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How Do Adult Orthodontics Work?

Adult Orthodontics in Glendale CA

As an adult with misaligned or gapped teeth, you may have assumed that orthodontics aren’t for you. After all, who hasn’t seen middle schoolers going through years of metal, adjustments, and discomfort? 

Even if your own teeth are compromising your dental health and causing you discomfort or embarrassment, you may have avoided thinking about braces for yourself.

If this sounds like you, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by recent innovations in adult orthodontics. Special aligners now allow adults to achieve a stunning smile without metal braces. There are even braces that come off in six months! Read on to learn more about your options for adult orthodontics in Glendale, CA.

Inman Aligners

Inman Aligners ...

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Three Myths About Professional Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening in Glendale CA

Have you considered professional teeth whitening for stained or yellowed teeth? If not, you may have fallen victim to teeth whitening myths! Whether performed in-office or as a take-home kit, professional teeth whitening in Glendale, CA, is popular for many reasons. It’s time to bust the myths that may be keeping you from a brighter smile.

Myth: Teeth Whitening Is Painful

While it’s normal for your teeth to feel a bit sensitive for a short time after teeth whitening, avoiding hot and cold beverages will help. However, professional teeth whitening will not cause long-term tooth or gum sensitivity.

With professional teeth whitening, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth to create customized ...

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Dental Emergencies Part 2

Emergency Dentist in Glendale CA

You've been feeling a little bit sensitive in a tooth for the past couple weeks. It's been coming and going. Not a big deal. But now it's getting a little more frequent and now you're avoiding chewing on that area and it's getting sensitive with even warm drinks now. All of a sudden you wake up in the middle of the night with an ache or shooting pain in that area that you've never felt before.

This is a very common scenario and I see it all the time. The key is not to wait after you start feeling that sensitivity. Get in right away to have it looked at.

So what ...

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Accidents Happen! About Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergency Treatment in Glendale

We've all had it happen: You are walking normally when all of a sudden the curb jumps up and makes you trip and fall. You're playing with your kid and that swing comes out of nowhere to smack you in the face. You are brunching with friends and you bite into a fork or you bite into something hard in your salad and hear a crunching noise. You're now faced with a dental emergency.

Time for a Trip to the Dentist

This is the time to call your friendly neighborhood dentist that you've been meaning to get into because you're eight months overdue since your last cleaning. The tooth and area ...

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5 Things That Affect the Whiteness of Your Smile

A bright, winning smile is a great asset. When you know you look your best, you feel good about yourself, and your confidence grows. And your confidence draws others to you which makes social and business interactions rich and rewarding.

If your once-bright smile needs a boost, professional teeth whitening can help. But you may wonder what caused your smile to fade so you know how to prevent it from happening again. 

The fact is that many variables affect the brightness of your teeth and have you looking for teeth whitening solutions. Here are a few:

Foods and Drinks

Surface stains from beverages like coffee, tea, red wine and colas and foods like ...

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3 Questions You Should Ask at Your Orthodontics Consultation

Orthodontics in Glendale CA

If you have spent most of your life wishing for a straighter smile, adult orthodontics can be a game changer. Treatment is fast - in many cases faster than metal braces - so you can achieve your goals in less time and with less inconvenience than you thought possible.

Choosing the Appropriate Option

There are several types of adult orthodontics available today, and during your consultation is the time to ask questions and explore all your options. After you and your dentist decide which is right for you, there are several questions you should ask.

How Long Will Treatment Take?

Are you on a tight timeline and want to see the fastest results ...

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Considering an Implant to Improve Your Quality of Life? Here’s What You Can Expect

dental implants glendale ca

If you are missing one or more teeth, it can be challenging to feel good about yourself. But dental implants in Glendale are a state-of-the-art tooth replacement that can restore your appearance, confidence, and oral health. 

How Missing Teeth Affect Your Quality of Life

Your Diet

When one or more teeth are missing, surrounding teeth often hurt because of the increased strain placed on them. Eating foods like fruits and vegetables can be uncomfortable, so you may default to softer foods that are easier to chew but not as nutritious.

Your Self-Confidence

The spaces left by missing teeth are hard to hide, especially if they’re near the front of your mouth. So, the appearance ...

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