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Dental Care and Maintenance During Invisalign Treatment

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Stating your Invisalign experience is an exciting step towards achieving a straighter, more confident smile. At Manhattan Dental Care Studio, we serve the areas of Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale and Hawthorne. Our team recognizes the importance of proper dental care and maintenance during your Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign Aligners Complement Your Oral Hygiene Routine 

Invisalign aligners offer numerous benefits, including being virtually invisible and removable, allowing you to maintain your oral hygiene routine with ease. However, it’s essential to follow some key guidelines to ensure the success of your treatment and the health of your teeth and gums.

First and foremost, maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth after every meal and before reinserting your aligners. This helps prevent plaque buildup and reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, flossing daily is crucial for removing food particles and bacteria from between your teeth and along the gumline.

Schedule Regular Visits and Check-Ups

During your Invisalign treatment, it’s essential to visit our team at Manhattan Dental Care Studio regularly for progress checks and adjustments. These appointments allow us to monitor your treatment progress and address any concerns or issues that may arise.

Avoiding certain foods and habits can also help ensure the success of your Invisalign treatment. Minimize consumption of sugary and acidic foods and beverages, as they can contribute to enamel erosion and tooth decay. Furthermore, refrain from smoking or using tobacco products, as they can stain your aligners and compromise your oral health.

By following these guidelines and partnering with our experienced team at Manhattan Dental Care Studio, you can achieve the smile of your dreams with Invisalign. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a straighter, healthier smile.

How Many Veneers Would I Need?

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While you may be considering veneers for cosmetic treatment, you may also be wondering how many you might need. As a patient of Manhattan Dental Care Studio, serving the areas around Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and surrounding areas like Lawndale and Hawthorne, it’s natural to have questions. Here are insights that can help you determine how many you need. 

Condition of Your Teeth

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are custom-made to fit over your teeth, correcting imperfections such as discoloration, chips, or gaps. The number of veneers you’ll need depends on various factors, including the current condition of your teeth, your treatment goals, and your budget.

Treatment Goals

In many cases, patients opt for veneers on the most visible teeth when they smile, typically the front six to eight teeth on the upper arch. However, some may choose to enhance their entire smile with veneers. During your consultation, we’ll assess your smile and discuss your goals to determine the ideal number of veneers for you.

Additional Maintenance and Prep

It’s essential to understand that while veneers can effectively transform your smile, they require careful planning and preparation. Our team will emphasize factors such as the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth to ensure that your veneers blend seamlessly and create a harmonious smile.

Whether you’re looking to correct minor imperfections or completely makeover your smile, our team is here to help you achieve your desired results. Contact Manhattan Dental Care Studio today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward a brighter, more confident smile.

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Reasons Its Important to Schedule Your Next Dental Exam

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Regular dental check-ups are often overlooked, but they play a pivotal role in maintaining your dental health. At Manhattan Dental Care Studio, we emphasize the importance of scheduling routine dental exams to ensure the well-being of your teeth and gums. Here are several reasons why it is worth prioritizing your next dental appointment. 

Preventative Care

Prevention is the cornerstone of dental care. Regular exams allow dentists to detect potential issues early on, preventing the progression of oral health problems. From cavities to gum disease, timely intervention can save you from extensive treatments and associated costs.

Professional Cleaning 

No matter how diligent your oral hygiene routine is, there are areas that are difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing. Professional cleanings during dental exams help remove stubborn plaque and tartar, preventing the development of cavities and maintaining a bright, healthy smile.

Gum Disease Detection & Prevention

Gum disease often starts with subtle symptoms that are difficult to notice. Regular dental check-ups enable dentists to identify early signs of gum disease, such as inflammation and bleeding. Timely intervention can prevent the disease from progressing to more severe stages.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is a serious condition that can affect anyone. Dental exams include screenings for oral cancer, allowing for early detection and prompt treatment if any abnormalities are found. Early diagnosis significantly improves the chances of successful treatment.

Personalized Oral Health Advice

Dentists provide tailored advice based on your oral health condition. Whether it’s improving your brushing technique, recommendations for oral care products, or addressing specific concerns, personalized guidance enhances your at-home oral care routine.

Maintaining Overall Health

Oral health is interconnected with overall health. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to various systemic conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Regular dental exams contribute to your overall well-being by addressing potential oral health issues before they affect your general health. 

Building a Relationship with Your Dentist

Establishing a relationship with your dentist fosters trust and ensures open communication. This is crucial for addressing any concerns or anxieties you may have about dental procedures. A comfortable and trustworthy relationship with your dentist makes each visit more pleasant.

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Scheduling your next dental exam at Manhattan Dental Care Studio is not just about maintaining a beautiful smile; it’s a proactive step towards safeguarding your overall health. Regular check-ups empower you to take control of your oral health, ensuring a lifetime of confident smiles and well-being. Don’t delay—book your appointment today for a brighter, healthier tomorrow.

