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By SC Dental Group
January 10, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign is known for correcting spacing issues with teeth. However, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA, are asked if Invisalign can correct crooked teeth frequently. Let's discuss what clear aligners can and can't do in terms of crooked teeth. 

How Invisalign Works

First, it's vital to know how cleaner aligners work to help you better understand if they fix really crooked teeth. With these clear aligners, you place trays on your teeth that you must wear for a certain number of hours each day. The aligners gradually move your teeth into the correct place because the aligners change shape slightly every time you switch to a new one. 

Aligners Impact on Crooked Teeth 

Yes, aligners can correct crooked teeth, possibly even really crooked teeth. In fact, they can correct the same issues as braces. Often, even in severe cases, Invisalign can successfully fix crooked teeth. 

However, either Dr. Amir or Dr. Hamer will thoroughly evaluate your teeth and use a computerized program to predict the results of Invisalign to determine if correction with invisible aligners is possible. This ensures the treatment has the potential to be successful and to what degree. 

Time it Takes 

How long a Sherman Oaks, CA, dentist recommends clear aligners depends on your specific situation. Typically, more severely crooked teeth require longer durations with the trays. 

It could take up to two years to correct your teeth if they're really crooked. On average, it takes between 12 and 18 months, though. Your dentist will give you a prediction at the beginning of your treatment to help you decide if this method of tooth correction is right for you. 

Both Dr. Hamer and Dr. Amir offer clear aligners to correct crooked teeth. They may even recommend this option if you have one or more severely crooked teeth. Fortunately, with these trays, the treatment is fully customizable. Plus, they can complete the entire process at their SC Dental Group office in Sherman Oaks, CA. 

Schedule an appointment today with SC Dental Group to discuss if clear aligners can fix your crooked smile by calling 818-905-5400. 

By SC Dental Group
September 13, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you ready to replace a missing tooth? Dental implants offered by your Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group, provide many benefits for your smile.

What are dental implants?

Thanks to dental implants, it's now possible to replace your entire missing tooth, not just the crown (top). The process starts when your dentist places titanium posts in your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. These posts, commonly called implants, begin to osseointegrate, or bond, to your jawbone. Once the posts are firmly attached to the bone, they'll serve as sturdy roots for your new teeth. Dental crowns, synthetic restorations that replace the tops of your missing teeth, are connected to the implants, completing the restoration of your missing teeth.

What advantages do dental implants provide?

Restoring both the roots and the crowns of missing teeth with dental implants offer these benefits for Sherman Oaks, CA, area residents:

  • Natural Appearance: Your crowns are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new teeth look perfectly natural.
  • Excellent Biting Power: Your biting power can suffer if you choose a restoration method that only replaces your crowns. Adding strong roots gives your new teeth the ability to bite, grind, tear and chew a variety of foods with ease.
  • No Slipping: You won't have to worry about irritation caused by a slipping restoration when you opt for dental implants. Your new teeth won't wobble, slip or slide even if you chew hard or tough foods.
  • A Strong Jawbone: Your tooth roots press on your jawbone, which helps it stay strong. Unfortunately, stimulation decreases when you lose teeth, which can cause the bone to weaken and shrink. Eventually, you may lose teeth or notice sagging in the lower part of your face due to this issue. Adding dental implants prevents changes to your jawbone. Your implants provide constant stimulation that helps the bone stay strong.
  • Ease of Care: Caring for your new teeth is quick and simple. In fact, you'll treat them just like your natural teeth. You'll need to brush and floss every day to remove plaque. Flossing around the base of your implants is particularly important and can help you avoid an infection that could loosen them.

Replace your missing teeth with dental implants! 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
December 31, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep apnea is a sleep condition or disorder marked by the repeated stopping and starting of breathing as you sleep. This occurs because the airways get blocked while sleeping, hindering airflow. Fortunately, sleep apnea is treatable.

Here at SC Dental Group in Encino, CA, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer, offers sleep apnea treatment and management options. Proper treatments will enable you to live your daily life without the frustrating symptoms that typically come with sleep apnea. Here’s what you need to know about these treatment options.

Dental Devices
In individuals who are not good candidates for CPAP therapy or can’t stand wearing the mask while sleeping, dental appliances could be the answer. These look similar to bite or mouth guards that people wear to help them from grinding their teeth. They work by pulling the jawbone forward as you slumber, resulting in opening your airway further. Ask your dentist serving Encino, CA, to see if dental devices will work to manage your sleep apnea.

