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If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

October 7th, 2016

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This is a vital question occasionally asked by patients at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. The answer, however, is “No!” Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly – not leave them alone. It is impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times you use floss. The bleeding may be due to harmful gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding typically stops within a week or two.

Gingivitis (gum disease) and the more advanced periodontal disease is extremely common in California and around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease.

If you don’t make flossing a habit, and your gums become sore, swollen, and tender, it could bring about gum disease. The good news is that, unlike dental caries, gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene.

It is vital to correctly use dental floss to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
  2. Securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  3. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  4. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  5. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s important to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  6. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface – especially those that your brush can’t reach. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean section for every tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new one.

Some people find it easier to start on one end on the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side. Then repeat for the bottom row. Whatever process you opt for, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the last molars.

What if you continue flossing for a few weeks and still notice bleeding? Call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 855-219-8706 to schedule a consultation. Bill Dorfman, DDS, will perform an extensive examination to determine the cause of the bleeding.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, our goal is to help patients preserve healthy teeth and gums. Our dental hygienists not only carry out the most thorough dental cleanings, they also educate patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you have a child who needs extra help learning how to brush and floss correctly, schedule an appointment with our Century City Aesthetic Dentistry child-friendly team.

Some patients have perfectly healthy teeth and gums but are not pleased with their smile due to cosmetic problems. If you want to explore possibilities for improving your smile, communicate with us today at 855-219-8706.

We offer technologically-advanced cosmetic dental services including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, and tooth-colored filling replacement. Ask us about oral sedation options if you need help relaxing during dental treatment. You can depend on us to maintain the highest standard of safety and sterility at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry.

Contact Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California

Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

September 30th, 2016

Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

Hello Los Angeles! Has your smile lost its luster? Are your teeth discolored? If flashing a pearly white smile is important to you, I can help. My name is Bill Dorfman and I have been creating whiter, brighter smiles for patients in the Los Angeles area since 1985 at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry.

Whether your teeth have been stained through sipping dark-colored drinks such as red wine or coffee or if smoking has left your teeth brown and dull, my staff and I at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry can lighten your teeth and improve your smile.

Maybe you have injured a tooth causing it to turn gray. We offer several solutions to restore the color to a tooth. When you come in for a consultation we will determine which cosmetic dental procedure is prime for your teeth.

Your smile the first thing people notice. I will make sure your smile is brilliant and absolutely sensational!

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry we not only offer tooth whitening to our Beverly Hills area patients, we also offer cosmetic dentistry.

If you or your family need Invisalign braces or Zoom whitening we invite you to come in for a dental consultation. We are located at 2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601 in Los Angeles, California.

Invest in a white, bright smile! Call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles today at 855-219-8706 or visit

Thanks for visiting my cosmetic dental blog – Bill Dorfman, DDS


Contact Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601
Los Angeles, CA


Smile Makeovers: First Things First

September 23rd, 2016

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Hello, I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman of Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. Thanks for visiting my blog. In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry from their dentist.

Let me set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional issues. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with extreme decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

The dentist explains that these problems need to be addressed before the smile redesign is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to correct all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

If you are interested in a smile makeover or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 855-219-8706. I look forward to discussing both your oral health and esthetic concerns.


Contact Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601
Los Angeles, CA


Smile Transformations At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry

September 9th, 2016

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Hello friends of Century City Aesthetic Dentistry! Today’s post is for Los Angeles men and women who aren’t happy with their smile.  Common issues for patients include yellow teeth, misaligned teeth, too much or too little gum tissue, missing teeth, or damaged teeth.

Few Los Angeles people have naturally perfect smiles, but those that practice proper oral care can avoid many troubles that impact oral health and the attractiveness of their smile. But some Los Angeles folks are unsatisfied with their smiles even though they practice vigilant oral hygiene.

The professional and aware team at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry wants you to know that cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile, regardless of the imperfections. Dr. Dorfman has the experience and proficiency to transform ordinary smiles into extraordinary smiles.

We offer dental bonding, porcelain veneers, tooth implants, crowns, tooth whitening, crown lengthening (gum shaping), inlays/onlays, and orthodontia.

Dr. Dorfman considers the following essential smile characteristics:

Bright teeth, free of stains
Pleasing gumline
No chips, cracks, cupping, or excessive wearing
Tooth size, length, and placement in harmony with facial features
Teeth aligned on three planes

Call 855-219-8706 today to speak with us about an exceptional smile makeover at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles.


Contact Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601
Los Angeles, CA


3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

September 2nd, 2016

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Looking for a dentist in Los Angeles because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or dental caries? I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman with Century City Aesthetic Dentistry.

Today’s post offers 3 steps to take before you arrive at our office for a consultation.

The state of your mouth is critical to your vitality both emotionally and physically. Everyone wants to make a positive impression when they smile or speak. We understand that.

The look, the odor, the feel, the functionality of your biting surfaces are so important to your everyday experience that we recognize our critical role in finding solutions to these issues.

Of course, your very first step is making contact. Please call 855-219-8706 or visit us at 2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601 Los Angeles or online at

After you schedule a consultation with our professional and aware team members here at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, please take a moment to review the following checklist for a productive appointment experience:
1. Understand your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can review your habits and determine what is holding you back, if anything.
2. Identify pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is unnecessary with the technology and expertise available these days. Sometimes there are easy solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.
3. What do you want your smile to look like?
If you can describe your prime smile, we can explore how to achieve it. There are numerous possibilities for a wonderful smile transformation as well as dental maintenance services. Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut from teeth whitening to veneers to dental implants.

We anticipate you’ll have questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, cost and time commitment for dental implants, possibility of invisible braces, the price of filling a cavity or placing a crown. We will have answers for you. We are equipped and trained in procedures perfect for your concerns and needs. We see patients for porcelain veneers, dental crowns, sedation dentistry, smile design, or Zoom whitening.

When it comes to looking for a dentist in Los Angeles or the neighboring California, Hollywood, or Century City communities please know that you will be in capable hands with me, Dr. Bill Dorfman, and my professional and aware team.

You deserve a billion dollar smile