Braces seem to be a rite of passage for many adolescents, but many parents start wondering about the need for correction as soon as their child's baby teeth start to come through. At DiMariano Family Dentistry in Folsom, CA, we believe in assisting parents through all the stages associated with their child's dental health. Below, Dr. Shaina DiMariano answers a few questions that parents often ask regarding braces for their child.
How do I know if my child needs braces?
You may wonder about the need for braces after noticing that your child's teeth are starting to emerge crookedly or that their upper or lower jaw appears overly small or large. Children who lost baby teeth too early (from an accident, for example) or have a pacifier or thumb-sucking habit can often benefit from orthodontics. Genetics can also play a large part in whether or not braces will be needed; if one or both of a child's parents required braces, it's entirely possible that they'll need them too. Your Folsom family dentist can determine if orthodontics will help guide your child's teeth into place.
At what age will my child need braces?
There is no set age that your Folsom, CA, dentist will suggest orthodontics for your child. The need for braces depends on a number of factors, including the development of the jaw and the growth pattern of the permanent teeth. Many dental professionals, including Dr. DiMariano, start monitoring the progress of a child's teeth around the age of seven and begin to make recommendations for orthodontics at that time.
Why are orthodontics necessary?
Having straight teeth doesn't just look nice in pictures. Orthodontic treatment also helps to remove crevices and overlaps that can collect food particles and lead to gum disease and cavities. Problems with chewing and speaking from poorly aligned jaws and teeth can also be corrected with braces.
To make an appointment regarding your child's future with orthodontics, contact DiMariano Family Dentistry in Folsom, CA, today!
It’s amazing how a brighter smile can instantly make you feel better about your appearance. You may find yourself smiling more often, planning more social outings, and feeling ready to knock those important business presentations out of the park. Our Folsom, CA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Shaina DiMariano, wants to make sure that you have a smile that you are proud of, which is why our office is proud to offer professional teeth whitening options! Read on to learn more.
What causes dental stains?
Everything from cigarettes, to food, to simply undergoing the aging process can all affect the color of our teeth. If you find that your smile has gone from vibrant to dull over the years, then you may want to look at your diet more closely to see if that could be causing your yellowing teeth. Foods and drinks that can cause stains include:
- Coffee and black tea
- Red wine
- Dark condiments (e.g. tomato sauce, soy sauce)
Citrus, sodas, and sports drinks also all contain acid, which weakens tooth enamel and leads to discolorations. Fortunately, if you are dealing with dental stains, then professional teeth whitening is the answer to improving your look.
How can professional teeth whitening help?
One of the reasons that patients love this treatment so much is that no other cosmetic dentistry option offers faster results. In fact, many of our patients will receive the desired effects after just a single one-hour, in-office whitening session at our Folsom, CA, practice. Of course, if you would rather enjoy the convenience of whitening from home, talk to us about our at-home whitening treatment, which can give you results in about 1-2 weeks.
No matter whether you just want to rebuild your confidence with teeth whitening or you want a whiter smile before your wedding day, our Folsom, CA, office can help you achieve that whiter smile with cosmetic dentistry.
Call DiMariano Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation. Let’s give you something to smile about!
So many people are getting veneers to improve the appearance of their smile including celebrities, so it’s natural to wonder whether this restoration could be what you need to finally get your dream smile. Most people assume that in order to get the perfect smile that they have to undergo invasive and serious dental procedures but it could be as simple as getting veneers from our Folsom, CA, family dentist Dr. Shaina DiMariano at DiMariano Family Dentistry.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are mega-thin shells, often made from porcelain, that are adhered to the front your teeth to hide cosmetic imperfections or flaws that keep you from having the ideal smile.
Veneers have been around for nearly a century, but modern-day technology has altered and improved the way veneers look and feel. The medical-grade porcelain ensures that veneers mimic the appearance of real tooth enamel. Veneers are also extremely durable and stain-resistant.
What problems can dental veneers address?
If you’ve ever wished that your smile was whiter, straighter, more even or that teeth were longer than you could be ideal for porcelain veneers. After all, by covering the front of your teeth we can completely reshape, resize and even realign your smile. You could be right for dental veneers if you are dealing with,
- Discolorations and stains that are resistant to teeth whitening
- Cracks and chips
- Misshapen or malformed teeth
- Uneven or worn teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked or overlapping teeth
Patients who have minor misalignment problems such as front teeth that overlap one another could get a straighter smile without ever needing to get braces.
How are veneers placed?
The treatment process will really depend on what type of veneers you choose. The most common type of porcelain veneers requires some tooth preparation; however you can also opt for no-prep veneers, which require absolutely no tooth enamel removal prior to getting veneers.
