How to Floss Properly

Everyone knows about the importance of flossing teeth, but how many individuals are actually flossing correctly? Flossing done properly removes plaque, food particles, and debris from hard to reach areas in the mouth.

Dr. Ash of Studio Dental Care offers educates patients on the proper flossing techniques and oral care

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care offers educates patients on the proper flossing techniques and oral care

According to Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care, flossing is the one of the most crucial aspects of maintaining oral health. While a toothbrush does a good job in keeping the sides and tops of teeth clean, dental floss is an important agent that makes it possible to effectively clean between teeth.

First, there are two types of floss available for use:

  • Nylon (or multifilament) floss
  • Polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE), or monofilament floss

Both types of floss will work, although one type may be preferable for specific dental needs. Nylon floss can be either waxed or unwaxed, and is composed of numerous strands of nylon. Nylon floss may occasionally shred or tear with rough use, or between tightly packed teeth. PTFE, or nonfilament floss, may be a better option for some patients because of its stronger durability. PTFE floss may also be a better option for individuals with tight spaces between teeth. Both types of floss, if used properly, are excellent agents for maintaining oral health.

Proper teeth flossing techniques include:

  • Using about 18” of floss
    • This will keep you from wasting floss or having to go back for more
  • Use a firm grip between thumb and index fingers
    • A firm grip will give the most control
  • Follow the natural curves of your teeth
    • Gently floss the curves of teeth to avoid bleeding, injury, or inflammation
  • Use clean sections of floss for each tooth
    • Use an up-and-down motion to floss
  • Clean beneath the gum line
    • Avoid snapping the floss on the gumline
    • Use a gentle wiggle or a back-and-forth motion to clean the gumline

Studio Dental Care by Dr. Alexander Ash is located in Studio City. Dr. Ash proudly provides general and cosmetic dentistry services to patients seeking to maintain or improve dental hygiene. Dr. Ash serves patients in the greater Los Angeles, Burbank, and Toluca Lake areas.

Studio Dental Care offers cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry needs, including: teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, routine cleanings, fillings, bridges, and more. For more information regarding any of the above services, please contact Dr. Alexander Ash for a consultation pertaining to Invisalign Teen, Invisalign, teeth whitening, dental implants, and general oral care information.

Veneers vs. Lumineers Cosmetic Dentistry

Many dental patients and professionals have been discussing and debating the function and appearance of porcelain veneers versus Lumineers. By providing information about both services, Dr. Ash of Studio Dental Care hopes to offer the best cosmetic dentistry services in Los Angeles and Burbank for all patients wishing to improve oral care.

Dental Veneers

Studio Dental Care by Dr. Alexander Ash provides patients with cosmetic dentistry services such as veneer consultations and installations.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers, also known as ceramic veneers, are thin layers of customized porcelain shells that fit snuggly over existing teeth to provide a brighter, straighter smile. Traditional veneers require more preparation as less than half a millimeter of the original tooth enamel is filed away. The small layer of surface enamel filed away is not enough to compromise the tooth structure or the overall health of the mouth and allows for the stronger bonding of the veneer to the existing tooth. Minor forms of anesthesia may be used in order to keep the patient comfortable through any drilling or filling. Porcelain veneers are often a permanent solution with natural, yet dramatic, results that patients desire.

Lumineers

Lumineers, like veneers, cap an existing tooth to create the appearance of a fuller, brighter smile. No surface enamel is removed prior to Lumineer installation, meaning that no topical anesthesia or shots are needed for the procedure. The Lumineer is thinner than a porcelain veneer and is fastened to the tooth. Often times Lumineers may fall out, and need to be replaced after wear. Lumineers must be installed by a Lumineer provider and dentist due to the precision needed for installation. Although Lumineers may appear to be an option for patients who wish to avoid filling teeth, Lumineers provide only temporary solutions, and often look unsatisfactory with a transparency to the tooth underneath.

Why Veneers are preferred over Lumineers by most dentists?

Most dentists prefer porcelain or traditional veneers over Lumineers, which are not as durable or natural in appearance. Although professional dentists have to remove minimal amounts of surface enamel in order to install veneers, the permanent solution helps patients regain strength and security, while having a natural, brighter, and straighter smile.

Lumineers, if not installed properly and with precision, need upkeep or re-installation, which may be pricey. In addition, the unnatural material of Lumineers may cause irritation and swelling of the gums when installed.

Porcelain Veneers are the right choice for patients who wish to:

  • Secure durable veneers
  • Create a more natural and fuller smile
  • Straighten the appearance of teeth
  • Brighten a smile

For more information, please feel free to explore the Mouth Healthy website by clicking HERE for more information regarding cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care in Studio City, California offers dental patients advice and expertise when it comes to oral care and cosmetics. Dr. Ash recommends veneers for all patients in Los Angeles, Burbank, and Toluca Lake areas. Whether porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, or Invisalign, Dr. Ash helps patients achieve the smile they have always desired. For more information regarding cosmetic dentistry services, restorative dentistry, or routine cleanings, please visit www.studiodentalcare.com today.

