Frequently Asked Questions

Do we treat children?

Generally, no. Although we do so treat some young kids, children have special needs and therefore we recommend parents take their young children to a pediatric dentist. In fact, there is a pediatric dentist located right across the street from our office on Highland Avenue (please note, that office is not affiliated with our office). Once a child has lost all of their baby teeth (typically around age 12), then tooth-wise, they are considered an "adult", and we'd be happy to treat them. And any of our existing patients are welcome to bring their children to our office starting around age 6 (when the first adult teeth start coming in). Keep in mind though that we are not set up for children (i.e. we do not have a play area, we do not have fun toys for kids, etc.).

 

What insurance do we accept?

We accept nearly all PPO plans, and are "in-network" with many, but not all. To know if we accept your plan, please call or email us with your insurance information handy and we will be happy to assist you in determining your level of coverage. We are experienced in dealing with insurance companies, and can help you maximize your benefits. We also accept cash, check, credit card, and offer extended payment options with CareCredit.

 

Habla Español? No...

Believe it or not, Dr. Rodriguez does not speak Spanish. Although he is of Puerto Rican descent, he grew up in an english-speaking household, and thus never learned Spanish as a child. He did take a couple semesters of Spanish in college, but that won't get you very far.

 

What do I do if I have a toothache?

It depends on what kind of pain and how bad it is. It is very common for people to have occasional tooth sensitivity, especially to cold water and drinks. As long as it is only occasional, and minor in both severity and duration, then it likely may be nothing to get worried about. But if the sensitivity persists, worsens, or starts being painful, then come in for an evaluation.

 

There are some symptoms that should get checked out right away:

 

• If a large piece of a tooth breaks (regardless whether it hurts or not)

 

• If you have swelling around the tooth or gums

 

• If you experience spontaneous pain (i.e. it starts hurting "out-of-the-blue", or wakes you up at night)

 

• Regular sensitivity to sweets

 

What should I expect to feel immediately after my dental work?

As far as your tooth is concerned, it just had surgery. It is perfectly normal for the tooth to feel sensitive and/or sore afterwards. Some people never notice any sensitivity, while others can experience some tenderness for weeks or more. If it is mild, over the counter anti-inflammatory pain medicine (like Motrin or Aleve) is recommended. But if you do experience anything more than mild symptoms that persist for more than just a few days, please come in for an evaluation. The most common reason for prolonged tenderness after having fillings or a crown (especially tenderness to chewing pressure), is because the bite is "off". In those situations, a simple adjustment can make the tooth feel better almost immediately.

 

What are the BEST ways to maintain the health of your mouth?

Ideally, everyone would brush and floss their teeth after every meal, first thing in the morning, and right before bed. But that is a lot of effort that most people aren't willing to do for their own oral health. At the very least, everyone should brush every morning and evening, and floss at least once a day.

 

Brushing your teeth - When you brush, take your time! It should take you at least two minutes. That may not seem like much, but two minutes can feel like an eternity when brushing, and you'd be amazed how much of a difference an extra 30 seconds can make, each and every time you brush, on your long term oral health.

 

And don't brush too hard either! I guess people feel brushing harder will make up for not flossing, but aggressive brushing is an absolute epidemic! I see it all the time… receding gums & sensitive roots, all from brushing too hard. Tooth paste is extremely abrasive, and after years of brushing and thousands of brush strokes, you can really cause some damage. The key is to use soft bristled tooth brushes, and don't push too hard (you only need to remove the soft plaque). Once the plaque hardens into calculus (tartar), no amount of tooth brushing will clean it off. That's what a cleaning with the dental hygienist is for.

 

Get yourself an electric toothbrush. Any electric toothbrush, from a $10 Spin-Brush to a $150 Sonicare (what I use), will clean better than a manual toothbrush. I tell patients all the time, "It's the 21st century, stop brushing your teeth with centuries old technology, use a powertool!"

 

Flossing – Most people think flossing is simply intended to get stuck bits of food out from between your teeth. That is a great use of floss, but that's not really what daily flossing is about. The purpose behind regular flossing is to wipe the sides of the teeth where the toothbrush can't reach. There is just nothing else that will ever be able to clean the bacteria and plaque from in-between your teeth like floss can.

 

If you spend a few moments in the tooth brush aisle at the grocery store, you'll find that there are many different kinds of floss, as well as other disposable tools designed to help you floss. I don't care what you use, just use something!

