A beautiful smile is marked by straight, white, and symmetrical teeth. Is your smile lacking in any of these areas? Thin sheets of porcelain called porcelain veneers can be permanently cemented to your teeth to correct discoloration, chips, breaks, crookedness, and other cosmetic and functional concerns. Dr. Tomazin can give your smile a makeover by using porcelain veneers as a permanent and easy solution to improve the aesthetics and function of your teeth.
Reason #1: Treatment Is Quick and Easy
Getting porcelain veneers is nothing like those dental treatments that take months or years to produce real results. In just one or two office visits, your veneers can be permanently attached to your teeth for a quick and easy solution with immediate results.
Reason #2: Get Whiter, Natural-looking Teeth
Teeth whitening treatments aren’t for everyone. If you can’t receive whitening treatments or if whitening treatments haven’t produced the results you were hoping for, veneers can give you white teeth here and now. They’re also stain-resistant and blend naturally with the rest of your teeth.
Reason #3: Fix Crooked or Misshapen Teeth
If you have crooked or misshapen teeth, you don’t have to spend months undergoing orthodontic treatments. Veneers can be placed over your teeth to improve their appearance and give you a straighter smile with just two treatments.
Reason #4: Hide Chips, Cracks, or Breaks
Chipped, cracked, and broken teeth can easily be disguised with porcelain veneers. Veneers can even correct problems with chewing or speech impediments caused by broken teeth.
Reason #5: Improve Your Bite
Believe it or not, teeth straightening treatments aren’t the only way to improve your bite. Porcelain veneers can improve your bite as well and help your teeth align properly for improved form, function, and appearance.
Reason #6: Close Gaps
Do you have gaps between your teeth? Veneers can be made slightly wider than your natural tooth to erase the gap so that your teeth are flush together. They can even hide significant gaps caused by missing teeth.
Reason #7: Treatment Is Painless
Getting porcelain veneers is a simple and painless treatment. Unlike other dental treatments that can cause substantial oral pain, veneers are quickly and easily attached to the teeth in a painless process.
Reason #8: They’re Incredibly Durable
Veneers are a long-lasting solution and are incredibly durable. Getting porcelain veneers on your teeth can protect your teeth and your smile for many years.
Reason #9: A Versatile and Multipurpose Solution
Porcelain veneers are the only dental treatment that can fix discoloration, crookedness, and tooth shape all at once. Instead of having to undergo multiple different treatments, you can receive veneers to resolve your concerns with just one or two office appointments.
Dr. Chad Tomazin can use porcelain dental veneers to transform your smile and your appearance. To learn more, request your appointment with Dr. Tomazin by calling (951) 686-3666 or by filling out our online contact form today.
Everyone wants their teeth to be, as it were, “pearly whites.” But is teeth whitening safe? When done properly using the right products, always under the care of your dentist, teeth whitening can be entirely safe and can give you the beautifully white smile you desire.
Why Don’t Teeth Stay Naturally White?
Tooth enamel is naturally white, but certain foods and drinks can discolor it. Common culprits are coffee, tea, soda, wine, sweets, citrus, berries, tomatoes, and certain spices. Minimizing your consumption of these foods and drinks can reduce staining. However, for most of us, it’s not realistic to avoid these substances entirely. Doing so can even deprive you of certain nutrients that are critical to your overall health. Therefore, it is understandable that your teeth may lose some of their whiteness and brightness as you get older.
Factors That Affect the Safety, Efficacy, and Comfort of Teeth Whitening Solutions
FDA Approved With the ADA Seal of Acceptance
To ensure that your teeth whitening solution is safe, only use products that are FDA approved and have the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which is administered for over-the-counter products. “Clinically proven” assures you that the product has been put through rigorous testing and is indeed safe for use. It also determines whether the treatment is effective. If you purchase a product that claims to whiten teeth but a note somewhere on the product says, “This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA,” you have no guarantees and will be using it at your own risk. Luckily, there are plenty of teeth whitening products out there with these safety labels for you to choose from.
Your Dental Health
If your teeth and gums are not in good condition, teeth whitening may NOT be safe for you. For instance, if your teeth have holes or cracks, tooth bleaching products could seep through and damage the tooth root. Similarly, if your teeth have worn enamel or if you have cavities or gum disease, your dentist may discourage you from bleaching your teeth. However, if your teeth are generally healthy, your dentist will more than likely approve teeth whitening as an appropriate treatment for you.
