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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.
Interested? Give us a call
Brighten your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatments! Call your dentist in Folsom, CA, Dr. DiMariano, at (916) 983-6655 to schedule your appointment.
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!
If you have been wanting a straighter smile, then braces could be right for you. Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment for straightening teeth, closing gaps between teeth, and correcting alignment or bite problems. Braces can be worn be both teens and adults. At DiMariano Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, Dr. Shaina DiMariano is your Folsom orthodontist for braces.
Types of Braces
There are several different types of braces available. Your Folsom orthodontist can help you select the right type for you. The four main types of braces available include:
- Metal braces
- Clear braces
- Lingual braces
- Aligner trays
Metal, clear, and lingual braces each rely on brackets and wires to move the teeth. For metal and clear braces, the brackets are placed on the front of the teeth. A major difference between the two options is that the brackets used for clear braces blend in with the teeth for a discreet look. Lingual braces are also discreet as the brackets are placed on the back of the teeth. All three types of braces are effective options for straightening crooked teeth, closing gaps between teeth, and correcting alignment or bite problems, such as overbites and underbites.
Aligner trays represent an alternative method for straightening teeth and closing small gaps. There are no brackets and wires. The teeth are straightened using aligner trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. The trays are custom made for each patient. New sets of trays are provided every few weeks. The aligner trays offer several advantages, including being soft, discreet, and removable. One disadvantage is that while aligner trays effectively straighten teeth, they cannot necessarily be used to correct bite or alignment problems.
A dentist or an orthodontist can help you decide if braces are right for you, as well as which type is best for the results you wish to achieve. To learn more about the different types of braces and how they could help you achieve your ideal smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. DiMariano, your Folsom, CA, orthodontist, by calling DiMariano Family Dentistry and Orthodontics at (916) 983-6655.