 

Chewing Gum – I'm a huge fan of sugar-free chewing gum, especially after a meal. Chewing sugar-free gum, (such as Orbit®, Trident®, etc.) after meals has been proven to reduce the amount of plaque buildup on teeth and increase saliva flow, which reduces the effect of acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth.

 

Mouthwash – Once a day, or more, you should use a mouthwash. I'm not talking about something to just "freshen your breath", but rather something to actually improve the health of your mouth. A fluoride containing mouthwash (like ACT®), used daily, can slow and even reverse some early cavities. Aside from brushing and flossing, using a fluoride-containing mouthwash regularly is one of the best preventative measures you can do for your teeth.

 

Why is fluoride important?

Everyone knows Fluoride is good for your teeth, but many people don't know why. I'll try and keep it simple: Tooth enamel is made of calcium crystals. But those calcium crystals are weakened and broken down by anything acidic. Cavity-causing bacteria are the main culprits, but even acidic foods and drinks will dissolve a microscopic layer of enamel at each and every sip.

 

When fluoride combines with the weakened enamel surface of your tooth, a new crystal is formed. That new surface is literally harder than your original enamel and more resistant to the effects of acidic foods and drinks, thus your tooth is less susceptible to develop a cavity. As a child (when your adult teeth are forming), ingesting fluoride through drinking water or supplements enables your body to build that fluoride into the structure of the teeth, making your teeth more cavity-resistant, from the inside out. But after your adult teeth are fully-formed your body can no longer build the fluoride into your teeth. So for anyone over the age of 12, fluoride can only be added to the outer surface of your teeth (via drinking water, toothpaste, etc.).

 

Fluoride is a naturally occurring part of drinking water, and in some places of the country it is found in very high concentrations in well water and reservoirs. Many years ago, dentists and doctors noticed that children in those areas tended to have lower levels of cavities, and eventually they discovered that it was the fluoride that made the difference. But too much fluoride as a child can lead to Fluorosis, which is a permanent, but usually slight, discoloration of the teeth. Although purely cosmetic, it can lead to patchy white or brown spots on the tooth enamel. This is because the fluoride crystal reflects light differently than the normal enamel crystal, leading to the discoloration. Most municipal drinking water supplies are regulated to provide people the benefits of fluoride, but in a concentration low enough to not cause Fluorosis.

 

What exactly is a cavity?

A cavity (caries) is an area of tooth that has been softened by the action of bacteria. Cavities typically form in hard-to-reach areas, where plaque accumulates from not brushing and flossing thoroughly. The bacteria in the plaque thrive on the surface of your tooth, fed by the carbohydrates you consume from food and drinks. The waste they produce is acidic, eroding away the calcium in the tooth, eventually to the point that a hole, or cavity, is created.

 

Cavities can form in the natural pits and grooves in teeth, in-between the teeth, and around the edges of fillings or crowns. The best way to prevent cavities is to brush and floss. No toothbrush in the world can reach those tight spaces in-between your teeth. That's what floss is for. And when you don't floss regularly, the bacteria continue to build up and can eventually lead to a cavity and/or gum disease between your teeth.

 

What is a crown?

A "crown" or "cap" is the longest-lasting and strongest way to restore a tooth. The simplest way to visualize a crown is to imagine it as a tooth-shaped helmet for your tooth. Crowns are needed when the structure of the tooth needs reinforcement, such as when a large filling needs replacing, or when there's a large cavity, or after root-canal treatment.

 

There has been a crown revolution within dentistry recently, as newer ceramics have been perfected that are stronger than your natural tooth. These next generation crowns look beautiful, are tough as nails, and can last decades! Even better, they allow Dr. Rodriguez to provide completely metal-free restorations to all of his patients.

 

Every crown is custom-made for that exact tooth, and no two crowns are alike. To make a crown, your tooth is shaped in a very specific way and an impression is taken of your tooth and sent to a dental laboratory. The dental lab takes 1-2 weeks to finish your permanent crown. In the meantime, a plastic temporary crown is fitted to the tooth. When the final crown comes back from the lab, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is permanently cemented on the tooth.

 

Crown in a day? We have some technology here at Inman Park Dentistry that enables us to make your crown in one visit. We use a computer to scan your tooth, and another machine to carve your crown out of a solid block of ceramic. It is state-of-the-art dentistry to the max! Unfortunately, not every tooth is a good candidate for the process. But if possible, Dr. Rodriguez will start and finish your crown in one appointment, with no need for you to be in a temporary crown at all.

