Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

Cosmetic Dentistry for Beverly Hills & Los Angeles, CA

October 24, 2012
 Porcelain veneers are a versatile cosmetic dentistry restoration used to correct a variety of aesthetic imperfections in your smile. They are an excellent option to address issues such as: Chipped or cracked teeth Gapped teeth Misshapen teeth Severely worn teeth Crooked teeth Discolored teeth Veneers are made from dental porcelain. Porcelain possesses several important qualities that make it the ideal material for this dental restoration. Other resin-based materials that could be used instead of porcelain often fall short in many ways. Dental porcelain mimics the translucent qualities of... Read More
February 28, 2011
While cost, insurance coverage and personal choice may be among the final deciding factors, when it comes to deciding which restorative procedure is most appropriate, each normally has specific criteria associated with that choice. Deciding who should get dental crowns is no different. Dr. Sands uses specific diagnostic criteria to determine when a crown is the best procedure for you. Tooth Health The degree of decay or damage from cracks, chips or breaks is one of the most significant factors. When a root is still healthy, a dental crown is an ideal solution for rebuilding and restoring... Read More
February 28, 2011
  As more types of porcelain veneers appear on the market, manufacturers compete to develop features that make their products more attractive. Lumineers®, very thin veneers made of Cerinate® porcelain is one of those products. The manufacturers of Cerinate® porcelain use a proprietary process that makes the porcelain exceptionally strong though only as thick as a contact lens. Like veneers, Lumineers® look very natural. One benefit of such thin veneers is that, for the right veneer candidate it is possible to place the veneer without removing any of your natural tooth enamel. This makes... Read More
January 25, 2011
Dentists have several types of sedation to choose from to help patients overcome anxiety and fear, or involuntary muscle movements characteristic of diseases like Parkinson’s. Three common types of sedation dentistry are IV sedation, nitrous oxide gas sedation and oral sedation. Sedation differs from local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry relaxes patients. Anesthetics prevent pain. Both are administered in the dental office. General anesthesia puts patients into a deep sleep, and often requires the procedure to be done in a hospital and by an oral surgeon, or anesthesiologist. Nitrous Oxide... Read More
January 10, 2011
One popular method of teeth whitening is known as laser teeth whitening. This term is something of a catch-all, because the light used in this procedure might be a blue or infrared light rather than a laser. About 97 percent of dentists use a blue curing light that activates the peroxide gel used to whiten your teeth. Both the light and the gel actively whiten your teeth. Dr. Sands offers the BriteSmile® whitening system for its safety and excellent, long lasting results. We begin the laser teeth whitening treatment by giving your teeth a minor cleaning, then applying the peroxide gel.... Read More
December 13, 2010
IV, an acronym for intravenous, refers to the specific route of administration, a vein, for the anti-anxiety medication used for this method of conscious sedation. Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedatives to reduce anxiety associated with dental treatment. IV sedation does not put patients completely to sleep as in sleep dentistry. IV sedation may cause you not to remember the treatment, smells, conversation or other activities during your treatment, but if someone were to speak to you, you would be alert enough to respond. Sedation dentistry is used in combination with a local... Read More
December 13, 2010
While artificial teeth have been in use for many generations, the original wearers probably would not recognize today’s dentures. Evidence shows the use of dentures dates back to 700 b.c., and some claim finding evidence of dentures dating as far back more than 6,000 years. Over the years they have been made of a variety of materials, such as wood, ivory or bone. Some were made of human teeth, but later styles were made of porcelain. Over the last century rubber and different kinds of plastics have been used. Dentures Today’s dentures are often made of acrylic, custom-formed to fit the... Read More
December 10, 2010
Tori Spelling and I worked together on her new show: “Tori and Dean: Weddings”.  She rocks, and snapped a picture of us afterwards for her twitter page!http://twitter.com/torianddean/statuses/12960563546030080
November 29, 2010
Traditional veneers, most often called porcelain veneers, have been used to repair or improve the appearance of millions of patients’ teeth. Like most things, one method cannot be perfect for all situations. As a result, very thin veneers were developed. Lumineers® is one brand of thin porcelain veneers made of Cerinate® porcelain. The comparison of Lumineers® vs. traditional veneers offers much to consider. Types of Porcelain Cerinate® porcelain is a very strong porcelain. Its strength allows very thin shells to function exceptionally well as tooth veneers. Traditional porcelain veneers... Read More
November 29, 2010
Dental crowns are one of the most common restorative treatments used to save teeth. Sometimes called a cap, crowns can be made of several different materials, each offing unique advantages. Choosing which type of crown to use depends upon which tooth is being restored. Metal Crowns Metal crowns can be made of gold, palladium, nickel or chromium. Their advantage is their durability as they rarely wear down, chip or break. They also cause minimal wear to opposing teeth. They are the most durable choice for people who tend to clench their teeth. Their main drawback is cosmetic, so are... Read More