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Set Off That Summer Tan With Teeth Whitening Jun 2nd, 2021

A bright white smile and a summer tan is a classic look. If you’ve spent time outdoors this summer, you might have slowly and safely developed a healthy sun-kissed look. While the sun, or a bottle, can give you the tan, it won’t do anything about stained or yellow teeth. ...

Why a Professional Dental Cleaning Is Your First Line of Defense for Great Oral Health May 13th, 2021

Your dental regimen is good — you brush, floss, and rinse regularly. So, why do you need to have your teeth professionally cleaned? Well, there are several great answers to this question, and we review them here. At Couture Smiles Dental Group, our team of dental health experts understands that...

Inlays and Onlays: A Great Technique for Preserving Teeth Apr 8th, 2021

Tooth decay is incredibly common. In fact, 91% of adults age 20 and older will develop a cavity at some point in their lives. Cavities are the destruction of tooth enamel, which is the hard outer layer of the tooth. They form when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria builds...

How a Root Canal Procedure Can Preserve Your Tooth and Relieve Your Pain Mar 10th, 2021

Hearing you need a root canal probably didn’t cause you to smile and cheer. The good news is root canals aren’t as intimidating, painful, or invasive as they once were. In fact, a root canal can bring significant benefits, including reduced pain. A root canal can also help prevent you...

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy After an Extraction Feb 1st, 2021

Tooth extraction can relieve pain, prevent further dental complications, and keep your mouth healthy in the long-run. But caring for your mouth at home is just as important as the extraction itself. Our dentists at Couture Smiles Dental Group in Woodland Hills, California, are experts at performing extractions, and they...

5 Ways to Tame Dental Anxiety and Get the Care You Need Jan 1st, 2021

Dental phobia, or anxiety about a procedure such as getting a crown or having a root canal, or even getting a filling, is not uncommon. Following are five ways to calm dental anxiety and get the care you need to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Discuss your anxiety with your...

Have Missing Teeth? Why You Should Consider Dental Implants Dec 1st, 2020

Do you feel self-assured when you smile, or are you missing teeth that prevent you from freely expressing your happiness? Since most people with missing teeth feel self-conscious about showing off empty spaces when they smile, it’s not surprising that 3 million people in the United States have chosen dental...

Recognizing the Early Signs of Gum Disease Nov 1st, 2020

Gum disease is a serious infection of your gums that can lead to pain and tooth loss. It’s essential to know how you can prevent gum disease and what kind of treatments are available. By recognizing the early signs of gum disease, you can stop this painful problem in its...

Should I Get Bonding or a Crown? Oct 6th, 2020

Cosmetic dentistry often gets all the credit for enhancing the appearance of your smile, but the reality is that dental restorations can do that too. Dental restorations improve both the form and function of your mouth — meaning these procedures can fix problems and beautify your smile at the same...

Am I a Candidate for a Dental Implant? Sep 15th, 2020

Whether from dental decay, gum disease, or injury, missing a tooth is very common. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth. Missing even one tooth can impact your dental health.  The experienced...

5 Dental Problems That Can Be Easily Fixed With Veneers Aug 3rd, 2020

Your smile is usually the first thing people notice about you. So it can be hard to feel your best when it doesn’t look the way you’d like. But you don’t have to sit back and live with it. At Couture Smiles Dental Group in Woodland Hills, California, our experienced...

Dental Care and COVID19: What You Should Know Jul 19th, 2020

Getting dental care during the pandemic comes with a unique set of challenges. After all, as a patient, you can’t keep your mask on throughout the dental treatment.  Each time you leave the house, you expose yourself to all kinds of germs and potential viruses, and the same applies when...

Don't Make These Common Flossing Mistakes Jun 17th, 2020

Almost half of American adults over the age of 30 have some degree of periodontal disease, according to the CDC. This infection damages your gum tissue and, in severe cases, causes tooth and bone loss.  Inadequate flossing as part of your daily dental hygiene is one of the major culprits...

