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Keeping Your Teeth Clean in the New Year
Keeping Your Teeth Clean in the New Year

You may have welcomed 2018 with a bright, shiny and fresh smile, but keeping up with it is going to take some work. Keeping your teeth clean in the new year means you will have to ditch some bad habits and form some new maintenance habits. Remember, though, keeping your teeth clean is about your overall dental health, and not just keeping them white.

Regular brushing

Most of us brush first thing in the morning and at night. It’s the extra daytime brushing that can help prevent the plaque and bacteria buildup in between meals. Did you have breakfast after brushing your teeth this morning? A quick rinse makes a huge difference. Did you have berries as a snack or corn for lunch? Again, regular brushing will prevent build up of the bad stuff. 

Routine hygiene

Another trick to keeping your teeth clean is keeping up with the routine hygiene – yes, even flossing. Flossing and mouthwash might be irritating and time-consuming, but they make a huge difference in killing bacteria. When bacteria build up, it causes cavities – which can be far more irritating and time-consuming later on down the road. 

Buy a new toothbrush

Starting 2018 might also mean that it’s time for a new toothbrush or brush head. After a few months of use, your brush bristles wear down, making them weaker and basically, not as good at their job or scrubbing away plaque. Dentists recommend you get a new toothbrush every 3-4 months, so if its been longer than that: it’s time to trade in.

Avoid bad habits

If you are a smoker or a heavy wine drinker, 2018 is the year to cut it out, or at least cut back! Smoking tobacco not only stains your teeth, but the chemicals in cigarettes open your mouth up to a whole host of other issues - like sores or mouth cancer.

Ditch the dark drinks

This means you, caffeine lovers! Unfortunately, two of your biggest vehicles for caffeine intake – coffee and soda – are dark drinks that stain your teeth. Let’s not forget that both are (or can be) loaded with sugar - the nemesis of healthy teeth. In this new year, look to cut back on these drinks to salvage your pearly whites. 

If you would like to brighten your smile in 2018 and get more tips for overall dental health, contact El Portal Dental Group in Merced, California at (209) 385-1479.  Our dental health experts are here to help you keep your smile healthy and bright all year long.

Get a Sparkling White Smile for the New Year!
Get a Sparkling White Smile for the New Year!

Why Aren’t My Teeth White?

Most people’s teeth start out white when they are children. Then, teeth begin to discolor over the years. Your teeth have pores, just like your skin. Anything you put into your mouth that has color can absorb into your teeth. The most common things that cause tooth discoloration include:

·        Red wine

·        Coffee

·        Berries

·        Tea

·        Smoking

These agents are particularly active in staining teeth. As time goes on, these stains begin to accumulate and darken, actually changing the color of your teeth from white to a yellowish or brownish tinged color. While teeth staining causes no known health problems, it is unattractive, and can make you appear older and less healthy. You deserve a brilliant, white smile so you can look and feel your best.

How Can I Make My Teeth White Again?

Those stains on your teeth will not go away unless you do something to remove them.

There are many teeth whitening solutions available, from over-the-counter DIY (do-it-yourself) kits, to professional stain removal procedures provided by your dentist. All these products whiten your teeth by being absorbed into the teeth, and gently pushing out the stains through the pores of the teeth. After each whitening session, your teeth will naturally remineralize and rehydrate.

What Is the Difference Between Over-The-Counter Tooth Whitening Kits and those Provided by Your Dentist?

There are differences in methods used for teeth whitening. Just as aggressive brushing may damage the surface of your teeth, so can tooth whitening products. However, if used as instructed, professional teeth whitening is incredibly safe.

When a dentist whitens your teeth, they will provide your teeth with better total whitening coverage because they will use custom made trays to hold the whitening chemicals. This way, the whitening agent gets into every nook and cranny of every tooth, no matter the shape or size of the tooth. Also, whitening done by your dentist will last longer than over-the-counter whiteners. So, if you are looking for results that last more than a few weeks, it is best to go to your dentist for teeth whitening.

How Long Will It Take for the Dentist To Whiten My Teeth?

No product on the market can whiten teeth in just a few minutes, or even a day. It is simply impossible for any safe whitening agent to penetrate deeply enough into teeth at that speed, and accomplish the desired results. Whitening can take as little as four days, or as long as several months. The amount of time it takes depends on the level of tooth discoloration, and the level of whiteness desired as the end result.

If you would like to brighten your smile for the holidays, and for the brand new year, contact El Portal Dental Group in Merced, California at 209-385-1479.  They can make sure you are your sparkly best for the sparkly season. Then, when you smile, you will light up the room!



