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3 Ways to Fix A Chipped Tooth

drawing of a chipped toothThe majority of people will chip a tooth at some point in their lifetime. Constant wear in a particular spot can weaken enamel until it breaks off. You might also bite down on hard food or be involved in an accident that chips and breaks your teeth. Whatever the cause, there are a few options Dr. Sands offers to repair chipped teeth so you can show off your smile with confidence.

Dental Bonding

Treatment for a chipped tooth will depend on the extent of the damage and whether the chip is visible when you smile. If only a small amount of the enamel is missing or if the chip is on the front teeth, dental bonding can repair the damage in just one office visit.

Also called a “filling,” since it fills the missing enamel with tooth-like composite resin, dental bonding is a quick and painless procedure that does not require numbing medication. The chipped area is etched so that the bonding material will adhere securely. An adhesive material is applied, then the composite resin is shaped on top of it to blend with the natural tooth and restore its shape. Once an ultraviolet light hardens the material, the procedure is complete.

Crowns

Larger chips, chipped teeth that have significant decay, or chips on the molar teeth may require a crown, which is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the tooth root. Crowns are made to be long lasting and are composed of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic. Dr. Sands can help you determine the choice that best meets your needs with regard to cost, durability, and appearance.

Usually it takes two office visits to install a crown. If needed, a root canal will be performed at the first office visit to build up the structure of the root so it can support the crown. X-rays will be taken, and any excess tooth will be removed. Your dentist will take impressions of the tooth receiving the crown as well as the opposing tooth so that the crown will line up correctly. You will go home with a temporary crown while your permanent one is made. At the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent one is cemented into place. Your teeth should line up seamlessly and look and function just as well as they did before.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are another option for repairing chips on the front teeth. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that cover the front of the teeth with a thick section that fills the chipped portion of the tooth. A single veneer can be used to repair a chip on one tooth, or the patient may choose to get veneers on all of their front teeth for a total smile restoration. In just two office visits, veneers will not only repair chipped teeth, but they can also disguise gaps, perfect crooked or stained teeth, and improve your bite.

During the first visit, the surface layer of your teeth is removed to make room for the veneer. Your teeth will be color-matched, and molds will be taken so the veneers can be made. Temporary veneers will be placed. At the second visit, the temporary veneers are removed, and the permanent ones are adhered with cement that is made permanent with ultraviolet light.

If you have broken or chipped teeth, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Sands as soon as possible. He can quickly restore the function and beauty of your smile in as little as one office visit. Call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form today for more information.

Dental Problems: Why It’s Important to Address Them Immediately

Dental ProblemsA chipped tooth, sore gums, sensitivity, or other types of oral pain and discomfort are no doubt an inconvenience to manage. In hopes of avoiding an extra trip to the dentist, you may think it’s just fine to wait until your next cleaning to get such problems assessed. However, procrastination often makes matters worse, costing you more time, money, pain, and stress in the future.

Here are some common complaints and the treatments that typically correspond. Many of these ailments will not get better on their own.

Common Dental Complaints and Treatments

When these issues are left undiagnosed and untreated, they can lead to worse problems, which can then lead to expensive dental repairs. For example, some people may have “room” for their wisdom teeth, but the area is difficult to clean and can lead to painful gums, irritation, and swelling. If you have any of those symptoms, it is important to have your dentist re-evaluate any advantages of keeping your wisdom teeth. Compared to the chronic or long-lasting infection, discomfort, cavities, gingivitis, and other problems it could cause, wisdom tooth removal will save you both time and money on repeated treatments.

A loose tooth is another important issue to immediately address. A loose tooth is often caused by gingivitis that has eaten away at the underlying bone. The surrounding gums can easily trap bacteria near the gumline, further encouraging bacterial growth and infection. Without treatment, the cycle will continue to repeat itself, further weakening the tooth and causing discomfort and deterioration to the jaw.

While it is important to practice regular dental hygiene and keep all your dental cleaning appointments to prevent problems, some of them are unavoidable. Only a dental professional will be able to pinpoint the seriousness of your pain and alleviate it while preventing future damage and treatment costs. Seeking an evaluation as soon as possible will give you peace of mind, pain relief, and an overall better quality of life with the knowledge that you are doing what is best for your long-term oral health.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Sands, please call 310.273.0111 or fill out our online contact form today.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Tooth WhiteningLaser teeth whitening is extremely safe when performed by an experienced professional like Dr. Kevin Sands, and precautions can be taken to ensure you have the most comfortable experience possible. However, many people choose over-the-counter teeth whitening over laser teeth whitening because they are afraid of potential pain from the laser. Although this pain can be avoided, people might be hesitant to undergo treatment for a couple of reasons.

With laser teeth whitening like Zoom!®, a laser emits heat to activate the whitening gel. The heat can potentially harm the gums and cause tooth sensitivity if certain precautions are not taken. Also, the gel that is used in laser teeth whitening contains hydrogen peroxide, which is stronger than the active ingredient found in many over-the-counter whitening products, carbamide peroxide. Carbamide peroxide breaks down into hydrogen peroxide after several minutes and can only whiten the teeth after that point. It is used in take-home whitening products because it is less likely to cause gum irritation. Essentially, you will have poorer results with the at-home carbamide treatment because the whitening agent takes a longer time to become active. Other products that do not contain a hydrogen peroxide bleaching agent (like many whitening toothpastes) will only treat surface stains, but there is little to no risk for tooth sensitivity or pain.   

Bleach Whitening With Precautions Tailored to You

Teeth whitening that uses bleach, which includes laser teeth whitening, can cause sensitivity in the early stages of the treatment when the hydrogen peroxide penetrates the enamel. Most potential patients do not know that this sensitivity is usually temporary and will stop after the treatment. Even so, several precautions can be taken to prevent discomfort. If your teeth are particularly sensitive, Dr. Sands will use a lower concentration of whitening gel. He may also wait longer in between laser applications during your session, or he will recommend that you come back to the office another day for a subsequent treatment. He may also apply a desensitizing treatment before your session, or he may prescribe a gel or toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

A Comfortable Whitening Experience With Dr. Kevin Sands

The degree of pain, discomfort, and tooth sensitivity during teeth whitening is dependent on the technique used, the quality of the bleaching product, and the way your teeth respond to treatment. Dr. Sands takes all the necessary precautions to ensure you have the most comfortable experience possible. He uses Zoom!® laser teeth whitening, which is one of the best laser whitening applications on the market. It includes a special buffer that protects the teeth from damage and pain. The entire mouth, including the gums, is also protected from the bleaching materials.

With Dr. Sands’ experience and precision, you can be sure your smile will quickly become whiter and brighter without discomfort. For more information or to schedule a consultation for laser teeth whitening, call 310.273.0111. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

Our Most Popular Cosmetic Treatments

Popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures in Beverly Hills, CA

Popular Cosmetic Dental Treatments in Beverly Hills, CAA great smile is one of the best ways to show off physical attractiveness to others. However, a variety factors such as crooked or missing teeth or tooth discoloration could be preventing you from putting your best smile forward. Fortunately, our Beverly Hills practice offers a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures that will noticeably improve your smile and your self-confidence.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the most desired dental treatment around, and for good reason. With our state-of-the-art Zoom!® whitening system, your teeth can get up to eight shades whiter in just one visit. The procedure generally takes less than an hour to perform and involves applying a bleaching solution and a specialized light to your teeth.

