You’re watching the red carpet for the latest awards show, and you’re not even looking at the clothes worn by the parade of stars and celebrities. Your focus is firmly on their teeth. In a word, they’re perfect. Person after person has a flawlessly white, sparkling smile. How do they do it? You brush and floss your teeth diligently, but they are not even remotely that eye-catching. The secret to many of their smiles starts with their dentist. Porcelain veneers in Los Angeles have been the go-to treatment for stars to get their smile camera-ready, and now you can too with Dr. Les Latner. (more…)
December 5, 2016
October 19, 2016
We’re already drawing near the end of 2016 — a year that saw the withdrawal of England from the EU, the death of some of music’s most talented, and a presidential campaign like no other in our own country. It’s been a weird year. But there are still two months left, and that leaves us asking one (less exciting but still important) question: have you made the most of your dental benefits in 2016? If you have dental insurance, it’s not too late to reap the rewards of your investment. Your dentist in Los Angeles is here to help.
October 7, 2016
From how much certain presidential candidates are smiling to your favorite Harry Potter character’s dentures (?), teeth get people talking. But what’s being said about your smile? You can make sure your teeth look their best with Invisalign in Los Angeles. And now, the treatment is completed in less than half the time. Dr. Latner is proud to offer a faster, more comfortable orthodontic treatment with Propel!
April 8, 2016
Have you always longed for a smile with straight teeth, but didn’t want to spend the time or the money necessary for orthodontics? Well, what if we told you that at Westside Dental Associates we give patients beautiful smiles faster than ever for a reasonable expenditure? Superfast Invisalign clear braces are now powered by Propel Orthodontics, so treatment is up to 50 percent faster than regular Invisalign. And with Dr. Latner’s special offer, you could pay as little as $99 per month for orthodontic treatment. So, if you’re in the market for affordable Invisalign in Los Angeles, contact Westside Dental Associates today!
January 8, 2016
If you are like most people, you love to be in a mood that makes you smile. However, you may not realize just how much your smile means to others. Likewise, it is likely you do not fully realize how instinctively you judge others by the beautiful smile – or a lack of one.
The Science of Smiles and Your Appearance
A large body of science over the past few decades has documented just how important your smile and your teeth are. In fact, a nice smile is considered one of the most important factors that affect overall self-confidence, acceptance by others, and even success.
For instance, a recent study by Kelton and conducted by Invisalign “proves that even the alignment of teeth is a catalyst for assumptions regarding success, popularity, intelligence, and general health.”
The points illustrated in the following infographic by Carrington College verify these points, and explain why people are so willing to invest in their teeth beyond general dental health. In fact, the infographic shows that more than 164 million hours a year are spent by adults in the chairs of dentists, and another 51 million hours of school are missed by children for dental care.
Importance of At-Home Preventative Dental Care
While much dental work requires the expertise of a qualified dentist, you can do a lot to maintain your bright smile, especially if you have made a significant investment in cosmetic surgery. For example, keeping your teeth white is something you can influence based on your eating and drinking habits along with your dental hygiene.
White teeth are shown to make you appear as much as five years younger, and increase your general attractiveness by as much as 20 percent. You can help keep your teeth at their brightest by avoiding such teeth-staining foods as coffee, tea and dark colas.
If you must drink these liquids, consider using a straw. Also, it’s a counterintuitive fact that you should delay brushing your teeth at least 30-60 minutes if you do consume such drinks or eat foods like berries and candy. Rinse with water immediately, but brush later to reduce the effect of the acids in your mouth.
Your teeth say a lot about you. It is important that you both understand the message you are sending with your smile, and that you work to make it as positive as possible!
December 17, 2015
Dental caries, popularly known as tooth decay, is the destruction of tooth structure as a result of bacterial activity in the mouth. The specific microorganism involved in the process of decay is called Streptococcus mutans. This bacterium has the ability to generate acid that dissolves tooth enamel. The acid is produced via metabolism of sugar from diet. The main symptom of tooth decay is nothing, no pain. If left untreated, the decay gets bigger and bigger decay reaches the nerve or pulp. This creates an infection which requires a root canal or possibly an extraction.
