Invisalign Teens

Invisalign Teens, or Invisalign created specifically for teenagers, still offers the same beneficial results of discrete aligners, or “invisible braces”, with slight modifications to the treatment. Invisalign providers understand that teens have different needs than adults. While offering the same results and benefits as Invisalign, Invisalign Teens allows an alternative to traditional braces for adolescents.

Invisalign Teen at Studio Dental Care in Studio City offers a great solution to straightening teeth.

Invisalign Teen at Studio Dental Care in Studio City offers a great solution to straightening teeth.

Invisalign Teens Benefits may include:

  • Fewer diet restrictions while going through the Invisalign process of straightening teeth
  • More accessibility while brushing and flossing, giving parents and dentists peace of mind
  • Up to 6 free Invisalign aligner replacements for lost, damaged, or misplaced aligners
  • The ability to change aligners at home roughly every two weeks for accurate and consistent progress

The creators of Invisalign accounted for the differences in teenagers jaw and oral developmental stages, including the eruption of the second molars.

In order to track the Invisalign progress for both parents and teenagers, blue dot indicators located on the aligners fade to indicate the proper time to switch aligners for consistent results. The blue dot indicators also reassure parents that teenagers are using Invisalign properly to receive adequate results for the parents’ investment in their child’s oral health.

Follow the link to the official Invisalign website for more information about Invisalign Teens, by clicking HERE.

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 than traditional metal braces. Serving patients in the greater Los Angeles, Burbank, and Toluca Lake areas, Dr. Ash offers 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 or Invisalign Teen, please contact Dr. Alexander Ash.

Smileography for Dentists and Patients

What is Smileography?

Smileography is a company and emerging dental imaging technology, which acts as a tool for dental professionals. Smileography allows patients to view personalized and potential realistic results to improve the cosmetic appearance of their smiles. By viewing the full potential, or the case presentations, a patient visualizes the end result of the product, thereby increasing the likelihood of moving forward with the cosmetic procedures. For more information pertaining to Smileography as an available technology and tool, please follow the link to the official site by clicking HERE.

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How Smileography works?

Smileography begins with a consultation, where a customer conveys the desire for a brighter, whiter, straighter, more perfect smile. By using professional photography equipment and high resolution images, the trained dentist takes pictures of patients for their viewing necessity. Using Smileography technology, dentists then makes appropriate changes, including softening a patient’s features, to represent the ultimate outcome from installing veneers. A patient can customize their smile, accurately, prior to having dental work completed. By minimizing an individual’s perceived imperfections including blemishes and signs of aging such as wrinkles and age spots, patients may focus on the possible improvements of a more perfect smile.

Smileography members train professional dentists and staff members with photography equipment and techniques to best serve potential and existing patients. Clients are often satisified with the results and request another “result photo” to bookend their experience and results with Smileography.

Smileography dramatically increases case acceptance rates for cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening and veneers.

Who uses Smileography?

Dentists use Smilepgraphy around the world in countries including Brazil, France, and the United States. Smileography can be found in local Southern California’s Studio City in the heart of Los Angeles with Dr. Alexander Ash at Studio Dental Care. Dr. Ash offers cosmetic dental services, including professional teeth whitening and veneers. By using Smileography in office, Dr. Ash offers a full service by using digital imagery to portray potential results. But Dr. Ash achieves actual results as well. For more information or to view the gallery of Smileography results, please follow the link by clicking HERE.

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Cosmetic Dentistry and Invisalign: Why Choose Invisalign

Some people notice eyes or hair color when first meeting an acquaintance or interacting with peers/coworkers on a daily basis. For other people, teeth and a straight smile are the first things noticed. Choosing to improve oral health through cosmetic dentistry may be an important decision to consider.

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To straighten teeth after consulting a professional dentist or orthodontist, there are normally two traditional possibilities: metal braces or Invisalign.

Traditional metal braces are wirers that loop through brackets temporarily cemented to the fronts of teeth. These wires are tightened every few weeks, and are held in place by clear, or colored, medical rubber bands. Although effective, metal braces limit the types of food and beverages a patient may consume, increase the difficulty of regular cleanings, and can irritate the lips, gums, and flesh of the mouth.

