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By John Chu, D.M.D.
June 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Why let your smile be anything less than perfect when there’s cosmetic dentistry?cosmetic dentistry

Most people end up just putting up with cosmetic imperfections in their smile because they don’t really know what their options are to change it. Our South Pasadena, CA, cosmetic dentists, Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, are here to explain the different options that are out there so you know what we can do to help your smile.

Dental Stains

No one wants a yellow smile and yet it happens over time. Maybe you just can’t tear yourself away from that coffee or you quit smoking but are still faced with nasty discolorations. Don’t worry; our South Pasadena dentist has you covered.

If you have external stains (yellow or brown stains), this can easily be treated with professional teeth whitening. Choose from our in-office whitening system if you want significant whitening results quickly, or opt for our at-home whitening system if you prefer to do it from the comfort of your own home.

Tooth Loss

Nothing is more embarrassing than having gaps in your smile where your teeth used to be. If this has happened to you, it’s important to know that you have options. If you are willing to wait a few months to get a tooth replacement, then choose dental implants, which is the closest thing you can get to real teeth. They offer an amazing array of benefits including preserving jawbone health and preventing changes to your facial structure.

Of course, dental bridges and even dentures can be ideal options for patients who may not be ideal candidates for implants. These restorations have stood the test of time and continue to be a popular way to replace one or more missing permanent teeth.

Misshapen or Uneven Teeth

From cracks and chips to gaps in your smile, there are many imperfections that can befall you at any point in time. Luckily, dental veneers can be bonded to the front of your teeth to cover gaps, discolorations, malformed teeth, minor overlapping or crooked teeth, as well as cracks, chips and fractures. These porcelain shells are made to look just like the surface of your teeth and are custom-made to cover over each front area of an individual tooth.

Do any of the cosmetic services above sound like exactly what you’ve been looking for? We thought so! If you are interested in what we can offer you then call our South Pasadena, CA, cosmetic dental office today and book an appointment with us.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
April 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Isn't it about time you treated yourself to the smile you've always wanted? If you don't like the way your smile looks, you'll want to veneersconsider porcelain veneers. South Pasadena, CA, dentists, Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, explain how veneers can enhance your smile.

A simple way to change your smile

Slipcovers are the ideal solution if your couch is stained or torn. After you carefully arrange the new cover, no one will ever know what problems lurk underneath. Porcelain veneers are just as effective at hiding the little flaws that affect tooth enamel. Because they're no thicker than a fingernail, veneers are very light and comfortable. Custom-made veneers are attached to the fronts of teeth with dental cement and easily conceal many dental imperfections.

No more gaps

No matter how small they are, gaps between your teeth can make you feel a little self-conscious. After your new veneers are applied at our South Pasadena office, you'll soon forget you even had any spaces in your smile.

An easy way to brighten dull teeth

Do you sipping on coffee throughout the day? The dark pigments in certain beverages, such as coffee, tea, wine and cola, can stain teeth. Teeth whitening treatments offer one way to lighten your smile, but whitening results only last a few years. Porcelain veneers provide a long-lasting, stain-resistant alternative to teeth whitening. A single veneer can also be used to improve the appearance of one tooth that has darkened due to taking tetracycline or as a result of dental procedure.

Damage disappears

Wear and tear on your teeth can cause cracks and chips. Your new veneers will transform your smile by concealing minor damage that can mar your smile.

Veneers lengthen teeth

A discrepancy in the length of your teeth can have a big impact on your smile. Often the problems occur if you grind your teeth at night. Grinding wears down tooth enamel, shortening teeth. In addition to lengthening your teeth with veneers, you'll also want to wear a nightguard while you sleep to prevent further enamel erosion or a cracked veneer.

Upgrade your smile with porcelain veneers. Find out if this cosmetic dentistry option will solve your dental problem by calling South Pasadena, CA, dentists, Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin, at (626) 799-0852 to schedule an appointment.

By By John Chu, D.M.D.
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), more people are keeping more of their natural teeth longer than at any point since the 1970s, but gum disease-related tooth loss still affects millions of adults every year. Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that as many as half of American adults are suffering from some form of gum disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to full-blown periodontitis, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 35. Adults over the age of 65 may be at higher risk, but younger people are not immune. Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, dentists in South Pasadena, CA, offer several tooth replacement and dental restoration options like dentures and dental implants.

