There is absolutely no need to continue living with a smile that you don’t love, or that you don’t feel proud to show off. Modern dentistry offers the effective and convenient care that you need to improve dental aesthetics. Today, our San Francisco cosmetic dentists are walking you through the process of planning treatment.

  • Assessment

The first thing that our dentist will do is to complete a thorough assessment of your smile. We are looking for any existing infections or anomalous tissues, which may need to be treated prior to aesthetic treatment. The last thing that we want to do is to make your smile look perfect, while leaving underlying issues to fester and become more severe.

During your assessment, we will also talk to you about your aesthetic goals. Do you want to transform your entire smile? Focus on specific teeth? Achieve a straighter, seamless smile? Share as much information as you can so that we can tailor treatment to meet your needs.

  • Treatment Options

The next step is to give you information about the many treatment options available to you. For example, you could straighten the appearance of your smile with orthodontic treatment, or you could use restorations to make your smile appear straighter without actually moving your natural teeth. The primary considerations at this phase are your timeline, ideal budget, and post-treatment maintenance goals.

  • See Results

Now it is time to get started helping you reach your dental goals. Using porcelain veneers, we can completely transform your smile in just a few appointments. State-of-the-art Invisalign perfects your dental alignment without marring your teeth with metal brackets and wires. By providing comprehensive dental care, we make it stress-free and convenient to achieve your dream smile.

No matter what your smile looks like right now, our San Francisco cosmetic dentists are here to help you reach your goals. If you want to learn more or to schedule a personal consultation, just give us a call!

 

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that can take a toll on your smile as well as you're overall wellbeing. Because the symptoms of sleep apnea manifest at night, it can be difficult for patients to notice on their own.

Our San Francisco sleep apnea dentists have put together this short overview of commonly experienced sleep apnea symptoms. If you recognize any of these symptoms in your daily life, then it is time to reach out for an evaluation with our team!

Snoring

Sleep apnea develops when relaxed oral tissues collapse into the airway while the patient is asleep. Snoring results from the patient struggling to inhale and exhale despite the obstruction. If you are snoring regularly this means that your airway is not clear. Snoring may be accompanied by gasping or choking sensation that wakes you in the middle of the night.   

Headaches

Because it is difficult to breathe when suffering from sleep apnea, your blood oxygen levels will drop throughout the night. When blood oxygen levels are sufficiently depleted, your body automatically wakes you, in order to restart the breathing process. This result in a disrupted night’s sleep. If you are waking up with headaches it may be due to poor sleep quality and insufficient oxygen during the night.

Dry Mouth

Many sleep apnea sufferers end up trying to breathe through their mouths to inhale more oxygen. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for your body to produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. You’ll end up waking with a dry mouth, and, because saliva levels are depleted, you are more likely to suffer from bad breath as well as increased levels of oral bacteria.

Obstructive sleep apnea rarely improves on its own, in fact it can get worse over time. Our San Francisco dentists are happy to answer any questions that you may have—just give our office a call to get started!

In many ways, your gum tissue is truly the foundation of your smile. If these tissues become damaged or infected, you may experience a host of additional oral health problems down the road.

Today our San Francisco gum disease dentists are sharing some simple and straightforward tips that you can put into practice to protect your smile. Let’s get started!

Drink more water

Try keeping a water bottle on hand so that you can track your water consumption throughout the day. When you are drinking plenty of water, your body is able to produce sufficient saliva to help re-mineralize your teeth. You can also start rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking something other than H20.

Floss regularly

The American Dental Association recommends that patients floss once a day. If you have phased flossing out of your daily routine, now is the time to start again! Our dental team also encourages you to use floss whenever you need to dislodge food particles or plaque from your smile. Floss is much less likely than metal or wooden toothpicks to cause gum or tooth damage.

Incorporate a mouth rinse

There are mouthwashes on the market to meet any dental need. Whether you want to kill oral bacteria, freshen your breath, or clear away plaque, mouth rinse can help you achieve your goals. Talk to your dental team about what type of formulation may be right for your smile. Mouth rinse can help you clear bacteria from those hard-to-reach spaces in your smile.

By perfecting your oral hygiene routine, you will help your body heal and repair your gum tissue. If your gums are already damaged, you may benefit from gum tissue grafts, which build-up and repair diminished tissue.

To learn more about gum disease in general, and to schedule a consultation with our San Francisco dentists, give our office a call!

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