Give Me A Smile!

 

We all have things we do before any big date or important event. The checklist includes various personal hygiene and beauty procedures that ensure we show up feeling confident. While many of us feel that we can boost our confidence through grooming, we may have reservations about our smiles. If we felt more confident about our teeth, we would be more willing to smile, and consequently, have a better time when we went out.

I got my first teeth whitening five years ago. After my dentist, Dr. Joe D’Angelo  finished making my personalized bleaching trays, I owned a set that would fit precisely on my teeth for as long as I need them. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to whiten my smile in my own home. All I had to do was put the bleaching solution in the trays, pop the trays in my mouth, and sleep in them. The next morning, I woke up to a sparkling white smile.

This simple procedure has made a difference in the way I smile every day. I love getting compliments on my smile. I do touch-up whitening using my trays before big interviews, parties, and dates with my boyfriend. On our first date, I felt that I could smile and laugh with no restraints because I was confident in my smile. He loved my big smile from the first date! In fact, he loved it so much that after a few dates with me, he made an appointment to get bleaching trays from Dr. Joe D’Angelo, too. Being able to smile together with no restraints is a something that I am grateful for. It is amazing how smiling, like laughing, is contagious.

-VK

www.joethedentist.com

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25 Years, Then and Now

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June 26th, 1990. That is the day that I hung my “shingle” in La Jolla and I saw my first patient. At the time, it was just myself and one incredible assistant helping me. The practice grew quickly and my little 800 square foot practice quickly doubled in size. That charming old building, which was home to a handful of long-time medical professionals, is now long gone, making room for newer condos.
Relocation to our current space proved to be a great move, enabling us to propel our small practice to a much more modern and efficient office.
Dentistry has changed tremendously over the years as well. It was not long after opening our doors that we stopped offering silver mercury fillings as on option. There was too much controversy over the potential toxicity for ourselves and our patients. White fillings were, and still are, performing beautifully. The techniques for esthetic veneers, bonding, and bleaching were evolving rapidly and we were able to provide spectacular smile makeovers for many patients. Cosmetic dentistry changed both the expectations of our patients as well as everyone in the dental profession. Cosmetic dentists realized that all restorations from the simplest to the most sophisticated needed to be not only detailed in their accuracy and reliable, but also completely natural looking.
As dental implant designs improved, I saw the opportunity to be able to provide patients with solutions to the very challenging problem of replacing missing teeth with something strong, reliable and natural looking without the unnecessary preparation of other teeth. Bridges, both fixed and removable, were unattractive, not reliable enough, and were damaging to nearby teeth in the mouth. I am convinced that implant dentistry has been the most important advancement in the field of dentistry since the introduction of local anesthetics.
Over the years we have also seen many changes that improved the experience and safety for our patients. Digital x-rays replaced film based imaging. They are extremely detailed and provide instant results with a small fraction of the radiation. 3D imaging has enabled us to understand anatomy and pathology to a much greater level, creating better diagnosis and safer implant planning. Invisalign has helped countless adults straighten their teeth without embarrassing metal hardware. Lasers have been a great adjunct in managing gum tissue health. Simple sedation solutions have made helping many people with complex needs or anxieties much more comfortable. The list goes on and on.
After 25 years, I can truly say that dentistry continues to get more and more interesting. Now, along with my partner, Dr. Olson, we are planning another expansion of our office, in an effort to reach more people, offer more services and provide an even better experience. The future is as exciting as ever. I am extraordinarily grateful to La Jolla, our wonderful team, and all of our patients for their years of support and friendship.

Dr. Joseph D’Angelo and Dr. Ashley Olson,

La Jolla Dentistry

www.joethedentist.com

1111 Torrey Pines Rd.  La Jolla, CA  92037

(858) 459-6224