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How Can Cosmetic Dental Veneers Help?

Cosmetic Dentistry - Dental Veneers - Studio City

Porcelain veneers got their start in Hollywood in the last 1920s, where they were used to temporarily change actors’ teeth for movie roles. Since then, they have become a more permanent solution for a variety of tooth problems and conditions. No longer only for the elite, veneers help everyday people with common issues.

Protection Again Wear and Tear

For those who have fragile teeth with a tendency to crack or chip, veneers can add strength and prevent future breakage. This can save a patient a lot of money over the life of the veneers, not to mention the added benefits of less pain and time taken away from work and other commitments for tooth repair. When it comes to a person’s teeth, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

Repairing Damaged Teeth

If a patient’s teeth are already chipped or cracked, a veneer can be applied to both hide the damage and stop it from getting worse. We are able to advise patients as to what outcome they can expect, and how their teeth will look after they are repaired.

Whiter Teeth for a Brighter Smile

While mild staining or yellowing of teeth may be resolved by whitening procedures, not everyone is a good candidate for whitening. Certain types of stains, such as those left by calcium deposits or childhood antibiotic use, do not always respond well to whitening. Others may find the chemicals to be too harsh on their gums. Veneers can cover up unsightly stains to give patients a bright, radiant smile. Additionally, veneers resist stains, so there is no need to worry about future yellowing. Veneers can be ordered in a wide range of shades, letting you choose your new look without any surprises.

 

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry veneers in Studio City, there are several benefits to weigh. Talk to us about veneers and see how they can improve the aesthetics and function of your smile.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Studio City Dental Center - DenturesToday, people who have missing teeth have a choice between dentures or dental implants as replacement teeth. Dentures have been around much longer and have always been a good replacement for missing teeth, but implants have a very high success rate and offer many advantages over dentures. When making the decision between implants and dentures, there are several factors that need to be considered.

The upfront cost of dental implants is much higher than the cost of dentures. Many people choose dentures for this reason alone, though you should consider the lifetime costs of denture cleaners and supplies. Implants require only normal brushing and flossing. Dentures often have to be repaired, adjusted or replaced, whereas dental implants can last a lifetime.

Once your teeth are gone, you begin to lose bone mass under your gums. This is because the bone, which was once supporting your teeth, is now without teeth and roots to support so it begins to wear away. In order for dental implants to work, you must have enough bone for the titanium posts to fuse to. A dental exam and X-rays will allow the dentist to determine if you have enough bone for implants. If you do not, you have a few choices. You may be able to have a bone graft to add more bone for implants. You may also be able to choose a different type of implants that requires less bone.

If you choose to get dentures to replace your teeth, you should remember that dentures will not stop the loss of bone. If you have worn dentures for several years and would like to get implants, it may not be possible due to bone loss. If you get implants, they will stop the bone loss.

You can learn more about the differences between implants and dentures here at Studio City Dental Center. Call us for a consultation appointment and exam to see which tooth replacement options may be right for you.

Dr. Zareh Kouyoumdjian
12435 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, California 91604
Phone: (818) 762-2977
Email: info@studiocitydentalcenter.com

Fax: (818) 762-6772

Friendly staff, little to no wait, and Dr. K is professional and informative.
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