When Your Smile Needs a Makeover | Manhattan Beach Dentist

Is your smile everything you want it to be? Do you wish that you had the Hollywood smile of your favorite celebrity? If you have some flaws to your smile, don’t worry – their smiles probably needed work as well. Are you ready for a smile makeover? It’s time to make that dental appointment – you need a game plan.

Both bonding and porcelain veneers will likely be suggested for a treatment option. Both are used to cover dental imperfections, but procedures are quite different. Dental bonding uses a smooth tooth-colored solution that is applied to the flawed teeth and can remedy anything from covering stains to covering up small chips and gaps. Bonding is used on patients who need one or two teeth corrected.

While bonding is applied to your actual teeth, veneers fit over the front and underside of your tooth, covering it completely, making it ideal for a full set reconstruction. Both are cosmetic procedures used to treat similar problems, but veneers may be a better alternative in cases where the patient wants to adjust the size or shape of the tooth.

A dental crown can be used to strengthen a tooth, improve appearance and can be placed on top of a dental implant. With advancements in dental technology like the CEREC system, you can get all of this done in one day. The scanner that your dentist uses takes excellent 3D images of your jawline and the computer takes excellent images of the area for the crown, making these the more precise and natural-looking.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding smile makeovers.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Holiday Munchies for Whiter Teeth | Manhattan Beach Dentist

Here we are – smack dab in the holiday season. It’s time for the three Fs: friends, family and lots of festivities. And as it should be expected, tons of pictures will be involved in these wonderful gathering. Having a bright white smile would be ideal. We can go to the dentist and get a whitening treatment and we can try it on our own with an over-the-counter product, but did you know that there are foods that can whiten your smile at the same time? It’s true. So, while you are grazing the food tables at your special events, keep these choices in mind:

Fruit. Apples are known to play a huge role in good health, but it’s the crispiness of the apple doing most of the work. Biting into an apple helps strengthen your gums, while the juiciness of the apple produces saliva, clearing out cavity-forming bacteria. Another seasonal fruit that while also neutralizing odor-causing, staining bacteria is the pear. If you are looking for citrus, try an orange. Not only is the vitamin C good for you, the citric acid also scours your teeth.

Vegetables. When it comes to vegetables, do you think of an onion as a dental secret? If you eat anything oniony, you’re much more apt to brush your teeth afterwards. Ever notice broccoli looks like a toothbrush? Munching on these little “brushes” will give your teeth a quick scrub. Celery – basically Mother Nature’s version of floss.

Dairy. Chockful of calcium, foods like milk, yogurt and cheese strengthen your teeth and gums. The stronger your teeth enamel is, the whiter and healthier they become.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding teeth whitening.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Give Thanks for a Healthy Smile | Manhattan Beach Dentist

If there’s anything we know about Thanksgiving, it’s that it is a time to be thankful for all of the blessing that we have in our lives. One blessing that may get overlooked is a healthy smile, but our mouths are not only the first thing someone notices when we meet them, but they are our front line of defense when it comes to a lot of our general health. So, let’s go over ways you can keep that grin of yours bright and healthy in between dental checkups:

Brush for two minutes twice a day. Many of us brush, but not the two minutes that is recommended in order to reach every part of your mouth, including your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Floss every day. Flossing helps remove particles stuck between your teeth, where toothbrushes can’t reach. If you floss regularly, the odds of gum disease will go down dramatically.

Chew sugar-free gum. If you’re always on the go, a toothbrush isn’t always handy. If that’s the case, pop in a stick of sugar-free chewing gum to help stimulate the production of saliva, which is your body’s natural defense against tooth decay.

Visit the dentist regularly. Regular checkups and cleanings are crucial to your dental, and overall, health. Studies show a link between bacterial oral infections traveling and spreading throughout the whole body.

If you have kids, start them early. The sooner they understand this is a daily routine, the less likely dental appointments will end up with a poor report card.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding dental hygiene.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.