If you have misalignment, then the health and appearance of your smile can suffer. However, by seeking treatment you can enjoy a healthy smile you’ll be proud to show the world. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about how Invisalign® helps patients in North Hollywood, CA, enjoy straighter smiles.
How do you feel about your smile’s appearance? If you have discoloration, you may feel tempted to hide your smile. But what if you could undergo a professional treatment to remove stains and brighten your smile? Let’s talk about how in-office and at-home whitening helps our North Hollywood, CA, patients.
The majority of today’s most popular cosmetic dental treatments focus mainly on improving the appearance of your teeth. However, there’s a cosmetic treatment option for addressing virtually any type of concern with your smile’s appearance, even when your teeth aren’t the issue. For instance, when patients in North Hollywood have issues with the appearance of their gums, such as excessive tissues covering one or more teeth, we can often perform laser gum contouring to improve them. Gum contouring can also be beneficial as a complement to other cosmetic treatment plans, such as Invisalign® treatment or a complete smile makeover plan.
When You Have a Gummy Smile
Correcting a gummy smile is the most common reason for laser gum contouring. A gummy smile describes a condition in which your gum tissues cover too much of one or more teeth, creating an uneven and asymmetrical gum line. This can affect the overall appearance and esthetic value of your smile, as well as increase your risks of developing gum disease. By carefully trimming the excess tissue with an advanced dental laser, your dentist can improve your smile’s appearance and your long-term oral health.
After Completing Invisalign® Treatment
Even if you don’t have a gummy smile, Invisalign® treatment may affect your gums to some degree. Treatment involves shifting crooked teeth into straighter positions, and that includes allowing your oral tissues and structures to shift along with them. After completing your treatment, we may suggest light gum contouring to ensure that your gums match your newly straightened smile.
When You Makeover Your Smile
In addition to Invisalign® treatment, other cosmetic treatment options can also have an impact on the symmetry of your gum line. For instance, if you receive one or more porcelain veneers, or if you undergo a comprehensive smile makeover, then cosmetic gum contouring can put the finishing touches on your smile for optimal results.
Find Out If Gum Contouring Is Right for You
Whether you want to improve a gummy smile or put the finishing touches on your total smile improvement plan, find out if cosmetic gum contouring is the right answer. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
A beautiful smile is something most people naturally want, but often weigh against their desire to avoid significant dental treatment. For patients in North Hollywood who have several different issues to address to improve their smiles, the decision isn’t a light one. Fortunately, today’s cosmetic dental treatments, such as porcelain veneers, are designed to achieve maximum results in as few steps as possible, helping patients enjoy the beautiful smiles they desire in the comfortable and convenient manner that they deserve.
When are veneers my best option?
Dental veneers are custom-designed, highly lifelike shells made of porcelain that mimic the healthy and blemish-free appearance of natural teeth. Your dentist bonds the veneers to the front surfaces of one or more teeth, instantly creating an improved and more esthetically pleasing appearance for your smile. This makes them ideal solutions for a wide range of issues, including chipped, worn, discolored, or malformed tooth structure.
What are my alternatives?
While porcelain veneers are highly versatile, you may have more appropriate options depending on your specific dental health needs. For example, if your tooth is discolored due to a cavity, then you may be able to simultaneously treat the cavity and improve your tooth’s appearance with a tooth-colored filling. Or, if the damage to your tooth is significant, then a porcelain dental crown might be a more appropriate way to restore it.
Are veneers difficult to care for?
In addition to mimicking the appearance of your healthy, natural teeth, porcelain veneers are also just as simple to care for. Be sure to brush every surface of your teeth and veneers at least twice a day and floss between them, and stick to a strict schedule of preventive dental exams and cleanings as often as your dentist recommends.
Ask Your Dentist if Veneers Are Right for You
With the ability to improve several different types of smile concerns at once, porcelain veneers could be your smile’s best option for improvement. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
The best thing about professional teeth-whitening is that it quickly and conveniently erases even stubborn teeth stains so you can smile confidently again in almost no time. However, not all stains are equal, and while common ones can be stubborn, others can be impossible to erase with a cosmetic teeth-whitening solution. For patients in North Hollywood, there are several different options for addressing concerns that teeth-whitening can’t address, including stains and discoloration that occur within your tooth structure instead of on top of it.
