Common Cosmetic Dentistry Questions
Southern California including Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, Beverly Hills, Valencia and Hollywood, California
Frequently Asked Cosmetic Dentistry Questions
What is cosmetic dentistry?
With all of the modern advancements in dentistry, more and more people have found that they no longer have to go the dentist just to repair a problem they have with their teeth. A smile is one of the most important parts of your face, and cosmetic dentistry aims to provide you with the best smile possible.
Cosmetic dentistry covers all aspects of improving the look of your smile. This can be whitening your teeth, repairing chips or breaks, or replacing outdated reparations. Cosmetic dentistry treatments and procedures can include:
- Teeth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Dental Bonding
- Porcelain Crowns
- Dental Implants
- Porcelain Fillings
- Gum Contouring
What are the advantages of BriteSmile teeth whitening over other teeth whitening products?
BriteSmile teeth whitening is safe, fast, and effective. Unlike over the counter and other teeth whitening products, BriteSmile teeth whitening is actually healthy for the gums, it is completed in just a one-hour visit to our Santa Clarita Cosmetic Dentist and it can whiten your teeth much more than other teeth whitening products.
The special blue light that is used during BriteSmile teeth whitening procedures has been proven to aid gums. Not only does the blue light activate the teeth whitening gel, but it also eliminates harmful bacteria that cause gingivitis and other periodontal diseases.
BriteSmile teeth whitening is also performed in just a one-hour visit. During your BriteSmile teeth whitening visit, you will be able to relax in our cosmetic dentistry office with heated massage pads and neck pillows, as well as music or television.
Lastly, BriteSmile teeth whitening is much more effective than other products or over the counter treatments. One of the reasons for this is the blue light that is specially designed to enhance the teeth whitening process. BriteSmile tooth whitening whitens teeth up to 14 shades, where as other products can only whiten teeth between six to ten shades.
Why do porcelain fillings strengthen the teeth?
Unlike older metal fillings, porcelain fillings aim to preserve as much of the natural tooth tissue as possible. In old metal fillings, large amounts of healthy tooth tissue had to be removed so that the metal could expand within the cavity and fill the space without coming out.
With porcelain fillings, only the decayed portion of the tooth needs to be removed for the porcelain filling to be placed. The porcelain filling is permanently bonded to the healthy tooth tissue, allowing the porcelain filling to be more durable and more attractive.
What problems can porcelain veneers correct?
Porcelain veneers can correct many different dental problems, including:
- Chipped Teeth
- Worn Teeth
- Stained or Discolored Teeth
- Cracked Teeth
- Gaps in Your Smile
- Misshapen Teeth
- Disfigured Teeth
- Crooked Teeth
- Broken Teeth
How long will my smile makeover take?
You length of a smile makeover depends on the different procedures or treatments involved in the smile makeover. If all you need is a tooth whitening treatment, then your smile makeover can be completed in about an hour. If you need extensive work like porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns, your smile makeover may take a couple visits to the dentist office over 1 or 2 weeks.
During your initial consultation Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Dr. Goodrick will inform you of the treatments and procedures that will need to be performed in order to provide you with the best results. He will also tell you how long your smile makeover should take.
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What problems do oral surgeries solve?
Oral surgery encompasses all surgeries performed in the mouth. While every step will be taken to prevent needing oral surgery, sometimes, oral surgery is the only way to correct serious dental problems. Oral surgery is used to correct:
- Jaw Alignment
- Impacted Teeth
- Seriously Decayed Teeth
- Periodontal Disease
- Gum Contouring
- TMJ Problems
- Jaw Fractures
- Broken Teeth
- Dental Implants
- Oral Lesions
What are the benefits of Invisalign clear braces?
Invisalign clear braces have many benefits over traditional brace. The main benefits are:
- Removable – Invisalign clear braces can be removed to eat food and do other things during the day so that you don’t have to restrict foods you enjoy eating.
- Invisible – For everybody, image is very important. Invisalign clear braces can straighten you teeth without calling attention to you.
- Comfortable – Invisalign clear braces use clear plastic aligners that are smooth and do not cause the irritation and soreness traditional braces cause.
- Fast – Most Invisalign clear braces treatments are complete in just one year.
How are headaches and migraines connected to TMJ?
Headaches and migraines are two of the biggest symptoms of TMJ. In the past, people with chronic migraines or headaches with no physical causes were told that there was nothing they could do about it. Now it is being determined that TMJ causes many headaches and migraines.
When your temporomandibular joint is misaligned, it puts excess stress on the nerves and muscles surrounding the joint. Sometimes, the temporomandibular joint is stressing certain muscles even when the jaw is at rest.
When muscles and nerves are being strained all the time, it can cause pain in the muscles, which feels like a tension headache. Also, when muscles are strained, the brain will tell the body to send more blood to the area than it needs. The result is pain that can feel like a vascular headache or migraine.
Realigning the temporomandibular joint and treating TMJ relaxes the muscles and nerves in the head, alleviating the headaches or migraines that they cause.
What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is any form of dentistry that is performed to restore your smile. For instance, if you lose a tooth, if your teeth are crooked, or if your gums need treatment, restorative dentistry can be performed to provide you with the beautiful smile lost as a result of dental problems.
What type of sedation dentistry does Dr. Goodrick perform?
Dr. Goodrick performs oral conscious sedation dentistry. Oral conscious sedation dentistry is one of the most common forms of sedation dentistry. This is because all you have to do is take a small pill a couple hours prior to the dental visit.
Oral conscious sedation dentistry also provides a level of amnesia with the medication. This will allow you to forget much of what happens during the dental procedure.
If you live in Southern California including Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Valencia, and the Los Angeles area, please contact our Hollywood Dentist today for a FREE cosmetic dentistry consultation about any dental procedure.
Dell Ariel Goodrick, DDS, FAGD
By appointment, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
and Wednesday 8am - 2pm
Santa Clarita, CA 91321