One of the ways that you can protect and care for your smile long-term is to be mindful about the foods and drinks that you consume. Our San Francisco dentists are here with some helpful information about how different types of foods and beverages impact oral health. Keep reading to learn more!

Many people already know that sugary substances aren’t great for your teeth and gums. Here’s why: oral bacteria feed on sugars and refined carbohydrates, so, when you flood your mouth with sugars, you’re actually giving bacteria a boost. People who eat and drink a lot of sugar have increased rates of cavity and gum disease.

Acidic treats are also problematic. When your dental enamel comes into contact with acid, it is temporarily softened. It takes about twenty to thirty minutes for enamel to re-harden post acid exposure. While your enamel is softened, it is more likely to be damaged or worn away. Some commonly consumed acidic substances include coffee, soft drinks, citrus fruits, fruit juices, and wine.

Perhaps the number one health-boosting dietary change that you can make is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. When you are well hydrated, your body is able to produce plenty of saliva; saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria and re-mineralizing enamel. Rinsing your mouth with water after eating and drinking will also limit the amount of time that harmful substances are able to sit on your smile. When in doubt, reach for water!

Every single thing that you consume affects your teeth and gums in some way. The key to success is to consume harmful substances in moderation, make good dietary decisions when possible, and stay hydrated. As always, our San Francisco dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need to optimize your smile!

A straight and seamless smile is a universally sought after aesthetic feature, but few of us were lucky enough to be born with perfect smiles in our DNA. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry treatments can help us realize the smile of our dreams. Keep reading to learn more about the treatments our San Francisco cosmetic dentists use to help our patients achieve straight smiles.

You probably already know that traditional metal braces—which use brackets and wires—can move your teeth into better positions. Unfortunately, many patients find this treatment to be overly cumbersome and unattractive, so they just avoid pursuing treatment all together.

Invisalign offers a welcome alternative to conventional orthodontic treatment. Rather than relying on metal brackets and wires, Invisalign moves teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners. This means that the aligners practically disappear once in place over your teeth. Invisalign is used to straighten smiles, close gaps between teeth, and correct bite issues.

So far we’ve been talking about treatments that actually move your natural teeth. However, you can also achieve a straighter smile by applying restorative and cosmetic dental materials to your natural dental structure. For example, dental veneers, which are thin porcelain restorations, are attached to teeth in order to totally transform the patient’s smile. Likewise, dental bonding can correct the appearance of moderate misalignment; bonding uses composite resin to build out teeth. One advantage of dental bonding is that the entire process takes only one appointment to complete.

Our San Francisco cosmetic dentists always tailor our patients’ treatment plans to meet the patient’s unique needs. It’s important to consider your dental goals, budget, timeline, and post-treatment maintenance preferences before committing to an aesthetic solution. Give our office a call, or submit an inquiry through our Contact Us page, when you’re ready to get started!


There are not a lot of teenagers out in the world that are actively looking forward to the prospect of getting braces, and frankly, it’s been that way for years. More than anything, teens hate the aesthetics of a metal mouthpiece dominating their smile at a time when their appearance is an all-encompassing concern. One option for these teens in need of a straighter smile would be Invisalign, and here in San Francisco, clear braces have been a tremendous boon for reasons beyond just the way it looks.

The following are six benefits of Invisalign for teens here at Dr. Robert M. Walley’s office:

#1 Improved Self-Confidence

The biggest problem with braces is that they can really take a chunk out of a young person’s self-confidence. While metal braces accomplish their intended purpose of straightening crooked teeth over time, they also create an apperance that many teens just do not like. Frankly, that can seriously affect their self-confidence, so going with a clear option allows them to smile more freely and feel less self-conscious about their smile.

#2 Fewer Orthodontic Malfunctions

Another benefit of Invisalign for teens is that it doesn’t break or malfunction as often as braces do. With all the rules about what sorts of foods teens can eat with braces—many of which they don’t follow, anyway—it is not uncommon for orthodontic emergencies to pop up more often than parents would like. Put simply, these types of emergencies just aren’t as likely with Invisalign.

#3 Fewer Visits to the Orthodontist

Not only are there fewer trips to the dentist or orthodontist due to emergencies, Invisalin requires fewer checkups. Furthermore, the appointments themselves are less frequent when they do happen.

#4 Ideal for Student-Athletes

Braces can be a huge hassle for student-athletes, especially those that play contact sports. Invisalign doesn’t generate the same types of mouth injuries in athletes, but even students in activities like Marching Band have better success with an implement that gives their mouth more freedom to work the way it’s supposed to with an instrument.

#5 More Hygienic

All kinds of food can get stuck in between the wires and brackets of braces, but Invisalign is much easier to keep clean since food simply doesn’t get stuck in the removable tray. That’s better for the teeth you’re trying to make look nicer in the first place. What’s the point if you end up with extra cavities because of the process?

#6 Better Photographs

Finally, any school pictures taken during the teeth-straightening era of a teen’s life won’t be marred by the presence of sparkling metal in the photographer’s lens. Your school photos from that time will look great with clear implements instead of traditional braces.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are interested in getting more information about Invisalign, either for yourself or for the teenager in your life, contact the office of Dr. Walley so we can start the process of providing you an estimate for the costs and a fitting for the appliance itself. Clear braces in San Francisco are increasingly popular among adolescents, and it’s these benefits that have helped make this desirable option available to more young people in need of braces.


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