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What is a Smile Makeover?

The appearance of our smiles can make a big impression, especially when you meet people for the first time. When you look and feel your best, others take notice. Whether it’s a social gathering, business introduction, or performance, the way your smile looks can have a significant impact on your self-confidence and influence the way others perceive you. If you have concerns about the way your smile looks, world-renowned cosmetic dentist Kevin Sands, DDS can hep. With a custom smile makeover treatment plan designed specifically for your needs, Dr. Sands can comprehensively rejuvenate your smile by renewing both the health and appearance of your teeth and gums. By combining a number of effective cosmetic dentistry procedures, you can truly achieve the smile of your dreams.

Your smile makeover will be customized to meet your individual needs and expectations. Depending upon your unique concerns, Dr. Sands can incorporate various dental treatments to target issues such as:

  • Dental stains and discoloration
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Aging or damaged dental work
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • A “gummy smile” or an uneven gumline
  • Narrow smile
  • Short or worn teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

To correct flaws and reshape the smile, Dr. Sands may choose from several treatment options, which can include: porcelain veneers, Zoom!® teeth whitening, Invisalign® clear teeth aligners, tooth-colored fillings, or dental implants. Porcelain veneers are often the main procedure of choice when it comes to a smile makeover, as they are a conservative treatment option that can conceal almost any imperfection and achieve dynamic cosmetic improvements in each tooth and the smile as a whole.Dr. Sands is extensively trained and experienced in the use of porcelain dental veneers to perfect and redesign smiles, and has done so for many of his world-famous celebrity patients.

Want to see what your smile makeover results could look like? Explore our smile gallery to see extensive before-and-after photos of our patients’smile makeovers. If you are considering a more beautiful smile, contact our office to learn more about our treatment options and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands.

How to Choose the Right Dentist for Dental Implants

As a nationally recognized leader in the field of cosmetic dentistry, Kevin Sands, DDS has extensive experience designing and fabricating dental implant restorations, as well as working in collaboration with top implant specialists who surgically place implants with the utmost efficacy and precision.

While the process of selecting a dentist for your dental implants can seem daunting at first, if you know what to look for and are prepared with the right questions, it can become easier to determine who you can trust with your smile. When evaluating dentists who offer dental implants, Dr. Sands suggests the following pieces of advice:

  • Make sure the dentist and any implant specialists they work with have the proper training, credentials, and experience
  • Ask about the practice’s dental implant success rates and how many implant patients they have treated
  • Explore online ratings and reviews to learn about other patients’ experiences
  • Check out before-and-after photos of dental implant patients
  • Customization is key—make sure your implant treatment plan will be tailored to your unique needs and goals
  • Inquire about the techniques, technology, and materials used at the practice, making sure they are top-quality

Most of all, you should feel comfortable communicating with the dentist you choose for your dental implants. Any dentist you are meeting with should take the time to answer your questions clearly and confidently. Additionally, high-quality dental implants are considered an investment, both with regard to cost and the time it takes to achieve superior results—don’t settle for a dentist who offers the lowest prices or rushes the process if you are aiming for an optimal outcome.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and would like to meet with Dr. Sands to discuss your options, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation.

What are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

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Dental phobia is a common condition that many of our patients have struggled with and overcome with the help of Dr. Kevin Sands. Fear of the dentist can cause patients to delay or avoid relatively simple procedures needed to maintain their oral health. When left untreated, these small dental issues can develop into more complex problems and require more extensive and costly solutions. With our sedation dentistry options, patients can place their fears behind them and feel completely at ease in the dentist’s chair.

Sedation dentistry can be especially beneficial for patients who:

  • Experience moderate to severe dental phobia
  • Require extensive dental work
  • Have highly sensitive teeth or gums
  • Possess a hyperactive gag reflex

In addition to helping patients better maintain their oral health, sedation dentistry can place patients into an extremely relaxed state during popular cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers, gum contouring, and others.

Since the safety of our patients is our top priority, vital signs are closely monitored for the duration of each treatment. Sedation dentistry still allows patients to clearly communicate with Dr. Sands, though some patients may experience a sleep-like state and may not remember the details of their procedure once it is complete. If you have been putting off dental work due to anxiety and would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Sands today.

What are the Benefits of All-on-4?

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Since All-on-4 anchored dentures are fixed into place by four surgically implanted titanium posts, patients who choose this innovative tooth replacement option benefit from a number of advantages. Compared to traditional dentures, All-on-4 eliminates slippage along the gum line as well as the need for messy pastes or adhesives. Each All-on-4 denture is secured to the jaw by four dental implants, and the results of this restorative dentistry technique are considered permanent, allowing you to eat, drink, smile, and speak with confidence.

All-on-4 anchored dentures are custom-made to fit comfortably and look natural. Like dental implants, anchored dentures do not need to be removed for cleaning; however, since dental implant candidates need to have sufficient jawbone density for the procedure, All-on-4 can serve as a good alternative for patients who are not eligible for a full set of dental implants. As an added advantage, All-on-4 anchored dentures are often a more cost-effective solution for replacing an entire row of teeth. Ultimately, patients who choose All-on-4 enjoy the stability, strength, and comfort dental implants can provide, while achieving a full, beautiful smile. To learn more about All-on-4 anchored dentures, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Sands today.

