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What to Do About Black Triangles After Invisalign

It’s not unusual for a person to find that they have black triangles — dark triangular spaces between their teeth where the gum isn’t filling the space — after their teeth are moved with Invisalign or other orthodontic treatment. These black triangles are the blackness of the dark mouth showing between the teeth in spaces […]


Bridging the Gap

When a person has a single tooth extracted, some people choose not to replace it with an artificial tooth. After all, it’s just a single tooth, right? An estimated 69% of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth. The problem isn’t necessarily the gap; it’s your other teeth. Just like fans […]


Funny Name, Somewhat Serious Business — Gingivitis

L.A. may not be the hotbed of advertising to the degree of New York or Chicago in the East and Portland in the West, but it holds its own. L.A. firms such as Chiat-Day probably wish they had been as successful as the agency that decided to throw the word “gingivitis” at the American consumer. […]


Five Ways Invisalign Is Better Than Braces

At Dr. Fong’s Santa Ana practice our patients love Invisalign, the orthodontic treatment that moves the teeth through the use of clear plastic aligner trays, rather than the traditional metal bands and wires. Both teens and adults prefer Invisalign mainly due to the fact that wearing the clear aligners give them a “metal mouth.” But […]


Your Teeth Look Mah-vel-lous, Darling!

In Southern California, you could say we’re pretty cognizant of how we look and try to take care of ourselves. This doesn’t simply apply to our waistlines or sun damage on our skin. It also applies to our smiles. Many people who come see Dr. Fong have healthy teeth, and don’t have any pressing issues […]


Root Canals — the Unappreciated Tooth Saver

Everyone hates to hear certain phrases:   “Your mother-in-law is going to move in with us.” “Our flight will be a little bit delayed.” “The boss wants to see you, in private.”   Or “You need to have a root canal.”   Since we’re in California, people may instantly bring to mind the torture scene […]


Who Wants a Perfect Smile?

While our teeth in America are in good shape compared to most of the world, it’s still a fact that no one has perfect teeth. Well, maybe some in Hollywood do, but they cheated just a bit. They’ve had porcelain veneers placed onto the front surfaces of all of their visible teeth. In your smile, […]


Veneers, But Not Like Those at Ikea

Everyone loves to traipse around the Costa Mesa Ikea store, appreciating the design used by the company…along with their Swedish meatballs, of course. Ikea is known for its affordable furniture and much of it relies on veneers. A dresser will have a thin veneer of a fine wood masking a lesser-looking wood that is making […]


New Habits for the New Year

The New Year is a time for resolutions. Lose weight. Get in shape. Travel more. Grow a beard (wait, that’s only for Boston Red Sox pitchers). Save more money. Funny, but dental resolutions don’t seem to make the list. That’s too bad because we put our trusty teeth through some unnecessary stresses and punishment through […]


All Aboard for All-on-4

The American Dental Association estimates that over 35 million Americans have lost all of their teeth. Many of these people have tried dentures to replace their teeth. But dentures, especially with older fitting methods, can be prone to slipping and they preclude eating certain foods. Plus, dentures don’t stop the process of the person’s jawbone […]


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