Crowns Vs. Bridges: What's the Difference and Which Option is Best For You? May 21st, 2020

Your smile makes an enormous impression on those around you and reflects your personality. At Couture Smiles Dental Group, located in Woodland Hills, California, our experts strive to help you have the smile you want, and sometimes that means dental crowns or dental bridges.  Both dental crowns and dental bridges...

Bleeding Gums? You Might Have Gum Disease Apr 15th, 2020

You might only spot gum bleeding every once in a while, or you might regularly see blood when you brush or floss. While bleeding can be a symptom of several different types of oral and dental problems, it’s frequently indicative of gum disease. If your gums bleed when you brush...

When Do I Need a Crown After a Root Canal? Mar 3rd, 2020

You may have received a recommendation for a root canal for one of many reasons, from problems with fillings to cracks or breakage in one of your teeth. Depending on the location of your root canal, we may recommend finishing off the procedure by installing a custom-made dental crown on...

Discolored Teeth? Cracks in Your Smile? Find Out How Dental Bonding Can Help You Jan 31st, 2020

In Southern California, we’re surrounded by people with perfect, Hollywood smiles. While we would all love to have naturally straight, well-shaped teeth, the reality is very few of us have that naturally gorgeous grin. Luckily, there is an easy procedure to correct gapped, chipped, or uneven teeth, and get you...

What is the Difference Between a CT Scan and an X-Ray? Jan 5th, 2020

In the medical field, there are many types of scans that can be done to help diagnose various health issues. Two of the most widely used scans are X-rays and CT scans. What you may not realize is there’s a difference between these two types of scans. At Couture Smiles...

It’s Not Just Snoring: The Dangers of Sleep Apnea Dec 1st, 2019

Sleep apnea is more than just a snoring problem. It's a serious sleeping disorder that causes your breathing to stop while you’re asleep. What’s more, it’s quite common. Sleep apnea impacts about 22 million Americans.  At Couture Smiles Dental Group, maintaining your health is incredibly important to us. That’s why our...

Chronic Bad Breath? It Could Be a Sign of Periodontal Disease Oct 1st, 2019

Nearly half of adults age 30 or older in the US have an advanced form of periodontal disease known as periodontitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Many more have milder periodontal disease called gingivitis, which can easily progress if it’s not addressed. If you struggle with chronic bad...

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening Sep 3rd, 2019

Whiter, brighter teeth aren’t just about cosmetics. Knowing your smile looks its best helps you feel more confident in every area of your life, helping you look more attractive, healthier, more successful and even younger. At Couture Smiles Dental Group, we offer state-of-the-art whitening solutions to make getting that beautiful,...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Missing Tooth Aug 5th, 2019

When you’re a child, losing a tooth is considered a rite of passage, just one more step toward being a “grown-up.” But as an adult, tooth loss is an upsetting experience. After all, when you’re a child, you know a missing “baby” tooth will be replaced by a permanent tooth....

Reasons to Consider Veneers Over Other Options Jul 5th, 2019

Many people have achieved a “celebrity-looking smile” with veneers. And while it’s true that veneers can fix many cosmetic issues including discolored teeth or missing teeth, they’re also able to improve your oral health and overall well-being. Here are some reasons to choose veneers over other products. Improve misshapen teeth...

What Is a Smile Makeover and Am I a Good Candidate? Jun 10th, 2019

When your teeth and your smile look great, you just feel more confident and more attractive. The fact is, though, perfect smiles almost never happen naturally. Pretty much everyone needs a little help to make their teeth and smile look their best. Sometimes, all it takes is a professional teeth...

Boost Your Smile Confidence with New Veneers May 9th, 2019

Cosmetic dentistry offers lots of options — and lots of benefits — for people who want to enjoy more attractive, healthier-looking smiles. But although the field of cosmetic dentistry has evolved a lot during the past decades, most procedures still are only designed to treat one or two issues. For...

How Dental Implants Can Improve Your Smile and Your Oral Health Apr 1st, 2019

Losing a tooth is a nerve-wracking experience, one that can leave you feeling a lot less confident and a lot less attractive – not to mention the toll losing a tooth can take on your ability to eat and chew normally. For years, the only solutions for replacing a missing...

