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.)

Call Us Today

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.

 Call Us Today

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.

 Contact Us Today

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.

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.

Smile Makeover

If you are concerned with multiple cosmetic imperfections, a comprehensive smile makeover by Dr. Hada can help you achieve a more beautiful smile. Your treatment plan will include a combination of several cosmetic dentistry procedures to perfect your smile, and popular combined services include porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, or Invisalign®. A smile makeover is completely customized, and can boost your confidence and produce a dramatic difference in your appearance.

A Customized Smile Makeover Can Be Transformative

A great-looking smile can give you a whole new outlook on life, transforming the way you relate to others and the way that they respond to you. If you are ready for a dramatically enhanced smile, consider a smile makeover from the Mission Viejo practice of Dr. Richard Hada. This treatment combines two or more cosmetic dental procedures into a plan optimized just for you. Dr. Hada has a reputation for his caring and professional approach, and offers a variety of treatments and the latest technology to help you achieve the dazzling smile you desire. To schedule a consultation, contact our friendly staff today.

Candidates for a Smile Makeover

A smile makeover can be an excellent option for those looking to correct more than one cosmetic dental imperfection. It is not intended for patients who have oral health concerns such as infection or decay, which can be addressed with general dentistry care. Candidates for smile makeovers are typically patients who are displeased with their smile due to one or more of the following:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Stains or discoloration
  • Crooked or gapped teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Short or misshapen teeth
  • Gummy smile

Options for Treatment

During an in-depth consultation, Dr. Hada will help you decide on the right blend of treatments for your attractive new smile. For example, dental bonding can mask a variety of imperfections, including minor chips and cracks, and deep-set stains. All-over brightening can be achieved with teeth whitening, and Dr. Hada offers in-office options that can correct even dark, internal tooth stains. For a truly impressive smile, Dr. Hada can place porcelain veneers on any number of your teeth. These thin, ceramic shells are bonded to the tooth’s surface and can very effectively conceal several imperfections at once, including chips, gaps, and minor misalignments, all while giving you a pearly shade of white. If you need more comprehensive teeth straightening, Invisalign® is a great way to do so inconspicuously, and the aligners are removable so they will not interfere with eating. For patients with a gummy smile, Dr. Hada can gently reshape the gum line with a diode laser for more attractive symmetry.

Benefits of a Smile Makeover

An improved smile can rejuvenate your entire appearance and boost your self-esteem. If you have been hiding your smile, you may notice that you feel more confident after addressing the issues that caused you to dislike it. The particular benefit of a smile makeover is that it is completely customized to help you reach your individual aesthetic goals. Dr. Hada will take several aspects of your appearance under consideration when designing your treatment plan, including your facial proportions, hair and skin color, and the overall level of improvement you desire. With modern cosmetic dental techniques, your new look can be achieved relatively quickly and easily, will little to no down time.

Maintaining Your New Smile

Proper care and regular check-ups will help your smile makeover last. To increase the lifespan of your cosmetic enhancements, try to limit your consumption of beverages like coffee, tea, cola, and red wine, and condiments like ketchup, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce. If you have crowns or veneers, make sure to use a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and alcohol-free mouthwash, and floss carefully. Dr. Hada will provide you with specific information regarding how best to care for and maintain your unique smile makeover.

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If you are ready for a winning smile that you will be proud to show off, schedule a consultation for a smile makeover. We offer CareCredit® and in-house financing to help put your smile goals within your budget.

Snap-On Smile®

Snap-On Smile® is a customized dental appliance that provides an easy way to conceal imperfections in your smile. For patients who desire the benefits of cosmetic dental treatments without the time and expense, Snap-On Smile® can give you an instant smile makeover. Your Snap-On Smile® slips over your teeth like a glove, effectively covering discoloration, cracks, chips, gaps, and more. It is also easily removable, so you can choose to wear it whenever you want your smile to be sensational.

