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A Brighter Smile Goes the Extra Mile

June 10, 2013

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During a first date or job interviews, first impressions are everything. Not just in your demeanor, but appearance as well. In the first few seconds of meeting someone, that person will formulate an opinion of you based on body language. If you want it to be a positive one, you’d be remiss without flashing a smile. Smiling puts others at ease and shows you as a friendly person. Now everyone wants to be the best they can be and you should strive for quality in everything about yourself. So when it comes to a smile, why not make it the best it can be?


A main effect of teeth whitening is a sharp increase in social status, as crazy as that sounds. It boosts a person’s aesthetics, which in turn can lead to success in climbing the corporate ladder and finding Mr. or Mrs. Right. In addition to increasing an outsider’s perceived value of you, it can boost your self-confidence immensely. By having a positive self-image, you’re more likely to step outside your comfort zone, which is usually where success resides. It’s important to note, however, that whitening teeth can have positive effects on a person other than a massive ego boost.

Professional teeth whitening materials can kill the bacteria that cause gum disease as well as those that cause tooth decay, leading to all-around healthier teeth. Gum disease isn’t something to be taken lightly, as it is responsible for receding gums, increased sensitivity to temperature changes and touch, pain, and inflammation. So by taking preventative measures you may just be saving yourself a whole lot of trouble with little effort by taking the time to take care of your smile.

Of course teeth whitening is far from the easiest method of protecting your teeth. In fact it may be the last thing on your mind when it comes to looking after them. Brushing, using mouthwash, even (yikes!) flossing comes to mind before deciding to do it. After whitening, however, you may be more motivated to continue taking care of your mouth. So if you want to take that extra step and look amazing while helping yourself, then teeth whitening is the thing for you! Westside Dental Associates and Les Latner DDS offers this quality service that will not leave you disappointed.

Two Options for Cosmetic Braces, But Which Is Right For Me?

May 23, 2013

InvisalignIf you’ve explored our site before, you may have noticed that Dr. Les Latner offers two options for cosmetic braces: Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. Both offer discreet care and are made to work quickly. But how can you know which one is right for you? Are they even comparable? That’s a question we’d like to look at for this post so you can have a clearer understand of how both work.

Two Cosmetic Options

Invisalign and Six Month Smiles can’t do the work of traditional braces. They’re cosmetic systems and are designed to fix crowding, slight misalignment, and other issues.

The way Invisalign does this is with a series of completely clear trays, not brackets and wires. Instead of having anything tightened, you’ll simply move to a new tray every two weeks, with each one bringing you closer to your goal. You can also take your trays out when you eat, brush, and floss. That means you don’t have to make any changes to your diet or your daily brushing routine. You do have to be committed to wearing your trays 22-24 hours a day, though, with a treatment time of about 12-18 months.

Treatment with Six Months Smiles takes less time than that—literally about six months. There are restrictions on what you can eat, though. What’s more, Six Month Smiles uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, making it discreet if not completely invisible. But if you have a special event coming up, like a wedding, a job search, or another big event, Six Month Smiles can help you reach your goal faster than almost any other option.

Which One Is Right For You?

That all depends on your needs. The only way to know which is right for you is with a consultation appointment with Dr. Latner at Westside Dental Associates in Los Angeles. Call us today to reserve your appointment. We serve patients from Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West LA, Mar Vista, and beyond.

Get Ready for Summer with Six Month Smiles

March 29, 2013

Spring is here and that means spending more time outdoors with friends and family. With that being the case, the last thing you want to do is worry about how your smile looks. After all, not everyone has a naturally straight smile.

That’s why Dr. Latner and his team at Westside Dental Associates in Los Angeles offer a service like Six Month Smiles. With Six Month Smiles, patients have a simple, fast orthodontic solution that makes treatment more discreet.

That’s because Six Month Smiles uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires instead of traditional brackets and wires, which can stand out and mar a professional image. Within just a few months, Dr. Latner can help you move your teeth into their ideal alignment, giving you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Are you curious about how Six Month Smiles can help you? During a consultation at Westside Dental Associates in Los Angeles, we can help you understand your needs and whether Six Month Smiles is right for you.

Call us today to reserve an appointment. We can help you create happy, smiling memories that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Cosmetic Dentistry in time for Valentine’s Day

January 28, 2013

Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away. If you’re looking for a way to enhance your confidence and look your best this February 14th, consider cosmetic dentistry. The cosmetic dentistry services Dr. Latner provides can help you whiten and straighten your teeth, creating a smile you’ll want to share with others.

