Tooth Loss Can Cost More than Just Money

tooth-lossA recent International and American Associations for Dental Research report on costs associated with dental diseases indicated the total amounted to $442 billion per year. Improving oral health around the world could help reduce these costs.

However, poor dental care that results in gum disease and tooth loss can cost people much more than just money. Here are three ways your Century City cosmetic dentist warns tooth loss can cost the average adult.

Tooth Loss and Unemployment Go Hand in Hand

Where there is unemployment, there is higher tooth loss, according to a recent post in USAToday. The conjecture is that missing teeth negatively affects a person’s chances of landing a job. Specifically, West Virginia had the “highest jobless rate in June” while at the same time it had “the most working-age adults” missing six or more teeth.

While the most obvious effect of tooth loss is aesthetic, in addition to being unsightly, tooth loss can affect speech. This one-two combination may increase problems when it comes to finding and keeping a job.

Tooth Loss Ruins a Smile and Confidence

The absence of one or more teeth can ruin your smile as well as destroy your confidence. Specifically, a national study found that depression and anxiety are associated with tooth loss. However, tooth loss can affect those around you as well.

Several studies cited at WebMD suggest smiling may lead people to assume you’re successful. In fact, statistics show that most people notice the smile first when meeting someone for the first time. Teeth and smiles are the “second most important attraction feature.”

Unfortunately, many people with visible tooth loss resist smiling due to lack of confidence. Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can help make your damaged smile look new again.

Tooth Loss Can Result in Other Health Problems

The biggest reason for tooth loss is gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis), according to the Academy of Osseointegration. You increase your chances of gum disease if you smoke or don’t eat a well-balanced diet. Chronic ailments such as diabetes or hypertension may also lead to gum disease. However, research now shows that the reverse may be true as well. Gum disease may lead to other health conditions.

For instance, research suggests the “relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease goes both ways.” Additionally, while the jury is still out on the cause-and-effect relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease, there are those who believe there is a connection. While bacteria have always been a factor in gum disease, it’s only been recently that health care professionals have begun to link the inflammation of gum disease to other health concerns.

If you suffer from gingivitis, periodontitis, or tooth loss, speak with your Century City cosmetic dentist to determine how he can help you save your smile.

Is Your Smile Holding You Back?

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Have you ever had to take an unexpected trip to the grocery store looking completely disheveled in a rush to buy an emergency item – say cough medicine for a sick spouse or a must-have poster board for your child’s school assignment? On such an occasion you will inevitably bump into someone you know. How do you feel in your ill-fitting sweatpants and stained T-shirt? Or worse yet, pajamas.

Our outward appearance affects the way we feel inside. In professional situations, don’t you feel more confident when you are wearing flattering, pulled-together business clothes? Aren’t you more likely to express your opinion when you are comfortable in your own skin?

When meeting someone for the first time, don’t you feel better when you are having a good hair day or have cleared up a recent bout of acne? Blind dates are brutal when you don’t feel at the top of your game.

Attractive clothing, well-groomed hair, and a fit body boost self-esteem for most Los Angeles folks. But do you know what people notice before any of these features? Your face. Specifically, your smile and eyes. Multiple studies have shown that extraordinary teeth and eyes immediately capture attention. Now, it’s difficult to change your eyes unless you get colored contacts. But beautiful smiles are within reach because Los Angeles dentists can work miracles with industry-leading cosmetic dentistry.

With specialized training, finely honed skills, modern equipment and quality lab services, savvy dentists can turn unattractive smiles into stunning first-impressions using a variety of technologically-advanced cosmetic dental procedures. Century City Aesthetic Dentistry patients who have received smile redesigns report feeling more confident, more attractive, more effective at work, and happier in their relationships. Many report taking more risks and experiencing more success.

If you are unhappy with your smile, you are probably not aware of the impact it has had on your confidence and self-image. Don’t hide behind an unattractive smile any longer. Call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 877-703-7062 today to schedule an informative cosmetic dental consultation. We will discuss Zoom whitening, porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry and smile design.

Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California 90067

You deserve a billion dollar smile!

6 Ways To Improve Your Smile In Hollywood

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Who would say no to a prettier smile? I am guessing no one, and now with all of the amazing cosmetic dentistry procedures available from Beverly Hills, Century City, and California cosmetic dentists, most dental patients can get the smile they want. Here is a quick look at some of the most popular treatments.

1. Teeth whitening is the most common procedure and it is used to lighten discolored teeth. This quick and easy procedure is usually done in the dentist office, and the results can be surprisingly dramatic.

