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Not All Smile Makeovers Are Created Equal

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This post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is about smile makeovers. Some patients wonder if  the term is synonymous with cosmetic dentistry.

Are the placement of four veneers considered a smile makeover? Well, yes and no. If your smile is attractive and healthy except for some chips in your upper front teeth, veneer placement may remedy the few cosmetic problems and result in a sensational smile.

Generally, however, a complete smile makeover combines several carefully-chosen procedures performed at the same time for a complete smile renewal. In other words, the sum is greater than the parts.

For example, one treatment plan could include crown restorations, porcelain veneers for teeth that are misshapen but otherwise healthy, dental implants for a missing tooth, and teeth whitening for the crowning touch.

To find out more about cosmetic dentistry smile makeovers from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, please give our office a call. Other services include general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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A Pretty Good Job?

Americans spend millions of dollars every year on teeth whitening products. Everyone, it seems, would like to have whiter teeth, and it’s easy to see why: a healthy, white smile is pleasing to see on others, and an asset in social and professional settings. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we can help you get the smile of your dreams.

Have you wandered down the Oral Care aisle at the grocery store lately? There is so much to choose from. There are toothpastes and whitening strips and mouth rinses, and gels that you wear against your teeth overnight. What these products have in common is a bleaching agent that works on the surface stains of your teeth. And to be fair, they do a pretty good job whitening teeth.

But who wants to settle for a pretty good job? Over-the-counter products all pale in comparison to the professional-grade teeth whitening you’ll get at Kenneth Hovden DDS. We offer Zoom! whitening that can brighten your smile in a single office visite.

Zoom! in-office whitening uses peroxide gels and LED lamps to activate the whitening agents. These agents penetrate deep into the tooth enamel to bleach away deep stains that no whitening toothpaste can touch.

Professional teeth whitening from Kenneth Hovden DDS is just one of our cosmetic dentistry services. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


Teeth Whitening For A Whiter Smile

Daly City Tooth Whitening For Whiter SmilesTeeth whitening is one of the easiest and most rewarding cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at Kenneteh Hovden DDS in Daly City. Everyone, it seems, wants whiter teeth.

If you have looked into teeth whitening systems, you probably already know the essentials. The one thing they have in common is that they use a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have settled in the natural microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

There are many DIY teeth bleaching systems available and it seems like new kinds appear every time you visit the toothpaste row at your grocery store.

These tooth whitening strips and tooth whitening pens can sometimes whiten your teeth a few shades, but the peroxide concentration is much lower than the whitening solutions used in cosmetic dental offices. It may not be dynamic enough for your tooth stains.

Tooth whitening offered at mall kiosks is risky, also. Most of these teeth whitening businesses have no professional oversight and the employees have little dental training.

The area of your teeth below the gumline, if exposed, may react differently to tooth whitener. Furthermore, the peroxide solution does not noticeably whiten crowns and veneers. If you use a DIY tooth whitener on teeth with extensive porcelain restorations, you should probably hope it doesn’t whiten too much – you may end up with a two- or three-tone smile!

Even though teeth whitening seems manageable, your teeth deserve a professional opinion. After all, we are talking about teeth here. You can’t fix an uneven teeth whitening result like you can a bad hair-coloring job.

Teeth whitening is one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. Schedule and appointment with us today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Five Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

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Do you have a special event coming up? Perhaps a wedding,  milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion? These events usually involve a lot of photographs, and of course, you want to look your best. You may not have time to lose 20 pounds, but you can significantly transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

Here are five cosmetic dental procedures that can usually be handled in one office visit.

1. Veneers
Porcelain veneers have been a celebrated cosmetic dentistry treatment for decades, but we never fail to be amazed by the wonderful results they furnish. A veneer is a super-thin layer of porcelain bonded permanently to the tooth. A veneer can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or improve the appearance of a misshapen tooth.

2. Gum Contouring
Perhaps your teeth are brilliant and healthy but you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation. Gum contouring can reshape the gumline and transform your smile. Book a consultation with us today for an extensive examination and savvy counsel.

3. Enamel Shaping
Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the features of a smile even if all the other teeth have a winning appearance. (Your mouth is no place for a sore thumb, right?) Let us reshape the tooth so it blends in seamlessly.

4. Bonding
Dental bonding just gets better and better as additional materials are developed. Bonding is used in a multitude of applications to repair teeth with cosmetic and structural problems. The newest prep processes are minimally invasive, leaving you with more of your own tooth structure.

5. Teeth Whitening
Make your smile pop with professional in-office teeth whitening. There is nothing like a phenomenally white smile to give you confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is an investment that will bless you with increased self-esteem every day. We also treat conditions like sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Improving Smiles with Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is really coming into its own. Trend-watchers say that more and more people are choosing it every day to improve their smiles, with the procedures that are available at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

We all want to look our best. But cosmetic dentistry isn’t just about vanity; it is good for your dental health. For example, straight teeth in the correct position are easier to care for, and make for a healthier mouth. That probably explains why clear braces are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry options; they can straighten your teeth, and are almost undetectable as you wear them.

Clear braces are not, of course, the only cosmetic dentistry option. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular procedures out there. A lot of people try to get whiter teeth at home, and there is a nearly bewildering selection of over-the-counter whitening products on the market. But none of them – not toothpastes, strips, or gels – can match the power of professional-grade teeth whitening.

