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By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
August 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
February 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How your dentist in Walnut Creek, CA, can enhance your smile

Have you discovered the world of cosmetic dentistry? If you don’t know any of the revolutionary procedures designed to make your smile Cosmeticlook great, it’s time to check out them out. No matter what bothers you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure to correct the problem! The only question is, which treatment is right for you?

Dr. Frank Skiba in Walnut Creek, California offers a wide range of services to give you the outstanding smile you deserve. Read on to learn the specifics on how that can be accomplished!

 

How We Can Help You!

There are all kinds of ways your smile can become dull or damaged. Coffee, tea or smoking all stain your teeth and make them look dull. Everyday habits like chewing on ice cubes or pencils can also chip away at the edges of your teeth. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry procedures can repair and restore your smile. Here’s how:

 

Professional Teeth Whitening

If you have a yellowing smile due to coffee, smoking, or normal aging, think about professional teeth whitening! A professional teeth whitening treatment allows you to whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter, and the dramatic results can last up to 5 years! Professional teeth whitening products are tested for safety and effectiveness and approved by the American Dental Association, so you know they will work for you.

To read more about professional teeth whitening, please visit the Teeth Whitening section on the website at https://www.dentistinwalnutcreek.com/library/7756/TeethWhitening.html

 

Dental Bonding

If your teeth are chipped or cracked, think about dental bonding! Dental bonding will repair small aesthetic issues like chips, cracks, or tooth wear with composite, a tooth-colored material that blends perfectly with the color of your teeth. The result is a renewed, beautiful smile that looks completely natural.

 

Porcelain Veneers

If you want to dramatically enhance your smile, think about porcelain veneers! Porcelain veneers will cover up large fracture lines, cracks, broken tooth structure, and other large and small aesthetic issues. Veneers are thin laminates of exquisite, light-reflective porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

These are just a few of the many cosmetic and restorative services available from our Walnut Creek office. Dr. Skiba can help you decide which treatment can give you the smile you’ve been waiting for, all you have to do is call (925) 934-8149! Call today and get started on enhancing your smile.

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
December 25, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
September 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crown DiagramDamaged teeth are embarrassing, but modern dentistry has state of the art technology to help you deal with this issue. Dr. Frank Skiba offers his patients dental crowns at his Walnut Creek, CA, office to mask unsightly teeth.

Dental Crowns in Walnut Creek

A dental crown is made out of porcelain or ceramic. Unlike veneers, however, crowns don't just cover the front of your teeth. They're caps that fit over the unattractive, decayed, or damaged tooth. Crowns can even be used to replace a missing tooth when your dentist installs a dental bridge over your gums.

  1. Your dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth and begin drilling to file down the tooth, so it fits under the crown.
     
  2. A crown is designed at a laboratory using impressions taken of your teeth. Your doctor takes impressions of your teeth so that laboratory technicians can mold a crown that'll fit perfectly over your tooth.
     
  3. The permanent crown is cemented over the tooth.

Dental Care

  • Receiving fluoride treatment and using fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Flossing at least once before bed
  • Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea
  • Drinking fluoride-containing water, to prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay
  • Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque
  • Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, at least, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas

Advantages

  • They cover restorative procedures such as dental implants and root canals.
  • They give your teeth reinforcement, therefore improving your bite and capability to chew.
  • Crowns also support fillings that have been dislocated.
  • Several crowns can be used if you have more than one tooth that needs to be covered.

If you have any questions or concerns, call Dr. Frank Skiba at his Walnut Creek, CA, office today!

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
July 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

A smile research study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists found that more than a third of Americans aren’t happy veneerswith how their teeth look, and they want to explore methods of improvement. A better smile can give you better results in various areas of life—it offers social, professional, and personal advantages. As you’re thinking of options for how to improve your smile, consider the advantages of choosing veneers, a cosmetic treatment available at Dr. Frank Skiba’s dentist office in Walnut Creek, CA.

No Need to Wait Long
A veneer treatment is usually finished in about three weeks. So, in less than a month you could have a completely different smile—just in time for your next big social or professional affair. First, X-rays determine whether your front teeth are healthy enough to maintain veneers. Next, a tiny layer of enamel is removed from the tooth to make room for each veneer and dental impressions are made. A few weeks later, your veneers will be ready to install (bonded, contoured, and polished). 

An Unbeatable Smile
The main reason why patients want veneers is because they look fantastic. They are thin but tough and completely hide unattractive dental imperfections, including chips, cracks, discoloration, and gaps. Veneers not only upgrade your smile, they also brighten up your whole face. Modern dental technology allows your Walnut Creek dentist to craft veneers that don’t look fake, square, or chunky—they will look contoured, smooth, and natural.

Long-Wearing Beauty 
When you have your teeth treated with veneers, your smile will look good for so long that might forget you ever had it restored. Many patients have them for about 10 years. Maintaining your dental health could keep your veneers looking fresh, bright, and beautiful for even longer than that. Scheduling regular six-month cleanings with your dentist will also extend the life of your veneers.

A Smile with Veneers
Can you imagine what your smile will look like with veneers? It could be a life-changing experience. Call the office of Dr. Skiba in Walnut Creek, CA, at 925-934-8149 to schedule a cosmetic consultation.