2. Bonding is a popular treatment that uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This material is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted into the desired shape, and then hardened and polished.

3. Tooth reshaping is a simple way to improve the appearance of teeth. It involves removing part of the enamel and can be used to fix small chips or to change the length or position of teeth.

4. Veneers are custom-made porcelain coverings that are very thin. They are bonded to the teeth and can be used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

5. For most Los Angeles, Century City, and Hollywood patients, dental implants are the best way to fix a missing tooth.

6. And finally, there is the complete smile makeover. A smile makeover uses a combination of the available treatments to get Hollywood dental patients the smiles they want.

Hi. I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman, a cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, and I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best. My practice, Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, offers the following services:

sedation dentistry
Zoom whitening
porcelain veneers
smile design

If you are in the Hollywood, Century City, or California area and are in need of dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 877-703-7062.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California

5 Tools For Tooth Transformations

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Too-small teeth. Misshapen teeth. Cracked teeth. Chipped teeth. Spacing irregularities. These issues are all-too-common for Hollywood, Century City, and California dental patients. But now, with the advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are affordable fixes for these vexing tooth problems!

1. Veneers. (Also called dental laminates or porcelain veneers). These extremely thin shells of material have at times been called porcelain veneers or laminates. The material used is tooth-colored and the shells are custom-made so the size, shape, and color are perfectly matched to your surrounding teeth. The veneers are securely cemented to the front of the teeth to dramatically change your smile.

2. Bonding. This procedure uses a strong tooth-colored resin to close spaces, repair chips and cracks, or change the shape. The resin is molded into place and then a light is applied to harden the material for secure adherence to the tooth.

3. Recontouring. Minimally-invasive reshaping of a tooth by removing minuscule bits of enamel to improve the shape or length. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is sometimes called odontoplasty or slenderizing.

4. Crowns. Most people are familiar with this durable multi-purpose restoration. Natural-looking dental crowns are fabricated in the shape and color of the tooth and cemented into place to fully cover the part of the tooth visible above the gumline.

5. Braces. Patients of all ages are transforming their smiles with unprecedented orthodontia. Before you dismiss this option as too time-consuming or expensive, learn about the new braces now available. Braces are more convenient and discreet than ever before.

Countless Beverly Hills dental patients have achieved beautiful smiles with a smile redesign from Century City Aesthetic Dentistry!

My name is Dr. Bill Dorfman of Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles. I am enthusiastic about to helping my patients have optimum oral health and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about veneers, bonding, recontouring, or crowns, I invite you call us at 877-703-7062 to make an appointment today.

You deserve a billion dollar smile.

Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California

Developing Good Dental Habits In Hollywood

Developing Good Dental Habits In Hollywood

Benjamin Franklin once said:

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

This holds true for almost everything in life, including dental care. For parents in the Los Angeles area, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques early in life will help them avoid the lifelong consequences.

If you wait too long to teach your child 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’s very hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three times longer 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 or the need for children’s cosmetic dentistry in Los Angeles.

I’m Dr. Bill Dorfman, a dentist serving the Beverly Hills area. I know that helping children learn proper oral hygiene is a critical indicator of future oral health, and I want to help Los Angeles parents teach these habits to their children.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Hollywood, Century City, or California area, give us a call here at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. We are currently accepting new patients, and we would love to help you learn how to teach kids good brushing habits or answer questions you have have about cosmetic dentistry or smile makeovers.

Our services include:

sedation dentistry
Zoom whitening
porcelain veneers
smile design
dental crowns

Call today!

Dr. Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California

Single Tooth Replacement: Dental Implant or Bridge?

sigle-toothLosing a tooth may not seem like cause for concern; however, losing even a single tooth can become problematic. It can affect your appearance, your ability to talk and chew, and your jawbone and other teeth.

Two of the most common ways to replace a single tooth is with either a dental bridge or a dental implant. It’s all about figuring out which one is right for you.

Difference between a Dental Bridge and Dental Implant

A dental bridge is exactly what it sounds like. It links the gap between two neighboring natural teeth with an artificial bridge.

Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist starts by shaving the sides of the natural teeth on either side of the gap. The reshaping of these anchor teeth makes room for the bridge. A temporary bridge fills in until your permanent metal/ceramic or all ceramic bridge is ready for placement.

Naturally, the biggest benefits of a dental bridge are that it’s relatively quick to do at a reasonable cost. However, bridges have their drawbacks. One of the biggest problems with bridges is the trauma placed on the anchor teeth. Not only do the anchor teeth require reshaping, the success of the bridge relies on their continued good health.

