To say I’ve seen a lot of teeth throughout my career would be an understatement. One thing I’ve learned during these years as your trusted Los Angeles dentist is that no two mouths are the same — ever. What works for one patient may not (and probably won’t) work for another. That’s why at Westside Dental Associates, we make sure to offer variety with each of our services. It’s no different with dentures. If you’re missing teeth and need a good, sturdy replacement in 2016, keep reading to learn about your options with modern dentures in Los Angeles.
Dr. Les Latner's Dental Blog
January 26, 2016
January 19, 2016
Do something for us right now. Look into the mirror (or your phone’s reflection) and smile. Are you 100 percent happy with what you see? Or is there a small gap here, a little discoloration there? We’ll let you in on a little secret. When you feel good about the way your smile looks, life looks a little brighter, too. Fortunately, you’ve got smile-enhancing options from your Los Angeles cosmetic dentist, Dr. Les Latner. Learn how you can improve your smile confidence at Westside Dental Associates in 2016!
January 13, 2016
As your trusted dentist in Los Angeles, I have one goal (and it might count as two): to make your teeth as healthy as they are beautiful. I can do my portion when you come in for your regular checkups and cleanings, but the greater part of your oral health depends on the choices you make at home. That’s why I work hard to educate my patients, too, on what they can do to maintain strong, gorgeous teeth for a lifetime. With that in mind, I’ve listed five tips for excellent oral health. Any that you’d like to add? Please let us know in the comments section below!
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!
If you’re dealing with crooked, crowded, gapped or otherwise misaligned teeth, we know one thing for sure: you’d like to know more about your orthodontic options. That’s why you’re reading this blog, for one! Dr. Les Latner has good news for you — he offers a wonderful solution for adults and image-conscious teens looking to improve the alignment of their teeth. It’s Invisalign, or clear braces in Los Angeles. Keep reading to learn more about this wonderful orthodontic option.
December 22, 2015
We all have our favorite home remedies. Here’s one of ours: ever heard of the apple trick? It’s not some juggling or baking act. No, it’s what happens around 2pm, when your breath is less than fresh — and instead of ignoring it, you head to the kitchen and bite into a crunchy apple. You know the feeling: a few bites in and your mouth suddenly feels clean and well hydrated. This is just one food trick that positively impacts your oral health — keep reading for more from your dentist in Los Angeles CA, Dr. Les Latner!
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 15, 2015
As your dentist in Los Angeles CA, I want your teeth to be as healthy as they are beautiful. That’s why I’m happy to have this blog to share important, up-to-date information about your oral health. And today, I’ve got one big tip for fighting tooth decay: vitamin D. Keep reading to learn why, and how you can incorporate more into your diet.
December 11, 2015
December 8, 2015
If you’re dealing with the damaging, stressful effects of imperfect teeth, the last thing you want to do is mar your smile even further with noticeable metal braces. Thankfully, there’s a better option for busy adults and teens: you can choose Los Angeles Invisalign at the office of Dr. Les Latner. They’re clear plastic aligners that straighten teeth invisibly, and — well, keep reading for the top four reasons you need Invisalign in 2016!