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Invisalign®: The Most Discreet Way to Straighten Teeth

Invisalign®: The Most Discreet Way to Straighten Teeth
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Your smile is a direct source of confidence, a memorable part of who you are, and how you demonstrate your feelings. Don’t let embarrassment from crooked teeth keep you from living openly and confidently in your smile! If you want to straighten your teeth, but don’t want cumbersome metal braces, our office has a solution. Invisalign® is the most discreet way to straighten teeth and can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic trays instead of metal braces to straighten teeth. These trays are custom-fitted to how your teeth are positioned at the beginning of your treatment and are precision-fabricated to have slight adjustments in their shape. Over the length of your treatment, they’ll gently push your teeth into a straighter position.

How Is Invisalign Better?

Aesthetically, when compared to bracket-and-wire braces, Invisalign® is virtually invisible while being worn. For adults and teens, this is a significant advantage as it does not affect your appearance during treatment. The plastic trays are made for your mouth and have no sharp edges, so they’re more comfortable than conventional braces. Invisalign clear aligners are also removable, so you can maintain your normal eating habits and oral hygiene routine.

Our Invisalign Process

The Invisalign treatment process first begins with digital impressions taken of your mouth. These impressions are incredibly precise and are used to custom design your series of clear aligners. You’ll wear these aligners for 20-22 hours each day, removing them only when you eat, drink, brush, and floss. Over the next several months, your teeth will predictably move into position, while you enjoy the benefits of invisible orthodontics!

Ready to Get Started with Invisalign?

Metal braces aren’t your only option, and most patients are good candidates for Invisalign. If you want a discreet solution, schedule an appointment with our dental office. We will provide personalized treatment, so you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life!

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Brush up on Oral Health Tips for Children’s Dental Health Month

Brush up on Oral Health Tips for Children’s Dental Health Month
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During the month of February the American Dental Association celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month.  This month-long national health observance reinforces the importance of oral health in children as well as helping parents with tips to keep their child’s smile on track! At Bear Coast Dentistry, our dentist and staff are taking this opportunity to share oral health tips and raise awareness of the importance of pediatric dental care at an early age.

YOUR CHILD’S TEETH

Teeth help your child chew and speak. Baby teeth also hold a spot for permanent teeth to come in.

TEETHING

Teething babies may be fussy, drool and want to chew. If you want to let your child chew on a teething ring, go for one that is hard and solid.

Steer clear of teething products that have benzocaine in them. The US Food and Drug Administration advises against benzocaine use due to potential illness and may even cause death.

CAVITIES

Too reduce your child’s risk of cavities, help him or her

  • Brush twice a day with a pea sized amount of fluoride containing tooth paste
  • Use Fluoride Varnish applications at dental checkup visits
  • Limit processed sugary snacks and drinks

TOOTHBRUSHING

Clean your baby’s gums daily. Until those teeth come in gently wipe a damp washcloth over the gums to clear away harmful bacteria after each feeding.

We advise to start brushing your child’s teeth twice a day when the first tooth comes in.  Make sure to use an infant toothbrush as adult brush heads are too large for their tiny mouths.

For children under 2 years, use not more than a smear of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Children ages 2-6 should use a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

We recommend to brush younger children’s teeth for them. Children younger than 6 years old can handle toothbrushing themselves, but supervision is advised as they are more likely to swallow toothpaste.

FLOSSING

While daily brushing is an important part of a child’s oral hygiene routine, bacteria that causes tooth decay can still linger between teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. That’s why it’s so important to help your kids incorporate flossing in their daily routine.

Begin flossing between teeth once your child’s teeth touch.

FLUORIDE

Fluoride helps to strengthen the other layer of teeth against cavities.  Use of fluoridated toothpaste is 1 way to take advantage of fluoride’s benefits. Having your child drink fluoridated water is good, too. Fluoridated water is public water with enough fluoride to help keep teeth healthy. Sometimes some areas do not have access to fluoridated water and you may want to add fluoride tablets or drops to your water.  Fluoride varnish applications at dental check-up appointments is another way to provide fluoride for your child’s teeth.

SUGAR AND CAVITIES

Teeth are covered with a thin sticky film of bacteria called BIOFILM, which produces acid when exposed to sugar. These acids are what cause cavities.

One significant oral health risk for infants and young children under the age of 1 is from baby bottle tooth decay. This occurs when your child consumes sugary liquid and bacteria in their mouth consume the sugar and produce acid. This acid attacks the enamel on baby teeth can trigger tooth decay after continued exposure. Drinks are the largest source of sugar in the US diet. Liquids that contribute to this baby bottle tooth decay include milk, formula, fruit juice, soda and any other artificially sweetened drinks. If your child needs to sleep with a bottle, water is the safest option without any risk. If feeding a child during the night and brushing their teeth is not possible, Bear Coast Dentistry recommends to use a wet washcloth to wipe the surfaces of the teeth.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests avoiding juice for the first year of life.

VISIT THE DENTIST

Take your baby to see your dentist at Bear Coast Dentistry sometime after the first tooth comes in, but before his or her first birthday.

The dentist may

  • Perform an oral examination
  • Assess your child’s risk of tooth decay
  • Check to see that the teeth are developing on schedule
  • Identify whether any habits like thumb sucking or pacifier use are affecting your child’s oral development

Bear Coast Dentistry advises parents to take care of your child’s teeth from the time the first tooth comes in to help get him or her started on the path to good oral health.

