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Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you could correct a few tooth-related issues? Cosmetic dentistry services offered in Sherman Oaks, CA, by Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group can help you makeover your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry services and treatments improve the function and appearance of your smile. If you've lost a tooth, want to change the appearance of a few teeth, or need to strengthen or restore a damaged tooth, one of these choices may be right for you:

Dental Implants: Restoring missing teeth with dental implants offers a long-term tooth loss solution. Small titanium posts implanted in your jawbone bond to the bone, becoming a permanent part of your jaw. The posts act as roots for your new teeth and are topped with dental crowns to complete the restoration of your missing teeth.

Bonding: If you have chipped or cracked teeth your dentist may recommend this treatment. Using a dental bonding material, your dentist will fill and reshape your damaged teeth. 

Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is an excellent option if your teeth have become dull and stained. Whitening can lighten teeth by three to eight shades and lasts for several years.

Veneers: Veneers offer a simple, yet ingenious, way to conceal tooth imperfections. Thin tooth-shaped shells cemented to the fronts of your teeth hide chips, cracks, discolorations, uneven surfaces, and other flaws. Veneers can also change the shape of teeth, add length to short teeth, close gaps, or whiten all of your teeth.

Renew your smile with cosmetic dentistry in Sherman Oaks, CA! Call Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group at (818) 905-5400 to schedule your appointment.

By SC Dental Group
November 22, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Achieving the smile of your dreams is easier now than ever. Your dentist can offer several cosmetic dentistry options for you to restore your smile or achieve the smile you have always dreamed of. One of the easiest ways to restore your teeth is with veneers in Sherman Oaks, CA; Encino, CA. Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group can help. Keep reading to learn more about this exciting restoration process. 

What Is Dental Restoration?

Dental restoration is any dental procedure used to restore cosmetic quality to your teeth. These types of procedures are not necessarily involved with restoring the health of teeth but are rather focused on making already healthy teeth look their best. Veneers in Sherman Oaks, CA; Encino, CA are a great way to accomplish this. 

This type of procedure involves the application of thin ceramic shells to the visible part of teeth. This shell can be used to improve the color, shape, and even size of the teeth. When teeth are discolored, misshapen, or sized differently, it can make it difficult to achieve a uniform, attractive smile. This process will help you bring uniform size, shape, and color to all of your teeth. 

How Is This Process Done?

The first step will be to clean the teeth thoroughly and to examine the teeth for overall health. It is important that the teeth are not severely damaged. Next, the surface of the teeth will be filed so that the shell will adhere more evenly and more thoroughly to the surface. Once the shell has been placed, the dentist will shape the shell to the exact shape and size you desire. 

How To Care For Teeth 

Once you have undergone this process, it is important that you care for your teeth properly. You should not bite or chew on anything hard as the ceramic used to create the shell can break. You should brush and floss your teeth regularly to keep teeth healthy and clean. 

If you would like to learn more about veneers in Sherman Oaks, CA; Encino, CA, please contact Dr. Amir and Dr. Hamer at SC Dental Group by calling 818-905-5400. 

By SC Dental Group
October 25, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Contouring   Bonding  

Contouring and reshaping offer a simple, effective solution for many issues that affect the appearance of your smile. Dr. Larry Hamer and Michael Amir of SC Dental Group offer cosmetic dentistry treatment at their Sherman Oaks, CA, dental office.

How contouring and reshaping can improve your smile

Contouring and reshaping involve removing small amounts of tooth enamel to remove minor imperfections or change the shape or length of teeth. Before contouring and reshaping begin, your dentist will mark the area of tooth enamel he'll remove. Using a sanding drill or laser, he'll eliminate problem areas, then polish your teeth. Because tiny areas of tooth enamel are removed, you won't feel a thing and won't need local anesthesia.

Contouring and reshaping are often paired with bonding, a cosmetic treatment that also improves the way your teeth look. Adding flexible composite resin to your teeth can change the shape and length of teeth or improve their appearance. The substance is tinted to match the color of your teeth and becomes just as hard as tooth enamel when it's exposed to a curing light.

If you have a cavity or another dental issue, the problems will need to be addressed before you can receive a cosmetic dentistry treatment in the Sherman Oaks, CA, dental office.