Having Sensitive Teeth or Gums
Some people have naturally sensitive teeth or gums. Teeth and gum sensitivity after using whitening agents is only temporary and usually goes away within 48 hours. Sensitivity may increase and become more uncomfortable with prolonged use of the treatment.
The longer you use a teeth whitening solution, the greater your tooth sensitivity may become. There is not enough information available to safely recommend unsupervised long-term use or repeated use of teeth whitening products. If you are interested in a long-term solution or if you need severe teeth whitening, talk to your dentist about solutions that will be appropriate for you.
Reliable Teeth Whitening Solutions
There are two types of teeth whitening solutions: bleaching products, which can remove surface stains and deep stains, and non-bleaching products, which can remove surface stains only. Various treatments and solutions can be purchased at drug stores, given by your dentist for at-home use, or administered by your dentist in the dental office.
- Take-Home Teeth Whitening: At-home bleaching trays can be custom-fitted to your teeth to give you a whiter smile within just a few weeks. Teeth whitening strips may also be recommended. At-home solutions are often quite affordable and easy to use.
- In-Office Teeth Whitening: A tooth bleaching gel can be applied during a two-hour treatment session at the dentist’s office. This quick and effective treatment can produce immediate and excellent results.
Talk to Your Dentist First
Regardless of which treatment you have chosen, talk to your dentist before using any teeth whitening solution. Your dentist will assess your dental and oral health to determine if bleaching your teeth is a good form of treatment. It is always best to entrust your teeth whitening to dental experts to ensure safe treatment and the best results. With professional monitoring, you can avoid risking any damage, severe discomfort, or other issues and still achieve a whiter and brighter smile.
Chad Tomazin, DDS offers in-office and at-home teeth whitening solutions at his dental practice in Riverside, California. To request your appointment with Dr. Tomazin, call (951) 686-3666 or fill out our online contact form today.
While chipping a tooth is often a result of a fall, accident, or an intense contact sport like hockey, most find it surprising that chipped teeth can also occur from the seemingly harmless habits and choices of everyday life. Find out what may be causing your chipped teeth from the list below.
Many people are not aware that tongue piercings can not only increase the risk of getting an infection in the mouth, but they can also lead to chipped teeth. Biting on tongue jewelry, either habitually or on accident, can lead to cracks, chips, and other damage. According to research published in the Journal of Periodontology, 47 percent of people who wear tongue jewelry for at least four years have experienced chipped teeth.
Many times those who do not know how their teeth became chipped or cracked consistently grind their teeth in their sleep. This condition is known as bruxism, which is often brought on by stress. Bruxism affects about eight percent of adults and is completely treatable. In a previous post, we discussed a few ways patients can prevent bruxism on their own or lessen the damage that it causes. Dr. Tomazin can help determine what is causing your chipped or cracked teeth and correct any damage with dental bonding or porcelain veneers. They will also make other suggestions for preventing bruxism.
Braces are not only a solution for a beautiful smile; they also can correct pain or damage that is caused by an improper bite. All types of malocclusion (crooked teeth) can cause chips and cracks in the teeth, which is why correction is important for your long-term oral health. Straightening your teeth sooner rather than later can avoid more extensive corrective treatment down the road.
Nail biting may seem harmless, especially if you have thin nails, but over time it can cause the teeth to chip. When most people use their teeth as tools or to bite their nails, they tend to use the same particular teeth to bite and tear, causing accelerated damage to that portion of the tooth.
Chewing ice, hard candy, or any hard, non-food object can chip the teeth. If you have a habit of chewing on any of these hard objects, it is best to avoid them completely and replace the habit by chewing sugar-free gum.
Chipped teeth can cause problems with speech, sores or discomfort in the mouth, and can worsen over time. If you have a chipped tooth or teeth, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Tomazin for an assessment. The information they can provide you will help to correct the problem and restore your beautiful smile. Call (951) 686-3666 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to serving you!
Consistent morning headaches, sore jaw muscles, earaches, and unexplained wear on your teeth can often be attributed to habitually grinding your teeth, or bruxism. Bruxism most often occurs during sleep and is brought on by stress, an abnormal bite, missing teeth, or crooked teeth. An estimated eight percent of adults grind their teeth at night, and over one third of parents report symptoms of bruxism in their children.
