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Everything You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening

Our smile can say a lot about the appearance of our teeth and how we take care of them. Poor dental hygiene, enamel erosion, certain foods and drinks, and even smoking can dull and discolor your teeth. If not careful, your teeth can be permanently damaged and stained when you do not give them the proper care they need. Yellow or brownish looking teeth can leave many people feeling embarrassed and self-conscious about their mouth when going out on the town or getting ready for a date.

Having your dentist perform teeth whitening treatments has many benefits, including restoring a healthy and beautiful smile. However, before you decide to have your teeth whitened, here is some helpful information you should know regarding this treatment.

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What Is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening products come in many different forms and can be administered in a variety of ways. Some methods involve lasers or bleaching your teeth to remove deep stains as well as surface stains using peroxides. Non-bleaching products only remove surface stains through physical and chemical reactions. There are also at-home whitening treatments for patients who prefer a more gradual and less time-consuming process. Whichever treatment you choose, teeth whitening can help you brighten your pearly whites so you can achieve a more dazzling smile.

Is It Safe?

The degree of pain, discomfort, and tooth sensitivity during teeth whitening will all depend on the type of technique you decide to undergo. It will also be based on the quality of which bleaching products will be used and the way your teeth respond during your treatment. While some people may experience tooth sensitivity following their teeth whitening treatment, this is only temporary and nothing to be concerned about. During your consultation, Dr. Sands takes all the necessary precautions to ensure that you have the most comfortable experience possible, and to determine which treatment will best suit your needs.  

Can It Damage My Teeth?

With the increase in teeth whitening treatments, many people have wondered if it can cause damage to their teeth. Fortunately, most whitening methods do not cause any permanent damage to tooth enamel or the structures of your teeth. Studies have also shown that products containing at least 10 percent of carbamide peroxide have little to no effect on the tooth enamel surface and do not cause damage to existing fillings.

However, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that consumers go in for a dental consultation before considering whitening. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) also considers teeth whitening a dental service that should be delivered by educated dental professionals to avoid potential issues that may occur.

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Your Teeth Whitening Options

ZOOM! Teeth Whitening

ZOOM! Teeth Whitening is a non-invasive laser procedure that uses a special buffer that will leave your teeth looking shiny and clean after just one session. During your treatment, the device will bleach the surface of your teeth while doing little to the deeper nerves, and any minor discomfort can be easily treated with over-the-counter pain medications. Your gums and soft tissues are also covered with a protective gel coating so that they are not irritated during your treatment. ZOOM! Teeth Whitening can brighten your teeth up to eight shades brighter and results can last up to 18 months.

Bleach Whitening

Bleach whitening, which is typically used in laser teeth whitening, can cause sensitivity in the early stages of your treatment when the hydrogen peroxide penetrates the tooth enamel. This sensitivity is usually temporary and will stop after your treatment. Even so, several precautions will be taken to prevent any discomfort.

If your teeth are particularly sensitive, Dr. Sands will recommend using a lower concentration of whitening gel as well as apply a desensitizing treatment before your session. However, if your teeth are too sensitive to undergo bleach whitening, you may be asked to come back another day for a different treatment or a gel and toothpaste for sensitive teeth will be prescribed to you.

Over-the-Counter Products

Many patients with a busy schedule who do not have the time to come in for an appointment may prefer over-the-counter products they can use at home. Home whitening treatments can seem more affordable and practical than visiting your dentist. In general, each product comes with its own guidelines and should be carefully followed to obtain optimal results.

However, Dr. Sands would recommend that you schedule a consultation with a qualified dentist before whitening. This will determine if there are any other dental issues that any need to be addressed before whitening your teeth. He also suggests that patients interested in in-home whitening products should only be used to “touch up” your teeth after having undergone an in-office teeth whitening treatment.

 

To learn more about our teeth whitening cost and options, please feel free to call our office at (310) 273-0111, or you may schedule an appointment with us online today!

