Have stains dulled your once-bright smile? Teething whitening and veneers, two cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by your Folsom, CA, dentist, Dr. Shaina DiMariano, can renew your smile.
Teeth whitening removes stains from your enamel
Tiny pigments in dark foods become stuck in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel, making your teeth look dull. If you smoke or chew tobacco, tar and nicotine in the products can turn teeth an unflattering shade of yellow. Teeth whitening removes these stains from your tooth enamel by breaking them apart with hydrogen peroxide.
This natural stain remover offers a safe, effective way to eliminate discolorations. While hydrogen peroxide is also used in over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, those products contain a much weaker formulation than what is used in our Folsom dental office.
Although with some home products you'll need to wait for weeks or months to notice an improvement with your smile, this is not the case when you make a professional tooth whitening appointment. Your smile will be dramatically brighter after a one-hour visit. Whitening results tend to be impressive and can lighten teeth by as much as three to eight shades. Thanks to this cosmetic dentistry treatment, your smile will remain bright for several years.
Veneers offer another whitening choice
If you're interested in a long-term whitening option, you may want to consider adding veneers to your teeth. The tooth-shaped porcelain or plastic shells are custom-made for you using an impression of your mouth and are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. Before you receive your veneers, your dentist may need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel. This important preparation step is necessary for a comfortable, natural-looking fit.
When you opt for veneers, you control the level of whiteness. The restorations are available in a multitude of shades, enabling you to make your teeth as white as you want.
Veneers are stain-resistant and won't become dull if you eat or drink darkly pigmented foods and beverages. In fact, they'll stay white even if you drink several cups of coffee or tea daily. Veneers often last 10 to 15 years or longer before they need to be replaced.
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Brighten your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatments! Call your dentist in Folsom, CA, Dr. DiMariano, at (916) 983-6655 to schedule your appointment.
Stained teeth? Gummy smile? Slightly crooked smile? Or are you looking to completely make over your underwhelming smile? Dr. Shaina DiMariano can help. Here at DiMariano Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in Folsom, CA, we use a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments to give you the smile you deserve and have always wanted.
Dental veneers are the fastest cosmetic dentistry options that can give you a brighter and straighter smile in an instant. These are custom-made, thin resin or porcelain shells that fit over your teeth.
A bright and white smile is usually the cornerstone of the perfect smile. This is why it’s one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments here in our Folsom, CA, clinic. While stores sell take-home teeth whitening kits, the most effective, fastest, and safest teeth whitening option is through an in-office, dentist-supervised whitening treatment.
This cosmetic dentistry option offers a quicker and minimally invasive option for correcting minor teeth damage such as small stains, cracks, and chips. With dental bonding, your dentist will place a tooth-colored material to specific areas of the teeth, concealing blemishes and filling in tiny cracks and chips. It will then be smoothened and shaped to look like natural teeth.
Invisalign treatment offers a comfortable and discreet way to straighten slightly misaligned teeth. Instead of wearing wires and brackets, you’ll wear a customized set of removable, clear plastic trays for gently positioning your teeth into their proper places.
If you want to fix a worn or damaged tooth, you can restore its function and appearance with a dental crown. Basically, dental crowns are custom caps that can cover a tooth’s surface completely.
These are just some of the procedures that Dr. Shaina DiMariano can do to give you a truly beautiful smile. Call DiMariano Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in Folsom, CA, at (916) 983-6655 now to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services.
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.
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