1. Visit your dentist.
If you suspect that you habitually clench or grind your teeth, the first thing you should do is visit your dentist. Dr. Tomazin can assess your teeth and any damage that may have been done to diagnose and treat bruxism.
2. Manage stress.
If bruxism is caused by stress, you may be advised to either lessen the amount of stress in your life or to take some time to manage it. Many find that meditation, yoga, or other forms of exercise help with this. You can also place a warm washcloth below your ears to help relax your jaw muscles at night. If you clench your teeth out of habit during the day, you can help your jaw muscles relax by resting your tongue between your teeth.
3. Wear a mouthguard.
Dr. Tomazin may advise you to wear a dental splint or a mouthguard to protect your teeth from bruxism at night. While a store-bought mouthguard can be just as effective, it can shift the teeth over time. Dr. Tomazin will take an impression of your mouth to provide you with a comfortable, custom fit. If you have any chips or significant wear as a result of bruxism, Dr. Tomazin can correct these issues with bonding or porcelain veneers before your customized mouthguard is made.
4. Correct crooked or missing teeth.
If bruxism is caused by missing teeth or misaligned teeth, you should definitely get these problems corrected to prevent further damage. Consistent bruxism can wear the teeth down and cause chipped and loose teeth along with jaw pain and headaches. Dental implants are the best treatment method to replace missing teeth. They last a lifetime, are more comfortable than dentures, and do not require any special maintenance.
If you need a diagnosis or treatment for bruxism or if you would like to learn more about cosmetic dental procedures offered at Dr. Tomazin’s Riverside practice, please schedule an appointment. Call (951) 686-3666 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to serving you!
While bleeding gums can be caused by a few different circumstances, they are most often the result of poor oral health. When this is the case, gingivitis, also known as gum disease, has likely already set in.
Gingivitis is one of the most common diseases in the nation. At any given time, more than half of men and women over the age of 30 have it, according to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). If left untreated, gum disease can progress to a more serious infection called periodontitis that can lead to tooth loss and even serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Studies have shown that when these health issues were already present in the body, periodontitis made them worse.
Although gingivitis has the potential to wreak havoc on your health, it is entirely preventable and treatable. Here are a couple of tips for preventing gum disease and the symptoms that come with it.
How to Prevent Bleeding Gums
1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Gum disease is caused by infection, which is a result of excess plaque and bacteria in the mouth. The best way to prevent excess plaque and bacteria is to practice regular oral hygiene by brushing your teeth at least two times a day and flossing daily. If you are particularly susceptible to infection, your dentist may recommend brushing your teeth more often.
2. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Sometimes the signs of gingivitis are difficult to notice, which is why it is very important to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and assessment of your oral health. By checking the depth of the pockets between your gums and teeth, your dentist can determine how healthy your gums are and make suggestions for improvement.
How Gum Disease Is Treated
Gum disease can be treated during a professional dental cleaning. As plaque and tartar are removed from above and below the gum line, the source of the infection is removed, and the gums are then able to heal. If deeper cleaning is needed, your dentist can perform laser plaque and tartar removal or scaling and root planing, which involves a local anesthetic to scrape away plaque and tartar buildup. If gum disease has reached and damaged the bone, surgical techniques can be used to restore it.
Dr. Chad Tomazin is a highly qualified dental practitioner dedicated to providing ultimate patient comfort and satisfaction. If you are interested in general or cosmetic dental services in the Riverside, CA area, please schedule your appointment today by calling (951) 686-3666. Or, for your convenience, you may fill out our online contact form.
Throughout his experience, Dr. Tomazin has witnessed the need for dentistry for special needs patients. Although patients with a developmental disability or other special need make up about 20 percent of the American population, many private dental clinics must turn them away because they simply do not have the qualifications (or patience) to help them.
Special needs patients, both young and old, often require extra time and advanced training from their dental care provider. Those who have a mental disability (especially children) may become anxious as a result of the unfamiliar sights and sounds of the dental office, and their dentist must feel comfortable practicing sedation dentistry or other special techniques that put the patient at ease.
Other patients may have an impairment that tests their ability to practice regular oral hygiene. Such patients may have suffered from a stroke, multiple sclerosis, paralysis, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, autism, genetic disorders, or arthritis, and they may require extra dental visits to better monitor potential problems.