Invisalign takes a different approach to correcting the spacing and alignment issues of crooked teeth. Invisalign is a system of clear aligners, or clear retainers, which are molded and personalized for each individual patient. Patients have a new set of aligners every two weeks or so to continue to correct misalignment and shifting teeth. Aligners are removable allowing patients to:

  • Effectively play sports and wear protective mouth gear
  • Clean the appliances nightly to reduce oral bacteria
  • Eat their favorite foods without limitation of wires and brackets
  • Brush, floss, and mouthrinse in order to maintain a beautiful smile
  • Remove the aligners for special occasions

Invisalign lets patients continuously straighten teeth and improve oral health without the nuisance of irritating brackets. Invisalign is great for teens and adults who can both be self-conscious during the braces process. For more information regarding Invisalign, please visit the official Invisalign website by clicking HERE. 

Dr. Alexander Ash of Studio Dental Care understands the sensitivity of braces and his patients’ desires of wanting a straighter smile. Through Invisalign consultations, Dr. Ash helps patients improve the appearance of smiles through different cosmetic approaches. With satisfied customers and excellent testimonials, Studio Dental Care patients recommend Dr. Ash for Invisalign and various other services. Contact Dr. Ash, his team of professional dental hygienists to schedule an appointment regarding Invisalign, routine cleanings, dental implants, veneers, teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, fillings, dentures, and so much more.

Fluoride: Finding a Balance

Most aspects of life require finding a balance to ensure high benefits without added risks. Oral health care is no different.  New and innovative products and services are constantly created in order to encourage the best dental care for patients. The use of fluoride for oral care improvement has been used in the general population for decades, but not without a bit of controversy.  Prior to using fluoride as means to improving dental care, understand the benefits and risks.

Benefits of Fluoride:

Fluoride was first added to main water source supplies around 1945, and dentists saw results almost immediately. Children and adults experienced fewer cavities and less tooth decay thereby increasing the national oral health, significantly, despite socioeconomic differences. Professionals were impressed with the dramatic improvement, with minimalistic side effects, as a result of patients drinking water enriched with fluoride or using products containing fluoride. People who used fluoride consistently for an extended period of time also experienced stronger tooth enamel and overall dental health. To read more about fluoride and its benefits, the American Dental Association provides helpful resources on their website; please click HERE.

The most common side effect of fluoride use is known as fluorosis, or dental enamel fluorosis, a condition that leaves white spots or streaks on developed teeth. Once permanent teeth have broken through the surface, fluorosis can no longer occur. Fluorosis does not affect the health or function of teeth, but rather only affects the appearance during formative years. To learn more about fluorosis, or benefits of fluoride, please visit the American Dental Association’s official website by clicking HERE.

After the introduction of nationwide fluoride water supplies, people became concerned with the forced medicinal ways of the fluoride. Parts of Europe stopped the addition of fluoride to allow people to make such personal decisions. In extreme and rare cases, people experienced health risks of hypersensitivity, allergic reactions, or an overdose as a result of added fluoride content to water or products.

For more questions regarding the benefits and potential side effects of fluoride use, please consult your personal physician and dentist.

Fluoride and fluoride-enriched products have proven benefits for dental health. Dentists should provide factual information upon request to ensure patients know all the possible side effects and risks of any product or procedure. Dr. Ash of Studio Dental Care promises quality services for all patients, including those he serves in the Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, and Burbank areas. Alexander Ash offers family and general dentistry services for all patients. To maintain a healthy mouth, schedule a routine appointment today, call Dr. Ash and speak with a friendly customer care representative.

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Quadrant Scaling

Common knowledge and professional recommendations encourage patients to attend the dentist twice annually, but not everyone heeds such valuable advice. Often times a patient waits until a noticeable oral problem arises prior to visiting the dentist. During problematic times, people often need a more thorough cleaning and appointment for dental scaling and root planing. As oral procedures, dental scaling and root planing are forms of periodontal therapy, a non-surgical method to treat gum disease, such as gingivitis. Such deep cleaning methods help to remove built up plaque and tartar around and below the gum line, medically known as prophylaxis, for consistent oral health care. Prophylaxis is a definitive cleaning method, suggesting that a patient will have a fully clean mouth by the end of the appointment.