Dental Veneers and What Patients Need to Know

Veneers are becoming more popular solutions for missing teeth, large gaps between teeth, and stained or discolored teeth. Below please find a list of information and helpful tips, provided by Studio Dental Care in Studio City, for anyone considering veneers as a cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Studio Dental Care by Alexander Ash provides Dental Veneer Services and helpful tips for patients in Los Angeles, CA

Studio Dental Care by Alexander Ash provides Dental Veneer Services and helpful tips for patients in Los Angeles, Studio City, and Toluca Lake, CA.

Dental Veneers and What Dental Patients Need to Know:

  • There are two types of veneers: Porcelain Veneers (Porcelain Laminate Veneers or Ceramic Veneers) and Composite Resin Veneers
  • Porcelain Veneers tend to be more expensive and last for a median of 30 years, depending on proper care and up keep
  • Veneers are a great solution for damaged teeth or teeth that are cracked or chipped
  • A consultation for veneers is required before the process can begin
  • Polishing the natural tooth and removing a small layer of surface enamel is necessary for veneer preparation
  • A topical anesthesia may be required for shaving down the enamel
  • Creating Porcelain Veneers requires up to seven days of laboratory preparation
  • Porcelain Veneers are less likely to discolor or darken after time, if properly cared for
  • Most dentists recommend avoiding foods, beverages, and substances that may increase the staining of veneers (such as coffee, tea, sodas, tobacco products, etc.)
  • Patients with veneers need to be careful not to bite down on hard foods or use teeth as a tool to open packages
  • Veneers often help patients appear younger and create the appearance of a fuller mouth

For more information or facts pertaining to veneers and veneer consultations, please follow the link to the Mouth Healthy website by clicking HERE.

If you are considering cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as veneer installation, consult an experienced dentist like Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City, CA. Dr. Alexander Ash and his professional staff provide patients in Burbank and Los Angeles with Invisalign, veneers, and teeth whitening procedures.

Cosmetic Dentistry and Celebrity Smile Secrets

A healthy, bright, and straight smile oftentimes indicates a confident individual. Whether a celebrity on screen or just an average Joe, cosmetic dentistry services can help promote self-confidence and improve overall oral hygiene. Studio Dental Care in Studio City, California, offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services to help clients achieve the ultimate results—a great smile and a healthy mouth.

Studio Dental Care by Dr. Alexander Ash offers cosmetic dentistry services in Los Angeles, CA.

Studio Dental Care by Dr. Alexander Ash offers cosmetic dentistry services in Studio City, CA that have celebrity style results.

Invisalign

Invisalign cosmetic dentistry services allow patients to straighten teeth discretely with clear, BPA-free aligners. With the ability to remove Invisalign retainers during special occasions, meals, and brushing and flossing, patients can achieve the desired results without dietary limitations that traditional metal braces restrict. Invisalign providers may provide different treatment options that offer a variety of results depending on durations. For example, Invisalign Express 5 and Invisalign 10, are quicker more affordable treatments that correct minor misalignment issues with 10 trays or less. For more information regarding Invisalign options, please click HERE.

Veneers

Dental Veneers, otherwise known as porcelain veneers or porcelain laminates, offer a whiter and straighter smile by capping existing teeth. A dentist simply files down a small layer of existing tooth enamel, less than a millimeter, to make enough room to fit the custom veneers over the teeth. Patients may choose to do a single tooth or a full mouth of teeth; as well as choosing the level of whiteness desired. Veneers have a median life average of 30 years, while composites have a median life average of 7 to 10 years, meaning that veneers are long lasting cosmetic dentistry solutions.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is often the fastest cosmetic dentistry service to yield desired results, with immediate results after just a single professional whitening session. With professional, in-office whitening procedures and at-home teeth whitening treatments, patients can choose the desired level of brightness within specific budgets. Consulting a professional, certified dentist will help to ensure that treatments are safe for individual patients as well as appropriate in relation to other oral care procedures.

Studio Dental Care's cosmetic dentistry services in Los Angeles include teeth whitening, veneer installation, and invisalign.

Studio Dental Care’s cosmetic dentistry services in Los Angeles include teeth whitening, veneer installation, and Invisalign.

If you are considering cosmetic dentistry treatments or general dentistry services, consult an experienced dentist and Invisalign provider like Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City, CA. Dr. Ash and his trained staff proudly provide patients in Burbank and Los Angeles with Invisalign, veneers, and teeth whitening procedures.

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Why Veneers May Be Beneficial

Dental veneers may be a viable option for clients seeking long term results in cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are thin, yet durable, shells that cover existing teeth to improve appearance. Veneers typically consist of two types of materials—porcelain or composite resin.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care in Studio City offers Veneer Consultations and Veneer Installation to dental patients.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care in Studio City offers Veneer Consultations and Veneer Installation to dental patients.

Porcelain veneers are sometimes preferred because of their stain resistance, high color and texture match, and low teeth prep. Porcelain is also administered for patients who are looking for long-term dental solutions, whereas composite resin is more temporary. Patients should consult a DDS for options regarding veneer material and best lifestyle fit.