Lose Excess Weight
Shedding extra weight can significantly help manage sleep apnea symptoms. It’s estimated that approximately 70% of individuals suffering from sleep apnea are obese or overweight. The reason for this is that excess fat in the throat could block your airway. Likewise, a bigger tongue could exacerbate your symptoms, and fat could buildup in the tongue if you are obese or overweight.

Talk to Us To Learn If You Can Benefit From Sleep Apnea Treatment
Book an appointment here at SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA and serving Encino, CA, with Dr. Michael Amir or Dr. Larry Hamer, by dialing (818) 905-5400.

By SC Dental Group
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Crowded, gapped, or misaligned teeth not only cause functional dental problems but cosmetic issues as well. In turn, these consequences can negatively impact both your dental health and self-confidence. While traditional metal-and-wires braces are very much effective in treating these concerns, Invisalign offers a more comfortable and discreet treatment to your smile woes. An evaluation with either one of our Encino-area dentists, Dr. Michael Amir or Dr. Larry Hamer, here at the SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA, will determine your candidacy for this treatment. In the meantime, the following are crucial factors that dentists consider when determining if Invisalign treatment will work for you.

Your Age

As younger individuals change and develop, so do their jaws, and consequently, their smiles. Their teeth are likewise constantly shifting along with their growing jaws, making it practically impossible for dentists to craft a predictable treatment plan according to their initial set of teeth impressions. That being said, Individuals are typically recommended for individuals older than 13 years old.

Your Smile’s Condition

While Invisalign aligners are suitable and very effective for mild to moderate cases of overcrowding, gaps, and crookedness, it might not be effective for treating more complex orthodontic problems. Generally speaking, Invisalign can treat gapped teeth, an open bite, underbite, overbite, crossbite, and severe crowding. However, if you have a severe bite issue, you may need traditional orthodontic treatment. To assess whether your concern could be treated with Invisalign, your dentist in Encino, CA, can determine whether or not you’re an ideal candidate during your consultation.

Your Resolve and Commitment to Treatment

During treatment, you will be required to wear the Invisalign aligners for 22 hours a day so that you can achieve your treatment goals within the proposed treatment timeframe. Likewise, you can only remove the aligners when you eat, floss, and brush your teeth. Fortunately, the aligners are made of very comfortable thermoplastic material, and people won’t really notice that you’re wearing them unless you point it out.

Want to Know If Invisalign Will Work For You?

Reach out to us here at SC Dental Group the Encino, CA, area to arrange a visit with one of our dentists, Dr. Michael Amir or Dr. Larry Hamer. Call (818) 905-5400 today to schedule an appointment at our Sherman Oaks office.

By SC Dental Group
November 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns from your dentists in Sherman Oaks, California can give you an outstanding smile.

There are many ways dental crowns can help your smile. They can both strengthen a damaged tooth and make it more beautiful too. Dr. crown-and-bridgeMichael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer at SC Dental Group offer dental crowns to give you an outstanding smile. They proudly serve residents of Sherman Oaks, and Encino, California and they can help your smile too.

Dental crowns help your smile by restoring damaged, broken teeth. A dental crown covers the entire visible surface of your tooth, above the gumline. It fits your tooth like a glove, and when you bite down on a crown, the crown protects your tooth from breaking. It does this by spreading out the biting and chewing stress, across the entire surface of your tooth.

Dental crowns can also help your smile by giving your smile a more natural, beautiful look. One of the most common dental crown materials is porcelain, and porcelain reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel. Porcelain so closely resembles tooth structure, that after a porcelain crown is placed, it blends perfectly with your natural teeth.

Full porcelain is an excellent choice to provide the most aesthetically beautiful, natural-looking crown. These crowns are often placed on front teeth and teeth that are visible when you smile.

Sometimes you need extra strength for chewing, so you may want to consider a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, also known as a PFM crown. These crowns provide the beauty of porcelain and also the strength of a metal underlay. PFM crowns are often placed on back teeth where you need increased strength.

If your smile is damaged and needs a little extra help, think about dental crowns. To find out more about the benefits of dental crowns, call Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer at SC Dental Group, serving residents of Sherman Oaks, and Encino, California. Call (818) 905-5400 today.