 

A crown cannot get a cavity, but the tooth underneath it still can! Crowns are made entirely of ceramic, which does not decay. But at the edge where the tooth and crown meet, cavities can form. That is why it is essential for your dentist to check and make sure your crown fits and seals on the tooth properly. But the most important factor that determines how long your crown will last depends upon you... maintaining your crown through brushing and flossing is critical to prevent problems. No special treatment is needed, just brush and floss like normal, and a crown can last 10,15, maybe even 25 years or more. But if you neglect a crown and don't clean around it well, the tooth can start decaying from underneath the crown within months!

 

What is a bridge?

A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. It is essentially the same as a crown, but spans across the space where a tooth is missing. The two teeth adjacent to the space are trimmed and shaped for crowns, and just like for a crown (see above), an impression is taken and a temporary bridge placed while the lab custom-makes the final bridge. The final bridge is permanently cemented on a few weeks later.

 

Bridges work great to replace missing teeth, prevent shifting of teeth around the space, provide more surface area to chew with, and improve the esthetics of your smile. The down-side to a bridge is mainly that the teeth adjacent to the space require extensive trimming and shaping that they would not otherwise need. Nevertheless, bridges are very common and are considered more traditional than an implant when a missing tooth has to be replaced.

 

What is a dental implant?

Implants are the best way to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant refers to several components, but it is basically a titanium surgical screw placed where a tooth root used to be. A crown is then put on top of the implant. An implant-supported crown can last a lifetime. And since it is entirely made of metal and ceramic, it cannot get a cavity! Normal brushing and flossing is all that's necessary to maintain an implant.

 

Implants cannot be used in all situations. It depends on the quality and quantity of the bone in the area. But often those areas can be augmented with a bone graft to create enough bone for an implant. For situations where an implant is not appropriate, more traditional techniques can be used, such as a bridge.

 

With dental implants, we can replace one missing tooth or several. Implants can also anchor a denture, eliminating any slipping, clicking, and the need for adhesives. And if your jaw bone tissue has withered due to long-term tooth loss, then "mini" dental implants may be perfect for you. These minimally invasive attachments provide rock-solid support for dentures. They work amazingly well!

 

Implants are not cheap, but they are extremely cost-effective over your lifetime. A traditional bridge might be half the cost of an implant, but it also may have to be replaced several times in a lifetime, while the implant usually only has to be done once.

 

What is a root canal?

A root canal (endodontic therapy) is the cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing of the space inside of a tooth. Root canals are needed when the marrow ("nerve") inside the tooth dies off or gets infected. Usually that happens because of a cavity that progressed deep into the tooth, or sometimes from trauma to a tooth (like from taking an elbow to the mouth). You may not have any pain from the tooth, but that does not necessarily mean its ok. With x-rays and other diagnostic tools, we can sometimes discover a dying tooth before it starts bothering you.

 

Root canals have a false reputation for being painful procedures, but it doesn't have to be like that! Root-canal procedures have changed drastically since the 1990's, and with modern anesthetic techniques and equipment, the entire procedure is really not that much more involved than getting a filling.

 

Root canal procedures are effective over 95% of the time. But a root canal procedure does leave the tooth relatively weaker than an otherwise healthy tooth. And so a root-canal treated tooth usually also requires a crown. The crown generally should be done within 6 weeks of the root-canal to minimize the chance of the tooth breaking down or becoming re-infected.

 

What is gingivitis and periodontal disease (gum disease)?

Gum disease happens, even to the best of us. The key to prevention is keeping everything clean. After every meal, soft plaque builds up around the gum line and between your teeth that is absolutely loaded with bacteria. If you don't remove it by brushing along the gum line and flossing to get the plaque hiding between your teeth, then it starts aggravating the gums almost immediately. Even after a single day, the bacteria in that plaque start invading the space down between your gums and teeth. The bacteria irritate the gums, the gums swell, turn red, and bleed easily. They bleed because your body is trying to use your bacteria-fighting cells in your blood to attack the plaque. But unfortunately they just can't remove enough of the plaque, and it continues to build up.

 

Eventually, that built-up plaque hardens into calculus, or "tartar". That calculus is composed of billions of dead bacteria, built up over time like a coral reef, sheltering the deeper pockets of living bacteria under the gum line. If you are brushing and flossing like you should, then any calculus build up will be minimal, and the normal dental cleaning that most people are familiar with, done about twice a year, is adequate to clean the areas you may have missed.