Why Wouldn’t It Work?
Professional teeth-whitening involves the use of a strong but gentle bleaching agent that systematically scrubs away and removes stains from the surface of your teeth. This surface layer, called enamel, is semi-translucent, and when tooth’s structure becomes discolored, then it can show through the enamel and appear as a regular stain at first. However, because it’s underneath the enamel, topical teeth-whitening treatment can’t reach it or erase it. Instead, your dentist will have to recommend a more appropriate cosmetic option. If the discoloration is the result of internal tooth damage or decay, then it may need to be restored with a tooth-colored filling or dental crown.
More Effective Smile Improvements
If the cause of your tooth discoloration isn’t serious (certain medications and genetic conditions can lead to tooth discoloration in the absence of dental trouble), then your dentist might recommend placing tooth bonding or a porcelain over it. Tooth bonding utilizes tooth-colored composite resin to restore the healthy, blemish-free appearance of your tooth. Or, a porcelain veneer, which is a thin shell of customized porcelain, can be bonded to the front surface of the tooth, completely transforming its appearance.
Improve Your Smile in the Way that Works Best
Teeth-whitening can often be the most effective and convenient solution for brightening your smile, but if it won’t work, then we offer a variety of more effective cosmetic options. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
Though every patient’s cosmetic smile issues are unique, most of them share the desire to improve them as conveniently as possible. That’s one of the reasons why dentists in North Hollywood, CA, often recommend porcelain veneers for addressing such concerns. With the ability to closely mimic the healthy and blemish-free appearance of your natural teeth, porcelain veneers offer highly lifelike results when improving your smile. However, their appearance isn’t the only reason why modern veneers are popular, and today, we take a look at a few more.
They look just like natural teeth
Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are bonded to the front surfaces of one or more teeth. Because they replace the visible structures of your teeth, it’s important for them to carefully and accurately resemble the color, shade, and light-reflection qualities of your healthy teeth. Dental porcelain, which is semi-translucent and highly customizable, can more closely recreate these qualities than many other dental materials.
They can address a lot of issues
Dentists and patients alike prefer porcelain veneers because of their highly lifelike results, but also because of their ability to address several types of issues. Because veneers are designed to recreate the entire front surfaces of blemished teeth, they’re able to instantly improve their appearance whether the teeth are stained, chipped, cracked, too small, unevenly spaced, or more. Their versatility helps patients who have multiple cosmetic issues enjoy a more attractive smile with fewer treatments.
They’re easy to care for
Once your custom veneers are in place, they’ll blend in almost seamlessly with your smile, which not only makes them mimic healthy teeth but also makes them easier to care for. Good hygiene practices like brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once helps ensure that your veneers and the teeth they support remain healthy and free of blemishes for life.
Find Out if Veneers Are Right for You
Customized porcelain veneers are popular among dentists and patients for several important reasons. For more information, or to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
Often, we talk to patients about correcting misalignment, but find them hesitant to treat the issue. The problem usually comes down to braces: Few people are eager to wear metal orthodontics for months or years at a time. However, we can offer an alternative with Invisalign®. How do clear aligners fix uneven smiles in Hollywood, CA?
When your gums aren’t as symmetrical as they should be because they cover more of some teeth than others, their appearance can throw your whole smile off. Fortunately, gum contouring can provide a highly effective solution for correcting a gummy smile by reshaping the line around your teeth. Patients in North Hollywood who wish to optimize their smiles’ appearance through gum contouring can often benefit from more advanced laser contouring, which can complete the procedure in less time and with significantly more precise results.
The Problems of Uneven Gum Tissues
Their appearance is the most obvious concern when it comes to excessive or uneven gum tissues. However, your dentist worries more about the potential complications that could arise with your oral and periodontal health if you don’t correct them. For example, when your gums aren’t even, you can’t clean the oral bacteria off your gum line as easily with your toothbrush and floss. This means the harmful microbes in plaque and tartar can more successfully work their way underneath your gums before you have a chance to stop them.