Snap-On Smile® Is a Fast, Affordable Way to Get a Gorgeous Grin

42970834-xs Dentists have many options available to them to enhance patients’ smiles. With modern cosmetic dentistry, we can effectively straighten teeth, close gaps, conceal chips, and whiten. However, not all patients are willing or able to commit to the time and expense that these treatments require. That’s why we are happy to be able to provide an alternative that patients can obtain quickly, easily, and at a much lower cost. Snap-On Smile® is a customized dental appliance offered by Mission Viejo, CA, dentist Richard K. Hada. Made from strong, thin material that fits snugly over your own teeth, the appliance is comfortable, removable, and can give you an instantly enhanced smile. To find out more about this fantastic cosmetic option, contact our office today.

About Snap-On Smile®

Snap-On Smile® was developed by a dentist through years of extensive research and development. The lab that crafts the appliance is the same facility that makes the popular LUMINEERS® brand porcelain veneers. The intention was to provide an easy, affordable solution for a greater variety of patients living with cosmetic dental imperfections. Because it fits closely over your own teeth, it does not require any adhesives or clasps. All you do is snap it in and snap it out. You can wear Snap-On Smile® while eating and drinking, but it is recommended to take it out while sleeping.

If Dr. Hada determines that you are a good candidate, getting your Snap-On Smile® takes just two easy visits. During the first visit, he will take precise impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. Two to three weeks later, you will return to try it on. If necessary, Dr. Hada will make small adjustments to ensure a snug, comfortable fit. Your improved appearance will be immediate and in many cases, dramatic.

Additional Uses

A number of dentists are also applying this technology to benefit patients who are not good candidates for extensive restorative dental procedures, but still want to have a good-looking smile. It can also be used during more involved, lengthy treatment plans such as dental implants or full mouth reconstruction to maintain aesthetics and function.

Risks and Benefits

Snap-On Smile® is completely safe, so there are essentially no risks involved. Patients only need to keep the appliance clean with a special soaking solution and anti-bacterial drops that you can purchase through the dental office.

In addition, Snap-On Smile®:

  • Can be used by younger patients whose teeth are still growing
  • Can work well for older patients who are not interested in extensive dental work
  • Is completely non-invasive and does not alter existing tooth structure
  • Does not necessitate multiple visits or staged treatments
  • Can provide an attractive replacement for a removable partial denture
  • Is self-supporting
  • Does not cover the roof of the mouth
  • Is completely painless and reversible
  • Allows you to choose the shade and style of your new smile
  • Can be a good temporary solution for patients who eventually want to have more extensive cosmetic procedures

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We are proud to offer a wonderfully versatile product that can benefit just about anyone who wants a better-looking smile. Made of high-quality materials, Snap-On Smile® comes with a limited warranty and with proper care, can work as an excellent short- or long-term solution. To find out if Snap-On Smile® is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada today.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is one of the simplest cosmetic dentistry procedures, yet it can have a significant impact on the appearance of your smile. Dental bonding uses a composite resin, hardened by a special dental lamp, to correct flaws in your teeth, including chips, deep-set stains, and cracks. Like veneers, dental bonding can even change the length and shape of your teeth, and close small gaps. No anesthesia is required, and the procedure can be completed in one appointment. Dental bonding is an easy, affordable, and long-lasting aesthetic solution.

Improve Your Smile Affordably With Dental Bonding

If you have small imperfections like chips or cracks, consider dental bonding. Like porcelain veneers and crowns, dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that can refine the appearance of your smile. The great thing about bonding is that it is comparably very conservative and cost-effective. If dental bonding is right for you, Mission Viejo dentist Dr. Richard Hada can expertly apply composite resin to make small flaws disappear. This simple technique can also be used to improve the color and shape of individual teeth. To learn how bonding can upgrade your smile, contact us today.

Candidates for Dental Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is best suited to small alterations in areas that sustain low bite pressure (such as the front teeth). It can be especially helpful for patients who plan to have more extensive cosmetic work done at some point, but would still like their smile to look the best it can. Dr. Hada uses this versatile procedure to:

  • Fill gaps between teeth
  • Contour small or misshapen teeth to look more pleasing
  • Cover stains or discoloration that do not respond to teeth whitening
  • Repair cracks and chips
  • Elongate the appearance of worn teeth

Your candidacy will also depend on the type, location, and extent of any damage to the tooth. After performing a careful evaluation, Dr. Hada may recommend a veneer or a crown instead of bonding in order to achieve a successful restoration.

