How to Make Sharp “Vampire” Teeth More Attractive

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When you smile, do you have concerns over dental stains, crooked or misaligned teeth, or teeth that are longer and pointier than others? Teeth whitening and orthodontics are common cosmetic treatments provided for patients looking to make their smile more attractive. But what should be done to correct overly long canine teeth?

At Hada Family Dental, we understand that having long and sharp canine teeth, also known as “vampire teeth,” can cause embarrassment or make you feel self-conscious when you smile or speak. For such cases, we provide tooth contouring to gently sculpt and reshape teeth.

To find out more information about how tooth contouring can benefit you, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hada.

What are Tooth Contouring and Dental Bonding?

Although having overly long or sharp-looking canine teeth is not a health concern, it can be aesthetically unappealing for patients. People who are unhappy with their smile have a tendency to feel awkward when they laugh, smile, or talk.

Tooth contouring, often referred to as tooth reshaping, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that involves gently reshaping and smoothing the tooth’s enamel to instantly reveal a more symmetrical and attractive smile. Tooth contouring can be paired with dental bonding, a procedure that involves using tooth-colored composite resin to add tooth structure, which is appropriate to treat chips or gaps between teeth.

With both of these procedures, no anesthesia is required in most cases, and you can easily and affordably change the size, shape, and texture of your teeth. In most cases, your procedure will be performed in one office visit. To administer multiple cosmetic procedures, such as a dental crown or porcelain veneers, may take a few office visits.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Before beginning your procedure, Dr. Hada will perform a thorough exam and take x-rays to make sure your teeth qualify for tooth contouring and/or dental bonding. He will also listen to your aesthetic concerns and treatment goals, making sure you are comfortable with the treatment plan outlined. For some patients, choosing to combine several procedures into one for an entire smile makeover is more beneficial.

During your tooth contouring procedure, Dr. Hada will trim away a minimal amount of enamel to gently reshape the sharp edges of your canine teeth. This will reveal instantaneous results. Next, he will check your bite for proper alignment and then smooth and polish the teeth.

If you combine contouring with dental bonding, Dr. Hada will apply putty-like tooth-colored composite resin to fill in chips, create a veneer that improves a tooth’s color, or make teeth wider to close a large gap. He will use a curing light to harden the resin and then polish the tooth for a more attractive smile. If there is any discoloration, you may want to professionally whiten your teeth beforehand.

Caring for Your Smile

After treatment, you will notice a straighter and whiter smile, as well as increased self-confidence. Compared to other cosmetic treatments, tooth contouring and dental bonding provide fast and affordable results.

To help maintain your smile, it is important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Because teeth that have been bonded are at a higher risk for chipping and staining, for long-lasting results we recommend:

  • Avoid chewing your fingernails.
  • Avoid biting on pens and other hard objects.
  • Avoid eating hard foods.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Avoid drinks that can stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. (Or you may drink them through a straw.)

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At Hada Family Dental, we look forward to helping you achieve a more attractive smile. If you are interested in reshaping teeth for esthetics, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 to schedule your consultation.

Dental Bonding Corrects Chips, Gaps, Stains, and More

Faces of amorous young couple laughing with closed eyesDo you have chipped, cracked, or stained teeth? You are not alone, and at Hada Family Dental we can help. For patients wanting to repair imperfect teeth and return the sparkle to their smile, we provide dental bonding to correct minor to moderate imperfections. Compared to porcelain veneers and dental crowns, dental bonding is a conservative and cost-effective cosmetic and restorative procedure that can enhance your smile’s natural aesthetics.

Dr. Richard Hada uses tooth-colored composite resin to lengthen and reshape a tooth, fill gaps between teeth, cover moderate to severe tooth staining or discoloration, and repair chipped teeth. Depending on the type of bonding you need, anesthetic may not be necessary. Because bonding can be accomplished in one office visit, many of our patients find the treatment favorable to other options.

To find out more information about dental bonding, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 to schedule your appointment.

