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9/5/2017 12:00:00 PM | Joe Azizidds

While anxious patients don’t associate the word tranquility with a trip to the dentist, the use of sedation dentistry can create a positive and calming experience for those with apprehension about dental care. There are a variety of sedative options to help with dental phobia, whether your fear is of an upcoming major oral surgery, or you get nervous at the thought of basic teeth cleaning.

Sedation dentistry helps anxious patients relax when receiving dental treatment. With nearly one-third of the population avoiding the dentist out of fear, finding a way to lessen anxiousness has helped make good oral hygiene practices obtainable.

We have created this guide to help you understand what sedation treatment is available and how it can help you feel confident at the dental office:

Types of Sedation Methods

What type of sedative you take to overcome your dental fear can depend on the purpose of your visit. For shorter, simpler visits, nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, works effectively in providing you a well-being as well as a quick recovery time. By breathing in the vapor administered through a small mask over your nose, a euphoric feeling is created, leaving you relaxed and worry-free for the duration treatment. When our dentist removes the mask and applies pure oxygen, you will start to feel the effects wear off only after a few minutes.

Oral sedation provides an additional calming effect in the form of a pill. This mode of sedation is best for those with dental anxiety that begins prior to arriving at the office. When this happens, patients take the prescribed medication an hour before the appointment and take the second dosage when in the office, if necessary. This medication lessens the patient’s awareness of their surroundings, creating a soothing and calming sense of relaxation or even sleepiness, but does not actually put a patient to sleep. It’s important to secure safe transportation home, as the effects take longer to dissipate than the nitrous gas.

For those scheduled for complex procedures, intravenous sedation provides relaxation deep enough to place patients into a kind of deep sleep, where they won’t remember their appointment. IV sedation is not general anesthesia and does not carry the same risks. Intravenous sedation is generally reserved for patients undergoing oral surgery and requires that the patient secure safe transportation home after the procedure.

Questions about Sedation? Contact our Office!

At South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Joseph Azizi and his well-trained staff are here to answer questions you may have about making your visit to the dentist office a less stressful time. Give us a call to set up an appointment today!

6/27/2017 12:00:00 PM | Joe Azizidds

For decades, dentures have been the classic, proven way to replace missing teeth. However, many patients dislike dentures because they frequently slip and are difficult to use when trying to maintain a strong bite. Dental implants address the issues related to dentures by providing comprehensive support. Here are a few ways dental implants improve upon the classic design of removable dental prosthetics:

Dental Implants Replace Total Tooth Structure

The dental implant is a complete restoration for a missing tooth. While dentures alone are able to restore the visible portion of the teeth used to speak and eat, as well as some soft tissue, dental implants address the missing space left by the tooth’s root, providing complete support to the jaw and prosthesis. The alteration of facial shape is just one of the effects of missing tooth roots.

Prevent Accelerated Bone and Soft Tissue Loss, as Well as Signs of Premature Aging

When missing even a single tooth, the jaw bone deteriorates through the body’s natural resorption process. Providing an adequate replacement for the tooth’s root directly prevents this from occurring. Furthermore, the titanium material used to craft the tooth’s root contains special properties that fuse with existing bone and bolster its supporting strength. The implant post provides necessary support for the jaw bone.

While dentures rub and slip on soft tissue, creating gum recession, implants prevent depletion of natural oral structures.

Dental Implants Supply Greater Performance

Dental implants stabilize the bite and provide enhanced performance. Alone, dentures can restore minor dental function. However, eventual loose fit caused by tissue changes makes it difficult to bite into dense foods, such as apples or pears, and prevents patients from digesting food normally. Dental implants provide the support to bite through an apple with no problem. This restores greater dental function for patients, making it easier to maintain confidence on a daily basis.

Dental Implants are Convenient

Restorations with dental implants are easily maintained. Maintaining hygiene is as easy as brushing and flossing regularly. Additionally, patients have the option of choosing between implant-supported fixed dentures or removable overdentures to fit better their lifestyles.

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Find out more about dental implants by calling or visiting our practice. Our dentists and specialists can assist you in determining the best course of action to replace missing teeth and improve your restorations.

5/3/2017 12:00:00 PM | Joe Azizidds

With the option of using Invisalign clear trays for straightening teeth, you might ask why anyone would choose traditional metal braces?

While Invisalign is an excellent choice for many people, there are some situations that warrant traditional braces.

