Sleep Apnea Home Remedies

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Wilshire Smile Studio helps a variety of our patients deal with sleep apnea of varying severities. Sleep Apnea is quite a common disorder, where you can experience (between one and several), shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses when you suffer from sleep apnea can last anywhere from a few seconds to a matter of minutes at a time. Normal breathing will generally start again with a loud snort or choking sound, usually to the chagrin the person who has to sleep near or next to them.

Before we get into sleep apnea, the problems it causes and the solutions that can change the way you’re being affected, here are some important facts to know about sleep apnea:

The average American gets about 7 hours of sleep, which is steadily decreasing due to factors like stress. Stress is only increasing in our hyper-connected world of transparency.

Sleep apnea has been linked (and should be seen as a gateway condition) to more serious health problems like High Blood Pressure, GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease), Diabetes, Obesity, Depression, Heart Disease, even Stroke.

A Harvard Medical Study conducted in May of 2011 reported convincing findings that patients untreated for moderate to severe sleep apnea had a decrease of life expectancy of 8-11 years — this is in opposition to patients who were properly treated for their sleep apnea of similar severity.

Some of the problems that sleep apnea can cause:

Sleep Apnea ends up having a severe effect on your sleep, which can affect your everyday life. This is a chronic, ongoing condition. You’ll often shift from a deep sleep into a shallow sleep while your breathing pauses or gets light. When you experience a lack of sleep, it can cause serious problems to your motor skills and other day to day activities. Lack of sleep will have a definite and noticeable effect on the functionality of your daily life. It can certainly affect your driving ability and your performance in the workplace. Basically, there’s a lot at stake if you don’t take care of your sleep apnea.

If you let your sleep apnea go untreated, it can increase your risk of acquiring other health problems, like high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and heart failure. As you can see, it’s no joke.

Beyond treatments offered at remedies you can practice and lifestyle changes that you can make that we would like to suggest. With a few minor adjustments, you can enhance your way of life, increase your well-being, and (just as important) reduce or further control your sleep apnea.

In minor cases, self-care might actually be the most effective way to deal with the more mild forms of obstructive sleep apnea. In some cases, self-care can present a fine remedy for central sleep apnea as well.

Lose Some Excess Weight

We know that one of the hardest things in life to do is adjust your diet and diligently commit to a healthy, strenuous exercise routine. It’s always easier said than done. Changing your life can be tough, and it always seems like more temptations arise when you’re trying to change. But try to maintain a well-balanced diet. Don’t allow yourself any cheat days. It’s for the best. As you advance in age, it’s more and more important to stay on top of your weight, your fitness, your caloric intake, and your blood pressure. Excess weight can contribute to throat constriction, which can cause you to experience trouble breathing. You can force your sleep apnea into complete remission if you lose excess weight and force yourself to stay physically active.

Exercise

Regular exercise should be practiced religiously, if you have the means. Even if you don’t have a gym membership, there are things you can do at the house to maintain your fitness. Try to workout at a scheduled time consistently, which can also help ease your sleep apnea symptoms. This can help your sleep apnea even if you don’t experience weight loss. 30 minutes of exercise four or five days a week is good enough to do the job. If you’re starting out slow, you can do as little as a brisk walk for about a half hour every day. Just a small adjustment like this will yield you great results.

Keep Your Nasal Passages Clear

Nasal sprays work well for keeping nasal passages open, especially at night, which is when open passage of air is of paramount importance. If you can find a saline nasal spray that works for you at your local grocery store and apply it nightly, it can do wonders for you. Talk to your doctor about using any decongestants and antihistamines before trying these. Generally, medications like these are designed only for SHORT TERM USE.

Now’s the Time to Stop Smoking

We know that, like keeping a healthy diet, quitting smoking can be one of the hardest battles you’ll ever go through. Some people go their entire lifetimes without achieving independence from the chokehold of tobacco. Smoking particularly worsens your situation if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

Quit Drinking, Too

Avoid adult beverages, and certainly avoid certain medications. Tranquilizers can negatively affect your sleep apnea, ironically enough. Tranquilizers and other depressants will actually relax muscles in the back of your through, which will disrupt your breathing as well.