Dental implants, on the other hand, replace a missing tooth in the most natural-looking way possible. Your Century City cosmetic dentist actually embeds the implant into your gum and jawbone. It acts as the tooth root. This preserves your jawbone and doesn’t affect any adjoining teeth. Additionally, the crown placed on top of the implant makes it virtually impossible for anyone to know it’s not your real tooth.

Take Quick Action if You Lose a Tooth

Regardless of how or why you lose a tooth, it’s important to take immediate action. Losing a tooth can lead to a long list of problems, including movement of other teeth, decay, periodontal disease, and jawbone loss. It may even lead to the loss of other teeth.

Instead, if you lose a tooth here is what your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist recommends:

  • If you can find the tooth, be sure to pick it up by the crown not the root.
  • Don’t try to clean it.
  • If possible, place the tooth back into position and hold it in place with sterile gauze.
  • If you cannot replace it, preserve the tooth in sterile saline or milk.
  • Visit your dentist as soon as possible.

The goal is to keep from harming the tooth or root. Handled correctly, your Century City cosmetic dentist may be able to save the tooth as well as save you from additional dental work.

Multi-Procedure Dental Visits In Los Angeles

Multi-Procedure Dental Visits in Los Angeles If you are planning extensive cosmetic dental work, you may be wondering whether to do it all at once or one procedure at a time over an extended period. Here are some factors to consider:

In the long run, It is less expensive to do it all at once. At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles, we are able to complete several procedures in one visit. We know that complete smile transformations are a significant investment for most Beverly Hills residents. We would be happy to discuss financing options. Call us at 877-703-7062 to schedule a no-pressure consultation.

With the latest materials and cosmetic dental techniques, healing times are shorter than in the past. However, some procedures such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants may require a healing period.

It is easier physically and psychologically to have the fewest possible visits to your Los Angeles dentist. You should also consider how your dental visits and necessary healing periods will impact your employment and family life. You will have less down time if you receive several procedures at once.

Aesthetic Results
While we routinely achieve great outcomes when doing a smile makeover in steps, porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Sedation Dentistry
When you come in for a smile analysis, we can discuss oral sedation dentistry. Many Hollywood and Century City cosmetic dental patients benefit from this safe and effective solution for pain and anxiety management. Conscious sedation is especially helpful for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California

5 Surprising Tooth-Friendly Foods

tooth-friendly-foodsAre you concerned that everything you eat has the potential to cause dental problems? Fear no more.

Yes, citrus can soften enamel, sugar leads to cavities, and nuts or other hard foods can cause tooth damage. However, there is good food that may aid in oral care. Here are five that your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist think might surprise you.

Raisins Act as Cavity Fighters

If you’re looking for a high-energy, low fat snack, raisins not only offer convenience, they are rich in iron and fiber. In fact, just one small box of raisins offers 0.8 milligrams of iron. That’s 8% of what men need and 5 % of what women need daily. When it comes to fiber, raisins provide more than two grams of fiber in just ¼ cup. Overall, raisins can improve digestion and lower your blood pressure.

More importantly, while dental experts generally shun raisins because of their natural sweetness and tendency to stick to teeth, some suggest that they actually may help fight cavities due to plant antioxidants. These phytochemicals “slowed or stopped the growth of two different types of bacteria commonly found in the mouth.”

Cheese Protects Against Tooth Decay

Everyone knows that dairy products are a great source of vitamin D and calcium. These two essential nutrients work together to promote healthy bones and teeth. However, cheese in particular offers even more dental health benefits.

When you eat hard cheese at the end of a meal, it neutralizes the acid and helps to maintain the pH level in your mouth. This, in turn, reduces the chance you’ll have tooth decay.

Leafy-Green Vegetables Activate Saliva, Reduce Cancer Risk

Of course, leafy-green veggies are good for you. They’re high in fiber, promote digestion, and help maintain cholesterol levels. But did you know they may improve your dental health as well?

Research conducted a few years ago showed that women smokers reduced their risk of oral cancer merely by eating green leafy vegetables. In general, researchers suggested that eating a well-balanced, healthy diet was beneficial.

Strawberries Whiten Teeth Naturally

Ask health experts and they’ll tell you that berries of all kinds, including strawberries, are good for you. Specifically, they’ve been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. However, unlike dark berries such as blueberries that are healthy because of their antioxidants but harmful because of their stain-causing properties, strawberries offer a natural enamel whitener.