Dr. Tomazin has served many special needs patients and offers “sleep” dentistry as well as sedation with anesthesia, which is monitored by a dental anesthesiologist for the duration of the procedure. All concerns and preferences regarding anesthesia or treatment can be discussed beforehand.
Dr. Tomazin strives to provide a private, comfortable experience for all patients who come to his practice. He provides a full range of services for special needs patients, including fillings, extractions, implants, dentures, root canal, and many more. The goal with every treatment is to customize it to meet the patient’s unique needs.
Dr. Tomazin is not a Dental Cal provider but serves cash-paying patrons who seek an especially supportive and comfortable atmosphere for their disabled loved one.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (951) 686-3666. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.
With the 86th Academy Awards about a week away, you can be sure that many of the world’s most prestigious movie stars are doing everything they can to get ready for the big night. Before you watch in anticipation of who wins the prized Oscar® awards on Sunday, March 2nd, perhaps you’ll tune in to see what your favorite celebrities look like when they hit the red carpet. While you may not be able to get legs like Angelina Jolie or cheekbones like Jennifer Aniston, a red carpet smile is easily obtainable.
In this day and age, people have discovered a variety of ways to whiten their teeth. Even though there is no substitute for professional teeth whitening in a cosmetic setting, below are some simple tips that can help you attain a noticeably whiter smile.
Avoid Certain Drinks
You may already know that liquids like coffee, soda, and red wine stain teeth, not to mention erode the enamel. However, if you’ve recently applied a whitening product, you may be even more susceptible to staining since peroxide opens the pores inside the teeth. If it’s impossible for you to avoid consuming these drinks altogether, then just make sure you decrease your consumption when using whitening products, and drink from a straw when possible.
Wear Blue-Based Lipsticks
Although you may be fond of lighter colored lipsticks, applying blue-based hues to your lips actually counteracts yellow tinting that exists on your teeth. For the best results, wear red and dark pink lipsticks. To enhance your lips and make your teeth appear even whiter, add a darker toned lip liner.
Focus on Your Gums
The color of your gums not only affects the brightness of your teeth, but also indicates how healthy your mouth is. Red or bleeding gums are the precursors of gingivitis, which can eventually lead to periodontal disease. Regular flossing your teeth once a day and using mouthwash each time after brushing can help keep your gums healthy and pink in appearance.
Use an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are much more effective at removing plaque and maintaining your results between dental visits than traditional manual toothbrushes. Our office carries Sonicare electric toothbrushes, which is Dr. Tomazin’s personal favorite.
Use an At-Home Whitening Products
Whitening strips are a popular choice among people of all ages, but there are other products that effectively produce results. Overnight serums containing a special blend of peroxide and fluoride not only whiten teeth, but strengthen the enamel as well. Whitening pens also provide an excellent substitute for chewing gum after meals. Our office can provide you with custom-fitted bleaching trays that will fit your teeth comfortably, allowing you to get amazing results while wearing them only two hours a day for three days to three weeks.
Schedule an In-Office Treatment
If you desire a red carpet smile with long-lasting whitening results, our “Zoom!™” teeth whitening treatment can give you just that. Although this procedure is more expensive than at-home treatments, only a single one-hour treatment will painlessly provide you with excellent teeth whitening results!
Feel free to contact our Riverside practice for all of your cosmetic dentistry needs. Call (951) 686-3666 or conveniently fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Anthony Tomazin takes the time to provide every patient with the most personable treatments to give them the best results possible.
Various get-togethers with friends and family make the holidays one of the best times of the year. To look their best, many people focus on physical aspects, such as their hair, face, and body. However, the appearance of a bright white smile is perhaps the feature that matters the most. To get those pearly whites brighter and make a lasting impression this holiday season, we’ve provided a few simple “dos” and “don’ts” to help you get that Hollywood smile in no time at all.
Around for over a century, this simple product can be very effective in whitening teeth. By brushing your teeth with baking soda once a week, this slightly abrasive material creates a chemical reaction when added to water that gently removes surface stains from teeth.
No, we’re not talking about chips (darn it!). However, crunchy fruits and vegetables such as carrots, celery, and apples can naturally whiten teeth because they contain a compound called cellulose that removes stains.
This tasty fruit contains malic acid, which is a whitening enzyme found in many toothpastes. By mashing up a few berries and rubbing them on the teeth for a few minutes at a time, stains are naturally diminished.
