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By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
January 27, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Too often, people choose to live with cosmetic dental issues because they assume making improvements will require complicated dental procedures. Fortunately, enhancing your smile may be easier than you think. Teeth whitening, veneers, and other treatments offered here at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, provide simple ways to makeover your smile—read on to learn more!

Teeth Whitening

Stains from foods, beverages, or tobacco use may make your teeth look dull or yellow. These stains occur when dark pigments seep into the microscopic pores on your tooth enamel. No matter how diligently you brush your teeth, you won't be able to remove the pigments.

The hydrogen peroxide whitening gel your dentist uses to remove stains breaks apart the pigments, lightening your teeth by as many as eight shades. In-office treatment only takes about an hour. If you wish, you can also whiten or touch up your teeth with take-home trays made for you by your dentist.

Veneers

Veneers improve the appearance of your teeth by concealing imperfections behind thin, tooth-shaped shells made of porcelain. When you visit our Costa Mesa office for your first veneer appointment, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel and make an impression of your mouth that will be used to create your custom veneers.

Veneers are often used to:

  • Conceal chips, cracks, and other minor damage
  • Close slight gaps between teeth
  • Change the appearance of oddly shaped teeth
  • Lengthen short teeth
  • Hide discolorations or whiten your entire smile

Bonding

Bonding, one of the simplest and least expensive cosmetic dental treatments, involves adding tooth-colored ceramic resin to your teeth to restore damage, hide discolorations, lengthen teeth, hide gaps, or improve the shape of teeth. After the bonding material is added to your teeth, it's hardened with a curing light.

Crowns

Crowns offer another way to hide damage, lengthen/improve the shape of a tooth, or change the appearance of a dental discoloration. These hollow restorations slip over the tops of teeth, covering them completely and improving durability. Before you receive your crown, your dentist will reduce the size of the tooth slightly and make an impression of your mouth. You'll wear a temporary crown until your restoration is ready in about two weeks.

Interested? Give Us a Call

Boost your smile with teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry treatments offered at Harbor Mesa Dental Care. Call Drs. Sanacore, Kunert, or DeBourg-Shilaimon today at (714) 825-0025 to schedule an appointment at our Costa Mesa office.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
July 17, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Do you want a whiter smile? Chances are good that if you are reading this it’s because you want to brighten your smile. You might even be wondering what your teeth whitening options are. Here in Costa Mesa, CA, our cosmetic dentists Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon can work with you to find the right solution to fit your needs. Here are some of the ways to achieve a whiter smile.

Over-the-Counter Whitening

Most people will turn to this method because it’s simple and inexpensive and can offer some people the results they want. If you have minor surface stains then this may be a good option for you. All whitening products contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which works to break apart stain molecules within the tooth’s enamel. Here’s what you should understand about over-the-counter whitening:

  • This treatment is not custom-made to fit your specific needs
  • You may experience some tooth sensitivity
  • It can take weeks to see results
  • It’s possible that the whitening strips or trays won’t reach all areas of your teeth, which can result in uneven whitening

Whitening Toothpastes

Toothpaste that is designed to whiten smiles is great for someone who wants to maintain their results, but they often won’t produce noticeable changes. If you’ve already undergone professional whitening, whitening toothpaste is a great way to keep your smile looking better for longer. In order to get the best results you’ll need to use this toothpaste regularly.

At-Home Professional Teeth Whitening

When most patients think of professional whitening they assume they have to sit in the dentist’s chair in order to get real results. Along with chairside whitening, our Costa Mesa, CA, can also provide you with a more effective at-home whitening system. This is great for someone who wants to get professional whitening but is on a budget. It’s convenient and simple, and the whitening trays are custom-fitted to reach all areas of your teeth for more even results. With continued use, most patients see results in about one to two weeks.

In-Office Professional Whitening

This is the fastest and most effective way to get a whiter smile. If you want to get visible results and you’re on a time crunch then in-office whitening is the best option for you. In about one hour we can get teeth several shades whiter in less than 60 minutes. We achieve fast results thanks to the whitening gel that we use, which can’t be found in any at-home or over-the-counter whitening kit.

Are you interested in sitting down with a dentist in Costa Mesa, CA, to find out if you could benefit from professional teeth whitening? If so, call Harbor Mesa Dental Care. We would be happy to schedule a consultation.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
February 12, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

A dull smile may not affect the health of your teeth but it can impact your self-esteem. Fortunately, it's easy to brighten your smile with teeth whitening offered by Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, your Costa Mesa, CA, dentists at Harbor Mesa Dental Care.

How can teeth whitening help me?