 

But when that calculus builds up and doesn't get cleaned off regularly, then those deeper pockets get infected by the bacteria down between each tooth, which causes a breakdown of the gums. This is Periodontitis, or gum disease, which is essentially a long-term infection of the gums. It doesn't necessarily hurt, and is usually a very slow & stubborn process, taking years to develop for some people, while for others it can develop more quickly. Left unchecked, it will eventually lead to pain, swelling, pus, loosening of teeth and eventual tooth loss.

 

The fix for Periodontitis is two-part: The first step is removing all the built-up calculus and cleaning out the bacteria from between the teeth and gums. Typically this is done with a procedure called Scaling & Root-Planing (SRP). In simple terms, it is a "deep" cleaning. Often we numb the gums during SRP, so that we can clean everything thoroughly, but comfortably.

 

The second step is your "home work". You must start doing proper brushing and flossing at home to keep the plaque from accumulating and starting the process all over. If you do not correct your habits which led to the Periodontitis in the first place, it will return! And if the gum disease is severe, or if there are other factors involved, gum surgery is required.

 

Many people do not understand dental "cleanings" very well, and view them as elective or optional. Often people with gum disease will ask "why can't I get a regular cleaning?" Doing so trivializes the health benefits of what your dental hygienist does. When someone has been diagnosed with Periodontal disease, doing a "regular cleaning" is like giving someone who is having a heart attack an aspirin without taking them to the hospital. Yes, it helps, but they need medical treatment! Scaling & Root-Planing is a medical treatment for an active gum infection. If you have signs of Periodontal Disease, you need SRP.

 

fox5 imageVideo: Gum disease linked to heart disease? Experts say, "yes".

By Beth Galvin, FOX Medical Team reporter.

Filmed on location in our office, this local news report highlights the connection between your gum health and your body.

Originally aired on February 16th, 2015

 

 

 

Are silver fillings safe?

Usually referred to as "Amalgam", silver fillings have been around in dentistry for two hundred years. They work very well, and can last a long time, but they are not used as much today because of the demand for tooth-colored fillings.

 

Amalgam is a metal alloy composed of silver, tin, copper, zinc, and mercury. It is the presence of the mercury in the amalgam that has caused the most controversy amongst the public, even though amalgam is considered safe by most dental researchers and public-health officials worldwide. Regardless of whether there is scientific evidence to support the claims of mercury toxicity from amalgam or not, I do not use amalgam because we have modern alternatives that look better. In fact, at Inman Park Dentistry we ONLY use metal-free fillings and crowns.

 

What people dislike most about amalgam is the appearance. Because it is mostly silver, amalgam does tarnish over time and can look dark, even black sometimes. While mild staining is often purely cosmetic, dark staining can sometimes indicate that a cavity is forming around the old filling.

 

What are white fillings?

Known as "Composite" or "bonding", tooth-colored fillings are essentially a high-tech plastic. Unlike amalgam, composite is available in many different shades so that it can be matched to your teeth. It is placed and shaped into the tooth while soft, and then hardened in place with a special light. Because composite is glued, or "bonded", directly to the tooth, it can be used in many situations where amalgam cannot.

 

Composite is an excellent alternative to amalgam, though no material is a perfect replacement for your natural tooth structure. Some research shows that prolonged tooth sensitivity is much more common after composite fillings than with an amalgam, and amalgam fillings are thought to last longer. But the most important factor in how long a filling can last is how well you take care of it. If you do not brush and floss regularly around a filling, it will eventually develop a cavity around the edges. But if well maintained, a filling can last 20 or 30 years!

 

fox5 imageVideo: Cavity fillings, silver or white?

By Beth Galvin, FOX Medical Team reporter.

Get straight answers from Dr. Rodriguez about white vs. silver fillings in this FOX Medical Team report, filmed on location in our office. Learn the differences between the two types, which is best for you, and why Dr. Rodriguez only does white fillings in our office.

Originally aired on October 22nd, 2013

 

About tooth whitening (bleaching)

Teeth don't have to be blindingly white to be healthy, but they can be! People ask me all the time if I think they should whiten their teeth. I usually tell them, "if you think you should whiten your teeth, than do it". Tooth whitening works. But there are some things you need to know:

 

Whitening toothpaste does not whiten your teeth! Read the back of the tube – it says "removes surface stains". There is no bleaching agent in the toothpaste; rather it is simply more abrasive than normal toothpaste. That extra abrasiveness often causes sensitivity and receding gums. Most people should not use a whitening toothpaste.

