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Are you an adult who is tired of having a crooked smile? Do you hate that your teeth overlap or that there are spaces between teeth? Of course, you may just assume that if you are an adult that the ship has sailed on getting orthodontic treatment. Not so fast! Our San Diego, CA, dentists Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce and Dr. Jennifer Pierce are here to tell you how Invisalign may just give you the results you want.
Here are the steps involved in getting Invisalign in San Diego:
We have to make sure that your smile is right for this orthodontic treatment. While Invisalign can be a great option for many teens and adults with a variety of misalignments (everything from underbites to crowding and gaps between teeth), it isn’t right for everyone. When you come in for your consultation our San Diego general dentists will not only examine your teeth and gums but also make sure that your treatment goals align with what Invisalign can offer.
Planning Your Treatment
Next, we will need to take digital photos of your teeth, which will be turned into 3D images. These images will help us map out your detailed treatment plan from start to finish. From determining what teeth need to move to the exact movements each tooth needs, you’ll even be able to see what your final results will look like with Invisalign before you start your treatment.
Getting Your Aligners
Once an outside dental lab creates your aligners and sends them to us you will come in so that we can fit you with the first set in your treatment. Remember, with any orthodontic treatment it will take about a week to get used to your new aligners; however, many people find that these aligners are far more comfortable than metal braces.
Wearing Your Aligners
This is where your dedication to your treatment is key. These aligners are removable, which means that you can continue to eat whatever you want throughout the course of your treatment. You also won’t have to worry about brushing and flossing carefully around precarious wires and brackets. Wearing aligners is pretty simple, the only rule you need to follow is to wear them the majority of the day. This means for at least 20 hours, but ideally, you should aim for 22 hours. After two weeks, you’ll get rid of the aligners you are wearing and swap them out for the next set in your treatment.
Don’t let a crooked smile make you feel embarrassed about your appearance. No matter your age, Pierce Family Dentistry in San Diego, CA, is here to help. Call our dental office today to book a consultation with us.
Your smile plays an important role in your self-esteem. When it's dull or damaged, it's hard to feel confident when you look at yourself in the mirror. Thanks to a variety of innovative cosmetic dentistry treatments, you don't have to live with a smile that doesn't reflect the true you. Our San Diego, CA, cosmetic dentists - Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce and Dr. Jennifer Pierce - discuss a few treatments that will transform your smile.
Bonding changes the shape of teeth, repairs damaged areas and covers imperfections with composite resin, a flexible material that becomes as tough as tooth enamel when it hardens. Bonding is very effective and is one of the least expensive types of cosmetic dental procedures.
Veneers hide common tooth problems under a thin layer of porcelain. The tooth-shaped shells provide coverage for chips, bumps, cracks and discolorations that affect the front of your teeth. They're also used to conceal crooked or oddly shaped teeth, lengthen teeth or cover space between teeth. Would you like to brighten your smile? Stain-resistant veneers offer a long-lasting alternative to teeth whitening.
Crowns and bridges
Crowns just may be the most versatile type of dental restoration available in San Diego. Also called "caps," these hollow restorations fit over teeth that have been reduced in size. Crowns prevent fragile teeth from breaking and also restore teeth that have already broken. They lengthen teeth that are too short to be restored with bonding or veneers, change the shape of teeth and conceal imperfections. Crowns are also joined together to form bridges, restorations that replace one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants replace your entire tooth from the root to the crown. The titanium implants fuse to your jawbone, providing a stable foundation for dental crowns. Implants are often recommended to replace a single missing tooth, but can also be used to restore an entire arch of teeth. Implant-supported dentures not only feel more comfortable than removable dentures, but also don't affect your biting power the way that dentures do.
Why not improve your smile with one of these cosmetic dentistry treatments? Call our San Diego, CA, cosmetic dentists - Drs. Connie, Brandon or Jennifer Pierce - at (858) 484-3300 to schedule your appointment.
Renew your smile with teeth whitening treatments professionally applied by a cosmetic dentist in San Diego, CA. Over time, teeth can become dull, stained or discolored due to such factors as aging, medications, foods, beverages or smoking. Professional teeth whitening treatments can deliver a noticeably whiter and brighter smile in just one visit. At Pierce Family Dentistry, Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce and Dr. Jennifer Pierce are your cosmetic dentists for professional teeth whitening.
Advantages of Professional Whitening Treatments
Professional whitening treatments applied in your San Diego cosmetic dentist’s office are the most effective method for significantly whitening the teeth. There are many over-the-counter whitening products, such as whitening strips and toothpastes. However, over-the-counter products do not contain the same level of professional bleaching agents as whitening treatments applied by a dentist. Over-the-counter products cannot deliver the same level of whitening results as professional treatments.
