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January 15, 2021
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 A Beautiful Smile 

A beautiful smile is a call or text away. We have the best technology in the world and can take your chipped, crooked, or stained smile and turn it into a beautiful grin that others will envy you for.

From porcelain veneers and clear plastic braces to dental implants and same day dentistry there is no end to what the Pasadena cosmetic dentists can do for you and your oral health.


CEREC Same Day Dental Crowns

Fast forward to the 21st century and patients can have a new dental crown in a couple of hours using CEREC. CEREC is a remarkable chairside technique that creates beautiful custom crowns in house. From digital pictures to in house milling, you won’t believe your beautiful new crown that eliminates the need for messy impressions as well.


Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is another procedure that you can complete in a single dental appointment. Chairside tooth whitening is an excellent way to lighten teeth up to 10 shades and only takes about 60 minutes.

Of course, if you can afford to wait, talk to Dr. Paul Shinto and his team in Pasadena about custom made whitening trays. These trays are made to lighten teeth over time and will give you a Movie Star smile in as little as two weeks.


Tooth Colored Fillings

Inlays and onlays fit over and around slightly damaged teeth. Both of these types of restorations are completed in a single dental appointment using dental grade resin made to match the color of your teeth.

A beautiful smile is yours for the keeping thanks to Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Kyle S. Low, and Dr. Bert K. Funatsu. Call and schedule an appointment with one of the experts from Paul P. Shinto DDS today.

Mail Order Braces Aren’t All That

Mail order braces are popping up everywhere. You see ads for clear braces on social media and all over the net. However, mail order braces aren’t all they are cracked up to be and could actually harm your smile.


The Problem with Braces on the Internet

Invisible braces will not suit everyone. People with severe under and over bites and people who have large spaces between teeth may not be eligible candidates for clear braces. However, those people can still order braces online.

All anyone has to do is send in some pictures and voila, your new clear braces will be shipped to you for use. It really is just like that.

With mail order braces, there is no consultation with a dentist or orthodontist, and no one to tell you that you shouldn’t wear clear braces.

Sadly, ill fitting braces, whether they are removable or not, can harm your smile by overcrowding or pushing your teeth into a position that they shouldn’t be in.


The Best Solution for Crooked Teeth

If you have mild to moderate tipped or crooked teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kyle Low is our Invisalign specialist. As Dr. Low is a licensed and preferred Gold Status Invisalign® provider, you know that you are getting the best care possible.

If you follow Dr. Shinto’s Blog, you will remember that Invisalign® is a clear braces prescription that is custom made to suit your smile. With Invisalign®, you are in the driver’s seat, as you will have x-rays, digital pictures and a doctor’s recommendation.

Worn 22 hours every day Invisalign® takes between 6 to 12 months to complete. You remove your clear aligners when you eat, drink, brush, and floss.

You will be prescribed between 11 and 31 sets of aligners that you swap out every 7 to 14 days. You will only need to see your Pasadena dentist every six weeks to make sure everything is going to plan.


Invisalign® for the Best Smile

Just like mail order braces, Invisalign® isn’t for everyone. Only a licensed and preferred clear braces provider can determine if you and Invisalign® are a good fit.

If you have been thinking about mail order braces, think again and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of dentists. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry because mail order braces could cause you more harm than good.

Call for a no obligation Invisalign® virtual consultation in Pasadena today.







November 20, 2020
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CEREC® Pasadena for a Remarkable Smile

CEREC® is a remarkable treatment that replaces dental crowns in a single day. Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEREC®, utilizes same day dentistry technology making the entire dental crown process easier..


CEREC® for Dental Crowns

CEREC® is made from biocompatible dental materials matched to the rest of your smile. If you and your team of Pasadena dentists determine that you are a good candidate for CEREC®, digital pictures and impressions are taken before being sent to a computer that is loaded with the CEREC® software. Once your dentist is satisfied with the results the images are downloaded to the onsite-milling machine for fabrication. As you can imagine, this makes the entire process more streamlined and less time consuming.