 

How Smiling Affects Your Health and Happiness

Every person is born with the innate ability to smile. By around two months of age, babies can smile at the people who are closest to them. An individual’s smile can convey several different emotions, such as happiness, gratitude, friendliness, and contentment. However, there is much more to a person’s smile than conveying an emotional state. After many scientific and psychological case studies, it has been proven that an individual’s smile affects their overall health and happiness.

 

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The Science Behind Smiling

There is a lot more to a single smile than most people realize. The act of smiling activates neural messaging in the brain, and when a person smiles, the neurotransmitters that cause a person to feel good are released. These neurotransmitters are dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, and oxytocin. In the world of science, dopamine is known as the feel-good hormone that keeps a person motivated and enjoying life. Endorphins are released during physical activities and allow a person to overcome the pain and stress associated with the activity. Serotonin is what makes an individual feel important, and lastly, oxytocin allows people to build stronger bonds, trust, and relationships with other people. All of these neurotransmitters are key components to allowing a person to feel joy and happiness in themselves, their lives, and the people around them. Smiling is an easy way to increase the levels of these components so that you can become healthier and happier.

Health Benefits of Smiling

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Strengthens immune function
  • Provides pain relief
  • Increases longevity of life

Psychological Benefits of Smiling

  • Improves overall mood
  • Provides stress relief
  • Decreases depression and anxiety

Correcting a Less-Than-Perfect Smile

Many people refrain from smiling because of missing, broken, crooked, and discolored teeth, or even because of bad breath. Having a less-than-perfect smile can rob an individual of their self-esteem, self-confidence, and the many other health benefits that smiling can provide. With the help of a cosmetic dentist, a person can enjoy the benefits of good health and happiness for years and years.

For more information on how to correct your less-than-perfect smile, or for a consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Sands, contact our office by calling (310) 273-0111.

Teeth Whitening Prep for Big Events

Kim Kardashian Teeth Whitening DoctorMany celebrities plan their beauty routines in advance to work around busy schedules, especially for high-profile events where they want to have a glamorous Hollywood look as they walk the red carpet. When making an appearance, a bright, healthy, and beautiful smile can be the first thing someone notices.

Not long has passed since reality television star Kim Kardashian showed off a stunning outfit and radiant smile at this year’s annual Met Gala. Kim went out of her way to thank Dr. Kevin Sands and commend his work, noting on her personal Instagram account that his services are ideal when preparing for any big event.  

“I start planning a month in advance because I’m so busy with the kids and their schedules. I really space out my prep a lot, but always start with cleaning and whitening my teeth at Dr. Kevin Sands.”

— Kim Kardashian  

ZOOM! Teeth Whitening

If you are looking to whiten your teeth and achieve a radiant smile in a short amount of time, Dr. Sands offers his patients ZOOM! Teeth Whitening for a quick and painless treatment.

ZOOM! Teeth Whitening is the preferred treatment for those with a busy schedule since it only takes around an hour to address stained teeth or other tooth discoloration. Once you have undergone an examination to ensure your gums and teeth are healthy, the gums and soft tissues will be coated with a gel for protection, and a layer of ZOOM! Whitening agent will be applied to the front of the teeth. After the laser light is positioned and left on for four 15-minute sessions, your teeth will look and feel great.

To learn more about Dr. Kevin Sands and his teeth whitening options, visit our website to schedule a consultation or call the office at 310-273-0111.

Marketing Truths of the Dental World

Many seemingly harmless oral care products are marketed as beneficial to the health and beauty of your smile. These products are often easy to use, come in unique flavors, and promise fast results, but they can actually be harmful to your teeth over time. Here are a few things the marketing world will not tell you about some of these popular over-the-counter oral care products.

Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips are easily applied to the teeth and can whiten your smile in as few as two weeks. They contain hydrogen peroxide, which works to whiten by penetrating the porous enamel. Oxygen is produced and reacts with the discolored enamel to chemically change it, which results in temporarily whiter teeth. The acidic chemical reaction weakens the outer layer of the enamel and can cause it to erode over time. In some cases, the damage done to the enamel is permanent, and the teeth can become darkened and even more susceptible to staining than they were to begin with.