Is Dental Bonding For You?

If you’re unsure whether dental bonding would work for you, you’re in the right place. Some of the more common ways dental bonding can be used include:

  • Repair chipped teeth
  • Create a veneer over discolored teeth
  • Fill gaps between teeth
  • Strengthen weak or worn teeth
  • Reshape teeth for a more contoured look
  • Lengthen a broken or shortened tooth

 What to Expect During the Procedure

Before dental bonding is applied, the doctor will share our shade guide with you and help you choose a color that closely matches the natural look of your teeth. At this point, you can opt for teeth whitening, and the new restorations will be made to match your whiter, brighter tooth enamel.

Before applying the custom-shaded composite resin, the dentist will prepare the tooth with a special solution and conditioning liquid to gently roughen the surface. This painless step allows the composite resin to bond and adhere properly to the tooth. Next, Dr. Hada will mold, shape, and smooth the composite resin over the tooth, then use a special curing light to harden and set the material in place. Finally, Dr. Hada will trim any excess resin and polish your tooth for a beautiful and smooth finish. This procedure typically takes about an hour to complete.

 Maintaining and Caring for Your Teeth

Although dental bonding provides many advantages, it is not as long lasting as porcelain veneers. For optimal longevity of your new restorations, it is important to:

  • Minimize your intake of dark-colored beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Avoid chewing on ice and hard objects, and stop biting your nails
  • Call our office right away if your teeth or bite feel odd
  • Practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouth wash
  • Visit Dr. Hada for your dental checkup every six months

Why Hada Family Dental?

At Hada Family Dental, we understand that feeling good about your appearance will not only boost your confidence but help you maintain good overall health. When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Hada will listen to your concerns, thoroughly examine your oral cavity and jaws, and then develop a treatment plan to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. He is also extremely passionate about pursuing the latest techniques and tools offered in cosmetic dentistry, to better serve his patients.

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To learn more about the benefits of dental bonding, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 to schedule your appointment.



Phased Orthodontic Care for Your Child

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Does your child have crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth? Have you ever been told your child has an underbite, overbite, or crossbite? As a parent, you are probably concerned about your child’s orthodontic care and the costs involved for treatment. A child may deal with low self-esteem and embarrassment directly related to crooked or oddly spaced teeth. Orthodontic treatment can help, and your child may be an ideal candidate.

When orthodontic treatment is provided at a younger stage, while teeth and jaws are still developing, the treatment can often be accomplished with less invasive procedures. If orthodontic care is deferred until after permanent teeth have fully grown and settled, issues could worsen and the treatment involved could be more extensive, time consuming, and costly. At Hada Family Dental, we pride ourselves on offering excellent, practical family dentistry, as well as providing cosmetic dentistry options for children and teenagers in need of orthodontic care.

To learn more about the orthodontic care Dr. Hada provides, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 to schedule your child’s appointment.

How Many Phases Should You Plan For?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that parents should have their child’s teeth examined by an orthodontist at age seven. The sooner issues can be addressed, the better your child’s chances of avoiding orthodontic care later on in life. Orthodontics is often provided in two phases. During the first phase, Dr. Hada will:

  • Address bite issues (underbite, crossbite, overbite)
  • Detect and intercept any tooth and jaw developmental issues
  • Prevent further tooth and jaw problems from developing
  • Address damaging oral habits and demonstrate healthy oral hygiene
  • Correct the beginning stages of misalignment and prepare the jawbone for permanent teeth
  • Begin moving permanent teeth into a more favorable position

During the second phase, Dr. Hada will use orthodontic treatment to:

  • Align permanent teeth into final positions
  • Enhance dental function
  • Establish a healthy bite
  • Improve your child’s appearance

The treatment plan will depend on your child’s needs. Dr. Hada will keep x-rays and thorough records throughout every step of the journey. In some cases, Dr. Hada may encourage a break between phases one and two, in order to allow a child’s jaw and permanent teeth to develop and settle.

