening gel onto your smile and activate it with a lamp. As you sit and wait, years of stains are effortlessly being lifted off of your smile! At the end of the appointment, your smile is up to ten shades brighter!

The second option is at-home teeth whitening, which is favorable to our patients who wish to have a gradual change in their smile. With this, Dr. Latner will make impressions of your smile in order to have your custom whitening trays made. Not only does this ensure amazing results, but it also allows you to have a cosmetic procedure completely tailors to you and your needs. We will also be able to supply you with the whitening gel that you use to fill the trays. All you do is follow the instructions, wear the trays for an allotted amount of time each day, and in about two weeks, your smile is drastically whiter! If you would like Dr. Latner’s assistance brightening your smile with teeth whitening, schedule your appointment today!

Call us today to reserve your appointment for Dr. Latner. We offer general and preventative care to patients from Los Angeles, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and the surrounding communities.

Love Your Smile Again with Cosmetic Bonding

August 8, 2014

137110504As much as we would like for things to stay in the same pristine condition that we got it, life does not work that way. From a scratch on your car to a stain on your favorite shirt, life definitely has a way of leaving evidence, and it is not always pretty. Unfortunately, the same goes for your smile. Throughout the years, your smile will stain and chip, causing the overall appearance to be less than appealing. If you feel as though there is nothing you can do to bring back the life your smile once had, you are in luck! Dr. Les Latner is able to rejuvenate the smiles of his patients by offering cosmetic bonding at his Los Angeles, CA dental office.

One of the main reasons why cosmetic bonding is so wonderful is because it is able to effortlessly cover up years of wear and tear on your smile in a single appointment. Being able to cover stains, cracks, chips, misalignments, gaps, and more, there is virtually nothing cosmetic bonding cannot take care of! All you have to do is contact our office today and reserve your appointment to have the smile you felt as though you lost.

Cosmetic bonding works by applying a tooth-colored composite onto your smile. The color of the composite is determined by the color of your original smile, allowing for your transformation to look as natural as possible. Once the desired shape is accomplished, Dr. Latner will polish the area, making your new smile shine! At the end of the procedure, your smile is beautiful, and definitely a smile people will envy!

Call us today to reserve your appointment for Dr. Latner. We offer general and preventative care to patients from Los Angeles, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and the surrounding communities.

Why Is a Straight Smile Important?

May 30, 2014

Straight SmileThis question has two answers. The first is related to confidence. When you have a straight smile, you feel more confident and end up sharing it with others. And isn’t that what everyone wants—the confidence to smile openly instead of hiding your teeth behind a closed-mouth smile?

Confidence is just part of the answer, though. There’s an even more important one that goes back to your oral health. Put simply, it’s easier to keep straight teeth clean. When teeth are misaligned, bacteria and plaque have more places to hide. As a result, you can be more vulnerable to conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.

At our Los Angeles office, we offer two great services for helping patients create straight smiles: Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. Both aim to give patients beautiful results as discreetly as possible, and in as short an amount of time as possible. They work in different ways, though.

Six Month Smiles uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to move teeth into their ideal position in just a matter of months. Treatment with Invisalign can take between 12-18 months but doesn’t use brackets and wires at all. Instead, Invisalign uses a series of carefully designed trays that are both clear and removable.

Which of these two options is right for you? Dr. Latner would be happy to help you find out. During a consultation at Westside Dental Associates, we will assess your needs and talk to you about your options. Afterwards, if you have any questions about what we recommend, don’t hesitate to ask. We’re always happy to answer the questions our patients have.

Call us today to schedule your appointment. Our office is in Los Angeles and serves patients from Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and beyond.

A Cosmetic Makeover for the Second Half of 2014

May 9, 2014

cosmetic dentistryWith 2014 almost halfway over, you have a lot to look forward to over the next few months. Maybe you have family vacation planned, or you’re simply looking forward to the holidays that come with cooler temperatures. Don’t you want to go into these anticipated moments feeling confident and happy about your smile?

At Westside Dental Associates, we think now is a good time for patients to consider a cosmetic makeover for their smile. With plenty of time left in the year, you can have a whiter, more dazzling smile in time for all the big events coming up later in the year. And with our diverse range of services, we’re confident we can put together a plan you’ll love.

Two of our most popular cosmetic dentistry services include: teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Often, these services are used separately, but for some patients a combination of the two makes for the perfect cosmetic makeover plan.

Other services include porcelain crowns and tooth-colored fillings. Both of these have a cosmetic and restorative function. In other words, they help us improve the appearance of smiles, but they also help us treat cavities or support teeth that are compromised in some way.

Which of these cosmetic or cosmetic-restorative services are right for you? Dr. Latner would be happy to consult with you on a treatment plan.

Don’t let the second half of 2014 get away from you without considering cosmetic care from Westside Dental Associates. Call us today for an appointment. We serve patients from Los Angeles, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and beyond.

Transform Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers from Westside Dental Associates

April 30, 2014

Shutterstock Healthy GumsYour smile is your introduction to the world, speaking volumes about who you are in a single flash of your pearly whites. If you are embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth, however, you may feel less inclined to share your smile with the people who matter most. At Westside Dental Associates in Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Les Latner helps patients just like you achieve flawless, luminous smiles with a variety of cosmetic dentistry services, including porcelain veneers.