It is far better to seek teeth whitening from a dental professional. A dentist will check your teeth first to ensure that your discoloration is not the outcome of a more serious concern, such as an abscessed tooth or decay. Whitening under the supervision of a dentist can prevent burns and other potentially serious damage that over-the-counter products can cause.

Whitening Toothpaste

We know that acidic foods and beverages eat away at our enamel, but have you considered the acidity in your whitening toothpaste? The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, and the lower the number, the more acidic the substance. Demineralization and thus enamel erosion can begin to occur at a pH level of 5.5. Some over-the-counter brands of whitening toothpaste have an acidity level as low as 3.76, which can significantly weaken your enamel over time. It is best to use toothpaste that is pH balanced. Since many toothpastes do not typically have the accurate pH level listed on the label, it is best to consult your dentist for his or her best recommendation. If your teeth are already sensitive and your enamel is weak, Dr. Sands can recommend a product that will help restore and strengthen your teeth.

Hard-Bristled Toothbrushes

One might think that a hard-bristled toothbrush would be the perfect tool to get teeth sparkling clean, but it can actually damage the teeth. Toothpaste is already somewhat abrasive, and adding harsh scrubbing with hard bristles can further scrape away enamel. The damage is even worse if the teeth are brushed soon after eating or drinking something acidic. The acid softens the enamel, and hard brushing etches away at the top layers. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush for the best and safest results.

Chewing Gum

Some brands of chewing gum use xylitol instead of sugar as the main ingredient. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is said to prevent cavities and reduce plaque. Many brands promote this advantage, but the negative effects of chewing gum outweigh any benefits. Chewing gum in excess can leave sticky spots on the teeth that attract food and bacteria. It can also potentially pull out fillings and stress the jaw over time. You can freshen your breath occasionally with sugar-free breath mints and increase bacteria-fighting saliva production by staying well-hydrated.

If you are looking for safe, effective whitening treatments or oral care, please visit Dr. Sands. Schedule your appointment today by calling (310) 273-0111.

 

Oral Health for Overall Health

If you’re like most people, you probably think that brushing and flossing are just for keeping those pearly whites healthy and beautiful. However, did you know that your oral health can affect the health of the rest of your body? Your mouth is an entryway into your body, so problems in your mouth can easily allow bacteria and other harmful germs to travel into your body and cause problems. So, while good oral hygiene can help keep your body healthy, not taking care of your teeth can have negative effects on your body.

Oral problems commonly lead to problems associated with the following body systems:

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  • Brain
  • Bones
  • Blood pressure

Gum Disease and Body Diseases

Bacterial growth in your mouth as a result of poor oral hygiene usually leads to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), which often leads to gum disease as the bacteria in plaque builds up. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease (periodontitis), is a chronic inflammatory condition that can have detrimental effects on the body. Gingivitis and gum disease allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and lead to inflammation and diseases in the body. Gum disease is associated with multiple body issues and diseases, including heart disease, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, premature birth, and diabetes. Diabetes also has a reciprocal relationship with gum disease; treatment of diabetes improves the condition of the mouth, and treatment of gum disease reduces the need for insulin.

Good Oral Hygiene Practices

To prevent poor oral health and the negative effects it can have on the body, it is important to practice good oral hygiene. You should brush twice daily and floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime, in addition to visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. There are also many benefits of chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating and drinking.

If you’re having an issue with your teeth, Dr. Kevin Sands offers a variety of services to help you maintain or improve your oral health, including porcelain veneers, Invisalign®, Zoom!® teeth whitening, dental implants, sedation dentistry, and dental bonding.

If you would like to improve the appearance and health of your teeth, Dr. Kevin Sands can help. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands, please call (310) 273-0111 today. You may also fill out our online contact form for more information.

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.

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.

Is Coffee Good for Your Teeth?

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Happy National Coffee Day!