Treatments We Provide

At Hada Family Dental, we provide both traditional braces and Invisalign® Teen for your child’s orthodontic care. With traditional braces, tooth-mounted brackets and wires will create tension in order to guide and realign your child’s teeth. Your child may benefit from traditional braces in both phase one and phase two.

If your child or teenager is suffering from cosmetic misalignment instead of occlusion problems, he or she may be eligible for Invisalign® Teen trays. These trays offer all of the same benefits of Invisalign®, but include blue dots that fade as each tray is worn, carefully monitoring your child’s treatment. You will be able to carefully monitor your child’s treatment. If the blue dot remains, you will know whether or not your child has continually worn their tray.

Benefits of Phased Orthodontic Care

Dr. Hada will provide you and your child with detailed at-home care instructions to follow during the entire treatment plan. The team at Hada Family Dental will walk with you throughout every step, answering any questions along the way so that you can achieve optimum results. Below are some of the benefits involved with phased orthodontic care:

  • Boost in your child’s confidence
  • Preventative care for future oral damage
  • Healthy relationship development with Dr. Hada and dentistry as a whole
  • Restore your child’s smile
  • Create a healthy atmosphere for permanent teeth to develop
  • Correct minor to severe malocclusion
  • Identify and correct poor oral habits such as thumb sucking and tongue pushing

Schedule Your Child’s Consultation

Do you think your child needs orthodontic treatment? We can help! Give us a call at our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067.

Fast Smile Makeover with Snap-On Smile®

selfie worthy smile makeoverAre you happy with the smile you see in the mirror? If you had the option, would you like to change your smile? Does the potential cost of enhancing your smile overwhelm you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Snap-On Smile® may be the answer you’ve been waiting for.

Snap-On Smile® is a removable tray made from resin that is designed to comfortably fit over your teeth to enhance the natural look of your smile. Because of the strong resin, you can still eat your favorite foods without removing the tray. Your custom-made, personalized tray can be easily removed throughout the day or each night for thorough cleaning. Snap-On Smile® is an ideal option for our patients looking for a cost-effective and minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry solution to porcelain veneers or crowns.

To learn more about Snap-On Smile®, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada.

Healthy Smile Creates a Healthy Life

Did you know that your smile has the ability to lower your heart rate, reduce stress improve your confidence, and even boost your immunity? It’s hard to believe you can achieve all that with just a smile! If you’re struggling with low self-esteem due to missing, crooked, gapped or misshapen teeth, you may find yourself avoiding eye contact, avoiding smiling, and covering your mouth when you talk. This type of nonverbal communication can create mistrust and hinder your relationships and even success in life.

If you are unhappy with your smile, we know it can affect your job, relationships, and overall quality of life. At Hada Family Dental, we have created a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry options for our patients to help enhance their smile through Snap-on Smile®, as well as through:

When you visit our office, Dr. Hada will meet with you to discuss all the options available to you and the costs involved, then help you decide which one works best for you.

Why Snap-on Smile®?

However, in comparison to the other cosmetic and restorative dentistry options we provide, one of the greatest benefits of Snap-on Smile® is its simplicity and affordability.

Snap-on Smile® is an ideal solution for patients who:

  • Are missing between one and six teeth
  • Are considering a partial bridge or denture
  • Are looking for a temporary solution to dental implants
  • Are unhappy with the color and look of their smile
  • Have a healthy smile and follow good oral hygiene

With Snap on Smile®, Dr. Hada can enhance your smile with minimally invasive techniques. You can achieve your beautiful smile with just two office visits without any drilling or shots, which is great news for our patients who deal with dental anxiety and are fearful of the procedures involved in other treatment plans.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Hada will make an impression of your mouth and teeth to send to a state-of-the lab for your customized appliance to be created. Dr. Hada will help you choose a Snap-on Smile® appliance that most closely resembles the shade, shape, and size or your natural smile.

Once your trays are ready, typically in about two to three weeks, Dr. Hada will place your trays over your teeth, making sure they fit comfortably and you are completely satisfied with the final reveal.