Dental Bonding

Even if you already have a decent smile, you may have one or more teeth that are slightly crooked or chipped. Dental bonding effectively treats these problems by applying a clay-like material to the tooth and hardening it with a specialized light to provide permanent results.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are very popular among people with heavy tooth discoloration or staining. Using a porcelain composite that looks identical to the size and shape of your real tooth, veneers produce beautiful, natural-looking results.

Invisalign®

Hailed as the modern alternative to braces, you no longer need to wear metal wires and rubber bands on your teeth. Invisalign® improves your smile through a series of nearly invisible plastic trays that are customized to fit the contours of your teeth.

As a highly respected cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin B. Sands D. D. S. strives to provide each and every one of his patients with the best results possible. As a dentist for some of Hollywood’s most elite celebrities, Dr. Sands looks forward to seeing you soon!

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Sands, call our Beverly Hills practice at (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form today.

Zoom! (Look Ten Years Younger in One Hour)

How to Look Younger with Zoom! Whitening

shutterstock_135709073Want to look years younger in just an hour? An influential factor in projecting an attractive and youthful appearance is a nice smile. Yellow or stained teeth can greatly age your smile and your overall appearance. While you may already use toothpaste and strips that contain whitening boosters, the effects tend to be only temporary. This is why Dr. Kevin Sands offers Zoom!® whitening at his Beverly Hills practice.

Zoom!® Teeth Whitening

 

The Zoom!® system is designed to make your teeth noticeably (up to eight shades) whiter! Unlike many other whitening treatments that can irritate the gums and take multiple treatments to complete, Zoom!® whitening causes minimal irritation and takes only ONE, hour-long treatment. Each procedure is simply performed by applying a bleaching solution to the teeth, which are then exposed to a specialized Zoom!® light.

How Long Do the Results Last?

Your newly brightened smile will typically last anywhere between 12 and 18 months. However, to ensure the longest-lasting results, you should maintain proper oral hygiene and refrain from activities that can stain the teeth, such as drinking red wine and smoking.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Sands at his state-of-the-art practice, feel free to call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form today. As a highly experienced and respected cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sands looks forward to meeting you soon and helping you achieve a noticeably whiter smile.

Feel Like a VIP

VIPDuring many office visits, it is common to feel like you are just ANOTHER patient to your doctor. Dr. Kevin Sands wants to change that. He believes that every patient walking through his door should receive the most personalized and attentive care possible. He hopes every patient he sees feels like they matter because they do. For this reason, Dr. Sands offers services and treatments that will leave you feeling like a VIP.

High-Speed Curing Lights

No one wants to waste the day away waiting for fillings to set. Dr. Sands uses high-speed curing lights that cut your in-chair time down by speeding up the process of curing your dental fillings.

Nitrous Oxide

Dr. Sands understands that for many people, dental visits can be extremely stressful and filled with anxiety. In order to make your visits as relaxing as possible, he offers nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide calms the body down, helping people feel less anxious without needing sedation to put them to sleep.

Digital Imaging

Digital imaging is used to better detect and diagnose diseases of the mouth. It can detect cavities, tooth development, and bone health. Early detection of oral irregularities can save time and money. Digital imaging is also quicker, making your visits shorter and more efficient.

Laser Care for Gum Disease

Your teeth are only as healthy as the gums supporting them. Laser care can painlessly treat gum disease and restore a healthy mouth.

Entertainment

Office visits can be tedious and often boring. We have flat screen TVs and DVDs for your enjoyment. This should help the time fly and make your dental visits less of a chore and more of a positive experience.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Kevin Sands and feel like a VIP. Your teeth aren’t the only thing that deserve priority treatment – you do as well! Call us today at 310.273.0111 or fill out our online contact form here.

Do You Fear the Dentist?

Afraid of the Dentist?

Afraid of the Dentist?If you’re fearful of dental visits, don’t worry; it’s more common than you think. In fact, research done by a Harvard study shows that 13 to 24 percent of all people have a phobia of the dentist. However, to help you ensure that you maintain a healthy mouth and a great smile, it’s important that you regularly see a dental professional, like Dr. Kevin Sands.

To ease your fears about your next dental visit, we’ve provided some tips below.

Eat Beforehand

Consuming a healthy, well-balanced meal at least an hour before your office visit can actually help keep you calm. Be sure to avoid sugary foods and caffeine, as these can make you more jittery and anxious.

Listen to Music

While sitting in the waiting room, listening to music can put you in a relaxed mood rather than sitting in silence and anxiously waiting to be seen by your dental professional. Various studies have shown that classical music has the most soothing effect.

Communicate

Communication is key in any situation, especially when someone is working on your mouth. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what the procedure entails as well as the length of time the treatment is expected to take.

Find a Professional You Can Trust

While some dentists are dedicated to their craft, there are many who simply have more skill and experience than others. Aside from being masterful at his craft in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Kevin Sands strives to provide each and every one of his patients with a comfortable experience and the excellent results they desire. His unique approach takes your gender, lifestyle, and ethnicity into account to give you the best smile possible.

As a highly-respected dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands looks forward to seeing you soon! To schedule a consultation at his state-of-the-art Beverly Hills practice, call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form to get started today.

 

 

 

How Porcelain Veneers Can Dress Up Your Smile

How Porcelain Veneers Can Improve Your Teeth

Your smile speaks volumes about you. A wide, full smile usually How Porcelain Veneers Can Restore Your Teethtells others that you are open and friendly. A pursed, straight-line smile typically indicates that you are shy and closed off. Healthy, clean teeth are the mark of someone put together and organized. Have you stopped and taken a second to consider what your smile is saying about you? If it’s not very positive, chances are that your teeth are to blame.

Common Causes of Unsightly Teeth  

  • Discolorations
  • Stains
  • Chips
  • Gaps
  • Crookedness

Discolorations/Stains

Your morning coffee and that glass of wine at dinner, while making you extremely happy, are staining your teeth. Discolored teeth can age you and make you appear unattractive. It is important to maintain a regular cleaning routine to keep your pearly whites, well, white.

Chips/Broken Teeth

Only pro hockey players can pull off chipped or broken teeth, and that’s because they have the amazing story to explain it away. For the everyday person, chipped and broken teeth create an unbalanced smile. Tooth decay can cause your teeth to become weak and break easily. So, even if your tooth loss is due to an accident, people may take it as a sign that you don’t have the best oral hygiene. Talk about embarrassing.

Gapped/Crooked Teeth

Gapped and crooked teeth throw off the uniformity of a smile. In regards to beauty, balance and symmetry are very important for creating an appearance that is attractive to the eye. Gaps and crookedness that create an asymmetrical look can affect how appealing your smile is.