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In some cases, a patient experiences excess bacteria build up and requires multiple cleaning sessions in order to treat and remove the tartar. Dentists and hygienists may recommend quadrant scaling, a method of oral cleaning that focuses on only one fourth of the mouth during each session. Thus, four cleaning appointments are required in order to fully and thoroughly clean the mouth. The amount of plaque deposits, in addition to the condition of the gums, determines if a hygienist and dentist will administer an anesthesia to ensure comfort for the patient.

To maintain a healthy mouth, dentists recommend regular visits and a consistent daily regimen of brushing flossing and utilizing mouthrinse. Dr. Alexander Ash in Studio Dental Care located in Studio City offers procedures of general dentistry for any patient in the Los Angeles region. Dr. Ash serves customers in the Burbank, Sherman Oaks, and Toluca Lake areas offering regular routine cleanings and quadrant scaling customized for each patient. Call today and speak with a friendly customer care representative to schedule an appointment for any oral care procedure or appointment. It’s never too late for a clean mouth.

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What do Horrible Bosses, Finding Nemo, and Marathon Man Have in Common? When Sedation, Sleep Dentistry is the Right Fit

What do Horrible Bosses, Finding Nemo, and Marathon Man Have in Common?

When Sedation, Sleep Dentistry is the Right Fit

Jennifer Aniston in New Line Cinema’s Horrible Bosses, the self-centered and daughter-fearing dentist in Pixar’s animated Finding Nemo, and Dr. Szell in Paramount Pictures’ Marathon Man–in addition to several other characters in dentist-related movies—have all contributed to the trauma and horror associated with a visit to the dentist. While these examples are mainly media-induced, if you ask 20 people about their dental experiences, 8 people will tell you they are “apprehensive about dental visits,” 4 people will say they are “highly fearful,” and 1 person will say they “avoid oral health care completely.” (As researched by The National Center for Biotechnology Information)
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–    For years, negative dental statistics have been indicating a dangerous direction in the perception of oral health.

When people neglect their oral health, they become susceptible to oral diseases, which, in turn, may result in more serious health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems, and more. Click HERE to view source.

Good oral hygiene is absolutely essential to an overall healthy lifestyle. Governments worldwide have created divisions of oral health and allocated funds and manpower toward the research and technology necessary to improve upon this field. Now, a new arena in dentistry that oral health professionals are paying closer attention to is the specialty service of sedation dentistry.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a specialty dental service that is intended to address specific concerns—such as medical issues, special needs, fear, and anxiety—that each individual patient may have concerning their dental procedures. Sedation dentistry involves the use of a relaxant or form of anesthetic that is administered by licensed professionals in a dental office setting.

–    Dental patients now have the option of selecting how their dental treatment is performed, and licensed, experienced dentists are able to execute these unique requests.

Different types of sedation dentistry:

There are several types of sedation dentistry, including oral sedatives, IV (Intravenous) Sedation (Sleep Dentistry), and inhalation sedation: nitrous oxide sedation— “Laughing Gas” (Twilight Sleep).

Oral Sedatives
Generally, oral sedatives for dental work are anti-anxiety medications that the dentist prescribes the patient. The patient takes the oral sedative a couple hours before they are to receive dental treatment, and, when it comes time to filling a cavity, having a tooth extracted, or seating a crown, they feel much calmer and more at ease. Oral Sedatives falls into the category of conscious sedation dentistry.

Inhalation Sedation: Nitrous Oxide Sedation—“Laughing Gas” (Twilight Sleep):
Inhalation sedation is a dose of odorless, colorless Nitrous Oxide Sedation that the patient breathes in through a nose/mouth piece, which creates a high level of relaxation. The patient is able to undergo pain-free dental treatment while being in a sleep-like state of consciousness.

IV Sedation (Sleep Dentistry)
IV Sedation is also known as sleep dentistry. As its name expresses, the patient is completely asleep during IV sedation. IV sedation is administered by a professional, licensed anesthesiologist.

Why undergo sedation sleep dentistry?