The Unexpected Benefits of Dental Implants
The Unexpected Benefits of Dental Implants

One of the first things that your dentist or specialist will do when you walk into their office will be to conduct what is called, a comprehensive oral evaluation. This evaluation gives your dentist a complete picture of your oral health. Due to the unique connection between the mouth and the rest of your body, it also gives dental providers a glimpse of what is happening with your overall health.  Ideally, if you are a new patient, you should receive this evaluation. However, if you have been a patient in the office for years but you’ve not had any active treatment in three or more years, you are due for a comprehensive exam.


Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were usually pulled. But today, a tooth can often be saved by a variety of cosmetic, restorative, and general dental procedures. Each tooth has at least one nerve that runs through the tooth and connect to the gum. The nerve is the life source of the tooth. If the nerve becomes infected or exposed (due to decay or structural damage), it can be very painful.


To understand better, we need to learn the anatomy of a tooth. The crown is the part of the tooth that is normally visible in the mouth, located above the gum line. The root of a tooth is the part embedded in the jaw. It anchors the tooth in its bony socket and is normally not visible, and is located below the gum line.


It’s no secret that a healthy, radiant smile can improve your appearance, self-esteem, and relationships, both personal and professional. Therefore, if you have tooth decay or missing teeth, that can lower your confidence and self-esteem. You would give just about anything to have your teeth back, to restore your beautiful smile. This is where dental implants can help.


What is a dental implant?


Dental implants are an artificial titanium replica of your tooth’s root, which are screwed into an implant. In other words, dental implants are prosthetic roots that serve to function the same way a natural tooth root does. These implants are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line to support a dental crown, bridge, or even a full arch of teeth. Dental implants are secure and are not removable, like dentures. If you have healthy gums and bone, you might be a candidate for dental implants. A dental implant has three parts, the implant, which is a screw that acts as a tooth root, and permanently attaches to the jaw, the abutment, which is a permanent connector that supports your set of teeth, and lastly, the crown, which are the prosthetic teeth that is on the dental implant.


As technology and dental procedures keep evolving, today, dentists offer people many different treatment options to rebuild and restore the health and beauty of your smile. In other words, thanks to advanced technology, today's dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, where before they maybe didn’t look as natural and aesthetically pleasing. Patients have said, that today’s version of dental implants are comfortable and natural-looking, people won’t even notice that you have had any dental work done.


Depending on your situation, Dr. Nguyen of El Portal Dental Group can use implant dentistry to do the following:


·         Replace one or more teeth without affecting the other teeth

·         Support a bridge and eliminate the need for dentures

·         Provide support for dentures, making it more secure and comfortable

·         Restore function and balance to your bite

·         Give you a naturally beautiful smile


However, besides these general uses of dental implants, there are unexpected benefits of these implants that people may want to know about. These include:


1.      Dental implants are the next best thing, besides your normal teeth: Dental implants today are strong and stable, restoring missing and decayed teeth, but in a natural way, so it feels, functions, and fits like your normal teeth. Other possible options such as dentures or bridges can lead the bone to deteriorate, and may interfere with everyday actions such as eating, smiling, and speaking. Dental implants have long-term successful outcomes, and give people a natural and beautiful smile, helping them regain their confidence again.


2.      Dental Implants protect your jawbone and your other healthy natural teeth: Losing one or more teeth can lead to large gaps and spaces in your mouth that don’t look aesthetically pleasing, and can cause additional oral health issues such as gum disease, infection, and the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone. When it is not being used to support your natural teeth, the bone in your jaw starts to deteriorate, causing it to lose strength and firmness. As a restorative dental procedure, dental implants are one of the only options that help preserve and stimulate natural bone growth, and protect your mouth from bone loss, avoiding jaw pain, and other major complications.


3.      Dental implants keep your teeth in place, so you don’t have to worry about your teeth: Dental implants unlike dentures are fixed to your jawbone, making it comfortable and easy for you to carry on with daily occurrences, such as eating, talking, and avoiding jaw clicking due to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction. A face without teeth can make your face look unappealing, sad, and different. Dental implants help retain your face’s natural shape, or restore your appearance, and your face’s natural shape, along with restoring your smile, which is the ultimate goal.



4.      No cavities with dental implants: Dental implants unlike your natural teeth, are not prone to cavities. However, to protect your oral hygiene, it is imperative that you still brush and floss regularly, and get dental cleanings when need be.


