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Most Requested Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Your dentist is no longer just the go-to person to fill a cavity or perform a cleaning; now there are also many procedures that can be performed to enhance the appearance of a person’s smile. In fact, cosmetic dental procedures are especially popular here at Dr. Sands’ office in Beverly Hills, a city where on-screen and on-stage smiles must look their best to get the part. However, you don’t have to be a star to enjoy the benefits of these cosmetic procedures.

1. Porcelain Veneers

The placement of porcelain veneers is the number one requested procedure here at Dr. Sands’ office, perhaps because of the natural-looking results our patients experience. Veneers are placed onto the front portion of teeth to correct cracked, misshapen, discolored, and chipped teeth.

The material used for veneers is very similar to natural tooth enamel and is extremely durable. Because veneers are so thin, minimal grinding of your natural tooth is needed. Molds are then taken of your teeth, and your new custom-fit veneers are secured in place, giving you a beautiful smile with straight, white teeth.

2. Teeth Whitening

Tooth discoloration is one of the most common effects of aging, so it doesn’t surprise us that our second most popular cosmetic procedure is teeth whitening. Dr. Sands uses various approaches for the procedure, including in-house bleaching, laser whitening, and Zoom!® whitening. While it isn’t a permanent procedure, teeth whitening can provide long-lasting results that can significantly improve your confidence in your smile.

3. Dental Implants

Dental implants are extremely popular for replacing lost teeth, especially for those who no longer wish to deal with the embarrassment and hassle of dentures. They look and feel much like a natural tooth and are secured into the jaw bone with screws. The function, feel, and look of your teeth can be significantly improved with dental implants.

4. Invisalign

A great alternative to braces, Invisalign is our fourth most requested procedure. Many who want straight teeth without the look and feel of metal braces desire this removable option. The benefits of Invisalign include the ability to remove them for cleaning or eating, comfort in comparison to regular braces, and their virtually invisible appearance.

5. Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Our final most in demand procedure is cosmetic dental bonding to restore the natural appearance of the teeth. Bonding uses layers of resin to correct gaps, chips, and discolorations, and it may also help repair fractures and re-shape teeth. Although bonding is a quicker and more cost-effective procedure compared to porcelain veneers, it is not guaranteed to last as long because the plastic resin is not as strong as natural tooth enamel.

Whatever your cosmetic needs, Dr. Sands would love to see you for a consultation at his Beverly Hills office. To schedule an appointment, call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our contact form today.

A New Office Look for 2013

Dr. Sands' Dental Office

What better way to start the year than with a complete office makeover? At Dr. Sands’ office, two of the most important things we keep in check are the quality of our services and the comfort of our patients. We are excited to announce that both of these were improved upon with our most recent upgrades.

First, we installed brand new, state-of-the-art dental chairs in all rooms. Complete with massaging capabilities, these chairs will give you the most relaxing experience possible during your treatment. For your comfort, we also installed flat screen TVs in every room. Forget the spa, how about a trip to the dentist?

We understand that a dental visit can sometimes be an unnerving experience no matter how renowned or qualified your dentist is. That is why all our wall colors and decor were specially selected to create a calming atmosphere for our patients. Even the couches in the waiting room were custom-made to assure our patients are as comfortable as possible.

For the benefit of our patients and for our own efficiency, all new digital imaging equipment was installed; we replaced traditional X-rays with the new industry standard of care. Digital imaging works much like a digital camera, and instead of waiting for the film to be developed, we can tell instantly if we have the final shot needed. If not, we can retake the image immediately. Digital imaging also offers patients the health benefit of significantly less exposure to radiation because it uses a lower level of radiation than traditional X-rays.

Come see the new upgrades for yourself! Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sands today by calling 310-273-0111 or filling out our contact form.

Celebrating Earth Day

Earth DayEarth Day falls on April 22 each year and was established to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. Events are held worldwide that promote decreased pollution and waste in order to lead to a cleaner, safer, and “greener” environment for us to live in. In celebration of Earth Day, we would like to highlight a couple of our “green” dental practices at Dr. Sands’s office that make us environmentally friendly.

All of our X-rays are digital, so no chemicals need to be used for film development, and we don’t produce any film waste. A sensor placed in your mouth is used to capture pictures of your teeth. These pictures are then sent straight to our computers so we don’t have to wait for them to be developed. Not only do digital X-rays save valuable time, they expose the patient to half the amount of the radiation emitted from conventional X-rays.

We do not use any metal or mercury in our fillings. Some dentists use amalgam, sometimes referred to as a “silver filling,” which contains liquid mercury and a powder containing other metals. Amalgam fillings are very common and are considered a safe and effective treatment for tooth decay. However, when the material is not properly disposed of, it can be released into the environment through the sewers. At the sewage treatment plants, the amalgam waste settles as a component of sewage sludge, and the harmful material is disposed of in landfills, through incineration, or as fertilizer. To avoid pollution, many affordable alternatives to amalgam, such as resin composite, glass ionomer, resin ionomer, porcelain, and gold alloys, are now used in dental offices.

At Dr. Sands’s office, we believe that as we make small changes to our daily habits, we can ultimately make a significant impact on the quality of our environment. If you would like to schedule an appointment at our Beverly Hills dental office, call (310) 273-0111 today.

Dr. Sands’s Favorite Product

Rotodent ToothbrushAs a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, I am often asked what products I recommend for optimal oral care. The Rotadent toothbrush is one of my favorite products because it is the most gentle yet effective toothbrush on the market. Especially ideal for patients who have sensitive teeth or gums, the Rotadent toothbrush does an effective job of cleaning your teeth without being too abrasive.

The Rotadent toothbrush is the only powered toothbrush that has patented microfilament brush tips which are designed to reach under the gum line and in between teeth. It has also been clinically proven to reduce the gum disease-causing bacteria that lurk in the periodontal pockets (the spaces between your teeth and gums).

The toothbrush also comes with multiple heads that serve different purposes so you can achieve a more thorough cleaning. The hollow brush head is much like what your dental hygienist uses to clean your teeth. It has a flat tip that cleans the broad surface of each tooth easily. The short tip brush head cleans effectively between the teeth and is a great option for those who wear braces. The long tip brush head is perfect for getting in larger spaces that are difficult to reach with a regular toothbrush. It works well for large gaps between teeth, under fixed bridges, in certain areas for braces, or where other conditions exist. The set also includes a tongue cleaner, which is an effective tool for keeping your breath fresh. The set costs about $140 and is well worth the investment!

If you have questions about other products I would recommend or if you would like to schedule an appointment, call (310) 273-0111 today.

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Request an appointment for a 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.