When Brushing Just Isn’t Cutting It

It can’t be stressed enough that a daily, thorough oral regimen will help by leaps and bounds in providing you with an attractive smile. Healthy teeth are the most important part of a smile. But even if your teeth are healthy, they may not be aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes it’s impossible to fight discoloration and the fact that you are sporting a huge front gap. Brushing certainly isn’t going to bring back a chipped tooth, and it can be embarrassing living with unattractive teeth. Luckily, you don’t have to. You can reclaim your beautiful smile with the help of porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, shell-like sheets that cover the outside of damaged teeth. They require little alteration of the existing tooth structure and become very strong once bonded. Veneers can last over 15 years with good detail care.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

  • Make teeth appear whiter
  • Obscure crooked and gapped teeth
  • Are customized to match existing tooth color and shape
  • Are non-porous and resistant to staining
  • Have minimal pain associated with the application procedure

 

If your teeth could use a little improvement to give you a gorgeous smile, see how porcelain veneers can help you. Set up your consultation with Dr. Kevin Sands to discuss your options today! Call 310.273.011 or fill out our online contact form here.

 

The Truth Your Teeth Tell

The majority of people do not realize that a smile conveys so much more than just mood. A smile can communicate your happiness and sociability, but it also shows your teeth. In addition to having a huge effect on the overall appearance of your smile, your teeth reveal a lot about who you are, the (good and bad) habits you have, and your way of living.

By not closing your mouth, you might be disclosing a lot. Continue reading to discover some of the things your teeth can tell about you.

Age and Gender

Younger people have more rounded teeth, especially those in front, while adult teeth are generally more square. Humans lose approximately one to five millimeters in the length of their central incisors (two front teeth) during their lifetime, so older people have shorter front teeth compared to the more rectangular ones of their youth. The lateral incisors (next to the central Diagram with labels identifying the names of the teethincisors) of women are slightly shorter and more rounded, while men’s lateral incisors are more square and almost the same length as their central incisors.

Personality Traits  

The cuspids, or “canines,” can sometimes signify a person’s behavior, with larger, more prominent and pointed ones indicating a more aggressive personality and smaller rounded or flattened ones implying more passive personality traits. Some people with intense anger, anxiety, or frustration habitually clench and grind their teeth (bruxism), which can sometimes display visible wear along the teeth edges.

Lifestyle

Stained and decaying teeth generally convey an unhealthy lifestyle, although this is not always the case. While the common culprits for not-so-pearly whites are soda, candy, and wine, healthy alternatives like tea and berries can also stain the teeth and cause decay. Following a good dental hygiene regimen that includes brushing and flossing regularly will help prevent decay and stains from developing so you can project a more healthy appearance.

If your teeth do not convey the most healthy dental identity, Dr. Kevin Sands can help you attain teeth that will make your smile radiant. Please call 310-273-0111 or fill out our online contact form for more information.

 

Turn Back Time With a Total Smile Makeover

Happy young woman holding a large clock over her headA good smile is one of the most important aspects of projecting an attractive appearance. While some are satisfied with the current condition of their teeth, others are not. With cosmetic dentistry, problems like discolored, crooked, or even missing teeth can be corrected. At his Beverly Hills practice, Dr. Kevin Sands offers patients of all ages a wide variety of treatments and procedures to help them achieve a natural-looking smile that is unique to them.

Veneers

What if we told you that you could have perfect teeth and a fantastic smile in less than two weeks? Porcelain veneers can achieve this. Through a simple process of bonding perfectly shaped porcelain directly to your teeth, a perfect smile is just a consultation away.

Implants

For patients who are looking for an alternative to dentures, dental implants are extremely effective. Made of strong titanium, these implants are fused with the jawbone and capped off to provide permanent teeth replacement.

Whitening

Teeth whitening has become all the rage over the last few years, and with the dramatic improvement that noticeably whiter teeth can provide to a person’s appearance, it’s easy to see why. At his state-of-the-art office, Dr. Kevin Sands offers the most powerful whitening treatment, Zoom!®. In a one-hour office visit, patients can obtain a smile that is up to eight shades whiter than before.

Invisalign®

While braces remain a popular option for many people, Invisalign® offers patients a more desirable alternative for straightening their teeth. By wearing molded clear trays that are barely detectable to the human eye, Invisalign® permanently straightens the teeth over time.

As a highly experienced cosmetic dentist to the stars, Dr. Sands knows the beauty of a genuine smile. He can help restore lost teeth, straighten crooked teeth, whiten teeth, and correct any other aesthetic or oral health concerns you may have. In case you need one more reason to smile, please schedule an appointment by calling (310) 273-0111 or filling out our online contact form today.

The Beauty of Porcelain Veneers

woman with beautiful smileThere are many different dental procedures to whiten, straighten, and otherwise improve a person’s smile, but there is only one procedure that will treat almost all aesthetic problems: porcelain veneers. Whether your teeth are discolored, stained, chipped, broken, gapped, or crooked, porcelain veneers will correct your concern.

Discolored and Stained Teeth

Although porcelain veneers are not often solely used for superficial concerns, such as discoloration and stains, they can whiten the smile if desired. Patients usually have a more prominent issue to correct and choose to have the veneers customized for teeth whitening in addition to closing their gaps or camouflaging a broken tooth. Since veneers are often placed on the front six or eight “smiling” teeth, they can make the smile look naturally whiter without the need to whiten the surrounding teeth. If the patient is only getting a few veneers placed and they would also like a brighter smile overall, Dr. Sands will recommend teeth whitening prior to placing the veneers.

Chipped and Broken Teeth

Since veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that fit over the front of the tooth, they can disguise virtually any imperfection. A single veneer is a great option to disguise a chip or crack in the tooth. Dental bonding is an alternative to fixing chipped teeth, but bonding can stain over time and will likely need to be replaced after several years. Porcelain veneers are very strong, durable, and resistant to staining. They can last up to two decades without the need for repair or replacement.

Crooked and Gapped Teeth

Invisalign and braces may straighten crooked teeth, but they cannot change the shape or length of the teeth like porcelain veneers can. Patients with “gummy” smiles can have their teeth instantly lengthened to provide a more balanced appearance to the smile. Teeth that are sharp and pointed are also instantly corrected for an even more beautiful result. The shape of each veneer is customized so that they can fit the natural tooth, closing any gaps and camouflaging any other imperfections.

Porcelain veneers are truly an all-encompassing solution for those who desire a complete smile makeover or for those who have more than one concern about the appearance of their smile. If you are interested in this procedure, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin B. Sands by calling (310) 273-0111. You may also conveniently fill out our online contact form for more information.

How to Make Your Kiss Count this Valentine’s Day

cold weather kissWhether you’ve been on just a few dates or you’ve been married to your sweetheart for years, Valentine’s Day has granted us all the moral obligation to step up our romantic game. Come February 14th, men everywhere are frantically buying flowers, chocolates, jewelry, or booking last-minute dinner reservations – all to impress that special lady in their life.

Unfortunately, even with all the elaborate plans and gifts, a lot of people forget the most important part of the night: the kiss. Even if everything goes right on a Valentine’s date, a poorly planned kiss can put quite a damper on the romantic mood. To ensure the most memorable evening possible, we’ve gathered some of the top things to do to make your kiss count this Valentine’s Day.

