Porcelain Veneers the Smile Fixer

If you have had your teeth bonded but would like to go one step further, talk to a cosmetic dentist in Laguna Hills about porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are the best solution if you would like to resurrect your smile and go for something more permanent.

Porcelain Veneers the Next Step

While cosmetic dental bonding fixes a multitude of problems, it isn’t as strong as veneers and doesn’t have the shelf life that the thin sheets of porcelain do.

With proper care, bonding lasts between 5 and 7 years. Porcelain veneers can look beautiful for 10 to 15 years as long as you take good care of them.

While veneers cost more upfront, they are more wallet friendly as the years go by because they won’t have to be touched up like bonded teeth do.

Dental Bonding

If you follow the Saddleback Dentistry Blog you will have learned the dental bonding is done chairside in a single dental appointment.

Because bonding repairs chips and cracks and is sometimes used for inlays, onlays and fillings, it is the affordable option when it comes to repairs and restorations.

With that being said, cosmetic dental bonding usually made from resin, stains more easily than veneers. Bonding also chips more readily as well.

Porcelain Veneers

The best way to shorten or lengthen teeth or to totally change the appearance of your smile is with porcelain veneers.

Made from dental grade porcelain the thin sheets are custom designed to fit over the tops of your natural teeth. Because you want the best fit possible. Dr. Dean Garcia or Dr. Ryan Conkle shaves some of the enamel off the tooth or teeth.

This makes the veneer procedure permanent. Unlike bonding, which is reversible, veneers must be replaced with new ones or cosmetic dental crowns.

The Porcelain Veneer Process

Before you can proceed with dental veneers, your Laguna Hills cosmetic dentist will examine your smile.  Your teeth and gums must be healthy for this type of dental restoration.

If no issues are found Dr. Ryan Conkle or Dr. Dean Garcia will pick a color from the guide that best matches your teeth. After the shade is chosen a portion of your enamel is removed. Once removed an impression is made for your new veneers.

Because your teeth won’t look so great while you are waiting for your custom veneers, you’ll be fitted with a temporary set of dental veneers.

When your veneers are ready, which takes a couple of weeks, Saddleback Dentistry will check for fit and color. If everyone is happy your new restorations are cemented into place before polishing.

Porcelain Veneers in Laguna Hills

If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, call or send a direct message and talk to a team member from Saddleback Dentistry today.

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Invisalign® the Best Option for Teeth

Invisalign® is by far the best solution for mild to moderate crooked teeth. All you have to do is read the reviews and you’ll quickly learn that one of the oldest removable tooth straightening systems is also the most reliable.

Don’t DIY Clear Braces

While you may be attracted to the DIY versions that you find online, those clear braces could actually do more harm than good. In addition, they could cause permanent damage.

Sending in a picture of your teeth and an impression isn’t the best way to order customized clear plastic braces. Furthermore, your progress isn’t monitored by a cosmetic dentist in Laguna Hills.

As a result, this could have harmful effects, especially if you weren’t a good candidate for removable braces in the first place.

What is Invisalign®?

According to Saddleback Dentistry, Invisalign® uses a serious of clear plastic aligners that are custom made to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.

Depending on your situation you will be prescribed a number of aligners that you’ll replace every seven to 14 days. This is dependent on your Invisalign® blueprint.

During your treatment time you’ll wear your clear plastic braces for 22 hours every day.  The only time you’ll remove them is when you eat a meal and brush and floss your teeth. It is imperative that you stay the course. If you don’t, your treatment time might be impeded.

Treatment time for Invisalign® can take as little as six weeks. However, most patients see final results in 12 to 18 months. This is much quicker than conventional wires and brackets. Standard braces can take up to 24 months.

Is Everyone a Good Candidate?

While most people with mild to moderate crooked teeth are great candidates for Invisalign®, patients with severe over or under bites or wide spaces between teeth may fare better with conventional braces.

In addition, people who have pegged teeth or teeth that are too short may not be suitable for clear braces either.

What is Invisalign® Good For?

  • Crowding
  • Spacing
  • Mild to Moderate Bite Problems
  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Crossbites
  • Openbites
  • Small Spaces Between Teeth
  • Rotated Teeth

An Invisalign® Consultation

When you schedule an Invisalign® consultation with Saddleback Dentistry your teeth and gums are evaluated to determine your candidacy.

It really is that simple and best of all your entire process is monitored as you will see your dentist in Laguna Hills every six weeks to make sure everything is going to plan.

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign®, call or send a text and schedule an Invisalign® consultation today.  


