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If you are one of many patients who avoid routine dental visits, you may suffer from what is called dental anxiety. This is a very real affliction that’s familiar to all too many patients. But if you haven’t been to a dentist recently, you may not realize that with proper treatment, your dental anxiety can become a thing of the past.

We Understand Your Concerns

When you first visit the Novato sedation dentist, our first objective is to assure you that you are not alone in your feelings. When asked to describe their history with dentists, many patients relate stories of unhappy childhood experiences with a dentist.

Understanding the underlying fear and making you feel at ease with our team and your surroundings is the first step to controlling and eliminating these fears. For sedation dentistry to be effective, you should feel as if your dentist takes your needs and fears into consideration throughout the process.

Dental Sedation Options

We will discuss the sedation options that we provide for our fearful patients. Sedation treatments such as nitrous oxide and oral sedation provide an anxiety-free experience during your dental procedure.

There are many factors to take into account when choosing the best sedation option for you as everyone reacts differently. Our Novato sedation dentist will match your unique needs with the correct treatment or combination of treatments.

Delaying Treatment Puts Your Oral Health at Risk

It’s important to understand that delaying dental treatment because of your fears can lead to neglected oral care and long-term problems that would ultimately become difficult and costly to repair. But with sedation dentistry at our Novato dental office, you can be assured of a stress-free procedure that results in improved oral health and a better experience for you. 

Please Call Us for an Appointment

If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can benefit you, please call our Novato dental office to arrange an appointment.

Many adults live with crooked or crowded teeth because they believe the only alternative is years of traditional orthodontic treatment with metal braces. However, today you don’t have to endure years of life with uncomfortable braces to get back the smile you were born to have.
  
Patients who want to straighten teeth will be pleased to know that the Novato cosmetic dentist offers the option of using Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign adult orthodontics is an effective, efficient alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign clear braces offer a more comfortable and virtually invisible method for gently straightening your teeth.

3 Reasons to Consider Invisalign

  • Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are made of a soft, flexible material, so they’re much less likely to create any irritation to your mouth.
  • Discreet: Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. The casual observer will not notice any difference when you’re wearing your aligner.
  • Removable: You can remove your aligners when you eat, brush your teeth, or any other time that it’s necessary.

The Invisalign Process

The Novato cosmetic dentist starts by taking impressions, images, and x-rays of your mouth. A specialized software program allows us to develop your entire treatment plan and predict how your teeth will move, from start to finish. 
We send the information to a lab where several sets of clear aligners are customized to straighten your smile.

We will instruct you to wear each set for about two weeks, then move on to the next in the series that has been carefully crafted to shift your teeth gently to the next stage in the straightening process. You will make visits to your cosmetic dentist about every six weeks so we can check on your progress.

Problems Invisalign Corrects

Invisalign aligners correct nearly any alignment issue you may have with your teeth. Our dentists will help you choose the appropriate Invisalign system to correct issues like the following:
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbites/Underbite
  • Overcrowding
  • Spaces/gaps in teeth
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Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is a perfect choice that fits your busy lifestyle while providing the straight, beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. Please contact our cosmetic dentist for more information and to start your Invisalign treatment!

A healthy smile is worth striving for, but the way you feel about your appearance plays a big part in your ability to interact comfortably with others. If you are self-conscious about stained or discolored teeth, it’s likely that you want to conceal your smile. An unfortunate result is that others may see you as unfriendly or unapproachable.

As more focus is placed on a bright smile, our Novato cosmetic dentist sees an increasing number of patients who opt for a professional teeth whitening treatment. There are many professional whitening products available today that can turn back the clock on a dull, stained smile. 

Drinks to Avoid for a Whiter Smile

But if you want to do everything you can to protect your bright smile, here is a list of 3 beverages you should avoid:

  • Black Tea: You probably thought black coffee was the worst staining culprit, but black tea stains your teeth even worse. The high level of tannins contained in black tea adhere to teeth because they’re attracted to the protein in enamel. Instead, choose beverages with fewer tannins, like green or white tea. 
  • Energy Drinks: Surely a drink that boosts energy must be good for you, right? Actually, they’re one of the worst because they not only high amounts of sugar, but they are also high in acid. It’s probably best to avoid energy drinks altogether, but if you do consume them, rinse with water or try sipping through a straw to minimize the time the drink lingers on your teeth.
  • White Wine: You probably know that red wine stains teeth, but white wine? Like black tea, white wine contains tannins, but it also has more acid. Acid breaks down dental enamel, so your teeth more likely to absorb stains from other foods. If you want to indulge, keep a glass of water close by to rinse in between glasses of wine.

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This is just a brief list of the foods that are damaging to your teeth, so you really need to understand what you are consuming and how it affects your oral health. The Novato cosmetic dentist will be happy to suggest ways to minimize damage to your teeth and recommend a professional whitening treatment if appropriate.

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