Paraiso Family Dental & Orthodontics Blog

The Midlife Makeover: Achieving a Better Smile with Braces

September 15, 2023

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A man smiling with adult braces

If you grew up in a home in the 70s and 80s with little money or support, you may not have been able to get all of the dental care you needed. The good news is that it’s never too late to invest in your smile. Whether you’re looking to correct long-standing dental issues or boost your confidence, braces can be a game-changer, even if you’re over 40.

If you’re looking for some reasons to finally get braces, continue reading.


How Can I Fix Gaps Between My Front Teeth?

July 31, 2023

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Smiling young woman with gapped front teethGaps between your front teeth don’t have to be the focal point of your smile. You have more options than ever before to close the space and fix other bite and alignment problems. Misaligned teeth are more than an aesthetic problem. They can increase your risk of preventable dental problems, like cavities and gum disease. You can invest in a healthy, beautiful smile with 4 options for straight teeth.


Summer Food Tips While Wearing Braces During the Summer

May 18, 2023

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a teenager eating summer foods that are good for braces

Summertime fun is quickly approaching! There are so many wonderful moments to enjoy with your family and friends, such as backyard barbeques, days on the beach, and overseas travel. And the one thing you can count on at all these special events is delicious food! However, if you wear braces, you may feel there aren’t a lot of options for you. The truth is that there are many summer foods you can eat as you straighten your teeth. Here are some of the best choices, as well as ones to steer clear of.


Helping Veterans Smile Giveaway

April 18, 2023

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Our country’s Veterans need help.

While we have always supported our active-duty military patients with care packages and discounts for their families as well as veterans, we have decided we want to do more.

After placing life and limb on the line to protect our freedoms and way of life, our military service men and women come home to limited government budgets and long waitlists at the VA.  The news is full of stories about veterans who have needlessly suffered this neglect and it’s heartbreaking that these heroes, the very souls who have so valiantly served our great nation, are forgotten, cast aside, and left to fend for themselves.

That’s why this Veteran’s Day, we’re asking for your help to serve those who have served us.


How to Speed Up Invisalign Treatment

March 23, 2023

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Woman holding Invisalign alignerIf you’re ready to invest in a straight smile, Invisalign is a discreet and convenient solution to fix your bite and alignment. Although treatment is often shorter than with metal braces, it can be difficult waiting to see your results. However, patience is essential because you don’t want to rush the process. Here’s what you need to know to ensure there aren’t any delays in your journey to a straight smile.


4 Questions to Ask During a Cosmetic Dental Consultation

August 4, 2022

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patient smiling during cosmetic dental consultation in Thousand Oaks

Are you interested in enhancing your smile with cosmetic dentistry? If so, then you’ll want to schedule an initial consultation with your dentist. During this appointment, they’ll be able to assess your oral health and understand your specific smile goals. This is also the perfect time for you to understand as much as possible about your treatment before committing to any procedures. Read on to learn four essential questions you should ask your dentist during your cosmetic dental consultation!


The Evolution of Dental Implants and How We Benefit Today

May 10, 2022

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Model of dental implant sitting in jawline

It may seem like a modern concept, but dental implants have been around for longer than you’d guess. And unlike what’s used at your dentist’s office, they weren’t always made of zirconia or titanium. In fact, you will be surprised to learn some of the materials that early teeth were made from. Is your interest peaked? Keep reading to learn the origins of tooth replacement, and how we have the technology that we utilize today.


Why People with Full Dentures Still Need to Visit the Dentist

February 21, 2022

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patient attending dental checkup with dentures

Every six months, you should visit your dentist for a checkup. During this appointment, you will have your teeth thoroughly cleaned and your dentist will examine your oral cavity. If you have full dentures, you may think that there’s no reason for you to visit the dentist. After all, why bother if you don’t have any teeth left to lose? Read on to learn why dental checkups with dentures are still an important part of keeping your mouth healthy.


Can Vaping CBD Cause Gum Disease?

January 12, 2022

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closeup of person vaping CBD

Cannabidiol, also called CBD, is a compound that’s found in the cannabis sativa plant. Though this is a type of marijuana, it doesn’t contain the compound in cannabis that gets people “high,” which is called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Taking CBD makes users feel relaxed and can help control mental health and sleep issues like depression, anxiety, and insomnia. It can also be used to treat some epilepsy syndromes, PTSD symptoms, opioid addictions, ALS symptoms, unmanageable pain, diabetic complications, and more. Though CBD offers a range of benefits to one’s overall wellbeing, how does vaping it impact your oral health? Read on to learn why vaping can be bad news for your pearly whites and how to keep your smile healthy.


Why Is the TikTok Trend “Veneers Check” Problematic?

December 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drchaffee @ 8:28 pm
women looking at social media on smartphone

Even if you aren’t on TikTok, odds are someone close to you spends too much time on the smartphone app each day watching short videos. It’s an insanely popular social media platform with over 850 million users worldwide, serving as the home to many emerging video trends. Some have even made headlines, but not for the reasons you might think.

Dentists are sounding the alarm on one of the latest dental TikTok trends – the “Veneers Check” challenge – claiming it’s highly misleading and encouraging people to make irreversible mistakes. Learn more about this prime example of dangerous dental trends from your dentist in Newbury Park.   

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