Cases that Require Braces

Traditional braces typically close gaps and align the teeth faster than Invisalign braces. Metal are also flexible, in that attachments and bands can be added to brackets to dynamically change teeth and jaw alignment. Metal braces are generally the appropriate treatment for the following conditions:

• Teeth rotated more than 20 degrees
• Severely tipped teeth, angled over 45 degrees more than healthy alignment
• Significant gaps between teeth
• Severe Overbites
• Craniofacial Anomalies

A convenient benefit of dental braces is that they do not have to be removed for brushing, so there is no chance that you’ll lose or misplace your important dental appliances. As younger patients have a tendency to remove aligner trays for extended periods of time (against the advice of their dentist), delayed results and lost dental trays are often a byproduct of removable braces. Bonded brackets used in traditional braces take this out of the equation.

Am I Qualified for Invisalign?

Invisalign alignment trays offer a simple solution for less complex problems. For general straightening without severe overbites and tooth crowding, Invisalign is a popular treatment choice. If you are willing to wear your clear aligners for the full amount of time required, you can see great results. This makes Invisalign ideal for slightly older teen or adult patients.

While Invisalign can be used in some cases of moderate alignment problems, metal braces are still the most dependable way to provide a healthy bite and beautiful smile when multiple issues are present in a patient’s dental alignment.

The Bottom Line

Invisalign treatment has been proven to work well for common cases of misalignment, while providing an aesthetically pleasing option to traditional braces. However, many people, especially those who have complicated dental problems, still prefer or require dental braces. Though braces may be more noticeable, the time spent wearing them pays off well in both your appearance and overall oral health.

If you are in the Gardena, California area and would like to know more about your teeth straightening options, call South Bay Dentistry and Orthodontics.

9/25/2015 3:18:00 PM | Joe Azizidds

Searching for teeth-straightening solutions as a teen or an adult can mean choosing between traditional metal braces, and a revolutionary clear solution called Invisalign®, a cosmetic solution to gradually adjust the alignment of the teeth. The clear aligners, or trays, are swapped out for a new set every couple of weeks, and can be removed for eating and cleaning.

Similar to traditional braces, Invisalign addresses a number of orthodontic-related issues, leaving patients with straighter smiles. When choosing your orthodontia, consider the following benefits associated with Invisalign®:

Clear Trays: Traditional braces are known for their unsightly and uncomfortable metal wires and braces. However, Invisalign® trays can hardly be detected by others, making your orthodontic experience discreet. Unlike the rather bulky hardware associated with traditional braces, Invisalign® uses clear plastic trays are custom fit to your teeth, providing a greater level of comfort and no chance of damaging the gum or the inside of the mouth.
Less Dental Office Time:  On average, traditional orthodontia treatment can take a several years to complete. With Invisalign ®, patients can correct bite misalignment in as a few months to a year. As the aligners are created ahead of time, Invisalign® patients visit their orthodontist fewer times, typically to ensure treatment is going according to schedule and to receive their next set of aligners
Convenience: One of the great benefits of Invisalign® is that the clear plastic trays can be removed. This allows the wearer to eat without limitations, thoroughly clean their teeth, and clean the appliance itself. Keeping teeth clean and free of bacteria is important at all times, but doing so is challenging when teeth are fitted with metal braces and brackets.

Dedication: Invisalign® is available for teens and adults who are dedicated to their treatment plan. While the success of the Invisalign® relies on the patient’s dedication to their unique treatment plan, patients who to voluntarily wear their clear aligners for 22 hours a day often enjoy long-lasting results.

Responsibility: Invisalign® aligners are transparent and if misplaced can be difficult to locate. One challenge is the possibility of losing an aligner when it is removed for meals and cleanings. When aligners are lost, patients have to cope with added costs to have them replaced, which may also delay the completion of their treatment.

While all these points can impact your experience, the best course of action is to talk to your dentist about which teeth straightening solution is right for you. At South Bay Dentistry and Orthodontics, our dental team is dedicated to helping patients discover the best treatment for correcting their smile. Contact our Gardena dental office today for more information about the benefits of clear orthodontia and Invisalign®.

8/31/2015 2:50:00 PM | Joe Azizidds

Losing something as permanent as a tooth can impact your everyday life. Missing teeth make a difference in your smile, the way you eat and for some, how you speak. Finding a solution to missing teeth is important as gaps in your bite can impact your self-esteem and confidence in both personal and professional interactions. It’s important to understand the negative impact a single missing tooth can have on your everyday life and then determine the best replacement solution.

