At the Smile Design Dental Group, Dr. Michael Choi and his team of Cosmetic Dental Professionals deliver excellent results for patients in Orange County and Irvine. Dr. Choi is a UCLA and Loma Linda University trained Prosthodontist, specializing in dental implants, veneers, and Invisalign.
A dental implant is a device that is designed to replace a missing tooth or teeth from the root in order to hold in place dental restorations that resemble missing teeth. Dental implants prevent the teeth surrounding the area where a tooth has been lost to change position, which in turn alters the bite. The shifted bite results in additional stress on the jaw. The pressure applied to the jaw
causes healthy teeth to crack, fracture and break. Patients with an unstable bite also suffer from jaw pain, joint clicking, teeth grinding, difficulties eating, and frequent headaches. What’s worse, Missing teeth can even cause the facial structure of the mouth and face to deteriorate, causing the patient to look much older. Dental implants from the Smile Design Dental Group can fix these problems for patients in Orange County and Irvine with missing teeth.
In order to protect a damaged tooth’s surface or to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, a Cosmetic Dentist will often apply a veneer, which is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth. Dr. Choi provides patients in Orange County and Irvine with high-quality porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers from the Smile Design Group offer many benefits. Porcelain is a biocompatible material, so it won’t hurt your teeth or irritate your gums; furthermore, porcelain veneers blend perfectly with your real teeth because porcelain reflects light the same way as your enamel. Porcelain veneers can repair a variety of cosmetic issues, from gaps to stains, more importantly, stabilizing and strengthening weakened teeth. Because porcelain is a non-porous surface, it is resilient against stains. Porcelain veneers can make your smile look brighter and straighter in the long term.
Invisalign is a proprietary method of orthodontic treatment which uses a series of clear, removable teeth aligners used as an alternative to traditional metal dental braces. Invisalign offers many benefits to adults who want to straighten their teeth without wearing highly noticeable metal braces, which are often worn by children and adolescents. First, Invisalign patients in Orange County and Irvine have no dietary restrictions. The aligners can be removed any time in order to have a snack or enjoy a meal. There is also no discomfort. The aligners are
made from comfortable plastic that fit over your teeth. They won’t irritate your gums. In addition to comfort, patients never need an adjustment. Invisalign patients spend less time in the dental office because they don’t need to get wires adjusted to ensure their braces fit correctly. There are also no difficulties cleaning. Invisalign patients can take off the aligners to brush and floss, and then use lukewarm water and your toothbrush to scrub your aligners.