What grade would you give your teeth? A perfect 10? A more modest 8? If it’s anything less than that, we want you to know something. You deserve better. As your West Los Angeles cosmetic dentist, Dr. Les Latner truly believes everyone should have a flawless smile. Having beautiful teeth is good for your health, confidence and self-esteem — and that’s why the doctor loves providing excellence in cosmetic dentistry for all of Los Angeles. Read on to learn how Dr. Latner is exceptionally qualified to transform your smile — because you deserve teeth you feel great about.
November 17, 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 When this belief was debunked, historical documents indicate people believed these infections were caused by poorly aligned humors (blood, phlegm, black and yellow bile), and the method for curing root canal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 8, 2015
A UK study revealed, when looking at photos of unknown people, participants believed that those with crooked, chipped, stained, or missing teeth were uneducated, poor, or unhealthy. Like it or not, people make assumptions based on appearance, so if you’re not happy with the smile you see in the mirror, let the talented team at Westside Dental Associates help. We have a wide variety of restorative and cosmetic dental services to restore, repair, or renew damaged smiles. For patients interested in a conservative, minimally invasive, cost efficient solution, porcelain veneers may be your best option to conceal multiple smile irregularities with a single procedure.
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.
September 20, 2015
Your Los Angeles dentist, Dr. Les Latner, strives to help patients achieve optimal oral health. The Westside Dental Associates team helps patients develop at-home care routines to remove bacteria, prevent tartar, and keep smiles healthy and naturally beautiful. While many patients assume the building block of excellent dental health is twice daily tooth brushing, flossing may just have the upper hand when it comes to removing hard to reach, stuck-on plaque and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Find out more about essential oral hygiene habits from the Dentist Los Angeles residents rely on, Dr. Les Latner. Call Westside Dental Associates to find out more today.
September 15, 2015
High school can be brutal. Gym class, pop quizzes, lunchtime — you don’t miss it, do you? Thankfully, once we leave those halls, the list of “embarrassing” things we have to endure gets a lot shorter. For one thing, you don’t need to worry about bulky, noticeable metal braces. That’s because metal braces for adults are… well, they’re just not a thing anymore.
September 8, 2015
When you choose a dentist, you want to make sure he or she is someone you can trust — someone with experience, and compassion. Not only that, but you want to feel at home with the whole team so that from the very moment you walk through the door, you feel relaxed and comfortable.
September 1, 2015
At some point in our lives, we’ve all had at least one bad experience involving a toothache. If you were lucky, the pain wasn’t too excruciating. For others, the throbbing was too much to bear. Whether it was a decently pleasant experience or one you’d rather forget, a toothache can cause all sorts of problems. A common question we hear is, “Why do I have a toothache?” The truth is, there are many reasons for why tooth pain happens. You could have something major going on in your mouth or it could be nothing at all. What’s important is that you see Dr. Latner for any tooth pain. He will know if there are additional problems happening that you can’t see by looking in the mirror.
Our Los Angeles, CA office specializes in bringing harmony back to patients’ oral health. Any tooth pain may be an indicator of something serious, so it’s important that we get to work on treating whatever it is that is causing pain. Dr. Latner’s true passion is general dentistry, and he can apply the methods he’s learned to help bring maximum comfort back to your mouth. Dr. Latner is the general dentist Los Angeles residents can go to for relief.
August 24, 2015
Teeth-straightening technology has come a long way over the last few decades. In the past, metal braces were the only choice for patients that wanted straight, beautiful smiles. Now, there is even better straightening treatment available in the form of clear aligners – Invisalign. This state-of-the-art treatment secretly shifts teeth into their proper positions in much less time than compared to metal braces. For those of you who have been “lucky” enough to wear braces, do you remember how painful your mouth could be at times? Invisalign does the same job only with less pain.
Now, there’s a product that’s specifically designed to make the straightening process much faster and easier than before. It’s called Propel®, and we use it at our office in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Les Latner has used this specialized product to straighten teeth in much less time with pain-free results. The system uses your bone stimulation to ensure teeth movement is simple. If you have any misalignment issues that you want corrected, Propel® can help you zip through treatment. Dr. Latner is the cosmetic dentist Los Angeles residents can trust!