The Bonding Procedure

Depending on the size of the treatment area, bonding takes between 30 minutes and one hour for each tooth, and no anesthesia is required. Using a shade guide, Dr. Hada will select a color of composite resin that will blend naturally with your smile. Next, he will very lightly etch the surface of the tooth and apply a bonding agent. The putty-like resin material will be applied, and Dr. Hada will carefully sculpt it to achieve the desired result. Once this step is complete, he will use a special dental lamp with a curing light to bond the material to the tooth. Lastly, he will make any fine adjustments necessary before polishing the tooth to a natural-looking sheen.

Pros and Cons

Dental bonding is a very popular procedure due to its many benefits, including:

  • Simple, economical way to conceal imperfections
  • No need to remove any of the tooth’s structure
  • Can correct deep-set stains better than bleaching
  • Immediate, long-lasting improvement
  • May be covered by dental insurance if the damage resulted from trauma
  • Can be combined with other cosmetic enhancements such as teeth whitening and Invisalign® for a customized smile makeover
  • You should also weigh the cons of bonding. Compared to porcelain crowns and veneers, bonding:

  • Is not quite as durable or lifelike
  • Does not resist stains as well
  • Can potentially break off a portion of the tooth

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Cosmetic dental bonding can be an excellent way to renew your smile and boost your self-confidence. To find out more, or schedule a consultation, please contact our practice today.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening offers a number notable benefits including:

  • Simple, safe way to noticeably brighten your smile
  • Natural teeth will never look fake even with maximum whitening
  • Newer methods reduce tooth sensitivity with thicker gels and desensitizers
  • Lightening teeth can take years off your appearance
  • Fast way to get a dazzling smile

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A beautiful, white smile can boost your confidence and lead to more smiles. To explore your options for teeth whitening, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada today.

Gum Reshaping

A symmetrical, well-placed gum line can create a beautiful frame for your teeth, and some patients are unhappy with the appearance of their smile because of excess or uneven gum tissue. A gum line that extends too low can make teeth look small and contribute to a “gummy smile.” Dr. Hada uses a gentle diode laser to perform gum reshaping, a technique that can make a remarkable difference in your appearance. Advancements in laser therapy have made gum contouring quick and painless, minimizing bleeding and a lengthy recovery period.

Balance Your Smile with Gum Reshaping

165450710-s Your gums are an important part of your smile. If just the right amount shows and appears smooth and symmetrical, they will frame your teeth and complement your smile. If, however, your gum line is uneven or comes down too low, it can detract from your smile and may make your teeth appear small. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile due to excess or uneven gum tissue, there is a simple solution. Dr. Richard K. Hada offers gum reshaping to patients in Mission Viejo, CA to achieve a noticeable improvement in their smiles. By using a diode laser to gently reshape the gum line, Dr. Hada performs this cosmetic dentistry procedure quickly and painlessly with beautiful results. To learn more about gum reshaping, schedule a consultation today.

About Laser Gum Reshaping

Before the advent of laser dentistry, patients who wanted to improve the appearance of their gum line could have it reshaped with a scalpel. Unfortunately, treatment was associated with pain, bleeding, and a significant recovery period. The diode laser that Dr. Hada uses for gum reshaping treatment is designed for contouring soft tissue while virtually eliminating bleeding and speeding recovery time.

Using a narrow, pulsed beam of light, the laser vaporizes a limited number of cells. This gives Dr. Hada very precise control throughout the contouring process. Importantly, the laser seals the lymphatic and nerve endings while it works, which decreases inflammation and increases comfort. Typically, patients report no pain at all. The tip of the laser also sterilizes itself during operation. When used by an experienced dentist, the diode laser is extremely safe. Dr. Hada is very experienced with gum reshaping, which is sometimes called crown lengthening or a gum lift.

