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By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   orthodontics   braces  

Straightening your smile with orthodontic care can do more than just provide you with a confidence boost. A straighter, more even smileinvisalign 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
  • underbite
  • overbite
  • crossbite
  • 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!

By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
January 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let tooth loss have the final say. Turn to dental implants to make it right.

Do you feel self-conscious smiling in public because you worry that people are more likely to notice those gaps in your smile? Is dental implantstooth loss making you feel less-than-confident about the way you look? If so, then it’s time you turned to our San Diego, CA dentists Drs. Connie, Brandon and Jennifer Pierce to make it right. Find out how dental implants could turn your smile around.

When it comes to replacing your missing teeth we know that our patients want a restoration that is as close to real teeth as possible. This is why our San Diego general dentist is so happy to be able to offer dental implants for treating your tooth loss.

Dental implants make it possible to fill gaps in your smile and to give you a full smile once more. An implant is a perfect long-term solution for replacing the tooth roots while also preventing jawbone deterioration. Since tooth loss can also result in bone loss, it’s important that you seek treatment right away to preserve the health of your jawbone.

Dental implants offer a variety of benefits. Besides being the next best thing to real teeth, implants are also the only restoration to protect your jawbone and preserve your facial structure. By placing an implant into the jawbone we can also prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting out of alignment.

Unlike dentures, you won’t have to worry about implants shifting or moving around in your mouth. You won’t have to stress out about applying adhesives or getting the right suction just to be able to use your new teeth. Enjoy eating all of your favorite foods and feel confident speaking to those around you. Go ahead; no one will ever know that you have dental implants.

Plus, you can care for implants the same way as real teeth. You’ll still want to brush and floss them to prevent plaque buildup and visit us every six months for routine cleanings, but these are simple measures you can take to ensure that your implants last for many decades.

Aren’t you ready to have a full, beautiful smile that you can’t wait to show off? We know you are! Call Pierce Family Dentistry in San Diego, CA to book your visit and find out if implants are right for your smile.

By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
November 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out about these popular cosmetic dentistry treatments available in San Diego.

Our San Diego, CA dentists--Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce and Dr. Jennifer Pierce--offer a pretty amazing array of cosmeticcosmetic dentistry services to fit everyone’s needs. We want our patients to have smiles they can always be proud of. Dental implants, veneers and Invisalign are some of our most popular offerings for a reason. Find out why more and more people in San Diego are turning to these specific dental restorations to improve their smiles.

Dental Implants

Looking for a lifelong restoration that will replace one or more missing teeth? Sure, you have other options like bridges or dentures, but if you are truly looking for a dental treatment that is as close to a real tooth as possible then dental implants are the way to go.

Implants naturally meld together with bone and tissue to provide an amazingly secure and permanent foundation from which to support everything from a dental crown to a complete set of dentures. While implants may cost more money upfront, the fact that they last a lifetime may end up saving you money in the long run.

Dental Veneers

Are you dealing with misshapen, uneven, worn, discolored or oddly spaced teeth? Do you wish you had a smile that was brighter, straighter or just a little more like your favorite movie star? Well, now it can be with porcelain veneers (how else do you think a lot of those Hollywood stars have such amazing smiles?).

These thin tooth-colored translucent shells are applied to the front of the teeth with a dental resin to mask all these problems so that whenever you smile people only see a truly beautiful set of teeth.


Adults and teens often hate the idea of needing orthodontic treatment later in life. While it’s common for children to sport braces it isn’t quite as convenient to wear metal braces when you are in college or out in the professional world.

Luckily, Invisalign makes it possible for older patients to achieve a straighter smile without other people noticing. These clear, removable aligners are designed to shift teeth into their ideal position while blending right into your lifestyle. Invisalign makes it easy to get the smile you want without all the fuss and hassle.

Pierce Family Dentistry in San Diego, CA is dedicated to creating a smile that you will be proud to show off for years to come. Even if you weren’t born with the perfect smile we can still help you achieve it, no matter your age. Call us today to learn more!

By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
July 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health

When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler.

“The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor TV. She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it. “She thought that was super fun, that she would turn the timer on and she would brush her teeth for that long,” Nancy said.

Ashby was also treated to a shopping trip for oral-hygiene supplies with Mom. “She got to go with me and choose the toothpaste that she wanted,” Nancy recalled. “They had some SpongeBob toothpaste that she really liked, so we made it into a fun activity.”

Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore. Equally important to making oral-hygiene instruction fun is that it start as early as possible. It’s best to begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they start to appear in infancy. Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.

Once your child is old enough to hold the toothbrush and understand what the goal is, you can let him or her have a turn at brushing; but make sure you also take your turn, so that every tooth gets brushed — front, back and all chewing surfaces. After your child turns 3 and is capable of spitting out the toothpaste, you can increase the toothpaste amount to the size of a pea. Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing.

Another great way to teach your children the best oral-hygiene practices is to model them yourself. If you brush and floss every day, and have regular cleanings and exams at the dental office, your child will come to understand what a normal, healthy and important routine this is. Ashby will certainly get this message from her mom.

“I’m very adamant about seeing the dentist regularly,” Nancy O’Dell said in her Dear Doctor interview. “I make sure that I go when I’m supposed to go.”

It’s no wonder that Nancy has such a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. And from the looks of things, her daughter is on track to have one, too. We would like to see every child get off to an equally good start!

If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”

By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
June 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

All crowns are designed to restore functionality to a damaged tooth. But crowns can differ from one another in their appearance, in the material they’re made from, and how they blend with other teeth.

A crown is a metal or porcelain artifice that’s bonded permanently over a decayed or damaged tooth. Every crown process begins with preparation of the tooth so the crown will fit over it. Afterward, we make an impression of the prepared tooth digitally or with an elastic material that most often is sent to a dental laboratory to create the new crown.

It’s at this point where crown composition and design can diverge. Most of the first known crowns were made of metal (usually gold or silver), which is still a component in some crowns today. A few decades ago dental porcelain, a form of ceramic that could provide a tooth-like appearance, began to emerge as a crown material. The first types of porcelain could match a real tooth’s color or texture, but were brittle and didn’t hold up well to biting forces. Dentists developed a crown with a metal interior for strength and a fused outside layer of porcelain for appearance.

This hybrid became the crown design of choice up until the last decade. It is being overtaken, though, by all-ceramic crowns made with new forms of more durable porcelain, some strengthened with a material known as Lucite. Today, only about 40% of crowns installed annually are the metal-porcelain hybrid, while all-porcelain crowns are growing in popularity.

Of course, these newer porcelain crowns and the attention to the artistic detail they require are often more expensive than more traditional crowns. If you depend on dental insurance to help with your dental care costs, you may find your policy maximum benefit for these newer type crowns won’t cover the costs.

If you want the most affordable price and are satisfied primarily with restored function, a basic crown is still a viable choice. If, however, you would like a crown that does the most for your smile, you may want to consider one with newer, stronger porcelain and made with greater artistic detail by the dental technician. In either case, the crown you receive will restore lost function and provide some degree of improvement to the appearance of a damaged tooth.

If you would like more information on porcelain crown, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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