 

• You can use over-the-counter products (like WhiteStrips®, etc.). They are not as strong as the bleaching products we use in the office, so they can take 2-3 weeks (or more) of regular use to get the final results. But they do work.

 

• Dentist-prescribed take-home or in-office products are generally stronger, and thus work quicker, than over-the-counter products. The fastest way to whiten your teeth is to do the one-appointment whitening procedure, which can be done in about 1-2 hours in the dental office. But the most thorough whitening is done with custom-fitted whitening trays, with prescription strength gel, and used at home for 90 minutes a day for 1-2 weeks.

 

• All tooth bleaching products can cause some sensitivity in your teeth. It will go away, but for some people it can be painful. I generally advise bleaching with a slower or less-concentrated method if you have very sensitive teeth.

 

fox5 imageVideo: Professional teeth whitening might not be for you.

By Beth Galvin, FOX Medical Team reporter.

  • Learn about your tooth-whitening options from our own Dr. Rodriguez in this FOX Medical Team report filmed on location in our office. Watch a professional tooth whitening procedure while Dr. Rodriguez discusses the pros, cons, and alternatives to professional whitening.
  • Originally aired August 8, 2013

 

fox5 imageVideo: What's staining your smile?

By Beth Galvin, FOX Medical Team reporter.

  • Dr. Alex Rodriguez of Inman Park Dentistry discusses how to maintain the brightness of your smile between dental visits with Atlanta's WAGA Fox 5.
  • Originally aired July 1, 2014

 

What is the difference between dentists with a DDS or DMD degree?

Dentists here in the U.S. graduate with one of two degrees: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). There is no difference in the education, training, and scope of practice between the two degrees. The difference lies in when the dental school was founded. Older dental schools give their graduates a DDS degree, but dental schools founded since around 1970 give their graduates a DMD degree. The DMD degree was coined to represent a more comprehensive medical approach to modern dentistry versus the older surgical focus.

 

Regardless of the degree, all dentists go through about eight years of education after high school.

 

About “preventative dentistry”

Many people mistakenly believe that tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease are simply a part of life. They don't have to be! We emphasizes prevention – meaning that we work with our patients in the defense against common dental problems, including tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease. Dr. Rodriguez and our hygienists can help you maintain a natural smile that you'll be flashing well into your golden years!

 

How We Help You:

 

Tooth Decay - 90% of adults have experienced some level of tooth decay. We're trying to change that. With regular cleanings, proper home-care, and proactive treatments, we can protect your tooth structure from attacking plaque and bacteria. We may recommend dental sealants (anti-cavity coatings) or fluoride supplements for an extra measure of prevention.

 

Bad Breath (Halitosis) - There's no way to sugarcoat it – bad breath is embarrassing. We feel your pain, and we can help! Bad breath often stems from poor oral hygiene: patients who don't floss regularly are especially prone. But the biggest culprit often is the tongue. In some people the tongue is carpeted in a thick layer of bacteria that produce odors. Using a tongue-scraper (available in the oral-care aisle of any grocery store) can help a lot. And while there's no instant cure for bad breath, a little extra time spent at the sink each night (and with regular dental cleanings), bad breath can be controlled. Oftentimes, bad breath is a sign of gum disease, so visit our office for a consultation and further instruction.

 

Gum Disease - While gum disease is usually something that strikes later in life, we believe in teaching children, teens, and adults ways to prevent this common condition from stealing your smile. Gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, and recent studies have confirmed that patients with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and other systemic illnesses! Brushing, flossing, and regular dental exams and cleanings are your best defense.

 

Pediatric Care - The ADA recommends that children begin seeing a dentist no later than age one. We also recommend bringing your child with you to your dental visits. At this young age, we can begin creating positive associations with dental visits – associations that will carry into their adult years and shape the future of their dental care. We also educate children on home-care, examine their teeth, and provide cavity-preventing treatments. Let us help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age.