What to Expect

Your treatment can be accomplished with only one visit to Dr. Hada’s office. He will begin by numbing your mouth with a local anesthetic to make sure you will be comfortable. Then, depending upon your needs, he will gently remove tissue along your gum line to lengthen the amount of crown that shows, or even out your gum line for a more pleasing shape. The goal is to achieve an attractive tooth-to-gum ratio that flatters your smile. After your procedure, any discomfort should be minimal. You might have some soreness or swelling for up to a week. However, it should not interfere with normal activities like eating or speaking. Try to be gentle with brushing and flossing, and take an over-the-counter pain reliever, if needed.


Your smile is often the first thing that people notice about you, and it could leave a lasting impression. If you tend to hide your smile because it looks “gummy,” gum reshaping could make a big difference. Improving your confidence can allow you to smile more freely and be more engaged with those around you. If you choose to combine gum reshaping with other cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers, you can make over your smile into one that is truly memorable.

Make an Appointment

Dr. Hada prides himself on using proven methods and a conservative approach to give each patient the excellent results and customer service they deserve. He is trained in the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques and looks forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada, contact our office today.

Teeth Whitening

If you are concerned with dark staining or discoloration, professional teeth whitening can brighten your teeth safely and affordably. Dr. Hada offers two methods of treatment – the popular Zoom!® and KöR® systems. The premium KöR® system is effective at lightening even dark, internal stains. Both systems feature accelerated, in-office treatment that takes less than an hour, so you can achieve a lustrous, stunning smile in just a single appointment. We also offer convenient take-home kits.

Easily Brighten Your Smile With Teeth Whitening

One of the safest, most convenient ways to enhance your smile is with professional teeth whitening. Mission Viejo dentist Dr. Richard Hada offers two great whitening systems to help even patients with dark stains achieve a sparkling smile and look their very best. Professional teeth whitening removes stains and discoloration much more effectively than over-the-counter kits, and with in-office treatment your teeth can be lightened several shades in under an hour. To learn more, contact our friendly, caring staff today.

Candidates for Teeth Whitening

Most patients who are concerned with discoloration are candidates for professional teeth whitening. In the past, patients with deep, intrinsic (internal) stains, such as those caused by tetracycline, were not good candidates for teeth whitening. These patients were instead advised to choose another cosmetic dental procedure, such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers. Today, however, the KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching™ system reliably rids teeth of deep-set staining to deliver beautiful results.

Candidates for whitening should be in good oral health and have a mouth free from gum disease, worn enamel, and exposed tooth roots. Patients with these conditions will first need to undergo restorative treatment before cosmetic whitening can be performed. Finally, patients with veneers, crowns, or bonding on their anterior teeth should be aware that professional whitening will not change the color of these restorations. Patients can still choose to whiten, but the fabrication will have to be replaced to match the lighter color of the natural teeth.

How It Works

Depending on your personal preference, patients may choose in-office or at-home whitening treatment with either KöR® or Philips Zoom!® brand whitening. Patients with intrinsic staining will benefit from the KöR® Deep Bleaching system™, which includes one or two in-office whitening visits combined with at-home whitening.

In-Office Method

Also called chairside bleaching, this method is the fastest way to get results. Just prior to the procedure, you will receive a regular dental cleaning to clear away plaque and debris. Next, Dr. Hada will cover your lips and gums to protect them while leaving your teeth exposed. A whitening gel will then be applied to your teeth. The Philips Zoom!® system uses a light to activate the gel, while the KöR® system does not. The gel will be applied to your teeth for three 15-20 minute sessions. Patients who opt for chairside bleaching are advised to maintain their results with at-home whitening.

At-Home Method

Both KöR® and Philips Zoom!® use custom trays for at-home use. Dr. Hada will take impressions of your teeth to make your unique, form-fitting trays that will hold bleaching gel in place during treatment. There are slightly different guidelines for at-home bleaching with KöR® and Philips Zoom!® that Dr. Hada will explain when you begin your treatment.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening offers a number notable benefits including:

  • Simple, safe way to noticeably brighten your smile
  • Natural teeth will never look fake even with maximum whitening
  • Newer methods reduce tooth sensitivity with thicker gels and desensitizers
  • Lightening teeth can take years off your appearance
  • Fast way to get a dazzling smile

Contact Us

A beautiful, white smile can boost your confidence and lead to more smiles. To explore your options for teeth whitening, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada today.