Dr. Frey utilizes two separate lasers (Argon and Diode) at his practice to assist him with cosmetic dentistry procedures that involve laser dentistry techniques.
The Argon laser is an alternative light source that is used during teeth whitening by bleaching the teeth. Dr. Frey also employs that laser to create a stronger bond during the placement of porcelain veneers by photocuring the resin composite. The Argon laser is FDA approved and available for our Los Angeles area patients.
The diode laser is considered a compact laser and is used for soft tissue laser dentistry procedures. Many patients find that laser dentistry with the diode laser is preferable to traditional dentistry due to the accuracy of the beam. Pain and swelling are greatly reduced as the laser beam’s accuracy minimizes damage to surrounding tissue. With the help of laser dentistry, several procedures can be performed during a single appointment.
“After having spent 48 years smiling with my mouth closed, you can’t imagine what a pleasure it was to discover facial muscles that I never knew I had. The first week or two after you completed rebuilding my teeth, I completely and totally enjoyed the remarks of friends and associates, such as, “Where were you that you got such a great tan?” or “Did you lose some weight?” Your work is that subtle and natural. I can’t thank you enough for your fine job. As my new movie career progresses, I promise to keep you and Stephanie informed!”
— Arthur Singer
Gummy smiles can be a source of embarrassment. They can be the result of genetics, taking certain prescription drugs, or from various health problems. In gum contouring, the gum line is raised so that more of the crown of the tooth is visible. Gum contouring makes your teeth look longer, a key to improving your smile.
Prior to the advent of dental lasers, gum contouring was done with a scalpel. As you would assume, this created a painful, lengthy recovery. Now, thanks to our laser technology, Dr. Frey’s gum contouring procedures are fast, simple, and virtually painless.
The gums and surrounding area are completely numbed prior to your procedure. Dr. Frey uses the diode laser for gum contouring. The laser energy gently cuts away excess gum tissue, creating a more uniform, natural-looking scalloped gum line.
If you are interested in laser dentistry and would like to learn more, contact our cosmetic dentist Dr. Frey by calling (310) 276-4537. Our practice serves patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and surrounding areas in Orange County.
For most patients, Invisalign takes about 12 to 18 months. However, those with very mild cases often see results within the first 6 months, while those with more severe cases may need up to 24 months. Traditional braces usually take about 12 to 18 months, with some patients needing up to 24 months. Very rarely does it take less time to treat malocclusion with traditional braces.
Some dental insurance providers will cover dental insurance, while others will not. Our office staff will be happy to contact your provider to determine coverage. We strive to help you get the most out of your benefits.
Invisalign clear aligners are not suitable for baby teeth or for teeth that are severely rotated or with large gaps between them.
Yes, you can get Invisalign treatment through a general dentist. However, it is important to make sure that they are an Invisalign provider. This is because this treatment option requires specialized treatment to ensure the best results.
Yes, Invisalign clear aligners are considered a type of orthodontic treatment. However, this option is much more comfortable, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing than traditional metal braces.
Invisalign aligners can be removed as many times as necessary- but the time should not exceed 4 hours. While the aligners need to be removed when eating/drinking or when brushing/flossing, the longer they are worn, the more effective they will be.
Patients who still have baby teeth or who have teeth with wide gaps between them or teeth that are severely rotated should not consider Invisalign treatment. It is possible to use Invisalign after other methods for more precise movements.
The success of Invisalign depends on several factors including the type and severity of the malocclusion, as well as the compliance of the patient. Most patients have been satisfied with their results.
Invisalign clear aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. Each set should be worn for 1 to 3 weeks. This will be outlined in your treatment plan, depending on the type and severity of your malocclusion.
One of the primary reasons that orthodontic treatment in general is expensive is because of the additional training the dentist needs. Invisalign is slightly more expensive due to the many benefits it brings.
One of the biggest concerns that patients have is Invisalign cost. However, the average cost is comparable to that of traditional braces. Unfortunately, while many dental insurance providers will cover a portion of treatment, many others still classify this as a cosmetic procedure and will not cover any portion of it.
If you do not have insurance or if your provider does not cover treatment, we offer some financing options as well.
The cost of Invisalign treatment varies depending on several factors including the type and severity of your malocclusion the location of the clinic and the experience/expertise of the dentist. The average cost in California ranges from around $4,500 to $9,000, which is slightly higher than the national average.