You Know It When You See It

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You may not be able to say how and why all the components of a great smile blend in perfect harmony. But you know it when you see it. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we use cosmetic dentistry to create beautiful smiles.

You may be surprised at how many details go into planning for a smile makeover. Here are a few of the most obvious components:

  • Tooth Color: shade, brightness, uniformity
  • Tooth alignment: straight or crooked?
  • Tooth size and proportions: are some teeth much larger or smaller than the rest?
  • Tooth spacing: is there crowding or big gaps between teeth?
  • Gumline margins: how much gum shows when you smile?

Here are some other cosiderations that may be less familiar to the layperson:

  • The portions of the teeth that are visible when the mouth is at rest
  • The relationship of the smile line and the lip line
  • Zenith points: the highest point of the gumline in relation to the center of the tooth
  • Midline placement: the smile should be centered in the middle of the lips, mouth, and face
  • Mesial inclination: the tops of the teeth should angle slightly away from the midline

If essential design principles are not adhered to, the smile may look ‘off’. Or it could impact the function of the teeth and jaw. For example, a smile transformation carried out by an inexperienced cosmetic dentist could change the patient’s bite and put unnecessary stress on the restorations.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City cosmetic dentistry has improved countless smiles for our patients. You could be next! Patients come to our office from San Mateo, Pacifica,  and Half Moon Bay for dental implants, and other services. Call us to 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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Reinvent Yourself With A Smile Makeover

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A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can boost your self-confidence. Maybe you’ve got an upcoming job interview, or a new relationship. A brand-new smile can make all the difference!

A smile makeover may include any of several cosmetic dentistry procedures, from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers. They can have a huge impact on your smile!

A beautiful smile is the sum of its parts. With your input, we do a smile analysis to evaluate your smile. Our goal is to bring the teeth, skeletal structures, and muscles into harmony. It’s a complicated endeavor, requiring an understanding of how all of these components relate to one another.

Any single cosmetic dentistry technique will go a long way toward transforming your smile. Two or more can leave you with the smile of your dreams!

To find out what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile, call us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. Other services include general dentistry. 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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Why You Should Take Snoring Seriously

Snoring isn’t just an annoyance; it can have serious health consequences. Fortunately, there are treatment options at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

What is Snoring?

Snoring is most often caused by an an obstruction that restricts the flow of air in the throat. The obstruction can be caused by:

  • Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue—when muscles relax they can collapse onto the airway. Alcohol use and sleeping pills can make this more likely.
  • Thick throat tissue—Excess weight can be a contributing factor.
  • Swollen tonsils and adenoids—Most common in children.
  • Long uvula or soft palate
  • Nasal congestion
  • Deviated septum

Snoring may also be a sign of sleep apnea—a serious health condition in which your breathing lapses while you sleep. This can occur hundreds of times at night.

If your snoring keeps your bed partner from sleeping, his or her health is also influenced. Failure to get enough restorative sleep contributes to a plethora of physical and mental conditions.

If you or a loved one are coping with the effects of snoring, call us for an appointment at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also offer complete 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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5 Tools For Tooth Transformations

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Teeth that are damaged or misshapen can really detract from your smile, but thanks to cosmetic dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, you can do something about these and other issues. There are fixes for nearly any tooth problem!

Some of the most popular and effective procedures include:

  1. Veneers. Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells of medical-grade ceramic, custom-made to match the from of your teeth. They are cemented in place to dramatically improve your smile.
  2. Bonding. This procedure uses a strong tooth-colored resin to close spaces, repair chips and cracks, or change the shape. The resin is molded into place and hardened for secure adherence.
  3. Recontouring. Thismeans reshaping a tooth by removing small bits of enamel to improve its shape or length.
  4. Crowns. Natural-looking dental crowns cover the tops of damaged teeth.
  5. Clear Braces. Patients of all ages are transforming their smiles with clear braces. They are removable, so they come out at mealtime and when you brush your teeth. Best of all, they work!

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we use cosmetic dentistry to improve smiles every day. We also offer general dentistry services, and much more. Call for 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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Dental Implants: Change Your Life In 4 Steps

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Healthy teeth that work as nature intended are vital for a high quality of life and overall health. That’s what makes dental implants, like those available at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, such a major step forward in dentistry.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw. The implant is, in effect, a replacement for a missing tooth root. One implant may be used to support one replacement tooth, and several strategically-placed implants can support a full dental arch, aka dentures.

Here is the process:

1. Examination and Assessment
During your first visit, we assess your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. We look at the available options, and with your input, design a treatment plan.

2. Implant Placement
The next step is to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is.

3. Integration
It take several months for the post to fully integrate with the jawbone. The process is known as osseointegration. Titanium is remarkably well-suited for this, and cases of rejection are rare.

