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Posts for: June, 2017

By SC Dental Group
June 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

If you don’t want people to see your braces then you are in luck!invisalign

You are finally ready to close those gaps between your teeth and to get your smile straighter. Of course, the idea of wearing braces might turn you off to getting orthodontic treatment altogether. Before you decide against getting the care you need for a straighter smile, you may want to talk to our Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer, about the benefits of Invisalign.

Invisalign uses a set of clear, plastic aligners, which are specifically designed to fit over your teeth based off impressions and measurements taken by our Sherman Oaks general dentist during your consultation. Some of the benefits of getting Invisalign treatment over other orthodontic options include:

A Discreet System

After you reach a certain age, you can’t even imagine sporting a mouth full of metal to colleagues or classmates. If this is the case, Invisalign’s clear aligners could be the best way to get the smile you want but without those around you noticing. You can still get amazing results but the only person who has to know that you have braces is you.

Comfortable Braces

Just thinking about wearing metal on your teeth makes you cringe. How can that be comfortable? Well, it isn’t always comfortable. In fact, in the very beginning you may find that the metal rubs against your cheeks or gums, causing redness, irritation and even sores; however, you won’t have to worry about this irritation when you get Invisalign.

Eat What You Want

If you get traditional braces, we will have to provide you with a list of foods that you can and cannot eat. You may be surprised to find that there are quite a few foods that you will have to stop eating while wearing metal braces. Luckily, this won’t be the case if you get Invisalign. Since each aligner is completely removable, you can just remove your aligners prior to eating. Once you are done eating, brush your teeth and rinse out your aligners before putting them back in.

Brush and Floss Normally

When you have metal brackets and wires over your teeth it can be difficult to get into all those surfaces behind and between teeth. Brushing and flossing may seem a lot more challenging with traditional braces and if you aren’t careful you are more prone to decay. Of course, Invisalign aligners can be removed, so you won’t even have to worry about changing up your oral care routine. Just continue to brush and floss properly and you won’t have to worry about decay.

Do you have questions about Invisalign treatment? Are you ready to find out if it’s right for you? Then schedule a consultation today at SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA. Let one of our dental professionals help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.


“Redesigning” a smile is a lot like remodeling a house: the technicalities of construction must blend seamlessly with what is perceived as elegant and beautiful. The first aspect — the proper materials and techniques to achieve a sound restoration — is absolutely crucial. But the aesthetic is just as important for assuring the final restoration evokes beauty and style.

Balancing these two aspects of a smile makeover requires thoughtful intent and planning. What may be pleasing aesthetically may not be technically feasible; but what may be technically sound may not have that sought-after “curb appeal.”

You and your dentist must work together to achieve the successful blending of these two aspects. That’s why it’s important for you to have full confidence in your dentist: that he or she is both technically skilled and experienced in cosmetic procedures and artistically aware of what will look best aesthetically.

The first step in your makeover is a thorough dental examination to determine the overall state of your oral health. With this “bigger picture,” your dentist will have a better understanding of what’s possible and practical for you and your situation. The exam may also reveal problems that should be treated first before any cosmetic work.

From there, you must communicate clearly to your dentist what you perceive as wrong with your smile and what you would like to have changed. While there are general principles of beauty best followed, your dental work could hypothetically take different paths depending on your desires and expectations. You might prefer a more “sexy” look or one that’s “sophisticated.” Or perhaps you only want subtle changes that still retain features expressing your individuality.

Ultimately, though, your expectations must line up with reality. Much like your house contractor, your dentist will advise you on what’s both practical and possible. And with their experience in smile enhancement, they can also help you determine what will look most attractive given your facial structure and features.

With this preliminary planning, you can be confident as the work proceeds that the end of the project will be both exciting and satisfying. And just as with your newly renovated home, you’ll be more than happy to share your smile with others.

If you would like more information on enhancing your smile through cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”


Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand. Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.

Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.

A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.

Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.

If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.

If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”