Know The Facts About Oral Piercings

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Body piercings are a common form of self-expression. This post is about oral piercing, and its effects on oral health.

Since this is a dental blog, you may be expecting all sorts of alarms about the dangers of piercings. You are right. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they accommodate can lead to serious troubles with not only your teeth and mouth, but your entire body.

Oral piercings can cause tooth damage, tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone recession, compromised immune system function and, in rare cases, death. Any oral piercing opens you up to  harmful infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.

A tongue piercing can result in difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing problems. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve deterioration, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also develop.

Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Chips, cracks, and enamel erosion compromise their durability and shorten their life span.

Complications with some piercings ensue by the introduction of hepatitis and herpes simplex viruses, and even more complications have occurred with bacteria entering the bloodstream and eventually lodging in the heart valve. In rare cases, such infections are fatal.

Though not technically a piercing, some California people drill small holes in their teeth to place rhinestones or other jewelry. Drilling into a tooth is harmful for many reasons, including damage that can make a root canal necessary. The jewel also can attract bacteria that can directly go into the drilled cavity of the tooth.

At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, we are providers of family and cosmetic dentistr. We encourage patients with oral piercings to remove their jewelry before it puts their health at risk. If plan to keep yours, we urge you to have regular dental cleanings and check-ups. We will set up a schedule for regular visits so we can discover and correct problems in their early stages before they become more severe.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


Same Day Smile Makeovers

Same Day Smile Makeovers At Premier Dental Esthetics - Peter S. Young, DDS In Arcadia

Have you ever wished your cosmetic dentist could glue new pearly white covers on your existing teeth as quick and easy as you paint a wall in your house? Guess what? With porcelain veneers from Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, it’s possible.

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently attached to your natural teeth. Unlike a crown procedure, no tooth structure needs to be removed to place the restoration.

At Premier Dental Esthetics, veneers are used alone or with other cosmetic dental procedures in complete smile makeovers. Because they can repair cosmetic tooth misalignment in one visit, veneers are sometimes described as ‘instant orthodontics’.

Do veneers look like natural teeth?
Skilled dental lab artists create porcelain veneers with the color, reflective properties, and translucency of natural teeth: perfect natural teeth, that is. In addition, porcelain veneers can be fabricated in any size or shape.

Are veneers
strong?
Porcelain veneers are fabricated out of extremely durable material. If you have questions about whether a veneer or dental crown is the best choice for you, just ask us. We will consider the size and condition of the tooth and its position in the mouth.

How long do veneers last?
Some smile makeover patients have veneers they received over 15 years ago. (And they still look incredible!) If properly cared for, veneers can last as long as dental crowns.

Are porcelain veneers affordable
?
The cost of cosmetic porcelain veneers at Premier Dental Esthetics is competitive with other premium cosmetic dental practices in the Pasadena area. We use the top dental lab to create our veneers and a significant portion of the cost goes to the lab. Porcelain veneers are often less expensive than crowns and orthodontia.

Schedule an appointment with Premier Dental Esthetics today. We also provide family dentistry.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


Dental Confidence Or Caution

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Whether you are one of those who goes willingly for a check-up, or are hesitant about getting dental work done, Premier Dental Esthetics is your Arcadia dentist.

The cost of dentistry doesn’t have to be an unknown. A suitable consultation can bring you up to date about possible procedures and shed light on the pros and cons of comprehensive dentistry, our specialty.

Not only do we offer cosmetic dentistry, we’ll see patients for dental implants because we want to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. We’ll have you open wide for orthodontics because straighter teeth are healthier teeth.

Make an appointment with Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia today.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


How To Get The Whitest Teeth

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Some people’s teeth are whiter than others, but it’s safe to say that most people want their teeth to be pearly white! If you are one of those people, then Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia has some tips to help you achieve that smile with professional teeth whitening.

Don’t Forget to Brush
The first tip seems like a no-brainer, but many individuals still miss this practice. We are talking about daily tooth brushing. Brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and prevent tooth decay. Often our teeth become discolored or stained because of what we consume (drinks, food, etc.) but when we brush our teeth, it minimizes the damage.

After brushing teeth, another tip is using a fluoride rinse to finish the cleaning job. Fluoride helps get into the cracks where bacteria can be hiding away. When the bacteria is killed, it prevents it from spreading and discoloring your teeth. When you are shopping for a fluoride rinse, check the labels. Some ordinary mouthwashes don’t contain fluoride.

Sometimes the discoloration is too severe to be reversed by home remedies. That’s why we at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia offers professional teeth whitening. We also offer family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


5 Smile Makeover Questions For Arcadia Smiles

How Much Does A Smile Makeover Cost In Arcadia

If you are considering a multi-procedure smile makeover or extensive cosmetic dentistry, Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia suggests these four considerations:

All At Once Or Over Time?
You can often receive several (or all) procedures in one visit. It all depends on the specific procedures necessary to achieve your perfect smile. We develop a unique treatment plan for each patient after an extensive consultation and examination.