If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants offer anaffordable option for missing teeth when investing in your long-term oral health. If you simply want to replace a tooth, your dentist has multiple options to do just that. If you want to restore function and improve oral health all in one, you will want to find out more about implant dentistry.

When deciding if dental implants are the right solution for your tooth loss, here are a few things you should consider:

The benefits are numerous.  Using a dental implant to take the place of a missing tooth or teeth can improve the aesthetics of your smile, restore function to your bite, and strengthen the underlying bone to prevent early facial aging.
Dental implants are implanted.  The term implant refers to non-removable, surgically placed posts become permanent fixtures in your dentition through the process of osseointegration. During this process, the implant post fuses with the bone in your jaw, stabilize your prosthetic tooth or teeth. 
Versatile Application.  Crowns, bridges and dentures are used to cover dental implant posts and complete a patient’s smile.  Bridges are used to replace one or more teeth by using neighboring teeth for support, while a crown is a fixed placement over one implant. Dentures could be full or partial depending on how many teeth need replacing and your desired outcome. Your dentist will help you decide the best option for your smile upon examination.
Dental Implants Use Cutting-Edge Technology: For improved patient recovery, oral surgery utilizes the latest in computer-assisted medical technology to ensure your dental implants are bright, look natural, and fit seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Results that Last a Lifetime: Dental implants are specifically designed to be a long lasting solution to tooth loss. When maintained correctly through effective oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, dental implants can last much longer than other tooth repair solutions.
Great Medical and Dental Insurance Coverage Means More Accessibility:  Thanks to the the number benefits and longevity offered by dental implants, some insurance providers are expanding their coverage to include these procedures. Look for patient specials that help make dental procedures more affordable.
Patients Must Be Eligible for Dental Implants:  To place dental implants, patients must have strong gum health and strength in their jaws to support and sustain the replacement. Talk to your dentist to learn more about the qualifications to receive dental implants.

Thanks to the continued advancement in both dental technique and equipment, rejuvenating long-term oral health is only a dental visit away. If you would like to know about dental implants and how this tooth restoration can improve your smile and dental function, contact South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics of Gardena to schedule your consultation today. 

8/11/2015 1:41:00 PM | Joe Azizidds

Of the options that exist for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are known for their durability and the benefits they provide for oral health. Dental implants are a great option for tooth replacement due to a process called osseointegration.

What is Osseointegration?

For dental implants to support new teeth properly, they must mimic the way natural roots of teeth are secured within the jawbone. The process by which implants integrate into the bone is called osseointegration.  An implant is integrated when it bonds directly to the bone, and is held securely.
Bone is a living tissue that's constantly being reworked and remodeled by cells. It's this process of remodeling that allows broken bones to knit together, and it's a key process in the integration of dental implants too. Implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible metal that bonds with bone tissue over a period of several weeks or months.

Osseointegration and Oral Health

Dental implants’ ability to integrate into bone tissue means that implants provide many advantages over other options for tooth replacement.

One of the most important long-term benefits of implant dentistry is that the process of integration helps improve and maintain density of the jawbone. This is particularly important because the constant pressure that the act of chewing puts on the jawbone is vital to maintaining density of bone. When teeth are missing, the required pressure isn't there, which causes a loss of bone density over time. This is why missing teeth will eventually lead to alterations in facial structure and signs of early aging. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates jawbone in the same way as natural teeth do.

Osseointegration also gives rise to a second major benefit. Other kinds of tooth replacement options—such as bridges and dentures—affect adjacent teeth, which can weaken them over time and can promote damage and decay, and may lead to further tooth loss. Implants mimic natural tooth stimulation and function and as a result, people who get dental implants are far less likely to experience bone loss and changes in facial structure.

Thanks to the process of osseointegration, dental implants are the best option for replacing natural teeth, and constitute a dental treatment that provides long-lasting benefits to oral health.

Please contact South Bay Dental for more information on cosmetic solutions. Schedule an appointment today!

7/21/2015 9:34:00 AM | Joe Azizidds

Dental amalgams have been in use for centuries, and the specific amalgam comprised of mercury, silver, tin, and copper was first used in the Western world in the nineteenth century. Concerns over the toxicity of mercury have led to amalgam falling out of favor, and many dentists now recommend that people with amalgam fillings have them replaced with safer biocompatible material.