To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, call our implant dentistry office in Merced, California at (209) 385-1479 or use our online form to request an appointment with Dr. Khang Nguyen.




What is the difference between Dental Crowns and Root Canals

What is the difference between Dental Crowns and Root Canals

So, you’ve made an appointment with your dentist because you have a tooth that’s been bothering you. It doesn’t hurt all the time, but every once in a while, it starts to throb. One of your friends even said, “I bet you need a root canal or a crown.” She seemed to know a lot about what she was saying, but she isn’t a dentist and you’ve never needed any dental work, so you have no idea what she’s talking about. The good news is, until you see the dentist, you don’t know what or if something actually needs to be fixed. The truth is, there are times when a crown is enough. A crown is used to cover a damaged, discolored, or disfigured tooth. Getting a dental crown can either be a necessary, or a cosmetic procedure. However, a root canal is only done when there is a problem, and it is always followed by the placement of a crown to protect the tooth. So, for peace of mind, here’s a little information on the difference between a dental crown and a root canal.



Tooth Anatomy


To understand a root canal, or a crown, it helps if you know a little about the anatomy of a tooth. There are several layers in every tooth. The outermost, and hardest, part of the tooth is the enamel. It is what you see when someone smiles. The next layer under the enamel is the dentin. It is softer and has millions of narrow tubes that lead directly to the center of the tooth, where the pulp is found. This is where all the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth are located. The pulp is very important as your teeth are growing and developing, because that is how nourishment gets in. However, after the tooth is fully developed, the pulp is not as important because other structures can provide nourishment to the adult tooth. What is important to note is that decay can affect all layers of the tooth, but the deeper inside the decay is, the more serious the problem.


What is a Root Canal?


A root canal is a procedure that is necessary when someone has inflammation or an infection in the pulp of the tooth. There are a number of ways that this can occur. If you have deep decay, bacteria can get into the pulp and cause an infection. It can also occur if you have a chip that provides an opening into the tooth. Repeated dental work, or injury from trauma can also cause the problems that will require a root canal. If any of these things are left untreated, you will not only experience severe pain, but may develop an abscess or even more serious infections.


To determine if you need a root canal, your dentist will examine you and take X-rays. Next, he or she will numb the area with local anesthetic injections. To get to the pulp, your dentist will have to make an opening in the crown (outside) of your tooth, through the enamel and dentin and into the pulp. This will be done with a small drill. Next, the dentist will use tiny instruments, or files, to clean out all of the damaged or infected pulp from inside of your tooth.  At this point, he or she might put an antibacterial solution inside the tooth to minimize the risk of further infection. Finally, your tooth will get a temporary filling and will then be sealed. The entire procedure may take one or two visits, and with modern dentistry, you should feel minimal or no discomfort. Your tooth may be a little sensitive for a few days but if you have any true pain, you should notify your dentist immediately. So, now that your tooth has been rid of any disease or infection, you will be ready to get a crown in a few weeks.


What is a Dental Crown?


A dental crown is a permanently attached structure that is cemented to your tooth, or to a dental implant. It is used to completely cover either a damaged tooth, or a tooth that is misshapen or discolored. The reason it is used after a root canal is to protect the tooth and give it strength and stability.


Before a crown can be cemented into your mouth, your existing tooth has to be reduced in size with a drill, by your dentist. Next, an impression of soft material will be taken, so that a mold can be made. The products of the impression will then be sent to a lab so that your crown can be made to your dentist’s specifications. A temporary crown will be placed on your tooth until the permanent crown can be put in. Once the final crown is received, and cemented into your mouth, it is permanent and can only be removed by a dentist. This is also true of crowns placed on dental implants, except of course; the implant will not need to be reduced in size before the crown is placed.


There are a number of different materials that a crown can be made of, depending on the location and the function of the crown. For instance, porcelain or ceramic crowns can be made to match the color of your teeth, are the most natural looking, and are best for your front teeth. However, gold and other metals are stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for teeth that are in the back and not in plain view.  It is important to discuss your options and the recommendations by your dentist before the crown is ordered from the lab.


So, while a root canal is only used to address a dental problem, crowns are not only indicated to cover the tooth that has had the root canal, but are also used for a number of other reasons. They can be used to cover a tooth that has been weakened from a fracture, or one that has a very large filling in it. It can also be used to cover a dental implant or to fix a fractured tooth. Sometimes a bridge (which is a complete replacement of a missing tooth) can be attached to a crown to fill a gap. And finally, crowns can be used for purely cosmetic reasons, to improve the look of a misshapen or a discolored tooth.