Many people, including those with medical conditions, special needs, or high-anxiety, are unable to sit in a dental chair long enough to receive thorough dental treatment. These people are excellent candidates for Studio Dental Care’s sleep dentistry in Studio City, CA.

What is the process of sedation sleep dentistry?

The first step is to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Alexander Ash in Studio City to determine what dental treatment you may need.
The duration of an individual’s sleep dentistry procedure depends on this determined scope of work. However, dental treatment under sedation sleep dentistry at Studio City’s Studio Dental care, usually takes a few hours under IV sedation. The anesthesia to produce this deep sleep-like, unconscious state is administered by a licensed anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist remains in the operatory and keeps a close, constant watch over the patient while the dentist and dental assistant(s) perform all necessary dental work.

Once the work on the patient is finished, the anesthesiologist slowly and safely lowers the amount of IV anesthesia so the patient can wake up.

IV sedation is a very safe practice when performed under the right supervision of licensed professionals.

Visit our Meet the Team page to learn more about our licensed, experienced Studio City team!

Please note: if you undergo any type of sedation dentistry, you should make sure someone accompanies you to your dental appointment so you have a ride home after receiving treatment.

What types of sedation dentistry are offered in Dr. Alexander Ash’s Studio City dental practice?
Dr. Alexander Ash offers all types of sedation dentistry to his patients, and he specializes in sleep dentistry via IV anesthetic administered by an on-site licensed anesthesiologist.

Does my insurance cover sedation sleep dentistry?
Please contact our office today at (818) 763-1444 to speak to someone regarding insurance and payment options!

How do I know if I am a good candidate for sedation sleep dentistry?
Don’t know if you or someone you know is a good candidate for sleep dentistry?
Call our office today at (818) 763-1444, and one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you schedule a free consultation in Studio City for sedation sleep dentistry procedures.

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Bruxism, aka Teeth Grinding: A Spouse’s Nightmare

A beautiful smile is contagious, but no one is smiling over the pain and discomfort of teeth grinding. Teeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, may affect up to 20% of Americans, although most sufferers of teeth grinding are unaware of their condition. For some people, stress and anxiety in life or work can trigger tension experienced in the jaw muscle, which, therefore, may lead to bruxism. If an individual suffers from a misalignment of teeth, the bite could also lead to teeth grinding due to a constant discomfort. A misalignment, or malocclusion, suggests the crowding of teeth. When malocclusion occurs, the patient has difficulty while chewing food and discomfort while biting down. Malocclusion and tension in the jaw muscles can increase the probability of bruxism in patients. Often times, bruxism unconsciously happens at night and may be diagnosed as a sleeping disorder. For more basic information about the condition known as teeth grinding, please follow the link by clicking HERE.

Symptoms of teeth grinding include a tension from clenching and aching in the jaw muscle or joint known as the Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ). In addition to a dull aching, people with bruxism often experience consistent headaches or have trouble chewing because of damage to their tooth enamel from constantly gnashing and grinding the top surfaces of teeth.

Dentists and orthodontists may offer an easy solution to bruxism. By creating oral appliances as a means to cushion the lower and upper sets of teeth, dentists offer these solutions at an affordable cost. The essential mouth guard would be worn at night to prevent unconscious clenching and gnashing. Some dentists allow for the custom molding of a patients mouth to create the oral device for individual clients, while other dentists offer a generic mouth piece that helps all candidates with the problem of teeth grinding. Such a solution is cost effective and affordable, while allowing patients to clean the mouth guard in order to help maintain oral hygiene. Not all bruxism cases occur at night. For those who experience bruxism during the day, please seek more information or medical and dental advice pertaining to individual cases. A therapist who deals with physical and emotional stress may help to alleviate and deal with high levels of anxiety experienced in life or at work.

For more information or questions concerning teeth grinding and oral appliances in Studio City for teeth grinding, please contact Dr. Alexander Ash and his Studio Dental Care practice in Studio City, California.

Dr. Ash offers free consultations and affordable solutions to teeth grinding and bruxism in Studio City for his clients. Call our office today at (818) 763-1444!

For press or information, please contact Dr. Alexander Ash at Studio Dental Care’s office at (818) 763-1444. Studio Dental Care’s website is http://www.studiodentalcare.com/ and their office is located at 12412 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.