1. Warm up

A great way to prepare your lips for a good kiss is to warm them up by smiling often. Smiling throughout the date will not only help alleviate any nervous tension for you, but it will put your significant other at ease as well. Plus, studies have shown that those who smile often are more successful in many areas of life compared to those who don’t. Why not put the odds in your favor?

2. Practice makes perfect

If you’ve ever heard of the 90/10 rule, you know that at the end of the date, in order to get that perfect kiss, the man should lean in 90 percent, and his date should meet his lips with the remaining 10. This tactic is not overtly forward, yet forward enough to let the lady know exactly what he’s after. It works like a charm. That is… unless he has terrible breath.

A mint will surely help disguise that garlic broccoli dish you just enjoyed, but taking care of your oral hygiene on a regular basis will set you up for success in the long-term. Be sure to brush your teeth twice daily (and once more before the date for good measure). Floss regularly, and visit your dentist every six months to lower your chances for chronic bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and causing your damsel to faint when she’s in close proximity to your mouth.

3. Don’t be shy

If you’re embarrassed about the way your smile looks, you shouldn’t cover it up with a napkin or clench your lips together. Kiss or no kiss – if you begin a relationship with something to hide, it’s a recipe for disaster. There are so many procedures available that can give you the most confident, charming smile that no doubt will lead to the perfect kiss – as well as many subsequent perfect kisses! Here are a few of the most popular treatments at my practice:

Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the appearance of your smile overall. Zoom!™ is offered in-office for same-day results that can make your teeth appear up to eight shades whiter. We also offer customized bleaching trays for patients to take home. Results can be seen within a couple of weeks of continued use.

Bonding: Dental bonding can repair any cracks or chips in the teeth. The procedure is quick and painless, and many patients are surprised at how much their smile and overall confidence improve when even a small area is corrected.

Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers can do what teeth whitening and bonding can, plus much more. Thin sheets of porcelain are applied over the teeth to mask discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps, and crooked teeth. They are usually applied to the front upper teeth that show when you smile. When it comes to impressing your one-and-only, these are the teeth that count the most!

If you are interested in one or more of the many dental services offered at our Beverly Hills practice, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin B. Sands. Call (310) 273-0111 today, or fill out our online contact form for more information.

The Sands 10 and 10: More Ways to Get a Celebrity Smile

woman being photographed by paparazziWhat does it take to have a celebrity smile? Dr. Sands has worked with many celebrities, including Britney Spears, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and many more. All of these stars have teeth that are beautifully white, straight, and symmetrical. In a previous post, we discussed the various treatments these celebrities have done to achieve their perfect pearly whites. Today we will discuss the one treatment that will meet virtually any concern you may have. It’s called the Sand’s 10 and 10.

The Sand’s 10 and 10 uses porcelain veneers to improve the 10 top and 10 bottom front teeth that show when you smile. This specialized treatment will whiten, straighten, fill gaps, correct asymmetry, and fix cracks and chips in the teeth. While some dental treatments will only meet one need, the Sand’s 10 and 10 will meet them all.

Some people opt for a treatment like teeth whitening, only to discover that even though their smile is white, it still doesn’t look as perfect as a celebrity’s. Patients are often surprised after braces or Invisalign® as well. They complete their one to two years of straightening treatment and realize their final result is not as great as they expected it would be. Perhaps their teeth are too short or their gums show significantly when they smile. There may be another aesthetic detail that may be missing. By replacing the front 20 teeth with porcelain veneers, all the aesthetic concerns will be met.

As an aesthetic dentist for many celebrities, Dr. Sands knows how to create the perfect smile. He can improve the shape of the teeth, the gum line, color and brightness of the teeth, alignment of the teeth, and any other imperfections with this treatment. During a consultation at his Beverly Hills practice, he can assess your smile and suggest the treatment that will provide the “perfect 10” look.

If you are interested in the Sand’s 10 and 10 or another cosmetic dental procedure, please contact Dr. Kevin B. Sands by calling (310) 273-0111 today. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

What Is Laser Gum Contouring?

shutterstock_117021118Cosmetic dentistry does not just involve a straight and white appearance to the teeth. In fact, the length of the teeth is often what makes or breaks a beautiful “Hollywood” smile. The teeth can appear too short due to genetics, a particular health problem, taking certain prescription drugs, or bruxism, and is typically corrected with either porcelain veneers or laser gum contouring.

You may know that porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-like shells that cover the front of the natural tooth. They can make the teeth appear straighter, whiter, longer, and more symmetrical with the rest of the smile. Some patients do not need to straighten or even whiten their teeth; their main concern is a “gummy” appearance. Laser gum contouring, also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, is a simple procedure that can lengthen the teeth to provide a fuller, brighter, and more aesthetically balanced smile. Dr. Sands performs this procedure at his Beverly Hills practice.

Laser gum contouring is typically considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. However, some undergo this procedure as part of other necessary procedures, such as pocket reduction, crown lengthening, or other regenerative procedures.

Dr. Sands will often begin treatment by marking the area of the gums that will be altered and by applying local anesthesia to numb the area. He then removes the excess gum tissue by carefully applying the laser to the marked areas. The gums are sealed instantly with heat from the laser, so no bleeding is involved and no sutures are necessary. The laser also kills bacteria in the process, resulting in healthy, natural looking gums and an overall more balanced smile.

To achieve the best long-term results, sometimes bone at the front of the tooth’s root will need to be removed. The gums will heal within several days to a couple of weeks. Dr. Sands will provide specific recovery instructions to ensure the best results with this procedure.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of an uneven gum line, consult with Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Dr. Kevin Sands. During your consultation, he can assess your smile and determine whether laser gum contouring is the right procedure for you. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Sands, please call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form today.

Should I Get Veneers or Caps?

Comparison of porcelain veneers and caps Although porcelain veneers and caps (also called crowns) are somewhat similar dental treatments, they serve different purposes. The best choice between the two will depend on the needs and desires of the patient.

Veneers and crowns both require part of the natural tooth to be altered in order to be bonded to it. Because of this, both are considered permanent treatment options.

Typically, veneers are used for aesthetic reasons only on the front, “smiling” teeth. When a patient would like to correct the shape or color of their teeth, veneers make an excellent choice. Usually made of porcelain, veneers are formed into the thickness of a contact lens and are bonded to the natural tooth to disguise teeth that are crooked, cracked, broken, or discolored. The porcelain material looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. For veneers, about 0.1 to 0.5 millimeter of the tooth’s enamel is etched away. Although this is a small amount, it will permanently alter the appearance of the tooth, and it will not look the same without the veneer attached to it.

Crowns are most often used in cases where much of the tooth structure is missing, which can be caused by tooth decay, root canal therapy, or accidental breakage. Since crowns are usually applied to posterior teeth, they are available in both natural-looking porcelain as well as less expensive materials that do not match surrounding teeth, such as gold, nickel, or chromium. Unlike veneers, crowns cover the tooth on all sides and require more of the natural tooth to be etched away. Although crowns can achieve all the aesthetic purposes that veneers can, they should only be used if absolutely necessary.

