Change your smile, Change your life with Veneers

Veneers, and even teeth whitening, used to be a thing that only movie stars could afford. Even then it didn’t seem to be such a big deal. Check out any 80s movie and you will see snaggle teeth and yellow teeth (smoking was just.so.cool) all over the place. But today? Their teeth look amazing!

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David Bowie…. cosmetic dentistry? I think so! Source: listal.com

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way and is now more affordable than ever. There are tons of information websites out there regarding veneers, whitening, lumineers, and braces. A dentist will be the best person to develop your treatment plan.

dental-veneers_sacramento-cosmetic-dentistOnce patient’s do the upper arch they cannot wait to begin the lower arch. This recent case Dr. Hoang Truong performed is beautifully done and the patient is ecstatic.

Our Sacramento Cosmetic Dentist will tailor a treatment plan just for you. Call us at (916) 649-0249 or visit www.GatewayOaksDental.com.

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You’re never too old for braces! The case for straight teeth

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At Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry, some of our patients wonder if getting braces is right for them. Some people are deterred from straightening their teeth because of their age or the cost. Straight teeth are a long lasting investment that have more benefits than just a pretty smile, at any age. And with new technology, straightening your teeth can be fast and affordable. It is never too late to get the straight and healthy teeth you have always wanted.

Prevents Gum Disease
When teeth are aligned correctly, they are easier to clean around and in between. While teeth that are too spaced apart can get food debris and bacteria stuck in them, causing cavities and infected gums. This can also happen when teeth are also too close together or crowded. I guess you can say that there is a sweet space that teeth need to be aligned in for optimum cleaning potential. Being able to thoroughly clean teeth in important for preventing gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss.

Aligned teeth don’t chip-
Have you ever chipped a tooth from another tooth? OUCH! Having crowded teeth can cause stress on teeth which increases the chance of damage being caused to the structure of a tooth.

Straight teeth improve speech-
The lips, the teeth, and the tip of the tongue work with the palette to form sounds. It may not be obvious, but the tongue does use the teeth in speech, and if teeth are too far forward to too far back, this can have an effect on the forming of words.

Helps the digestive system-
Straight teeth are perfect for grinding and chewing food. Not being able to properly chew food can set your digestive system into overdrive, making your stomach and intestines have to work harder to break down the food you eat. The long term effects of bad digestion can be painful. Including problems such as indigestion, stomach ulcers and more. So, straight teeth equals a happy stomach.

Be confident in your smile-
Why do straight teeth look better and whiter? Because light reflects off of straight teeth evenly, this helps them appear white and healthy. While crooked teeth can appear dark and dull due to poor reflection of light.

Having confidence in a smile can equal up to confidence in oneself. And others catch on to the high self esteem and cool confidence a healthy, straight smile can bring. Let your smile be a reflection of you.Image

Want to find out how to straighten your smile? Visit GatewayOaksDental.com for more information  or Schedule a Free Consultation with Dr. Truong and find out how to get straight teeth in a short amount of time at an affordable price.

Replace Your Missing Tooth with a Dental Implant

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way when it comes to restoring your smile. There are many options that vary in price, safety and durability. The latest in smile restoration are dental implants. This is a permanent implant that replaces missing teeth or a permanent fixture that holds full dentures in place. Dental implants can last you the rest of your life with proper dental hygiene checkups, brushing and flossing.

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A dental implant is a titanium screw like structure that is surgically inserted into a space where a tooth is missing. After the screw is inserted, it is covered with a crown that looks just like a real tooth, so anyone who sees your smile would never know that it was not a real tooth.

How will an implant help me?

The implant helps to stabilize bone and prevent further bone loss due to missing teeth, it supports the facial skeleton, gums, cheeks and lips. Dental implants help you eat, smile, speak and they look completely natural. Implants are the best option to replace missing teeth.

What kind of surgery do I need?

The surgery itself is an outpatient procedure only requiring a localized numbing of the area being operated on. (Of course, when it comes to pain management there are options that general or specialized dentists can provide such as oral sedation or nitrous oxide to make the experience less unpleasant.) In special cases, a sinus lift or bone graft may be needed in order to make the implant a successful procedure.

In the simple form of the procedure, a pilot hole is drilled into the bone that the implant will be placed in. This will guide the implant to ensure an accurate and stable placement. Depending on the dentist performing the implant and if a sinus lift is involved, the surgery for a single implant can vary between 1-2 hours.

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How long will the implant last?

A dental implant, with the proper care of your oral hygiene, should last for the rest of your life. The screw is usually made out of titanium (Ask your Dentist what type of material is used) and the ceramic crown is made to last. For a person who goes to the dentist for checkups on a regular basis and who brushes and flosses after every meal, a dental implant should last for the rest of your life. Just like anything though, you must take the proper care to make your investment last.

I think a dental implant is best for me, now what?

The first thing you need to do is see your Sacramento dentist. Your dentist can determine if an implant is

the best option for you. There are many factors when it comes to implant surgery: your overall health, as well as your oral health can affect the success rate of your implant. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to discuss any health concerns with your regular dentist or specialist.

In some cases, a CT scan, sinus lift or bone graft may be necessary in order to make a dental implant a success. In most cases, these can be taken care of during the same surgery as the dental implant, so no additional surgeries would be necessary.

Call (916) 649-0249 to schedule your consultation today!