Contouring Your Smile with BIOLASE®
Because of these potential consequences, contouring your gums not only gives your smile a cosmetic boost, but also improves your ability to properly care for your smile. When you choose laser contouring, those benefits are even more pronounced. Compared to traditional scalpel-based treatment, our specially calibrated BIOLASE® laser produces significantly more precise contouring, which generates more lifelike and cosmetically appealing results. The laser also makes bacteria elimination more successful during your procedure to lower your chances of gum infection or disease following your procedure.
Learn if Laser Gum Contouring Is Right for You
A gummy smile doesn’t have to be a lifelong nuisance, especially with the help of laser gum contouring. For more information, or to find out if laser gum contouring is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
Porcelain veneers aren’t unique in the fact that they can improve your smile’s appearance. There are several cosmetic treatments that could accomplish that, depending on your smile’s specific concerns. What makes porcelain veneers especially beneficial is that they can address several different types of smile issues at once, saving you from having to undergo multiple treatments to improve your smile. For patients in North Hollywood who wish to improve their smiles in the most minimally invasive manner, porcelain veneers are often the most effective option.
Discoloration that Teeth-Whitening Can’t Erase
Most teeth stains develop on the surfaces of your teeth, which makes them targets for cosmetic teeth-whitening to erase. However, some forms of discoloration develop within your tooth structure, and the topical solution used for teeth-whitening can’t reach them. Instead, your dentist might suggest placing one or more porcelain veneers over your teeth, which can instantly restore their youthful, blemish-free appearance.
Marred Areas of Your Tooth Structure
Things like chipped edges and light cracks in your tooth’s surface may not seem like a big deal at first, but before long, they can become significant enough that your tooth may have to be crowned in order to save it. Before it grows that severe, a chipped or marred tooth may be restored and preserved with a lifelike porcelain veneer, which restore its appearance as well as its long-term structural integrity.
Minor Cases of Tooth Misalignment
When teeth appear crooked, it’s often because one or more of them are only slightly misaligned, or their structures are malformed, making them asymmetrical. For such minor cases, an appropriate number of porcelain veneers may be used to correct these issues and your smile’s overall contour without the need for orthodontic braces or Invisalign aligners.
Find Out if Veneers Can Fix Your Smile’s Appearance
Porcelain veneers have the unique ability to address several mild to moderate tooth concerns at once, and with highly lifelike results. For more information, or to find out if veneers can fix your smile’s appearance, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
There are a few possible reasons why your gum line isn’t as even as it should be. Known as a gummy smile, the excess gum tissues covering one or more of your teeth can dramatically impact your smile’s appearance, though many patients hesitate to correct it because they aren’t sure how. Fortunately, your dentist offers an innovative, minimally invasive, and highly precise method of fixing your gummy smile – laser gum contouring.
Why Should You Address It?
The biggest reason patients seek to fix their gummy smiles is appearance. When you aren’t confident in your smile’s appearance, you’re less likely to show it and your self-confidence can suffer. However, there are practical oral health reasons for correcting a gummy smile, as well. For example, when your gums aren’t evenly spread over your teeth roots, they’re harder to keep clean of harmful oral bacteria and food particles. That means your risks of gum disease are more likely, as are your risks of losing teeth to the disease.
Why Are Lasers a Better Option?
Traditionally, gum contouring has been a minor surgical procedure involving the careful trimming of your gums with the use of a scalpel. However, we can perform most gum contouring procedures using the advanced BIOLASE® Epic X laser. Compared to conventional surgery, the laser produces more precise (and therefore more esthetically pleasing) results, and the process is significantly more comfortable. Most patients don’t require sutures afterward, which means the healing process is also more comfortable and involves a much lower risk of infection.
Ask Your Dentist About Laser Gum Contouring
With laser dentistry, you can finally fix your gummy smile in a comfortable and non-invasive manner. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.