The Problem with Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Mercury amalgam fillings are popular with many dentists, largely because the material is strong, durable, and inexpensive. The problem is, this type of amalgam is approximately 50% mercury, a substance that has well-documented toxic effects on the brain and other organs. For this reason alone, the use of mercury in amalgam fillings is an increasingly controversial issue, with many dentists opting to use other materials instead.

Mercury’s toxicity to humans isn't the only problem; however—there are also concerns over environmental toxicity caused by the disposal of amalgam waste. In the US, mercury amalgam disposal is largely unregulated, and it’s estimated that it may contribute up to a third of mercury waste in this country.

In purely aesthetic terms, mercury amalgam is less desirable these days because its dully silvery color doesn't match natural tooth shades, and over time amalgam fillings can cause discoloration in the surrounding tooth.

Biocompatible Fillings are the Solution

South Bay Dentistry uses biocompatible over amalgam fillings
Biocompatible composite fillings create a natural smile

All of the problems that relate to the use of mercury amalgam fillings are solved by using biocompatible resins instead. Resins are made from a mixture of ceramic, glass, and plastic, and they are highly versatile, particularly in comparison to mercury amalgam. Resins can be used to repair teeth that are broken, worn, and chipped, as well as those that need filling, and damage to resin fillings is easily repaired. Biocompatible resins can also be colored to match the natural shade of your teeth, so once resin fillings are fitted they blend into a natural looking smile.

Due to the health concerns associated with mercury, we recommend that if you currently have mercury amalgam fillings, you have those fillings removed and replaced with biocompatible resin. Doing this means you won’t have to worry about the potentially toxic effects of mercury, and you’ll also benefit aesthetically with natural-looking tooth-colored fillings.

South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics works to educate their patients to the best dental practices including preventative measures to best support oral health and limit effects on physical health conditions. Call the office today to find out more about how Biocompatible Resin improves overall health and aesthetics.

7/15/2015 2:37:00 PM | Joe Azizidds

As a hugely popular cosmetic treatment, teeth whitening can seriously improve a person’s smile, transforming a set of stained or discolored teeth into dazzling, pearly whites! But, when it comes to removing stains from your teeth, it is always best to talk with your dentist about your options. It’s best to take your lifestyle and expectations into consideration when choosing a teeth whitening procedure or product.

Teeth whitening products are used to remove stains from the enamel and dentin; however, different products yield different experiences. Before embarking upon your treatment, it might be a good idea to consider how a few of these treatments work and which one meets your unique needs.


Zoom whitening is an in-office treatment whose name provides a good indication as to its strongest asset – speed! A hydrogen-based gel is applied to the teeth and a Zoom light is used to penetrate and break up the stains. The process is fast, taking only a single office visit. The entire treatment takes less than an hour to complete and your dentist may send you home with custom trays to maintain your bright smile.


Opalescence is a gel containing an active ingredient that – like Zoom! – penetrates the enamel to break down discoloration and stains, but it is provided to patients who wish to undergo treatment in the comfort of their own home. The gel is provided by the dentist, and custom mouth trays are designed to fit the customer’s teeth. The trays and the Opalescence gel are sent home with the patient with detailed instructions from their dentist for a customized treatment plan.

Zoom Day White

Another “at-home” option is a daytime tray. The customized trays are created prior to start of treatment and patients are instructed on how to use them as they go about their usual daily activities. Zoom Day White involves using a whitening agent that works extremely quickly, and the patient may only need to wear their trays for 15 minutes twice a day!

Zoom Night White

If daytime isn’t as convenient as a night-time treatment, Zoom Night White offers patients a chance to whiten at bedtime. Their dentist will assist them with their trays and whitening treatment – patients use the take home kit and can expect to see noticeable results within just a few days.

Results vary according to the type of stain or discoloration and the course of treatment selected. Some stains are more difficult and stubborn than others; thankfully, teeth whitening treatments are carefully monitored and adjustments are made according to the patient’s needs.

If you are in the Gardena, CA area, please contact South BayDentistry for information on teeth whitening. The professionals at South Bay offer Zoom, Zoom Day White, Zoom Night White, and Opalescence teeth whitening treatments. Schedule an appointment today by phone at 310-499-1451, or via their website at   

6/9/2015 11:55:00 AM | Joe Azizidds

Cosmetic therapies are certainly in great demand – not only can they boost confidence by providing a dazzling new smile, some can provide near-instant results. 

