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By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
November 22, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

There are many options to consider when choosing the right cosmetic dentistry procedure for you, and dental crowns are no exception. If your tooth is decayed or damaged, dental crowns may be a solution to restore your tooth and your smile! For dental crowns in Costa Mesa, CA, your dental experts at Harbor Mesa Dental Care, Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, are here to help!

Types of Crowns

There are many different types of dental crowns in Costa Mesa, CA, that are available today, distinguished by the type of material from which it is made. Each type will come with a different cost, durability, and aesthetics, which is why it is important to be informed to make the decision that is right for you. Your dentist is also available to help answer any questions and help you make this decision.

The most common types of crowns include all-porcelain crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, and zirconia crowns. Other types of crowns available but which are becoming less common include all-resin crowns, stainless steel crowns, and gold crowns.

Pros & Cons of Each

All-porcelain crowns blend in the best with natural teeth, and therefore they are often ranked most popular due to their aesthetic appeal. However, all-porcelain crowns also come with the largest price tag and are less durable than some of the other metal or metal-fused-to-porcelain alternatives.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns offer increased durability and fit as compared with all-porcelain crowns and are typically more affordable. However, their weakness comes with their lack of aesthetic appeal, as the presence of the metal creates a visible dark line on the surface of your tooth.

Zirconia crowns have an advantage over porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns in that they are around the same cost but have greater durability and aesthetic appeal. One disadvantage to zirconia crowns is that if you begin to experience any tooth decay below the surface of the crown, it can be nearly impossible to see. Therefore, zirconia crowns can make oral health more challenging over time.

Making the Choice

It is important to remember that the decision for which type of crown is best for you will come down to your budget, needs, and lifestyle. Consult your dentist to determine the most suitable option for you! For dental crowns in Costa Mesa, CA, come see Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon of Harbor Mesa Dental Care. For additional questions or to make an appointment today, please call (714) 825-0025.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
November 17, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

From dietary choices to genetics, there are so many different things that can affect the color of your natural teeth. However, it is not uncommon for people to visit Harbor Mesa Dental Care for teeth whitening in Costa Mesa, CA, to brighten their smiles. With so many different teeth whitening options available, how do you know which one is best for you?

Do-It-Yourself Teeth Whitening Trends

Similar to diet fads, it is almost never a good idea to follow DIY whitening trends for your teeth. This is a high risk of enamel damage, and more often than not, you won’t end up with whiter teeth. For instance, activated charcoal is all the rage right now. However, the American Dental Association reports that it is not safe and it won’t whiten your teeth. It is very abrasive and will wear away the tooth enamel. 

Another popular trend is apple cider vinegar, but vinegar is very acidic, which is highly erosive to your enamel. This increases the risk of cavities. 

Whitening Toothpaste

As a general rule, whitening toothpaste is safe. As you are scoping them out at the drug store, make sure to find out with the Seal of Approval from the American Dental Association, which says that the product is safe and effective. 

Whitening toothpaste is designed to brighten the appearance of your teeth by eliminating the stains on the surface of the enamel. Usually, regularly, they can prevent continuous staining from stain-causing habits like smoking and dark beverages like soda and coffee. 

Over-the-Counter Whitening Products

There are many over-the-counter whitening products like strips that can be purchased and used to whiten your teeth. These tend to contain the same active ingredient that Costa Mesa, CA, teeth whitening dentists use in their office, which is a peroxide chemical. Peroxide chemicals work to whiten the teeth by penetrating the enamel and oxidizing darker molecules and breaking them down. 

The primary differences between OTC and professional products are how the product is applied to the teeth and the strength of the whitening chemical. 

Professional Teeth Whitening

Ideally, the safest and most effective way to have your teeth whitened is in the office under the care of a dentist. Our products are the strongest that you will find, which means they will take effect the fastest.

You can choose to undergo teeth whitening in the office or in the comfort of your own home. Many people choose to do both for optimal results. Call Harbor Mesa Dental Care at (714) 825-0025 to schedule your teeth whitening appointment with a Costa Mesa, CA, dentist.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
May 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

It's time to tackle all those little imperfections that keep you from having the smile you've always wished for. More than simply correcting these imperfections, veneers can completely transform your smile. If you want to find out if they're the treatment for you look no further than your Costa Mesa, CA, professionals Dr. Jeffrey Sanacore, Dr. Randall Kunert, and Dr. Hannalael DeBourg-Shilaimon of Harbor Mesa Dental Care.

How Veneers Work

Dental veneers are bonded onto your teeth in a similar way to crowns. They are thin, yet very durable tooth-shaped caps so much less of your tooth has to be removed for the procedure. This often means less of a need for anesthesia and faster overall treatment, as compared with crowns.

