Porcelain Veneers

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If you want straight, white, natural looking teeth without the use of braces or surgery, you may want to consider porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can resolve a variety of cosmetic dental issues and dramatically improve the look of your smile. At Adriatic Dental, Dr. Valentina Obradovic specializes in cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, CA and can usually complete a porcelain veneers procedure in just three visits.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are constructed out of ultra-thin shells of tooth-colored material that are custom-made to fit each tooth they are placed over. Dr. Obradovic bonds these shells to the surface of the teeth, allowing her to significantly alter the color, shape, length, or size. Porcelain veneers offer a few advantages over other types of veneers and cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as their ability to reflect light in a way that mimics real teeth. This gives them a more natural look. In addition, their material gives them extra stain resistance. All veneers usually need to be replaced after eight to 10 years.

Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers can be used to rectify several different cosmetic dentistry concerns. If you are ineligible for surgery or simply do not wish to undergo a more invasive procedure, porcelain veneers may be the ideal solution for helping you achieve the beautiful smile you desire.

Depending on your individual situation, Dr. Obradovic may recommend porcelain veneers as an alternative to braces or surgery if you have one or more of the cosmetic dentistry issues below:

• Wear and Tear
• Worn Enamel
• Uneven Teeth
• Stains and Discoloration
• Dissimilarity in Contour or Color
• Genetic

All types of patients may qualify for porcelain veneers, but smokers and patients with weak teeth will not be eligible. In addition, those with gum disease, missing teeth, decay, or patients who require major orthodontic work may require other treatments prior to the placement of their porcelain veneers.

Before porcelain veneers can be replaced, some of your teeth’s natural enamel must be removed to make room for it. Since this is permanent, Dr. Obradovic may suggest alternative forms of treatment if your teeth are still functioning adequately.

To learn more about porcelain veneers and cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, please schedule a consultation today.

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Lumineers

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If you want to transform the look of your smile without undergoing an invasive procedure, Lumineers ® by Cerinate® may be the ideal solution. Lumineers ® are a type of porcelain veneers that instantly give you a smile of perfectly white and aligned teeth. At Adriatic Dental, Dr. Valentina Obradovic provides Lumineers ®, veneers, and a variety of other options for cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, CA.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Differences between Lumineers ® and Traditional Veneers

If you are considering Lumineers ®, it is important to understand the key differences between Lumineers ® and traditional veneers. To begin, Lumineers ® are much thinner than other types of veneers, measuring only about 0.2 mm. They are also highly translucent, a characteristic that enables them to replicate the look of natural enamel. As with other types of veneers, Lumineers ® are custom-made to fit over each tooth. However, unlike traditional veneers, these “smile shapers” are so thin that they can be applied to your teeth without shaving off enamel to place them. As a result, there is minimal pain involved with this procedure.

Dr. Obradovic can even place Lumineers ® over your existing bridgework or crowns without replacing them. They are an enduring cosmetic solution for discolored, chipped, or misaligned teeth. In just two or three visits, you can have a gorgeous custom-made smile that you can enjoy for decades. The Lumineers ® procedure takes about one hour. Because your natural tooth structure is still intact, this cosmetic dentistry procedure is completely reversible.

You can have a more beautiful smile without the removal of tooth structure, even with old crowns and bridges! Call Adriatic Dentistry to learn more about cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos and see how Lumineers ® can change the way you smile and feel about yourself.

Invisalign

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Invisalign is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that enables patients to straighten their teeth and attain a more beautiful smile without the conspicuous metal brackets and bars of traditional braces.

Invisalign gradually shifts teeth into place using clear, custom-made aligner trays that need replaced on a biweekly basis until the Invisalign cosmetic dentistry treatment is complete.

The Invisalign Cosmetic Dentistry Process

After determining that you are a good candidate for Invisalign cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Valentina Obradovic takes x-rays and makes impressions of your teeth to create a 3-D digital image and formulate an individualized plan for your teeth straightening treatment. Using the impressions and x-rays, Dr. Obradovic makes customized aligner trays that are worn night and day during the treatment. The trays are only to be taken out while you are eating or cleaning your teeth.

Your aligner trays will be replaced approximately every two weeks, advancing you to the next level of treatment. In most cases, the Invisalign treatment will achieve the desired straightening results within a year. During that period, you will meet with Dr. Obradovic every six to eight weeks so that she can monitor your progress.

Cosmetic Dentistry in San Marcos: Invisalign Advantages

Invisalign offers many benefits, including:

Eat without restriction. Removable trays that allow you to eat and enjoy your favorite foods without the restrictions of traditional braces.
Subtle straightening. Invisalign trays are so discreet that most people won’t even notice them.
Easy maintenance. The trays are easy to remove and clean, so you can maintain good oral hygiene.
Comfort. Unlike traditional orthodontia, the Invisalign aligner trays are very comfortable and cause little to no irritation.
Confidence. Invisalign cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos allows you to obtain a beautiful smile without wearing embarrassing metal braces.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

If you have been searching for a viable alternative to dentures and you reside in San Diego, dental implants can be conveniently obtained at Adriatic Dental. Whether you’ve grown tired of your dentures or you still need to replace missing teeth, Dr. Valentina Obradovic can explain your options and help you determine if dental implants are right for you.

Dental Implant Basics

Dental implants are made up of three important parts: the titanium implant, the abutment, and the crown. After the implant is surgically placed in the jaw bone, the integration process begins, creating a connection between the jaw and implant that mimics the one between the jaw and a natural tooth. The abutment is fitted over the exposed part of the implant followed by the crown, which resembles a natural tooth.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Strength and Stability

• Implants are surgically embedded into the bone socket like natural teeth, giving them superior strength and stability.
• Because they are not secured to anything, dentures are prone to slippage.