What better way to celebrate National Coffee Day than with some great news about coffee? Recent research has shown that caffeinated coffee offers many benefits for oral health, including less plaque and bacteria in the mouth as well as the potential to stave off serious health risks like oral cancer.

Coffee May Help Prevent Bacteria

A study by the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro found that the robusta coffee bean grown in Vietnam and Brazil helped to eliminate bacteria on the teeth as well as prevent the formation of plaque. Using bacteria from saliva, researchers cultivated plaque on donated fragments of primary teeth. Once the teeth were exposed to an extract of the robusta bean, the bacteria cells appeared to have burst, thereby lowering the risk of excessive plaque accumulation. Less plaque translates to a lower risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health concerns. While this is great news for us avid coffee drinkers, unfortunately, regular coffee consumption can still stain the teeth. (Could this be why teeth whitening is so popular?)

Coffee May Protect against Oral Cancer

A study conducted by the American Cancer Society in 2012 found that polyphenols in coffee may also help protect against the development or progression of oral cancer. This study associated the consumption of more than four cups of caffeinated coffee per day with a 49 percent lower risk of oral/pharyngeal cancer death. While it is less common in the United States, oral/pharyngeal cancer ranks among the top ten cancers in the world. Since coffee is one of the most consumed beverages worldwide, it may give us all one more good reason to enjoy our daily cup of joe.

The Bad News:

Before we all start celebrating, there is just one more caveat to regular coffee consumption besides teeth staining: coffee sweetened with milk or sugar can potentially counter the benefits. Milk contains both sugar and carbohydrates, which erode the enamel and increase bacterial production.

The Good News:

If you can’t get accustomed to the bitterness of black coffee, you can still enjoy the benefits by swapping milk for heavy whipping cream (which contains no carbs and a very low amount of sugar) and by swapping sugar for a sugar-free sweetener like stevia or Truvia®. Any staining that occurs over time can be easily and immediately corrected at Dr. Sands’ office with Zoom!® in-office laser teeth whitening.

If you would like to correct yellow or stained teeth, celebrate National Coffee Day by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Kevin B. Sands. As a cosmetic dentist to the stars, Dr. Sands is a top choice for creating the most beautiful and healthy smiles in Beverly Hills. Please call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form today.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Portrait of a man putting his hand to his cheek from pain from frozen popsicle in his hand, isolated white backgroundIt is important to protect the outer layers of your teeth and the surrounding tissue in order to prevent tooth sensitivity. Sensitive teeth are easily irritated and can be very painful when exposed to certain elements, such as heat and cold, that easily send nerve signals to the center of your teeth. The following conditions and materials that wear away the protective coverings of your teeth can cause sensitivity by exposing the dentin and roots.

Receding Gums

Gum tissue protects the roots of the teeth, but certain conditions, such as periodontal disease, can cause the gums to move away from the teeth. This leaves the roots susceptible to irritation, which can cause tooth pain and sensitivity.

Acidic Foods and Drinks

Highly acidic foods and drinks (citrus fruits, lentils, olives, tomatoes, fruit juice, soda) can eat away at the enamel on the teeth and lead to sensitivity by exposing the dentin beneath it. There are microscopic holes in the dentin that allow the tooth nerves to be stimulated and cause pain. After consuming an acidic food or drink, neutralizing the acids by eating or drinking neutral substances like cheese or milk will help prevent the teeth from being affected by the acid.

Whitening Products

Some whiteners with peroxide-based bleaching solutions can contribute to tooth sensitivity. If you are interested in whitening your teeth, it is recommended that you speak with your dentist about the best product for you. Dr. Sands offers a variety of teeth whitening treatments and can help determine the ideal whitening procedure for you.

Too Frequent Use of Mouthwash

The acids found in most mouthwashes can make teeth sensitive or irritate teeth that are already sensitive. Although it may be nice to have minty fresh breath after each meal, stick to using mouthwash only once or twice per day to avoid tooth sensitivity.

If you are experiencing sensitive teeth or any dental pain, Illustration of a blue arrow going around a toothDr. Kevin B. Sands is available to diagnose and treat your condition. To schedule your consultation or find out more information about the dental procedures we offer, please call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form.

