Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile

Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile In La Mesa!

No one likes to settle for less than the best, especially with something as important as your smile. At Jeff Gray DDS Espire Dental in San Diego, we have cosmetic dentistry solutions for your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a group of procedures that, individually or collectively, create positive changes to your smile. One procedure, such as teeth whitening, will go along way toward upgrading your smile. Two or more gives you a complete smile makeover.

Cosmetic Procedures

The term “cosmetic dentistry” means different things to different dentists. One practice might call a dental implant cosmetic, while another will consider it restorative.

With that in mind, here are some of the more common cosmetic dentistry procedures:

  • Teeth whitening. Nothing you buy at the store can can compare to teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist. The bleaching ingredients may be the same, but professional strength whitening far surpasses anything over-the-counter. You’ll get a dazzling new smile!
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Made to match existing teeth, they can hide cracks, gaps, and other imperfections.
  • Crowns and Bridges. Dental crowns are used to repair damaged teeth by covering them like a cap. This restores them to their natural shape. A dental bridge fills the space left by a missing tooth.
  • Dental implants. Implants are state-of-the-art tooth replacement. Strictly speaking, it’s a titanium post inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth root. A replacement tooth is attached to the post. They look and function like natural teeth.

At Jeff Gray Espire Dental in San Diego we use cosmetic dentistry to complement the smiles of each patient. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to us for our complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Aesthetic Dental Transformations

Aesthetic Dental Transformations in La Mesa

More and more people are enjoying the lasting benefits of cosmetic dentistry, available at Jeff Gray DDS Espire Dental in La Mesa.

When you first look in the mirror in the morning while brushing those gleaming babies, you remember; “Oh yeah, I fixed my teeth and they look incredible!”

We have talked about different cosmetic dentistry procedures in previous blog articles, but let’s review the most common.

  • Teeth whitening is the one of the most popular and least invasive procedures. Sure, there are plenty of over-the-counter whitening products, but none can match the power of professional teeth whitening.
  • Porcelain veneers are glass-like, wafer-thin covers that adhere to teeth. They correct chips, stains and misaligned teeth that do not require orthodontia.
  • Dental crowns correct more extensive problems. They have many uses, such as the final restoration following a root canal or to restore teeth weakened by decay, injury, or gum disease.
  • Dental implants are state-of-the-art replacements for one or more missing teeth. A metal post is placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the bone to become a foundation for one or more replacement teeth.

At Jeff Gray DDS Espire Dental in La Mesa we’ve improved countless smiles with cosmetic dentistry. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to us for complete general dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Restoring Teeth At Jeff Gray DDS

Tooth Restoration in La Mesa

At  Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in San Diego we use a variety of techniques to restore damaged teeth. These fall into the category of restorative dentistry, which we will describe in this blog post.

The most common restorative dentistry procedure is probably the traditional filling. Most people have at least one by the time they reach adulthood.  Traditional fillings are also called ‘direct restorations’ because they are applied to the tooth and then shaped and polished in one visit.

Another type of filling is called an ‘indirect restoration’ and is fabricated in a dental lab. There are two types: inlays and onlays.

Other restorative dentistry procedures:

  • Crowns. Sometimes called “caps,” crowns are a cover that fit over a tooth that has been repaired after damage or decay. The crown stdrengthens and protects it.
  • Bridges. A dental bridge supports one or several artificial teeth. The support is called a bridge because it “bridges” the gap caused by the missing teeth.
  • Dental implants. Implants are titanium posts inserted into the jaw. They can support one or more artificial teeth, and several can support a dental arch (denture).

These procedures are important because filling empty spaces in the mouth keeps remaining teeth from shifting in place, and also makes it easier to maintain goo dental health.

Whether the damage is caused by decay, injury, bite problems, or natural wear  Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in San Diego will help you choose the best restorative dentistry option for your needs. Our patients come from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee for complete general dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Tooth Color

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Most of us would like to have white teeth and a great smile. But discolored or just plain yellow teeth is common, especially in a world of tea and coffee drinkers. At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, we can fix that.

Tooth enamel is a little like skin. It has pores that can get clogged and discolored. The most common habits that work against you are:

  • Tobacco and other smokable substances
  • Sodas and other dark colored drinks, i.e. coffee, red wines, and teas
  • Not practicing daily oral hygiene
  • Not having proper dental care

If you want to lighten your teeth, the above will consistently work against you.