Tips for Recovering After Having a Tooth Extraction Mar 1st, 2019

Sometimes there’s just no escaping the fact that your tooth needs to come out. When alternatives have been explored and just aren’t enough to save your tooth, you can be sure that you’re in excellent hands with us here at Couture Smiles. Having a tooth extracted is a serious procedure...

How Dental Bonding Can Improve Your Smile Feb 4th, 2019

You’re not alone if you dream of a movie star smile — dazzling, straight pearly whites you can display with confidence. While a perfect smile would be a dream come true, the reality is very few of us have a naturally gorgeous grin. In fact, a naturally perfect smile is...

Why Keeping Up With Your Dental Cleanings Is So Important Jan 10th, 2019

Keeping up with your teeth cleanings is a responsible, and sensible, thing to do. Not only are you saving time, money, and pain by staying ahead of tooth decay, you’re also ensuring your overall health and well-being. Those are some pretty major bonuses. Even if you’re deeply dedicated to brushing...

Best Questions To Ask Your Periodontist Before a Root Canal Dec 7th, 2018

Everyone loves a bright, beautiful smile. But if you have a tooth affected by disease or decay, your smile might not be as strong as it used to be. A number of dental conditions can be treated with a root canal, which is an effective, routine procedure to save your...

Top 5 Reasons to Consider Dental Implants Nov 13th, 2018

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), around 35 million people around the country have missing teeth. That’s an astounding figure, but in many ways it should be no surprise, as it’s quite common for teeth to be cracked, damaged, or missing altogether. Knocking out a tooth is...

Best and Worst Halloween Treats for Your Teeth Oct 12th, 2018

As Halloween approaches, and kids (some adults, too!) get excited about dressing up and scoring a major candy haul, you may wonder if it’s possible to find the balance between enjoying a few sweet treats or causing a fright fest at your next dental visit. While any sugary treat isn’t...

8 Tips for Preventing Bad Breath Sep 14th, 2018

We all have it from time to time. Whether you call it morning breath, halitosis, or “Oh my gosh, please breath in the other direction,” it’s all the same thing: bad breath. The good news is, there are lots of reasons why people have bad breath, so there are lots...

How Gum Disease Impacts Your Overall Health Aug 20th, 2018

Gum disease and tooth decay are the two main culprits behind poor dental health, but did you know that gum disease can go beyond your mouth, threatening other areas of your health in significant ways?Here at Couture Smiles Dental Group, your oral care is important to us. Not only do...

Vacation Photos: Another Great Reason to Whiten Your Teeth Jul 9th, 2018

Time spent with loved ones and family on vacation is precious, and memorializing these all-too-rare moments of happiness and togetherness with photos gives you something to smile about for years to come. And that’s a great reason to make sure that your smile is one that you’re proud to show...

Sedation Dentistry: An Antidote for Dental Anxiety Jun 22nd, 2018

If you’re avoiding the dentist because of fear or anxiety, you’re not alone. Up to 20% of Americans skip their regular dental visits because they’re afraid to go. We understand how deeply you may fear coming in to see us at Couture Smiles Dental Group, which is why we offer...

5 Reasons Veneers May Be Right for You May 25th, 2018

Your smile contributes to the first impression people have about you, and if you’re uncomfortable with how your teeth look due to imperfections such as chipped, broken, stained, or misaligned teeth, it can damage your self-confidence. The porcelain veneers Couture Smiles offers improve the look of your smile and help...

The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth Goes Beyond Aesthetics Apr 20th, 2018

Your teeth do more than give you a stunning smile: They help maintain the structural integrity of your mouth. In fact, tooth placement determines their ability to work together properly while you chew, smile, and speak. When you have a missing tooth or two, your remaining teeth can shift out...

Do Wisdom Teeth Always Need to Be Removed? Mar 28th, 2018

It’s hard to know what to expect from wisdom teeth. You don’t know exactly when and how they’ll come in or whether you’ll even get them. When they do come in, you may have an uneventful experience, or it may leave you with stories to tell your children.For some people,...

Root canal therapy Mar 16th, 2018

When you have damage or decay to a tooth that requires a root canal procedure, the dental CT scan is ideally suited for preparation. Root canal therapy opens the space inside your tooth to get to the pulp, the soft tissue that contributes to the growth and development of the...