Resilience

• Implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
• Dentures eventually break down and need to be replaced.

Material Compatibility

• Implants are made from titanium, which is naturally compatible with the human body.
• Dentures are made from incompatible materials such as flexible plastic, acrylic, and cast metal that cannot be maintained in the long run.

Bone Growth and Deterioration

• As the implant integrates with the jaw bone, it supports the bone and preserves the structure of your jaw, encouraging growth and preventing deterioration.
• Dentures do not stimulate bone growth; they simply rest on the gums and do not ward off further deterioration.

Adriatic Dental, a San Diego dental practice, can replace your dentures or missing teeth with dental implants.

Dental Crowns in San Marcos

As a dentist practicing cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, Dr. Valentina Obradovic offers a variety of restoration solutions for teeth that have lost significant structure. A dental crown is tooth-shaped cap that can be used to change the size, shape, strength, or general appearance of a tooth by fitting it over the visible area of the affected tooth. There are many different types of crowns, including full porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and full metal crowns. Dr. Obradovic can help you determine which one is right for your individual cosmetic dentistry needs.

The Dental Crown Procedure

A cosmetic dentistry treatment can usually be performed in two to three visits. The process begins at our San Marcos office where we make impressions of the diagnosed teeth involved. The impressions are sent to a dental lab where they will be used to create a mold of your teeth. Lab technicians work on the mold to fabricate a crown or bridge from which an actual tooth replication is created. The finished work is sent back to the Adriatic Dental for inspection and Dr. Obradovic will cement the crowns onto your teeth in the subsequent visit.

Dr. Obradovic may suggest a cosmetic dentistry crown treatment in the following circumstances:

• To prevent a weak tooth from breaking or to hold the pieces of a cracked tooth together.
• To support and cover it in cases where the patient has a large filling and little of the natural tooth remains.
• To improve the aesthetics of a patient’s smile by fitting it over a discolored or misshapen tooth.
• To secure a dental bridge.

Bruxism/Teeth Grinding

Bruxism is the dental term for teeth grinding. Most people grind their teeth from time to time with little to no damage to the teeth or jaw. However, those who continually grind their teeth can cause serious damage to their teeth and other oral health complications can arise.

Bruxism refers to any type of forceful contact between the teeth. This can be a loud and grating contact or a silent and clenching contact. Either form can cause serious damage to the teeth. Many aren’t aware that they have the condition because they grind their teeth only in their sleep. However, bruxism can occur during waking hours as well.

Adults and children both can suffer from the condition. Alcohol, drugs, and certain sleep disorders can exacerbate the condition, making it worse. Children usually develop bruxism as a result of a cold or infection. Often pain from teething or earaches will induce bruxism in toddlers and children.

Why do I grind my teeth?

The cause of bruxism is still unknown. However, it is believed that increased stress and anxiety can greatly increase how often and how severely you grind your teeth. Having an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth are also thought to contribute to teeth grinding.

Why is bruxism bad?

Occasional bruxism usually does not result in damage to the teeth or jaw. However, chronic teeth grinding can cause serious dental issues. In some cases, grinding can result in tooth fracture, loosening of teeth, or the loss of a tooth or teeth. Grinding over years without treatment can wear the teeth down to stumps, which will require bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, or possibly even Dentures to repair.

Not only is bruxism bad for your teeth, it is also damaging to the jaw. Grinding can result in hearing loss, change the appearance of your face, and TMJ.

What can I do to stop grinding my teeth?

Being fitted for a mouth guard/night guard will help protect your teeth from the effects of grinding while you sleep. However, in order to cease grinding completely it’s important to treat the triggers for why you grind your teeth.

If stress is causing your bruxism, ask your doctor or Dentist about stress reduction techniques and options. Exercise, stress counseling, or prescription muscle relaxers may help reduce how often or severely you grind your teeth.

Other tips to help reduce bruxism include:
• Cut back or eliminate foods that contain caffeine from your diet. This includes coffee, soda, tea, and chocolate.
• Avoid alcohol. Alcohol tends to increase the severity and frequency of bruxism.
• Don’t chew on anything that is not food. This includes gum, pencils, or pens. Constantly chewing conditions your jaw muscles to stay clenched and makes you more likely to grind your teeth.
• Pay attention to your mouth. If you notice that you grind or clench your teeth during the day, train yourself to relax. Position the tip of your tongue between your front teeth to make it harder to clench or grind your teeth.
• Relax your jaw before bed. Using a warm washcloth on the face at night will help relax the jaw prior to sleep. Position it on your check in front of your earlobe to get maximum results.

Anti-Aging Dentistry

Our goal is always to provide each of our patients with a healthy smile that is free from disease and decay. However, simply having a healthy smile is not always enough. Many of our patients also want a beautiful smile that they can be proud to show off. A brighter, straighter, and more youthful smile can boost your self-esteem and benefit all aspects of your life.

As you age, your teeth naturally yellow and shift in the mouth. What were once beautifully straight and white teeth may now be crooked, worn down, broken and dull. Grinding can make the teeth smaller and ill fitting dentures can make the face look sunken in. However, these effects of aging do not have to be permanent!

Anti-aging Dentistry focuses on the use of Cosmetic Dentistry to reduce the signs of aging without the surgery required for a facelift. The use of invisible aligners, dental implants, whitening, dentures, and healthier gums are just a few of the treatment options we employ to make your smile look more youthful.

During your consultation, the doctor will take into account every aspect of your face, not just your smile. The treatment plan the doctor presents will not only improve your smile but can also smooth the wrinkles around your mouth, fill out the jawline, and balance the appearance of your smile. Anti-aging dentistry can instantly remove 5-10 years off of your appearance!