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December 2019

Before buying dental insurance, try our affordable dental membership plan.

By | Uncategorized

’Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. According to one poll, half of Americans are focusing on shoring up their finances by cutting back on spending when possible. At Ocean View Dental Care, we want to help you meet your financial goals. One way to reduce your healthcare spending is by joining our Dental Membership Plan.   

The exclusive plan gives you access to preventive dental care at no additional cost. Corrective services are discounted 10%. Members of our plan enjoy no waiting periods, no benefits maximums, and no burdensome claim forms to file. Read on to learn how you and your family can enjoy cost savings in 2020.

Benefits of Dental Membership Plans

Our low-cost membership plans are easy to use and understand. Individual plans are $285 per adult per year. Individual + Spouse plans are $495 per year. Families can add additional children (14 and under) for $125 per child. Older children (15 to 26) can enjoy this plan for $165 per year. 

Once you’ve made your annual payment, you can enjoy preventative care throughout the year for no additional cost. Those savings can add up when you consider the out-of-pocket expenses non-members pay. These treatments are included in our membership plan.

  • Exam ($128 regular fee)
  • X-rays ($294 regular fee)
  • Adult cleaning ($108 regular fee)
  • Child cleaning ($88 regular fee)

Exams and x-rays for a family of four would run $1,688, based on our fee schedule. You can see how quickly a membership plan can lead to serious savings. If you do require treatment, you can enjoy a 10% discount for all your procedures with no maximum cap on benefits. 

What about dental insurance?

Dental insurance and membership plans are similar in some ways and different in others. Insurance plans require monthly payments and include maximum benefit caps. If you plan on moving, dental insurance may be a good option since you won’t know who your next oral healthcare provider will be. 

If you live in or around San Clemente, our affordable dental membership plan is the better choice. By handling all of our benefits in-house, we are able to provide greater savings than dental insurance plans can. Insurance providers have to pay for staff and overhead. We use our existing dental team. Our membership plan allows our patients to access preventative treatments at a reduced rate. By preventing future dental problems, our membership plan can save your family hundreds or even thousands of dollars. 

How can I get the most out of my dental membership plan?

Once you sign up for our exclusive and affordable dental membership plan, one of our team members will schedule your twice-a-year cleanings as well as your exam. If we see any dental problems during your visit, we can address those issues as they arise. Minor cavities can usually be treated for a low fee. The key is early detection and prevention — two areas that our dental membership plan focuses on!

In between visits, we ask that our patients brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush. Flossing and therapeutic mouthwash are also great preventative measures. If you experience a toothache, let our office know. If your goal is to save money in 2020, it’s important to remember that early treatments are always more affordable than putting off dental problems. 

Call Today to Learn More

We are excited to offer our patients real, substantial savings through our dental membership plan. If you already work with our doctors, we encourage you to explore the many benefits of dental membership plans. Our team members are trained to discuss the plan in detail. To learn more, contact our office online or call (949) 388-0780.

A New Age for Orthodontics: Aviara Centers

By | cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign

The term “orthodontics” has long been associated with braces. While orthodontists are often focused on delivering beautiful smiles, recent advances in medical research are increasing awareness of the role teeth and jaw development play in providing proper airway and facial development. We are proud to offer an operatory for Aviara Centers. Their dental team is at the forefront of providing orthodontic solutions for a wide range of developmental and breathing issues. 

If you are looking for an orthodontic practice that can address a wide range of breathing and sleep disorders in addition to providing cosmetic procedures, we welcome you to join our family. We are always accepting new patients.

What conditions do you treat?

Beyond orthodontic treatments for malocclusion, Aviara Centers offers treatments for:

  • Bruxism: Does your child grind his or her teeth at night? Bruxism is found in as much as one-third of children and around 10 percent of adults. The night-time habit can lead to worn and damaged teeth. The doctors of Aviara Centers can treat the underlying cause or prescribe an oral appliance to reduce discomfort.
  • TMJ disorder: When the temporomandibular joints are not working in harmony, jaw pain can result. One common cause of TMJ disorder is malocclusion, which can be treated using orthodontics.
  • Sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea can result in difficulty breathing at night. One treatment option includes a special oral appliance that allows for ease of breathing at night. 
  • Facial development: If your child is a mouth breather, the habit can affect the development of the upper jaw. There are many habits, like thumb-sucking, that can lead to facial development problems. Dr. Ahn is a pediatric dentist who specializes in facial development. If you have noticed something that is “off” about your child’s ability to eat, chews, or swallow with ease, Dr. Ahn can help treat your child using the latest technology and techniques.  

