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By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
December 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

A defective smile can be an unhappy smile. Why? Well, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says people notice your smile right away, so if it's marred by chips, stubborn stains, and gaps, you'll likely hide your teeth or simply not smile at all! To combat this detrimental effect, porcelain veneers from Pierce Family Dentistry in San Diego disguise those embarrassing flaws and strengthen your teeth, too, through custom-shaped and colored ceramic material.

The details on veneers

Veneers are shells of high-grade porcelain, designed to camouflage a variety of detracting flaws such as cracks, overcrowding, odd shape, and more. Perfect for adults with healthy teeth and gums, veneers improve surface texture, durability, tooth shape, and size, all while blending in with surrounding teeth.

Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce use veneers singly, in multiples, or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan at Pierce Family Dentistry's San Diego office. A comprehensive exam and X-ray screening tell these experienced dentists if veneers are right for a particular patient's needs.

The treatment

If you and your dentist select veneers, your teeth will be resurfaced to allow for proper veneer placement and fit. The dentist will take oral impressions to send to the dental lab where a technician will create each veneer with the correct shape and color to blend in with your smile.

When you return to the office for veneer placement, the dentist will set your veneers in place to test their size and shape before adjusting the proportions as needed. Then, a permanent cement will be used to bond them in place.

Caring for veneers

To keep your porcelain veneers bright and shining, simply brush twice a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft brush. Remember to floss carefully every day, too, as well as see Dr. Pierce for your usual cleanings and check-ups.

While veneers are durable and stain-resistant, it's important to avoid hard and staining foods. In other words, limit your coffee, and do not use your teeth to open bottles or to chew ice and hard candies. With your diligent care, porcelain veneers will last for ten years or more!

Find out more

Pierce Family Dental offers many aesthetic services to bring out the best in your smile and your personality. Why not arrange a consultation with one of our understanding dentists? Discuss your ideas for creating a new smile by calling our San Diego office at (858) 484-3300!

By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
September 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   Clear Braces  

If you have thought about straightening your smile with an orthodontic treatment, you may immediately imagine traditional metal braces Invisalign Straightens Teethwhich attach permanently to the teeth during treatment. If the thought of metal in your mouth puts you off from the treatment you want, you can rest easy knowing that you can now discreetly straighten your smile without the need for traditional metal braces. Invisalign can correct your bite and misalignments subtly with its aligner trays. Find out more about Invisalign with Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Pierce Family Dental in San Diego, CA.

How does Invisalign work? 
Traditional orthodontic treatments use metal brackets and wires permanently attached to the teeth. The wires fit into the brackets and place pressure onto the teeth to guide them into their corrected locations. Invisalign uses the same basic principles as metal braces—placing constant, steady pressure on the teeth—but uses clear plastic aligner trays instead of metal components. The aligner trays come in a series which the patient wears one at a time for about two weeks each until the end of their treatment.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign? 
A good candidate for Invisalign has a strong at-home oral care routine including brushing twice a day and flossing at least once coupled with regular visits to their dentist. This ensures the health of your teeth throughout your Invisalign treatment and keeps teeth decay and gum disease away. Candidates should also have a strong commitment to wearing their trays for the appropriate amount of time—about 22 hours a day. Failing to wear your trays can result in lengthened treatment times and other problems. Dentists recommend Invisalign for patients over the age of 12 in good dental condition.

Invisalign Treatments in San Diego, CA
If you think you can benefit from Invisalign, a consultation with your dentist allows you to address your questions or concerns and determine if this is the best treatment for you and your smile. If you have misaligned or uneven teeth or bite issues like overbite or underbite, Invisalign may be for you.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Pierce Family Dental in San Diego, CA. Call (858) 484-3300 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
August 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Your smile impacts the world. Socially and professionally, great teeth and gums say, "Here's a wonderful person you should know." cosmetic dentistryResearch from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry supports this. So do your cosmetic dentists Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Pierce Family Dentistry in San Diego, CA. They offer aesthetic services which transform smiles and people's lives, too.

Your smile goals

Everyone has them. Perhaps you want whiter teeth, or maybe you wish to improve the spacing of your top teeth. Chips and fine cracks detract from smile aesthetics, too.

What can you do? See Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce or Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Pierce Family Dentistry in San Diego, CA. Together, you'll discuss how you'd like to enhance your smile, and your cosmetic dentist will examine your teeth and gums to discover what services would suit your unique needs.

The team at Pierce Family Dentistry helps people of all ages find their best smiles. Some people need just one service--teeth whitening, for example. Others desire a more extensive makeover involving tooth replacements or orthodontic correction. You, too, can find your best smile.

Offered aesthetic services

Pierce Family Dentistry delivers a comprehensive range of cosmetic treatments. Here are details on services which could help your smile.

Composite resin bonding This one-visit process repairs defects such as cracks and chips, fills gaps and smooths surface pitting. The material blends tooth-colored acrylic with glass particles which, when layered onto the tooth, shaped and hardened, creates a seamless and durable repair.

