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Dental Implants: A Cost-Effective Option?

Being left with an open gap in your mouth after you’ve lost a tooth can hurt your self-esteem, be bothersome when chewing, and just be an all-around nuisance. Fortunately, at my Beverly Hillsdental practice, dental implants that look and feel like your natural teeth can fill that space. 

Because every patient and situation is different, the cost of a single dental implant ranges from patient to patient, as well as orthodontist to orthodontist.  Some patients have more complicated cases than others, and those factors play a role in determining the exact price. It is understandable that you may need to watch your spending, so it could be helpful to find out which orthodontists accept your insurance and which cost-effective treatments will fit your budget.

In addition to cost, there are other factors to consider when choosing an orthodontist for dental implants, such as his or her qualifications and experience. The atmosphere of the office is also very important; dental procedures can be nerve-wracking for the patient, so it is important that you feel as comfortable as possible. A friendly, calm office staff makes a big difference in your whole experience. Lastly, it is vital to do your own research. By looking over the orthodontist’s profile online, looking at before and after pictures of the doctor’s dental implant patients, and reading patient reviews, you can get a clearer idea of the oral care professional and their capabilities for your specific dental implant needs.

You may learn more regarding the cosmetic treatments available at my Beverly Hills practice, including dental implants, by visiting my website. I encourage you to schedule an appointment to further discuss your options and receive a personalized treatment plan.


Invisalign vs Metal: Which Braces Are Right For You?

Even if their teeth are uneven or crooked, some people would opt out of straightening them with metal braces just to avoid the discomfort and embarrassment of metal on their teeth. Many adults are also hesitant to wear metal braces in fear of appearing like they are going through the awkward years of puberty again. Luckily, I offer Invisalign®. These clear, orthodontic trays are worn in two-week increments until the teeth are straightened. Invisalign is a great option because not only will they straighten your teeth and correct your bite, but they will help prevent serious dental and oral issues without the look and feel of metal on your teeth.

As a highly experienced “Smile Sculptor” in Beverly Hills, I am here to help you get the smile you have always wanted. But what are the main differences between Invisalign and traditional metal braces? In terms of appearance, metal braces have visible metal brackets and wires glued to your teeth. Also, with metal braces, you are more limited on the kinds of foods you can eat. Invisalign is virtually invisible, with clear trays that can easily be taken out whenever you need. Since you may remove the Invisalign tray from your mouth at any time, your world opens up a little more in terms of having greater ability to eat, floss, and brush. You will not have to deal with painful tightening of wires, and metal scratching the inside of your mouth.

There are some people, however, who would benefit more from traditional metal braces than from Invisalign. Those who need minor adjustments, including overcrowded teeth, minor gaps, or a slight overbite, underbite, or crossbite are good candidates for Invisalign. For those who have more serious issues, such as large gaps and off-bites, are better off with metal braces. The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case, which can be discussed and determined during a consultation with me.

As aBeverly Hills cosmetic dentist, I am committed to helping you achieve a healthy smile. I encourage you to visit my website to learn more regarding your options with cosmetic dentistry and schedule an appointment. We can further discuss your options and create a personalized treatment plan to meet your goals.

Tel: (310) 273-0111

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Request an appointment for a complimentary consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Sands, or feel free to call our Los Angeles (north of Orange County) office at (310) 273-0111 for more information.