Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry
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!