Have you ever thought of straitening your teeth without wires or metal brackets? Now there is a clear metal less method that is changing how people are straitening their teeth. Invisalign or clear braces are a set of aligners that are custom made for each patient. Invisalign corrects crowding, gaps, and overbites. invisalign_zps02dedf33

It starts with a dental consultation and your dentist evaluating your teeth. The dentist will determine the estimated length of the Invisalign treatment, and will tell you why he recommends invisalign for you. After your dentist creates a treatment plan for you then an impression will be taken. Along with an impression there will be photos and x-rays that have to be taken. All the gathered information will be sent to the lab. The lab will then create a clin check review. The clin check is a 3D model of your teeth that show the beginning stage and ending stage of the invisalign treatment. Once the dentist approves the clin check your aligners will be fabricated.

The following appointment will be the delivery day. On this date your dentist will place attachments on your teeth. The attachments are a composite resin material same color of your tooth. They are placed in strategic positions that will move the tooth in the position that it was treatment planned. In some instances, if Interproximal reduction is needed it will be done. Interproximal reduction is needed to create spaces, this will allow the teeth to move. The aligner will be delivered along with some instructions.

The Invisalign aligners have to be worn for at least 22 hours a day. It is only to be removed when eating or drinking fluids. After it is removed you have to brush and floss and place the aligner back in the mouth. The more you wear the aligner the faster the result is. To clean the Invisalign aligner, you can use a regular toothbrush and brush the inside and outside of the aligner. You can also rinse it in water but never leave it in mouthwash. The mouthwash or other liquid will darken the aligner.

The pros of having invisalign is that is clear and it’s aligning your teeth into position. You don’t have to worry about any metal in your mouth, or wires poking your cheek. Brushing your teeth and keeping a good oral hygiene with invisalign is easier than traditional braces. The cons of having invisalign is that in order for it to work the patient must wear the aligner as much as possible.Not all patients are candidates for invisalign. If you have any questions regarding invisalign or want to schedule a FREE Invisalign consult, you can contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari office Smiles on Bristol Dentistry.  /contact-us/

Mouth rinse



Mouth rinse


Mouth rinse or mouth wash is a common product use for oral hygiene. Mouth rinses or mouth wash are used for variety of reasons such as to help prevent tooth decay, reduce plaque, reduce gingivitis, and more importantly freshens breath. There are also mouth wash or rinses that are used for cosmetic reasons such as whitening teeth. Most mouthwashes are available without prescription, and your dentist can recommend what type of mouth wash or rinse works best for you.

Mouth rinses or mouth washes are made of basic ingredients such as water, alcohol, cleansing agents, flavoring and coloring agents, the active ingredients will depend on the type of mouth rinse. Some mouth rinses also come with fluoride to make the tooth more resistant to decay. There are also some mouth rinses that contain no alcohol and are made for adult and children. The antimicrobial part in the mouth rinse help reduce plaque and severity of gingivitis.

There are two types of mouth rinses, there is cosmetic and therapeutic. The cosmetic mouth rinses temporarily control or minimizes bad breath but doesn’t deal with the causes of bad breath. Cosmetic mouth rinses do not help reduce plaque, gingivitis, or caries. Therapeutic mouth rinses help reduce plaque, gingivitis, cavities and bad breath. Some therapeutic mouth rinses help fight plaque that is present in the mouth, if plaque is left in the mouth it can cause periodontal problems and other oral problems. mouth-rinse

Mouth rinse can be done after or before brushing, but it is not a substitute from brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing should be done daily at least two times a day. Brushing and flossing should remove any plaque that are on the teeth, mouth rinse will help for oral hygiene. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation with our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari please contact your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry.Contact Us





Extrusion is the displacement of a tooth out of its socket. An injury to the tooth can cause partial or total separation of the tooth from the ligaments. This can cause the tooth to become loose or in worse can scenario lose the tooth completely. In a visual examination when there is extrusion in a tooth, it will appear as if the tooth is elongated and loose. In a radiograph extrusion  will show and increased periodontal space between tooth and socket.

The treatment for extrusion will depend on if its primary or permanent dentition. For primary dentition if it’s a minor extrusion under 3 mm the tooth can be reposition or it can be left in the same place of the extrusion. If the extrusion is severe or patient is uncooperative extraction should be considered. If your child just had an injury you can place a wet cloth over the mouth, and take your child to the dentist. If your child is having discomfort ,you can provide relief by giving children’s pain medication.e3-extrusion

Treatment for extrusion on permanent teeth differ from primary teeth. If the extrusion accident is recent is very important to see your dentist as soon as possible. The tooth should be repositioned using slow finger pressure. Your dentist will then use a flexible splint to hold the tooth in position. The splint will be left in place for about 2 weeks.

