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Dr. Kevin Sands Shares Teeth Whitening Tips in Interview with Total Beauty

Our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, knows that significant teeth whitening can be an arduous process if not done correctly. In this most recent interview with Total Beauty, Dr. Sands details some helpful tips on how to quickly whiten your teeth and maintain that glowing smile you so desire. You’ll be surprised by some of your everyday activities that could be helping, and hurting, your efforts at getting those pearly whites!

In this interview, Dr. Sands shares some of the main perpetrators behind the yellowing of teeth.  These include some surprising foods you should continue to indulge in, as well as which to avoid, and some shocking things you could be doing (such as brushing too much!) that could be doing more harm than good to your teeth.

As always, professional opinion and consultation by a highly trained cosmetic dentist is the best route to avoid any damage to your teeth and gums. Learn more about your dental options with Dr. Sands and which treatment can best benefit your smile.

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If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

What’s the Difference Between Lumineers® and Veneers?

sandsveneersDental veneers can rejuvenate your smile by covering and concealing a wide array of cosmetic concerns. Whether you have cracks, chips, stains, gaps, or mild tooth misalignment, Dr. Kevin Sands offers a variety of dental veneer options that can give you a more vibrant and youthful smile. Since there are so many types of veneers to choose from, Dr. Sands uses the initial consultation process as a time to help you explore your options and make a well-informed decision.

For example, porcelain veneers and Lumineers® seem very similar, but there are a few key differences:

Porcelain Veneers: Standard porcelain veneers are a durable tooth restoration that can conceal tooth imperfections while simultaneously giving you a natural-looking smile. Composed of a high-quality ceramic and hand-layered porcelain, each veneer is custom-made to match the shape and shade of the surrounding teeth. Porcelain veneers often require only minimal preparation for the tooth so that the majority of your tooth’s natural structure can be preserved.

Lumineers®: A Lumineer® is a particular brand of porcelain veneer that has a couple of unique advantages. With all the same benefits as standard porcelain veneers, Lumineers® often require zero tooth preparation, preserving the entirety of your natural tooth. In addition, Lumineers® are composed of Cerinate® ceramic, which is an even thinner material that can eliminate the need for drilling or injections – all without compromising the durability of your restoration.

View our before-and-after smile gallery and find answers to frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers here.

If you have been searching for a fast and easy way to elevate the appearance of your smile, dental veneers are one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures for tooth enhancement. Dr. Sands will examine your teeth, listen carefully to your aesthetic goals, and help you choose which type of veneer can meet your expectations. With dental veneers, you can enjoy a more youthful and beautiful smile!

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Sands, please contact our office today.

Hollywood Reporter Featuring an Interview with Dr. Sands

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We are excited to share an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, was recently featured in! With award season in full swing, Dr. Sands shares detail of his work on this season’s biggest and brightest stars.

From Justin Bieber and members of the Kardashian family to NFL’s biggest stars like Rob Gronkowski, celebrities are getting ready to walk the red carpet with smiles enhanced by cosmetic dentist Dr. Sands’s expertise. In this recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Dr. Sands gives his professional advise on the do’s and dont’s of teeth whitening and how to achieve this “celeb-worthy” smile. Take a look at some of his amazing work featured on his Celebrity Smile Gallery and learn more about the different options available for your unique smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening and what Dr. Kevin Sands can do for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Watch Dr. Sands on Celebrity Plastic Surgeons!

sandspostWe are very excited to announce that our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, is part of the elite team of experts featured in the new Netflix reality show, Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills! The series follows the daily lives of a group of professionals including Dr. Sands, plastic surgeons Robert Rey, MD and Dr. Jason Diamond, hair restoration surgeon Craig Ziering, MD, and liposuction specialist Dr. David Amron as they help change the lives of patients looking to improve their appearance and enhance their self-esteem.

In the series, you can see Dr. Sands performing comprehensive smile makeovers and view first-hand what the results mean to patients. You’ll also be treated to an inside look at both the personal and professional lives of this world-renowned group of experts, including many of the struggles and triumphs they face in their respective fields. Dr. Sands is incredibly proud to have been invited to participate in Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills, and we hope you’ll take a look at the show.

All 15 episodes are currently available on Netflix, so happy streaming! If you would like more information, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Is Teeth Whitening or Porcelain Veneer Treatment Better for My Goals?

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If you are looking for options that can give your teeth a whiter, fresher appearance, teeth whitening and porcelain veneer treatments are some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures available to accomplish those goals. However, they are very different techniques and one may be better than the other, depending on your unique needs.