4. Final Restoration
The last step is the restoration, or replacement teeth. For a single implant, a supporting piece called an abutment is fitted to the titanium post, and the crown, or tooth, goes on top of that. A dental arch usually has four connecting points, and there are several types of attachments.

Whether it’s a single implant or a full arch, dental implants can transform your life. They’re among our complete restorative dentistry services. Call us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City today to schedule an appointment.

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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What Is Oil Pulling?

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This post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City looks at oil pulling, an alternative practice that has been generating some buzz lately. Is it a reliable for your dental health, or just a fad?

Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It involves swishing oil in the mouth for twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, gums and overall health and well-being. The most commonly used oils are coconut, sesame, and sunflower.

Proponents claim that it detoxifies the mouth, cleans plaque, reduces inflammation, cures bad breath, whitens teeth, kills infection, and boosts the immune system. Sound far-fetched? Some even say it cures cavities and periodontal disease.

What does the American Dental Association say about oil pulling? Here is an excerpt from a May 2014 article:

To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being. Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities. The ADA recommends that patients follow a standard oral hygiene regimen that includes twice-daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, using ADA-Accepted products. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth help prevent cavities and keep gums healthy.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we caution our patients not to replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental exams with oil pulling. We provide top-quality dental care for every member of your family. Services include general and restorative dentistry. Call for 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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5 Reasons To Choose Cosmetic Dentistry

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When was the last time you looked into the mirror? Were you totally satisfied by what you saw? If the answer is, “Not really,” then you may want to review these five great reasons to check out cosmetic dentistry at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

  1. The first reason is that a little cosmetic dentistry goes a long way. Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening, are simple and easy to do, but they can have compelling results.
  2. Next, you might be surprised at how cost-effective it is! Next time you are in the office, ask for a price chart. You may be pleasantly surprised.
  3. Don’t worry about pain, we will keep you comfortable. Many people expect the services to be painful, but dentists are trained to help you stay relaxed and free from discomfort.
  4. You’re never too old! Many people think that cosmetic dentistry is only for the young, but teeth continue to change throughout your life and these procedures may be exactly what is needed.
  5. We can treat your particular cosmetic dental problem. Some folks have been led to believe that they have to live with chipped, cracked, or missing teeth, but we have the tools and  to fix a wide array of dental troubles.

At Kenneth HovdenDDS in Daly City, we use cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles every day! Services also include restorative dentistry. Call now to schedule an appointment!

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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Dental Implants: Does Your Age Matter?

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Dental implants have rightly been called one of the greatest advances in dentistry: titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants are available at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

A common concern for many patients is whether they are too old for a dental implant. We’ll give you the good news in one short word: no!

Age is seldom, if ever, a factor in whether someone is an appropriate candidate for an implant.

The most important factor is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these issues may not be good candidates.

Tobacco use may also rule someone out. Whether it’s smoked or chewed, tobacco can also hinder the healing process.

Bone Density

A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. It fuses with the bone, and in addition to supporting a tooth, guards against bone recession. This leads to another factor: a patient has to have enough healthy bone to support it.

Even if you don’t, there are possible solutions. Bone grafting is a straightforward procedure that promotes the growth of new bone.

Healthy Gum Tissue

A final consideration: a patient must have healthy gum tissue. The best implant candidates should be committed to daily oral hygiene, including consistent dental visits.

If you’re concerned that you are too old to get a dental implant, rest assured: age is not an issue. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we specialize in replacing teeth with single and multiple dental implants. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Call our office to 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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Think You May Have A Cavity?

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To maintain good dental health, your teeth need a lot of good ol’-fashioned TLC. But even when we do our best, bacteria can sneak in and cause tooth decay. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we would be happy to take care of your dental issues.

Few of us go through life without getting a cavity. They’re the common cold of dental health!

Cavities are caused when bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque. Plaque clings to your teeth, and the acid in it starts to dissolve the enamel. The result is a hole in your tooth.

You can go a long way toward preventing cavities by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. That removes that filmy plaque to promote healthy teeth and gums.

It’s also wise to see us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Our services include general dentistry, and specialties like porcelain veneers. 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 Wise Investment That Pays Off Every Day

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You may not sport a sparkling 3-carat diamond on your finger or zip around town in a shiny Ferrari, but you can flash a celebrity-caliber smile. Cosmetic dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is an investment in you. And it pays off every single day.

Cosmetic dentistry has been called part science and part art. That’s a pretty good definition. It uses sound dental techniques to bring positive changes to your smile!

Possibilities include:

  • Teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening surpasses any whitening product you’ll find at the store.
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are used to cover chips, cracks, and gaps in your smile, or replace eroded tooth enamel. They give you a brilliant smile!
  • Straighter teeth. Clear braces are a big improvement from old-fashioned metal braces. They align your teeth and improve your smile subtly; most people don’t realize you’re even wearing them.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City , we use cosmetic dentistry to improve smiles every day. We also offer dental implants and other special services. Call us to 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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