What is All-on-4?

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For patients missing a full row of teeth, All-on-4 implant supported dentures offer an innovative alternative to traditional dentures. All-on-4 anchored dentures use four strategically placed dental implants to secure each denture for increased comfort, strength, and stability. Replacing your missing teeth with these durable restorations can effectively reconstruct healthy dental form and function with long-lasting results.

The All-on-4 technique uses the same titanium posts that typically serve as artificial tooth roots for single dental implants. Rather than placing porcelain crown restorations on these posts, cosmetic dentist Kevin Sands, DDS will securely fasten your custom-made upper or lower denture to these four points to eliminate the need for denture adhesives. These titanium implants are surgically placed in the jaw and can eventually fuse to the jawbone, providing exceptional support and stability. For patients with diminished jawbone density, All-on-4 may also provide a more feasible alternative to a full set of single dental implants.

The All-on-4 procedure can typically be performed within the span of one day, instantly rejuvenating your smile with natural-looking results. Most patients are able to return to their normal routine the following day. For more information about All-on-4, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands.

Dr. Kevin Sands Featured on Keeping Up with the Kardashians

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On Sunday October 25, 2016, Dr. Kevin Sands appeared on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. As the chosen cosmetic dentist for the entire Kardashian clan, Dr. Sands is dedicated to keeping their famous smiles looking absolutely perfect. On this episode, Khloe visits Dr. Sands for a dental exam and cleaning with her friend Malika in tow.

Click the link and log in with your cable provider information to watch his episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians on E!: https://bitly.com/KUWDrSands

What are the Benefits of Invisalign®?

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When comparing the benefits of Invisalign® to traditional braces, most of our patients agree that Invisalign® is clearly superior. While both orthodontic options can effectively straighten misaligned, crowded, or unevenly spaced teeth, traditional braces are associated with many discomforts and inconveniences, including:

  • Bulky brackets and wires
  • Irritation to the inside of the mouth
  • Difficulty brushing and flossing
  • Dietary restrictions

For Invisalign® candidates, the overwhelming advantages of this innovative orthodontic solution make it very appealing to both teens and adults. Using a system of custom-made, clear plastic aligners, Invisalign® can discreetly straighten your teeth without drawing unwanted attention. These aligners are designed to fit teeth snugly throughout treatment to provide comfort and allow for more natural speech. Since the aligners are removable, Invisalign® also allows you to eat, drink, and clean your teeth with ease – which eliminates dietary restrictions and hygiene challenges. If you want to straighten your teeth for a healthy looking, beautiful smile in a manner that is virtually invisible, Invisalign® may be an ideal orthodontic solution for you.

How Long Does Invisalign® Treatment Take?

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Invisalign® system involves a series of clear plastic aligners that progressively guide teeth into proper alignment. These aligners are custom-made for each patient, ensuring a precise, comfortable fit as they exert gentle pressure on the teeth to stimulate movement. Each set of Invisalign® aligners is worn for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next set, which further advances treatment toward the goal of a straighter, more beautiful smile.

The duration of Invisalign® treatment can vary from patient to patient, and is dependent upon several factors, including the magnitude of orthodontic correction required and the consistency of aligner wear. Dr. Kevin Sands recommends patients wear their aligners for a minimum of 22 hours each day, removing them only to eat, drink, or clean the teeth. The average Invisalign® treatment typically takes about 9-15 months, though patients may begin to see noticeable improvements as soon as six weeks after treatment begins. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sands may be able to give you a more accurate estimate of how long your Invisalign® treatment may take.

Will Invisalign® Work for Me?

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If you are looking to improve the appearance of misaligned teeth, Invisalign® is an innovative orthodontic solution that can help you avoid many of the inconveniences and discomforts of traditional braces. Using a system of clear plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth, Invisalign® can gradually guide your teeth into proper position to fix many common orthodontic concerns, such as crowding, gaps between teeth, and an unbalanced bite. If your smile is impacted by any of these orthodontic conditions, Invisalign® can help you achieve a beautiful smile – and often in less time than traditional braces.

The best way to find out if Invisalign® is right for you is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with cosmetic dentist Kevin Sands, DDS. He will perform an oral examination, discuss your individual goals, and help determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign®. While some of our patients with mild tooth misalignment may opt for porcelain veneers to quickly transform their smile, patients with more severe orthodontic issues may achieve more effective treatment with Invisalign®. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands today to discuss which treatment options can work best for you.

Bustle Interview Featuring Our Celebrity Dentist

Celebrity dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, is always working on the brightest smiles in the business; and he has the Instagram page to prove it!

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In a recent interview on Bustle.com, our skilled cosmetic dentist shares his expertise on ways for everyone to get that mega-watt smile. Knowing that not everyone can afford the star treatment, in this interview Dr. Sands reveals his top six teeth whitening tips for some DIY options. Whether you are looking to pay to have it done professionally, or interested in simply doing it yourself at home, there are several things you need to know!

For more information about teeth whitening, or to schedule a consultation with the Beverly Hills dentist himself, please contact us today.