Whitening your teeth offers many benefits. When your teeth are dull, yellow or stained, you may feel less confident in social situations. Unfortunately, if you smile less in an attempt to hide your teeth, people may assume that you're not friendly or open to meeting new friends.

How does whitening work?

Life has a way of turning your once-bright smile dull. Teeth naturally become duller with age, but are also affected by foods, beverages and even smoking. Foods that are dark or brightly colored, such as cola, coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce and berries, deposit pigments in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. As the pigments accumulate, your teeth begin to look a little gray or yellow.

Hydrogen peroxide gel, used by your Costa Mesa dentist during teeth whitening, breaks apart stains embedded in your tooth enamel. Treatments only take about an hour but leave your teeth three to eight shades whiter. (Take-home trays are also available if you prefer whitening at home.)

Before your treatment begins, tartar and plaque will be removed from your teeth. If you whiten your teeth without removing these substances, your teeth may look speckled. Safety is the priority during whitening treatments. Your gums will be covered with a protective gel, and you'll wear plastic retractors to gently pull your cheeks and lips away from your teeth during your treatment.

Whitening results generally last about two to three years. You keep your teeth looking whiter longer simply by eliminating or reducing stain-causing foods and beverages from your diet.

Boost your smile power with teeth whitening! Call Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, your Costa Mesa, CA, dentists at Harbor Mesa Dental Care, at (714) 825-0025 to schedule an appointment.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
November 13, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantAre you wondering whether your smile could benefit from dental implants?

If you are an adult who is faced with tooth loss then chances are good that you are doing a little online research to figure out what dental treatment would work best for you and your needs. Here in Costa Mesa, CA, our cosmetic dentists Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon are happy to sit down with you and discuss your options. One amazing way to replace one or more teeth is through a long-term tooth replacement known as a dental implant.

What is a dental implant?

Simply put, an implant is an artificial tooth root. Of course, the implant doesn’t look like real tooth roots but rather it’s a small metal post that is surgically placed into the jawbone where it functions like tooth roots. An implant provides the perfect, stable foundation from which to support a false tooth, making sure that the tooth doesn’t move or shift around.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer a variety of unique and wonderful benefits that you too can enjoy if you get this tooth loss treatment in Costa Mesa, CA. Here are just some of the benefits of dental implants:

  • They are the next best thing to a real tooth
  • They could last the rest of your life
  • They fully restore chewing and speaking
  • They can withstand your jaw’s powerful chewing forces
  • They are easy to maintain and care for
  • They preserve your jawbone and prevent bone loss
  • They also preserve your facial structure
  • They prevent teeth from shifting into the open gap

As you can see, dental implants offer a myriad of advantages for your oral health. It’s important that you don’t wait to seek treatment from one of our Costa Mesa, CA, general dentists, as tooth loss can easily lead to other problems such as bone loss. The sooner you start evaluating your treatment options the better.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Most healthy adults will find that dental implants are right for them. We will need to make sure that you are in good health and that you maintain great oral health. Smokers, those with a weak immune system, and women wanting to become pregnant are not ideal candidates for implants.

Here at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, we are dedicated to helping you achieve the perfect smile, no matter whether that’s through a simple teeth whitening or by placing dental implants. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and whether you’re an ideal candidate for treatment then schedule a no-risk consultation with us today.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
September 10, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantThere are many side effects to tooth loss. The cosmetic issues are an obvious concern for many adults, but living with prolonged tooth loss can also have consequences for your oral and general health. The dentists at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, recommend dental implants for full or partial tooth loss.

Dental Implants in Costa Mesa, CA

Implants act like a prosthetic that replaces the root of a missing tooth. The implant is made from a small, biocompatible titanium screw surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth. Once in place, the implant begins to fuse with the bone tissue in the gums to prevent bone loss and spur the growth of healthy new bone tissue in a process known as osseointegration. After a short healing period, a cosmetic crown is attached, completing your smile. Implants are the only dental restoration that replaces the tooth's root and helps to prevent bone loss and the onset of periodontal (gum) disease.

Implants can accommodate varying degrees of tooth loss, from replacing a single tooth to supporting a set of dentures (with just a few implants). Although nothing can take the place of a natural tooth, implants can be described as the next best thing.

Am I Eligible for Dental Implants?

Implants are available for adult patients in good general health. In order to qualify, you'll also need enough bone density to support the implant. Implants generally have a very high success rate, but you must be able to maintain a rigorous oral hygiene routine at home and regular follow up care with the dentist.

Find a Dentist in Costa Mesa, CA

If you are ready to fix your smile and improve your oral health in the process, contact Harbor Mesa Dental Care to learn more about dental implants by calling (714) 825-0025 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.