If you are considering porcelain veneers or caps in the Beverly Hills area, celebrity cosmetic dentist Dr. Sands can help determine which treatment is right for you. Please schedule a consultation today by calling (310) 273-0111 or filling out our online contact form.

Celebrities With Great Smiles

Brittany SpearsBrittany Spears (left) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, former television music competition judge on American Idol, and author.

Kim Kardashian and Kevin B. Sands, DDS

 

 

 

Kim Kardashian (right) is an American television personality, fashion designer, model, and actress. She is well known for staring in the television series Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Kanye West & Kevin B. Sands, DDS

 

 

 

 

 

Kanye West (left) is an American hip-hop musician, songwriter, record producer, film director, and fashion designer.

Elle McPherson & Kevin B. Sands, DDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elle Macpherson (right) is an Australian model, actress, businesswoman, producer, and television host of NBC’s Fashion Star. She is well known for appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for a record five times.

 

Richard Jefferson and Kevin B. Sands, DDS

 

 

 

 

Richard Jefferson (left) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do these five celebrities have in common? Besides being patients of Dr. Sands, they all have amazing “Hollywood” smiles! You might be thinking, “If only I had a smile like that, I could…” So what can you do in order to be confident of your smile? Here are some tips to help keep your pearly whites looking their best.

Tips to keep your teeth looking their best:

 

Brush and Floss Your Teeth Daily

Brushing and flossing your teeth will keep your teeth clean and free of plaque, and will keep your breath smelling fabulous.

See Your Dentist Regularly

Seeing your dentist regularly will help with early prevention of cavities or tartar build-up.

Whiten Your Teeth

Teeth whitening can brighten your smile by getting rid of tooth discoloration caused by caffeine, cigarettes, or aging. There are several options available such as ZOOM!® Whitening, in-house bleaching, laser whitening, and at-home bleaching products.

Straighten Your Teeth

Invisalign can straighten your teeth and make them look fuller. It’s a great option if you want straighter teeth but don’t want to deal with metal braces.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, shell-like sheets of porcelain that are bonded directly to the enamel of the teeth. If you have crooked, chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth, then this may be the option for you to give you that confident smile back.

Dental Implants

Dental implants may be the solution you need to have a “Hollywood” smile if you are missing a tooth, have any gaps, or have imperfect teeth. Not only will you have confidence in your smile, but also your teeth will function better, and your overall facial appearance will be improved.

You don’t have to be a celebrity to have a “Hollywood” smile!

 

Dr. Kevin B. Sands would love to meet with you at his Beverly Hills office to discuss any dental procedure you desire. To schedule your free consultation with Dr. Sands, please call our office at (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form if you have comments or questions.

Can Whitening Damage Teeth?

shutterstock_56198956Teeth whitening products come in a range of forms and can be administered in a variety of ways. Bleaching products remove deep stains as well as surface stains using peroxides, and non-bleaching whitening products remove only surface stains using physical and chemical reactions. There are many different bleaching and non-bleaching whitening products available for consumer purchase. These products can be administered in dental offices by professionals, sold by dentists for at-home use, and bought over-the-counter (OTC). With the increasing marketing of whitening products, many people wonder if whitening can cause damage to their teeth.

Fortunately, most whitening products do not cause any permanent damage to tooth enamel or the structures of the teeth. Studies show that products containing 10 percent carbamide peroxide as the whitening agent have little to no effect on tooth’s enamel surface and do not cause damage to existing fillings. Although people may experience tooth sensitivity from whitening treatments, this is generally not permanent.

However, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that consumers go in for a dental consultation before considering whitening. In addition, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) considers teeth whitening a dental service that should be delivered by educated dental professionals to avoid potential issues that may occur. Both of these organizations highly suggest visiting a dentist prior to whitening in order to make sure that the mouth and teeth are healthy enough for bleaching treatment.

Woman getting her teeth whitened by a dental laserIn addition to ensuring that your mouth is free of diseases and conditions that bleaching products could potentially aggravate, having your dentist perform your teeth whitening has many benefits. Peroxide-based bleaching agents may cause occasional irritation in the soft tissues of the mouth, especially the gums, and your dentist can provide custom trays for your teeth to protect the rest of the mouth from contact with the product. Your dentist can also help avoid mismatched teeth colors because restorations such as fillings, crowns, bonding, veneers, and bridges do not whiten with bleaching products. Stronger whitening agents are used at the dental office than with at-home products, which means improved results can be achieved with just one treatment.

If you are interested in teeth whitening or any other dental procedure, Dr. Kevin Sands is highly experienced and provides excellent quality dentistry. Please feel free to call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

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 complimentary consultation at his Beverly Hills office. To schedule an appointment, call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our contact form today.

How Important is your Smile?

“A smile confuses an approaching frown.” – Unknown

What would the world be like if great smiles didn’t exist? Not only would dentists everywhere be out of a job, but their would-be patients would be more stressed out and unhappy. Researchers from the University of Kansas studied a group of college students who cracked a smile in a stressful situation and found that even when their smiles weren’t genuine, they experienced lower heart rates and reduced stress responses compared to those who didn’t. The simple act of smiling can trick your mind into thinking that the situation is not quite as bad as it is, which can have a positive effect on your stress levels.

“The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. ” – Unknown

Your smile can also help you to have a positive impact on your environment. As you feel “in place” with your surroundings because you are well received by others, your physical and emotional well-being will benefit as well. The Canadian Statistics Office reported that “individuals who felt very strongly connected [in their society] had nearly twice the odds of reporting excellent or very good health, compared with those who reported a weak sense of community belonging.” By investing in your smile with braces, veneers or whitening, you are more likely to show your smile with confidence and make yourself more open your surrounding community. This openness can translate not only to new friendships but to success in your career.

“People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.” – Lee Mildon

Your smile is also important during job interviews or on a first date, especially because it is often the first thing a person notices about you. Smiling exudes confidence and gives the impression that you are open, approachable and trustworthy. A bright white set of teeth and well-cared-for gums give the impression that you take pride in your appearance, and possibly other areas of your life as well.

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” – Phyllis Diller

Investing in your smile can bring so many advantages to your life. Dr. Sands can whiten stained teeth and repair missing, cracked, crooked, or broken teeth. Dental implants or porcelain veneers can give you a brand new look if you’d like to completely overhaul your smile. Whatever procedure you choose or need, Dr. Sands can help you achieve a smile that is well worth whatever you invest. Call 310-273-0111 today to schedule a consultation.

Can Dental Implants Get Stains Like Real Teeth?

Dental implants are an excellent solution to treating teeth that are cracked, deteriorated, and unhealthy. They can effectively help an individual achieve a healthier, beautiful smile! Dental implants can also help to prevent future issues and will never decay like your natural teeth. However, there are still some concerns patients have regarding dental implants, with one of the primary concerns being: Do dental implants stain like real teeth?