Also in demand are porcelain veneers. They can completely transform the appearance of your smile, and like other cosmetic dentistry, are minimally invasive. A thin layer of tooth enamel is removed before veneers are permanently attached to your teeth. After that, you’ve got a mega-watt smile.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can be completed without any pain at all. So if you’re looking to upgrade your smile, or simply restore integrity to yellowed or damaged teeth, we have a procedure for you at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015


Missing Teeth? 5 Things You Need To Know About Dentures

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Millions of Americans are missing one or more of their teeth, and many of them wear a traditional set of dentures. But at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, there are other options.

1. Dentures are not the only replacement  for missing teeth. Dental implants, used alone or in combination with a partial denture, is often a superior option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has essential implications. Dental implants can prohibit bone recession that frequently occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can furnish patients the near-normal ability to chew and speak.

2. There are more than one kind of denture. Most people are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some original teeth. Partial dentures can be permanent in the mouth or detachable.

3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The essential factor is whether or not you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can augment natural bone for some implant patients.

4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice appropriate oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.

5. Even if you have no original teeth left, it’s vital that you have twice-yearly dental examination. Optimal oral health is an integral component of overall physical well-being. We will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine the condition of your appliance at your visit.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we provide implant-supported dentures and other options.Other services include  general dentistry, and porcelain veneers. Schedule an appointment with us today,

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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How Do You Measure Dental Success?

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How do you measure “dental success?” A check-up with no cavities? A perfect smile? A crown that looks as natural as the surrounding teeth? To our patients at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, it could mean all those things and more.

For a child, dental success could be defined as a childhood free of cavities, learning daily dental hygiene practices, and gaining an understanding of why it’s critical.

For a young adult who is hesitant to smile because of misaligned teeth, dental success could be measured by successful orthodontic treatment resulting in a beautiful smile that restores confidence and boosts self-esteem.

For a middle-aged man who neglected his teeth in his youth, dental success could be defined as restorative dentistry that stabilizes his dental condition and improves his oral health.

For a woman with tetracycline stains but otherwise healthy teeth, dental success may be as manageable as quick in-office same-day tooth whitening.

Consider a man with a missing tooth. Dental success might mean a natural-looking dental implant that allows him to smile without hesitation.

What are your goals for your smile? What is the current state of your oral health?

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, our goal is your complete satisfaction. We are enthusiastic about providing patient-focused general dentistry of the highest standard. We look forward to discussing your goals. You could be our next success story!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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A Great Achievement in Dentistry

Dental implants are widely considered one of the greatest advances in dentistry. Implants are titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw of a patient, to replace a missing root. The post, in turn, can support an artificial tooth. Dental implants are available from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

Sometimes we have to take a moment and marvel at human ingenuity. The idea of a dental implant actually goes back at least a thousand years. But implants as we know them today date back to the early 1950s. One of their great benefits is that they help to prevent bone loss, which is common in people who have lost one of their natural teeth.

In practical terms, the great thing about implants is that they function like a natural tooth. Implants fuse to the patient’s jaw. They integrate so well with the bone that the body does not recognize them as a foreign object, and try to reject them.

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or they can be used as anchors for dentures. Dentures may be more affordable, but because they are removable, most patients find that they can be unreliably loose. They can also affect the ability to enjoy food. These are not issues with implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City are the closest thing to getting back a lost tooth. Find out more by scheduling a consultation today. We also provide porcelain veneers, and many other dental services. Call us today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015


Magnificent Smiles in Daly City

Is your smile beginning to look a little dull? Has its luster faded over the years? Maybe you’ve got a chipped tooth, or maybe a couple. You don’t have to live with these imperfections if you don’t want to. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, porcelain veneers can mask these and other dental flaws, leaving you with a magnificent smile.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic or composite resin. We custom fit veneers to go over the front part of your teeth, giving your smile an attractive, completely natural appearance. You can use veneers to fix stained or chipped teeth, slightly crooked teeth, or abnormally spaced teeth.

Veneers are one of the most popular options available in modern cosmetic dentistry. They are very strong, look completely natural, and are made to match the color and shape of your teeth.

One caveat: a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the front of each tooth being covered with a veneer, in order for them to properly adhere. Once they’re cemented in place, they are permanent. But once they are in place, you’ll have the best-looking teeth of anyone you know.

To find out more, schedule a consultation with Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. Porcelain veneers are just one of the cosmetic dentistry options we provide. Make an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015


The Most Important Procedure For Smile Makeover Patients

Half Moon Bay cosmetic smile makeover

If you want to brighten your smile with cosmetic dentistry, visit Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City for an exam and consultation.

We believe that the smile makeover consultation is the most important component of the process. Think of it as a preliminary appointment. It’s your opportunity to find out what procedures are available to you, and our opportunity to find out your goals.

During your no-pressure smile makeover consultation we will review the following issues:

  • Your vision and expectations of how you want your smile to look and feel after the makeover.
  • The current condition of your oral health.
  • The aspects of your teeth and gums that you wish to repair.
  • The combination of treatments required to reach your goal.
  • A detailed explanation of each procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, gum contouring, crown lengthening, tooth implants, or teeth whitening.
  • You can see before and after pictures of smile transformation patients.
  • Your options for how to schedule the makeover process (all at once or over time).
  • Information about oral conscious sedation.
  • Answers to all of your questions and concerns.
  • Cosmetic dentistry prices and financing options.

By listening carefully, communicating clearly, and asking the right questions, the team at Kenneteh Hovden DDS in Daly City can fully assess the many important variables unique to your smile makeover needs. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services, including porcelain veneers and dental implants. Schedule that consultation today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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