How Can Porcelain Veneers Help Me?

Porcelain veneers are specially crafted sheaths of ultra-thin dental porcelain that are applied directly to the front surfaces of your teeth. Because they are customized to fit your unique dentition, they look and feel entirely natural, allowing you to smile once again with complete confidence. Porcelain veneers are durable and highly resistant to stains, so you’ll enjoy a luminously white smile for years to come.

The porcelain veneers process is relatively simple. First, you visit our conveniently located office once to have impressions of your teeth taken and to discuss your goals with Dr. Latner. Then, you come in once more to have your veneers affixed to your teeth. Before you know it, you’ll be leaving our office with a brand new smile completely free of common cosmetic flaws.

Some of the aesthetic dental issues that are easily corrected with porcelain veneers include the following:

  • Yellowed, stained, or otherwise discolored enamel
  • Cracks or chips in enamel
  • Mild to moderate crowding or crookedness
  • Slight gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are oddly shaped or sized

Let Dr. Latner give you the smile you’ve always wanted with customized porcelain veneers.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Enjoy the numerous benefits of a beautiful, radiant smile with porcelain veneers from Westside Dental Associates after just two easy visits to our Los Angeles, CA office. From your initial consultation to the final placement of your gorgeous new veneers, our team is here to help you attain the confident, charismatic smile you want and deserve.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment, or to find out more about our comprehensive array of cosmetic dentistry solutions. Our skilled, experienced doctors proudly serve patients from throughout the Los Angeles area, as well as surrounding communities in Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and beyond. We can’t wait to give you something to smile about!

Discreet Orthodontic Treatment with Invisalign at Westside Dental Associates

April 10, 2014

Shutterstock InvisalignStraight, healthy teeth are largely considered the foundation for a beautiful smile, but not everyone is fortunate enough to be born with properly aligned teeth. For many adults and image-conscious adolescents, the idea of wearing traditional metal braces to correct a crooked smile simply isn’t appealing. At Westside Dental Associates in Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Les Latner offers a cosmetically preferable alternative to conventional orthodontic treatment in the form of Invisalign clear braces.

Will Invisalign Work for Me?

The Invisalign clear braces system has quickly become the preferred method to effectively straighten teeth for countless teens and adults in America, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Rather than utilizing bulky metal brackets and wires to gradually ease teeth into their proper positions, Invisalign incorporates customized clear plastic aligners that fit your unique dentition precisely. The aligners are comfortable, virtually invisible, and can be quickly and easily removed for eating, cleaning, and brushing the teeth.

Another advantage of Invisalign clear aligners is the speed at which the system works. Whereas regular orthodontic braces can take years to provide desired results, Invisalign offers a straighter, healthier smile in the span of about 8 to 12 months on average. You can feel free to smile comfortably and confidently as the clear aligners safely and effectively straighten your teeth. A consultation with Dr. Latner will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of this treatment and its innumerable benefits.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you have always wanted a straighter, more beautiful smile but have hesitated to seek orthodontic treatment because metal braces simply don’t fit your lifestyle, Dr. Latner can help. Contact our office in Los Angeles, CA today to schedule your one-on-one consultation and discover the difference our cosmetic dentistry solutions can make for you. Our family-friendly dental office happily welcomes patients from throughout the Los Angeles area and surrounding communities, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Venice, Rancho Park, Culver City, Mar Vista, West LA, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, and beyond.

Over the Counter Whitening vs. Professional Whitening

March 3, 2014

teeth whiteningMany patients want to have a white smile because of the message it sends to others. When others see a white smile, they see someone who looks confident and happy. A smile that has stains can send the opposite message, often because a patient with stained teeth can be afraid to share his or her smile with others.

Thankfully, it’s possible to cut through stains with a cosmetic dentistry service like teeth whitening. But with both professional and over-the-counter teeth whitening options available today, you might not know what’s right for you. Should you invest in professional whitening at Westside Dental Associates, or should you go to your local grocery store or pharmacy and pick something up?

Over-the-counter whitening products come in many different varieties. There are whitening toothpastes, whitening strips, whitening gels, whitening flosses, whitening mouthwashes, and so much more. But are of these effective at all?

The truth is there’s no way to know. Generally, though, over-the-counter products don’t have the effectiveness of professional-strength teeth whiteners.

To really see stunning results, it’s best to choose either in-office teeth whitening or take-home teeth whitening, both of which Dr. Latner offers at his Los Angeles dental office. These professional whitening services allow us to have more control over the process, and the products themselves have a history of showing great results.

In-office whitening is particularly good for patients who need a whiter smile in time for a major event, like a wedding, a graduation, or a job search. Meanwhile, for patients with sensitive teeth or who simply want to whiten on their own time, take-home whitening is an excellent option.

Still not sure which is right for you?

Call Westside Dental Associates today for a consultation with Dr. Latner. During your appointment, Dr. Latner will talk to you about the results you want to achieve, your history with whitening, and help you decide what option is right for you. Our office is happy to offer teeth whitening services to patients from Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West LA, Mar Vista, Culver City, Rancho Park, Westwood, Brentwood, Venice, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, and beyond.

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