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Are you embarrassed about your smile because of discolored or damaged teeth? If so, dental crowns can help. Crowns can be used for cosmetic reasons or to restore a decayed tooth after a root canal. Crowns are easy to place, look natural, and last for years.
Crowns are made out of porcelain and can be designed to match your tooth color, size, and shape exactly. In most cases, it is virtually impossible to tell the difference between a person’s natural teeth and crowns. Your dentist may suggest that you get a crown to improve the shape, color, or size of one of your teeth or to cover a tooth that is weak. It usually takes two visits to fit a crown—one to take a mold of your teeth and the other to place the crown. Once you have a crown, it won’t require any special care. Just floss and brush as normal and see your dentist for regular check-ups.
Are dental crowns the right treatment for you? Schedule an appointment with Aria Irvani, DDS, and find out. Our Lake Forest dentist office offers a comprehensive range of dental treatments, both general and cosmetic. Book a consultation today by calling (714) 707-6724.
Last updated 7 days ago
If you wear braces, you likely dream about the day when they come off and you get to see your beautiful new smile. Now, imagine looking into the mirror to find that your teeth are covered in discolored spots and decay that wasn’t there before. This is a real risk that patients with braces face, but it is preventable. If you work with your dentist to make a plan for maintaining good oral hygiene while you’re wearing braces, you’ll end up with that winning smile you’ve always wanted. Here are some tips for keeping your oral health in check while you have braces.
See Your Dentist Often
When you’re wearing braces, your teeth need a little extra attention. It may be helpful to bump up the number of annual cleanings you have at your dentist to keep your teeth in good condition. Talk to your dentist about how often you should come in for a check-up while you’re wearing braces. With regular visits, your dentist can spot and treat early tooth decay before it becomes a bigger issue.
Re-Learn How to Brush and Floss
Your standard brushing and flossing technique will need to change when you have braces. Ask your dentist to show you new techniques to incorporate into your oral hygiene routine. You may need to use special equipment, like a proxibrush and floss threader, to get under and around your brackets and wires effectively.
Eat a Healthy Diet
The foods you choose have a big impact on your dental health when you’re wearing braces. Stay away from foods that are high in sugar or acid. You should also skip hard and sticky foods, as these could break your braces. Eat lean protein, dairy foods, and soft fruits, like bananas, instead.
Don’t let poor oral health stand in the way of getting the best results possible with braces. Aria Irvani, DDS, can help you maintain great oral health before, during, and after your braces treatment. Schedule an appointment at our Lake Forest dental office today by calling (714) 707-6724.
Last updated 16 days ago
When you get braces, your dentist will go over all kinds of dos, don’ts, and special care tips with you. One of the most important lessons you will learn is which foods you should eat and which you should avoid. Follow your dentist’s advice when it comes to food selections carefully. Eating the right foods can boost your dental health, but eating the wrong foods could break your braces and set back your treatment. Here are the foods your dentist would like to see on—and off—the menu when you have braces.
Don’t Eat: Sticky Foods
Sticky foods are the enemy of braces. Sticky substances are tough on brackets and wires—they will stick to your braces and may even cause a bracket to come off or a wire to break. In addition, sticky foods tend to be sugary. When sugary foods get stuck to your teeth, they sit there and eat away at your tooth enamel. That means you’re more likely to get cavities, which can interfere with your braces treatment.
Do Eat: Low-Fat Dairy and Protein
Low-fat dairy and protein are easy and safe to eat when you have braces. They also help keep your teeth strong. Try eating chicken, turkey, lean beef, and fish, and incorporate low-fat cheese, yogurt, and milk into your diet. Because these foods are soft and easy to chew, eating them with braces is not an issue.
Don’t Eat: Hard, Crunchy Foods
Hard, crunchy foods like carrots, apples, and nuts can be extremely hard on braces. Many people break a bracket or wire by eating these very foods. However, since so many healthy foods are also crunchy, you should try to work around the danger. Cut crunchy foods into small pieces so they are easier to eat when you’re wearing braces.
If you need help managing your dental health, call Aria Irvani, DDS. We offer teeth whitening, braces, cosmetic dentistry, and much more in our Lake Forest office. To make an appointment, please call (714) 707-6724.
Last updated 21 days ago
Flossing is an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Flossing cleans the parts of your mouth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Learn exactly how to floss effectively by watching this video.
To start, unwind about 18 inches of floss and wrap the ends around each of your index fingers. Use your thumbs to guide the floss in between your teeth, gently bending the floss around each tooth as you do so. Don’t forget to get all the way to your back teeth, where food and bacteria can accumulate.
If you need some extra advice on good flossing technique, bring it up during your next appointment with Aria Irvani, DDS. Our Lake Forest dental practice is a one-stop shop for all of your dental care needs. You can make an appointment by calling (714) 707-6724.
Last updated 28 days ago
Dental implants are an excellent choice to replace one or many lost teeth. An implant is comprised of a titanium post that acts as a tooth root. The post is attached to a porcelain crown that replaces the visible part of your tooth. Caring for a dental implant is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Floss around the implant once a day and brush the crown twice a day. Although a dental implant cannot get cavities, the bacteria that cause gum disease can affect the tissues supporting your implant. Regular daily care is essential to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar that cause inflammation of the gums. In addition to daily oral care, maintain regular checkups with your dentist to chart your dental health. During exams, your dentist will check the health of your gums, jaw bone, and dental implants.
With the right care, your dental implant will last a lifetime. If you’d like to discuss dental implants and other tooth replacement options with Dr. Aria Irvani, DDS, please call Foothill Ranch Dentist at (714) 707-6724. We proudly offer a wide variety of dental services in a single office for your comfort and convenience.