Sleep On The Side, Not Your Back

Sleeping on your back can cause your tongue and soft palate to rest against the back of your throat, which clogs up your airways, blocking your ability to breathe.

If sleep apnea persists in the face of making these lifestyle changes, then we can help. Contact Wilshire Smile Studio today. We pride ourselves in providing a variety of cosmetic and general dentistry procedures that will make your life better. We also specialize in sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.

Living with TMJ

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As the world continues to grow and globalize, it seems like life gets more and more stressful by the minute. Schedules start to get full and quickly it seems like there isn’t enough time in the day to finish all the things you need to get done on top of work and home life. With workloads mounting, with the way we work changing, this results in less and less time for relaxation, less and less time for you to focus on spending quality time decompressing. This can mount and mount and stress can manifest itself in some serious ways.

This might be part of the reason why more and more cases of TMJ are on the rise in this day and age. In our current politically-charged, intensely competitive world, it’s important to address TMJ before it gets worse. Wilshire Smile Studio would like you to know that if you are a person who suffers from TMJ or know someone who does, there are some effective ways that you can prevent, relieve, or treat TMJ.

First, what is TMJ?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (popularly known as TMJ) occurs when the hinge connecting the lower and the upper jaw ceases to work properly. This hinge of your jaw is considered among the most complex joints in your entire body. This hinge of your jaw alone carries the burden of moving your lower jaw in all of its directions. This is a uniquely complex system of muscles, bones, discs, and ligaments. Complications can arise with this complex system’s functionality, and often these complications are considered TMJ. TMJ can manifest itself with your jaw making a popping sound, clicking, or even getting “stuck” in one place for a moment or an extended period of time. It’s quite difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of an individual case of TMJ, but we do know of some common contributing factors:

Bruxism or constant clenching of the jaw which creates trauma
Being struck in the jaw in any way can also lead to TMJ
Normal, everyday wear and tear from eating, speaking, clenching
TMJ can come about due to aging
TMJ can also come about from disease

TMJ symptoms can include:
Clicking and popping of the jaw joints
Jaw getting stuck or locking in one place
Pain or discomfort in the cheek and jaw muscles
Regularly occurring headaches and migraines which might vary in frequency and duration
Clenching or teeth grinding at night
Inability to open jaw smoothly or evenly, or experiencing discomfort in doing so
The jaw might also deviate to one side or another when opening or closing
Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)
Cervical Pain
Tension Headaches
Vertigo
Nervousness/Insomnia

You might not be aware of this fact, but your jaw muscles can often be among the most tense in your body. Think about the last time you were mad or stressed, what are the chances that you clenched your jaw? It can even start out as a minor jaw problem, but without addressing it, TMJ can turn chronic (long-lasting or perpetually lasting).

Whether you experience some of these symptoms and would like relief, or if you would simply like to avoid developing TMJ, Wilshire Smile Studio would like to suggest some ways that you can properly care for your jaw, ensuring its functionality as you advance through life.

You can eliminate muscle spasms by applying moist heat to your jaw at the end of the day, or whenever you experience stress or pain. Prescription medications such as muscle relaxants can also help. Over the counter remedies like aspirin and other pain relief medication and anti-inflammatories can also go a long way.

Wilshire Smile Studio offers dentist-grade and approved appliances which can help significantly reduce the harmful side effects that clenching and grinding at night can yield. At night it is especially important to use appliances, because of the simple fact that you can’t control what you do in your sleep. Bite plates or splints are popular terms used for these dental guards. We can custom-fit these to your individual mouth, slipping them over your upper teeth. This prevents grinding against the lower teeth, which reduces TMJ side effects and promotes good oral health in the process!

Learn and execute relaxation techniques that you find work for you. Physical rehabilitation, sleep therapy, or special training might also be necessary. Counseling can also be an effective and viable solution to stress relief.

Monitoring your food intake and eating softer foods (and staying away from hard foods, hard candies, almonds, sticky foods like taffy, peanut brittle, and even extra crunchy potato chips) can significantly reduce pain and discomfort in your jaw.

Get used to avoiding chewing gum. Opt for breath mints, but make sure not to chew on them. If you are able, try to limit the times you open your mouth wide. Save that for your Wilshire Smile Studio visits!