 

Teeth whitening offers a minimally-invasive way to lighten your teeth by several shades, addressing yellowing and discoloration that can build on the teeth over time. This procedure can give the teeth a beautifully whiter appearance and provide you with a wonderful new reason to smile. With that in mind, professional teeth whitening treatments are not often very beneficial for teeth that are affected by deep stains, and the results – while potentially long-lasting with the proper care – are not permanent.

 

Porcelain veneers can address more severe signs of staining and discoloration with results that can last for decades. They can also improve the appearance of other common dental imperfections, such as gaps, chips, and even mild cases of misalignment. Porcelain veneers are customized dental restorations designed to mask the visible part of affected teeth. They have the ability to completely restore the appearance of your smile and give your teeth a much whiter, healthier appearance. That said, porcelain veneer procedures are more invasive than teeth whitening, and may require the original tooth to be slightly reshaped in order to provide the most natural fit and appearance for the veneer.

 

View our smile gallery to see before-and-after pictures of our patients.
Both porcelain veneer treatments and in-office teeth whitening have proven to be extraordinarily effective for patients who want to renew the appearance of their smiles. It’s just a matter of determining which is best for your individual needs and goals. When you meet with our experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, he will explain all aspects of the procedure you are considering and help you decide the best option. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to talk more with you about what you can expect!

How to Prepare for Teeth Whitening if You Have Sensitive Teeth

sensitivitySome patients, particularly those who already have sensitive teeth, express concern about experiencing discomfort after an in-office teeth whitening treatment. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce the potential for significant tooth sensitivity following a professional teeth bleaching procedure.

If you already know you have sensitive teeth, it’s a good idea to use oral hygiene products that are specifically made to lessen the risk of pain from tooth sensitivity prior to your teeth whitening procedure. Also, be sure to clean your teeth and gums with a soft-bristled brush and make soft circles during the process. Brushing too hard may increase the likelihood of irritation from the chemicals present in the bleaching solution.

Since bleaching agents often contain peroxide to give the teeth a whiter appearance, the chemical may inflame nerves in the teeth, which can cause a temporary uncomfortable reaction to cold temperatures. By following Dr. Kevin Sands’ directions, using appropriate oral hygiene products, and limiting your intake of excessively hot or cold food and beverages immediately after treatment, discomfort can often be greatly minimized. Over-the-counter pain medication can also help reduce any pain after the procedure. If you are using an at-home whitening product and are experiencing significant discomfort, it may be best to reduce the frequency of its use – and you should always consult your dentist on best practices for at-home teeth whitening treatments.

View before-and-after images of some of our patients.
Once you meet with Dr. Kevin Sands for your initial teeth whitening consultation, talk with him about your teeth sensitivity and the ways in which you can avoid discomfort once the treatment is complete. Our experienced team wants to help you brighten your smile in the most comfortable way possible!

How Long does Teeth Whitening Last?

teeth-whiteningProfessional teeth whitening treatments are known for their long-lasting results, particularly in comparison to over-the-counter whitening options. Here at the practice of Dr. Kevin Sands, we offer Zoom!® Teeth Whitening, one of the most popular in-office treatment techniques available. In many cases, the results of teeth whitening at our practice can last from six months to two years. Some patients have even experienced the benefits of teeth whitening for even longer periods.

One of the keys to extending the results of the procedure is to maintain proper care of your teeth. Avoiding an excess of coffee, red wine, tea can be very helpful to reduce the chance of significant yellowing and discoloration. Additionally, foods such as blackberries and blueberries can stain the teeth, and too much of them can diminish the effects of teeth whitening at a faster rate. Quitting smoking can also go a long way toward keeping your teeth looking whiter for a longer time after professional teeth whitening treatment. Plus, occasional touch-up teeth whitening treatments can keep the effects going for years.

View our celebrity smile gallery.

During your teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Sands, he can talk with you about the best ways for you to take care of your teeth and maintain a whiter, brighter smile for a long time to come!

Minimally-Invasive Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Options

minimalIn our last blog entry, we talked about the importance of early detection for minimally-invasive dental treatment. Today, we’ll discuss some of the many treatments available that can conserve as much of your original tooth structure as possible in order to create beautiful, natural-looking results.

Our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, Kevin Sands, DDS, makes cosmetic dental treatment the cornerstone of his practice. With his many years of experience and the use of advanced techniques, he focuses on performing minimally-invasive dentistry whenever he can. Patients can benefit from Dr. Sands’ conservative approach with procedures such as:

Porcelain Veneers, Composite Veneers, Prepless Veneers

In all of Dr. Sands’ dental veneer procedures – including porcelain veneers, composite veneers, and prepless veneers – he works diligently to preserve most, if not all, of the natural tooth without the need for excessive shaving or partial removal of the affected tooth’s original structure.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

While the original tooth will need to be prepared for a cosmetic bonding procedure, Dr. Sands aims to conserve as much of it as possible so that the bonding material can augment its appearance and resolve the initial problem with a very natural-looking blend and contour.