But, when it comes to improving the appearance of your smile, what factors come into play when deciding between two popular options? When choosing between porcelain veneers and teeth whitening, it is important for your dentist to understand the patient’s ultimate desired look. During your consultation with the dentist, it is important to share any concerns and ask questions to obtain the best results. The dentist will educate you as to what procedures or treatments can be done and give you a clear picture of what you can expect from each and allow you to make the best-informed decisions for your dental plan.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening treatment is by far the most popular cosmetic therapy in the United States today. Commonly referred to as “bleaching” or “whitening”, it is the process of removing stains from the surface (enamel) of teeth. When done under the supervision of a dentist, the process safely lightens teeth several shades. Your dentist will provide tips to care for teeth and suggest types of food or drink to avoid to help maintain your brighter smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Another option for altering the appearance of your smile is the use of porcelain veneers. Depending on the patient’s cosmetic need veneers will disguise all traces of stains or discoloration and will hide minor misalignment concerns, chips, breaks or unwanted gaps.

Unlike bleaching methods, veneers will only affect the patient’s ‘smile zone”, the teeth visible when smiling. Once again, a consultation with the dentist will help determine what kind of cosmetic treatment will work best to improve the patient’s smile.

For more information on teeth whitening, veneers or any other cosmetic dental procedure, please contact South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics. We look forward to improving your smile!

5/14/2015 9:25:00 AM | Joe Azizidds

There are lots of things that alter the way your face looks: your emotional state, changes in weight, and of course aging, all effect facial aesthetics. One of the most profound changes, however, develops as a result of tooth loss, and this is something that doesn't lead only to surface changes—it actually changes the entire shape of your face.

Restorative solutions for missing teeth
Dental Implants, a complete solution for missing teeth

Missing teeth will slowly change facial features for two reasons:

First, the loss of teeth may cause the shape of your mouth to change, because the teeth provide structural support for the lips and mouth. The loss of one tooth may take longer, but if several are missing it will typically have a more noticeable effect on facial shape. This is particularly true for older people, because the skin and muscles of the face have less tone and elasticity.

The second reason is the result of something that happens gradually, and it relates to the way in which bone grows. Even after bones stop growing, the body constantly renews bone tissue to ensure it stays healthy and strong. Bone is a “use it or lose it” type of tissue and to maintain its shape and density it must bear weight or transmit pressure on a regular basis. For teeth and the underlying alveolar bone, this means chewing. When a tooth is lost, the bone beneath the empty space doesn't receive the necessary pressure, and that bone section becomes porous and fragile. Eventually the alveolar bone loses enough mass that facial muscles and skin aren't correctly supported—they collapse inwards, and the shape of the face is altered.

Solving the missing tooth problem

The solution to both of these issues is dental implants. Getting dental implants solves the first problem by replacing those missing teeth and providing the necessary structural support for the lips and mouth. If the implants are placed before extensive bone deterioration has occurred, they will also prevent the second problem from ever occurring at all. This is because dental implants are the only type of dental prosthesis that transmits the right amount of pressure to the alveolar bone supporting the teeth—so dental implants prevent loss of bone density, and prevent alterations in facial shape.

Contact South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics to start the process. A consultation is always the first step to make sure if your jawbone is healthy enough for the dental implant. Depending on how many and where the missing teeth are located in the mouth, you may be a good candidate for dental implant supported dentures or fixed bridges. Don’t ignore the problem, your oral health and facial aesthetics depend on proper treatment.

3/18/2015 9:17:00 AM | Joe Azizidds

If you find that even the thought of visiting the dentist makes you feel anxious, you’re not alone. Many people are affected by dental phobia, and some avoid going to the dentist at all. The problem is, of course, that avoiding dental visits means your teeth aren’t receiving the care they need to stay healthy. Luckily, there are several options for sedation that can help you quell your anxiety and help you—and your dentist—take great care of your teeth.

In general you have two main options for dental sedation: conscious sedation, where you’re awake during the procedure, and deep sedation, where you’re asleep or unconscious. There are several options for conscious sedation and it is important to discuss the options made available by your dental provider.

