To say I’ve seen a lot of teeth throughout my career would be an understatement. One thing I’ve learned during these years as your trusted Los Angeles dentist is that no two mouths are the same — ever. What works for one patient may not (and probably won’t) work for another. That’s why at Westside Dental Associates, we make sure to offer variety with each of our services. It’s no different with dentures. If you’re missing teeth and need a good, sturdy replacement in 2016, keep reading to learn about your options with modern dentures in Los Angeles.
January 26, 2016
January 19, 2016
Do something for us right now. Look into the mirror (or your phone’s reflection) and smile. Are you 100 percent happy with what you see? Or is there a small gap here, a little discoloration there? We’ll let you in on a little secret. When you feel good about the way your smile looks, life looks a little brighter, too. Fortunately, you’ve got smile-enhancing options from your Los Angeles cosmetic dentist, Dr. Les Latner. Learn how you can improve your smile confidence at Westside Dental Associates in 2016!
January 13, 2016
As your trusted dentist in Los Angeles, I have one goal (and it might count as two): to make your teeth as healthy as they are beautiful. I can do my portion when you come in for your regular checkups and cleanings, but the greater part of your oral health depends on the choices you make at home. That’s why I work hard to educate my patients, too, on what they can do to maintain strong, gorgeous teeth for a lifetime. With that in mind, I’ve listed five tips for excellent oral health. Any that you’d like to add? Please let us know in the comments section below!
January 8, 2016
If you are like most people, you love to be in a mood that makes you smile. However, you may not realize just how much your smile means to others. Likewise, it is likely you do not fully realize how instinctively you judge others by the beautiful smile – or a lack of one.
The Science of Smiles and Your Appearance
A large body of science over the past few decades has documented just how important your smile and your teeth are. In fact, a nice smile is considered one of the most important factors that affect overall self-confidence, acceptance by others, and even success.
For instance, a recent study by Kelton and conducted by Invisalign “proves that even the alignment of teeth is a catalyst for assumptions regarding success, popularity, intelligence, and general health.”
The points illustrated in the following infographic by Carrington College verify these points, and explain why people are so willing to invest in their teeth beyond general dental health. In fact, the infographic shows that more than 164 million hours a year are spent by adults in the chairs of dentists, and another 51 million hours of school are missed by children for dental care.
Importance of At-Home Preventative Dental Care
While much dental work requires the expertise of a qualified dentist, you can do a lot to maintain your bright smile, especially if you have made a significant investment in cosmetic surgery. For example, keeping your teeth white is something you can influence based on your eating and drinking habits along with your dental hygiene.
White teeth are shown to make you appear as much as five years younger, and increase your general attractiveness by as much as 20 percent. You can help keep your teeth at their brightest by avoiding such teeth-staining foods as coffee, tea and dark colas.
If you must drink these liquids, consider using a straw. Also, it’s a counterintuitive fact that you should delay brushing your teeth at least 30-60 minutes if you do consume such drinks or eat foods like berries and candy. Rinse with water immediately, but brush later to reduce the effect of the acids in your mouth.
Your teeth say a lot about you. It is important that you both understand the message you are sending with your smile, and that you work to make it as positive as possible!
If you’re dealing with crooked, crowded, gapped or otherwise misaligned teeth, we know one thing for sure: you’d like to know more about your orthodontic options. That’s why you’re reading this blog, for one! Dr. Les Latner has good news for you — he offers a wonderful solution for adults and image-conscious teens looking to improve the alignment of their teeth. It’s Invisalign, or clear braces in Los Angeles. Keep reading to learn more about this wonderful orthodontic option.