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Understanding Aesthetic Procedures

Q: What are my options for replacing my old dark colored fillings?

A: Old dark fillings can be replaced with white colored filling material called composite resin. This material is as durable if not more so as the silver fillings that were used years ago and the aesthetics are as natural looking as you can get. However, keep in mind that depending on the size of the old fillings and the possible decay that may be underneath the fillings, other options such as all-porcelain on-lays and crowns may be more appropriate. Your dentist will recommend the best possible treatment for your needs.Cosmetic dentist

Q: What are porcelain veneers?

A: Porcelain veneers are thin facings intended for chipped, crooked, misshapen or heavily restored teeth. They are often done for the front 6-8 teeth in both the upper and lower arches. These facings are made entirely of porcelain and are bonded onto the prepared area. They are long lasting and can change an average smile into a stunning smile!

Q: How do I choose the right aesthetic dentist for me?

A: Your smile tells the world around you how you feel about yourself. You want to make sure you are getting quality care in a professional and comfortable environment. You certainly want the best possible results. Choosing a cosmetic dentist is much like choosing a plastic surgeon.

Review many before and after pictures to assess for yourself the type of work the dentist is capable of.
Ask for references of patients who have received this treatment. Their feedback will assist you in determining if the dentist is the right fit for you.
Make sure you have had computer imaging. This will assist you in fully understanding what to expect from the procedure.
Do you know someone who has had a procedure? Get their feedback.
We strongly encourage you to take the time to research your options. If there are any questions you have about Dr. Michael Opler or aesthetic dentistry in general, please contact us today. One of our Client Care Staff will respond as quickly as possible.

Q: What is bonding?

A: Bonding is a procedure whereby teeth that are chipped, broken or misshapen are made to look like new using the tooth colored filling material much like the materials used for white fillings.

Q: What is the difference between bonding and veneers?

A: Bonding and veneers can achieve similar results to change the look of your teeth. Porcelain veneers, however, are generally longer lasting and have superior results due to the enamel-like characteristics of the porcelain material.straight teeth

Q: How long does it take to get veneers?

A: Once you make the decision to get veneers you can expect to have your new gorgeous smile within 2 weeks. Veneers can usually be done in 2 appointments 1 week apart; however, the timing will depend on how flexible your schedule is. Mornings and early afternoons are generally available. DVDs, headphones, massage mats and cable TV are just some of the amenities available for your comfort and can help to pass the time during longer appointments.

Q: Can veneers correct my crooked teeth in place of orthodontics?

A: Yes, in many cases we can achieve the same look you can get with braces. Just think, you can have the perfect smile you've always wanted in just 2 weeks, compared to the 2 years or more it would take to have straighter teeth with braces.

Q: Which gives a better result veneers or braces?

A: Both can give an outstanding result; however; with veneers we have the ability to change the color of your smile to a whiter brighter look.

Q: How many veneers do I need for a new gorgeous smile?

A: Every case is different, depending on a person's wishes. It is common to do 6-10 veneers on the top and depending on the patient's smile; 6-10 are often done on the bottom as well.

Q: How long do veneers last?

A: Veneers can last ten plus years but longevity will depend on home care, regular dental hygiene care and diet. If you are prone to grinding or clenching your teeth, you will need to wear a nighttime mouth guard to prevent damaging your veneers.

Q: Will my teeth be more sensitive with veneers?

A: The bonding procedure that we do when placing your veneers helps to ensure that the tooth will not be sensitive following treatment.

Q: How do I maintain my veneers?

A: It is important to maintain your new veneers by consistent home care, as well as regular three-month visits with your dental hygienist.

Q: How do I know if veneers are the right choice for me?

A: Your dentist will do a thorough exam of your teeth in order to determine if you are a good candidate for veneers. Other than that, the decision is a very personal one.orthodontic treatment

Q: How real do veneers look in comparison to natural teeth?