You can learn therapeutic mandible (lower jaw) movements which can drastically reduce pain and symptoms of your TMJ.

Of course Wilshire Smile Studio is always here if you have any additional lingering questions about TMJ. If you’ve tried these various remedies and your symptoms persist, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Wilshire Smile Studio today.

The Importance of Dental Implants

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You might be surprised to know that, If you’re missing a tooth, you’re not alone. There are a surprisingly staggering amount of Americans in the world today who have at least one or multiple missing teeth. To be more specific, actually, an estimated 70% of the U.S. population is missing one or more teeth!

For most people, tooth loss will most commonly occur in the molar area on either side of the back of the individual’s mouth. Most folks who lose a molar, since it’s not one of the more visible areas of your mouth, will leave their mouth as is, shirking treatment of any sort, much less undergoing a necessary dental implant procedure. Nobody looks at your molars besides your dentist anyway, right?

So, Wilshire Smile Studio asks the question: does it truly matter if you get a dental implant for that molar that just went MIA? The answer is a loud and emphatic “yes!”

The primary problem behind tooth loss doesn’t really have anything to do with the appearance or aesthetics of your teeth, although it certainly can be thought of as unsightly to have missing teeth by some. However, the vast majority of people see themselves being hindered by a missing tooth only in an aesthetic sense. People are at their best when they feel their best, and they feel their best when they feel like they look their best.

But there are consequences that can come about from letting a lost tooth go untreated. Your alveolar bone, which is a bone that surrounds your teeth, requires regular stimulation in order to maintain its health and structural integrity. Necessary stimulation of your alveolar bone occurs from the everyday stresses transmitted from your teeth by chewing, clenching, speaking, etc. Without this stimulation, your bone will be under stimulated, and it will gradually begin to disintegrate.

Don’t Wait Another Minute on that Missing Tooth

25% of your bone loss can occur within your first year of experiencing that missing tooth alone. This will increase gradually as the years go by, sometimes exponentially. Let’s say that maybe you can deal with the bone loss that will surely occur after you leave that one lost tooth untreated. If enough of your teeth are affected, you can lose them, too, and if enough teeth are lost, your ability to speak and chew will be significantly altered and hindered. Your lifestyle can change dramatically.

Losing this important bone structure can change the contours and shape of your face, the way your lips sit and move, and even your jawline, making you appear noticeably older and less healthy. In worst case scenarios, your bite could collapse altogether eventually. Missing a tooth and letting it go untreated can also promote crowding or ruin your bite — your teeth will shift into new territories. Preventative measures should be taken now if you’ve indeed experienced a missing tooth.

Fortunately, at Wilshire Smile Studio, we can provide effective dental implant procedures that will help secure your oral health, which will help secure your overall health. From your gums to your bone volume, you’ll never be sorry for your choice to replace a missing tooth with a high-quality dental implant. Because your dental implant is fused to your bone, it will help promote that all-important stimulation that your natural tooth and root would. Dental implants can improve both the aesthetic value and the functionality of your teeth and mouth. You’ll be able to eat and speak as you normally would.

So if you’ve lost one of your teeth, even and especially if it’s one of those molars, call Wilshire Smile Studio today. We can help you rebuild your winning smile today.

January is Thyroid Awareness Month!

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Wilshire Smile Studio believes in enlightenment. We also believe that good oral health is directly linked to good overall health, which is why today’s blog is about thyroid awareness month, a month about a part of your body that you probably don’t even think about!

If you were to take a look around wherever you’re at and ask just about any person you run into what they think a pink ribbon means, you will likely get a correct answer or something in the ballpark. They will tell you it has something to do with breast cancer, and they would be correct.

Obviously this topic is of huge import. But other important conditions and areas of the body should get a similar amount of love, especially your thyroid. You wouldn’t know what a blue ribbon stands for, would you? Have you even heard of the thyroid? If so, how much do you actually know about thyroid disease?

More than 30 million people in the US have thyroid disorders, yet more than half remain undiagnosed and untreated. That means that over 50% of people with thyroid problems don’t even know they have thyroid problems. Thyroid disease is actually even more common than diabetes and heart disease. Is that news to you? How about this one: thyroid disease is even more prevalent and common than breast cancer! We’ll go one step further. Thyroid disease is more prevalent than all forms of cancer combined.

