Posts for: August, 2017

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
August 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When designing your new smile, we have a lot of options for changing how individual teeth look: from whitening discolored teeth to replacing missing teeth with life-like dental implants. But the problem may not be how your teeth look — in fact, individually they may look perfect. If they’re not straight, though, your smile won’t be as attractive as it could be.

We can address a poor bite (malocclusion) through the dental specialty of orthodontics. By moving misaligned teeth we may be able to transform your smile without any other dental work, or it could serve as a more solid foundation for other cosmetic enhancements. To find out if orthodontics can make a difference for you, you should begin with an initial visit to your general dentist. A thorough dental examination will enable them to tell you if correcting your bite could be a good option for you. If it is, they’ll most likely refer you to an orthodontist, a specialist in treating malocclusions.

The orthodontist will also perform an evaluation and get as complete a picture as possible of your particular bite problems. This examination will also include checking jaw growth and development in younger patients, how the affected teeth align with other teeth, and if your current bite is having any effect on the jaw joints. This will provide a good overview of not only the malocclusion but how it affects the rest of your mouth.

With this detailed analysis, they can then advise you on the best course of treatment. Most malocclusions can be corrected with braces or, increasingly, clear aligner trays. In certain situations, though, more specialized approaches may be needed, such as isolating only certain teeth for movement.

While orthodontic treatment takes time and can be expensive, the end result can be amazing: an improved bite that not only enhances your appearance but improves function and long-term health. Along with other cosmetic enhancements to your teeth and gums, orthodontics can give you a new sense of confidence in your smile.

If you would like more information on improving your smile with orthodontic treatment, 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 “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
August 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry  

Are you looking for a new dentist? If you are, consider a family dentist--a skilled oral health care provider who will look after your family dentistrypreventive, restorative and cosmetic needs and those of your loved ones. Just think: if you choose Cesar Acosta DMD Family Dentistry in Turlock, CA, you will receive the most comprehensive dental services available. Plus, your care will happen all in one modern, comfortable and convenient location. Find out what Dr. Acosta and his staff offer patients of all ages and walks of life.

Family dentistry means prevention

That's the heart of dentistry: preventing problems before they start or if they are uncovered, then dealing with them in a minimally-invasive way. Dr. Acosta and his team provide basic six-month cleanings and exams (following the guidelines of the American Dental Association), fluoride treatments and sealants for children and adults prone to decay. He also delivers treatments for chronic conditions such as TMJD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) and bruxism (teeth clenching).

Plus, Dr. Acosta's treatment plans are individualized for each patient, considering what the patient needs now and what may benefit him or her down the road. The doctor values excellent patient teaching. After all, how well you brush and floss at home is the best preventive measure of all.

Family dentistry means restoration

The Centers for Disease Control state that most adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had cavities at one time or other. Children's teeth decay, too, and their oral health is particularly vulnerable to an accident.

The solution to worrisome decay, gum disease and oral trauma is family dentistry in Turlock. Dr. Acosta and his staff are available for emergency advice and treatment for you, your kids and for Mom and Dad as well. Whether you need fillings, crowns, gum disease treatment, root canal therapy or wisdom teeth extraction, they are all available in a setting that's comfortable, patient-centered and state-of-the-art.

Your family dentist provides porcelain crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants and innovative mini-implants. And for the children, teens or even for you, Dr. Acosta provides conventional orthodontics and Invisalign clear aligners for healthier, straighter smiles.

Family dentistry means a great appearance

Take pride in your smile--even when Nature hasn't provided Hollywood pearly whites. Dr. Acosta understands that others may perceive you as friendly, smart and approachable when you sport a sparkling smile. In fact, research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry backs it up.

So, if you'd like to repair some smile flaws or get the straight teeth you've always wanted, your family dentist will help you with the best possible makeover. Dr. Acosta offers:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Composite resin bonding
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • All-porcelain crowns

Throughout the lifespan...

Choosing a family dentist is the way to go. Why not contact Cesar Acosta DMD Family Dentistry in Turlock, CA for your routine exam and cleaning? While you're at it, book an appointment for your child or other family member. We'd be honored to care for your all your loved ones. Please call (209) 250-2560 today.

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
August 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

You know the basics for a healthy mouth: daily oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. But there are other elements unique to you that also factor into your oral care: the mouth and facial structure you inherited from your parents (like a poor bite) and your past history with dental disease. Both of these help define your individual risk factors for potential dental problems.

That’s why you need a treatment strategy personalized to you to achieve the best health possible for your teeth and gums. We create this plan by using a detailed and thorough 4-step process.

Step 1: Identify your unique risk factors. To find your risk factors for dental disease, we carefully assess your history and other areas of oral function and health: the soundness of your supporting bone and gum structures; your teeth’s structural integrity and any effects from decay, enamel erosion or trauma; functional issues like a poor bite, a jaw joint disorder or a grinding habit; and problems with appearance like disproportional gums.

Step 2: Prioritize risk factors and form the treatment plan. Once we’ve identified your individual risk factors, we assess how each could impact you and whether any require immediate treatment. Any current dental disease should be treated immediately to minimize and prevent further damage. Depending on severity, other issues like bite problems or unattractive teeth may be scheduled for later treatment.

Step 3: Execute the treatment plan. With our priorities in place, we then proceed with treating your teeth and gums, the most pressing needs first. Throughout this step, our goal is to bring your oral health to the highest level possible for you.

Step 4: Monitoring and maintaining health. Once we’ve achieved an optimum level of health, we must remain vigilant about keeping it. So we monitor for any emerging problems and perform preventive treatments like clinical cleanings to help maintain that healthy state. This also means regularly repeating our 4-step process to identify and update any new, emerging risks and incorporate them into our treatment strategy.

While this process may seem overly methodical, it can actually result in more efficient and cost-effective treatment. It’s the best way to ensure good health for your teeth and gums throughout your lifetime.

If you would like more information on creating a long-term dental care plan, 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 “Successful Dental Treatment: Getting the Best Possible Results.”

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Cesar Acosta DMD, Family Dentistry

(209) 250-2560
1065 Colorado Avenue Ste 3 Turlock, CA 95380