How Should I Care for My Teeth After Either Procedure?


Crowns should last a lifetime, although sometimes the cement loosens and it may come out. If this happens, you can try to reattach the crown using toothpaste or denture glue, but notify your dentist immediately so that it can be reattached with permanent cement as soon as possible.  Care for your crown should include good oral hygiene to prevent decay, and the avoidance of eating hard foods like ice or candy that might cause damage.


After a root canal, good oral hygiene is key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong. This includes brushing and flossing daily, as well as cleanings and dental check-ups at least every six-months. The root canal should fix the problem at hand, but that doesn’t mean you will never have an issue with that tooth again. In some cases, root canals may need to be repeated, even years later. So, see your dentist regularly and contact them if you experience any new pain.


If you have any more questions about root canals or crowns, or have any other dental concerns, please call El Portal Dental at (209) 385-1479 today, or schedule an appointment online. We are here to meet all of your dental needs.


The Health Benefits of Implants Versus Dentures
The Health Benefits of Implants Versus Dentures

The Benefits of Implants Versus Dentures

Trying to decide whether to go with dentures or implants can be a daunting task, and many times the decision comes down to both time and money. However, the often overlooked but perhaps most important factor on deciding between implants or dentures is health.  You see, when a tooth has been removed or lost, there is a gap between the remaining teeth.

If left untreated, missing teeth can lead to tooth shifting, gum deterioration and can even alter the shape of the face, over time. As the natural teeth shift in position, a person will likely develop bite alignment problems or noticeable gaps. What dental implants do for the health of the mouth:

·        Dental implants act as natural teeth – Dental implants actually take the place of missing teeth and function the same way. Since they are placed in the gap the natural tooth was in, this makes them more stable and the look is more natural as it feels, fits, and functions as if it were the tooth it was replacing.

·         Implants retain your natural smile and overall face shape – Missing teeth can be the start of the face changing shape. Teeth actually keep the shape of the jaw, when missing, the face can start to sag and appear sunken.

·         Healthy bone – Empty spaces in the mouth can also lead to other health issues such as bone loss and deterioration of the jaw. The jawbone can lose its strength and firmness if left untreated.

·         Protect your healthy teeth – Not only can bone deteriorate if the gap in teeth are left empty, but the gums deteriorate as well. This can have an adverse reaction on the health of the remaining teeth. Teeth simply cannot stay healthy if the gums are bad.

·         Strengthens the jaw bone – Over time, the jaw bone will eventually build up around the implant, making it stronger and reinforcing the area that was once weak.

·         Dental implants do not have the side effect that plague denture wearers – increased saliva and mild irritation or soreness.

The good news is that with advanced dental implant technology, more and more patients have the option of choosing dental implants over dentures. Now, more than ever, dental implants are more affordable. While not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, it is worth talking to your dentist about your options.

At El Portal Dental Group, we are experts in all areas of dentistry – including dental implants. If you, or a loved one is in need of exceptional dental care, or to learn if dental implants are for you, please call El Portal Dental at (209) 385-1479 today, or schedule an appointment online



The Proper Way to Care for Your Dentures
The Proper Way to Care for Your Dentures

Dentures are a great option for those with badly damaged, worn down or missing teeth. Good dentures can dramatically improve your appearance, while enhancing your overall quality of life. With strong, lovely dentures you can smile broadly, enjoy eating all your favorite foods without worry, and speak clearly. Dentures can last a lifetime with the right care. That’s why we created this handy guide to help you understand the proper way to care for your dentures.

Proper Denture Care

Although caring for your dentures is simple, it is also very important. The first thing to know is that even though dentures are incredibly strong and can stand up to the immense pressure of chewing, they can still break if handled roughly. Make sure you always handle your dentures carefully.

Cleaning your dentures is simple. Carefully brush them to remove food particles which can easily stick to the surfaces of dentures. Food particles and plaque can irritate or cause infections in the soft tissues of your mouth. Besides discomfort, excess food particles can begin to become rancid in a matter of hours, causing unpleasant breath, as well as discomfort in your mouth. Be sure to clean dentures your thoroughly after meals. And don’t forget to rinse out and clean the inside of your mouth too.

Always be careful not let your dentures dry out, because this can cause them to warp, making them less comfortable, or even unwearable. When you have removed them, be sure to gently clean them and then place them into a wet solution of denture cleanser, or in water. You can also use a soaking tablet to help clean your dentures and kill harmful bacteria.