Oral Sedation?
Many cosmetic dental patients benefit from sedation dentistry. Conscious sedation is especially helpful for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

Cost?
We know that cosmetic dentistry is a substantial investment for most people. Some procedures are covered by dental plans, so if you have dental insurance, be sure to find out exactly what is covered. Many Arcadia residents use flex spending accounts for dental work and reap the tax advantages. Call us to discuss dental financing options in Arcadia.

Healing Time?
With the latest materials and cosmetic dental techniques, healing times are often minimal. However, some treatments such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants often require a short healing period. Consider how the timing of your dental visits and the necessary healing periods will affect your job and family responsibilities.

Aesthetic Results?
At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, our patients experience terrific results when doing smile transformations in phases, however, porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Schedule a consultation with Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia to find out more. We also provide family dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


Affordable Teeth Whitening?

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If you are like most web users, you have probably discovered the multitude of ads for ‘free teeth whitening kits’. Do they work? At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, we took a closer look.

Some of these ads show a ‘real South Temple City mom’ who discovered a ‘tooth whitening secret’. Others assure you that their system is the one that ‘Monrovia dentists don’t want you to know about’. Many contain a link to a page that contains a convincing tooth whitening testimonial. They bolster their legitimacy by aligning themselves with respected companies such as CNN, USA Today and Forbes.

Unfortunately, most of these are fraudulent. In a recent article, the Better Business Bureau explained:

The countless websites for various teeth whitening products claim to offer a no-risk, money back guarantee, free trial of the product. To sign up, customers must provide a credit or debit card number to cover shipping. Complainants to BBB state that they are billed before their trial ends and continue to be billed after they have told the company they want to cancel.

Complainants also may find mystery charges for other companies and services that they didn’t realize they were signing up for with their ‘free’ trial.

The BBB has received complaints about the following company/product names:

  • Dazzle White
  • White Smile
  • Teeth Smile
  • Dazzle Smile
  • Ivory White
  • Max White
  • My Whitening
  • Gleaming White Smile
  • Advanced Wellness Research

Don’t trust your smile to an Internet ad. Professional teeth whitening at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia is the reliable place for safe teeth bleaching. Call us for advanced cosmetic dentistry and worry-free teeth whitening. We also provide family dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


Makeovers For Busy Smiles

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Have you been considering improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry but are afraid you can’t fit it into your hectic schedule? Let Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia put your mind at ease.

Cosmetic dentistry at Premier Dental Esthetics is speedier than you think. Some procedures such as teeth whitening can be done in just one visit to our comfortable office.

If you are one of the many people who want to have their teeth corrected, check out the new orthodontic options including invisible braces.

A porcelain veneer is a popular minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure. Veneers can repair chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, and slightly misshapen teeth.

If you replace your old silver fillings with tooth colored fillings, you can open wide without flashing any silver. Your rear molars will look like they did before you had any cavities filled. (How long ago was that?)

At Premier Dental Esthetics, we create stunning smiles every day. It’s your turn! Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Smile: Oral Health in Arcadia

Don't Take Stress Out On Your Teeth ArcadiaWe all lead stressful lives, and maybe that’s why more and more people seem to have stress-related dental issues. That concerns us at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, because stress can really do a number on your oral health.

Mouth sores, teeth clenching and grinding, gum disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.

Anyone who difficulty managing stress needs to realize it can increase the risk of getting mouth sores such as cankers and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7-10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend an over-the-counter topical anesthetic from any drug store.

Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out folks, and often it’s done unconsciously. At Premier Dental Esthetics, we can determine if a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate to minimize the effects of grinding.

Gum disease is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque, which in turn contributes to the development of gum disease.

And many people under stress are more likely to neglect their oral hygiene routine. Many also tend to eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your oral health, schedule an appointment at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry, gum disease treatment, children’s dental health, and emergency dentistry.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


Any Effective Toothpaste? Teeth Whitening in Arcadia

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Our Premier Dental Esthetics patients in Arcadia, along with millions of other Americans, have made teeth whitening one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

There are lots of over-the-counter dental products that promise to improve your smile. The grocery store of filled with them. Are any of them any good?

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. They only remove surface stains. This ordinarily results in whitening by roughly one shade.

Whitening strips are about as effective, with the added limitation of only working on the front of the teeth.

The professional-grade whitening products used at Premier Dental Esthetics can whiten your teeth up to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office teeth whitening, you may wonder why you waited so long to have it done. Other cosmetic dentistry services from Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia include porcelain veneers and dental implants. We stress the importance of maintaining dental health at every appointment.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007

 


Good Habits: Dental Hygiene in Arcadia

Developing Good Dental Habits In South Temple City

Benjamin Franklin once said that it’s easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, we believe this is as true for dental hygiene as it is for anything else.

For parents in the Arcadia area, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques early in life will benefit their smile throughout their life. If you wait too long to teach them how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road.

It can be hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three minutes brushing their teeth each morning and night. But, if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, then their habits should be sufficient to avoid excessive dental decay.

Teach your kids to aim for:

  • Clean teeth
  • Pink gums

The best way to keep and maintain children’s dental health is with a consistent oral hygiene program at home, and visiting Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry, and emergency dental care.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:

626-445-2536

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California
91007