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Bonding Teeth, Who Needs It?

Bonding Teeth, Who Needs It?

Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2018 at 11:17 pm.

Perfect teeth are a happy illusion, especially as the years go by. Most people have one or more issues with their smile due to aging, dental hygiene, or injuries to the teeth. Whether you are looking to mask imperfections, or to correct the size or shape of a tooth, dental bonding may be the cosmetic dentistry procedure for you. You’ll love the instant stunning results!

What Is Dental Bonding and Who Needs It?

Dental bonding involves applying a material such as a composite resin to the surface of a tooth to mask imperfections. The shade of resin is closely matched to the natural color of your teeth, delivering an instant, perfect smile!

Bonding offers a quick and easy cosmetic dentistry procedure for patients looking to correct the appearance of misshaped, chipped, broken, cracked, gapped, discolored, or worn teeth. It is a lot more affordable than dental crowns or veneers and offers similar aesthetic results.

What Is the Procedure?

The bonding process usually takes a single visit to complete and does not require the use of any anesthesia. We will begin by choosing a composite resin shade that closely resembles your surrounding natural teeth. Next, Dr. Conte will roughen up the enamel or surface of the tooth to prepare it for treatment. She will apply the bonding material and shape it as desired, followed by using a special light to harden the material. The last step is polishing your restored tooth, leaving you with a bright and dazzling smile.

Caring for Bonded Teeth

Caring for your bonded teeth is the same as caring for your natural teeth. Brush at least twice daily and floss daily. Keep in mind is that just like natural teeth, the bonding material can stain, so it’s best to avoid foods and drinks that discolor teeth, such as coffee, berries, or red wine. It can be helpful to use whitening toothpaste that helps remove surface stains. Refrain from nail-biting or using your teeth as tools or bottle openers to avoid breaking or fracturing the bonding material.

It’s essential to keep up with your routine dental checkups and cleanings so that we can keep an eye on your restorations. With the right care, your smile will continue to dazzle for years to come!

Are You Ready for a Stunning Smile?

Contact Dr. May Conte D.D.S. in the Valencia area to learn more about dental bonding and how it can brighten your smile. We look forward to helping you enjoy a healthy, happy smile for a lifetime!

What Is the Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth?

What Is the Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth?

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at 4:55 pm.

Brushing your teeth every day is an essential part of your dental care routine. As easy as it may seem, many people miss out on brushing their teeth as well as they could. Brushing the proper way will ensure you enjoy a healthy mouth and sparkly smile.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. Make sure the shape and size of your toothbrush allow you to reach all areas of your mouth with ease. You will need to replace your toothbrush about every three or four months, or even sooner if the bristles are frayed. Look for the ADA seal of approval on your new toothbrush!

How to Brush Your Teeth

The proper way to brush your teeth is to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Move your toothbrush back and forth in short, gentle strokes. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of your teeth thoroughly. When cleaning the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush and make several, circular up and down strokes.

Take your time while brushing your teeth, making sure you brush for at least two minutes each time. An egg timer or listening to a favorite song may help ensure you brush for a full two minutes.

Additional Preventative Care

While brushing is an essential part of your preventative dental care routine, it’s also important to use floss to clean between your teeth at least once a day to help prevent plaque and food particles from sitting where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Also, make sure you rinse daily using mouthwash.

Consume a balanced, nutritious diet, and limit any sugary drinks or snacks. Keep up with your regular checkups and professional cleanings at our office to ensure we catch and treat any condition before it progresses.

Preventative Care Near Me

Contact Dr. May Conte D.D.S. in the Valencia area to learn more about proper brushing techniques. We are happy to demonstrate and to help you learn how to keep your mouth minty clean and fresh. We believe that the best treatment is prevention, so we encourage you to keep up with proper oral hygiene practices at home, as well as scheduling your dental checkups and cleanings twice a year. We look forward to helping you enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime!

How Do I Restore My Oral Health When I Have Periodontal Disease?

How Do I Restore My Oral Health When I Have Periodontal Disease?

Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at 7:00 am.

Did you know that more than half of Americans over the age of 30 have advanced gum disease? If left untreated, the unfortunate outcome is often tooth loss. The good news is that there are many successful treatment options for periodontal disease!

From Gingivitis to Periodontitis

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which results from bacterial plaque left sitting on teeth. If addressed in the early stages, gingivitis is easily reversible. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily, along with scheduling your professional cleaning at our dental office, is usually all it takes to treat gingivitis.

If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to a more serious condition called periodontitis, eventually leading to pockets developing between your gums and teeth. Periodontitis can affect your gum tissue, along with the bones and ligaments that support your teeth, potentially leading to tooth loss.

What Are the Treatments for Periodontal Disease?

The first step in treating periodontitis is a nonsurgical treatment known as scaling and root planing. This procedure involves scraping off the tarter that has built up on your teeth above and below your gum line. Next, we will smooth out rough spots on your tooth roots, making it more difficult for plaque buildup and for bacteria to collect. Your gums should heal and reattach to the healthy, clean surfaces of your teeth.