A: We recommend you talk to some of our patients who have had veneers done at our office. Many of them will tell you that their veneers are so natural looking that even their closest friends and family members couldn't guess what was different after they had them done. After getting veneers, people will compliment your good looks, they'll say you look younger, more vibrant, even happier, but they may not be able to tell you why! Veneers are so natural looking; no one will know they aren't your own beautiful teeth!

Q: Will bleaching harm my teeth?

A: No, bleaching is a safe procedure and will not harm your teeth. Studies have shown there to be no ill effects to the nerves of the teeth. Temporary sensitivity of the teeth during treatment can sometimes occur, but should dissipate once treatment is done.

Q: How white can I go?

A: You can bleach your teeth until you are happy with the results, and most people are able to bleach their teeth to several shades whiter than what they already are. However, a small number of people do not respond to the bleaching process and find the changes to be insignificant. Other alternatives must then be explored.

Q: What is the difference between the bleaching procedure you offer and the ones sold at drugstores?

A: Commercially available tooth whitening systems can now be purchased at your local drugstore. While these products are effective to a certain degree, there are a few limitations to be aware of. Please ask us about what system would work best for you.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A DENTIST

Family Dental Care: Helping everyone.

Going to the dentist can be a regular nightmare for some people but it shouldn’t have to be. Having a good dentist who we can trust and feel comfortable around is as important as having a mechanic we can rely on, or a teacher who knows his subject well and can explain it to us in a way we can understand. The problem for most people is that they bring unwarranted fears and anxieties of going to the dentist with them throughout their whole lives. The time is now to stop looking at dentistry through jaded eyes and start to feel positive about your oral healthcare professional. Here are some tips to help you make sure and pick the best dentist for you.cosmetic dentist
First step to being more comfortable with your dentist is to realize that your dentist should have a personality that is compatible with yours. One should always go and talk with a dentist before they have their first appointment. If you are a lighthearted person who likes to joke around, look for a dentist who is the same way. If you are more serious and like to keep things direct, see to it that your dentist has the same attitude as you. Having personality traits in common with your dentist will make you feel more at ease about the whole process.
The next thing to look for is a dentist that can give you the right care. Not all dentists are the same, and that goes further than to say just specialty dentist and regular dentist. There are dentist who specialize in adult dental care and who are better suited to deal with the problems of an adult patient. There are also family dentist who tend to be better with children and teens. The oral health problems that kids face are often very different from those of an adult. Make sure and select the dentist who is right for you on all levels.
One common aspect of selecting a dentist that goes too often forgotten is picking a dentist whose office you feel comfortable in. One of the biggest reasons people hate going to the dentist is because they associate the dentist with cold and unpleasant waiting rooms and evil seeming dental chairs. Today more than ever dentists are putting a lot of attention into the way they are designing their clinics so that their patients feel at home in them. The modern dentist office should have a bright, clean feeling and make you feel at ease inside. There should be friendly people working at the desk and with the dentist and there should be plenty of things to distract you while you are being treated or while you are in the waiting room. Some dentist offices today even offer computers where kids can play games as they wait for their turn in the chair, a feature that quickly makes children forget why they ever disliked going to the dentist in the first place. Consider all things carefully when you pick your next dentist and you might find that going to the dental clinic is not half bad. If you need a Cosmetic Dentist in San Antonio click here please

Dental Crowding

Severely crowded or overlapped teeth are difficult to clean properly. In some severe cases of crowding, teeth are placed in front of each other, making it difficult for the average person to clean. It becomes easier not to brush teeth, especially when the gums are tender and bleed easily.
With poor hygiene, Plaque and bacteria grow around the teeth which cause accumulation of calculus or tartar. Over time,if left untreated, calculus gets under the gum line and the waste products in the bacteria attack the supporting teeth structures, dissolving them. At this stage, the patient has developed periodontitis or gum disease. Gum disease causes bad breath and there will be an unpleasant taste in the mouth. orthodontics
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.

