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By Torrance Dental Center
March 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Crooked smile? Say goodbye to that less-than-perfect smile. Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your smile. Dr. Kamran invisalignRafie and Dr. Shadi Khoshbin at Torrance Dental Center in Torrance, CA, offer a full range of dental services, including Invisalign. Here are six reasons to consider Invisalign.

1. Correct Your Smile Problems

Invisalign effectively corrects a wide variety of dental issues, including: crooked teeth, protruding teeth, gapped teeth, cross bite, underbite and overcrowded teeth. Invisalign treatment has been clinically proven to be successful in treating most types of orthodontic cases.

2. Avoid Embarrassment

Conventional metal braces are the most noticeable type. There's no reason to hide your smile while you're straightening your teeth. You can straighten your smile without a mouthful of metal archwires and brackets. Invisalign aligners are the clear alternative to metal braces for adults, teens and children.

3. Improve Your Appearance

Using a series of aligners, Invisalign treatment gradually moves your teeth toward the smile you have always desired. Straightening your teeth with Invisalign will give you the confidence to show off your healthy, beautiful smile. 

4. Eat Whatever You Want

With traditional metal braces, you have to avoid eating foods like candy, chewing gum and nuts because they can become stuck next to your teeth. With Invisalign, you're free to eat all the foods you love and never have to worry about your diet damaging your braces.

5. Improve Your Oral Health

Crooked teeth can have a negative impact on your oral health. Crooked teeth are difficult to clean. Crooked teeth can also cause jaw pain and are sometimes the root of TMJ pain. Using Invisalign to realign your teeth can improve your oral health and prevent damage to your gums and teeth.

6. Boost Your Self-Esteem

Crooked teeth can affect your self-esteem. It can make it embarrassing to speak or smile in front of people. With a straighter smile, you will feel and look better and regain your self-esteem. The way people you feel about yourself can be the difference between a life lived and one that's lived to the fullest.

Enjoy a better-looking smile with Invisalign. Call Torrance Dental Center at 310-371-0777 today to schedule a consultation in Torrance, CA. Invisalign will help you get the smile you've always wanted. 

By Torrance Dental Center
October 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

There has never been a better time to get an effortlessly beautiful smile. In the past, common lifestyle habits like regularly drinking coffee, teeth whiteningtea and red wine, or eating certain types of food and smoking meant developing stained and discolored teeth over time. In some cases, even a healthy diet and oral hygiene habits can be derailed by the side effects of certain medications or traumatic injuries, which can also lead to dental staining and discoloration that cannot be removed with over the counter surface whitening products, like toothpastes or bleaching gels and strips.

Today, even regular smokers and coffee drinkers can undo years of damage to their teeth, with as little as a single trip to Torrance, CA-based Torrance Dental Center for a simple and non-invasive teeth whitening procedure. As far as cosmetic dental treatments go, teeth whitening is one of the most versatile and effective treatments available. Whitening the teeth by just a few shades has been shown to have a dramatic impact on the smile and overall appearance. In fact, whiter teeth can have an anti-aging effect, taking a few years off of the face, without the need for more expensive and invasive cosmetic procedures.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening in Torrance

In office dental whitening treatments can significantly brighten teeth by up to eight shades in a single appointment at Torrance Dental Center while delivering natural-looking and uniform results. It is one of the most affordable and least time-consuming smile enhancement treatment available, making it ideal for busy adults looking to improve their smile, without making a substantial financial and time commitment.

Find a Dentist in Torrance

Getting a beautiful, new and improved smile can be as simple as investing in a professional teeth whitening procedure. For more information, contact Dr. Kamran Rafie and Dr. Sherrie Khosbin at Torrance Dental Center by calling 310-371-0777 to schedule an appointment today!

By Torrance Dental Center
August 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bonding  

If you feel as though small issues with your teeth bring your smile down, you could benefit from dental bonding. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is quick, painless, and effective in repairing your teeth to give you a smile you feel proud of. Learn more about dental bonding with your dentists at Torrance Dental Center in Torrance, CA.Dental Bonding

How does dental bonding work? 
Dental bonding procedures use a type of moldable plastic called composite resin. This resin has many tooth-colored shades available, allowing your dentist to choose the best color for your smile. Prior to molding the resin onto the tooth, your dentist applies an etching solution to help the composite adhere to the tooth’s enamel. The resin’s pliability allows your dentist to mold it directly onto your tooth. A UV light directed at the resin activates it, hardening it into its permanent shape. After hardening the resin, your dentist will, if necessary, trim and shape the resin further and polish the tooth to a natural finish.