Our cosmetic dentistry services include:

Our teeth whitening options include both Zoom! in-office whitening and a professional take-home whitening kit. Both produce professional results, but there are differences. Zoom! Whitening whitens teeth in just one appointment, while take-home whitening lets us brighten your smile in the comfort of your home, on your own schedule. For the best results, Zoom! in-office whitening and take-home whitening should be used together.

For adult patients who want a straighter smile, Dr. Latner provides different options. Invisalign is a great option. Instead of using metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear trays made of acrylic. Because Invisalign’s trays are nearly invisible, your care will be more discreet. What’s more, treatment is often faster and more comfortable. Dr. Latner also offers Six Month Smiles. If you’d like a straighter smile in just six to eight months, Six Month Smiles may be the right treatment option for you.

For patients who want a whiter and straighter-looking smile, porcelain veneers are a popular option. Veneers use thin pieces of porcelain to improve the appearance of front teeth. The result is a dazzling smile that looks naturally beautiful.

Which service is right for you? Is it one of these, or is it another service from the list above? For an answer to that question, call Westside Dental Associates for an appointment with Dr. Latner. Our team is dedicated to creating beautiful smiles for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Teeth Whitening for Los Angeles and Beyond

December 27, 2012

Are your teeth not as white as you’d like to be? Have you tried whitening toothpaste or other drugstore whitening treatments and aren’t satisfied with the results? Try the professional teeth whitening treatments from Westside Dental Associates!

Teeth frequently become stained from wine, tobacco, tea, coffee, and aging. These stains can cause you to lose confidence in yourself and your smile. We’re here to help you remove these stains and have beautiful, white teeth once again.

We offer two different whitening treatments to meet your unique needs. One option is Zoom! Whitening, which is an in-office procedure that gives you noticeably whiter teeth in just over an hour. If you want immediate results, this is the option for you!

Another option is take-home teeth whitening trays. Dr. Latner will create custom trays to help you achieve your ideal shade of white and you can use them in the comfort of your own home. Also, whitening trays can be helpful to use after a Zoom! Whitening treatment to help maintain your teeth.

No matter which option is right for you, you’ll end up with the bright, beautiful, white teeth of your dreams!

Here at Westside Dental Associates, our Los Angeles office is dedicated to providing you with quality dentistry care. Give us a call today and learn more about our teeth whitening options. We’d love to give you a beautiful, white smile!

Choose Cosmetic Bonding for a Quick Smile Makeover

August 22, 2012

Here at Dr. Latner’s blog, we’ve said a lot about our cosmetic dentistry services, among them porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and Invisalign. But there’s one service we haven’t talked about much—cosmetic bonding.

In today’s post, we’d like to talk spend some time talking about this simple cosmetic dentistry service and how it can help patients from Los Angeles and beyond enjoy a more attractive smile and improved confidence.

What Is Cosmetic Bonding?

Of all the cosmetic dentistry services offered at Dr. Latner’s Los Angeles dental office, the one that cosmetic bonding is most like is porcelain veneers.

As you might already know, porcelain veneers are designed to hide imperfections like cracked, chipped, or misaligned teeth. They do so using thin pieces of porcelain that are custom shaped and shaded to match your overall appearance.

Cosmetic bonding is very similar, though it uses composite resin instead of porcelain. What’s more, cosmetic bonding can be completed in just one visit, instead of the two or three visits it can take to fully complete a smile makeover with porcelain veneers.

If you have minor imperfections you’d like to correct, don’t wait any longer to find out how Dr. Latner can help you. Call our Los Angeles dental office to reserve a consultation appointment. We provide excellent cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic restorative dentistry to patients from all around the Los Angeles area.

Improve Your Smile with Invisalign

August 15, 2012

Do you want a straight, beautiful smile but feel nervous about committing to braces? At Dr. Latner’s Los Angeles dental office, we offer a clear alternative to traditional braces that’s helping patients everywhere achieve exactly what they’re looking for. It’s called Invisalign, and with it we’re helping busy professionals improve their confidence, their oral health, and their overall quality of life.

How Does A Straighter Smile Improve Oral Health?

You already knew a straighter smile can result in greater self-confidence, but you might be wondering how a straighter smile can also improve oral health and overall wellbeing.

The answer to that is simple.

When teeth aren’t spaced right or are misaligned, they’re more vulnerable to common oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. What’s more, misalignment can also cause neuromuscular problems.