Treatment Options 

Our doctors have advanced training in sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, craniofacial pain, and malocclusion (including smile and facial imbalances). Our esteemed dentists work in collaboration with medical doctors, myofunctional therapists, and other healthcare professionals to provide effective treatments for your complex problems. 

Our focuses include:

  • Traditional Orthodontics: Traditional metal braces have many advantages. Our Board-certified orthodontist can control many aspects of your treatment to address bruxism, TMJ disorder, or cosmetic issues. The treatments can last anywhere from several months to a few years. 
  • Airway-focused Alternative Modalities: Many individuals are familiar with CPAP, which introduces a steady stream of air to promote breathing at night. Our office offers alternative modalities that are easier to use and maintain. 
  • Controlled Arch System: This unique system uses the patient’s facial anatomy and adapts orthodontic movements to that. This system offers an alternative to traditional orthodontics for some patients. Controlled Arch System addresses jaw and spacing issues before the teeth are moved.
  • Invisalign + Encore Align: Clear aligners offer many of the same benefits as traditional metal braces. The clear trays are more discreet, though, and can do not require changes in diet.
  • SFOT (Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Therapy): SFOT can significantly lower orthodontic treatment times for adults. The minor surgical procedure creates small cuts in the alveolar bone to promote bone growth.
  • Propel Orthodontic System: The advanced Propel system allows patients to complete orthodontic treatments up to 64 percent faster

Schedule Your Visit Today

Aviara Centers offers a new type of orthodontic experience, one that uses advanced treatments and technologies to address breathing, facial development, and orthodontic issues. To schedule your visit, please contact our office online.

Cosmetic Bonding vs Veneers: Which Option Is Right For Me?

By | cosmetic dentistry, Uncategorized

Cosmetic Dentistry | Ocean View Dental Care | San Clemente CA

If you are embarrassed by cosmetic blemishes on your teeth, our San Clemente, CA office offers multiple cosmetic treatment options that can restore your smile. Invisalign clear aligners can address misaligned teeth while our teeth whitening treatments can brighten your smile by several shades. If you are dissatisfied with the size or shape of your teeth, we offer two effective treatments: cosmetic bonding and veneers.

The first step toward a more attractive smile involves scheduling a cosmetic consultation. During the initial visit, one of our doctors will discuss your cosmetic goals and examine your teeth and gums. If you are interested in the drastic results that cosmetic bonding or veneers can deliver, we offer this overview. 

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin to address minor defects like chips and small gaps between teeth. The resin can be shade-matched to match your smile. Bonding also matches the natural reflective properties of enamel. Bonding can address teeth that are broken, chipped, cracked, stained, or gapped.

Cosmetic bonding offers many benefits. The procedure is non-invasive and does not require the removal of natural tooth structure. In fact, cosmetic bonding is entirely reversible. Bonding is also highly affordable. Finally, bonding can be placed during a convenient visit of less than one hour.

The cosmetic bonding procedure is straightforward. There is no need for anesthesia or sedation. First, your tooth will need to be prepared. This involves cleaning the surface of your tooth and using a special etching compound to ensure that the bonding material obtains a strong bond. Then, one of our doctors will shade-match the resin to match your natural tooth color. 

Once the bonding is matched, one of our doctors will artfully sculpt the material to restore or enhance the surface of your tooth. Any minor corrections can be made once the resin hardens. Sometimes, the material is polished to all match the shine of nearby enamel. There is no recovery time associated with this cosmetic treatment and side effects are rare.

Veneers

If you are looking to dazzle friends with a Hollywood smile, veneers may be the right treatment option for you. Veneers are ultra-thin shells that are bonded to the front of anterior teeth. Veneers can be made from various materials, depending on your goals and budget. Both porcelain and ceramics can match the color and luster of natural teeth. 

Veneers can fix teeth that are: 

  • Discolored
  • Worn down
  • Chipped
  • Broken
  • Misaligned
  • Uneven
  • Irregularly shaped
  • Gaped

Veneers require two visits to our San Clemente dental practice. During your initial visit, small amounts of enamel will be removed to create room for the veneer to rest snugly against your teeth. This procedure is performed using local anesthesia so you are comfortable. A mold or digital impression of your teeth will be made, and you will be fitted with temporary veneers while your new attachment is manufactured at a trusted laboratory. 

On your second and final visit, one of our doctors will ensure that your veneers are a perfect fit before placing them with a strong bonding agent that can hold the veneers for well over 10 years. Veneers do not require a recovery period, but some patients experience temporary side effects like tooth sensitivity.

Which Option Is Right for Me?

