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Why Is a Straight Smile Important?

May 30, 2014

Straight SmileThis question has two answers. The first is related to confidence. When you have a straight smile, you feel more confident and end up sharing it with others. And isn’t that what everyone wants—the confidence to smile openly instead of hiding your teeth behind a closed-mouth smile?

Confidence is just part of the answer, though. There’s an even more important one that goes back to your oral health. Put simply, it’s easier to keep straight teeth clean. When teeth are misaligned, bacteria and plaque have more places to hide. As a result, you can be more vulnerable to conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.

At our Los Angeles office, we offer two great services for helping patients create straight smiles: Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. Both aim to give patients beautiful results as discreetly as possible, and in as short an amount of time as possible. They work in different ways, though.

Six Month Smiles uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to move teeth into their ideal position in just a matter of months. Treatment with Invisalign can take between 12-18 months but doesn’t use brackets and wires at all. Instead, Invisalign uses a series of carefully designed trays that are both clear and removable.

Which of these two options is right for you? Dr. Latner would be happy to help you find out. During a consultation at Westside Dental Associates, we will assess your needs and talk to you about your options. Afterwards, if you have any questions about what we recommend, don’t hesitate to ask. We’re always happy to answer the questions our patients have.

Call us today to schedule your appointment. Our office is in Los Angeles and serves patients from Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and beyond.

See What Our Patients Have Said about Us

May 16, 2014

If you’re new to the Los Angeles area, finding a dentist is important. But who should you go to? Choosing a dentist when you’re in a new place is easier when you can hear what others have to say about the dentist you’re considering.

That’s why we have a page for testimonials on our website. When you visit this section, you’ll not only find short, written testimonials, you’ll also find video testimonials. In these videos, real-life patients talk about their experiences and how the care they received made them feel. We want to help you in the same way that we’ve helped these other patients.

Are you considering a visit to Westside Dental Associates? Take a moment to read and watch the testimonials from our Los Angeles area patients. We also invite you to read about the many services we offer. We offer excellent general, cosmetic, and restorative care to our patients using many of today’s best tools.

Call us today if you’re ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Latner. We serve patients from Los AngelesBrentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and beyond.

A Cosmetic Makeover for the Second Half of 2014

May 9, 2014

cosmetic dentistryWith 2014 almost halfway over, you have a lot to look forward to over the next few months. Maybe you have family vacation planned, or you’re simply looking forward to the holidays that come with cooler temperatures. Don’t you want to go into these anticipated moments feeling confident and happy about your smile?

At Westside Dental Associates, we think now is a good time for patients to consider a cosmetic makeover for their smile. With plenty of time left in the year, you can have a whiter, more dazzling smile in time for all the big events coming up later in the year. And with our diverse range of services, we’re confident we can put together a plan you’ll love.

Two of our most popular cosmetic dentistry services include: teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Often, these services are used separately, but for some patients a combination of the two makes for the perfect cosmetic makeover plan.

Other services include porcelain crowns and tooth-colored fillings. Both of these have a cosmetic and restorative function. In other words, they help us improve the appearance of smiles, but they also help us treat cavities or support teeth that are compromised in some way.

Which of these cosmetic or cosmetic-restorative services are right for you? Dr. Latner would be happy to consult with you on a treatment plan.

Don’t let the second half of 2014 get away from you without considering cosmetic care from Westside Dental Associates. Call us today for an appointment. We serve patients from Los Angeles, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and beyond.

The Best Brands of Toothpaste, Floss, and Mouthwash

May 2, 2014

BrushingThere are many great oral care products out there, but some are more effective than others. In today’s post, we want to offer some advice on choosing what’s right for you.


There are toothpastes for seemingly everything–cavity protection, gum disease prevention, sensitivity, whitening, and more. In every case, there are going to be some products that are better than others, but if you want one that can do it all, consider Crest Pro-Health. This particular toothpaste whitens, prevents cavities and gingivitis, fights bad breath, and helps with sensitivity.


The right kind of floss depends on your particular preferences, and on your own teeth. In places where contact between teeth is normal or loose, woven floss is very effective. In places where contact is tighter, though, you’ll want waxed floss that can easily glide through narrow passages.


As with the many toothpastes and flosses available, the best mouthwash for you depends somewhat on your needs. Crest Pro-Health again provides patients with great all-around care, while Scope and Listerine are both known for fighting gingivitis and giving you fresh breath.

Do you have questions about which oral care products are right for you? Dr. Latner would be happy to talk to you about your needs and recommend solutions that can help you. Our Los Angeles team can also talk to about proper brushing and floss technique so you can be sure that you’re giving your smile the care it deserves.

Call us today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, West LA, and beyond.