But Invisalign can help. Using a series of clear, acrylic aligners, Invisalign will bring your teeth into their ideal alignment, offering them extra protection from each of these.

Other Benefits of Invisalign

Improved oral health is just one benefit of using Invisalign, though. Don’t forget about that first one we mentioned—improved confidence. If you’ve ever been afraid to smile in front of friends or family, Dr. Latner and his Los Angeles team can help.

Another benefit of Invisalign is that it’s more comfortable. Dr. Latner will use 3D computer imaging to design your treatment, ensuring that it’s as precise and comfortable as possible.

Want to Learn More About Invisalign?

If you’d like to know whether Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Latner can help you decide. Call our Los Angeles dental office today to schedule your consultation appointment. You can also visit our Invisalign page to learn more.

Stop Decay and Restore Your Smile with Tooth-Colored Fillings from Westside Dental Associates

June 13, 2012

Most patients have trouble with tooth decay at some point. That’s why fillings are a standard part of any dental office. But even with so many offices offering fillings, not every office offers tooth-colored fillings.

Tooth-colored fillings are a cosmetic alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. Instead of using a combination of metals, including mercury, to repair teeth and stop decay, tooth-colored fillings use strong composite resins to restore smiles.

What does that mean for you?

It means a healthier smile that also looks completely natural. That’s because composite resins can be custom-shaded to match the color of your smile. As a result, no one but you and Dr. Latner will ever have to know that you’ve had fillings.

As an added benefit, you can look forward to your tooth-colored fillings last just as long as amalgam fillings would. What’s more, tooth-colored fillings actually bond to teeth, supporting their natural structure instead of just acting as a barrier to decay. This keeps teeth stronger and helps prevent bacterial reinvasion.

Would you like to learn more about how tooth-colored fillings can help you restore your smile? Call Westside Dental Associates today with your questions or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Latner serves patients from Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Santa Monica, Rancho Park, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Venice, Marina del Rey, and surrounding areas.

Creating New Smiles with the Give Back a Smile Program

June 6, 2012

As a dedicated Los Angeles cosmetic dentist, Dr. Les Latner takes great pride in creating beautiful smiles for his patients. But as important as every smile is, some are more precious than others. That’s why Dr. Latner is proud to participate in the Give Back a Smile program from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Restoring Vulnerable Smiles, Free of Charge

If you’ve never heard of it before, the Give Back a Smile program is dedicated to helping survivors of domestic abuse reclaim their lives and their smiles with free cosmetic dentistry treatment. Because a beautiful, functional smile is important for more than just self-confidence, Dr. Latner is happy to provide treatment to those in need.

Our cosmetic dentistry services include:

These are some of the most popular and effective cosmetic dentistry services available anywhere, and through the Give Back a Smile program, domestic abuse survivors have access to them completely free of charge.

What’s more, in honor of all of his work in the Los Angeles area, Dr. Latner was recently given a special award from the AACDCF for his work with domestic abuse survivors.

Would you like to learn more about the Give Back a Smile program? Visit them at their website here or call them at (800)773-4227. You can also explore Dr. Latner’s cosmetic dentistry options by exploring our site, or you can give us a call with your questions or to schedule a visit. Dr. Latner serves patients from Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Santa Monica, Rancho Park, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Venice, Marina del Rey, and surrounding areas.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Los Angeles

May 10, 2012

More than anything, when you’re out and about, you want to project an aura of confidence and success. But sometimes, how your teeth look can keep you from achieving that level of self-confidence. Don’t you wish there was a way you could transform your smile and take your self-esteem to new heights?

There is!

Thanks to our range of popular and effective cosmetic dentistry services, our Los Angeles patients can finally have the dazzling smile they deserve. Dr. Latner’s cosmetic dentistry services include:

With each of these services, Dr. Latner can bring you closer to your goal a beautiful, striking smile.

But, you may be wondering, which one is right for you?

The good news is that most cosmetic dentistry services will work with most patients. But that doesn’t mean you should just choose any service. During a consultation visit, Dr. Latner will talk with you about what you want from your image. Perhaps beauty is your primary goal. Or maybe you just want to turn back the clock on your appearance.

Whatever your goal, we hope you’ll choose Dr. Latner for all your cosmetic dentistry needs. Call us today to schedule your consultation. We provide excellent cosmetic dentistry to discerning patients in the Los Angeles area and beyond.

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