Veneers offer drastic results while cosmetic bonding is typically reserved for addressing minor cosmetic blemishes. If you are looking for an affordable treatment to address small chips or patches of discoloration, one of our doctors may recommend cosmetic bonding. If you are seeking a photo-ready smile that will turn heads, you may be a better candidate for porcelain veneers. 

During your cosmetic consultation at our San Clemente dental practice, one of our doctors will be glad to discuss both treatment options in detail. To schedule your cosmetic consultation, please contact our San Clemente dental office online or by calling (949) 388-0780.

What Should I Expect During My Routine Cleaning and Exam?

By | dental cleaning

The doctors and staff of Ocean View Dental Care believe that preventative treatments are key to staying ahead of dental problems. We recommend that patients visit our San Clemente, CA dental practice twice a year for cleanings and exams. Patients who have risk factors for gum disease or tooth decay may benefit from more frequent visits. 

Benefits of Routine Cleanings and Exams

Dental cleanings and exams are preventative treatments that allow you to avoid potentially costly restorative treatments. Two common dental problems that can be effectively treated during these visits are gum disease and tooth decay. Mild forms of gum disease (gingivitis) are easily treatable by undergoing twice-a-year dental cleanings and maintaining good oral hygiene habits. 

If a member of our dental team sees signs of gum disease, you will be given tips and advice on how to address gum disease before it poses a more serious danger to your oral health. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in this country, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Exams allow one of our doctors to detect the early stages of tooth decay. If one of our doctors sees a small cavity, the small pit or hole can be cleaned and filled with little to no discomfort. Exams also allow patients to identify other problems (bruxism, TMJ disorder, oral cancer, impacted teeth) before they cause serious complications. To diagnose dental problems in their early stages, our office offers advanced technology, including digital imaging.

Dental Cleaning Overview

Twice-a-year dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup. Tartar is calcified plaque that cannot be removed at home. Only the special tools employed by a trained oral hygienist can remove the pockets of buildup. Our office offers the Cavitron, an ultrasonic scaling system. The Cavitron removes tartar quickly and efficiently. The advanced device also has less of an impact on the patient’s teeth because less pressure is applied to the teeth and jaws. Many of our San Clemente patients report that the device delivers a more comfortable cleaning experience.

Dental Exam Overview

Dental exams can be scheduled during your cleanings. Exams typically involve a visual exam of your teeth and jawbone and the taking of x-rays. Our advanced digital x-rays can determine if you have problems related to the oral structure (teeth, jaws, and sinuses). During your exam, one of our doctors will look for signs of lesions, oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. If you are found to have a minor dental problem, the issue may be treated during your visit. If you require more extensive treatment, a member of our dental team will schedule a follow-up visit before you leave.

Exams are also a great time for patients to report any discomfort or oral health problems they have noticed. If you have any questions or concerns, these twice-a-year visits are a great to time glean advice from an experienced oral healthcare professional. 

Schedule Your Next Visit to Your San Clemente Dentist Today

Staying ahead of dental problems can save you money in the long term. We are currently running a $79 adult cleaning, x-ray, and exam special for new patients who do not have insurance. The package deal is worth $375. To schedule your next visit to our office, please contact our staff online or call (949) 388-0780.

How to Care for Your Tooth Crown

By | cosmetic dentistry, cracked tooth, dental crown

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over teeth following a restorative treatment. The crowns are made from a variety of materials: composite resins, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or metal. Porcelain crowns have become a popular material in recent years. Porcelain matches the color and luster of natural teeth. 

The doctors of Ocean View Dental Care in San Clemente, CA offer dental crowns that are fabricated from durable materials that can withstand the pressures of chewing and biting. With proper care, dental crowns can last 10, 15, or even 20 years. By following simple tips and visiting our office twice a year, patients can avoid accidentally damaging their restoration. 

Common Causes of Damaged Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are designed to withstand normal wear and tear. If a crown is damaged, it is usually due to the restoration being used to bite something hard, like bone or hard candy. Biting dense objects can prematurely wear or even damage your crown. Bad habits can also lead to the dislodging of dental crowns. If your crown becomes damaged or dislodged, one of our doctors can repair or replace the crown at our San Clemente dental practice. 