Tooth-colored fillings If you have existing cavities or wish to replace old metal fillings, your dentist also uses composite resin to restore decay. Once the dentist removes the damaged enamel, he or she fills the tooth with this naturally-colored resin and hardens it with a dental light. Tooth-colored fillings are just as strong as your natural tooth, and they are virtually undetectable.

Porcelain veneers Also referred to as dental laminates, veneers camouflage significant flaws such as large cracks, deep stains, and uneven tooth length. They are individually crafted by a highly skilled lab technician and bonded in place by your cosmetic dentist. Veneers are transformative and durable, making them a permanent enhancement which lasts for years.

Teeth whitening Applied in the dental office or at home, professional teeth whitening gel erases enamel stains created by darkly-colored organic matter such as tobacco, coffee, berries and more. People of all ages who have healthy teeth and gums qualify for this simple and reliable process, and they enjoy smiles up to eight shades brighter in color.

Invisalign Today's most trusted and discreet orthodontic system is Invisalign, customized acrylic appliances which move crooked teeth into better positions. Without the dietary restrictions, oral discomforts or lengthy treatment times of conventional metal braces, Invisalign treats a variety of orthodontic issues in adult and teen patients.

Your smile at its best

That can happen with help from Pierce Family Dentistry. If you wish to explore the amazing possibilities, contact the office team at (858) 484-3300.

By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
June 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

A beautiful smile is something people want. We want to look picture perfect for pictures, graduation and job interviews. Dr. Connie Pierce, cosmetic dentistryDr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce, your San Diego, CA, cosmetic dentists, can help.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry isn't just about aesthetic appeal. Some cosmetic procedures are restorative as well. Here are a few procedures you may want to consider to improve your smile:

  • Dental Implants: Are you suffering from tooth loss? Dental implants are titanium posts that replace tooth roots. Your doctor places an abutment and a crown matching the rest of your teeth. This procedure restores your missing tooth and improves the appearance of your smile.
  • Veneers: These procedures resurface an individual's teeth. Veneers cover teeth that are stained or discolored due to poor hygiene, drinking coffee or tea, smoking, chewing tobacco, or certain antibiotics. Veneers can also fix mishappened, crooked, worn down, chipped, or irregularly shaped teeth and uneven surfaces and spacing, like overcrowdedness.
  • Dental Bonding: This procedure uses composite resin to cover the surfaces of your teeth for a whiter smile. The advantage of dental bonding is it can be done in one sitting in a few minutes.
  • Teeth Whitening: Do you have yellow and/or stained teeth? Part of the reason our teeth become discolored is aging. Some other reasons include smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking coffee and/or tea, and eating certain foods. Your San Diego dentist provides in-office or over-the-counter kits, whichever is more convenient for you.
  • Cosmetic Gum Surgery: When some patients have a “gummy” smile, there's a disproportionate gum-to-tooth ratio. Cosmetic gum surgery contours and reshapes overgrown and receding gums. 

Cosmetic Dentistry Care

To take proper care of your new cosmetic dental procedure(s), make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once before bed.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any cosmetic procedures, call your San Diego, CA, dentists, Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce, at (858) 484-3300 today!

By Rancho Carmel Dentistry
April 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If your missing teeth make you feel like your smile is subpar, you may have considered closing your gaps with dental restorations. Dentaldentla implants implants make filling in your smile a breeze. Can dental implants benefit your smile? How do these restorations work? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Pierce Family Dentistry serving the Rancho Peñasquitos area in San Diego, CA.

The Benefits of Dental Implants 
The most obvious benefit of dental implants is their ability to replace your missing teeth, fill in your gaps, and you back a full and beautiful smile. However, implants can also benefit you in ways not seen with the naked eye. Missing teeth cause side effects like shifting teeth and bone atrophy. Teeth shift as they try to compensate for the extra room in the mouth and can affect the mouth’s bite. Bone atrophy occurs due to the lack of stimulation in the area of your missing tooth. This condition can cause other complex complications like sagging facial skin or premature aging. Additionally, correcting your mouth’s bite helps you chew and swallow more efficiently and can even prevent or correct issues like TMJ disorder.

What should I expect from my dental implant procedure? 
Your procedure will have two phases. The first phase includes a consultation to go over your expectations and the process itself. Your dentist will inspect your teeth and ensure that you are a good candidate for this procedure. Patients who have teeth decay or gum disease will need to treat those conditions prior to receiving their implants. Additionally, those who have significant bone atrophy may need a bone grafting procedure before their implantation procedure. Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to use as a guide for the design of your replacement teeth. Then, your dentist implants the fixture, a titanium post, into the jawbone beneath the missing tooth.

The second phase of your procedure occurs after your fixture implantation has healed and the bone has grown around the fixture to anchor it into place. Your dentist then affixes the replacement tooth, usually a dental crown or bridge, onto the fixture to complete your implant.

Dental Implants in San Diego, CA
For more information on dental implants or what they can do for you, please contact Dr. Connie Pierce, Dr. Brandon Pierce, and Dr. Jennifer Pierce at Pierce Family Dentistry serving the Rancho Peñasquitos area in San Diego, CA. Call (858) 484-3300 to schedule your appointment with your family dentist today!

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