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To find out if Snap-On Smile® is right for you, call (949) 951-1067 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada today to start your journey toward a complete and beautiful smile.

Your Jaw Pain, Clicking, and Soreness Could Be TMJ Disorder

Senior Man with Jaw PainDo you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, or suffer from chronic headaches? When you open your mouth, do you hear popping or clicking sounds emanating from your jaw? Do you experience trouble opening or closing your jaw completely? You may be part of the 25 percent of our population who suffer from TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain. TMJ disorder affects the joint by causing this pain and limiting the movement of the patient’s jaw.

Dr. Richard Hada has years of experience helping patients with TMJ disorder. He can examine your jaws and determine if you suffer from TMJ disorder, then suggest an appropriate treatment.

To learn more about TMJ disorder and how it can affect you, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada.

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is a condition in which the temporomandibular joints connecting the upper and lower jaw do not function correctly. These joints help the lower jaw move, allowing you to open and close your mouth with ease.

When the joints, and their attached muscles, fail to work together correctly, it can cause a painful misalignment we refer to as TMJ disorder. Dr. Hada will perform a check for occlusion, which refers to how your upper and lower jaws meet when you bite, to determine if you have TMJ disorder.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder can present many different symptoms. Unfortunately, most of these symptoms also occur with other problems, so you may find it hard to know for sure if you have TMJ disorder. The doctor will carefully examine your mouth and jaw and take detailed x-rays to help them make their diagnosis.

Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Dull headaches in the temple area
  • Popping or clicking sounds in your jaw when you open your mouth
  • Sudden misalignment of the upper and lower teeth
  • Persistent pain in the jaw, especially when chewing or yawning
  • Pain similar to an earache, when you have no ear problems
  • Jaw getting stuck or locking

If you experience persistent pain in your jaw, or cannot completely open or close it, call us immediately so Dr. Hada can make a diagnosis and recommend treatment.

Diagnosing TMD

Diagnosing TMJ disorder can prove tricky, with so many possible symptoms that could indicate other problems. Dr. Hada recommends discussing your symptoms with your primary care physician as well, so he or she can rule out any other health problems that may have the same symptoms.

Dr. Hada can perform a TMJ exam, in which he examines the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems he may find in this area include swelling and deterioration or damage to the joint tissue, which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth. If Dr. Hada determines that you have TMJ disorder, he will recommend a course of treatment best suited to your condition.

Treating Your TMD

You have several treatment options available to treat TMJ disorder, ranging from home remedies to prescription medications and mouth guards. Typically, the doctor will recommend trying the most conservative home treatments first, as most cases of TMJ disorder do not require aggressive treatment.

Simple home remedies may include options such as eating soft foods, using heat packs on the jaw to alleviate inflammation, and avoiding foods like caramels and chewing gum. The doctor may also suggest trying relaxation techniques like meditation to relax the jaw tension, and temporarily avoiding activities such as gum chewing, singing, yawning, and other activities that involve a lot of jaw movement.

Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief from swelling and pain for most cases of TMJ. If these remedies fail to provide any relief, Dr. Hada can prescribe muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory drugs to try and relax the jaw muscles.

For many patients, the doctor will suggest a mouth guard called an occlusal splint. Worn at night, while you sleep, a mouth guard prevents your teeth from coming together and grinding, and forces your jaw into proper alignment.

For more serious cases of TMJ, Dr. Hada may recommend alternate treatments. In some cases, he will provide orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TMJ joint.

For the most severe cases of TMJ, the doctor may recommend certain invasive procedures, such as surgery or implants. He typically considers these options last resort solutions when all other treatments fail to provide results.

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To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada to discuss Possible TMJ disorder, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067.

Gum Disease, Diabetes, and Your Health

Close-up of three sugar cubes on wooden tableApproximately 30 million people in the United States have diabetes. That makes up about ten percent of the population. Many of these people have no idea that they suffer from such a serious disease. People with diabetes may experience several types of health problems, including issues with the eyes, kidneys, and heart. These patients have a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, and have a greater susceptibility to infections.