Conventional Dental Crowns take Time

Conventional metal to porcelain and metal crowns require two, or sometimes three dental appointments. CEREC® is completed in a single dental visit. Conventional crowns require messy impressions; same day dentistry uses digital impressions. Metal to porcelain and metal crowns also require temporary crowns. Again, CEREC® is completed in a single dental visit and requires no temporary crowns.



Because you don’t require multiple dental visits with CEREC.  When you weigh out your time and commitment CEREC® is the more affordable way to go.


Is CEREC® for Everyone?

According to Dr. Paul Shinto and Dr. Kyle Low, same day dentistry is the perfect solution for many. However, you will need to schedule an appointment to be sure.

Same day dental crowns repair a multitude of problems including chipped and cracked teeth and teeth that are badly stained. Your Pasadena dentist may also recommend CEREC® for old dental crowns, inlays and onlays.

Learn More from your Pasadena Dentist

If you would like to learn more about CEREC®, call and schedule an appointment today.


Replacing Old Dental Restorations: Is it Necessary?

Having dental restorations checked regularly is important for both oral and overall health. Old dental restorations can be problematic and can leak, causing decay, which can lead to more serious problems.


How Old is Old?

Fillings can last between 7 and 15 to 20 years or more depending on the size and location and the type of dental filling material that the dentist used. It also depends on how well you have done with your oral hygiene.

Dental crowns and other restorations are the same. It really depends on how diligent you are with brushing, flossing, diet, and dental visits. If you take good care of your restorations, they may never need to be replaced, especially if you do not grind or clench your teeth.

Dental implants on the other hand can potentially last for the rest of your life. Of course, you must practice good oral hygiene if you want your dental implants to endure, as they too can be lost for various reasons.


Old Cosmetic Restorations

Porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns, and other types of restorations have been around for well over a decade and like most things will begin to age. Cosmetic dental restorations that are stained, chipped, or cracked need to be repaired or replaced to avoid further damage.

If you would like to learn more about replacing old dental restorations, call and talk to a team member from Dr. Paul Shinto’s dental office in Pasadena today.

September 30, 2020
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CEREC® for an Incredible Experience

CEREC® is a remarkable dental procedure that happens in a single dental visit. However, not all dentists have what it takes to provide you with chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics.

Preferred CEREC® providers in Pasadena have had the CEREC® training and have purchased the equipment.  

Providing an additional service is incredible, especially if that service is completed in one dental appointment. Being a CEREC® provider gives patients an option when it comes to dental crowns.


CEREC® Saves Time and Money

Because CEREC® is completed in a single dental appointment there is usually no need for temporary crowns or additional appointments. That in itself really says it all, especially if you have to take time off from work for dental work.

The CEREC® process is completed in about two hours at your Pasadena dental office. There is no need to travel for additional x-rays and impressions.


The CEREC® Process

If you and your dentist in Pasadena determine you and CEREC® are a good fit, a color is chosen for the crown that best matches the rest of your natural smile. Once the color is picked, pictures are taken of the damaged tooth.

Because CEREC® is so thorough you won’t have to worry about goopy and messy impressions that often times cause gagging. There are no messy and uncomfortable impressions with CEREC®.

After your images are sent to the computer, the CEREC® software does the rest giving Dr. Paul Shinto and his team the opportunity to make any necessary adjustments. Once your CEREC® dentist in Pasadena has approved the final images they are sent to the in house milling machine for manufacture.


CEREC® in a Day is Amazing

When your new dental crown is finished your Pasadena dentist will check it for fit and color. If satisfied, the crown is permanently cemented into place. After placement, your new dental crown is polished and shined to perfection.

One of the biggest advantages of CEREC® is time and money. However, those aren’t the only reasons to consider one-day dentistry for your smile.

Dr. Shinto and Dr. Low explain that one-day crowns provide instant relief for teeth that are cracked, broken, or chipped, restoring immediate functionality to your teeth and gums.

If you would like to learn more about same day dentistry in Pasadena with CEREC®, call and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dr. Shinto or Dr. Low.

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