All veneers, regardless of materials, are custom made to fit patients’ specific needs and to mimic natural enamel. In order to apply veneers, some teeth preparation may be necessary. A minimal amount of tooth enamel must be removed for veneers to be applied, usually less than a millimeter or so. There are also no-prep veneer options that may be an alternative for patients who do not wish to remove existing enamel.

On average, veneers have a median average of 30 years, and composites veneers have a median average of 7 to 10 years, individual cases vary. Experienced dentists, such as Dr. Alexander Ash, will ensure that patients have all the proper education and knowledge in caring for veneers.

Veneers not only improve aesthetics, but veneers also protect weak or cracked teeth with great results. Dramatic improvements in crooked, chipped, damaged, irregular, or discolored teeth can be accomplished with veneers.

Dr. Alexander Ash understands that veneers are an investment in a healthy smile, and works tirelessly to provide patients with the best possible care and cosmetic dentistry options. Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City, CA proudly provides veneer options and other cosmetic dentistry services, and serves patients in the greater Los Angeles, Burbank, and Toluca Lake areas.

Dr. Alexander Ash and Studio Dental Care offer cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry needs, including: teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, routine cleanings, fillings, bridges, dentures, and more. For more information regarding any of the above services, please contact Dr. Alexander Ash for a consultation.

 

 

How to Deal with Invisalign Lost, Stolen, Broken, and Cracked Aligners

If during the course of Invisalign treatment, aligners are lost, stolen, broken, or cracked, please consult an Invisalign provider as soon as possible. Depending on the Invisalign treatment and conditions, patients may be eligible for new trays free of charge, such as those under the Invisalign Teen treatment. Invisalign patients should discuss payment options and different Invisalign treatments with providers.

Invisalign Services

Dr. Ash of Studio Dental Care offers Invisalign services and tips for Invisalign patients in Los Angeles and Studio City, CA.

It is important for patients who have broken or lost retainers to contact an Invisalign provider—most often their dentist—quickly. During treatment, teeth can shift surprisingly swiftly, which may render the previous month’s work obsolete. Additionally, misaligned teeth may effect the next set of aligners and the rest of the duration of Invisalign. In order to remain on schedule, patients should have a clear line of communication regarding any important changes in oral care.

Aligners typically take around 5 business days for delivery to Invisalign providers. If a patient is on vacation or unable to visit a dental office in a timely manner, consider contacting a dentist to see if they are able to ship to a different address.

Individual cases will experience different advice and treatment options if aligner use is halted for too long, which is why it is important to alert your Invisalign provider when problems with aligners arise.

Some tips for maintaining aligners and preventing lost, stolen, broken, or cracked aligners:

-       When taking out aligners, always place them in a case. Tissues or napkins are often thrown away and should never function as a temporary case for aligners.

-       Have a designated spot where aligners are placed when not in use.

-       Follow proper hygiene procedures as instructed by the Invisalign provider.

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City proudly provides Invisalign services and Invisalign Teen for patients seeking to straighten teeth using alternate methods to traditional metal braces. Dr. Ash serves patients in the greater Los Angeles, Burbank, and Toluca Lake areas.

Dr. Ash of Studio Dental Care offers cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry needs, including: teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, routine cleanings, fillings, bridges, and more. For more information regarding any of the above services Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, please contact Dr. Alexander Ash for a consultation.

Invisalign: After Treatment Process

Once the Invisalign treatment period is over, there are a number of healthy practices that patients can engage in that will help maintain their smile. After treatment, generally, teeth will naturally try to shift to their native position. This is due to ligaments stretching teeth back to their original position. Depending on the outcome of Invisalign treatments, retainer options may vary. The majority of Invisalign patients will require some type of retainer after Invisalign treatment in order to keep teeth straight. For more information regarding the Invisalign process or after Invisalign treatments, please click HERE.

Studio Dental Care offers Invisalign Services

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care is an Invisalign Provider and offers Invisalign Services and and Invisalign Tips for Patients.

As patients continue to wear retainers and maintain normal oral healthcare routine, the tissue surrounding the teeth and ligaments will increase or strengthen to help hold teeth into their new position. Bear in mind, however, that this added support is not enough to prevent teeth shifting.

In terms of retainers, some patients may require a positioner or more conventional retainer. Typically, there are two main types of retainers that will be utilized after treatment.

Fixed Retainers after Invisalign

These retainers are bonded to teeth via a thin wire on the back of teeth, and are not visible to others. They can be useful to have, since patient compliance is not required. However, these retainers can make flossing difficult, and can result in plaque build up and minor cases of gingivitis without proper oral care.

Removable Retainers after Invisalign

These retainers are often worn at night, and can be removed during the day. Patients have to remember to wear them daily and clean them thoroughly. Removable retainers allow patients to brush and floss in hard to reach areas for a cleaner, healthier mouth.

For best results, consult an experienced dentist and Invisalign provider like Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care located in Studio City, CA. Dr. Ash proudly serves patients in Burbank and Los Angeles for Invisalign and other cosmetic dentistry services.