Reduce Wrinkles with Cosmetic Dentistry

In the wonderful world of Beverly Hills, aging is more of a choice than an inevitability. With countless cosmetic procedures available within the area, guessing someone’s age can be a rather difficult task. While injections like Botox or Juvederm have been the popular choice for improving the look of your skin, there are other options. Rather than receiving routine injections, you can solve the root of your wrinkles with cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry can make you look younger while also improving your smile and overall look. Porcelain Veneers Porcelain veneers are truly the answer to every cosmetic dental issue, however, they also have a great impact on your face’s appearance. We’ve already addressed how veneers can make your lips look fuller (which gives a more youthful appearance). Veneers can also help rid your face of wrinkles. A cosmetic dentist will transform your mouth with veneers while also paying close attention to […]

Technological Advancements in Cosmetic Dentistry

The industry of aesthetic dentistry is constantly evolving to provide its patients with state of the art dental care. At Rifkin & Raanan, we use only the most advanced and state-of-the-art technology to get your smile looking its best. This article will cover the advanced methods and machinery we use to ensure you feel comfortable and beautiful. Cone Beam CT: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a dental imaging method that uses many x-ray produced cross sections to form a three-dimensional image. This technology is used in implant dentistry, endodontic procedures, oral surgeries, and orthodontics. During a cone beam scan, the scanner rotates around the patient’s head for a complete view of the teeth and jaw. CEREC CAD/CAM Technology: CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing technology is used in many aspects of aesthetic and restorative dentistry. This technology is used in the construction of porcelain crowns, inlays and […]

What to Do When Teeth Whitening Doesn’t Work For You

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Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in Beverly Hills. Bleaching offers an effective solution for yellowed teeth, however, there are some instances where it doesn’t work. Teeth whitening may not be right for you if you have severe stains or damaged teeth. Not to worry, there are alternatives to give you the bright smile you deserve! Porcelain veneers are a foolproof way for getting a whiter, more beautiful smile that lasts. Why Porcelain Veneers Work Professional whitening works best on stains that reside on the surface of your tooth’s enamel. These types of stains are caused by food, beverage, or the use of tobacco products. Bleaching cannot correct discoloration due to a weakened enamel, decay, and trauma. That’s where porcelain veneers come in. Porcelain veneers are able to fix: Cracked, damaged, or broken teeth Uneven or crooked teeth Awkward and unwanted gaps between teeth Overall tooth size […]

A Glossary of Cosmetic Dental Terms

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Dental terms can get a little confusing. We’ve comprised a glossary of terms for you to review before visiting your cosmetic dentist for dental work (or to reference in case you have no clue what he’s talking about). Popular Terms Used by Cosmetic Dentists Amalgam: a silver or mercury based alloy (blend of metals) predominantly used to fill cavities in your teeth. Bleaching: the process of whitening your teeth for aesthetic purposes using peroxide. Cariogenic: used to describe something that causes tooth decay. Cavities: a hole in your tooth primarily caused by plaque buildup. Composites: tooth-colored materials used to restore tooth structure and shape. Cosmetic Dentistry: a form of dentistry used to improve the aesthetic appearance of teeth. Edentulous: missing the majority of your natural teeth. General Dentistry: a fundamental form of dentistry that diagnoses, treats, and maintains basic oral health. Gingivitis: a disease that causes an inflammation of your gums. […]

Five Reasons Why Cosmetic Dentistry is Worthwhile

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While the words “cosmetic” and “aesthetic” may have connotations that are synonymous with vanity, the art of cosmetic dentistry extends far further than the look of your smile. Unlike most cosmetic procedures, cosmetic dentistry enhances more than just your appearance, it also enhances your quality of life. Cosmetic dentists in the Beverly Hills area are masters of restoring function and form to your teeth as well as beauty. Here are five reasons why you should invest in cosmetic dentistry. 1) Regain Confidence Revitalizing your smile can not only have your exterior looking better, it can have you feeling better as well. Far too many Americans are afraid to smile because of dental issues. A less than lovely mouth can have you hiding who you truly are and can give off a negative impression. One of the most common responses we hear about our cosmetic procedures is that they gave our […]

Should You Use Invisalign or Porcelain Veneers?

