We see makeovers everywhere. People makeover their wardrobe, their body, their house, their face, and more. But have you ever thought about getting a smile makeover?

Research has shown that a beautiful smile has a number of benefits. Smiles can make us more attractive, more likely to laugh, more healthy, and more successful, as a result.

Sometimes all we need is a quick cosmetic adjustment to our smile. But some of us want and need more, for a variety of reasons. If you’re looking for a more beautiful smile, here are three treatments that, when performed in concert, can give you the smile makeover that you’re craving:

1. Zoom! Whitening

The Zoom! teeth whitening system can make your teeth up to 8 shades whiter in less than an hour. Your results will last for up to one year, depending on your eating and drinking habits and home hygiene practices.

Want to know what your teeth would look like with Zoom! teeth whitening? Download this iPhone/iPad app to find out.

2. Invisalign

Invisalign is clear and practically invisible, so nothing gets in the way of your new smile. Used by over half a million people, Invisalign offers a number of attractive benefits when compared with traditional braces:

– Unobtrusive in business meetings or social gatherings

– No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth

– Most people won’t notice you’re wearing aligners

3. Lumineers

Lumineers are a more modern form of veneers, which are an easy way to improve and whiten stained or chipped teeth, as well as protect a damaged tooth from further harm.

Lumineers are extremely thin veneers – less than one-third as thick as traditional veneers. In many cases, Lumineers are a wonderful option for a comfortable and simple smile make-over. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers can be applied with no injections and little to no alteration of your existing teeth.

In fact, the treatment is typically performed in only two visits, making Lumineers a fantastic option for patients looking to dramatically enhance their smile in a quick period of time.

The power of these three treatments is delivered when they are performed in a series of treatments intended to give you a complete smile makeover.

If you have any questions about any of these three treatments, or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

You’ve most likely noticed it from a past visit to the dentist. The hygienist goes around your mouth, inspects each tooth, and calls out a number. Depending on the dental office and the patient, the number may be referencing the degree to which your gums are receding. Receding gums lead to pockets of space between your teeth and gums. Bacteria quickly find their way into these little pockets and cause decay and disease, which can ultimately lead to tooth or bone loss.

Causes

Gingival recession (receding gums) is often caused by something as innocuous as patients brushing their teeth too hard with too much force. Aggressive brushing doesn’t reduce decay and, in fact, the hard motions can cause your gums to recede over time. For this reason, we advise that all patients choose a toothbrush that is labeled ‘soft.’

However, aggressive brushing isn’t the only trigger for gingival recession. Other factors that can cause receding gums include genetics, tooth position, excessive bruxism (grinding your teeth), hormonal changes, tobacco use, or lack of oral health.

Treatment

What can you do if your gums are receding too much, too quickly? As with most problems, early treatment enables us to stop the problem in its tracks before it leads to bigger, more permanent issues. If your gingival recession is more advanced, then we can schedule root planing or scaling to remove plaque and bacteria underneath the gums and around the roots, making sure your periodontal area is healthy.

Root Planing + Scaling

This treatment starts with a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits beneath the gum line, making sure any pockets that have developed between your teeth and gums are free of bacteria. Tooth roots can also be planed to smooth the root surface, giving room for gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. In some cases, your bite can need readjusting. We might recommend antibiotics or rinsing with antimicrobials to help stop the growth of bacteria that cause periodontitis.

Gum Grafting

If we’re not able to solve the problem through root planing + scaling, then we may schedule a surgical procedure known as gum grafting. During the procedure, a thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth, or gently moved over from adjacent areas, to provide a stable, healthy band of flesh around the tooth. The procedure is highly predictable and typically successful in addressing the problems associated with gum recession.

In the end, gum recession can become a problem worth addressing. Fortunately, our team has the skills and experience to bring your gums back to health and restore your beautiful smile.

If you have any questions about receding gums or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

Many of us can find something that we would like to fix about our smile. From stains to gaps, cracks, and beyond, there are a number of problems that can emerge that make our smile less beautiful than we’d like. The good news is that we specialize in a variety of treatments in a field known as cosmetic dentistry. Each of these treatments functions to improve your overall dental health while making your smile bright and beautiful. And while some might consider cosmetic dentistry to be a luxury, there are tangible benefits that result from maintaining a captivating smile.

While cosmetic dentistry includes a wide variety of different treatments, these are some of the most popular options that we offer:

1- Dental Implants – Dental implants are replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can allow you to regain normal function and be able to confidently show off a nice smile once again.