Dentures also have micro pores, which can be exploited by microscopic bacteria. Placing them in a cleaning solution can help prevent bacteria from building up on your dentures. Make sure to follow the label instructions carefully so that the solution is just the right balance to protect your dentures. Additionally, do not place dentures in boiling or hot water. This can damage the dentures. Remember to take your dentures out when you sleep, as this helps maintain a healthy mouth.  

At El Portal Dental Group, we are experts in all areas of dentistry - including dentures. If you, or a loved one is in need of exceptional dental care, or to learn more about dentures, please call El Portal Dental at (209) 385-1479 today, or schedule an appointment online

Top Five Things to Ask Your Dentist About Veneers
Top Five Things to Ask Your Dentist About Veneers

Cosmetic dentistry has never been more affordable, allowing more and more people to achieve the ideal smile they have always wanted. Even if you have worn down, cracked, chipped, unevenly spaced, or otherwise unappealing teeth, you may be able to achieve stunning results with porcelain veneers. They may not be right for everyone, though. If you are considering getting porcelain veneers, be sure to ask your dentist these five things before making your decision.

At El Portal Dental, our dedicated dentists are experts in all areas of their craft, including restorative and cosmetic dentistry. They understand that an informed patient is an empowered patient. That’s why our dentists take the time to sit down with you, answer all of your questions and create a plan fits your specific needs. (And one that fits within your budget, too!)

Top Five Questions About Porcelain Veneers

1. The first thing you need to know is how veneers fit onto your teeth. In order to permanently bond the veneers to your teeth, a very small amount of dental material will need to be removed. If your teeth are overly sensitive, this procedure may not be right for you. Our dental experts will evaluate your teeth and determine if veneers are a suitable option for you.

2. The next concern you may need to discuss is that porcelain veneers are permanent. The procedure cannot be reversed. Each veneer must be carefully placed an evaluated before bonding. The good news is that veneers are lovely and natural looking because of the way they capture the light. They are durable, customizable, and hide unsightly cracks, blemishes, and gaps in your teeth.

3. Before using veneers, you should ask about any ongoing care. How long do they last? What kind of special care, if any, do they require? Many people, for example, wonder if veneers are stain resistant. They are. Porcelain veneers can stand up to most everyday stain makers like coffee, tea and wine.

4. How long does the process take? Most veneers can be placed in as little as two visits. Your dentist will discuss any potential issues, as well as explain the exact steps required for placement of your new veneers. Some patients do require more preparation than others, such as trimming the teeth down in order fit them perfectly.

5. Lastly, you should ask about any other procedures that might be a better fit than, or could be used in conjunction with, porcelain veneers. The truth is that your needs and smile goals are unique. What works for one patient, may not be right for another. Our skilled and caring dentists can explain the exact reasons they do, or do not, recommend porcelain veneers for you. As caring and highly skilled cosmetic dentists, we work to create positive dental experiences that truly meet your specific needs.

If you, or a loved are interested in porcelain veneers, or to learn more about any other advanced dental procedures, or to make a personalized appointment, please call El Portal Dental at (209) 385-1479 today or schedule an appointment online

All About Porcelain Veneers
All About Porcelain Veneers

Have you ever passed by your reflection and noticed a less than perfect smile? How did it make you feel? If the answer is not a happy or positive feeling, porcelain veneers may be the cosmetic dental option you have been looking for. Getting porcelain veneers is like getting a face-lift for your smile. Porcelain veneers, also called dental porcelain laminates, are extremely thin shells, about the thickness of a fingernail. The veneers are designed to be permanently bonded to your own natural teeth, and can instantly transform and improve your smile.

Because of the unique mineral makeup of porcelain and composite veneers, they reflect the light in much the same way that natural healthy tooth enamel does. Porcelain is also extremely strong and durable, comparable to the strength of your own naturally occurring teeth. Patients with porcelain veneers can smile, laugh, and chew without worry because they look, and function like natural teeth.

All About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers act like a covering, hiding worn down and less than perfect teeth in the same way adding brand new siding can improve the outward appearance of an older home. However, this procedure may not be right for everyone. In order to create a solid bond, a tiny amount of enamel must be removed. This is usually slightly less than one millimeter, but for some patients, it is enough to create tooth sensitivity.