Now you’re probably wondering why Wilshire Smile Studio is worried about thyroid awareness, because thyroid disease is not in our repertoire of treatments. But, would you believe us if we told you that there is a link between thyroid disease and periodontal (gum) disease?

Yes, thyroid disease is directly linked to Periodontitis.

So What Happens With Thyroid Disease?

Your thyroid is a tiny, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of your neck that produces thyroid hormones. These types of hormones are important because they influence how all of your surrounding bodily cells, organs, and tissues function. Organs like your heart, liver, kidney, and brain, they all depend on the precise amount of thyroid hormone to do execute their purposes properly and effectively.

Thyroid dysfunction can occur when your thyroid produces either an excess or a lack of thyroid hormone. This will end up disrupting the functionality of other aspects of your body. If your thyroid makes too much hormone, that’s called hyperthyroidism. If it isn’t producing enough hormone, it’s called hypothyroidism. The thyroid can also develop lumps called nodules, which are usually noncancerous, but in some cases can be cancerous. They can also affect the sound of your voice.

It’s not easy to know when your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, which is perhaps one of the prevailing reasons that so many cases remain undiagnosed. Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction might include fatigue, sudden and unexplained weight change (loss or gain), anxiety, and moodiness. Thyroid disease does not discriminate, it can affect anyone at any point in their lives. But it just so happens that women are five times more likely than men to suffer from thyroid disease.

Your thyroid is also the major regulator of metabolism in your body. It affects all of your bodily functions, and thyroid dysfunction is the second most common glandular disorder of the endocrine system. This can make its presence known in any system in the body, including the mouth. Your oral cavity will be adversely affected by either an excess or deficiency of your thyroid hormones.

Wilshire Smile Studio would like to give you the good news, though. Once a thyroid condition is properly diagnosed, it can be successfully treated. After proper treatment, you’ll be able to live a healthy lifestyle again. A part of Thyroid Awareness Month is to (drum roll…) raise awareness! We’d like it if no case of thyroid disorder goes undiagnosed or untreated.

How Regular Dental Screenings Can Help:

It’s important for us to stress regular screenings for periodontal disease, which, as we mentioned earlier, is a precursor to thyroid disease. Good oral health is important to your overall health in so many ways that we only now discovering. Regular monitoring and prevention of periodontitis is directly linked to the prevention of systemic conditions like Thyroid Disease. So schedule and keep your regular dental check-ups whether you have periodontal disease or not, because it could save you from costly medical expenses down the road.

Wear a Blue Ribbon for Thyroid Awareness!

You can show your support this month by wearing a blue paisley ribbon during January, which is Thyroid Awareness Month. Or, you can also show your support by wearing a paisley garment. Think St. Patrick’s Day, except it’s St. Paisley’s Month, to be more precise.

Blue paisley probably isn’t going to reach “pink” awareness levels any time soon, but it’s a start for us. Wilshire Smile Studio wants people to know what their thyroid is and does, and we want them to be aware if there is a problem with their thyroid. Together, we can make each others lives better one thyroid at a time. So, if we don’t see you wearing something paisley this month when you visit Wilshire Smile Studio, then you’re going to get pinched. Okay, maybe not. But just maybe wear some paisley anyway.

Above all, especially if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, we encourage you to to schedule an appointment with Wilshire Smile Studio for an oral health evaluation and periodontal assessment today.

Reduced Tooth Sensitivity

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For people with tooth sensitivity, eating an ice cream cone or enjoying a hot chocolate is nearly impossible. Wincing in pain with every bite and sip is no way to live. In most cases, tooth sensitivity is caused by thin enamel, which may have been worn away due to heavy brushing, tooth decay, tooth grinding, a receding gum line, or even the frequent consumption of acidic foods and drinks. Whatever the cause may be, finding a solution is an important step in improving your quality of life.

