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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
April 22, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: invisalign  

You may think it’s too late or too intensive of a procedure to straighten a crooked or misaligned smile, but you would be wrong! Invisalign makes straightening your smile quick and easy, no matter what age you are. Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer at SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA, are here to answer any questions you may have about Invisalign and help give you the smile you deserve.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a set of clear aligner trays that discreetly straighten your smile with no extra work by you! To start your Invisalign treatment, your Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists will fit you for custom aligners that you will wear all day unless you’re eating, drinking, or brushing and flossing. That means they will be on for about 22 hours a day. Since Invisalign is clear, no one will even know you’re wearing them unless you want them to know!

Each aligner is designed to subtly begin to push your teeth into the correct position to give you the smile that you desire. Every few weeks, you will switch out your aligner for a new one, and each aligner is designed to fit where your teeth have been pushed to. The process can take anywhere from 9 to 15 months, and a few times throughout this process, you will have a checkup with your dentists to be sure that you are progressing as expected. Your dentists will take this time to address any issues and check that your treatment is going according to schedule.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

If you struggle to feel confident with a crooked or misaligned smile, Invisalign may be the right treatment for your lifestyle! Contact Dr. Amir and Dr. Hamer at SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA, to see if Invisalign is right for you! Call (818) 905-5400 today!

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.

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
December 11, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Here’s your guide to how dental veneers can improve your smile.

If you are dealing with discolored, misshapen or crooked teeth you may wish to smile more but you may feel too self-conscious to do so. Don’t worry, our Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hammer offer dental veneers, an amazing cosmetic enhancement that can hide a wide range of imperfections to give you a smile worth showing off.

What are dental veneers?

The veneers our Sherman Oaks, CA, dental team offers are made from medical-grade, wafer-thin porcelain. Each porcelain shell is bonded to the front of a tooth in order to hide imperfections and improve the color, shape, size or position of your tooth.

You can choose to place a veneer on just a single tooth (if you just happened to have a misshapen or discolored tooth from an accident) or you may choose to get a full set of veneers (if you’re looking for that full-on celebrity smile). We tailor veneers to fit your needs and your budget.

What problems can veneers improve?

Most imperfect smiles can benefit from what dental veneers can offer. You may be an ideal candidate for veneers if you are looking to hide,

  • Discolorations and widespread, severe stains
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Misaligned, crooked or crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Malformed or misshapen teeth
  • Pitted teeth

Who is an ideal candidate for veneers?

Most adults who maintain good oral hygiene but are looking to mask certain cosmetic imperfections in their smiles may want to consider what veneers can do to give them the smiles they’ve always wanted.

Remember, veneers are fully customized to your needs, so you’ll get natural, incredible and long-lasting results. Adults who want a straighter smile but don’t want to wear braces may be able to get veneers instead to make their smiles appear straighter.

Want to sit down with our Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for dental veneers? If so, call SC Dental Group today at (818) 905-5400 to schedule a dental consultation.

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