As discussed in an earlier article called “How to Care For Your Dental Implants,” I touched on the topic of staining:

“Although there are whitening agents that can safely be used on dental implants, they are like natural teeth in that they can also become stained. So be sure to watch your coffee and tea intake, and be sure to brush well after you drink either of these. Smoking can also stain dental implants.”

Because the porcelain implant crown may pick up staining, frequent cleaning and polishing is needed; and when it comes to brushing, please keep in mind that in order to protect your teeth, you should avoid regularly using abrasive treatments and rinsing with acidic fluoride washes. These substances will break down the protective materials on the implant, which will leave the tooth vulnerable to staining.

If you already have concerns about the color of your implants, I suggest visiting your dentist to learn about your brightening options. Bonding materials and professional polishes are other options for your implant discoloration.

Please call (310) 273-0111 to schedule a consultation at my Beverly Hills cosmetic dentistry practice. I look forward to addressing your concerns.

How to Get a Million-Dollar Smile

When you think of a famous, show-stopping smile, Kim Kardashian may be one of the first celebrities that comes to mind. Her teeth are brilliantly white and straight!

Even if you have cracked, crooked, or stained teeth, that celebrity smile may be easier to get than you think. At my Beverly Hills practice I offer a variety of solutions to these cosmetic woes:

Stained Teeth

There are quite a few options available today to brighten stained teeth, such as whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, whitening trays, and porcelain veneers.

Whitening toothpaste and strips work to break up stains using peroxide. Results usually appear in two to four weeks, and the cost is usually low compared to other methods of teeth whitening. Over-the-counter versions of whitening trays lighten teeth one or two shades; however, whitening trays that are custom-fit by your dentist provide better results at a higher cost. Zoom!® teeth whitening is one of the most popular whitening methods at my Beverly Hills practice, because it lightens teeth up to eight shades and takes just about an hour.

Cracked or Worn Teeth

Cracked teeth can be very painful when chewing or when exposed to extreme temperatures. If left untreated, the pulp (inner tissue of the tooth) can become damaged and is more susceptible to infection. This is considered to be a complex crack. When this is the case, the tooth may require root canal therapy before a crown is placed. Simple cracks that do not affect the pulp can be treated with a crown (cap) or inlay/onlay on the tooth. Dental crowns can also restore a tooth that is broken or severely worn down. Like other cosmetic dental treatments, crowns may not be covered by insurance.

Crooked Teeth

Many people have overlapping, twisted, or crooked teeth. This can be caused by the upper jaw not falling in line with the lower jaw or when the mouth is too small for the teeth. Depending on how crooked your teeth are, porcelain veneers may be a good option. Your natural teeth will be shaved down and molds will be taken to produce veneers that will cover your teeth. The thin shells of porcelain are then fastened on the front of the teeth to mask crookedness. If your teeth are extremely crooked, Dr. Sands may recommend orthodontics before or instead of porcelain veneers.

Chipped Teeth

Direct composite dental bonding is used to fill chips in teeth with a substance that is similar in color and texture to your natural teeth. It is one of the most common and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. Porcelain veneers can also be used to cover a chipped tooth.

Missing Teeth

Titanium dental implants look just like natural teeth and can be placed into the tooth’s pocket, acting as artificial tooth roots. If you are tired of wearing dentures, dental implants may be a better option if you are missing a few or all of your teeth.

No matter your cosmetic need, Hollywood cosmetic dentist Dr. Sands can help you decide which dental procedure is right for you. Feel free to call his office today at (310) 273-0111.

The Differences Between Teeth Whitening Methods

Teeth WhiteningWith so many options available for teeth whitening these days, the selection process can be overwhelming. Some treatments cost more, some are safer, and some take weeks instead of minutes to show results. At my Beverly Hills cosmetic dentistry practice, I offer many whitening treatments that can help you the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of. Here are the pros and cons of each method:

Zoom!® Teeth Whitening

Let’s face it – when there is a big event coming up, most of us don’t have the time or self-discipline to keep up with at-home teeth whitening. One of my most popular procedures here at my Beverly Hills practice is Zoom!® teeth whitening. It has helped both celebrities and common folk alike achieve a bright smile – up to eight shades whiter – in record time. The Zoom!® system is different from other whitening products because it uses a special ultraviolet light to enhance the whitening gel. This forces the gel deeper into the tooth enamel to remove stubborn stains. The light is specially designed to cover all the teeth at once, unlike other laser treatments, which uses a narrower beam of light. The Zoom!® bleaching lights also filter out infrared emissions, which helps to minimize the amount of heat the patient’s teeth are exposed to.

Gum irritation and tooth sensitivity is minimal with Zoom!®, but if you have hypersensitive teeth or gums, a less concentrated, over-the-counter whitening product is a better option. Zoom!® works best on yellow or brown staining. Patients with grey shading from tetracycline or Fluorosis are not likely to get promising results from Zoom!® or laser whitening treatments, and should consider porcelain veneers.

The process is done in just three 15-minute sessions. Though it costs more than over-the-counter whitening trays and gels, Zoom!® teeth whitening may be worth it for you if time is not on your side.

Porcelain Veneers

If you have very deep stains that are resistant to high-concentration bleaching, porcelain veneers may be a better option for you. Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of the teeth. Sometimes teeth that have received this treatment – especially the naturally thin, front teeth – can become transparent with age. Transparent teeth cannot be whitened, but can be covered with porcelain veneers or replaced with dental implants. If the dentin within your tooth is a darkened or grey color from trauma, tetracycline or Fluorosis, in-office or over-the-counter bleaches will not work to whiten your teeth.

Laser teeth whitening

Laser teeth whitening uses heat to brighten the teeth in order to activate the peroxide gel that is applied. With laser teeth whitening, the light used does not typically filter out infrared emissions from the light. If not done properly, the laser can overheat the teeth during the procedure and ultimately lead to nerve damage. Patients who are light-sensitive, are undergoing photochemotherapy, or have melanoma should consider an over-the-counter whitening method instead. Laser teeth whitening takes just under an hour to complete and provides results similar to Zoom!®. With both Zoom!® and other types of laser tooth whitening, there is a risk of damage done to the skin or gums if those sensitive areas are not covered properly during the whitening process.

Bleaching Trays

Over-the-counter or custom-fit bleaching trays can give you the same results as Zoom!® or laser teeth whitening, but they require time and consistency in order to get comparable results. You must wear trays one to two hours every night for about two weeks in order to see the same eight-shade difference you would get with Zoom!® in just under an hour.

I offer many whitening treatments at my Beverly Hills practice, and can help determine which would best fit your aesthetic needs. Please call to schedule an appointment today!

Advantages of Invisalign

Although braces are commonly the go-to option for straightening crooked teeth, more and more patients are choosing Invisalign for its many advantages. The custom-fit, invisible teeth straightening device has improved significantly over the years. Once used only for minor problems, such as slightly crooked lower teeth, Invisalign can now make more advanced improvements. This includes closing gaps, correcting a deep bite, and straightening over-crowded teeth.

An obvious reason why one would choose Invisalign versus metal braces is because of its “invisibility.” There’s no question braces are less popular for those who are long out of high school, so the option to straighten teeth without the evidence of wearing braces may be a great confidence- boost for adults.