 

Our general & restorative dentistry services

Dr. Rodriguez believes modern dentistry should be comfortable. When you visit our practice, we will ensure you have a positive, rewarding experience. We perform general dentistry for patients of all ages who want modern dentistry done in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

 

While we strive to prevent dental issues like cavities and tooth loss from arising, we also provide the latest restorative dental treatments, like tooth-colored fillings, porcelain crowns, and dental implants. As a general dentist, Dr. Rodriguez has training in prosthodontics – the science of replacing missing teeth – and he offers lifelike solutions to restore your smile and maintain your oral health. Ask us about options to replace missing teeth, as well as prevent future tooth loss, at your personal consultation.

 

Our cosmetic dentistry services

A new smile can give you a new outlook on life. From one-visit whitening to a completely new image with custom, handcrafted porcelain crowns, Dr. Rodriguez offers a full selection of the latest smile enhancement procedures.

 

For ultimate results, you need a dentist who will invest time learning what you want from your new smile, a dentist who has studied state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures and the clinical technology that promotes lasting results. Dr. Rodriguez can deliver this, as well as an experience centered on your comfort.

 

Did You Know? Modern cosmetic dentistry can be completed in less time than ever before, without sacrificing quality. Many treatments we offer take just one visit to the office and have a drastic impact. Ask Dr. Rodriguez about your options for cosmetic dentistry at your next appointment.

 

Comfortable dentistry

"Beautiful dentistry, comfortably done"® is not just our trademarked slogan, but is our mantra. Dr. Rodriguez and our whole team invest in training and technology to bring the latest dental innovations to our patients. Modern technology has brought us tools that make procedures gentle and less invasive than traditional methods. We use precise and comfortable digital X-rays for reduced radiation exposure. We use the latest anesthetics to ensure a near painless experience, and we never proceed unless you are comfortable. As you can see, we are passionate about comfortable dentistry and are always searching for innovative technologies that improve the patient's experience!

 

• CEREC single-visit crowns. Using a computer, we scan, design, and mill your crown out of a solid block of ceramic while you wait. No more temporary crowns!

 

• Intraoral Cameras. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then we can tell you quite a story about your teeth! Detailed photographs help us share with you the health of your mouth in full color.

 

• Digital Radiography. Less radiation, and the ability to adjust contrast and intensity in an instant. Plus, just ask and we'll email you your xrays.

 

• Nitrous Oxide and/or sedative medications. More than a little nervous? We can help with that. Ask Dr. Rodriguez about medication options that can make the experience easier for everyone.

 

• Warm, lemon-scented face towels. Refreshing and invigorating. A simple pleasure to help you clean up after your visit.

 

• Noise-cancelling headphones. Don't like the sound of the dental drill? Ask to use our noise-cancelling headphones and tune it out.

 

• Flat screen monitors for each patient. For those who prefer a simple distraction to take their mind off being at the dentist. Catch up on the local news or zone out to trashy day-time tv. We've got televisions in every room.

 

• Satellite Radio. A little background music to help you relax.

 

• Free Wi-Fi. Ask us for the password, and you can keep up with work (or just catch up on social media).

 

Air-abrasion

Often called the "drill-less" technique, air-abrasion is essentially a small sand-blaster that allows us to remove decay from the tooth without the need for drilling. This innovative system allows us to conserve more of your natural tooth structure, and because the equipment does not produce vibration or heat, patients require little or no anesthetic. Air-abrasion is quieter, faster, and more comfortable than traditional drilling, and so it is a popular choice for children, as well as adults. However, because air-abrasion is not appropriate for every situation, we suggest you ask Dr. Rodriguez directly whether air-abrasion is right for you.

 

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are the key to a bright, straight, red-carpet smile without the hassle of braces or time-consuming dental reconstruction. These thin sheaths of dental porcelain have long been the dental treatment of choice for celebrities, but advancements in materials and methods have made them more accessible for patients without Hollywood ambitions.

 

Porcelain veneers are handcrafted porcelain casings that fit over your existing teeth. The porcelain used today is extremely durable, as well as slightly translucent just like natural tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers can be designed and placed in just two visits, and unlike treatment with braces, no one will know you're receiving porcelain veneers except for you and your dentist. Newer ceramics allow some veneers to be made as thin as contact lenses, though often a small amount of tooth reduction is necessary to ensure the veneers rest flat against the tooth surface.

 

With advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, years of experience, and satisfied, smiling clients, you can trust Dr. Rodriguez with your smile makeover. He understands the importance of a unique, natural smile that will reflect the inner you. Your smile consultation will begin with an in-depth discussion of your goals, preferences, and factors unique to your case.