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By Pacific Dental Care
January 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

Unhappy with the look of your smile? Porcelain veneers from here at Pacific Dental Care in East Palmdale, West Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster, CA, can change that. With five specialty dentists to serve you, read on to learn how this premier cosmetic dentistry service can rejuvenate your smile and self-image.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers, or dental laminates, are shells of high-grade ceramic that are bonded to the front of aesthetically flawed teeth. While they do also strengthen tooth structure, veneers are primarily a cosmetic dentistry service, disguising defects such as:

  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Deep stains
  • Small gaps
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Craze lines
  • Pits and fissures
  • Mild crookedness

Your veneers will require some enamel resurfacing so they fit and bite properly. This makes your veneers permanent.

Do you need porcelain veneers?

As with any cosmetic dentistry service from Pacific Dental Care, an in-depth consultation is a must. During this appointment, you and your dentist will discuss your smile goals and determine the health of your teeth and gums. Consider questions such as:

  • Am I satisfied with my tooth color, size, and shape?
  • How much gum tissue shows when I smile?
  • How much time and money am I willing to devote to my smile makeover?

With those questions answered, you may decide if veneers are right for you. Then, the treatment can begin.

The veneer treatment

Treatment begins with the removal of about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from each tooth. Your dentist also takes photos and oral impressions which help the dental lab fabricate your veneers with just the right size, shape, and color.

Between appointments, you'll wear temporary veneers. When you return to Pacific Dental Care, the doctor will remove them and try on the new veneers. Finally, a tooth-colored cement and special bonding light affix the veneers in place.

Advantages of porcelain veneers

  1. They are strong and realistic.
  2. They cause little to no gum sensitivity due to professional placement by your cosmetic dentist.
  3. They last upwards of 10 years.
  4. Unlike porcelain crowns, veneers require only mild enamel reduction.
  5. Veneers improve the appearance of mildly crooked or gapped teeth without elaborate orthodontic treatment.
  6. Oral hygiene consists of semi-annual examinations and cleanings at Pacific Dental Care, daily flossing and twice-daily brushing.
  7. You can eat anything you want, avoiding only extra-hard foods such as caramel apples.

Get that new smile

Come see the professionals at Pacific Dental Care about porcelain veneers and the other cosmetic dentistry services that we offer. Our five doctors cover the finest in comprehensive dental care at four convenient locations serving East Palmdale, West Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster. Contact us today:

  • (661) 256-2500 - Rosamond
  • (661) 267-5700 - West Palmdale
  • (661) 948-8187 - Lancaster
  • (661) 285-8600 - East Palmdale
By Pacific Dental Care
September 24, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

Everyone aspires to have a picture-perfect smile, but sometimes the years take their toll. Whether damage, decay or aging have put a damper on your smile, Pacific Dental Care in Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster, CA can bring your smile back to its best with dental implants.

Dental implants are a safe, effective way to restore missing teeth.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a post, shaped like a screw, which is secured under your gums and into the jawbone to serve as the root for an artificial tooth, which will be affixed to the top of the dental implant.

Why are dental implants a good option?

Unlike the most common alternative to dental implants -- dentures -- dental implants are permanent, which takes away the fuss of removing them for cleaning, the embarrassment of having them potentially impede your speech and the discomfort of them shifting around in your mouth. Not to mention, dental implants are cared for just like your original teeth, with brushing and flossing.

What is the process for dental implants?

Your Palmdale dentist will set up the procedure to be as comfortable for you as possible, applying an anesthetic to dull any pain you might experience. A small incision will be made in your gum, making room for the implant to be screwed firmly into place in your jaw. During the next weeks to months, the bone will grow around the implant and create a strong base for an artificial tooth, which will be attached to the top of the implant. Your dentist will use a replacement tooth matched to the shade and shape of your natural teeth, making it undetectable.

How do I take care of my dental implants?

You will need to brush, floss and rinse as normal, making sure to see your Palmdale dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.

Don't wait another day for your best smile. Ask Pacific Dental Care in Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster, CA about dental implants. Call today.

Are you dissatisfied with your smile? If so, you need to learn about all of the different cosmetic dentistry procedures offered by your dentists at Pacific Dental Care in Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster, CA, that can transform your appearance.

Would you like to brighten your smile?

Brushing alone sometimes isn't enough to keep your smile looking bright and white. Stains from coffee, tea, cola, wine, and nicotine can make your teeth look dull and yellow. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening offers a simple solution to this issue! Taking just about an hour at one of our offices in Palmdale, Rosamond, or Lancaster, CA, this treatment bleaches away stains and leaves you with a radiant smile that can last for years. Custom take-home kits are also available from our offices.

Do flaws and imperfections make you want to frown?

Your dentist offers several cosmetic dentistry treatments that can improve the way your teeth look including:

  • Bonding: Bonding hides discolorations, repairs chips/other damage, closes gaps, and improves tooth shape. During treatment, flexible, tooth-colored composite resin is applied to your teeth to then be bonded to the enamel with a curing light.
  • Veneers: Thin veneers are attached to the fronts of your teeth, in order to hide a chip or shallow crack, eliminate between-teeth gaps, or change the shape or length of a tooth. They can also also be used to hide one discolored tooth or whiten all of your teeth.
  • Crowns: Dental crowns fit over problematic teeth to not only improve their discolored appearance and odd shaping, but also to fortify them from possible damage.