Food limitations also drive some to choose Invisalign over braces. Popcorn, chips, bagels, nuts, apples, and corn on the cob are a few foods that should be avoided by those who wear braces. Eating these foods can cause the brackets to break or the wires to bend, which can affect the way the braces move the teeth. Because Invisalign can be removed, there is no limit to what you are able to eat.

The ability to remove Invisalign also makes for easier oral hygiene. Brackets and wires trap food, which requires that you brush your teeth more often in order to avoid excess plaque buildup or tooth decay. With Invisalign, you can brush your teeth as you normally would because you can remove the device. This also makes the entire straightening process much more comfortable than metal braces because there is no risk of wires and brackets causing pain or soreness in your mouth.

Invisalign is also becoming more common because it costs about the same amount as braces. For the same cost, you can get the same results from Invisalign without all the limitations that come with braces. However, if you need severe bite correction, tooth rotation, or if your teeth need to be moved vertically, braces are a much more effective option. At my Beverly Hills practice, I offer both metal braces and Invisalign, and can help you determine will help you achieve a beautiful, new smile! Please feel to schedule an appointment today.

Invisalign® vs. Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain VeneersBoth Invisalign and porcelain veneers can greatly help straighten a person’s teeth, and provide life-changing results.

Invisalign® works much like metal braces except it is a removable, transparent device that is adjusted every two weeks in order to slowly straighten the teeth. Many adults who do not want to wear metal braces opt for Invisalign. Because the device is removable, there are no food restrictions required, and the teeth can be straightened in a relatively short period of time.

Porcelain veneers are a more permanent solution to crooked teeth. Thin, shell-like pieces of porcelain are bonded to your teeth to make them appear straighter. In addition to creating a brighter smile, veneers can also be used to correct chipped teeth and discoloration; however, they do not correct underlying periodontal problems like Invisalign can. Veneers are used especially for damaged teeth and are often used as an alternative to false teeth. Unlike Invisalign, porcelain veneers are purchased on a tooth-by-tooth basis and may need to be replaced over time. Depending on how many veneers you have, this can cost significantly more than Invisalign or metal braces. In some cases, permanent changes must be made to your natural tooth so that the veneers can fit appropriately.

Whether you choose Invisalign or porcelain veneers, regular oral hygiene techniques should be practiced in order to maintain the health of your smile. The best way to determine which option is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands at his Beverly Hills practice. He can help you weigh the varying factors to consider, including costs, your oral health history and your desired results.

Do Dental Implants Stain?

toothbrushDental implants have proven to increase the confidence of those who have lost teeth. A major advantage for those who get dental implants is they never run the risk of developing tooth decay. Still, oral hygiene is still very important. You should treat your dental implants as if they are your natural teeth – brushing them twice daily and flossing regularly – and you should take special care when considering the type of products you use in order to prevent staining.

Unlike regular teeth, staining on teeth that are supported with dental implants typically only occur when the glazed finish on the implants becomes compromised. Polishing them with abrasive materials or treating them with acid fluoride can strip this important layer and lead to a rough surface that is susceptible to discoloration. Although regular fluoride toothpaste does not harm dental implants, you should avoid toothpastes that contain high amounts of abrasive ingredients such as baking soda and silica. These ingredients are what make natural teeth appear whiter, but over time they can strip the enamel from natural teeth and cause the yellow dentin beneath to show through.

Staining along the gumline is also common with dental implants. This is because the bonding material that is used to fix the implant to the new titanium root beneath your gums is not a natural material. Regular visits to your dentist to clean and polish this area can keep stains along the gumline in check.

You can also minimize stains on your dental implants by avoiding certain food and drinks such as coffee, tea, berries, red wine, and dark-colored soda. Smoking and tobacco chewing also causes staining.

If you are considering dental implants in the Beverly Hills area, please contact Dr. Sands to schedule an appointment.

What to Look For in a Cosmetic Dentist

It is important to do your research when choosing your cosmetic dentist. There are countless cosmetic dentists who are not as qualified or experienced as others, and this could make a huge difference in your whole cosmetic experience and results. Here are some things to find out prior to choosing who want to go to for your cosmetic dentistry needs:

    1. Education: Though this may be a given with any cosmetic dentist, it is important to find a dentist that has continued their education. With so many constant changes in the field of dentistry and in technology, you want a cosmetic dentist who is up-to-date in treatment options. Look at conferences and workshops that the cosmetic dentist has recently attended for this information. This information may be available on their website or you may call their office and ask.
    2. Professional memberships: It is important that your cosmetic dentist is a member of professional associations, such as AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry). This involvement displays that your cosmetic dentist has had intense training and regularly attends cosmetic dentistry conferences to stay up-to-date on his/her practice.
    3. What makes them special? A good, qualified cosmetic dentist usually has a certain specialization, such as cosmetic, restorative, or preventive services in dentistry. It is beneficial for you to see a dentist who is specialized in the area that you want fixed or improved.
    4. A good feeling: You want to feel comfortable with your cosmetic dentist, so it is important to choose someone who you feel is honest, helpful, patient, and understands your cosmetic dentistry needs. The best way to determine this is during your initial consultation with the dentist. If you leave your consultation feeling uncomfortable or concerned that the cosmetic dentist did not give you enough information or was not honest, it is best to get a consultation with another cosmetic dentist.
    5. A good office/staff: Your whole cosmetic dentistry experience begins when you walk through the door. You should choose a cosmetic dentist with a friendly staff who welcomes you politely and professionally. The office should be clean and up-to-date. Do not hesitate to ask about the equipment and technology the cosmetic dentist offers, so that you may know if you are getting the best up-to-date experience and treatment as possible.

Getting cosmetic dental treatment is important decision and you should feel as happy and comfortable with your cosmetic dentist as you should feel with any doctor. Do your research and decide what is best for you and your whole cosmetic dentistry experience. I welcome you to contact my dental practice and get started!

The Demand for Dental Implants Continues to Grow

Nothing looks better than a full set of good-looking teeth, but sometimes various factors such as disease or accidents can cause tooth loss. For these individuals, looking to restore their smile means replacing a missing tooth or teeth and doing away with self-consciousness. Whatever your reason may be, dental implants are a great option. They are known to provide durable, natural-looking results.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of sterile titanium cylinders and are positioned in the jawbone beneath the gums. This allows one or more of your teeth to be replaced, eliminating the need for removable dentures and bridges.

The want for dental implants is rising. According to a recent Business Wire news article, patients are increasingly requesting dental implants rather than bridges and other traditional treatments because of the advantages that they offer. This includes: decreased bone loss, more secure tooth placement, and a longer lifespan.

Why are dental implants better than dentures and bridges?

Dentures can cause discomfort and slip when eating or talking. Bridges can also become loose and weakened over time. Dental implants are permanent and should never have to be replaced. It can also not be expressed enough on how much more natural dental implants look than dentures and bridges.