Familiarize yourself with common dental sedation practices:

Nitrous oxide 
If dental procedures make you only a little nervous, or if it’s the possibility of feeling pain or discomfort that troubles you, nitrous oxide may be a good option. Nitrous oxide is a gas that you breathe through a mask that covers your nose, and it eliminates pain and helps you relax. You’ll stay conscious throughout the procedure, which means you are able to let the dentist know how you feel throughout. Nitrous oxide’s effects wear off so quickly, most people are able to drive themselves home afterwards.

Oral sedation
With this method you will take one or more pills of a sedative (usually Halcion), approximately one hour before the dental procedure is scheduled. You’re still awake with this kind of sedation, but will feel drowsy and relaxed; with a stronger dose, you’ll be asleep during the procedure. Even if you remain awake, you typically won’t remember the procedure afterwards. The sedative’s aftereffects can last up to six hours; because you take the oral sedative before the appointment, you may need someone to drive you there as well as drive you home again afterwards.

South Bay Dentistry fights dental phobias with sedation therapy
Sedation therapy will relieve dental phobias
IV sedation
This method involves administering a sedative via an injection in an arm or hand vein, and is given by your dentist or anesthesiologist just before the procedure is carried out. IV sedation can be used to administer mild to deep sedation, and allows the dentist to adjust the level of sedation as necessary. If you want to be completely asleep and unaware of the entire dental procedure—in other words, under general anesthesia—IV sedation is the most effective way to achieve this. With any level dose, you’ll need to be escorted home after the procedure.

Sedation dentistry has helped improve the oral health of many patients who would otherwise avoid dental visits. Call South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics for more information on sedation options.

1/5/2015 9:03:00 AM | Joe Azizidds

Gum disease is an extremely common oral health condition: most adults experience preliminary symptoms of this disease at one point in time, although good oral hygiene habits will keep the worst of the effects at bay.

Gum Disease: Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

The origin of gum disease is plaque, the sticky substance deposited on teeth and gums as a result of bacterial activity. Daily brushing and flossing removes plaque, but if it’s not removed, it quickly hardens into tartar, which is very difficult to get rid of with a toothbrush.
Prevent gum disease with routine dental check-ups
Search for signs of early stage periodontal disease

The initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. At this stage, your gums may bleed a little when you brush your teeth, and might appear swollen; for some people, however, there might not be any apparent symptoms. As the gingivitis stage progresses small pockets of infection develop at the gum line, causing the gums to become inflamed and discolored. Other symptoms may include a metallic taste in the mouth, bad breath, sensitive teeth, and painful gums.

Eventually, the inflammation causes damage that leads to periodontal disease, in which the gums recede and become progressively more infected. This causes the teeth to loosen and they may fall out or need to be removed.

Preventing Gum Disease

The bacteria that form plaque feed on starch and sugar deposits on the teeth, which is why regular brushing and flossing is your first and best line of defense against gum disease. Twice-daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, along with daily flossing, is the best strategy to remove plaque deposits before they are able to harden into tartar.

Sometimes, even despite your best efforts, tartar can still develop on your teeth. Because tiny deposits of food become stuck in pockets between teeth or beneath the gum line, they are difficult to detect and remove. Once tartar is present on your teeth the safest and most effective way of removing it is with a professional dental cleaning, so you can consider your dentist your second line of defense against gum disease. Even if your gums are in the early stage of disease, professional cleaning and tartar removal will reduce inflammation and help your gums and teeth to recover.

Aside from oral hygiene, there are several risk factors to gum health. Smoking and diabetes, for example, have a negative effect on gum health because they contribute to poor circulation and increase infection risk. Another risk factor is low saliva levels, which can be caused by certain medications; chewing gum after meals can help stimulate saliva flow.

Green Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics works to educate patients on oral health prevention. Call the office to schedule an appointment and keep routine cleanings an important part of gum disease prevention.

10/28/2014 8:42:00 AM | Joe Azizidds

Often the quest to reduce or prevent the signs of aging is simply a matter of wanting to look as young as we feel, and one thing that can make a person feel older than they’d like is having unsightly stained or worn-looking teeth. Fortunately, these days it’s easier than ever before to give your smile an effective makeover. Porcelain veneers improve the shape and size of your teeth, cover damaged areas, and brighten your smile, giving your entire face a lighter and more youthful appearance.