Dr. Hoang Truong to provide free dental screenings at the Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival

SACRAMENTO- Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry is participating in the first annual Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival on Saturday, April 13th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Sacramento’s Fairy Tale Town. Families are invited to play outside and enjoy fun activities free of charge. Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry has partnered with the Sacramento District Dental Society to perform dental screenings for children who attend the event. Dr. Hoang Truong, will be at the event performing screenings, answering dental health related questions and handing out educational material from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

The event will consist of fun activities, physical games, gardening workshops, health screenings and nutritional workshops free of charge for children and their families.

“I am thrilled to be a part of such a great cause. It is important for children 2 years old and over to see the dentist at least twice a year,” said Dr. Truong, “I am looking forward to showing children and their families how easy it is to make oral health their priority.”

Dr. Hoang Truong is the CEO and main dental provider at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry. Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry has been a continuing supporter of nonprofit health organizations in the Sacramento community since 2008. Located in Natomas, Gateway Dental is a comprehensive practice that is committed to helping educate the Sacramento community to keep their teeth and gums healthy for life.

For more information on the Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival, you can visit www.FairyTaleTown.org.

Are you interested in having Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry at your next health fair or event? We enjoy being a part of community events to help spread the word for healthy teeth and gums. You can contact our Public Relations Director, Kayla Johnson, via email with any questions at kaylaj.ata@gmail.com.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Roger’s Million Dollar Smile

Roger Smith has been coming to Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry for three years. Him and his dad have been regular visitors of the office and the team enjoys when they come in. Roger’s jokes are endless and always have a way of brightening the team’s day.  So when Dr. Truong was given the opportunity to provide cosmetic dental work to one lucky patient, Roger was a no-brainer.  (See Roger’s case and other Cosmetic Dentistry cases)

Dr. Truong and Roger teamed up with California Center for Advanced Dental Studies (CCADS) in San Francisco to perform the advanced cosmetic procedure. Roger came in for his first appointment where Dr. Truong consulted with Roger about his expectations, took pictures and impressions.

At Roger’s next appointment in San Francisco the entire team came to watch Dr. Truong prepare his teeth,  a procedure where the teeth are made the perfect shape to fit the veneers. Then he was fitted with natural looking temporary teeth. At Roger’s final and long anticipated appointment he was fitted with eight permanent,  and beautiful, veneers.  As long as Roger maintains good oral hygiene at home and continues to see us for his regular cleanings his veneers will last him a long time.

Q & A with Roger

What has been your experience with Dr. Truong & the Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry Team? Everyone is always professional, informative, enthusiastic, friendly and sincerely caring.

Before your veneers what were your concerns in regards to the way your smile looked? I was hesitant to smile and embarrassed to show my teeth

What was the process like getting veneers? The process was pleasant. The preparation was simple and the measurements were exact. The placement of the veneers was painless and did not take long.

Are you happy with your results? Extremely. I feel more confident and I am no longer hesitant to “show off” my new smile.

What are you most happy about? My top teeth are now straight, even, aligned, and bright!

What is the next step you will take to complete your smile? I’m going to the orthodontist to correct my bottom teeth with braces first and then I will finish with veneers.

 

Teeth Whitening – Three Options to a Brighter Smile

Seriously, is there a better accessory to that glowing skin that we are all blessed with every summer than a perfectly white smile? I say no, but if you said “six-pack abs” I wouldn’t disagree.

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Really though a perfectly white smile is attainable with the technology that is readily available to ordinary people, like you and me.  Celebrities, other rich guys and their trophy wives are no longer the only people that can enjoy teeth that are NOT stained by years of coffee, wine, and tobacco. You can, too!

There are three types of whitening that you should consider: in-office, professional teeth whitening, at-home whitening trays from the dentist, and teeth whitening strips.

Option 1: In-office teeth whitening. If you are getting ready for a photo shoot, a wedding, a vacation, or any other milestone event the only way to go is an in-office professional teeth whitening at the dentist. You are looking at a $500-$700 bill but the results are instant and will continue to get better over the course of the next two weeks.

Option 2: Take-Home Teeth Whitening Trays. Have an event coming up in a month that you are preparing for? I mean really preparing, like, have your outfit purchased, hair appointment made, car rental scheduled and guaranteed prepared. If so, then take-home bleach trays from the dentist are an awesome option. They come at a significantly lower cost than in-office bleaching and can be used for as long as you want, provided that your teeth don’t shift. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth to create the trays and they should be ready within 24 hours. Your teeth will reach the maximum whiteness after approximately two weeks.

The bleach that you will use at home has a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide. You can purchase bleach from your dentist, dental assistant, or hygienist anytime that you want. Bleach trays are also a good idea for those who dropped a big payment on the in-office bleaching and who would like to maintain their white smile for years.

Option 3: Teeth Whitening strips.  Just want whiter teeth but are in no rush? Guess what? Those whitening strips work wonders at removing surface stains for anyone. Smoker? Coffee drinker? Wino? Soda pop lover? You are in luck! Whitening strips cost anywhere between $35-$50 for a two-to-four week supply. Read the instructions carefully for how long and frequently you should wear the strips. Some teeth whitening strips requiring wearing them two times a day for 14 days straight while others are less strict, and also less effective. Teeth whitening strips are also really effective at maintaining a white smile.

Who shouldn’t buy in to teeth whitening: those with veneers, tetracycline staining, or dead teeth. There is nothing any dentist can do to make your teeth whiter. See a dentist near you to visit your options.

No teeth whitening toothpaste or magic teeth whitening light will replace regular dental visits. One might be surprised at the amount of surface stains a simple teeth cleaning will remove.

Get your tan on, folks! And take along a white smile and some sunscreen.