The patients have to follow post op instructions after placement of splint. it is recommended to eat soft foods for 1 week, trying not to apply to much pressure on the tooth that is injured. The healing will also depend on how well the patient takes care of the site. Brushing and flossing gently and using an antibiotic rinse to prevent plaque and debris will increase the chance of the tooth staying in place.

In some cases in order to save the tooth your dentist will decide if a root canal treatment is needed. An injury is un preventable, but caries and tartar are. If you want to schedule an appointment with our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Kalantari you can contact your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us





Inlay/Onlay are restorations that are placed to replace missing tooth structure. Inlays and onlays are more conservative that full coverage dental crowns. They only replace the missing tooth structure that has been cause from decay, fractured tooth, or other damages to the tooth. Dental inlays and onlays are recommended when a patient has large decay on the tooth structure and cannot be treated successfully with a dental filling, but haven enough healthy tooth structure to avoid a dental crown. This treatment allows the dentist to conserve more of the patient’s tooth structure.

The benefits in having an inlay/ onlay rather than a dental filling are that they are made with very durable solid materials such as porcelain or gold, these materials can last up to thirty years in the mouth if taken care of properly. Inlays/ onlays help strengthen teeth, they also prolong tooth life and prevent any future dental treatment if inlay/onlay is finish correctly. The lifespan of a regular dental filling can be from eight to ten years, and the material is not as strong as the inlay/onlay material. Dental fillings such as composite or amalgam shrink a few percent in volume during hardening, inlays/ onlays exclude this problem.

The difference between an inlay/onlay will be on the surface of the missing tooth structure. The inlay is similar to a dental filling it fits inside the top edges of the tooth. The onlay is inlay-onlay-in-turkeyrecommended when a top edge of the tooth is missing. Onlay is similar to replacing the wall of the tooth. The treatment is similar to a dental crown preparation but instead of preparing the whole tooth they prepare the area where the inlay/ onlay will be placed. An impression is taken and sent to the dental laboratory for fabrication, the inlay/ onlay will be cemented on a following visit. The inlay/onlay blends will have a natural appearance.

To maintain your new dental inlay/onlay you will have to care for it like if it was your natural tooth. Brushing and flossing daily to maintain good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits. If you would like to schedule an appointment with our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari please contact your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us




Pericoronitis is when gum tissue becomes red, swollen and infected around the 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) area. These are the final set of molars that begin to erupt in the late teen or early twenties. Usually when there isn’t enough space for the 3rd molar to erupt, it will only grow partially out of the tissue or in some cases it will not grow at all. When it does grow partially out of the tissue it can create a flap on the area where the tooth is erupting. This flap or gum tissue can hold bacteria and food particles causing the area to become swollen and infected. In some instances, pericoronitis can occur on a wisdom tooth that is still under the gums. The symptoms desk-topfor pericoronitis can be pain and swollen tissue, bad smell or taste in the mouth, discharge of pus near the tooth area, difficulty opening mouth and feeling ill. Pericoronitis can be diagnose by visiting your dental office, in the visit your dentist will recommend an x-ray and will evaluate visually and look for any red, swollen, or pus around the wisdom tooth. Pericoronitis can be treated by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. This is of course if the redness and swollenness has not spread. If the infection is growing your dentist can treat the infection with antibiotics. If inflammation is severe and pericoronitis recurs it may be necessary to have oral surgery to remove gum flap or wisdom tooth. Once the flap or the wisdom tooth is removed you shouldn’t have a problem with pericoronitis. If the wisdom tooth is removed it is highly recommended to extract the opposing wisdom tooth so that you won’t bite down on the tissue. The dentist might also prescribe pain medication to help relieve some pain. You can prevent pericoronitis by maintaining good oral hygiene and making sure that no food particles and bacteria do not accumulate under the flap when there is a wisdom tooth erupting. If you are experiencing some pericoronitis symptoms you can always contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Kalantari or your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us

Dental Implants


Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jaw, this artificial root will hold the replacement tooth or bridge. Dental Implants are an option for patients that have missing teeth or tooth due to periodontal disease, injury or other reasons. Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are good long term options for restoring your smile.