Contouring and reshaping is an excellent option if:

  • You have a pointy tooth: Small points at the bottoms of teeth can be easily removed with contouring and reshaping.
  • Your teeth overlap: Do you have slight overlaps between a few teeth? Contouring and reshaping can eliminate overlapping areas and enhance your appearance. Overlapping areas affect tooth appearance and increase your risk of tooth decay. Cavities may develop if plaque becomes trapped in these spots.
  • You're concerned about symmetry: A crooked tooth or a tooth that's just a little too long can affect the symmetry of your smile. Removing a small amount of tooth enamel makes a slightly crooked tooth look straighter or a long tooth more uniform.
  • You have a chipped tooth: Chips can occur due to wear and tear, eating hard foods or ice, or even using your teeth to open a package. Fortunately, it only takes a few minutes to smooth away unsightly chips with contouring and reshaping.
  • Your bite has changed: Bite changes aren't uncommon as you get older. Unfortunately, even a slight change in the way your teeth fit together can cause jaw stiffness, pain, or headaches. Contouring and reshaping offer a simple way to counter the effects of bite changes and improve your comfort.

Are you ready to renew your smile with contouring and reshaping or another cosmetic dentistry treatment? Call (818) 905-5400 to schedule an appointment with your Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists, Dr. Hamer, and Dr. Amir of SC Dental Group.

By SC Dental Group
April 29, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   porcelain veneers  

Even a tiny flaw can make you feel a little self-conscious about your teeth. When you're unhappy with your smile, porcelain veneers, one of the dental services offered by your Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group, offer a simple solution.

Veneers transform your smile

Veneers conceal flaws on the fronts of teeth, the area where they're most noticeable. The porcelain shells are as thin as a fingernail yet provide effective coverage for a range of flaws.

Before you receive porcelain veneers, your dentist may need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel to ensure a perfect fit. (This step isn't always necessary.) During your trip to the Sherman Oaks dental office, he'll also make an impression of your mouth. The dental technicians who create your veneers will use the impression as a guide.

You'll wear temporary veneers until your permanent veneers are ready in a week or two. Your dentist will check the fit of your porcelain veneers by temporarily applying them with water or glycerin. After making a few minor adjustments, he'll use dental cement to attach them to the fronts of your teeth.

Can veneers help your smile?

Veneer conceal many types of imperfections and can help you:

  • Change the Shade of a Discolored Tooth: Once your new porcelain veneer is attached to your discolored tooth, it will look just like your other teeth.
  • Hide Minor Damage, Flaws, and Gaps: Small chips in teeth may not affect tooth structure but they certainly change your appearance. Veneers hide chips, shallow cracks, uneven tooth surfaces, and other imperfections. They can also close slight gaps between teeth.
  • Improve Your Tooth's Shape or Length: Shape and length issues can disrupt the symmetry of your smile. Veneers make crooked teeth look straight and help oddly shaped teeth look more uniform. They can even extend the length of short teeth.
  • Whiten Your Smile: Because veneers are available in so many shades, they offer a long-lasting way to whiten your smile. The restorations are stain-resistant and won't become dull if you drink coffee, tea, or red wine or eat foods that contain dark pigments.

Are you ready to enhance your smile with porcelain veneers? Call your dentists in Sherman Oaks, CA, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group, at (818) 905-5400 to schedule your appointment.

By SC Dental Group
February 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Bridges  

When you have missing teeth it's hard to make a great first impression. That's why a dental bridge is one of the best ways to correct this issue. Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hammer with SC Dental Group can help you determine if a dental bridge is right for you. If you live in Sherman Oaks, CA, and need a dentist to repair your missing teeth, our dentists are ready to assist. Read to learn more about dental bridges.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dentists use a dental bridge to fill in the gaps between your teeth. It consists of dental crowns, also known as artificial teeth. They're installed using special permanent cement. The abutment teeth positioned on either side of the gap hold the dental bridge in place.

What Happens When You Have Missing Teeth?

When you have missing teeth, your other teeth may shift inside your mouth. This can lead to a variety of dental issues. Over time, you may experience:

  • problems with your bite
  • difficulty pronouncing words
  • difficulty with chewing
  • embarrassment about your missing teeth
  • pain because of additional stress on your teeth or jaw

How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

If you practice good oral hygiene, your dental bridge can last for many years. Regular checkups and teeth cleanings at your dentist's office help to keep your dental bridge in excellent condition. In some cases, your dental bridge can last for more than ten years. A Sherman Oaks, CA, dentist can help you learn what you can do to ensure your dental bridge lasts for a long time.

Schedule Your Appointment

Do you have missing teeth? Consult with a Sherman Oaks, CA, dentist to determine if dental bridges are right for you. Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hammer at SC Dental Group provide a wide range of dentistry services that will help you rejuvenate your smile. Schedule your appointment by giving them a call at (818) 905-5400.