Could this simple cosmetic treatment give you the ideal smile?
Are you dealing with certain aesthetic flaws or imperfections in your smile that keep you from feeling confident in your appearance? Do you find yourself feeling self-conscious and hiding your smile from those around you? Do you often envy other people’s smiles? If you said “yes,” our Rancho Mirage, CA, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Ray Cros and Dr. Sheri Cros, are here to tell you about a simple yet amazingly effective way to instantly enhance the look of your smile.
Most people worry about how long they will have to recover after their treatment or whether a procedure will be uncomfortable. Luckily, with dental veneers, you don’t have to worry. We usually don’t have to remove more than 5mm of enamel from the front of your teeth. Since enamel doesn’t have any nerves, this process is simple and painless.
Getting veneers takes only a couple of trips to see your Rancho Mirage dentist. Once we deem you an ideal candidate for veneers we will prep your teeth, send impressions of your mouth to a dental lab and then come back in for your final appointment about a week later to check the fit of your custom veneers before bonding them to your teeth. In a matter of weeks, you could have a brand new smile.
Fix a Myriad of Cosmetic Flaws
What makes veneers so versatile is that there are a variety of aesthetic dental issues that these simple porcelain restorations can cover. Since veneers cover the entire front portion of a tooth it can cover everything from stains, chips, misshapenness, or unevenness. It can improve the color, size, and shape of the tooth in an instant so that it looks just like the rest of your healthy smile.
Enjoy a Straighter Smile
You can also choose to get a mouth full of veneers and enjoy a straighter and more even appearance. Hide small gaps between teeth, as well as twisted, crooked, or crowded teeth. While they can’t fix more moderate to serious misalignments, veneers can give you a straighter smile if you are dealing with minimal adjustments and don’t love the idea of getting braces later in life.
Since veneers are made from tough, durable, and even stain-resistant porcelain, you’ll enjoy your results for years to come. Since teeth are shaved down to accommodate your veneers this is a lifelong smile enhancer. While veneers will need to be replaced at some point, you’ll enjoy showing off that beautiful new smile for the rest of your life.
If you are interested in what dental veneers can do for your smile then the next step is to schedule a consultation with us. Call Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage, CA, today to find out if your smile could benefit from what veneers have to offer.
Missing teeth cause damage to your smile that is easily avoidable by utilizing the teeth replacement options available at your dentist’s office. However, dental implants are the only teeth replacement option that restores both your missing tooth and its root. Find out more about dental implants and how they can benefit your smile with Dr. Ray Cros and Dr. Sheri Cros at Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage, CA.
What is a dental implant?
Though other options can also replace your missing teeth, they cannot replace your tooth’s root. A dental implant uses your jawbone’s natural healing abilities to anchor an implant’s fixture into place permanently in the bone itself. The fixture lies below the gum line to act as a foundation for the replacement tooth which lies above the gum line. The two connect using a small piece called an abutment, allowing your dentist to replace or repair a damaged prosthetic tooth without needing to remove the fixture as well.
What kinds of implants are available?
Since implants stand alone and do not rely on the natural teeth to stay in place, they are highly versatile. Implants can replace a single tooth using a single implant. If you have several teeth missing in a row, an implant on either side of a bridge can replace two or more teeth at once. Patients missing all or most of the teeth on an arch may benefit from an implant-supported denture held in place by four or more implants.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
A good candidate for dental implants has an adequate amount of bone volume left in the area of their implant to support the implant’s fixture. A good candidate also has an excellent at-home oral care routine which will keep their teeth and implants healthy and decay-free. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once coupled with routine, biannual examinations, and cleanings with your dentist.
Dental Implants in Rancho Mirage, CA
Dental implants can turn your smile around and help you look and feel great. If you think you could benefit from dental implants, your dentist can help you make an informed decision and ensure that this is the best course of treatment for you.
For more information on dental implants or what they can do for your smile, please contact Dr. Ray Cros and Dr. Sheri Cros at Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage, CA. Call (760) 444-3202 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Has your smile gradually become duller over the years? The problem may be due to stains from foods and beverages. Dentists Dr. Ray Cros and Dr. Sheri Cros of Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage, CA and serving Palm Desert, explain how teeth whitening can remove stubborn stains and brighten your smile.
Strong whitening agents dissolve stains
Dark pigments found in tobacco products or certain foods or beverages tend to stain teeth. These small pigments become stuck in tiny pores in your tooth enamel and can't be removed simply by brushing your teeth. You may be more likely to develop stains if you regularly drink tea, coffee, cola or wine, or eat foods that contain dark pigments, such as berries, tomato sauce or popsicles.
Thanks to the stain-busting properties of hydrogen peroxide, your teeth will become up to eight shades lighter in just one whitening session in our Rancho Mirage office. Hydrogen peroxide, applied to your teeth as a gel, breaks apart stain-causing pigments. Although hydrogen peroxide is found in both over-the-counter and professional whiteners, professional whiteners contain stronger formulations of the chemical compound.
Teeth whitening is a simple process
Before we whiten your teeth, we'll perform a thorough dental examination. Since problems with your teeth increase the risk of sensitivity, this step is essential for your comfort. It will also ensure that you receive the appropriate treatment if you happen to have a cavity or other dental issue. You'll also receive a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. If these substances remain on your teeth, your smile may look speckled after whitening.
After your teeth are cleaned, a protective gel will be applied to your gums and roots, and retractors will be used to draw your lips and cheeks away from your teeth during your whitening session. These precautions help reduce the risk of sensitivity.
At-home whitening is also available. If you choose this option, you'll receive custom-made whitening trays and a supply of whitening gel.
In most cases, the effects of whitening will last two or three years. Avoiding smoking and the foods and beverages that cause stains may help your smile stay whiter even longer.
Ready to whiten your smile? Call dentists Drs. Ray and Sheri Cros of Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, CA, at (760) 444-3202 to schedule an appointment.
Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Cros Dental dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Ceos Dental dentist to schedule an appointment.
When planning for your new smile, we look at more than the condition of individual teeth. We also step back for the bigger “bite” picture: how do the teeth look and interact with each other?
If we have a normal bite, our teeth are aligned symmetrically with each other. This not only looks aesthetically pleasing with the rest of the face, it also contributes to good function when we chew food. A bad bite (malocclusion) disrupts this mouth-to-face symmetry, impairs chewing and makes hygiene and disease prevention much more difficult.
That's where orthodontics, the dental specialty for moving teeth, can work wonders. With today's advanced techniques, we can correct even the most complex malocclusions — and at any age. Even if your teen years are well behind you, repairing a bad bite can improve both your smile and your dental health.
The most common approach, of course, is braces. They consist of metal or plastic brackets bonded to the outside face of the teeth with a thin metal wire laced through them. The wire attaches to an anchorage point, the back teeth or one created with other appliances, and placed under tension or pressure. The gradual increasing of tension or pressure on the teeth will move them over time.
Â Braces are versatile and quite effective, but they can be restrictive and highly noticeable. Many people, especially older adults, feel embarrassed to wear them. There is an alternative: clear aligners. These are a series of clear, plastic trays that you wear in sequence, a couple of weeks for each tray. When you change to the next tray in the series, it will be slightly different than its predecessor. As the trays change shape guided by computer-enhanced modeling, the teeth gradually move.
If you're interested in having a poor bite corrected, the first step is a comprehensive orthodontic examination. This looks closely at not only teeth position, but also jaw function and overall oral and general health.
With that we can help you decide if orthodontics is right for you. If so, we'll formulate a treatment plan that can transform your smile and boost your dental health.
If you would like more information on the cosmetic and health benefits of orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
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