Professional Teeth Whitening for Results

Professional teeth whitening in Laguna Hills is the best defense against stains and is much safer than products you find at your local pharmacy.

A white and bright smile is one of the first things people notice when you walk into a room.

Saddleback Dentistry agrees that a smile that is dull, brown, yellow or lifeless won’t do you any favors and that is where professional teeth whitening comes in.

Why Professional is Best

Dr. Dean Garcia from Saddleback Dentistry has seen the results of too much over the counter whitening products. Unfortunately some people use far too much product too often. At best, this causes sensitivity, at worse; it could damage the enamel on your teeth.

Whitening strips, polishes, rinses and one size fits all whitening trays are more dangerous than they look and should be left on the shelf.

Professional teeth whitening products contain a higher amount of active bleaching ingredient. However, the process is monitored providing you with the safest experience possible.

What is Professional Teeth Whitening?

Dr. Ryan Conkle explains that professional teeth whitening is a process that is monitored from the beginning. Best of all, those trays that you wear are actually custom made to fit your teeth.

Your custom fitted trays are worn for about 2 to four hours every night for up to six weeks. While you may feel a bit of tooth sensitivity, it will be nothing like what you would experience with over the counter one size fits all tooth whitening trays.

Is it Right for Everyone?

While this is a great solution for most people, it isn’t right for everyone. For example, if you have restored teeth, such as tooth colored fillings, dental crowns, dental implants or dental bridges, teeth whitening will not work. Teeth that are gray or brown colored may not have good results either.

If you have interior or intrinsic staining, talk to your cosmetic dentist in Southern California as you may be more suited to porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, dental implants or other types of dental restorations.

If you already have restorations that aren’t looking as good as they used to, schedule an appointment for a cosmetic dentistry evaluation in Laguna Hills.

Professional Teeth Whitening for the Win

Professional teeth whitening is an excellent way to boost your smile quotient. Call or send a text and talk to a team member from Saddleback Dentistry. A new smile doesn’t have to take months.

Send a direct message for a cosmetic dentistry evaluation today.



Cosmetic Dental Bonding Enamel Shaping

Cosmetic dentistry in Laguna Hills will change your life and if you follow the Saddleback Dentistry Blog you’ll remember that there are several solutions for chipped and cracked teeth including cosmetic dental bonding and enamel shaping.

In most cases, enamel shaping goes hand in hand with dental bonding as in the case of shortening and lengthening teeth. However, not all dental bonding cases require enamel shaping.

What is Enamel Shaping?

Also called re-contouring, Dr. Dean Garcia and Dr. Ryan Conkle explain that enamel shaping provides just the right size and shape for your tooth or teeth.

For example, your tooth might be shaped before lengthening or your dentist might want to smooth out the corners of your eye teeth. Sometimes your cosmetic dentist in Laguna Hills will recommend enamel shaping to even out your back teeth as well.

Whatever the reason or reasons, enamel shaping can do wonders for your not so perfect smile. It is also an extremely attractive alternative to porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental crowns.

What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

Dr. Ryan Conkle often recommends cosmetic dental bonding for people who want to change the look of their smile, but aren’t quite ready for porcelain veneers. Remember, porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental crowns are permanent.

Dental bonding repairs chips and cracks and is sometimes used for tooth colored fillings, inlays and onlays.

People who want to alter their smile enjoy great results for a long lasting and beautiful smile.

With that being said, dental bonding is not as strong as other types of cosmetic dentistry solutions.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding is Also Used For:

  • Uneven teeth
  • Rough teeth
  • Teeth that are too long or too short
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Permanently stained teeth
  • Overcrowding
  • Sharp corners on teeth

How Long Does Cosmetic Dental Bonding Last?

Bonding lasts for years as long as you practice good oral hygiene. In addition, you will need to stop chewing on ice and biting your nails.

Because the bonding material is made from dental resin it is not as strong as dental porcelain. Moreover, porcelain is used for veneers and cosmetic crowns and is extremely sturdy.

If you have a habit of chewing on anything you’ll want to think hard about cosmetic dental bonding. Furthermore, tooth staining is another issue with dental bonding.

If you love a glass of red wine, your coffee or tea in the morning or a big bowl of spaghetti bolognaise, your bonds will stain more quickly because resin is more porous than veneers or crowns.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Laguna Hills

If you would like to learn more about dental bonding, enamel shaping or any other type of cosmetic dentistry solutions, call or send a direct message and talk to a team member from Saddleback Dentistry in Laguna Hills today.



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