Restore Your Smile and Oral Health with Dentures in South Pasadena, CA

Whether tooth loss happens as a result of gum disease, severe tooth decay, or an injury, there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to dental restorations. There are several types of dentures that allow a dentist to design the perfect model for each patient's unique dental needs and lifestyle. For some, dentures may conjure an image of an older person missing all of their natural teeth, but in reality, there are options for every degree of tooth loss, which can happen at any age.

Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin offer three main types of dentures:

  • Full (complete) dentures
  • Partial removable dentures
  • Implant-supported overdentures

Immediate dentures are a temporary pair that can be custom fit for immediate use until the permanent set is ready.

Find a Dentist in South Pasadena, CA

Tooth loss is still a fairly common problem for many Americans. Dentures remain one of the most effective and affordable tooth replacement options for people of all ages. For more information on the option that is best for you, call (626) 799-0852 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin in South Pasadena today.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

If you have ever looked into cosmetic dentistry, you may know that it gives your smile a whole new look. However, you may not know the cosmetic dentistrydifferent kinds of procedures available at your South Pasadena, CA, dentist. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry, its procedures and what they can do for you with Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin.

What is cosmetic dentistry? 
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the look of your teeth rather than repairing them or improving their functionality. Cosmetic dentists specialize in these procedures and making their patients look and feel great. Cosmetic dentists also perform restorative and reparative dental procedures like tooth fillings and root canals.

What cosmetic dentistry procedures do my South Pasadena, CA, dentists offer?

  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is a fast and effective procedure which lightens the color of your teeth to improve their appearance. The procedure itself lasts about an hour and provides results which could mean boosts to your confidence as well as your smile.
  • Crowns and Bridges: Crowns and bridges work together to replace and renew your teeth and turn them into a smile you will love. A crown fits over a weakened tooth to protect it while a bridge replaces a missing tooth. A bridge has a crown on either side to hold it in place, allowing these two dental restorations to work together.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants also replace a missing tooth. However, unlike a dental bridge, implants use the jaw’s bone to stay in place, making them the most permanent and effective form of tooth replacement available.
  • Inlays and Onlays: Inlays and onlays help strengthen a decayed tooth. Created in a dental laboratory, inlays and onlays are normally made from porcelain or metal. Rather than molding the filling directly onto the tooth as with composite filings, your dentist will affix the pre-made inlay or onlay into the tooth.
  • Veneers: Veneers give your smile a total makeover, changing your teeth’s shape, length, width and color. In just a few simple dental appointments, veneers’ flexibility allow you to completely change your smile’s appearance or to subtly tweak just a few bothersome teeth.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin. Call (626) 799-0852 to schedule your appointment today!

By John Chu, D.M.D.
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from South Pasadena can help your smile

If you are missing teeth, you’ve probably worn a partial or a denture and discovered these are less-than-perfect substitutes for your dental implantsnatural teeth. There are many issues with removable dental appliances, including the fact that they don’t keep your smile as healthy. If appliances are not cleaned regularly or removed during sleep, they are breeding grounds for harmful bacteria which can infect your soft tissue. Now, there is another solution to removable appliances; a way to create a smile that’s full and healthy. The answer is dental implants! Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA want to help you discover how dental implants can keep your smile healthy.

People prefer dental implants over partials or dentures for many reasons. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider dental implants:

  • Dental implants are beautiful and look just like your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are convenient because you don’t have to remove them for cleaning or during sleep; they are a permanent part of your smile.
  • Dental implants are stable and permanent because they are fused in bone; they don’t move around when you speak or eat.
  • Dental implants are very successful, with a success rate over 95 percent, higher than any other surgical implant.

Dental implants from your dentists in South Pasadena keep your smile healthy because they are much easier to clean. You can brush and floss them just like your natural teeth, making it much easier to keep your smile free of damaging bacteria. They also help your overall health by improving your chewing ability and digestion.

When you choose dental implants they can also help you look younger! That’s because dental implants help preserve the bone in your jaw, maintaining your firm jawline and youthful contours of your face. In contrast, dentures and other dental appliances can put pressure on bone, causing the bone to diminish over time, a process called resorption.

You need to discover why dental implants are the perfect choice to keep your smile healthy and improve your life. It’s time to call Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin in South Pasadena, CA. Find out more about dental implants by calling today!





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