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Resolutions for a Better Smile in the Year Ahead

By | General Dentistry

Kick off the new year with a commitment to a better smile. At Manhattan Dental Care Studio, our team suggests practical resolutions for achieving and maintaining your healthiest smile. 

Good Cleaning Habits

Start by embracing proper brushing and flossing techniques. Make it a habit to replace your toothbrush every three to four months to ensure effectiveness. 

Resolutions for a Better Smile from Your Manhattan Beach Dentist

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Consider exploring cosmetic dentistry options like teeth whitening or veneers for a brighter and more confident smile.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Incorporate healthier lifestyle choices by quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake, as these habits can negatively impact your oral health. Regular dental check-ups at our location in Manhattan Beach, which also serves Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and surrounding areas, will help monitor your progress and address any concerns promptly.

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Reviving Smiles with Dental Implants in Manhattan Beach

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A bright smile can undoubtedly impact your social life, professional life, and mental and emotional well-being positively. Your smile is typically the first thing that people see. There is no question that a great smile is a huge asset and should not be underestimated.

So what do you do if your teeth are missing? Tooth decay, accidents, and injuries that once would have left someone with missing teeth can now be treated to look brand new with dental implants

Dental implants are the only form of tooth restoration that replaces the entire tooth, from root to crown. With the help of local anesthesia, they’re inserted through the gums during a short surgical procedure. A titanium post used as a replacement tooth root is screwed into the jawbone, which bonds with the surrounding bone. After a short healing process, the base is securely fused to the jaw, and topped with artificial replacement teeth that match y3our others perfectly. 

There are several types of implants –- single tooth replacement, fixed multiple teeth replacement, and a whole new set of teeth with removable implant-supported dentures. So regardless of how many teeth need replacing, there are options for everyone.

To be considered a good candidate for dental implants, you need to have the following:

  • A good level of oral hygiene and health 
  • Have healthy gums
  • Healthy and strong bone in the jaw to support the implant
  • Good health overall and not be suffering from any conditions which might prevent you from having surgery
  • A non-smoker 
  • A fully developed jaw

Are Implants Better than False Teeth?

Removable dentures have been the only solution for missing teeth for centuries. Besides the uncomfortable adhesive glues, they usually make talking and eating awkward and difficult.

When we chew food with our natural teeth, it stimulates the jaw bone keeping it solid. Dentures provide no stimulation to the bone, resulting in bone loss in the jaw. With bone loss comes ill-fitting dentures that can slip and fall out easily.

Implant posts are fused to the jawbone and become a part of you. They function exactly the same way as the natural teeth roots, significantly reducing bone loss. 

Dental implants won’t embarrass you by slipping and sliding while you’re trying to chew your food or are engaging in a conversation. You can even brush the same way as regular teeth! Dental implants have incredible success rates and are the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implant surgery?

  • Stand-alone structures which don’t need support from other teeth
  • Help prevent bone loss
  • It lasts long term if cared for properly
  • Look, feel, and act like natural teeth
  • Comfortable and natural-looking
  • Easy to clean

Many people are surprised at how simple a dental implant procedure is. Most patients experience no pain during cosmetic implant surgery and very minimal discomfort afterwards. And if given proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

Are you interested in learning more about our implant procedure treatment plan or other dental care services? If so, contact us at Manhattan Dental Care Studio in Manhattan Beach, CA. We look forward to helping bring back your smile.

 

How Custom-Made Mouthguards Can Help Minimize Concussion Risk

By | General Dentistry

Every parent knows that sports mouthguards are essential to prevent serious injuries to their kids’ teeth and gums. The American Dental Association reports that 15 million Americans of all ages suffer from dental injuries annually, resulting in the loss of five million teeth. Many others suffer from chipped or cracked teeth, dislocation of the jaw, and harm to gums and other soft tissue. Wearing a mouthguard makes all the difference in preventative care and protecting the player from the damage a blow can do.

A clinical trial recently also showed that wearing a specific type of mouthguard can protect someone from concussion. In the peer-reviewed journal General Dentistry, a study was reported of 412 players on six high school football teams. All wore the same helmet, but three teams were given over-the-counter mouthguards, while the other three wore custom-made ones from a dental office.

Those who wore the OTC mouthguards ended up with 8.3 percent suffering from mild traumatic brain injuries. Those who wore the dental version had just 3.6 percent such injuries. Dr. Jackson Winters, the lead author of the study and a pediatric dentist, is also a former high school and college sports official. He commented, “Consumers may believe that today’s advanced helmet design provides sufficient protection, but our research indicates that, when compared to over-the-counter versions, a custom-made, properly fitted mouthguard also is essential to player safety.”

The California Dental Association has advised that it is important for everyone to wear mouthguards in even non-contact sports like baseball, gymnastics, volleyball, bicycling, and skateboarding.