2- Bonding

3- Lumineers – Lumineers are a new type of veneer that allows you to get a custom-made smile designed with care. They are a more modern form of veneers, which are an easy way to improve and whiten stained or chipped teeth, as well as protect a damaged tooth from further harm.

4- Inlays and Onlays – Inlays and onlays are also used to replace old fillings when they are no longer in satisfactory condition. Inlays and onlays are typically made from porcelain and last anywhere from 10 to 30 years, depending on the patient.

5- Whitening – We offer professional Zoom! and KoR whitening systems to make your teeth look bright and beautiful once again.

If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

There are clearly a wide variety of treatment options for patients who are trying to make their smile more beautiful. Snap-on smile is yet another way for San Diego residents to use cosmetic dentistry to experience a more dynamic smile that leads to higher levels of confidence and self-esteem.

Snap-on Smile

Snap-on Smile is “a patented, easy and painless way to obtain a beautiful smile.” It was invented by a dentist who realized that not everyone can afford thousands of dollars to get a Hollywood smile make-over. After years of extensive research and development, we can now provide you with a Snap-On Smile that is thin and strong with the look of natural teeth. You can eat and drink with your Snap-On Smile. It’s easy to care for and can be a temporary or permanent cosmetic solution. It’s available for upper and lower teeth. Snap-On Smile’s unique, proprietary formula of hi-tech dental resin make it very thin yet extremely strong. It fits right over your own teeth to give you a beautiful, natural-looking smile—even if you have stains, chips, gaps or missing teeth.”

Who can benefit from Snap-on Smile?

Snap-on Smile is a great choice for patients who have gaps, crooked, stained, or missing teeth and aren’t a great candidate for bridges or dental implants.

What is the treatment process?

Snap-on Smile is an easy and painless option for many patients. The process consists of three steps:

1. Pick the style and shade of your Snap-on Smile

2. Get fitted by our team

3. Come back in 3 weeks for a final fitting and wear your new smile home with you!

In the end, Snap-on-smile can be a great solution for patients looking for more confidence and a more beautiful smile.

If you have any lingering questions about snap-on-smile or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

For patients with missing or cracked teethdental implants can be an incredibly powerful procedure. Implants are remarkably similar to regular teeth and fuse into your mouth over time for a permanent solution. However, some patients don’t have the proper amount of jawbone required to support the titanium implant and the osseointegration that occurs when the implant is placed. This could be due to a number of factors, including gum disease, injuries, infection, or other causes.

We require that the jawbone is wide and tall enough to support an implant for a long period of time. When patients don’t have enough bone, we perform a procedure called a bone graft, or bone augmentation. Once the graft is completed, we typically wait anywhere from 4-10 months before placing the dental implant.

The bone graft procedure follows a few simple steps:

1. We gather the bone for grafting from a tissue bank or from an area of your own body, such as the chin, hip or tibia.

2. The holes in your bone are filled with the grafting tissue. 

3. A special membrane is placed over the graft to protect the graft and encourage bone growth. 

4. Once the graft is in place, the gums are stitched back over the graft and covered with a periodontal bandage. The graft is ready to take hold. 

We can perform this procedure right inside our office for many patients. We typically give patients antibiotics and pain medication to ensure that we maximize the procedure’s effectiveness. Patients return to the office throughout the healing process to ensure that the graft is healing correctly.

If you have any questions about bone grafting or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

While many of our patients know a great deal about Invisalign and the benefits that it can offer those needed orthodontic care, few know as much about another cosmetic dentistry option called Six Month Smiles.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles® is a system of clear plastic braces that do just what metal braces do – correct the alignment of the upper and/or lower teeth by slowly guiding them to the proper position – without filling the mouth with unsightly metal. 

How does this work?

According to the provider, “Six Month Smiles uses low force to move teeth gently. Many people think that the accelerated braces treatment means simply “tightening” regular braces to get the teeth moving, but that is not true. Six Month Smiles utilizes standard orthodontic mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite.”

Six Month Smiles accomplishes this without any additional risk to gums or teeth, making it a safe option for many patients looking for straighter teeth and a more beautiful smile.

Six Month Smiles is designed for patients 15 years and older who are looking for better teeth alignment without the need for complete reconstruction.

The best part? The procedure takes only six months to complete (get it?).

Learn more about this cosmetic dentistry procedure by asking a question or making an appointment to talk with our team.