Call 949-348-0880 to schedule your child’s visit today!

Information reprinted from February 2019 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association

(2019;150(2):160)

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What Determines the Cost of Dental Implants?

What Determines the Cost of Dental Implants?
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When you undergo a dental procedure, you expect to get your money’s worth. We understand that our patients work hard to provide for their families, which is why we strive to be upfront with our financial information. If you have been wondering about dental implants cost in Mission Viejo, CA, we are ready to explain what determines the cost of each patients’ specific procedure. Whether you’re planning to undergo this treatment soon or in the future, this information may guide you towards a final decision.

 

The Number of Teeth Requiring Implants

The more teeth that a patient needs fixed, the higher the total cost of dental implants will be. Each individual implants requires materials and time to be placed. With each additional tooth that needs replacing, the cost goes up as the amount of materials increases, as well as the amount of time the dentist will have to take.

Bone Loss

Patients who have bone loss typically require bone grafting before dental implants can be placed. While this type of procedure is billed separately than an implant surgery, it can add to the overall amount that a patient must spend on new teeth.

The Need for Extractions

If a patient’s teeth are already missing, then the implants can be placed right away. However, if they have damaged teeth that need to be extracted prior to implant surgery, then the cost can increase overall.

Periodontal Disease

Patients suffering from periodontal disease will need treatment before getting implants to improve the success rate. Treatments including root planning or scaling may also add to the total procedure cost.

 

The Type of Procedure

There are several types of different implant procedures that can be completed at the office, all with differing price tags. It is best to determine which one is the best fit for your specific needs, as well as your budget.

Call our doctor, Dr. Jenny Liang, today at (949) 485-2323 if you are ready to get more information about the cost of your specialized dental implants cost at our Dental office in Mission Viejo, CA to schedule a consultation today!

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Dental Implants Complete Your Smile Resolution

Dental Implants Complete Your Smile Resolution
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Starting off the new year with missing or loose teeth in Mission Viejo, CA? The new year brings new resolutions, and possibly your resolution is to develop a much healthier, better smile in 2021. Loose or absent teeth might make this goal more difficult, yet it is not impossible. Dental implants can help you develop the smile you have always desired.

 

Causes of Missing Out On Teeth
Numerous oral health issues cause missing teeth. For some individuals, bad oral hygiene brings about periodontal condition, which after that causes teeth to become loose and eventually befall. For others, missing out on a tooth occurs as a result of a sports injury or another kind of crash. Despite the reason, the blemish in your smile may make you really feel self-conscious.

Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide lots of physical as well as mental wellness advantages. Our dental professional, Dr. Jenny Liang, makes use of implants to change a solitary tooth or multiple teeth, relying on your needs. Once replaced, your mouth will much more conveniently preserve its bone structure, which guarantees your face continues to be younger looking and effectively proportioned. The implants also enable you to delight in foods you once had problem eating due to missing teeth. You may observe an improvement in speech too. Ultimately, implants can improve your self-worth. When you have a full collection of teeth, you feel a lot more certain in your smile. That self-confidence shines through right into your individual as well as specialist lives.

Implant Procedure
Dental implants are available as a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a complete mouth of them. Initially, we surgically implant titanium posts where we will position teeth in your mouth. These posts serve as the root of the tooth and must fuse to your jaw. Next, we connect a joint to the end of each post. We after that put a dental crown on each abutment.

 

Have More Questions?

Schedule a consultation today to discuss your questions and get started with dental implants! We invite you to meet our experienced and friendly doctor, Dr. Jenny Liang, in our Dental office in Mission Viejo, CA!

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Get your Smile back with Implant Supported Dentures

Get your Smile back with Implant Supported Dentures
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The holiday season is a wonderful time to celebrate family and friendships, not to mention a time for eating lots of delicious foods. But if you wear dentures, you may already be worried about how you’ll cope during the next few months. Without stable, strong teeth, it can be difficult to feel confident talking and laughing or worrisome to eat in front of others. Now is the perfect time to upgrade your dentures with dental implants!

What Are Implant Supported Dentures?

Implant supported dentures combine time-tested dentures with permanent dental implants to provide a fixed and stable solution. Unlike traditional removable dentures, this option relies on two or more dental implants instead of your gums to remain secure. Especially for a lower denture, the added stability from dental implants can make it easier to bite and chew foods.

How Implant Supported Dentures Work

Your current dentures rest over your gums and rely on natural suction or pastes and adhesives to remain in place. This often causes painful sores as your dentures slip and move. Over time, as your jaw shrinks, your dentures won’t fit anymore and will need relining or replacement. Implant supported dentures, alternatively, use two or more dental implants for support. These implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone and will provide natural stimulation just like tooth roots.

Your denture will snap onto these dental implants, where they’ll also receive the support and stability needed to function more like natural teeth. Secured and strong, implant supported dentures allow you to eat a wider variety of foods with ease, and you’ll no longer need to worry if your dentures will fall out when you least expect! Implant supported dentures provide the confidence boost you need to enjoy a happy and fulfilled holiday season with family and friends.

Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures

  • Secured in place for eating and chewing
  • No need for pastes or adhesives
  • Better comfort for talking and laughing
  • Boost your confidence and wellbeing
  • Improve oral and overall health

Schedule Your Consultation

You don’t need to live in discomfort or embarrassment this holiday season! Schedule your consultation with our office and learn how implant supported dentures can boost your comfort and confidence.

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