Have you lost a tooth?

A missing tooth changes your appearance and may make chewing difficult. Depending on the number of teeth you've lost, you may want to consider restoring your smile with a bridge, dental implant, or dentures.

Do you have a gum issue?

Removing excess gum tissue during a minor oral surgical procedure can improve your gummy smile. If your teeth look too long due to receding gums, your dentist may recommend a gum graft to restore your gum tissue.

Give us a call!

Renew your smile with a cosmetic dentistry treatment! Schedule an appointment with your dentists at Pacific Dental Care by calling (661) 267-5700 for the West Palmdale, CA, office, (661) 285-8600 for the East Palmdale office, (661) 256-2500 for the Rosamond office or (661) 948-8187 for the Lancaster office.

By Pacific Dental Care
May 06, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentist
Tags: Braces  

Have you ever wondered how braces realign your teeth? Whether you have crooked teeth, large spaces between teeth, or a bite problem, bracesyour Pacific Dental Care orthodontists offer braces that can improve your smile! Read on to learn how their offices in Rosamond, Lancaster, West Palmdale, and East Palmdale, CA, can improve your alignment!

 

Pressure is the key

The roots of your teeth are connected to your jawbone with fibrous connective tissues called periodontal ligaments. The ligaments have a little give to them, which allows your teeth to gradually reposition themselves if they receive constant pressure from braces.

If you choose metal or ceramic braces, your orthodontists in Rosamond, Lancaster, West Palmdale or East Palmdale will attach brackets to your teeth with dental cement before threading metal wires through them. You'll then visit the office approximately every four to six weeks for adjustments to the tension of the wires.

Lingual braces, which are attached to the backs of teeth, also use the wire and bracket method.

Clear aligner trays, the newest orthodontic option, use a different approach. With this treatment, you will receive a series of aligner trays, each of which will be worn for about two weeks. No adjustments are needed with clear aligners. Your trays exert constant, gentle pressure on your teeth and are designed to accomplish specific straightening goals. Additionally, unlike metal and ceramic braces, you can remove your clear aligners when you eat, brush and floss, or play sports. However, the trays must still be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day.

 

Interested in treatment? Give us a call!

Schedule an appointment with your Pacific Dental Care orthodontist by calling (661) 256-2500 for the Rosamond, CA, office, (661) 267-5700 for the West Palmdale, CA, office, (661) 948-8187 for the Lancaster office, or (661) 285-8600 for the East Palmdale, CA, office.

By Pacific Dental Care
March 12, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentist
Tags: Braces  

Find out the most effective way to get the straighter smile you’ve always wanted.

If you are dealing with a crooked or misaligned smile, then you already know that getting braces could improve both your appearance and bracesyour oral health. That being said, there are so many different kinds of braces on the market today that it can often be difficult to decide which type is right for you—this is where our Palmdale, CA, dentists can help.

 

Traditional Braces

When you think about braces, chances are you that you're picturing traditional metal bracket-and-wire braces. Of course, don’t let this classic look fool you; metal braces have changed a lot over the years. They are now lightweight and sleeker than ever before, making them more comfortable to wear.

Those who are looking to correct more complex alignment issues, need jaw realignment, or are looking for a more budget-friendly orthodontic treatment are all ideal candidates for traditional metal braces.

 

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces function and look just like traditional braces, but the key difference is that the brackets are made from a clear ceramic making them less visible. As you might imagine, ceramic braces allow patients who require traditional braces to be able to have a more discreet and aesthetically pleasing option.

Of course, it’s important that the wearer is dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene, as the elastics can become discolored if you don’t thoroughly brush and floss on a regular basis.

 

Lingual Braces

Again, if our Palmdale, CA, general dentist has determined that the most effective approach to a straighter smile will be with traditional braces you may also want to weigh the pros and cons of lingual braces. They function just like traditional metal braces, but instead of being bonded to the front of the teeth, they are actually adhered to the back for complete discretion.

Of course, lingual braces aren’t ideal for all patients. Those who play certain instruments or sports, as well as those with underbites may not be good candidates for lingual braces.

 

Clear Aligners

This orthodontic option is popular for older teens and adults who want to fix their misaligned smiles but with a subtler approach. Clear aligner systems such as Invisalign make it possible to fix everything from overbites and underbites to gaps between teeth and overcrowding through the use of transparent, plastic aligners rather than brackets and wires. Aligners are also removable so you can brush, floss, and eat the way you normally would even without braces.

 

Call Today!

Do you have questions about the type of braces that would be ideal for your smile needs? Want to find out if your smile could benefit from orthodontic treatment? If so, call Pacific Dental Care today. We offer comprehensive dentistry to Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster, CA.

West Palmdale, CA, (661) 267-5700; East Palmdale, CA, (661) 285-8600; Rosamond, CA, (661) 256-2500; Lancaster, CA, (661) 948-8187.





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