Strawberries contain a substance called malic acid that acts as a natural tooth whitener. Some people even suggest making a paste with strawberries and applying it to your teeth. You may want to talk with your Century City cosmetic dentist first.

Carrots Help Clean Teeth

Along with being a low-calorie food, carrots are a superior source of vitamin A and the antioxidant beta-carotene. Health experts suggest they improve vision and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and many cancers.

However, a raw carrot also can help you scrub away plaque. Plaque is that filmy bacteria that grows on your teeth and gums. Chomp down on a medium-sized carrots or a handful of minis and you give your teeth a fighting chance.

The ‘Wow Factor’ At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry In Los Angeles

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Hello to our valued Century City Aesthetic Dentistry patients! If you haven’t stopped by our blog in a while, we welcome you. It has been a great month at our professional and aware Los Angeles dentistry practice.

We continue to achieve fantastic results with our precision smile makeovers. Dr. Dorfman has been skillfully using veneers, porcelain crowns, short term braces, teeth whitening, dental bridges, gum grafting, crown lengthening, and dental bonding to create unbelievably beautiful smiles. If you would like a perfect smile, call us at 877-703-7062 today to schedule a smile design consultation.

Century City Aesthetic Dentistry cosmetic dentistry patients in Los Angeles have absolutely no regrets about their investment in a unforgettable smile. “Wow! That was fast! Wow! That was painless. Wow! My smile is amazing!”

There are few physical features that can be transformed as quickly as your smile (okay, maybe your hair) – just think of how long it takes to tighten your abs or lose weight. Dramatic improvements can sometimes be achieved in just one visit.

If you have never seen photos of some of our Los Angeles smile redesign patients, you are probably not aware of how dramatic the results can be. There is virtually no dental issue that can’t be improved with state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry.

Do you want to look younger, more attractive, and more confident? Consider an expert smile makeover from one of the top cosmetic dentists in California. See for more details or call today!

You deserve a billion dollar smile -Bill Dorfman, DDS

Bill Dorfman
Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
2080 Century Park E Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California 90067

3 Ways a Great Smile Can Make You Look Younger

dentist-20150902Weight gain, muscle strength loss, and changes in skin tone are just a few of the things that most of us experience as we age. However, one vital change that many aging people may not pay a mind to is their smile.

A 2012 study confirms the importance of a great smile when it comes to other people’s perception of you. We suggest that if you don’t want others thinking you’re older than you really are you should talk to your Century City cosmetic dentist about these three things and how he can help make your smile look younger.

Teeth Yellow Due to Aging

Teeth yellow as we age for a number of reasons. One is the consumption of dark-colored food and drink, such as berries, coffee, and red wine. However, food in general plays a big role in tooth discoloration, especially if you consume acidic foods such as citrus. By eroding away tooth enamel, the acid allows the enamel to absorb even more of the stain-causing substances.

Additionally, people who use tobacco products, smoking or chewing, put their teeth at risk for staining. Finally, medications may affect the color of your teeth as well.

If your teeth don’t have that pearly white look that you loved when you were younger, talk to your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist about tooth whitening.

Gums May Recede with Age

Remember the phrase “long in the tooth?” It comes from the age-old practice of checking a horse’s age by looking at the length of their teeth. Longer teeth meant receding gums. Receding gums meant an older animal.

Gum recession is most common in older people. In fact, in a study of nearly 10,000 people, only 38% of participants in their thirties had some recession, while 90% of those in their eighties had it.

While some people have receding gums due to heredity, one of the biggest reasons for a receding gum line is poor oral hygiene. To reduce your risk, brush and floss daily, and visit your Century City cosmetic dentist regularly.

Face Aging Due to Tooth Loss 

It’s normal for your face to change as you age. Decreased muscle tone, increased wrinkles and dark spots, and dryer skin are all a part of getting older. However, people who have lost several teeth increase their chances of facial collapse, a reaction to the loss of jawbone.

Typically, the roots of your teeth stimulate the jawbone to keep it healthy and strong. Without the stimulation, your body determines you no longer need it and reabsorbs it. Loss of jawbone results in loss of support to your cheeks and jawline. Your face looks shriveled and your cheeks look hollow. You may appear much older than your real age.

While many dentists use dental bridges and dentures as a substitute for tooth loss, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist knows the ideal solution is dental implants.

Talk to him about any of your concerns and take the time to keep your smile looking fresh and young through regular dental care.