Best and Worst Foods for Healthy Teeth Feb 28th, 2018

It may come as no surprise that certain foods promote healthy gums and teeth. You may be surprised, however, by which foods make the list. It turns out you don’t have to eliminate chocolate after all, but you may have to leave those all-natural banana chips in the bag. The...

Important Things to Know About Sleep Apnea Dec 13th, 2017

Important Things to Know About Sleep Apnea Obstructive sleep apnea is a significant public health problem. Afflicting an estimated 25 million adults in the United States, it has been called a threat to public health that continues to get worse. Obstructive sleep apnea is linked to chronic diseases such as...

The Benefits of Wearing a Custom Mouthguard at Night Dec 1st, 2017

If you suffer from two of the most common sleep disorders, sleep bruxism or obstructive sleep apnea, the solution might be a custom-fitted oral mouthguard or oral appliance from your dentist.   What Is Sleep Bruxism? Bruxism, the medical term for teeth grinding and clenching, is a common phenomenon that...

Tooth Extraction Treatments and Why They Are Important Aug 31st, 2017

This includes prepping your body for the surgery at least 48 hours before and after the extraction surgery. You can start by removing any bad habits from your life that can disrupt the treatment, including smoking and chewing tobacco. Listed below are treatment methods to consider for healing properly from...

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments and Why They Are Needed Aug 19th, 2017

 Listed below are various forms of cosmetic dentistry to consider: – Dental Implants: With the help of dental implants, you can replace lost teeth with permanent teeth that are attached directly to your jawbone to ensure no movement can take place.– Dental Crowns: Dental crowns are a suitable option if you wish to save...

Facts About Toothaches Jul 26th, 2017

Is your mouth causing you trouble? Toothaches can occur when the tooth enamel is breached and the nerve endings within the pulp become damaged. If you think you may be experiencing a toothache consider the following: – If you suffer from a temporomandibular joint disorder in your jaw, your risk...

Cancer Treatments and Your Oral Health Jul 18th, 2017

Many cancer patients experience complications with their oral health, which is why your dentist is an important partner in your treatment. Cancer, and chemotherapy will weaken your immune system. Infections that are common to the mouth may have a direct impact on your treatments. Some aspects of the disease and...

A Cavity Is Often Detected During a Dental Exam Jun 29th, 2017

If our dentist notices signs of gum disease, oral cancer, or a cavity, he will present you with the necessary treatment options. If a cavity has developed on one of your teeth our dentist might be able to repair it with a dental filling. This will involve removing all signs...

Discover More About Dental Veneers Jun 10th, 2017

 Our team of professionals is happy to help you understand more about dental veneers, so you can have the flawless smile you always dreamed of. Dental veneers are extremely thin, custom-made shells, which are placed to the front of your teeth. They are very durable and with proper care can...

Fresh Smiles Can Result from Mouthwash May 31st, 2017

Our team here at Couture Smiles Dental Group in Woodland Hills, California, is happy to talk to you about the importance of mouthwash, and how you can keep your smile fresh and radiant. Brushing and flossing do an amazing job when it comes to caring for your teeth and gums....

Improve Your Oral Health by Chewing Gum after Meals May 26th, 2017

Sugarless gum can be used after meals because brushing your teeth can be hazardous to your smile due to abrasive toothpaste and the temporarily heightened sensitivity of your teeth after eating. Listed below are some frequently asked questions about sugarless gum: Will sugarless gum help prevent cavities?– Studies have been...

What Can Inlays and Onlays Do for You? Apr 11th, 2017

 For instance, are you aware that brushing and flossing are vital parts in preventing decay—however, did you know that failing to address this decay could lead to several issues? Fortunately, there are several options available to you, but have you ever wondered about the benefits of an inlay or onlay?Are...

Tips on How to Make Your Child’s Dental Visit Less Stressful Apr 3rd, 2017

First, bring your child in to see us at the right time. It’s recommended to bring your child in for treatment at a time they won’t be grumpy. It’s best to avoid bringing them into our office during their naptime or at a time when they need to eat. For...