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Everyone wants to look their best, which is why cosmetic treatments continue to grow in popularity year after year. Out of all physical attributes, the majority of people believe that a nice smile is the most attractive feature according to an American Dental Association survey. Cosmetic dentistry treatments address a number of concerns, including crooked teeth and discoloration. Talk about these options with a family & cosmetic dentist at Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA.
The Popularity of Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
One of the first things people notice when you meet them is what your teeth look like, which is why people are often self-conscious about their smiles. Cosmetic treatments for the teeth have been in-demand for many years. Today, modern advances in dental science allow many people to easily achieve more beautiful smiles that they would have imagined possible.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
The great thing about going to a family & cosmetic dentist is that you have options. There may be more than one way that your teeth can be improved. Here are some of the most common cosmetic dentistry options available:
- Veneers (for updating the look of the front teeth).
- Crown restorations (for reinforcing and shoring up damaged teeth).
- Bridges, dentures, and dental implants (for missing teeth).
- Braces (to correct the alignment of the teeth).
- Dental bonding (an inexpensive, temporary way to fix cracks and discolored teeth).
- Teeth whitening (a fast way to get rid of dental stains and brighten the teeth several shades).
The Short and Long-Term Benefits
The short-term benefits of cosmetic dentistry include having the ability to feel more comfortable in social environments and to feel confident about the way you look when you smile. One long-term benefit is that you will be more likely to take better care of your teeth since you want your smile to continue to look attractive. Some cosmetic treatments also offer functional benefits, such as the ability to chew more easily or get relief from jaw disorders.
Visit for a Cosmetic Consultation
When you visit a family & cosmetic dentist for a consultation, you’ll get a full view of all your cosmetic dentistry options. Contact Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA at (323) 258-2885 to schedule an appointment with Dr. R.K. Chetty or Dr. Chethan Chetty.
Congratulations—you’re engaged! It’s a stupendous (and hectic) time in your life as you plan your upcoming wedding.
You want to look your best for the big day—which means you may be dieting, exercising or making changes to your hairstyle and makeup. Be sure, though, to consider another important part of your appearance—your teeth and gums. Here are a few options that could help your wedding day smile shine even more.
Cleanings and whitening. While dental cleanings are primarily about removing disease-causing plaque and tartar they can also give your teeth that clean and polished look. And if you want an extra boost in brightness, consider whitening—we may be able to lighten up your teeth’s stain-induced dullness.
Bonding. If your teeth have slight imperfections—chipping, slight gaps or staining that doesn’t respond well to whitening, consider bonding techniques to repair or cover these defects. Composite resin is a dental material that can be shaped and bonded to teeth to reform a deformed tooth—and with color matching as well. For more extensive defects you can cover the front of imperfect teeth with bonded porcelain veneers or completely cap a tooth with a custom crown.
Tooth restorations. If you have missing teeth marring your smile, you have several options. The top choice: dental implants, which replaces the root of the tooth and will be able to have a crown attached to it. An implant can thus restore both better function and appearance. For more affordable options, you can also turn to fixed bridges or removable dentures. The latter can be custom designed to replace all the teeth on a jaw arch or just a few in different locations.
Gum enhancements. Teeth aren’t the only part of your smile that might need a helpful touch—your gums’ appearance might also be a problem. There are cosmetic procedures including plastic surgery and tissue grafting that can help correct overly prominent “gummy” smiles or, at the other end of the spectrum, longer appearing teeth because of gum recession.
Orthodontics. If you have extended time before the wedding date, we may be able to correct crooked teeth or a poor bite (malocclusion) that’s adversely impacting your smile. In some cases, you may be able to choose clear aligners, removable plastic trays that are hardly noticeable to others, over more visible braces to correct your bite.
Treat your tooth loss for years to come when you choose to get dental implants in Los Angeles.
As a child, we just can’t wait for our baby teeth to come out in hopes that the Tooth Fairy will leave a little money under our pillow. Unfortunately, as adults, there isn’t the same excitement surrounding tooth loss that there was when you were little. But don’t worry! Our Los Angeles family dentists, Dr. R.K. Chetty and Dr. Chethan Chetty, can help restore your smile with dental implants.
What are dental implants?
We are so glad you asked! An implant is a small metal fixture (usually made from titanium) that is placed under the gums where it naturally melds together with the bone and tissue over the course of several weeks or months. The purpose of a dental implant is to take the place of your missing tooth’s roots. This artificial tooth root provides a long-term foundation from which to support an artificial tooth or teeth.
How are implants placed?
A metal implant is placed under the gums and fuses to the jawbone to act as a root or anchor for the replacement tooth. Once installed, a porcelain or ceramic crown is set in place with the help of an abutment. The crown replaces the visible portion of the tooth and looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
Cosmetically, dental implants can enhance your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. In addition to having your smile restored, dental implants can also improve tooth functioning. With missing teeth replaced, you’ll have a full set of teeth for performing biting and chewing functions. The even distribution of these functions across the entire mouth can protect the natural teeth against the extra wear and tear they were taking on previously to compensate for teeth that were missing.
Do you have questions about dental implants? Do you think this is the proper way to replace your missing teeth? Then it’s time you turned to Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA for all of your dental needs. Call us today to learn more.
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”