Because of the difficulty patients with crowded teeth have in keeping good hygiene, another significant problem is decay. The decay that is caused by the waste products of bacteria destroys the enamel and the softer dentin underneath. Decay develops in areas where food becomes trapped and causes plaque. Decay is common between the teeth in patients without crowding but is much more common in the case of crowded teeth. The decay starts in areas that are almost impossible to see, so by the time of discovery, it involves several surfaces of the tooth. orthodontic treatment
Besides a higher incidence of caries and gum disease, severe crowding affects people’s speech, by the difficulty experienced to properly pronounce some sounds. Crowding can also affect people’s health, because of not chewing properly and finally, it can affect self-esteem. At Saba Orthodontics, Dr. Saba can give you a beautiful smile that gives you confidence and betters your oral health just like she has for thousands of others. Visit us at for more information or call for a complimentary consultation at our Dental office

Crooked and Gapped Teeth

Nobody likes a crooked or gapped smile. In reality, the majority of people with crooked or gapped teeth are extremely self-conscious about their appearance, and live their lives not smiling. Our Orthodontics Providers have the ability to change all that at their Invisalign practice with one of the most revolutionary orthodontic treatments ever created, Invisalign.orthodontics

The Invisalign system consists of a series of virtually invisible clear aligners that you replace every two weeks. Each aligner is custom-made and is designed to progressively shift your teeth into proper alignment. Because each aligner is specially made to exact calculation to fit your bite and smile, you can rest assured that we will be creating a smile that truly fits you.

We will first start by examining your mouth including your teeth, jaws, jaw joints, muscles and view them as a complete functional system and decide whether Invisalign is the correct treatment. Our Orthodontists will then take precise impressions of your teeth that are submitted to the Invisalign labs. Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign will create your custom aligners based upon our instructions. Each set of aligners is worn for two weeks, shifting your teeth gradually millimeter by millimeter every week until the very best results have been achieved. The typical turnaround on a full Invisalign treatment usually last about 12 months, however each case is different and may require more or less time. Please visit this website

Invisalign Express consists of a maximum of 10 trays in the system, which is a minimum of 20 weeks of treatment not including retainer treatment. This is for cases that require little movement, mild crowding and mild to no rotation. It is a great system for rebound cases of people who had braces before.clear braces - invisalign

Unlike traditional metal braces that everyone can see, Invisalign is almost completely invisible and undetectable. Invisalign will not hold you back because you can completely remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss. You will also enjoy the comfort of not feeling irritation to your gums and cheeks because unlike tradition metal braces, Invisalign has smooth edges.

If you are ready to transform your appearance and live your life smiling, call your Anaheim Invisalign Providers, Dr. James Kim and Dr. David Tipton today.

Invisalign Teen patients of San Antonio are now finding it easier to smile thanks to our Orthodontists. Like its predecessor, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen uses a series of removable, clear plastic aligners that straighten a teen’s smile millimeter by millimeter week by week.

Invisalign Teen can be used to treat overly crooked teeth, crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, overbites, crossbites and underbites. Only a certified Invisalign Provider like Dr. David Tipton can determine if Invisalign Teen is the right orthodontic treatment for you. More on this website
After consulting with our Orthodontist at the Invisalign Practice, impressions of your teeth are made and the aligners are constructed using the latest of 3-D technology that map your teeth’s movement.

These new teen-targeted aligners are shaped in a way that allows your permanent teeth to grow in with ease. They have a Blue Dot Wear Indicator, which fades away every two weeks, thus letting you know when a new set of aligners are needed. Invisalign Teen easily adapts to a teen’s busy and active lifestyle by offering free replacement aligners should they get lost.invisalign braces

Because Invisalign Teen is virtually invisible, teens are finding themselves smiling more during and after treatment. Getting teased for having braces is now a thing of the past. Invisalign Teen patients are having the confidence to succeed both in and outside school. Invisalign Teen aligners are easy to remove, hence promoting better oral hygiene as well as offering a pain-free experience with less irritation to the gums and mouth. The best part about Invisalign is that they can be removed for those special occasions in a teenager’s life like graduation or prom.