It is extremely important for a tooth to be restored once there is apparent decay. Tooth restorations can be made from either metal or tooth-colored material. Metal fillings are made from amalgam. Amalgam restorations are the silver-colored fillings dentists traditionally used before the advent of modern tooth-colored fillings. Most dentists have stopped using amalgam restorations due to their unaesthetic appearance.
The other fillings are those made of tooth-colored materials. Tooth-colored fillings are bonded to the tooth structure so their hold on the tooth is much stronger than that of a silver filling. The combination of esthetics and bonding are some of the advantages that make tooth-colored fillings much more popular than silver-colored fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are recommended for patients who have mild to moderate tooth damage. The damage can be from tooth decay or from trauma.
Dental fillings are recommended if there is enough tooth structure left to support the filling material. However, if the decay is so extensive that the filling gets to be more than a third to a half of the width of the existing tooth, the tooth has to be considered for a crown or onlay. Crowns and onlays can reinforce a badly-broken down tooth much more effectively than a filling.
The main limitation of a filling material is that it cannot fix an extensively-damaged tooth. Even if the damage is due to trauma instead of decay, a crown or onlay is still indicated if too much tooth structure has chipped off.
With regards to complications, a filling can sometimes cause the restored tooth to feel sensitive afterwards. Sensitivity to hot or cold is usually short-lived with the involved tooth returning to normal within days. Also, if the patient does not take care of the restored tooth properly, it can develop recurrent decay around the edges of the filling.
Placement of any kind of dental filling requires no downtime at all. Some sensitivity may be experienced but it is nothing that can hinder the patient’s normal activities. Patients can go back to their daily routine right after the treatment. Some dentists would advise not to eat or drink anything for an hour.
Tooth-colored fillings might get a little bit darker over time. The change in color will occur faster if the patient consumes coffee, tea, or any other dark-colored foods on a regular basis.
Whitening will have very little effect on the restoration. It cannot whiten a stained restoration and it cannot be done to match the color of whitened teeth. If the patient plans to undergo teeth whitening, he or she will need to have the whitening done first. Otherwise, there is a chance that the tooth-colored filling will appear darker than the natural teeth and need to be replaced.
How long a tooth-colored filling lasts depends on the size of the restoration. For most people, the results last 10 years. In some cases, the filling may last for up to 20 years or longer. The most common reason for replacing a restoration is the presence of decay around it. Patients should consult with an experienced dentist.
Written by Cosmetic Town Editorial Team- AA
Based on an exclusive interview with Les Latner, DDS in Los Angeles, CA
– See more at: http://www.cosmetictown.com/doctor/Les_Latner
December 11, 2015
October 13, 2015
In ancient civilizations, people believed that root canal infections were caused by a worm that lived within a tooth, and that killing the worm healed the tooth. When this belief was debunked, historical documents indicate people believed these infections were caused by poorly aligned humors (blood, phlegm, black and yellow bile), and the method for curing root canal infection was extraction and bloodletting. Ironically, both infection removal and tooth extraction are still used to treat root canal infections today. The difference is that modern dental practitioners understand the cause of root canal infection, and can better treat the problem and remove the associated discomfort. At Westside Dental Associates, Dr. Les Latner and his skilled dentistry team help patients relieve the pain of root canal infection, and keep their smiles happy and healthy.
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October 12, 2015
Gray, yellow, veined, and stained are not words anyone wants to use to describe a smile, but for many of us, it is the reality reflected in the mirror. Our daily eating, drinking, talking, and even aging cause tooth discoloration. Even if you manage to avoid risk factors like staining foods and drinks, smoking, and tetracycline medicines, genetics could leave you with a smile that’s not as pearly white as you’d like it to be. If you’ve tried whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, strips, and gels with no luck, visit Westside Dental Associates for professional whitening. Our team can examine your teeth to determine the causes of your stains, and help you choose a whitening product that will brighten your smile. It all starts with a smile consultation. Call to schedule yours today.
October 1, 2015
When you think of Halloween you likely think kids in costumes with buckets of candy, but what most dental practitioners see is a one way ticket on the cavity express. Many holiday favorites are high in sugar and lead to tooth decay. This is especially true for our littlest smiles. Children’s teeth are still developing, and kids are not as coordinated as adults which makes cleaning teeth a challenge. That’s why it’s essential to protect kids’ teeth from decay with thorough at-home care, and six month checkups and cleanings at Westside Dental Associates.