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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.”

May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Your teeth have a strong outer enamel layer, but the inside layers are vulnerable. The inner parts of the teeth need to be protected from dental bondingfood particles and bad bacteria which could cause infection and decay. If a tooth becomes compromised due to an injury or weakened enamel, dental bonding can help shore it up. Find out more about this popular dental treatment that’s available at Jeff L. DiMariano DDS, a family dentist office located in Sacramento, CA, and how it can benefit your smile.

What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is the process of filling in or covering up certain imperfections in your smile with a special tooth-colored composite resin material. Think of how a crack in a wall is patched with plaster -- the bonding material used during a bonding treatment patches up similar problems in your smile. When the bonding agent hardens, it becomes as resilient as the rest of your tooth. The results will last for five years or even longer if you make regular dental visits and good at-home dental health a priority.

Common Dental Problems
If you need a quick fix for a dental issue, it’s worthwhile to ask your Sacramento dentist about dental bonding. These are just a few of the common dental problems that this treatment can fix:

  • A chipped tooth from playing sports
  • A cracked tooth from biting into something hard
  • A hard to remove stain on a tooth that doesn’t respond to whitening bleaches
  • Small gaps and spaces between the teeth (an alternative to braces)

The Procedure Is Quick and Painless
While many restorative and cosmetic dental procedures take weeks or even months to complete, bonding only takes one appointment. It’s unlikely you’ll need any sedation. Your dentist prepares the tooth with a solution that makes it more receptive to the bonding process, then applies the composite material in layers. It’s hardened with a curing tool and before you know it, you’re on your way with a better-looking smile.

Come in for a Dental Bonding Treatment
You may be surprised by how much your smile can improve after a simple dental bonding appointment with Dr. Jeff DiMariano or Dr. Shaina DiMariano at their Sacramento, CA family dentist office. Call (916) 929-3898 today to set up a date and time to visit.

September 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out which whitening option is the best one for getting your smile brighter.

When it comes to getting a whiter smile we know you have options. Of course, our Sacramento cosmetic dentists Drs. Jeff and Shaina teeth whiteningDiMariano can easily improve the color of your smile and remove surface stains with our in-office whitening system. But is this the right choice for you or are there other options out there that might be better suited to your needs?

Types of Stains

There are two types of dental stains: external and internal. External stains tend to be the most common. If you love your evening glass of wine or your morning cup of Joe, then you can expect that your external stains are coming from some of the foods and drinks you consume. External stains can also be the after effects of consuming tobacco or can occur as we age.

Internal stains, on the other hand, are caused by excessive fluoride use, certain medications or trauma to the tooth. These stains don’t often respond as well to whitening treatment.

Whitening Options

When you opt for teeth whitening in Sacramento you have several options:

  • OTC whitening kits and products
  • Our at-home whitening system
  • In-office whitening system

Which whitening system you choose will depend on the severity of your stains, among other factors. Over-the-counter whitening kits won’t give you instant or significant results. You’ll have to use these products every day for several weeks to see a difference. But if you are just looking to brighten up an otherwise healthy-looking smile and you are on a tight budget, these products might work for you.

If you have a big event coming up and you want to get your smile several shades whiter in a short amount of time then ditch the at-home whitening products and opt for in-office teeth whitening. This system can get your smile visibly brighter in just one whitening session (which takes about an hour to complete).

For patient looking to save a little money on their cosmetic dentistry and aren’t in a rush for a whiter smile, our at-home whitening system might give you the results you want. This system is stronger than any whitening kit you’ll find at your local drugstore, but it may take a couple weeks to see results. This whitening system is tailored to your specific needs and trays are custom-made to fit your mouth for even whitening that you won’t get with commercial whitening trays.

The only way to truly find out which whitening option is the best one for you is to schedule a cosmetic consultation at our Sacramento dental office. Teeth whitening can be an easy and wonderful way to get the more radiant smile you’ve always wanted, so why wait?