There are two common types of dental implants that are placed in the jaw. There is Endosteal (in the bone) and Subperiosteal (on the bone). Endosteal is the most common used implants, they come in various forms like screws, or cylinders. Each implant holds a prosthetic tooth or teeth. Subperiosteal are placed on top of the jaw usually in metal framework post coming out through the gums to hold the prosthesis. This type of implant is placed on patients that are unable to wear conventional dentures due to minimal bone height.

dental-implants-preciseThe dental implant procedure is done in several appointments. It begins with your dentist surgically placing the dental implant into the jawbone. It takes a few months for the bone to accept the implant.This step is called Osseointegration which means combines with bone. Next a healing abutment is placed and the patient waits a few weeks after the healing abutment for the next step. The next step is placing the artificial tooth or teeth, this tooth will be based on the size, shape, and color of your other teeth. The replacement tooth is deisgned to blend in with your other teeth. This procedure takes a couple of months, meanwhile your dentist will give you a temporary crown , bridge or denture to replace the missing tooth/ teeth.

The advantages of dental implants are they improve your appearance, the implant replacement tooth feel and look like your own teeth. Dental Implants are very durable, they can last many years with good care they can last a lifetime. They are also very comfortable, they become part of you and feel like your natural teeth.

Dental Implants are not for everybody, and patients with uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, or heavy smoking should be evaluated on an individual basis. Most patients are able to get dental implants, they just need to have enought bone to hold the implant and healthy gums. In Santa Ana Smiles on Bristol Dr. Danial Kalantari evalautes each patient by individual basis. If you would like to schedule a dental implant evaluation please contact your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us


Composite Resin

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Composite Resin


Composite resin also known as (white fillings) is a special material your dentist uses to replace loss tooth structure. Composite material is made of ceramic and plastic compounds. This material restores tooth structure that’s loss from tooth decay or it can also be used for cosmetic improvements. Composite fillings are being used more than any other type of fillings, this is because patients want something that looks natural in their mouth. At Smiles on Bristol Dentistry Dr. Danial Kalantari prefers to use composite fillings for his patients.

How are composite fillings placed? Composite fillings not always require anesthetic; this is because they are chemically bonded to the tooth. The anesthetic will be administered if the decay has grown beneath the enamel layer. After the anesthetic (if necessary) your dentist will begin to remove the affected part, your dentist will then place an acid etch on the tooth to prep the tooth for bonding, after the bonding the composite material is placed and then set with a special light. Last the dentist will adjust the filling according to the occlusion of the teeth.compositeFilling2

What are the advantages of composite fillings? The main advantage of having tooth colored fillings are the aesthetics. White fillings also require less tooth structure to be removed, providing further support. Composite can be used not just to fix dental caries it can also repair chipped, broken or worn teeth. This type of fillings also hardens in seconds unlike amalgam fillings that need hours to completely set.

What are the disadvantages? Some disadvantages are that after composite fillings you may experience sensitivity. Tooth colored fillings wear out sooner than amalgam fillings on average they last about 5 years and the amalgam 10-15. Composite will increase the time in the chair because of the steps that are needed.

For selecting the best type of dental filling material it is best if you consult with your dentist. Strength, esthetics, and longevity will vary with different patient and situations. If you would like to schedule a dental consultation with our Santa Ana Dentist please contact your friendly dental office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry.Contact Us

Dental Health and Canker Sores

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Canker Sores


Canker sores or also known as aphthous ulcers are small ulcers that appear in the oral cavity. Canker sores are usually around 1 cm and appear in oval or round shape with a red border around them. These ulcers usually develop on the soft tissues of the mouth or at the base of your gums. The place where the sores appear sometimes makes it difficult for the patient to eat and talk normally.

The exact cause of canker sores is unknown. It is thought that simple canker sores may be related to stress. Citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables can also trigger a canker sore or make the canker sore worse. Minor injuries to the mouth may also cause canker sore, some examples are sharp tooth or a sharp or broken dental appliance. canker-sores-picture

Some common symptoms of a canker sore are tingling or burning sensation on the place where the canker sore is located. Pain or discomfort on the site of where the canker sore is located, it can be in the soft palate, inside the cheeks, or the roof of the mouth. In some cases, fever or swollen lymph nodes may be present.

Canker sores usually heal within a few days, and the sores starts to disappear in a week or two. Keeping the area clean and brushing and flossing to keep the area from plaque or bacteria. If there is discomfort or pain from the sores you can decrease the pain or discomfort by gargle mouthwash or salt water. If you visit your dentist, he can prescribe you antimicrobial mouth rinse or an antibiotic.