We’ve all done it. Some of us find it absolutely irresistible. But is chewing on ice really bad or is it another common myth passed down from generation to generation?

Unlike myths that are perpetuated and wrong, such as the myth that you’re more at risk for getting a cold if you go outside with wet hair, this question is valid and, as it turns out, chewing on ice is actually bad for your teeth. But why?

The Problem

There is a vast temperature difference that exists between the inside of your mouth and the ice that you chew. The cold temperature of ice can cause your teeth to fracture, and can also cause microscopic cracks in your enamel that can lead to big problems in the future.

Furthermore, chewing on something as hard as ice puts undue pressure on your enamel, which can cause damage. Unfortunately, our bodies cannot replace enamel, so we have to be especially careful to practice good habits so that our enamel doesn’t erode over the course of our lives.

Ice can also amplify teeth sensitivity, especially for people who have sensitive teeth, to begin with. Ice can be extremely problematic for patients with traditional braces. Chewing on ice can easily break a bracket or wire, leading to pain and unnecessary dental emergencies.

The Solution

If you’re looking to crunch on something, we highly recommend chewing on baby carrots or apples rather than ice. These foods will satiate your desire and provide you with added health benefits at the same time.

If you have any questions about your dental health or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

Over time, the way that your mouth is shaped and the way it functions can change. Stress, use, and aging all can have a big impact on the evolution of your bite. A bite is considered healthy when all or most of the teeth are present and not decaying with normal daily usage. However, when your jaw joints and your bite are no longer in harmony, your body will most definitely let you know through headaches, pain, and other ailments. When that happens, we perform a bite adjustment to bring your bite back into the proper alignment.

Bite therapy helps restore a bite that can function without damage and destruction. Therapy can include:

– Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth and removing spots of excessive pressure where the teeth come in contact. We do this by carefully dividing bite pressures evenly across all of the teeth.

– Use a custom-fitted plastic bite guard to keep the teeth apart during the day, night or both. This is called bite-splint therapy.

– Using braces to reposition misaligned or drifted teeth.

– Replacing old, worn out or damaged fillings

– Reconstructing badly worn and damaged teeth

If you have any questions about a bite adjustment or TMJ or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

Most people consistently look to make their smile as beautiful as possible. Some choose to whiten their teeth, while others opt for implants and other surgical procedures. However, dental veneers may be the perfect option for you if you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry treatments.

What exactly are dental veneers? WebMD has a fantastic explanation: Dental Veneers are custom, wafer-thin shells of tooth-colored materials that are placed on top of your teeth to enhance their appearance. These veneers are bonded right to the teeth and can be made from resin or porcelain-composite.

Veneers are great for patients who are looking to fix teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned, uneven, or have gaps.

Our team offers the best approach available for dental veneers: Lumineers. This two-day treatment can give you the results you’ve been looking for without the need for a surgical procedure. Give us a call or schedule an appointment to talk about whether veneers might be the right option for you.

While there are a variety of ways to make your teeth look more beautiful, dental veneers offer a special treatment for patients looking to fix discolored, worn, chipped, broken, uneven, or misaligned teeth.

At 6th Ave Periodontics, we offer patients veneers in the form of Lumineers, a new type of veneer that allows you to get a custom-made smile designed with care. Lumineers are a more modern form of veneers, which are an easy way to improve and whiten stained or chipped teeth, as well as protect a damaged tooth from further harm.

Lumineers are extremely thin veneers – less than one-third as thick as traditional veneers. In many cases, Lumineers are a wonderful option for a comfortable and simple smile make-over. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers can be applied with no injections and little to no alteration of your existing teeth.

In fact, the treatment is typically performed in only two visits, making Lumineers a fantastic option for patients looking to dramatically enhance their smile in a quick period of time.

1st Visit

After your initial consultation, we will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth, and send the mold to an authorized Lumineers laboratory along with photos and other records that ensure the very best case for you. Unlike traditional veneers, there is typically no need for extensive drilling, shots or unsightly acrylic temporaries.

2nd Visit

On your next visit, generally a couple weeks later, we will place your Lumineers. Before Lumineers are bonded in place, it is important to try them on to ensure a good fit. Teeth are then moderately etched to prepare for placement and then bonded one by one. We will then check your bite to make sure your contacts are balanced to avoid chipping your Lumineers through the course of daily function.

It’s that easy. Call our team or schedule an appointment to talk about how we can make your smile beautiful with Lumineers.