Whether you’ve had braces yourself or watched friends endure the lengthy process, you’re probably familiar with orthodontics. You’re more than likely familiar with train track braces, various colored elastic bands, retainers, and even dreaded headgear. If your teeth need straightening, you may be hesitant to commit to orthodontic hardware in your adult years. Luckily, there are several options available that efficiently correct misalignment without the overly complicated gear. Advancements in cosmetic dentistry have allowed for effective solutions to orthodontic issues. The most popular modern alternatives are Invisalign or porcelain veneers. Invisalign Much like braces, Invisalign aligns teeth over time. It is a clear and discrete customized retainer that is removable so it doesn’t impede on your oral hygiene routine. Invisalign is an easy alternative to braces as it does not require the use of cumbersome metal and is not bonded to your teeth. You are free to eat whatever you […]

Teeth Bleaching vs. UV Whitening Treatments

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Whitening your teeth is one of the most effective and non-invasive ways of improving your smile. It is the cosmetic dental procedure with the least amount of risk and has seen a significant influx in popularity over the last decade. People favor professional whitening, such as teeth bleaching and laser whitening, to at over the counter whitening options as it is less abrasive. Professional whitening ensures no damage is done to your enamel while removing surface stains and discoloration. While there are many options for whitening your teeth, the methods most frequently used in modern dentistry are bleaching and laser whitening. Although both methods offer affordable and effective solutions for yellowed teeth, there are some disadvantages to each. UV Whitening Laser whitening treatments like Zoom whitening are effective at delivering a whiter smile almost instantaneously. While the thought of rapidly whitened teeth may seem appealing, there are some issues with […]

The Most Popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures in Beverly Hills

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Beverly Hills is home to some of the most notable people in Hollywood, and it’s easy to see why there’s a need for cosmetic procedures in the area. The field of cosmetic dentistry has seen a significant surge in the past decade and is favored by some of the most recognizable faces in the Beverly Hills area. A good cosmetic dentist cares about your overall oral health while forming customized solutions for your aesthetic issues. While Beverly Hills dentists are skilled in many aspects of dentistry, their expertise really shines in certain cosmetic procedures. The most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry include porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants. Porcelain Veneers            The most sought-after procedure in cosmetic dentistry is the placement of porcelain veneers. Veneers offer a solution for a wide variety of oral issues ranging from broken to discolored teeth. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin pieces of custom-made […]

Fixing Broken Teeth in Beverly Hills

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There’s never a convenient time for broken or chipped teeth. Breaking a tooth always comes as a surprise and you’ll want an immediate fix for the situation. It is important to consider which method of tooth repair is right for you. There are several methods of restoring broken teeth based on different needs. Methods of Tooth Restoration: Porcelain Crowns: Crowns can completely restore tooth structure in cases of significant damage. They may be a suitable option if you’ve damaged visible teeth, like you central incisors, and want an aesthetically pleasing fix. Inlays & Onlays: Porcelain inlays and onlays offer a more conservative version of a dental crown, and are suitable for repairing small damage or damage to the top of your tooth. Aesthetic Bonding: Metal-free bonding offers a quick fix for chips in your teeth. The process is able to match your tooth’s natural color for a seamless look. Porcelain Veneers: […]

Divine Proportion for a Divine Smile

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If you’ve ever read the Da Vinci Code or watched its film adaptation, you might have an understanding of what the golden ratio is. This blend of mathematical and artistic proportion is said to quantifiably measure true beauty.  It should come as no surprise that the art of cosmetic dentistry also relies heavily on this golden rule. Beverly Hills dentists consider the divine ratio while observing the distance between your pupils in relation to your lip line to craft a true “Mona Lisa smile”. Using the golden ratio in dentistry has a profound impact on your overall appearance. Divine Proportion in Your Smile The divine ratio enhances several components of your smile. It should be observed in tooth width, the span of your smile (in relation to other facial features), and the dimensions of your two front teeth, to achieve optimal results. Tooth Size: The golden rule of proportion exists from tooth to […]