But just as with crowns, because the enamel is removed dental veneers are still very much a permanent treatment.

Benefits of Veneers

Veneers can completely transform your smile by correcting a number of imperfections. It can fix small gaps as well as return to form teeth that are chipped or somehow misshapen, either due to wear or injury.

They are also a great alternative if you suffer from very stubborn stains that will not disappear even with professional whitening treatments.

Veneers in Costa Mesa, CA

Dental veneers can correct a number of dental problems but require an otherwise healthy smile, so expect to address any cavity or decay before being able to undergo the treatment.

Your dentist may advise for alternative treatment if the issues you are trying to correct are severe, and if you grind your teeth at night a nightguard is required to ensure the longevity of the procedure.

Find out if you're a candidate for veneers by making an appointment today with Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon of Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, by dialing (714) 825-0025.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
November 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Getting your teeth whitened by a dentist could make a dramatic difference in how your smile looks. Here at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, teeth whitening remains one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments provided by Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon.

Why? Because it’s the easiest and affordable cosmetic dental procedures that make an obvious difference in an individual’s self-confidence and appearance. Professional teeth whitening could be performed right in your dentist’s office or in your house under the guidance of your dentist. Here’s what you need to know about them.

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening

Also referred to as in-office bleaching, this entails the application of a bleaching product right on the teeth. A light may be utilized for accelerating the effects of the bleach, ensuring fast and efficient results.

A session of in-office bleaching that lasts from 60 to 90 minutes could provide excellent whitening results. For some people, one session may suffice, but for others, they might require about two sessions to attain the desired whiteness level they’re after. Likewise, since the whitening agent is directly applied to your teeth, you are assured of uniform whitening results.

At-Home Professional Teeth Whitening Kits

With this professional teeth whitening option, your dentist in Costa Mesa, CA, will take impressions or molds of your mouth that would be the basis of your customized mouthpiece. You will likewise be provided with bleaching gel with a lower concentration of bleach than what is typically utilized for in-office bleaching.

Your dentist will instruct you to fill your mouthpiece with the bleaching gel and then wear it for several hours daily. Your custom mouthpiece will help ensure maximum contact between the bleach and your teeth. Expect follow-up visits with your dentist to make sure that your mouthpiece fits correctly and to check on your whitening results.

Regardless of which professional teeth whitening treatment you choose, remember that your results are not permanent. Maintaining those pearly whites means going through the process on a regular basis. However, avoiding staining foods and drinks as well as smoking tobacco will help make certain that you maintain your results for longer, two years or so before you require a touchup whitening treatment.

Speak to Us to Learn More About Faster and More Effective Teeth Whitening

Dial (714) 825-0025 to arrange an evaluation here at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, with Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, or Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, today.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
August 06, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Say hello to the smile you’ve always wanted.

Do you wish your smile looked just a little whiter, a little straighter, a little more…perfect? If you are dealing with cosmetic issues that affect the overall appearance of your smile then you may be wondering whether turning to our Costa Mesa, CA, dentists Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon for dental veneers is the best solution for a transformative smile. Here’s what you should know about this popular cosmetic restoration,

They can offer a variety of results

The great thing about cosmetic dentistry such as dental veneers is that it allows our Costa Mesa, CA, dentists to be able to tailor each treatment to meet your individual needs. So no matter whether you are simply looking to hide some unsightly discolorations or chips in a teeth, or you want to completely alter the shape, color and size of your entire smile, dental veneers can do both (and everything in between).

They are stain-resistant

Veneers are typically crafted from porcelain because this material most closely resembles the look of real tooth enamel, but another major benefit of porcelain veneers is that they are also stain-resistant. If you are turning to dental veneers because you have severe discolorations in your smile that teeth whitening can’t treat, then knowing that veneers won’t stain or yellow over time can be incredibly comforting.

They are long-lasting

Porcelain isn’t just stain-resistant it’s also incredibly durable. This means that with the proper care veneers can last up to 15-20 years (or more) before needing to be replaced. Be nice to your veneers (do not chew ice or crunch down on hard candies and foods) and make sure you visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and your veneers will last years.

They are permanent

If you are getting traditional dental veneers, it’s important to know that these restorations are for life. Before veneers are made our dental team will need to shave off a very small amount of enamel from the front surface of your teeth. This will make room for the veneers so they don’t look bulky when placed. Since enamel doesn’t grow back it’s important that you are committed to having and caring for your veneers for life.

Interested in getting veneers here in Costa Mesa, CA? If so, you want to find a qualified cosmetic dentist that can provide you with the results you want. That’s why so many people turn to the dental team at Harbor Mesa Dental Care. To take the next steps to a more beautiful smile, call us at (714) 825-0025 to schedule a cosmetic consultation.