Tooth Sensitivity Treatment Options

Dentists are accustomed to treating tooth sensitivity issues and typically do so by getting to root cause of the problem. When possible, simple and conservative treatments provide an adequate solution. For example, sometimes the answer may be as simple as replacing an old filling or prescribing fluoride treatments to strengthen the enamel. For many, desensitizing toothpastes are also an effective way of blocking the nerve endings exposed by worn enamel.

However, some people – those who undergo smile makeovers – find that decreased tooth sensitivity can be a welcome side effect of veneers. The reason for this is the wafer thin shell that surrounds the front of the tooth and serves as a barrier between sensitive nerve endings and external stimuli. Though sensitivity may temporarily increase for some patients in the initial days following veneer placement, patients with pre-existing tooth pain may find welcome relief once the veneers are in place.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory to fit the surface of the teeth. They are hard, thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth, usually for the purpose of transforming tooth aesthetics. Veneers can be used to cover chipped or stained teeth, as well as change the size and shape of teeth that are short, jagged, or unevenly spaced. Usually, these types of restorations are designed to be permanent, with most lasting up to 10 to 15 years or more before needing to be replaced.

Are Veneers Right for You?

Veneers are typically indicated for cosmetic purposes rather that for the treatment of chronic tooth pain. However, the decision to get veneers and the reasons for getting them are between you and your dentist. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and are also coping with chronic tooth sensitivity, it may be time to talk to your dentist about veneers. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and find out more about your treatment options. We look forward to serving you soon.

Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.

6 Things You Should Know about Dental Veneers

Veneers have been around for many years now

Veneers have been around for many years now, and they are becoming increasingly common in the Los Angeles area. Thanks to their discreet appearance, you probably see people who have veneers all the time without even knowing it. If you would like to enhance the appearance of your smile, veneers could be the solution you are looking for. Continue reading to learn 6 facts about veneers you may not already know.

1. Veneers are an effective alternative to tooth whitening.

If you have stubborn stains that have not responded to traditional tooth whitening methods, hope is not lost. Veneers are an effective way of changing the color of your teeth to one bright, uniform shade. Whether you have stains caused by the use of tetracycline, discoloration caused by a root canal,  or a natural tooth color that seems dull or yellow, translucent veneers can be created in a shade that compliments your appearance in the most natural-looking way possible. As an added bonus, veneers are resistant to staining, meaning you can keep your new pearly whites in mint condition without visiting your dentist for whitening treatments.

2. Veneers can transform the size and shape of your teeth.

Few people are born with a Hollywood smile. If you are bothered by unevenness in the size or shape of your teeth, veneers can be custom fit to bring consistency to your teeth. This is a simple solution for people who have some teeth that are shorter than others or teeth that appear pointy or jagged.

3. Veneers can fill in gaps and straighten your teeth.

Who says braces are the only way to straighten a crooked smile? For patients with mild to moderate alignment issues, veneers can provide a cosmetic solution without months or years of orthodontic treatment. While veneers will not realign the teeth, they can fill in gaps and create a new façade that hides unevenness.

4. Veneers can be a solution for tooth sensitivity.

If you have teeth that are overly sensitive or have experienced a loss of tooth enamel, veneers can provide a protective shield between your teeth and the outside world. While you retain your natural tooth, the veneer acts as a strong outer shell that could allow you to enjoy hot and cold foods and drinks without fear of pain.

5. Veneers can last for many years.

Since veneers are made of a thin porcelain material, there is a misconception that they do not last very long. When taken care of, however, veneers can last between 10 and 15 years or more before needing to be replaced.

6. Veneers are easy to maintain.

There is not a lot of upkeep for dental veneers outside of normal brushing, flossing and dental cleaning. However, there are some guidelines you will need to follow to avoid damaging, chipping, or cracking your veneers. For example, you may need to switch to a non-abrasive toothpaste and avoid biting down or chewing hard foods, such as ice or hard candy. You may also need to be fitted for a nighttime mouth guard if you have a history or grinding or clenching your teeth.

Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.

REBUILDING THE SMILE WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

Men and women who are born with naturally beautiful smiles love to share them with others,

Men and women who are born with naturally beautiful smiles love to share them with others, but individuals who are struggling with the appearance of chipped, crooked, or stained teeth may find themselves laughing or smiling less because of embarrassment. With continued improvements in aesthetic dentistry, there are solutions for these patients who want to build their self-esteem and confidence. Many patients choose porcelain veneers to enhance their smile. Let’s talk about porcelain veneers and what they can do for the smile!

