How often should I visit a dentist?
At least once every six months for checkup and cleanings
. Sometimes we recommend more frequent visits if the need arises.
What causes bad breath and what should I do if I have it?
Bad breath could be caused by cavities, periodontal disease
, different types of food, and also it could be due to a systemic disease.
What if I don't have insurance? How often should I brush and floss?
Brushing should be done at least twice a day for two minutes; flossing should be done once a day.
How often should I have a dental cleaning?
should be done once every six months; in some cases we recommend a more frequent schedule.
Which whitening treatment is the most effective?
There are various whitening treatment
options. After examining and interviewing the patient, we can determine the most effective option according to your needs and lifestyle.
I have big gaps on my teeth, what are my options?
For big gaps between teeth, they can be fixed by using Invisalign
, or veneers
Does teeth whitening toothpaste really work?
Yes, tooth whitening toothpastes can be effective for some people.
Which toothbrush is better, electric o manual?
Whether you use a manual or an electronic brush, it is more important to use the right brushing techniques and spend enough time brushing. With that said, an electronic toothbrush can make brushing more efficient.
What is decay?
The diseased and damaged part of the tooth is called decay.
What causes decay?
Decay is caused by the acidic byproducts of the germs on the teeth when they consume the leftover foods and plaque that are present on the tooth.
Are silver fillings safe?
Silver fillings or amalgams are considered safe by the ADA guidelines. There are still independent researches that argue the safety of amalgam in pregnant women and the general population. We are a mercury-free dental office.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
For dental implants
, the ideal candidate is a person with missing teeth who is in a stable health condition and preferably a non-smoker.
Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?
If you are nervous or apprehensive about getting dental care, you can be sedated or put to sleep during the dental procedure.
Should I replace my silver fillings for white ones?
If the silver fillings have decay or are failing, then they can be replaced. However, if the silver fillings are in good condition and there are no esthetic concerns, there is no need to replace them.
How do I get whiter teeth?
By using whitening products, such as bleaching trays or, in some cases, veneers.
Can I get rid of coffee/wine stains and does it permanently stain my teeth?
Yes, stains caused by different types of foods can be removed by whitening products. The efficiency of the product may vary.
How do I get rid of temperature sensitivity?
It depends on the cause of the temperature sensitivity. It might be caused by cavities, gum recession, enamel loss, or grinding. We will determine the cause of the tooth sensitivity first, and by correctly diagnosing and treating the cause, the sensitivity will be treated as well.
How much will a visit cost?
We offer complimentary dental consultation and discounted rates for first visits and exams. After our Encino dentist
determines what need to be done, we will discuss the treatment options and the fees. We do our best to offer quality dental care at an affordable rate.
What toothpaste is the best?
The type of toothpaste will vary according to your dental needs and lifestyle practices. We will discuss hygiene products at length during your visit.
Can I have a tooth colored filling? What are the risks involved?
Tooth-colored restorations are safe and esthetic. Tooth-colored restorations can be made out of porcelain or composite resin.
How can I get straighter teeth? How long will this take?
will help straighten out your teeth. The length of the treatment will vary from person to person. The treatment length depends on how crooked the teeth are, how fast the teeth can move in their bony sockets, and how compliant you are at wearing the trays.
How do I slowdown breakdown of teeth/fillings?
By following good hygiene protocols, wearing a night guard if you are a grinder and seeing the dentist every six months to keep a close eye on the health of your teeth and gums.
Is fluoride toothpaste dangerous for my child?
Please consult your dentist in Encino
regarding the right fluoride dosage in hygiene products for your child. Ingesting too much fluoride that exists in toothpaste can be dangerous for small children. Also, too much fluoride during childhood can permanently stain the adult teeth later on.
Is whitening my teeth safe?
is safe in most cases. Teeth whitening products should only be used if there are no cavities or periodontal disease
. Teeth whitening
can temporarily cause tooth sensitivity. You should consult your dentist in Encino
to make sure you are a good candidate and that there are no contraindications for teeth whitening.
Can I whiten my teeth myself? Are there any risks? Does over the counter bleaching work?
Over-the-counter bleaching products can be effective, but usually not as effective or as strong as the products given at our dental office in Encino
. You have to make sure there are no cavities or periodontal disease
before whitening your teeth.
Is there a family discount?
Yes, please ask about our various discount and rewards programs offered at Signature Smiles of L.A.
Can I only have work done that is covered by my insurance?
Yes, PPO dental plans cover most necessary dental procedures. Cosmetic procedures may not be covered by the insurance plan. We can verify your coverage and answer any questions pertaining your dental insurance coverage.