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By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
January 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Although we begin our New Year's resolutions with high hopes, many of them fall by the wayside by the end of January. It simply takes tremendous willpower to lose weight or exercise more. So to improve your resolution success rate, why not throw in some with a little more zing, like trying every item on the menu at your favorite restaurant or learning a new magic trick every month? Or how about this one: Resolve to do four things this year to change your smile.

Okay, it doesn't have to be exactly four. But we just happen to have four suggestions—one for each quarter of the new year—that can make your smile the best it can be in 2020.

Brighten up your smile. A professional whitening procedure can improve a stained, dingy smile. Our advanced bleaching techniques give your teeth that brighter look that could last for years with proper care and regular touchups. We can also control the level of whiteness to give your teeth a softer natural look or one that's dazzling bright.

Fix a chipped tooth with bonding. You may have a great smile, except for that one tooth that's missing a little piece. We can repair minor chips and other defects with composite resin material bonded directly to the tooth. Composite resin can be color-matched and shaped to fit the tooth being repaired so that it looks completely natural. Best of all, we can transform your tooth's appearance in just one visit.

Gain a new look with veneers. If you have one or more teeth with mild to moderate chipping, staining or misalignment, dental veneers could change their appearance altogether. These thin wafers of dental porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to permanently mask imperfections. They're so lifelike, others will have a hard time telling the difference between your teeth with veneers and those without.

Straighten your smile. It's never too late to have a crooked smile straightened. And you might not even have to wear braces: Clear aligners are computer-generated plastic trays worn in sequence to straighten teeth. They're removable, so you can take them out to eat or clean your teeth. Best of all, they're hardly noticeable—and they can give you a more attractive smile.

These and other cosmetic treatments are relatively easy ways to make a big impact on your appearance. Be resolved, then, that with a little help from us this can be the year you'll gain a more attractive smile through the art of dentistry.

If you would like more information about smile enhancements, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change” and “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
February 04, 2019
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

July 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Learn more about the different kinds of cosmetic dentistry in Sacramento.cosmetic dentistry

Have you been contemplating how you can enhance and improve the appearance of your smile? If so, you may be wondering what type of cosmetic dentistry is the right one for you. This is where our Sacramento, CA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeff DiMariano, comes in. If your smile is less than perfect, don’t worry; cosmetic dentistry can help.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental work that is performed in order to boost and even improve the look of your teeth and gums. There are a variety of cosmetic options out there to meet your needs. Here are some of the top cosmetic treatments our Sacramento dentist offers and how they could benefit you.

Teeth Whitening

Unlike the over-the-counter whitening treatments, professional in-office whitening ensures that you get a smile that is several shades whiter in often just one session. Say goodbye to dull, yellowing teeth. Many people achieve the whitening results they want in just one session but if your stains are severe then it may require more than one whitening session. In about one hour we can get your smile several shades whiter.

Teeth Reshaping

Sometimes we have teeth that are extremely pointy or uneven. If the issue is minor then all we will have to do is shave down some of the excess enamel to improve the shape and size of the tooth. This is a very minor treatment and it doesn’t require anesthesia or numbing gel because it’s completely painless. This treatment can even be performed during your next dental cleaning.

Gum Reshaping

In some instances, it is excessive gum tissue that can leave your teeth looking very small. If you are dealing with a “gummy smile” we can help by removing small amounts of gum tissue to reveal more of your teeth and to improve the look and shape of your gums.

Dental Bonding

If you have minor flaws such as chips, cracks, or discolorations these can easily be covered with the same material used to fill a tooth after a cavity. This tooth-colored resin is completely moldable, making it easy to contour and shape around the imperfection to hide it completely. This is another completely painless and non-invasive treatment option.

Dental Veneers

If you have widespread or more serious cosmetic imperfections that bonding can cover, then you may just want to turn to veneers. These thin porcelain shells are bonded to the front of one or more teeth to improve the overall color, shape, and size of your smile. It can even improve minor alignment issues and give you a straighter smile.

Are you ready to take the next step and discuss cosmetic dentistry with our dentist, Dr. DiMariano? If so, give our Sacramento, CA, dental office a call and let us know that you want to sit down and discuss your cosmetic dentistry options.

August 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from Sacramento, California, can remake your smilecosmetic dentistry

If you are unhappy with your smile, it’s time to give yourself a smile you will love. You deserve to look and feel your best, and that begins with your smile. Now, thanks to state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry services, you can have a smile you will be proud to show to the world. Dr. Jeff and Shaina DiMariano in Sacramento, California, want to help you explore what cosmetic dentistry can do for you.

Not too many years ago, you visited the dentist because you had tooth pain. Times have changed! You can now visit the dentist to improve the appearance of your smile and feel great about how you look. Dr. Jeff and Shaina DiMariano have many cosmetic dental services available to help you get the look you want. These are just a few to consider:

  • Dental bonding, the answer to repairing small cracks and chips in your teeth due to trauma, overuse, or aging; bonding can also close small gaps between your teeth, and cosmetically change the color or shape of your teeth.
  • Contouring and reshaping, the answer to creating a more uniform smile; this procedure is often combined with dental bonding to repair teeth that are worn-down, rotated, or damaged.
  • Teeth whitening, the answer to whitening and brightening a dull, yellow smile due to tobacco use, coffee, or aging; professional teeth whitening can whiten your teeth several shades whiter, and the results can last up to 5 years.
  • Porcelain veneers, the answer to creating a celebrity-perfect smile; porcelain veneers are cemented onto the front surfaces of teeth to hide cracks, chips, excessive wear, gaps between teeth, overlapped teeth, and other cosmetic dental issues.

Dr. Jeff and Shaina DiMariano also offer a smile makeover which combines several procedures to give you the smile you love and deserve. You and will sit down with either doctor and carefully plan out your cosmetic treatments. You will get an idea of what your new smile will look like, cost, and scheduling of treatment. Smile makeovers are a great solution if you have more than one or two cosmetic issues with your smile.

It’s time to give yourself a present, a smile you will love! You deserve to look your best, and that begins with your smile! For more information about cosmetic dental procedures call Dr. Jeff and Shaina DiMariano in Sacramento, California today!

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”