We advise kicking these habits to the curb if you want the whitest teeth possible. (There are other good health reasons, too.)

If, in spite of your best efforts, your smile is still dull, professional teeth whitening from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa can revive it. People throughout San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee trust us with their smiles! We also offer complete restorative dentistry, and much more. Call today to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Smile More, Live Better

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If you feel that you have an unattractive smile, you probably don’t smile very often. Perhaps you make a conscious effort to refrain from smiling in social and professional settings.

Do you think frequent smiling has a meaningful effect on your life? You bet it does.

In addition to simply making us happier, smiling supports our quality of life in a host of ways.

1.  Look Younger and More Attractive

It doesn’t take a scientific study to validate this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile on your face.

2. Smiling Decreases Stress

When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that decrease your stress level.

3. Smiling Bolsters Your Confidence

Who doesn’t want to reap the benefits of more self-assurance?

4. Smile For Success

Researchers have established several ways smiling can improve the chance of a favorable outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling impacts your behavior as well as the behavior of the men and women with whom you interact.

5. Help People Trust You

Authentic smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, convey honesty and trustworthiness.

How would your life improve if you loved your smile?

Even small cosmetic changes can yield meaningful improvements in the attractiveness of your smile. At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer everything from tooth whitening to complete smile makeovers. Let’s discuss the possibilities for your smile. Call 619-337-7700 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

Sources:
Horn P.W. Scharlemann, Catherine C. Eckel, Alex Kacelmik, Rick K. Wilson, “The value of a smile: Game theory with a human face, “ScienceDirect, October 2001, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167487001000599, accessed April 4, 2017
Ronald E. Reggio, PhD, “There’s Magic in Your Smile,” Psychology Today, June 25, 2012, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile, accessed April 4, 2017
“10 Hidden Benefits of Smiling,” Psyblog, http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/06/10-hidden-benefits-of-smiling.php, accessed April 4, 2017

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Whitening vs Bleaching At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry

Whitening vs Bleaching At Jeff Gray DDS - Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry In La Mesa

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental service that Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry provides in-office or through a take-home kit. Results vary, but most patients observe significant lightening that lasts up to a year. Our teeth whitening patients affirm that a whiter smile boosts self-confidence and can take years of wear and discoloration away to reveal a brighter smile.

Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching, however, refer to two different things. Surface cracks and stains arise on tooth enamel, exposing the yellower dentin below the surface. Discoloration can be the result of the natural aging process, illness, genetics, or dark-colored food or drink. Foods and beverages that are both dark colored and acidic— like wine, coffee, and tomato sauce—have even stronger staining power.

Teeth whiteners can refer to any product used to remove stains from tooth enamel: toothpaste, DIY strips, and some mouthwashes are safe and reasonably priced and can illuminate teeth with continued, regular use. The extent of whitening varies, and it takes dedicated, regular use to see results.

Whitening products that do not contain bleach can usually make teeth two to four shades lighter. These are a good choice for men and women with sensitive teeth and gums that can react to products containing harsher whitening chemicals. Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry advises pregnant or nursing mothers to decide on the non-bleach whitening products.

The term “bleaching” is used to describe a tooth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, in varying concentrations. For best results, teeth bleaching should be carried out in-office by your dentist. Bleaching can commonly achieve more noticeable results, sometimes up to seven shades lighter. Intrinsic stains on the dentin, as well as surface stains, can be effectively lightened under an experienced dentist’s supervision.

Call the friendly team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation!

We Bring Smiles To Life

The following online articles were used as source material for this post:

Linda Dyett, ‘Teeth Whitening: How it Works and What it Costs,’ Consumer Guide to Dentistry, September 12, 2011, http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/teeth-whitening/.htm, accessed on February 6, 2012
‘How to Whiten Teeth,’ What’s Cooking America, http://whatscookingamerica.net/HealthBeauty/TeethWhitening.htm, accessed on February 6, 2012

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Some of the most common concerns of Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee dental patients pertain to cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening.

Because many dental products such as toothpaste and mouthwashes say they can brighten your teeth, it’s natural to think about changing your brand of toothpaste.