The problem with OTC mouthguards is that they either are ready-to-wear and do not fit properly or designed to be put into boiling water and then placed in the mouth for form around the teeth, which loses its shape quickly. Neither provides the protection level that a professionally custom-made one does. Mouthguards also need to be remade from time to time to accommodate growth spurts and new dental work. It is important to choose a dental office with lots of experience in making these. Custom-made mouthguards and night guards can make it easy to breathe and speak and will hold their form a long time.

Call our dentist for an appointment to have your child or anyone in your family who plays any kind of sport examined for what type of mouthguard they may need. We happily serve the areas of Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Marina Del Rey, Torrance, South Bay, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Gardena, and more. It is also a good opportunity to also have a digital (low radiation) x-ray and general dental checkup to be sure there are not invisible health issues with your teeth and jawbone.

Important Minerals to Consider to Maintain a Healthy Smile

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Few of us grew up understanding exactly what foods were good for our health, beyond “don’t eat too much sugar or fatty meats.” Even fewer have known that nutrition can play an essential part in your oral health and that dental health affects your overall wellness (since periodontal bacteria can spread through the body and increase the risk for everything from diabetes to cardiovascular disease).

As people age, however, they learn the vitamins and minerals do play a vital role in the density of their bones. If you don’t get enough calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D, it has been long understood that you will likely eventually suffer from osteoporosis, the thinning of bones that makes them at high risk for fracture.

More recently, it has been recognized that 500 mg. of calcium and 700 International Units of D taken daily can keep teeth from being lost, as reported by WebMD:

“Studies have shown that calcium and vitamin D supplementation…may improve tooth retention, along with routine dental care and good oral hygiene,” said Elizabeth Krall, MPH, PhD, the lead author of a study and a researcher at Boston University Dental School and Tufts University Nutrition Research Center. The results included a 40% reduction in tooth loss over the following two years, compared with a control group that took placebos. One reason is that as we age, the jawbone loses density even faster than bones elsewhere in the body.

Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption, which is why they are usually taken together. The American Dietetic Association recommends not exceeding more than 2,500 mg. a day for calcium and 1,000 units of D.  

Cheese is rich not only in calcium, but a protein called casein, which helps build tooth enamel. Cheese is also a good source of D. D formation can be stimulated by spending some time in the sun, but those with darker skin have difficulty meeting their requirements this way.

Often overlooked among minerals is magnesium, even though it has many uses by the body, including preventing high blood pressure, diabetes, and complications in pregnancy. It is found in nuts, whole grains, beans, seeds, and dark leafy vegetables. It helps calcium be absorbed if it is taken as a supplement in half the amount: so 1,000 calcium mg. would be matched with 500 mg. of magnesium.  

To be sure you maintain good oral health, rinse your mouth with water after drinking sugary beverages or eating high-sugar foods. Maintain a regular schedule of dental exams with your dentist. Keep brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing at night to prevent the plaque developing on which bacteria feed that emit acids that harm teeth.

Are Veneers Right for Just One Tooth?

By | General Dentistry

You might have a full set of 31 perfect teeth, but one right at the front is smaller or larger than its neighbors, or misshapen, chipped, cracked, crooked, or discolored in a way you can’t seem to change. Or maybe there’s a gap that makes you hesitate to fully smile. What to do?

You’ve no doubt heard of veneers, plural, as a popular way for everyday Joes and Jills to get a gleaming Hollywood smile at a non-celebrity price. But what if you feel you only need to repair or cover one tooth?

Dental veneers are made of thin, but strong, biocompatible porcelain. Manhattan Dental Care Studio works with a top dental laboratory to craft whatever veneers you need–even a single one–to exactly match the size, shape, and shade of its neighbors. No one would ever know you weren’t born with that new smile that is the result.

Having the confidence that comes from a perfect smile can improve your life in many ways, whether it is socially (like that crucial first date), at work (with customers or colleagues), or volunteering for a worthy cause (yes, even humanitarians sometimes make unconscious snap judgments if you don’t flash a friendly grin).

The first step to this new smile requires a full dental exam, including a digital x-ray (which emits minimal radiation), to be sure there are not more important issues to address first. You may also need to have the tooth or teeth being treated professionally whitened first, so the translucent veneer doesn’t reveal a tooth that is too dark (a thin enamel surface can reveal the yellow dental layer below it). 

If proceeding, Dr. Erick Gutierrez and his team will shave down the tooth to be covered slightly, so that when the veneer is placed it doesn’t stick out and look unnatural (this also helps the veneer adhere). A putty mold impression will be made of the area to be sent to the lab to create the final veneer. It will also be used to provide a temporary one to place over the tooth, to protect it from sensitivity to cold or hot drinks, to test drive the feel of the new bite, and so that your smile looks good while waiting.

When the veneer arrives a week or so later, you will return to have Dr. Gutierrez place it on and refine the fit and feel until it is perfect. With proper care, a veneer can last 10 years or more. For the first step in starting your veneers treatment, contact our team today for a consultation. We service the areas of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Lawndale, South Bay, Gardena, and more.