Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Because your office for orthodontics is currently closed for non-essential visits during the coronavirus, it’s important that you know how to care for your teeth at home if you have braces. Dr. Shaina DiMariano is a dentist at DiMariano Family Dentistry in Folsom, CA, that specializes in orthodontics. Here are some tips that will help patients with braces maintain a healthy smile.
- Clean your teeth regularly: If you’re wearing braces, keeping your teeth clean is a top priority. Use a soft-headed toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride. Because food is likely to get stuck in your braces, it’s a good idea to brush after each meal. However, wait for at least 30 minutes after eating. Flossing will also help to removed trapped particles of food.
- Avoid certain foods: If you have braces, you should avoid foods that are hard, sticky, or chewy (for example, toffee, hard candy, or popcorn) as these can get stuck in your braces.
- Take care of your braces: If you’re athletic or play sports, protect your braces with a mouthguard. For the best protection, wear guards on both your upper and lower teeth. Your orthodontist can provide you will a custom-made mouthguard.
- Call your Folsom orthodontist: If you have any questions about your braces or any other dental concerns, you can call Dr. DiMariano for advice. Once the practice is re-open for regular services, you will be able to get back into your usual orthodontic routine.
Even if you take very good care of your braces, they can sometimes break, or a wire or bracket may become loose. If this occurs, you should make an appointment with your dentist immediately.
Due to COVID-19, DiMariano Family Dentistry is suspending non-essential care. Accordingly, if you are experiencing a dental emergency, call our Folsom office at (916) 983-6655.
Even though you brush and floss twice each day, your teeth still look dull and your smile is fading. This is because, over time, eating certain foods, drinking coffee, and smoking can all stain your teeth. However, all is not lost—there are still things you can do to bring back your white smile.
Read on to learn of these options, and contact Dr. Shaina M DiMariano of DiMariano Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in Folsom, CA, if our cosmetic dentistry services sound right for you.
Many kinds of toothpaste, such as those that contain baking soda, are slightly abrasive. This can help remove slight stains. Other kinds of toothpaste contain peroxide for surface stain removal. If they whiten your teeth at all, it is usually only by one shade.
You can buy teeth whitening strips over the counter at drugstores. You apply them to your teeth for 20 minutes a day for several weeks. The strips are coating in a peroxide-based whitening agent. You should see whitening within a few days, and the results can last for up to four months.
Home Teeth Whitening Kits
Most home kits are comprised of a tray that is molded to fit your teeth and a bleaching solution. After boiling the tray to sterilize it and soften it, you bite on it so it can conform to the shape of your teeth. You then fill the tray with a bleaching agent and put the tray over your teeth for 2-4 hours. Home kits that contain carbamide peroxide may whiten your teeth up to several shades.
The Power of Cosmetic Dentistry
If you find that home whitening kits are not brightening your smile as much as you would like, talk to your Folsom dentist about professional whitening. In-chair teeth whitening can provide a brighter smile than home whitening because the bleaching agent is stronger, and your dentist can enhance its action using lasers.
If you live in or around Folsom, CA, and you’d like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry, call Dr. DiMariano today at (916) 983-6655.
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!