Diabetics also have a greater chance of developing oral health problems. Dr. Richard Hada wants our patients who suffer from diabetes to have an awareness of the oral health issues they may develop, such as gum disease, which increases the risk of patients developing heart disease, pregnancy complications, and respiratory diseases.

To learn more about how diabetes and gum disease can affect your health, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada.

Oral Health Problems Associated with Diabetes

Diabetes, especially when not controlled through diet or medication, can lead to several oral health problems. For instance, patients with high blood sugar become more susceptible to tooth decay.

Diabetics may suffer from salivary gland dysfunction, resulting in a decreased flow of saliva. Some diabetic medications can cause a reduction of saliva as well, often leading to a condition known as dry mouth.

Several oral fungal infections may occur as a result of diabetes decreasing the body’s ability to fight infections. Patients may also suffer from other oral infections, and experience a delay in healing. Some children with diabetes will see their teeth erupt earlier than most.

To help combat these oral health issues, Dr. Hada encourages you to let him know if you suffer from diabetes. He will also need to know if you have your blood sugar levels under control, and any medications you take for the condition.

Keeping the doctor apprised of changes in your medical history, such as a diagnosis of diabetes, will allow him to tailor your dental treatment to help combat oral health problems associated with the disease.

A Unique Relationship

Gum disease is the most common dental disease associated with diabetes, affecting about 22 percent of diabetics. Diabetes and periodontal disease have a unique relationship. Studies show that each disease has an effect on the other.

Patients diagnosed with diabetes become more susceptible to infections like gum disease. This has led to gum disease joining the list of complications from diabetes. Patients who do not have their diabetes under control through diet or medication will find themselves especially at risk to develop periodontal disease.

The first stage of gum disease, caused by a buildup of dental plaque due to poor brushing and flossing habits, is called gingivitis. The high level of sugar in the blood of diabetics increases the risk for plaque buildup and requires extra vigilant brushing and flossing to keep it at bay. Gingivitis causes the gums to become red and swollen, and may cause the gums to bleed when the patient brushes his teeth. Brushing and flossing, however, along with regular dental cleanings, will usually clear up gingivitis.

When not properly controlled through dental care, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a more serious stage of gum disease. This escalation happens when plaque builds up under the gums and hardens. The gums pull away from the teeth, allowing pockets of infection to form, which leads to bone loss in the jaw and, eventually, the loss of your teeth.

Unfortunately, periodontitis also increases the production of blood sugars. This puts diabetics, who already have elevated levels of blood sugar, at an even greater risk for other health problems. It may also lead to the development of diabetes in some patients who have not been diagnosed with the disease.

Preventing Oral Health Problems

If you have diabetes, Dr. Hada may recommend more frequent checkups and cleanings to keep your mouth free of problems, and may suggest an anti-microbial rinse to help prevent infections.

Diabetic patients who wear dentures will need to take them out and clean them every day. A change in your diet may also help, especially cutting out food and drinks with high sugar content.

Diabetic patients can help themselves by exercising and getting their blood sugar under control. Maintaining a regimen of good oral hygiene and attending regular checkups and cleanings, at an interval suggested by Dr. Hada will help patients keep their mouths clean and free of disease.

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To learn more about diabetes and gum disease, and how they can affect your health, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada.

How to Deal with a Toothache

Richard Hada can help you manage your pain in Mission ViejoIt happens without warning. One minute you’re fast asleep, and the next thing you know, you’re sitting straight up, cradling the side of your head and praying for the throbbing pain to end. You have a toothache. What should you do now?

We recommend calling Hada Family Dental at the first sign of a toothache. We will get you in to see Dr. Richard Hada as soon as possible. The doctor realizes that a toothache can hit anyone at any time, and builds time into the daily schedule to accommodate patients with emergency dental problems.