Porcelain veneers are a simple solution
Rebuild a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers

Most people don’t have a full set of perfectly sized, shaped, and aligned teeth, but generally, people have teeth that are roughly proportional to the size of their mouth, evenly aligned, and of a regular shape. This isn't always the case, however, and sometimes, teeth grow in an abnormal manner that can lead to a high degree of self-consciousness, and even result in lowered self-esteem. As well as this, teeth can easily become damaged and stained, even when properly cared for. Natural wear and tear, damage due to disease or injury, and stains from coffee and tea or cigarette smoking, can all cause teeth to look unhealthy or unsightly.

As a result, damaged or stained teeth can make the face appear older, simply because we tend to associate worn-looking teeth with old age—but on the positive side, having white and healthy teeth can make you appear much younger. If you are not blessed with a naturally perfect set of teeth, porcelain veneers can provide a simple and permanent solution.

Porcelain Veneers: A Simple Solution

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain, sized to cover the surface of a tooth. A veneer is a lot like a false fingernail, in that it covers the natural tooth’s surface, and can entirely hide imperfections in shape, size, position, and color. Since porcelain veneers are purely cosmetic, and aren't intended to alter the way teeth function, a typical set of veneers covers all of the teeth in the “smile zone,” meaning the teeth that are visible
Will porcelain veneers solve your aesthetic concerns?
Porcelain veneers perfect a natural smile
when you smile.

In most cases, veneers can be fitted in as little as two visits, even if you are having all of your visible teeth altered. At the first visit, your dentist will discuss with you want you want your new smile to look like, and measure you for the veneers. At the second visit, the veneers are bonded to your natural teeth with a permanent adhesive. Once they’re in place, veneers typically need no adjustment, and with good care they will last for many years.

Most people find that it takes a week or two to get used to their new smile, but when you have a new set of veneers it doesn't take long to start enjoying the self-esteem boost of knowing that you have a dazzling, youth-enhancing smile.

Call South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics for more information on cosmetic treatments to recreate your beautiful smile.

8/25/2014 8:41:00 AM | Joe Azizidds

Options for braces are no longer limited to the clunky and obtrusive-looking metal style that used to earn people the nick-name “metal mouth.” These days there are options that are much less noticeable, and even metal braces are now more fashionable and less conspicuous than they used to be. New advances in orthodontic technology have even led to the development of Invisalign®, an alternative treatment that entirely replaces the wire-and-bracket system that was once the sole tooth-straightening option with clear aligners.

Traditional Orthodontics

While original-style stainless steel braces are still available, there are some alternatives that can make orthodontic treatment easier—and even more fun to wear and take care of.

Color Me Braces are a fun option for kids and teens, as the youngsters can change the color of the brace bands as often as every week:  suit their mood, new fashion trends, and even their social calendar. Empowering young people to choose how their braces look is a great way to help them feel good about wearing braces, and encourage them to take care of their oral health and hygiene.

Cosmetic orthodontic treatments for children, teens and adults
Orthodontic treatment options for teens
Clear Braces are good for people who want to wear traditional braces that are as unobtrusive as possible. Rather than being made entirely of metal, the brackets of these braces are made from clear ceramic that is still visible, but is much less obtrusive. Some types of clear braces use metal wire, while some use wire that is closer to the color of natural teeth, allowing the braces to blend in even more effectively.

Self-ligating Braces are an alternative braces option without bands; instead, they have a movable metal “door” that is permanently attached to the arch wire. These braces have some other advantages too—without the bands, they’re less conspicuous, and they are easier to keep clean, because food does not become trapped in the teeth and braces as easily.

The Invisalign® System – an aesthetic orthodontic option

Straight, evenly-aligned teeth contribute a great deal to a healthy and beautiful-looking smile, but metal braces can be inconvenient, especially for adults who are concerned that wearing braces might affect their professional image. For many adults, metal braces can feel like too much of an alteration to their personal appearance, so they decide to forgo tooth-straightening altogether.

All of these problems, and more, are solvable with Invisalign, the one-of-a-kind tooth-alignment treatment that is virtually invisible. The Invisalign system consists of plastic alignment trays that are worn around 22 hours a day, and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing—this means there’s no need to give up foods like corn on the cob, nuts, and popcorn, and your regular oral hygiene routine isn't affected. Invisalign is suitable for teenagers and adults, and can effectively treat a range of tooth alignment problems.

Call South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics for more information.

7/17/2014 8:39:00 AM | Joe Azizidds

We're excited to announce the official launch of our South Bay Dentistry and Orthodontics blog.

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