With traditional veneers, our cosmetic dentist in Folsom, CA, will need to file down a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth (approximately 0.5mm of enamel). Most patients tolerate this tooth preparation well without needing local anesthesia to numb the area.
From there, we will need to take molds of your teeth so a dental lab has the exact tooth measurements necessary to make your custom veneers. We will place temporary veneers on your teeth until you can come in for your final veneers fitting. Bonding veneers to your teeth is easy and painless. All we have to do is apply dental resin between the tooth and the veneer and then harden the resin with a special light. Once this occurs the veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth.
Dr. DiMariano at DiMariano Family Dentistry in Folsom, CA, is dedicated to meeting your cosmetic and restorative dental goals to give you a beautiful and natural smile that you can’t wait to show off. Call our office today at (916) 983-6655 to let us know that you are interested in getting dental veneers.
Good oral hygiene is a family affair. As parents, we must look after how kids brush and floss and what they eat, too. At DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, CA, Dr. Shaina DiMariano and her team enjoy every aspect of pediatric dentistry and particularly patient teaching. They'll partner with you in showing children how to care for their teeth and gums so their smiles stay healthy and bright their entire lives.
The foundation of oral hygiene
It's the home and the example parents set for their kids. If you brush, floss and eat a good diet, kids will follow suit. Plus, Mom and Dad must actually brush the teeth of their very young children and supervise the older ones--particularly with flossing.
So, what are the basic points of pediatric oral hygiene? There are a few, including:
- Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste--just a smear for a baby/toddler or a pea-sized amount for a child up to six years old
- Make sure brushing covers all tooth surfaces and those hard to reach back teeth, says the American Academy of Pediatrics (APA)
- Flossing once a day for kids three and older
- Rinsing well with clear water after each session
- Modeling and serving a low-sugar, high protein and high fiber diet to include plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Drinking several glasses of water a day to rinse tooth surfaces and encourage the production of antibacterial saliva
In addition, your Folsom, CA, pediatric dentist asks parents to bring little ones to the office for a simple check-up by the time the first baby teeth erupt. Routine examinations, X-rays as needed and those all-important hygienic cleanings begin at age three.
How important it is, really?
The APA says that 50 percent of children experience at least one cavity by the age of five. Frankly, those baby teeth must stay healthy so a child does not experience dental pain, tooth loss or problems with his or her adult teeth in the future. As such, Dr. DiMariano cautions parents that good oral hygiene habits should emphasized, forming a solid foundation for great oral health.
Come see us
At DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, we love all our patients, but especially, the youngest of kids. We consider it a privilege to make their dental experiences comfortable and fun, and we love seeing vibrant smiles grow and develop. To arrange for routine exams and cleanings or ask any questions about pediatric dentistry, please call the office team in Folsom, CA, at (916) 983-6655. We look forward to serving your entire family.
How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Folsom, California can transform your smile
Do you want a more beautiful smile? Tooth damage from everyday wear-and-tear is common, especially as you get older. No matter what your age, whether you are a young person, an older adult, or a senior, your smile can benefit from cosmetic dentistry. The only question is which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you? Dr. Shaina DiMariano at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, California, offers a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to transform your smile.
Achieving a more beautiful smile is easier than you think. Just consider these amazing cosmetic dentistry services:
Professional teeth whitening, which can turn a dull smile into a dazzling smile by whitening your teeth up to 8 shades; the results last a long time too, even up to 5 years! At DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, you have a choice of two excellent whitening methods, both guaranteed to be effective and safe. You can choose from in-office whitening, which takes about an hour, or a take-home whitening kit containing everything you need to whiten and brighten your smile in the privacy of your home, whenever you want.
Tooth-colored fillings, which provide a completely metal-free option to restore cavities caused by tooth decay; tooth-colored fillings use composite, a liquid resin which can be color-matched to your teeth and sculpted into place. The composite is hardened with a dental light, giving you a strong, beautiful dental filling that is virtually invisible.
Porcelain veneers, which are thin laminates of beautiful, light-reflective porcelain that look just like tooth enamel; the veneers are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth and can hide fracture lines, broken teeth, cracks, chips, tooth wear and other unsightly dental issues. In some cases, porcelain veneers can also be used to close up small gaps between teeth, and to hide the appearance of overlapping teeth.
These are just a few of the tremendous variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures available. You owe it to yourself and your smile to investigate what the world of cosmetic dentistry can do for you. To find out more about transforming your smile, call Dr. Shaina DiMariano at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, California today!
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