With my experience and understanding I can give you a more aesthetically pleasing smile and more comfortable alternative treatment for missing teeth. Please don’t hesitate to check out my website for information on my dental implant procedure. I look forward to giving you the healthy and natural-looking smile that you deserve. Schedule your appointment at my Beverly Hills cosmetic dentistry practice today!

Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

You don’t have to be the lead role in the next Hollywood blockbuster to desire a dazzling white smile. A bright smile can make you look younger and feel more confident. Fortunately, there are several options available today that are safe and effective in producing a whiter set of teeth. Some treatments can be achieved in-office or at-home, depending on your preference and goals. Each treatment comes with its pros and cons, so it is best to consult with your dentist first to decide which treatment is best for your individual needs and desires.

At-home whitening treatments include custom-fit tray bleaching and store-bought whitening strips. Custom-fitted trays are molded by your dentist, so a few in-office visits are required. You would place a bleaching substance on the tray and place it on your teeth for a short time period every day. Results vary, depending on the severity of your teeth discoloration. Store-bought whitening strips are less expensive, but typically less effective. Generally for whitening strips, you would place the strips on your upper and lower teeth for about half an hour for the specific amount of days the product specifies.

I offer the Zoom!® Teeth Whitening treatment at my office as an in-house treatment for achieving a dazzling, white smile. For this treatment, a bleaching solution is placed on the teeth and a special Zoom lamp is shined directly on the teeth for three 15-minute sessions. In just one hour, the patient’s teeth can be at least eight shades lighter with little to no gum irritation.  Another in-office treatment I offer at my dental practice is laser bleaching, in which a whitening gel is applied to the teeth and a laser light is activated directly on the teeth to activate the lightening. This option, along with other in-office treatments, is safe and effective.

During an initial consultation at his Beverly Hills office, I will evaluate your teeth and discuss tooth whitening treatment options. Together, we will decide which solution is best for your particular aesthetic needs!

How to Care For Your Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers, a very popular choice amongst the A-listers, will brighten your smile and leave an impression everywhere you go. The best part about veneers: they are not much different from your natural teeth in terms of maintenance. Treat your porcelain veneers like you would your natural teeth, with gentle care and diligent brushing and flossing.

As a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist to the stars, I am dedicated to making sure that you don’t live with less than dazzling teeth. Porcelain veneers can cover many imperfections in the teeth by bonding a thin shell directly to the tooth enamel. Although porcelain veneers are thin, they are extremely durable and stain-resistant. The porcelain is immune to tooth decay, but the uncovered part of your tooth is not, so it is important to keep your teeth clean and visit your dentist on a consistent basis.

Because veneers are made of porcelain, they do not respond to whitening treatments. However, if you feel your veneers look a little dim, you can still whiten your teeth, which   will actually affect the natural tooth behind your veneer and brighten it up. Porcelain veneers come in different shades of white so you can select the color you prefer best. I will help you choose a natural-looking color, prep your teeth, and then fit the porcelain veneers to your enamel. Immediately after the procedure, I recommend you eat softer foods until you get used to the feel and bite of your veneers. After that, you should have no limitations on what you eat!

I am dedicated to helping you achieve an amazing, healthy smile. Therefore, 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 aesthetic goals.

Cosmetic Dentist to the Stars

Kevin B. Sands, DDS - Hollywood's Cosmetic DentistKevin B. Sands, D.D.S. grew up in Beverly Hills and became accustomed to seeing movie and TV stars driving, walking, and just enjoying life around town.

When Sands became a dentist, the trend continued – at his office. He now sees so many celebrities and notables in his practice for various dental treatments that he has become known as the dentist to the stars. Recently, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey, Jr., Denise Richards, Halle Berry, Britney Spears, and a visiting potentate from the Middle East brought their smiles to Dr. Sands for tune-ups and other treatments.

Of course, his patient load is also filled with we ordinary mortals of all ages who come seeking a better, whiter smile. Common repairs include teeth whitening, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers, his specialty. Those veneers are handled quickly – usually within two weeks — because Dr. Sands has a lab at his practice.

“A new smile brings tremendous confidence to a person,” states Dr. Sands., “Some guys come in with teeth that need work, get a new smile and then the next thing you know, they are married,” states Dr. Sands, who offers a warranty with each procedure.

Plus, there’s a lot more to do than leaf through old issues of Time and Newsweek while you wait. Instead, Dr. Sands’ office offers in-office foot massages and DVDs on flat-screen television to help pass the time.

“Smiles are important in more ways than one,” says Dr. Sands. “Three out of four U.S. adults believe an unattractive smile can hurt your chances at success in business. That’s because your smile is the first thing people notice about you.”

While Dr. Sands routinely handles cosmetic dental procedures like teeth whitening, dental bonding and tooth bleaching, his specialty is porcelain veneers. The procedure starts when a patient notices he or she has uneven, misshaped, chipped, or discolored teeth, or a smile that has a gap in the front teeth. A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that fits over the existing tooth. Porcelain offers several advantages – it is extremely durable and has color, translucence and texture that are similar to natural tooth enamel. Moreover, porcelain won’t decay or stain, nor does the procedure require braces. Installing porcelain veneers starts when the dentist examines the patient’s teeth and gums, takes a medical history, and perhaps a few photos to compare to the final results.

Next, the dentist takes a full mouth impression after roughening and shaping the enamel on the existing teeth, which have been numbed via a local anesthetic. The patient leaves the office with temporary veneers covering his prepared teeth while the customized veneers are being completed in the lab. The procedure is relatively pain free.

“The first visit requires about two hours,” says Dr. Sands. “And then in about two weeks, your veneers are ready to be cemented onto your old teeth.”

During the final appointment, the dentist checks the fit, size, and color and makes any necessary corrections. Before cementing the veneers permanently, teeth and gums are thoroughly cleaned because clean teeth and healthy gums are necessary for the appliance to bond. Applied veneers feel just like natural teeth but are not indestructible. The dentist will ask you to avoid biting down on hard substances and to slice apples before consuming them. Costs depend on general economic conditions in your area but usually range from $700 to $2,000.

A quick look at other dental procedures done in Dr. Sands’ office includes:

Teeth Whitening

Whitening agents can brighten a smile dimmed by stains brought on by coffee, dark sodas, cigarettes, medication, or aging. The procedure produces instant results and is done by placing a special gel on the teeth and then using a laser to activate the substance. The procedure takes one to two hours and, while the results often last for years, the treatment does not work for fillings, crowns and past bonding.

Dental Bonding

Some stains can’t be removed by bleaching. This procedure also restores chipped or broken teeth, fills in gaps and brightens the smile. To start, the dentist uses a special acid to roughen the surface of the tooth. Dental resin is then applied and shaped; a high-intensity light hardens the compound and seals the tooth enamel. The dentist then contours the bonding material to the shape of your tooth and polishes it. The procedure does not require anesthesia and usually lasts five to ten years.

Dental Implants

Implants feel like natural teeth because implants are substitute teeth permanently anchored to your jaw. Implants are most often used to replace ill-fitting dentures or missing teeth. 

If you are interested in any cosmetic dental procedure, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin B. Sands by calling (310) 273-0111. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

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