If the gum inflammation and pockets persist, we may recommend a periodontal pocket reduction or flap surgery. During this procedure, we remove bacteria in the pockets that have formed alongside your teeth, and smooth areas of damaged bone to allow the gum tissue to reattach to healthy bone.

In severe cases of periodontitis, you may need bone or tissue grafts to replace the affected tissue. You may also require a procedure called guided tissue regeneration, in which a small piece of mesh is placed between your jaw bone and gums to allow the bones and tissue to regrow.

Periodontal Maintenance

After periodontal treatment, you will need meticulous homecare to keep the disease from recurring. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. We may recommend prescription-strength antimicrobial mouthwash to help reduce bacteria in areas of your mouth that are hard to reach. We will also likely recommend more frequent checkups and cleaning appointments to ensure that your gums stay healthy.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Contact Dr. May Conte D.D.S. in the Valencia area to learn more about maintaining your oral health. We are firm believers that the best treatment is prevention, so we encourage you to keep up with your oral hygiene practices at home, as well as scheduling your dental checkups and cleanings twice a year. We are here to help you enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime!

The Invisalign Advantage

The Invisalign Advantage

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 8:00 am.

If you have been putting off needed orthodontic treatment because you are worried about how you will look with braces, the Invisalign advantage may offer the solution for you. With virtually invisible clear aligners, you’ll achieve straight teeth and a beautiful smile without anyone knowing!

Invisalign vs. Metal Braces

Both Invisalign and metal braces offer orthodontic solutions to align your teeth and improve your oral health. Braces usually come with brackets we cement to your teeth and connect using a wire. We periodically tighten the wire as needed to shift your teeth into alignment.

Invisalign, on the other hand, offers a discreet way to straighten your teeth. You will wear virtually invisible clear aligner trays which will gently move your teeth into place. X-rays, images, and impressions taken at our office will be used to produce a 3D model of your teeth, which we use to configure your aligner trays.

What Conditions Can Invisalign Address?

Invisalign offers an excellent solution for correcting a broad range of mild to complex orthodontic needs including the following:

Crooked Teeth: Crooked teeth may result in many problems including increased risk of cavities and gum disease. Invisalign Clear Aligners work to shift teeth into place, delivering healthier teeth and gums, along with a confident smile!

Bite Problems: Overbites and Underbites can prevent the normal function of your front teeth or your molars, leading to gum irritation, tooth wear and painful jaw and joint problems. Crossbites can cause tooth wear, gum disease, and bone loss.

Gaps Between Teeth: These may lead to gum problems, periodontal pockets, and increased risk of periodontal disease.

Crowded Teeth: If left untreated, crowding of teeth may get worse over time, resulting in severely crooked teeth which can potentially lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an elevated risk of developing gum disease.

The Invisalign Advantage

Your Invisalign clear aligners will transform your smile without impacting your life. You can remove them, enabling you to clean your teeth, eat anything you like, and enjoy your favorite activities.

Invisalign clear aligners have been shown to significantly reduce the time it takes to complete your orthodontic treatment. They also work well to correct many complex cases. The secret lies in the SmartForce and SmartTrack proprietary material, which allows us to shift your teeth into place with precision. With Invisalign, you’ll achieve your perfectly straight smile without anyone knowing!

Are You Ready for a Straight Smile?

Contact Dr. May Conte D.D.S. in the Valencia area to learn more about the Invisalign advantage and how it can help deliver the smile of your dreams! There’s no reason to wait. Call today!

How Do Veneers Help My Smile?

How Do Veneers Help My Smile?

Posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 6:09 pm.

Have you been considering a cosmetic dentistry procedure to mask imperfections or gapped teeth? If so, dental veneers may be the solution you seek. With stunning, natural-looking results, you’ll flash your smile with confidence. Your dedicated team at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant and Family Dentistry is here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

What Are Dental Veneers?

With the large selection of cosmetic dentistry procedures available to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile, dental veneers are considered one of the most conservative approaches.  Our veneers are custom-made, durable shells that we cement directly on your tooth mask or correct any imperfections. We usually complete the procedure without the need for any anesthetic. We remove a minimal amount of enamel from the front and side of the tooth, making room to attach the veneer.

After preparing the tooth, we take impressions of your teeth and send them to our dental laboratory to craft your custom veneers. We will fit you with temporary restorations which will give you an idea of how your smile will look. When ready, we will bond your new veneers to your teeth, delivering a natural looking, incredible smile.

How Can Veneers Help Your Smile?

Veneers provide a cosmetic solution for many different conditions. We use them to reshape crooked, misaligned, misshapen teeth, close unwanted gaps between your teeth, and to mask severely discolored teeth giving you the straight, white smile you’ve always wanted. Veneers are often used as alternatives to crowns, restoring worn, chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Not only will your smile look great, but your restored teeth will look and feel so natural, you’ll likely forget they are even there!

Are You Ready for a Perfect Smile?

Contact Dr. May Conte D.D.S. in the Valencia area to learn all about dental veneers along with our other cosmetic dentistry procedures. We are here to answer all your questions and always strive to provide you with care second to none. We look forward to helping you enjoy a stunning smile for years to come!