Dental Implants

Dental implants actually make it possible to offer a more conservative missing teeth replacement solution when compared to alternative treatment options. With a procedure such as a dental bridge, the natural surrounding teeth must often be shaved and reshaped to accommodate the artificial tooth or teeth between them. This could make the natural teeth more likely to require root canal therapy in the future. Dental implants do not typically necessitate the alteration of surrounding teeth, and they offer a permanent solution for teeth replacement.

Inlays and Onlays

These treatments can sometimes serve as an alternative to dental crowns. Whereas crowns require significant removal of the original tooth structure, treatment with inlays and onlays often require much less. While heavily damaged or decayed teeth may need a full crown for the best results, inlays and onlays may be a suitable treatment for patients with less severe damage.

These are just a few examples of treatments that can be performed with a minimally-invasive approach. Conservative dental techniques can ultimately lead to much longer preservation of your original teeth, and less treatment needed to correct common imperfections and rejuvenate your smile!

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If you would like more information, or if you would like to schedule an appointment here at our practice, please contact Dr. Kevin Sands.

Early Detection of Dental Problems can Mean Less Invasive Treatment

One of the best things about today’s cosmetic dentistry options is that many treatments can be performed without the need to change much of your original tooth structure. Conservative dentistry, or minimally-invasive cosmetic dentistry, is very important to Dr. Kevin Sands. When a tooth has been heavily damaged by decay, normal wear-and-tear, or other causes, parts of it may need to be removed in order to accommodate a natural-looking, customized restoration. A conservative approach utilizing advanced treatment techniques allows Dr. Sands to help you maintain as much of your natural teeth as possible, even while performing procedures that have traditionally required the grinding down or alteration of the tooth being treated – and early detection of dental problems can go a long way toward ensuring that a conservative treatment approach can still be applied.

Minimally-invasive dentistry not only makes it possible for Dr. Sands to preserve much of your natural tooth structure – it also means that you’ll ultimately need less treatment to restore and rejuvenate the affected tooth. By coming in for regular dental exams and cleanings (at least two per year is recommended), problems can be identified quickly. Decay, cavities, teeth that have become worn down, and many other issues can be addressed before they get much worse. Once heavy damage has set in, it reduces the chance that minimally-invasive treatment can be performed, and makes it more likely that larger portions of the original tooth will need to be removed to accommodate a restoration that will improve its strength and appearance.

Dr. Sands focuses on providing patients with minimally-invasive treatment techniques as much as possible – even with cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, and many others. Remember, early detection is vital to preserve the health and durability of your original teeth and allow Dr. Sands to renew your smile with conservative dental treatment and results that look and feel natural!

Be sure to check out the next blog in our series on minimally-invasive cosmetic dentistry. We’ll be talking about some of the conservative treatment options that can fix common dental imperfections and beautifully rejuvenate the appearance of your teeth.

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If you would like more information on minimally-invasive cosmetic dentistry options, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Kevin Sands today.

What are the Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry?

4On our last blog, we discussed the benefits of sedation dentistry and how Dr. Kevin Sands can help you enjoy an anxiety-free, relaxing dental treatment. Today, we’ll talk about the potential side effects of popular sedation dentistry techniques and what you can expect.

Patients should be free of certain health conditions before treatment, otherwise they may not be candidates for some sedation dentistry options. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sands will go over your medical history and talk with you about your needs to determine the best course of action. The most common side effects of oral conscious sedation or IV sedation are the grogginess and sleepiness that patients experience once the treatment is complete. This makes it very important that you arrange for someone to bring you to and from the office on the day of your appointment.

Patients who have oral conscious sedation may also experience a temporary dry mouth feeling until the effects of the drug completely wear off. Other side effects of oral conscious sedation may include temporary dizziness, a headache, lightheadedness, or other conditions; however, it is very rare that these effects are serious and will likely fade quickly, if they occur at all. Many patients experience an amnesic effect after oral conscious sedation and do not remember the procedure taking place. For a lot of people, that’s actually a positive side effect!

Other than exhaustion and a groggy feeling after treatment, patients who have IV sedation typically do not experience significant side effects. Again, it is very important to be honest with Dr. Sands about your medical history and let him know about any health conditions or allergies you may have in order to ensure you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. We also advise that you do not engage in strenuous exercise or heavy lifting within 24 hours after your procedure.

Whether you opt for oral conscious sedation or IV sedation, an experienced healthcare professional will be in the room at all times to monitor you and make sure that everything is running smoothly. Sedation dentistry can ultimately help you attain a relaxing, virtually pain-free treatment while we improve both the health and appearance of your teeth!

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If you have questions about sedation dentistry, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands, please contact us today.