If you experience a sudden toothache, or any other type of dental emergency, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office immediately at (949) 951-1067 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada.

What Causes Toothaches

Your toothache may result from one of several maladies. The good news is, Dr. Hada can treat most of them, providing much needed relief from the pain. Some possible toothache causes include:

  • Tooth Decay – Dr. Hada can remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the resulting cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin. This relieves the pain, while keeping your smile looking great.
  • Infected Pulp – When allowed to continue untreated, decay can progress to the soft pulp in the center of the tooth. Once this happens, the dentist can no longer save the tooth. Dr. Hada can remove the infected pulp, along with the nerve endings, relieving your pain. He then completes this procedure, called a root canal, by filling the tooth with a rubber-like material and covering it with a crown.
  • Gum Disease – Your pain may result from an infection of the gum tissue. Dr. Hada can perform a deep cleaning treatment, called scaling and root planning to remove plaque and prevent it from gathering around the roots of your teeth.
  • Bruxism – Many people experience toothaches caused by bruxism, or teeth grinding. While he may not have the ability to provide immediate relief, Dr. Hada can recommend stress-reducing exercises to reduce your grinding and create a custom-fit mouth guard for you to wear at night. This night guard will prevent your teeth from making contact, preventing grinding and easing tooth pain.

Handling a Toothache at Home

Sometimes a toothache occurs outside of our business hours. While we will try to get you in to see Dr. Hada as soon as possible when we open, you will probably try many options for relieving the pain until then. A few of the most recommended home remedies include:

  • Clove Oil – This oil has some numbing properties that may temporarily ease the pain from your toothache. Most people recommend putting a drop or two on a cotton ball and applying it to the tooth. Unfortunately, the numbing effect typically lasts just a few minutes, and if not applied properly, the oil can hurt your tongue, making your pain even worse.
  • Tea Bags – Many recommend applying wet tea bags, especially peppermint tea, to the aching tooth. While safer than clove oil, tea bags only relieve the pain while applied, and your misery will return mere minutes after removing them.
  • Salt Water Rinse – One of the most commonly recommended dental remedies, a salt water rinse helps to clean the area around the tooth and loosen any debris that may contribute to your pain. Swishing salt water around the area for about 30 seconds helps to clear out bacteria, but the pain relieving effects typically last only a short time.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse – While slightly more effective than the salt water rinse, hydrogen peroxide can cause other problems. Swishing a solution of equal parts 3% hydrogen peroxide and water helps clean the area and actually attacks bacteria. The solution can burn your tongue, however, if not mixed right, and swallowing it can lead to stomach problems.
  • Garlic – Some call this the most effective remedy for tooth pain. Garlic acts like an antibiotic, inhibiting bacteria in the area and providing temporary relief for some pain. You can mash up the garlic and add a little salt to apply to the tooth, or simply chew a clove or two. Unfortunately, the side effect of unpleasant breath may lead to you suffering by yourself.

Dr. Hada recommends using ice to numb your pain until we can fit you into the schedule. This provides only short term relief, like most other remedies, but it requires no special ingredients and you can use it safely.

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When you experience a toothache, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office right away at (949) 951-1067, so we can accommodate you in the schedule.

Keep track of where you feel the pain, when it started, and how often it hits you. These will all help the doctor diagnose the cause of your toothache and provide treatment to relieve the pain.

Clear, Removable Braces for Teens and Adults

Hada Family Dental | Clear Aligners for the Family When patients come to Dr. Richard Hada to have their teeth straightened, he has two options to offer them.

The doctor’s first option, traditional bracket and wire braces, typically comes with a minimum treatment time of two years, and restricts against certain foods. Many patients do not care for the long treatment time and opt for the doctor’s second option.

Through the use of clear, removable acrylic aligners, Invisalign® straightens teeth in as little as one year. Patients can eat whatever they want, whenever they want, without restriction. The removable aligners allow them to easily clean their teeth, keeping them healthy and clean during the treatment.

To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign® clear aligners, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada.