What is a porcelain veneer?

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry describes porcelain veneers as very thin pieces of ceramic custom-made to fit over the front facing of a tooth. Veneers are known for looking completely natural as they are fabricated to match the color and shape of the existing teeth for seamless integration. Veneers are also extremely strong and durable.

The preparation of the smile for porcelain veneers includes the removal of approximately one millimeter of enamel from the front surface of the tooth. Then, impressions are taken of the mouth to form a mold which is sent to a dental laboratory where a dental technician will fabricate your custom veneers. When completed, the dentist bonds the veneer to the tooth with a special bonding cement.

Are veneers right for me?

Patients who are good candidates for porcelain veneers are individuals who have imperfections of the teeth near the front of the smile. This includes problems such as gaps between teeth, poorly shaped teeth, or teeth that are chipped or stained.

Speaking with your dentist is the first step in deciding if porcelain veneers are right for you. If you choose to follow through with the creation of veneers for your smile, you can work directly with your dentist to be a part of the design process. In some cases, dental practices offer cosmetic imaging which allows you to see a preview of the smile you want to achieve.

Pros and cons of porcelain veneers

There are several advantages to using porcelain veneers. The first is quickly and easily achieving a more beautiful smile. Second, veneers require very little structure of the tooth to be removed and can be prepared and placed without anesthetics. The material used for fabrication of these veneers also ensures they are resistant to staining.

Disadvantages are present too, however. The procedure is irreversible because of the removal of natural tooth enamel. The color of the veneers cannot be changed, and many patients experience temperature sensitivity shortly after the placement of their veneers and for the next few days. While strong, porcelain veneers may still become damaged by biting fingernails or chewing ice, so patients should pay close attention to any bad habits such as these.

Caring for your veneers

Patients who have porcelain veneers placed in their smile will want to take good care of them to extend their longevity. Nonabrasive fluoride toothpastes should be used for brushing, and patients should floss between their teeth as well. Patients who grind or clench their teeth should consider the use of a special mouth guard when they sleep to prevent damage to the veneers, and individuals should maintain regular dental visits for cleanings and examinations. The tooth structure underneath the veneer can still develop decay if patients do not maintain proper oral health habits.

If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers and whether or not they can improve your smile, now is the time to contact your local dental professional to schedule a consultation appointment and initial evaluation. Enjoy smiling again with the placement of aesthetic veneers!

Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.

Los Angeles Dentist Helps Aspiring and Pro Athletes

Sports figures are now celebrities whose careers can be aided by cosmetic dentistry

Sports figures are now celebrities whose careers can be aided by cosmetic dentistry

LOS ANGELES, CA – June 16, 2016 –Los Angeles dentists Dr. Elyassi & Dr. Twersky of Wilshire Smile Studio in Hollywood often recommend cosmetic dentistry for amateur and professional athletes.

“If you think what some of the most famous sports figures have in common—like Kobe Bryant, Clayton Kershaw, Serena Williams, or Roger Federer—it’s not only superb conditioning and great skills but a winning smile,” said Dr. Twersky.  “Athletes are some of the top-earning celebrities and success doesn’t automatically come with their ability to play. They need to develop an avid following and that means being charismatic, friendly with fans, showing confidence, and taking care of their health and appearance. As a Los Angeles cosmetic dentist, I know how important a gleaming Hollywood smile is to a career in sports.”

Advances in dental technology have enabled the Los Angeles cosmetic dentist team to provide beautiful, natural-looking smiles more affordable than ever. This includes Invisalign (transparent braces) to straighten misaligned teeth, natural looking Porcelain veneers, and Zoom whitening.

L.A. dentist Dr. Twersky and the team at Wilshire Smile Studio have a well-earned reputation in Hollywood for repairing fractures and chipping sustained in sports in a way that no one can tell there was ever any damage. Among the techniques:

*Dental bonding is an inexpensive way to place tooth-colored resin over a damaged area and in less than an hour, harden and polish it.
*Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that is ideal to cover large cracks on the front of any visible teeth.
*Inlays and onlays are cost-effective ways to repair chewing surfaces.
*E-max porcelain crowns can be placed on top of teeth that need to be strengthened and porcelain can be matched to the patient’s natural tooth color, so no one can tell the difference.
*Dental implants are the most durable way to replace teeth that have been knocked out, often lasting 10-20 years.