Professional teeth whitening treatments deliver exceptional results in a single visit and the results can last for up to five years before further treatments are needed. An additional advantage of choosing professional whitening treatments for achieving a whiter smile is that such treatments are applied by experienced dental professionals who are skilled at applying the whitening product evenly across the teeth. Further, dental professionals take appropriate measures to protect the gums from exposure to the bleaching agent to avoid irritation.
It is possible to regain a whiter, brighter smile. If your teeth appear somewhat dull or discolored, you can renew your smile with teeth whitening treatments. Noticeable results can be achieved in a single treatment with results lasting for years. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce or Dr. Jennifer Pierce, your cosmetic dentists in San Diego, CA, to discuss your teeth whitening options by calling Pierce Family Dentistry at (858) 484-3300.
Ready to find out how these simple porcelain restorations could change your smile?
It’s amazing to think that by just applying a thin layer of porcelain over the front of your teeth that our San Diego, CA, cosmetic dentists - Drs. Connie, Brandon and Jennifer Pierce - can completely transform your smile. It’s true that it really doesn’t take much to give your smile the proper boost it needs to look healthier and more attractive. Find out what dental veneers could do for you.
About Dental Veneers
These ultra-thin porcelain shells are made especially for your teeth so that they cover the entire front portion to enhance its look. Veneers are a great way to make major cosmetic revamps to your smile. Each shell is custom-made and then bonded to the front your tooth to change the color, length or overall shape. If you are dealing with any of these cosmetic problems, then dental veneers may be exactly what you’ve been looking for:
- Severe discolorations and stains
- Mild-to-moderate chips and cracks
- Small gaps between teeth
- Minor crookedness and crowding
- Misshapen or poorly formed teeth
- Teeth that are too short or worn down
Have you always wished for a whiter smile but hate those deep-set stains that teeth whitening can’t even treat? Do you wish you could cover that gap between your teeth or make those bottom front teeth appear straighter? Now you can, and it can all happen with just one cosmetic treatment.
In most cases, it will take about three separate trips to see our San Diego dentists before you can leave with your new smile. The first step is to undergo a consultation. This is necessary before getting any dental work. We want to make sure your smile is just right for what veneers can offer.
Once we’ve determined that you are a great candidate for treatment, we will need to prepare the tooth or teeth that are getting veneers. In order to do this, we will need to remove about 0.5mm of enamel from the front of your teeth.
We will also take molds of your veneers so that we have a model of your teeth from which to design and make your very own veneers. Once your veneers are ready to be placed, you’ll come in for your final fitting. We will determine that everything looks and feels great before bonding them to the front of your teeth using a special resin and a curing light to harden the resin in place.
Pierce Family Dentistry in San Diego, CA, is dedicated to helping you achieve the most beautiful smile you can get. You don’t have to be born with the ideal smile. Dental veneers and other cosmetic options are out there to give you the makeover you’ve been looking for.
Straightening your smile with orthodontic care can do more than just provide you with a confidence boost. A straighter, more even smile and a corrected bite can help you keep your teeth cleaner, make chewing easier, and make you proud of your teeth. If traditional metal braces do not appeal to you, you have other, more discreet options to correct your smile. Learn more about Invisalign and what it can do for you with Pierce Family Dentistry in San Diego, CA.
Invisalign: The Clear Alternative to Braces
Wearing Invisalign is much different than wearing traditional metal braces. The most obvious difference is their appearances, with metal braces attaching permanently to the surface of the teeth during treatment and using metal wires to move the teeth. Invisalign, however, uses clear aligner trays to place the required pressure onto the teeth to move them into their new positions. Additionally, Invisalign’s trays are removable and patients take them out to eat or brush their teeth. This eliminates the need for extra steps in your oral care routine to clean between each bracket and wire and allows you to continue eating the foods you love.
What can Invisalign Treat?
Invisalign treats the same conditions and abnormalities as traditional metal braces. Some of the most common uses for Invisalign include treatment to correct:
- misaligned or “crooked” teeth
- overcrowded teeth
- under crowded teeth
- open bite
Invisalign Treatments in San Diego, CA
Invisalign gives you the freedom to discreetly straighten your smile without it being obvious to those around you. While patients must wear their aligner trays for at least 22 hours a day, the trays are made from comfortable plastic, making wearing them almost second nature. Additionally, cleaning Invisalign is as easy as rinsing your trays after you brush and floss your teeth. Simply remove your trays, perform your oral care routine, rinse the trays, and replace them back into your mouth.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Piece Family Dental in San Diego, CA. Call (858) 484-3300 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign with your dentist today!
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