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Posts for: March, 2015

By My Dentist
March 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: smile makeover  

When you’re posting a profile photo on LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media sites, which shot is likely to make the best impression in terms of “likeability,” “competence” and “influence”? One in which you’re smiling and showing some teeth, for starters, according to, a crowdsourcing website that helps people evaluate their head shots. If something about your teeth is holding you back from parting your lips when you smile for the camera, here are some tried-and-true options for doing something about it!

Picture-Perfect Color, Shape and Alignment

Improving the color of your teeth may be as easy as getting regular professional cleanings, which are necessary for removal of calculus — dark-yellow hardened buildup of bacterial plaque — and can polish out superficial staining caused by certain beverages and foods.

Actually changing the color of your teeth entails whitening/bleaching. Professional whitening achieves the fastest results because it uses the highest concentration of peroxide solution and custom-fitted trays. In-home whitening kits take longer to work but are less expensive. Results last anywhere from six months to two years.

For permanent whitening results, consider veneers or crowns. In addition to changing tooth color, they can also alter tooth shape, hide wear and even minimize gaps between teeth. Veneers are affixed to the front of teeth, while crowns cover the entire tooth.

Teeth that are chipped, cracked or have noticeable areas of decay, can be restored with bonding, in which a composite resin material is applied that is colored to match your natural teeth.

You can straighten misaligned teeth and no one even has to know you’re doing it. Barely visible and entirely invisible orthodontic appliances include clear braces, lingual braces (attached to the tongue-facing side of teeth) and clear aligners, which are removable for tooth brushing/flossing, cleaning the appliance, eating, and special occasions.

If you would like more information about enhancing your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By My Dentist
March 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Snap-On Smile  

Snap On SmileFind out how you can quickly and painlessly get that straight, gorgeous smile.

Sure, we would all love to have a smile that mirrors that of the Hollywood stars; however, we realize that as wonderful as that sounds these stars have also gone through a lot of procedures and money to get their smiles where they are. We also realize that most people can’t afford these expensive and time-consuming treatments; however, this doesn’t mean you can’t still get that perfect red carpet smile. Now your San Bernardino dentist offers Snap-On Smile to give you the beautiful new smile you deserve.

What is Snap-On Smile?

Snap-On Smile is created from a high-grade dental resin that fits right over your teeth and snaps into place. The resin used to create your new smile is thin, but still offers a resiliency similar to that of natural teeth.

What dental issues can Snap-On Smile cover?

Snap-On Smile is a great option for anyone dealing with a variety of different dental problems:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked or overlapping teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Missing teeth

If you’ve always wanted a smile that’s straight, white and beautiful just like you favorite Hollywood elite, then you too can get that same smile without painful and expensive procedures. This is even a great option for someone who has a removable partial denture that is looking for a more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable option.

How do I get a Snap-On Smile?

The first step will include picking the color and style of your new smile. Then we will take impressions of your smile to send to a Snap-On Smile lab, where they will fabricate your gorgeous new set of teeth.

A few weeks later we will have you come in for your Snap-On Smile fitting and then you can easily wear your new smile home. It’s that simple! Get a new smile without anesthesia, needles or surgery. This completely non-invasive procedure gives you the smile you want without the aggressive procedures.

If you are interested in getting Snap-On Smile, then schedule a consultation with your San Bernardino dentist, Dr. Sanjay Patel, DDS, at My Dentist.


Olivia Newton-John, now in her early 60's, is still a fresh-faced picture of health — with a radiant smile to match. How does she do it? She does it with healthy habits learned from her German-born mother, Irene.

“I love greens, and as many organic vegetables as possible,” Olivia recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “From spinach to salads to beets — pretty much any and all greens!”

Olivia credits her mom with instilling her lifelong love of healthy foods. Irene used dark bread rather than white bread for sandwiches and even made her own yogurt — which she used as a topping on baked fruit for dessert.

“Growing up, my mum really taught us some great eating habits,” Olivia told the magazine. “When I was a girl in school, all of my friends would have cakes and cookies and fun foods but my mum was all about teaching us to eat healthy foods and to be very aware of what we were putting into our bodies. At the time I was annoyed about it, but looking back now I thank her for teaching me at an early age to eat healthily.”

Irene paid particular attention to her children's oral health. “My mum always made us brush and floss after every meal so, once again, like the foods we ate, she taught us early about the importance of great dental hygiene,” said Olivia, who has an older brother and sister.

As a mom herself, Olivia passed those healthy habits down to her daughter, Chloe.

“I always insisted on regular dental checkups and limited sugar, especially in soft drinks — they were never in our fridge,” she said.

Parents do play an important role in developing healthy oral habits from the very beginning, starting with proper tooth-brushing techniques. By age 2, a brushing routine should be established using a smear of fluoride toothpaste. For older toddlers, parents can use a child's size soft toothbrush with water and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Children need help brushing until at least age 6, when they can generally take over brushing by themselves and also learn to floss.

The point of a good daily oral hygiene routine is to remove the film of bacteria that collects daily along the gum line, and in the nooks and crannies of teeth. Effective daily removal of this biofilm will do more to prevent tooth decay and promote lifelong dental health than anything else.

If you would like to learn more about preventing tooth decay or teaching your child to brush and floss correctly, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. If you would like to read Dear Doctor's entire interview with Olivia Newton-John, please see “Olivia Newton-John.” Dear Doctor also has more on “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”