Common causes of damage to dental crowns include:

  • Crooked teeth: Misaligned teeth place disproportionate pressure on certain areas of your bite. If you have teeth alignment problems, consider undergoing orthodontic treatments.
  • Trauma: Even the strongest dental crowns can become chipped or dislodged following a blow to the face. Consider wearing a mouthguard to prevent unintentional damage during sports activities. 
  • Bruxism: If you grind your teeth at night, the habit can wear or damage your dental crown. If you grind your teeth, please let a member of our dental team know.
  • Gum disease: Untreated gum disease can weaken the natural tooth that supports your crown. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and visiting our dental practice for regular cleanings can help you stay ahead of gum disease. 
  • Poor habits: We ask all of our patients to refrain from using their dental crowns to tear or pry open objects.
  • Dietary considerations: Be mindful of what you bite. Dental crowns are designed to be durable, but they should not be used to bite hard objects. Certain candies or other hard objects can dislodge or break dental crowns.

Maintaining healthy gums and underlying tooth structure is important. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss. We recommend that patients visit our office at least twice a year for cleanings and exams. During your routine visits, one of our doctors will closely examine your dental crown to ensure that the restoration is strongly bonded. Your dentist will also check the health of the surrounding gum tissue to ensure that you are free of gum disease. 

If your dental crown hurts or feels loose or damaged, contact our office immediately. Even with careful maintenance, dental crowns will eventually need to be replaced. One of our doctors can remove the crown, take images of the underlying tooth, and have your crown fabricated at a trusted laboratory.  

Schedule Your Dental Crown Consultation Today

 

With proper care, dental crowns can last for 10, 15, or even 20 years. By following the tips outlined in this blog and visiting our office, you can ensure that your investment serves your smile for many years. To schedule your dental crown consultation, please contact our office online or call (949) 388-0780.

 

Tips for Maintaining Your Smile After Teeth Whitening

By | cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening

A white smile can leave you looking healthier and several years younger. If you are ready to say goodbye to dental stains and discoloration, our San Clemente dental practice offers in-office and take-home teeth whitening kits. Once completed, the safe and effective cosmetic treatment can brighten your smile by several shades. 

After you have undergone teeth whitening treatments, you will want to take steps to maintain your whiter smile. The tips listed in this blog can help you retain your cosmetic results for years. Even the best oral hygiene habits and careful attention to avoiding staining foods and drinks won’t prevent discoloration forever. When you are ready to undergo another whitening treatment, our friendly dental team will help you find the best whitening procedure to reach your cosmetic goals. 

Tips for Maintaining Your Whiter Smile

On average, teeth whitening results will last for around three years. Patients can play a proactive role in maintaining their brighter smile by scheduling regular cleanings at our dental practice and following these tips.

Try Using an Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes offer many advantages over non-electric toothbrushes. The high frequencies that electric brushes can reach are better at removing calcified deposits of plaque. The electronic oral hygiene devices also have timers that remind users to brush for a full two minutes. Electric toothbrushes reach areas that traditional toothbrushes simply cannot. 

Avoid Stain-Causing Foods

We all know which foods stain our teeth. Many of these foods and drinks, unfortunately, are popular. While you don’t have to completely abstain from sports drinks and blueberry pie, the cosmetic benefits of cutting back may be worth it. Using a straw when drinking iced coffee or tea is another trick that can save your pearly whites from staining. 

While it’s not an “off-limits” list, you may want to consider cutting back on or avoiding certain types of:

  • Berries
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pomegranates
  • Tumeric
  • Curries
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sports drinks
  • Paprika

On the “bright” side, certain foods can actually whiten your teeth. Cheese and apples promote the production of saliva, which can wash away harmful bacteria and restore minerals. Celery, nuts, broccoli, and other course foods can actively scrape off stains and plaque. 

Whitening Toothpastes Do Work

While whitening toothpaste will not deliver the drastic results of professional whitening treatments at our San Clemente dental practice, the abrasive ingredients found in these oral hygiene products can aid in the removal of surface stains. Consider using a whitening toothpaste after eating a stain-causing food or drink. Baking soda is also an effective cleaning agent that can whiten enamel. 

Nothing Beats Good Oral Hygiene Habits 

If you follow nothing else from this blog, remember to floss and brush at least twice a day. Using a cosmetic or therapeutic mouthwash can also aid in the removal of staining agents. Bright, white teeth should be the product of a healthy smile. 

Schedule Additional Whitening Treatments

Even when all of these tips are followed, enamel will tend to discolor with age. Many of our patients schedule teeth whitening treatments every few years to maintain their youthful smile. If you use our take-home whitening kits, you can perform your own periodic touch-ups as needed.

Schedule Your Cosmetic Treatment Today

 

We love seeing our patients boast teeth that are both healthy and attractive. If you are in good oral health but desire a more attractive smile, we offer dental bonding, teeth whitening, and veneers to brighten your smile. To schedule your cosmetic consultation with our office, please contact our staff online or call (949) 388-0780.