Wilshire Smile Studio has sponsored ESPN’s annual awards show, known as the ESPYS.

For more information call 323-DENTIST or contact us.

Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.

 

Los Angeles Dentist Advocates Mouth Guards As Sports Injuries Rise

L.A. sports dentists at Wilshire Smile Studio (WSS) say customized mouth guards are vital for all athletes.

L.A. sports dentists at Wilshire Smile Studio (WSS) say customized mouth guards are vital for all athletes.

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 19, 2016 – Since 2002, Los Angeles dentist Dr. Igal Elyassi of Wilshire Smile Studio has been educating young athletes to use sports mouth guards whenever possible. WSS creates versions that can withstand professional football, basketball, hockey, and baseball.

“As L.A. sports dentists, we regularly see damaged teeth as kids often think that sports at school aren’t dangerous. A mouth guard is critical in preventing harm to teeth and to absorb shock that could dislocate the jaw resulting in head trauma.”

A sports mouth guard customized by Los Angeles dentists at WSS is similar to a night guard, which prevents bruxism or the grinding of teeth during sleep, but is thicker. Mouth guards can prevent trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which causes the bite to misalign and result in teeth being ground down quicker.

The American Dental Association says there are 15 million dental injuries and 5 million teeth are lost in sports activities annually. The lifetime risk of an amateur athlete suffering a facial or dental injury is 45%. The National Federation of State High School Associations only mandates mouth guards for football, field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse. Basketball has the highest rate of facial injury because of its speed and close contact. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends mouth guards for everyone participating in organized sports.

“As a Los Angeles sports emergency dentist center, we treat many athletic injuries due to not wearing mouth guards. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is making them more popular because he’s always popping his out of his mouth. He was just voted the Most Valuable Player in the NBA for the second time, the first time this award has been unanimous. The National Football League and the National Hockey League also require mouth guards.”

A center for L.A. sports dentists, WSS has sponsored ESPN’s annual awards show, known as the ESPYS. A graduate of USC School of Dentistry, Dr. Elyassi’s Wilshire Smile Studio is popular with many athletes and is highly-regarded for Los Angeles cosmetic dentistry.

To learn more about customized mouth guards or to schedule an appointment.

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Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.

Leading Los Angeles Dentist Explains The Many Values Of Dental Bridges

As a Los Angeles dentist, I often see patients with missing teeth who are embarrassed who show a full and confident smile,

As a Los Angeles dentist, I often see patients with missing teeth who are embarrassed who show a full and confident smile, but don’t realize the other consequences of letting the gaps remain:

*Chewing becomes more difficult.
*The adjacent teeth will naturally lean in to close the gap, which will cause other teeth to move and result in misalignment.
*New areas are created that can trap food particles, resulting in fast growth of the bacteria that cause periodontal disease, ultimately detaching the gums from the teeth, so more may be lost.
*Teeth support the cheeks and lips—without them, the cheeks look hollow and lips thinner.
*Since teeth play an important role in speech, loss makes it more difficult to pronounce words right.

The ideal solution for lost teeth are dental implants, permanently anchoring realistic replacements for each into the jaw. For those who aren’t able to have that done, an affordable and quicker alternative (weeks vs. months for implants) would be dental bridges. These can be made of porcelain, precious or non-precious metal alloys or plastic, depending on the budget and priorities of the patient.

Dental bridges can be fixed: one with an artificial tooth in the center is attached to the natural teeth or implants on either side of the gap and these can last many years. Alternatively, a bridge can be removable, known as a “partial,” which is not as strong, but easy to clean. In either case, the patient can have a temporary made while a top dental lab crafts a personalized, comfortable permanent bridge.

As a Los Angele dentist, I have found dental bridges to be the most popular way to stop further loss of teeth, prevent gum disease, and support the face, a cost-effective anti-aging program.

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Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.