Whitening toothpaste works by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This commonly results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, plenty of La Mesa dentists offer speedy in-office teeth whitening procedures that can frequently improve your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office whitening, why not go for the whole smile makeover? Using unprecedented cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, braces, dental implants, bonding, gum contouring, San Diego dentists are helping patients get the remarkable look they desire.

Hi, I’m Dr, Jeff Gray, a La Mesa dentist. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Alpine, El Cajon, or Santee area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 619-337-7700.

Here at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer gum disease treatment, Invisalign, sedation dentistry, and TMJ treatment.

Call for your appointment today!

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Is Mouthwash A Must?

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If you’ve ever walked the oral care aisles of any drugstore, you know that there are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but will they help meet your oral care needs?

Many men and women wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two critical habits that have the greatest effect on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash required?

I’m Dr, Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. When my dental patients ask about mouthwash, I tell them that as long as they follow the instructions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as touted. Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride can’t hurt your teeth, but allowing a bit of diluted toothpaste to stay on tooth surfaces after brushing probably has the same merit.

People who suffer from bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the problem. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can worsen the problem because they can cause dry mouth—a condition that can worsen bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are usually more effective for freshening breath. These products are often called fluoride rinses.

If you have severe bad breath, however, you should have your teeth checked out for plaque build-up. No amount of mouthwash can remedy a mouth full of plaque. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you still suffer from bad breath, it’s important to ascertain the cause. Bad breath can be an indication of a physical condition, so see your doctor soon.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. And if you use mouthwash, decide on a brand that contains fluoride and no alcohol.

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My practice, Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, provides premium dental care to our valued patients. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call us at 619-337-7700. A member of my friendly staff can answer any questions you have about our services.

Call today!

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619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In today’s post, let’s look at some information about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpaste is creating foam when normally brushing.

Working up a good foam is accomplished by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than a 90-degree angle. The foaming aids in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are ideal for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may notice tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

Additionally, remember that flossing is critical and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:

  • Wet a soft bristle toothbrush
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste
  • Brush at a 45-degree angle
  • Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
  • Cover every surface of every tooth
  • Swish around in the mouth before spitting out
  • Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
  • Rinse out debris

This article is brought to you by Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, outstanding dental practice in La Mesa. We are committed to dental education and confident smiles for all.

Dr, Jeff Gray has been serving La Mesa area families since 1986. We are located at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa. Contact us at 619-337-7700.

Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general and cosmetic procedures we offer. And brush well until we see you, it will be worth every foamy second!

We Bring Smiles To Life

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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The 411 on TMJ

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Do you have unexplained pain or clicking sounds in your jaw? They can be signs of serious oral issues.

Some ailments with the jaw and the muscles that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But it’s also frequently called TMJ, because that’s the acronym for the name of the joint. Technically, that’s not correct.

“Temp-or-o-man-di-what?!

Let’s talk about what this means. The word temporomandibular (pronounced ‘temp-ur-o-man-di-bye-ler) is defined as ‘of, relating to, being, or affecting the joint that connects the temporal bone and the mandible.’

(We are not betting people, but if we were, we would bet that you did not foresee an anatomy lesson from your dentist.) The temporal bones are found at the sides and base of your skull and incorporate five parts, the squama, the petrous, mastoid, tympanic parts, and styloid process. The mandible is the lower jaw, and, anatomically speaking, holds your whole face together.

What are the signs of TMD?

If you have jaw problems, either due to a collision, arthritis, misalignment of teeth or jaw, teeth grinding and clenching, poor posture, or chewing gum, you may experience:

  • tooth grinding or clicking
  • jaw pain
  • earaches
  • popping sounds in your ears
  • headaches
  • stiff or sore jaw muscles
  • locking of the jaw joint
  • pain in the temple area

Quite often, TMJ symptoms will go away on their own. Some individuals who experience TMD notice flare-ups when they are under a lot of stress.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from a variety of problems, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial injuries can cause jaw pain. A correct diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.

If your TMD symptoms don’t go away on their own, seek professional help. Chronic TMD can be debilitating and your dentist can help. Dentists that treat TMD work hand-in-hand with a network of specialists including ENT specialists, neurologists, and physical therapists. Talk to a healthcare professional.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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