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By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Ready to find out how these simple porcelain restorations could change your smile?veneers

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.

Getting Veneers

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.

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.”

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