About the Invisalign® Program

Invisalign® does away with the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces by introducing a system of clear acrylic aligners that gently move teeth into place. Invisalign® patients no longer have to live in fear of the monthly visit to the orthodontist to have wires tightened. They simply come to our office every six weeks for a quick checkup and their next aligners.

Invisalign® requires no bands, and patients no longer have to worry about the dreaded loose wire that cuts up the inside of their cheeks and lips. The average Invisalign® treatment lasts just 12 to 18 months, as opposed to the two years necessary for most patients who wear traditional braces.

For most of our patients, however, the virtual invisibility of the clear aligners represents the biggest advantage of Invisalign® treatment. Our adult patients can now undergo orthodontic treatment while maintaining a professional appearance, confident that nobody will know about it except Dr. Hada.

Who Is Invisalign® Treatment for?

With Invisalign® treatment, Dr. Hada can now offer discreet orthodontics to discriminating adults, as well as teenagers. Dr. Hada works with many adults using Invisalign®, including many who wore traditional metal braces as teens, but have seen their teeth move out of alignment again as they grow older.

Invisalign® aligners can repair many dental problems, such as overbites, underbites, and crooked or rotated teeth. Patients with wide spaces between their teeth have great luck with Invisalign® products, finding that the aligners help even when other teeth have shifted and moved into those spaces.

Patients suffering from malocclusion, a condition in which the upper and lower teeth don’t fit well together, often find that Invisalign® aligners work wonders for straightening their smiles. The aligners help prevent the speech problems, teeth grinding (bruxism), and TMJ disorder frequently associated with the condition.

For teenagers, the makers of Invisalign® have designed a special treatment geared specifically to their busy lives. Invisalign® Teen offers teenagers all the benefits of the adult plan, with a few unique additions to help keep them on track with their treatment plan.

Invisalign® Teen aligners have blue dots on them that fade as the teen wears the aligner. If the blue dot remains when the teen finishes with that aligner, his parents will know he has not stayed compliant with his treatment plan. The makers Invisalign® Teen realize that teenagers have very busy lives and tend to forget things easily, so they have also included six bonus aligners with the program for free. So if Morgan accidentally throws her aligner away in the cafeteria at lunch, or Josh loses his at baseball practice, parents just need to call our office, and we will order a replacement aligner, free of charge.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Invisalign® Treatment

Just like any other dental procedure, Invisalign® has advantages and disadvantages that patients need to consider when deciding if the treatment presents the best option for their smile.

Invisalign® clear aligners have several clear advantages over traditional braces. Most patients consider their appearance the biggest advantage, as it allows them to have their teeth straightened without sacrificing their professional adult appearance.

Removable aligners make food restrictions a thing of the past, allowing patients to eat whatever they want, whenever they want during their treatment. The removable aligners also make it much easier for patients to brush and floss their teeth without worrying about small bits of food getting stuck in their brackets and wires. This helps prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Invisalign® treatment has only a few drawbacks. Most patients consider the cost of treatment the biggest area of concern. Invisalign® treatment costs a bit more than traditional braces, and most dental insurance will only cover the treatment to the extent that they would cover bracket and wire braces.

When patients first begin wearing the aligners, they may experience difficulty speaking. This problem is quite temporary, however, and most get used to the aligners and return to speaking normally fairly quickly. The success of the treatment relies completely on the compliance of the patient. Some patients would feel better wearing traditional braces, rather than facing the pressure of trying to remember to change to a new aligner or put their aligner back in their mouth after eating.

Call Our Office Today

To learn more about Invisalign® products and how they can benefit you and your family, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada.

Migraines and Jaw Pain

Woman with a migraineDo you suffer from frequent migraine headaches? Does chronic jaw pain keep you from eating and speaking comfortably? Your pain may result from a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD.

Researchers estimate that approximately 25 percent of the population suffers from TMJ disorder, but only about five percent actually seek help for the condition. The disorder seems to affect women more than men, affecting over 10 million people.

