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Breath Management System

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West LA Dental is proud to provide patients with a wide range of Breath Rx material. The take home kit contains BreathRx Purifying Toothpaste,
BreathRx Gentle Tongue Scraper, BreathRx Anti-Bacterial Tongue Spray, and BreathRx Anti-Bacterial Mouth Rinse.


Zoom 1-Hour Teeth Whitening

Let’s face it — you’re busy, and sometimes it seems like there’s no room in the appointment book for a little pampering. Well now you can pencil us in! Give us just one hour to
treat your teeth right, here at WLA dental and we’ll give you the dazzling white smile you’ve always wanted.

 

If you’ve felt like the real you is hiding behind dull teeth, we’re ready to help. You’ll be amazed to see how whitening can take up to 10 years off your appearance. While you enjoy
some much needed relaxation, we’ll comfortably brighten your smile as much as eight shades.

 

Taking care of yourself doesn’t have to take all day — call 310.390.6212 or come in today for a consultation. At WLA Dental, we’re ready to give you something to smile about.

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INVISALIGN

Invisalign is a new orthodontic treatment system that works to straighten teeth through the use of a series of clear plastic molds (aligners). Invisalign
“invisible” braces eliminate the metallic smile that is characteristic of traditional orthodontic braces.

How Does Invisalign Work ?

To ensure the most precise outcome, Dr. Mastour and Dr. Sabbagh-FARD will use computer imaging to create your invisalign braces. After taking bite
impressions of your mouth, they will use the invisalign three-dimensional computer imaging system to create a series of clear retainers. The first one
will fit your current configuration of teeth. Each successive retainer will act like invisible braces, using gentle pressure to move your teeth to their
target alignments.

The number of invisalign trays used will depend on each individual case but the average is between 18 and 30. Each clear invisalign retainer is removable and worn for two
weeks (24 hours a day, except during meals) and then the next aligner is used. This process is repeated until the teeth are in the desired position. The entire invisalign treatment
takes the same amount of time as traditional orthodontic braces.

 

Benefits of Invisalign

Perhaps the most apparent benefit of invisalign is that patients can straighten their teeth without anyone knowing. Most adults would rather live with crooked teeth than spend
two or more years with the metal braces that they remember from their teenage years. The clear invisalign retainer was developed to introduce some much-needed aesthetics to
the field of adult orthodontics.

The invisalign system also boasts improved hygiene over traditional braces. Because the clear retainers are removable, patients can brush and floss as they normally would,
reducing the chances of possible staining and decay that often occur with traditional braces. Food and drink choices are less restrictive, as well. If patients wish to eat sticky candy
or drink soda, they may do so after removing their clear invisalign retainer.

There are very few problems associated with the invisalign system. People who fail to wear their clear invisalign retainer at all times may find that their teeth don’t change position
as quickly as they would like. Some people with sensitive teeth and gums may feel some discomfort when they switch to a new aligner in the series. These problems with invisalign
are minor and most patients feel that the benefits far outweigh any problems.

 

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Treatment with invisalign costs about the same as regular braces. Dental insurances cover about half of the amount. The exact figure will depend heavily on several factors,
including the extent of treatment required and how many aligners need to be created. If your individual case is a minor case, cost would be reduced by half.

Your dental insurance may cover treatment with invisalign braces. Most patients find that their coverage is the same for invisalign as for other types of orthodontic treatment.
You may contact our office with your insurance company information to determine whether the cost of invisalign is fully or partially covered.

 

 


 

Porcelain Crowns

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Dark yellow teeth due to decay and nicotine stains. After placement of 10 full porcelain zirconia crowns (two weeks later)

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Join us in decay prevention. Give the kids something to smile about. Call us for your complimentary kit today.

 


Dental Implants

 

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Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that are used to counter tooth loss. The procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic (artificial
replacement) dentistry, though it also falls into the category of cosmetic dentistry as well.

Strong, durable, and natural in appearance, implants are among the most successful dental procedures performed.

Although you have a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none has proven to be as functionally effective and esthetically
natural as implants. In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and
supporting structures.

Tooth Loss

Teeth are lost because of:

  • Aging
  • Trauma to the mouth
  • Poor Oral Hygiene

Advantages of Implant Dentistry

Dental implants are stronger, more durable, and more natural than their restorative counterparts (bridges and dentures). Implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss.
Additionally, implants may be used in conjunction with other restorative procedures for maximum effectiveness. For example, an implant can serve as an anchor for a dental
bridge or as a replacement for missing back teeth needed for a bridge. Implants can also be used with dentures to increase stability and reduce gum tissue irritation.

Procedural advancements, including the development of narrower “mini” implants, mean that more people than ever before are finding themselves candidates for implantation.
However, candidacy for implantation still varies, meaning that your dentist may determine that you should opt for an alternative restoration. Keep in mind, too, that dentists do
not need a specific license by law in order to perform implant dentistry, but prosthodontists have extensive training with restorations such as dental implants and therefore
should be adept at performing the procedure.

 

The Dental Implant Procedure

Today’s dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. This appearance is aided in part by the structural and functional connection between the dental implant
and the living bone. Implants are typically placed in a single sitting but require a period of osseointegration.

Osseointegration is the process by which direct anchorage of a dental implant root and the bone of the jaw occurs. Osseointegrated implants are the most commonly used and
successful type of dental implant. An osseointegrated implant takes anywhere from three to six months to anchor and heal, at which point your dentist can complete the implant
procedure. Once the implant has anchored with the jawbone, artificial prosthesis may be attached and the process is done. If osseointegration does not occur, the implant
will fail.

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