 

Safe and Simple Ways to Get a Whiter Smile

man and woman smiling with white smiles wearing sunglassesOver-the-counter treatments and toothpastes will no doubt lead to a whiter, more beautiful smile, but at what cost? Here are a few ways to get the white teeth you’ve been hoping for in the safest and simplest ways.

1. Watch for certain ingredients when choosing a whitening toothpaste.

Many whitening toothpastes can be harmful to the teeth if they are excessively abrasive. Over time, they can wear down the enamel and weaken the teeth. In order to get the best and safest result, look for a whitening toothpaste that is more gentle, containing baking soda rather than silica. Some whitening toothpastes are also not as effective as the whitening methods you can receive from your dentist because they lack a separate bleaching agent booster (such as peroxide) that whitens teeth deep down.

2. Get the best tools for oral hygiene.

Investing in the right teeth cleaning tools will also help to get and maintain a beautifully white and healthy smile. Toothbrushes like the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush cost around $220 and will remove more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Compared to the money you might save from damaging results plaque and tartar buildup may cause, a toothbrush like this is a worthwhile investment.

3. If you have sensitive teeth, go to an expert.

If you have sensitive teeth, it is better to choose in-office teeth whitening because the process is monitored by your dentist. Dr. Sands also minimizes sensitivity by applying desensitizing topical products or dental dam gel to protect the gums from irritation.

4. Get a custom fit.

At-home whitening treatments that are prescribed by your dentist will always be stronger and more effective than over-the-counter whiteners. Unlike over-the-counter products, the bleaching trays you will receive from Dr. Sands are customized to fit your teeth perfectly, allowing for the most successful results.

5. Check for cavities before you whiten.

Before you choose any teeth whitening method, have your dentist check for cavities. If the bleaching agent gets inside the tooth because of decay, it can cause damage, and a root canal may be necessary.

For the quickest way to a white smile, Dr. Sands offers Zoom!® teeth whitening, which will brighten your teeth up to eight shades whiter in just one in-office treatment session. Dr. Sands also offers an at-home bleaching system that is made to fit your teeth perfectly to provide a beautifully whiter smile within a few weeks. Both methods of teeth whitening are completely safe and effective, especially when monitored by an expert.

If you are interested in teeth whitening in the Beverly Hills area, please schedule a consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Kevin B. Sands today. Call (310) 273-0111, or fill out our 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.

Would You Rather Have a Perfect Body or a Perfect Smile?

Woman smiling while doing a push upAccording to new research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), consumers are more likely to spend money on a younger looking smile than on weight loss help.

These findings make perfect sense for a few reasons:

1. Since the smile is one of the first things people notice about another person, making a small improvement, such as teeth whitening or bonding a chipped tooth, can significantly make someone appear more youthful. Friends may notice that something about you has improved, but they may not be able to determine just what it is.

2. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants literally makes the face appear more youthful. When missing teeth are not replaced, the patient is very likely to experience facial bone loss as time progresses. This can alter the shape of the face, making the jaw appear smaller. Not only do they fill in missing teeth, but dental implants actually prevent bone loss because of the way they are installed.

3. Although we would not discourage healthy weight loss, losing weight can actually make one appear older. When volume is lost, those who have poor skin elasticity will develop more wrinkles, especially on the face. A recent study comparing twins of different weights showed that the thinner twin almost always appeared older than the heavier twin. Spending money on weight loss tools or programs may help you become physically healthier, but they should not be your first choice if looking younger is your goal.

At Dr. Sands’ practice, we agree that maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile is a worthwhile investment. Invisalign® is a particularly great treatment to correct crooked teeth since the straightening trays are virtually undetectable. Porcelain veneers can also correct crooked teeth, as well as broken, cracked, or chipped teeth.

Dr. Sands offers many cosmetic dental procedures that can improve the overall appearance of your smile. If you would like more information about how to take years off your appearance with cosmetic dentistry, please call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

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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