Doctors originally considered TMJ disorder a dental condition, referring patients to their dentist for help, but recent research has suggested that several factors may play a part in causing the condition. TMD can affect the temporomandibular joint and its parts, but may also affect the group of muscles that help the jaw work.

Doctors have yet to pinpoint an exact cause for TMD, but know that several health conditions may factor into its development. Dr. Richard Hada can perform an examination and diagnosis for TMJ disorder, recommending a course of treatment to alleviate your painful symptoms.

To learn more about TMJ disorder, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067.

How TMD Can Affect You

The pain caused by TMD can range mild to severe, causing debilitating pain and keeping you from opening your mouth wide enough to eat or speak. Many TMD victims suffer from chronic migraine headaches that affect the quality of their life. They may spend days at a time in bed, suffering from intense pain.

In addition to the physical toll, the disorder can adversely affect other areas of life. Patients may miss work while trying to recover from migraine headaches, causing them to be passed over for promotions, or even leading to their termination.

The pain caused by TMJ disorder can affect relationships as well. Friends may stop calling a person who regularly cancels plans due to headaches. Patients may see family members become frustrated with their lack of participation in maintaining the home. Romantic relationships will suffer greatly when one partner is constantly in too much pain to go on dates or even give a simple kiss.

Factors That Cause TMD

In recent studies, researchers have found that a variety of factors may contribute to TMD. Once thought of as a purely dental condition, the majority of the blame for the disorder has traditionally fallen on malocclusion, a misalignment of the teeth. While this still factors into most cases, doctors have determined that other factors may play a large part as well.

The TMJ may suffer from the effects of arthritis. Patients suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which affect the joints, may feel pain in the temporomandibular joint as well. Trauma or injury to the jawbone may affect the joint as well, contributing to the patient’s pain.

The muscles around the joint can play a part in the patient’s suffering as well. Overuse of the muscles in the jaw caused by bruxism, chronic grinding or clenching of the teeth, can lead to TMD. Muscle dysfunctions, such as myofascial trigger points may share some of the blame as well.

These trigger points are irritable areas of very tight muscle bands that may feel like a bump. They can result from surgery, bad posture, chronic stress, and disease. Trigger points, already painful on their own, can cause nerves to become trapped, causing even more pain for the patient.

Other conditions which may factor into the development of TMD include gout, infections, bone disease, and in rare occasions, tumors.

Researching TMD

Researchers continue to study TMJ disorder to try and determine exact causes of the disease and develop effective treatments for those who suffer from the pain the condition causes. Doctors regularly perform studies to understand the similarities between facial pain and the pain patients experience due to headaches and muscle pain, to determine if a link exists between them.

They conduct studies to understand the differences in how men and women feel and respond to pain, and continue to try to determine the factors that result in the chronic pain of the temporomandibular joint and its surrounding muscles.

Studies continue into the treatment of TMD as well. Doctors perform studies to discover how they can make the pain caused by TMD decrease with simple lifestyle changes. They study the effects of stress-inducing conditions, such as noise and temperature changes.

Research continues to determine what medications, or combinations of medications and other conservative treatments provide relief to patients suffering from TMD pain.

Advanced research has even begun to try and create human tissue in a laboratory that doctors can use to replace damaged tissue and cartilage in the temporomandibular joint. Doctors have also begun developing other lifelike materials that they can use to repair or replace the muscles and discs in the joint, and can even replace the entire joint, if necessary.

Call Us Today

Don’t let chronic jaw pain or migraine headaches ruin your quality of life. Make the call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada, so he can determine if you suffer from TMD and recommend the most conservative treatment possible to alleviate your pain. Call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office at (949) 951-1067 today.

Dental Care for Special-needs Patients

Patients who require special accommodations are welcome at Hada Family Dental. We excel in treating physically and mentally handicapped patients, as well as elderly patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. We also offer a range of sedation options, including general sedation and nitrous oxide, for dental phobics and our patients who are especially nervous in the exam chair.