DiMariano Family Dentistry Blog

Posts for: April, 2016

April 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you ever wish you had perfect teeth? Although some people come by the ideal smile naturally, many of us could use a little help. cosmetic dentistryThanks to cosmetic dentistry, you can correct those little imperfections that make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Sacramento, CA dentists, Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano, share information on several popular cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Teeth whitening

When your teeth are dull or yellow, the last thing you want to do is smile. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to lighten and brighten your smile. Although you'll find plenty of teeth whitening products in the drugstore, those store-bought kits aren't as effective as professional teeth whitening services. In most cases, your teeth will be three- to eight-shades whiter after a one-hour treatment at your Sacramento dentist's office.

Porcelain veneers

When whitening doesn't get your teeth quite white enough, it's time to consider porcelain veneers. Veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are applied to the front surfaces of your teeth. Since you can pick any shade you want, you control the final result.

Veneers aren't just appropriate for whitening, but are also used to cover a variety of imperfections. They can be used on one tooth or all of them. Dentists frequently use them to conceal:

  • Gaps
  • Chips or broken teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Worn or eroded teeth

Crowns or Bridges

Crowns slip over your teeth, encasing them completely. They're a good choice if you need to stabilize a fragile, broken or damaged tooth, want to cover up a discoloration or hide a short tooth. Crowns are made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, ceramic and gold.

Bridges consist of two crowns on either side of one or more false teeth. They're used to replace lost teeth and are constructed with porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Composite Bonding

Composite resin bonding offers an excellent way to repair or hide small defects in your teeth, such as chips, discolorations or gaps. The flexible putty-like material is shaped to cover the area, then cured and hardened with a special light.

Dental Implants

When you want a permanent solution to tooth loss, dental implants are the perfect option. The titanium implant bonds with bone in your jawbone and actually becomes a permanent part of your jaw. It supports a crown above the gum line that looks and acts just like a natural tooth.

Are you concerned about a cosmetic dental issue? Call Drs. DiMariano, your Sacramento, CA dentists, at (916) 929-3898 to schedule an appointment. Transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry!

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
April 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
April 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

There are a lot of ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. Some methods can be quite involved like crowns or bridgework, which require extensive alteration of teeth to accommodate them.

Other methods, though, can achieve stunning results with less tooth reduction or alteration to your teeth. Porcelain veneers are one such alternative that literally puts a new face on your teeth. A dental veneer is a thin layer of restorative material (usually porcelain) that is bonded to the outside of a tooth to cover blemishes. They’re an excellent choice for dealing with otherwise healthy teeth with mild to moderate chipping, wearing, staining or slight misalignment.

Veneers can be fashioned to match the shape and texture of the prepared tooth, as well as coloring that blends with neighboring teeth. They’re created by skilled dental lab technicians who use porcelain powder mixed with water to create layers of pliable porcelain laminated together to achieve the appropriate thickness and shape. The veneer is then oven-fired to produce a strong, durable product.

Their use in various dental situations does require some tooth preparation, though normally not as much as other restorative measures — usually no more than 0.5 mm of surface enamel. Removing this small amount will ensure the veneer doesn’t look too thick and bulky once bonded to the tooth.

There are some situations, though, where veneers aren’t the best choice: because they’re mainly a cosmetic solution, they can’t remedy problems like poor tooth position and bite or large discrepancies in root position. And teeth that are heavily decayed may require more extensive dental work to repair and preserve them.

In the right situation, though, veneers can make a huge difference to your smile and last for years, as long as you practice effective oral hygiene and don’t subject them to abnormal biting force (no cracking hard shell nuts with them — they can shatter). In skilled hands, veneers can transform your teeth from embarrassing to dazzling.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers.”