Canker sores and cold sores are not the same. Cold sores also known as fever blisters are groups of fluid filled blisters that cause pain. Some differences are that cold sores are contagious and canker sores aren’t. Cold sores are caused by virus and the known cause for canker sores are unknown. Cold sores usually appear outside the mouth, around the lips, nose or chin, while the canker sores occur inside the mouth.

It’s a good idea to contact your dentist if you have a canker sore or sores lasting longer than 3 weeks, unusual large sores, a high fever when the canker sore appeared. If you would like to schedule a free dental consultation with our Dentist in Santa Ana Dr. Danial Kalantari please feel free to contact your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us




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Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, related to periodontal disease. If gingivitis is left untreated it can cause major dental problems. A patient with gingivitis will have swollen red gums, that most likely bleed when they brush their teeth. The beginning stages of gingivitis are the most crucial, If the gingivitis is treated early with brushing and flossing there’s a chance that it doesn’t have a negative effect on your gums. If left untreated it can lead to periodontitis, and that will affect your bone and gums.

Gingivitis is caused by plaque deposits that are on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that build up on your teeth that contain bacteria. The bacteria in the plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque that is not removed turns into calculus and that irritates the gums, causing them to become infected, swell, and tender. Plaque isn’t the only thing that causes gingivitis, certain infections also cause gums to swell and become red. Poor oral hygiene, uncontrolled diabetes, and misaligned teeth can also raise the risk of gingivitis. The hormonal changes in pregnancy can also affect the gums. gingivitis

In your dental exam your dentist will look for the following conditions, bleeding gums, swelling, and pocked depth. The pocket depth is the space between the gums and tooth, the bigger the pocket the more severe is the periodontal disease. Caries and teeth alignment are also important conditions your dentist will look for. Gingivitis can be treated at home with brushing and flossing daily to remove any plaque that’s on the teeth. Professional teeth cleanings are also a way to treat gingivitis, correcting misaligned teeth, and using antibacterial rinses can help with gingivitis.

Gingivitis can be prevented by brushing and flossing daily. Our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry recommends a check-up every six months. Antiplaque toothpaste and mouth rinses are also a good help to prevent gingivitis. If you would like to schedule an exam with your dentist in Santa Ana, Dr. Danial Kalantari please feel free to contact our office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us

Dental Emergencies

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Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can be very frightening and painful. Patients are sometimes unaware of what to do when they are involved with a dental emergency.  The best advice is to go to your dental office as soon as the dental emergency occurs. If you can’t make it to your office go to the nearest emergency room. Your dental office will usually have an emergency contact phone number to reach your dentist, if the dentist is not available. The dentist can guide you on what steps to take for your dental emergency.

The most common type of dental emergency for when patients seek dental care is an abscessed tooth. The symptoms include pain on the tooth where the abscess formed, swelling, and response to heat or cold.  This a sign that the tooth is infected and the abscess grow because the fluid has no way of releasing from the bone.  If the tooth goes untreated it may cause severe pain, especially at night time when the patient is resting.  Your dentist will treat abscess with antibiotic and dental treatment.  The dental treatment will depend on the infection and how bad the tooth is affected. dental emergency

Another type of dental emergency is Alveolitis. This is more known as dry socket, a dry socket can occur after a dental extraction. This happens when a blood clot does not form or is washed away out of the socket exposing the nerve endings. This exposure causes great discomfort and increases the chance of infections.  The way this is treated is by carefully rinsing the area and then placing a special dry socket paste.  This material can be placed for one or two days until the discomfort starts diminishing.  The patient might need to take pain medication along with the dry socket paste treatment to control discomfort.

Broken tooth is also a common dental emergency. The anterior (front) teeth are most common to become fractured or broken. The anterior teeth are more exposed, to the rest of the teeth. The fracture or broken teeth usually happen on young children when they are playing and fall or adults involved in an accident. Another common way for teeth to break is from dental caries, the tooth becomes weak and when the patients bites down on something hard the tooth breaks. This can be treated with dental treatment, and the treatment depends on how bad the fracture is and how it’s affecting the patient.

Broken Prosthesis can also be a dental emergency. This is normally not a physical pain but more concern with esthetics or loss of function. The broken prosthesis can usually be fixed in office, but for major repairs will need to be sent out to a dental lab for best results.

Temporary crowns may become loose and may require re-cementation.  These are very common to come off because they are cemented with temporary cement. If your temporary crown comes off or breaks visit your dentist for re-cementation of the crown. If you have any questions regarding any type of dental emergency please contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us