Patients who are free of gum disease, and have overall good oral health (with no ongoing dental decay) often make good candidates for porcelain veneers. If you have any of the following dental issues, porcelain veneers may be right for you:

·      Mild to moderate misalignment of your teeth

·      Worn down teeth

·      Yellowed, discolored or stained teeth

·      Chipped or cracked teeth

·      Misshapen teeth, or teeth with uneven surfaces caused by bulges or craters

·      Gaps between teeth

Only a qualified cosmetic dentist can evaluate your tooth structure to determine if porcelain veneers, or a more conservative approach, are right for you. Our highly trained dentists have the skills, training, and experience to advise you about all your cosmetic dental options.

Porcelain veneers offer a chip and stain resistant, natural looking, permanent solution for patients who want a luminous and lovely smile. If you, or a loved one needs a smile makeover in the Merced, California area, we are here to help. Our friendly staff are fluent in Spanish, English, and Vietnamese. call El Portal Dental at (209) 385-1479 today or schedule an appointment online. Come and discover what makes us different at El Portal Dental Group.

The Complete Guide to Root Canals
The Complete Guide to Root Canals

Dental anxiety is very common, especially if you are already in pain. And it doesn’t help when you think about the sounds of drilling that you associate with serious dental work. Have you ever been to the dentist and you get the bad news that you need a root canal? Perhaps it’s the name that scares people, or the guilty fear of what happens when we don’t take care of our teeth properly. Well, don’t fret. A root canal is one of the most well-practiced dental procedures, and your dentist will keep you pain free, and have you done in no time. Sometimes, just being more informed can ease your nerves.

What is a Root Canal?

Once your teeth are fully developed, the pulp is no longer needed inside your teeth. The pulp in your teeth is made up of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue to help your teeth grow. However, sometimes this pulp stays in your teeth for a long time, and can lead to a painful infection. If left untreated without a root canal, not only will pain persist, you can lose your tooth.

The root canal procedure takes around 30-90 minutes depending on the severity of the root canal and the person’s mouth. In some cases where pain and infection are present, your dentist may be able to prescribe antibiotics and pain medication. The procedure is done as follows:

  1.  A local anesthetic will be applied to the nerves that lead to the tooth
  2. A rubber suction will be placed around the tooth to keep the area clean during the treatment
  3. A small hole will be drilled into the tooth
  4. The infected pulp will be removed
  5. The root canal space is disinfected

6.     The endodontist will then fill the root canal space with a biocompatible material called Gutta Percha. The access cavity will be covered with a temporary material, and will be assessed for permanent restoration

You may be a candidate for a root canal if:

  •      You’re experiencing sensitive teeth for a prolonged period (hot and cold)
  •       Your gums and jaw are painful and swollen
  •      Your jaw and tooth hurts
  •      You have a fractured or cracked tooth

A root canal will not only relieve your pain, and in most cases the procedure itself is relatively painless. The procedure is not what it used to be, so if you have reservations make sure to talk to your dentist.

If you’re experiencing dental pain, or it’s just time to schedule your next checkup, call El Portal Dental Group at (209) 385-1479 to request an appointment, or request one online.

Veneers: a Facelift without Surgery
Veneers: a Facelift without Surgery

Your smile is one of your most important features, a defining trait that is often the first thing people notice about you. There is an old saying that goes, “You are never fully dressed without a smile.” This rings true, as a great smile can say a lot about someone.  From subtle changes to major repairs, your cosmetic dentist can perform a variety of procedures to improve your smile. There are many techniques and options available to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing. You ask, how much of a difference can a nice set of teeth really make? The answer ultimately depends on how you feel, but it is often a huge difference.

Veneers are known as the non-surgical facelift, as they can make someone look younger without going under the knife. Veneers can not only help improve your smile, but the overall look of your face. In other words, veneers can make you appear younger aesthetically.

Veneers are thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) material, which are bonded to the front of your teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve your smile.

While many people consider porcelain veneers to hide stained, broken, chipped, or missing teeth, porcelain veneers are more than just brightening your smile. They provide a much more traditional approach to changing a tooth's color, size, or shape. Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth staining, and damage due to an injury. Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable long-term results – for a beautiful smile that you have always desired.

Porcelain Veneers are becoming more popular, because of their accessibility, affordability, and the fact that they can change someone’s appearance for the better. If you would rather avoid surgery, porcelain veneers may be right for you. A dental exam will help determine if veneers are right for you, as well as if there are any underlying dental conditions that should be treated before veneers are applied.

To learn more about porcelain veneers and if you may be a candidate, call El Portal Dental Group at (209) 385-1479 to request an appointment.