Dental Bonding in Torrance, CA
Dental bonding is a versatile procedure which can repair many things, including:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • slightly gapped teeth
  • uneven teeth
  • heavily stained teeth

The Benefits of Dental Bonding
Loving the way you look, especially your smile, is priceless. Dental bonding can give you a full, even smile in just a single dental appointment. The procedure itself is painless, often not even requiring any anesthetic at all. In addition to boosting your confidence, bonding can help stabilize your chipped tooth, preventing further injury. Composite resin has similar aesthetic qualities as your natural teeth, ensuring it blends into the natural teeth seamlessly.

For more information on dental bonding, please contact Dr. Kamran Rafie and Dr. Shadi Khoshbin at Torrance Dental Center in Torrance, CA. Call 310-371-0777 to speak with an associate about your dental bonding appointment today!

By Torrance Dental Center
June 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most effective ways to rejuvenate your smile. With options ranging from professional whitening sessions at your dentist’s office to over-the-counter brands which you can find at any drug store, you may feel overwhelmed when choosing the right teeth whitening method for you. Learn about the differences between over-the-counter and professional teeth Teeth Whiteningwhitening with help from your Torrance, CA dentist at Torrance Dental Group.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Whitening Kits 
At-home whitening kits are widely available at drug stores and usually very easy to use. However, they are also weaker than their professional counterparts. This is due to the fact that professional teeth whitening takes place in a monitored and controlled environment. This allows your Torrance dentist to use stronger, more effective chemicals than are available in at-home kits. At-home kits are effective after time and continued use, but results take longer to see and are not as dramatic as in-office whitening sessions. Additionally, in-office professional whitening sessions produce dramatic results, whitening your teeth up to ten shades in a single session.

How can I keep my teeth white after a teeth whitening session? 
The easiest way to avoid teeth staining after your in-office whitening session is to avoid the things which cause it in the first place. Drinking coffee or tea and using tobacco are notorious for causing teeth staining and yellowing. Lesser known causes also include darkly-pigmented foods like berries. To keep the acids which cause stains off of the teeth, be sure to brush twice daily for at least two minutes. Floss at least once a day, using a separate strand of floss for each quarter of your mouth to cut down on the spread of bacteria. See your dentist at least twice a year for regular dental examinations and cleanings to keep your teeth healthy.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kamran Rafie, and Dr. Shadi Khoshbin at Torrance Dental Group in Torrance, CA. Call to schedule your consultation for teeth whitening today!

By Torrance Dental Center
April 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Are you unhappy with the way your front teeth look? Veneers offer a simple solution to many cosmetic dental issues. Kamran Rafie, DDS, and Sherrie Khosbin, DDS, your Torrance dentists at Torrance Dental Center, explain how dental veneers can improve your smile.Veneers

What are veneers?

Veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that are custom-made to fit over the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain is used because it's strong and durable and closely resembles tooth enamel.

When are veneers recommended?

Veneers are versatile and are used to cover a variety of problems. A chipped tooth may not be a major dental issue, but when that chip occurs on one of your front teeth, you may feel very self-conscious about your smile. A veneer provides a simple, long-lasting solution to the problem.

Veneers are a good choice if you're concerned about discolored teeth. You can use them on one or two teeth, or your entire mouth. They're available in practically any shade you would like and are very resistant to staining.

Your Torrance dentist may also recommend veneers if you want to cover slightly crooked or unusually shaped teeth or don't like the slight gaps between your teeth.

How does the veneer process work?

Getting veneers is a two-step process. During the first visit, your dentist will remove a very small amount of enamel from the front surfaces of your teeth. If the enamel isn't removed, the veneers can feel bulky. After filing the teeth, he or she will use a soft putty-like material to create an impression of your teeth. A dental laboratory will use the impression to make veneers that fit your teeth perfectly.

When you return to your dentist's office a week or two later, he or she will check the fit of the veneers and make any adjustments. Veneers are attached with dental cement and cured with a special light that helps them bond to your teeth. After you receive your veneers, you can brush and floss your teeth as usual. It's good idea to avoid eating very hard foods or using your teeth to open bottles or packages. Although veneers are very tough, they can break in some circumstances. If you grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend that you wear a nightguard to prevent breaking or chipping.

Ready to transform your smile with veneers? Call Drs. Rafie and Khosbin, your Torrance dentists at Torrance Dental Center, at (310) 371-0777 and schedule an appointment today. It's easy to smile with versatile veneers!

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