One of the most infamous culprits of yellow teeth is coffee. Asking individuals to completely stop drinking the beverage may not be realistic. However, you can decrease the staining effects by sipping it through a straw or brushing your teeth immediately after drinking it.
It makes perfect sense that yellow teeth are emphasized by gold jewelry. Instead, try wearing silver jewelry to contrast the appearance of your teeth.
Although there are various ways to eliminate yellow staining and get whiter teeth, a surefire way to get bright white teeth with no downtime is to seek professional dentistry. At his Riverside office, Dr. Anthony Tomazin regularly helps men and women get the white, long-lasting smile they desire. To schedule your consultation, please call (951) 686-3666 or fill out our online consultation form today. Happy Holidays!
Are Yellowing Teeth Aging Your Smile?
So you think your teeth may be yellowing or that your smile just does not have the sheen it used to. This is a common concern that our dental team hears from our patients’. In this blog I am going to share a few reasons why your teeth appear to be more yellow as the years pass.
1. Stain: there are 2 types of stain: stain that goes inside the tooth and stain that only resides on the outside of the tooth. The stain that resides on the surface of the tooth is due to many foods and drinks we eat along with areas missed during oral hygiene care at home. This stain can be removed by a dental hygienist during a routine cleaning. It will also help you to spend more time at home with brushing and flossing. Also investing in an electric toothbrush will help. The stain that resides inside the tooth causing a dull and yellow look to the tooth is from years of eating/drinking foods that stain enamel. Simply, anything that could stain a white shirt over time can lead to yellowing of the teeth.
2. Recession: when there is gum recession, the roots are exposed to the oral environment and can quickly become discolored as the root surface is much weaker than enamel.
3. Exposure to Antibiotics: individuals exposed to high quantities of antibiotics as a child are more prone to yellow, dull, or gray looking enamel. Tetracycline is the main culprit in this, this antibiotic is now rarely if ever given to a child due to its devastating effects.
4. Crowded/Misaligned teeth: individuals who do not have a balanced bite run the risk of creating pockets for bacteria/plaque to congregate and create inflammation of the gum tissue and dulling of the enamel.
If you would like to hear about how our dental team here at Dr. Chad Tomazin’s Cosmetic Wellness office can brighten and enhance your smile please contact us at (951)686-3666. We are located conveniently in the Inland Empire area just off of the 91 freeway in Riverside, CA.
Reasons to Ask for an Advanced Oral Cancer Screening:
Did you know that not all dentists’ or dental hygienists’ routinely screen for oral cancer?
The following link shows an article released and in that the ADA states that only 15% of patients are told they are getting an oral cancer screening. I find this number to be alarmingly low, so I must defend the dental profession a bit and say we look at tissues in the mouth routinely for abnormalities without letting our patients’ know.
With that said, the “naked eye” can only see abnormal tissue in the form of district color changes. Thus, oral cancer when found is much more advanced and treatment typically results in removal of large amounts of tissues in the mouth. So what can you do to lower your risk of oral cancer…..ASK for a yearly oral cancer screening! Moreover, request technology like the Velscope be used to evaluate your tissue. The Velscope is a diagnostic tool used in dental offices to look at the oral tissues under fluorescent light. This light will “bounce” back on healthy tissue and “darken” tissue that is abnormal. What I like most about this technology is that to the “naked eye” this tissue that is “abnormal” with the Velscope is “normal looking” to the “naked eye.”
The question you may have in your mind is: AM I A CANDIDATE FOR AN ADVANCED ORAL CANCER SCREENING? The following is a list of “AT RISK” candidates for oral cancer.
HISTORY OF SMOKING/CHEWING TOBACCO
HISTORY OF HPV VIRUS
HISTORY OF MODERATE TO HEAVY ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
*there is also increase risk to those who have poor diets and who have an acidic environment in their mouths and body.
Scary statistics with oral cancer: 42,000 Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year. Approximately 50% of which who will not survive over 5 years.
Oral Cancer can affect the tissues of the tongue, throat, cheek, roof of mouth, floor of mouth, and oral tissues in general. These tissues are exposed to many different chemicals and toxins from the foods we eat/drink. It is my opinion that advanced oral cancer screenings be performed 1 time a year for preventive purposes. If you are interested in an oral cancer exam please contact my Inland Empire Cosmetic dental office where we have the latest in technology for screening oral cancer. (951)685-3666.