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While some may think those online removable braces are a good idea, your dentist in Pasadena disagrees. Without supervision, you could cause permanent damage to your teeth and gums, but that’s not the only issue with mail order braces.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong with Mail Order Braces?

According to Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists, plenty.

Mail order braces are made from a photo and impression that you take yourself. Once you send the information to the clear braces company, your sets of aligners are made and sent directly to your home. Of course, you are probably saying that’s great, but in reality, it isn’t great at all. Firstly, there are no x-rays taken. Secondly, there is no consultation with a real doctor.

More Issues with Mail Order Braces

Your Pasadena dentist explains that clear braces move bones, not just teeth. While the cost of mail order braces may be enticing, doing it yourself could end up costing you far more than you had bargained for.

Any type of orthodontic treatment that isn’t carried out property could result in occlusion and even tooth loss, not to mention gum recession and root damage. Dr. Paul Shinto explains that orthodontic treatment is complicated and should only be carried out by a professional provider.

No Supervision with Mail Order Braces

Dr. Paul Shinto is a licensed and preferred provider of the Invisalign® clear braces system and while you won’t have to see him every two weeks as you would with conventional wires and brackets, you will still need to see him every month or so to make sure your Invisalign® treatment is going according to plan.

Don’t Risk Online Braces

Your smile is permanent; don’t risk damaging it with mail order braces and talk to your Pasadena dentist. Dr. Paul Shinto and his team will be able to determine if you are a good fit for Invisalign®.

Call for an Invisalign® consultation today.

A beautiful smile doesn’t have to take months, even if you have cracked or chipped teeth. Thanks to the revolutionary chairside dentistry offered by your Pasadena dentist, you can have an eye-catching grin in a single dental appointment.


Remarkable Chairside Dentistry in Pasadena


Dr. Paul Shinto and his team are one of the few dental practices in Pasadena who offer CEREC®, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. CEREC ® repairs chipped, cracked, and broken teeth and can even fill small spaces between teeth and brighten teeth that cannot be lightened with professional tooth whitening products.


How Does CEREC® Work?


CEREC® machines rely on 3D digital scans to create long lasting dental restorations such as crowns, fillings, inlays, and onlays. The machine will create the size and shape of your tooth while matching it to the color of your natural teeth. All of this is done in a single dental appointment.


What is the CEREC® Process?


If you and your team of Pasadena dentists decide that CEREC® is a good fit for you and your smile, digital pictures are the first step in the process. Digital pictures eliminate the need for messy and goopy dental impressions.


Once the pictures are created, your dentist in Pasadena will send the images to the in-house milling machine for manufacture. Once your new dental restoration is ready, it will be checked for fit and color before being cemented into place.


Do CEREC® Crowns Look Natural?


CEREC® crowns are made from dental products that mimic the same reflections as natural teeth. In other words, your new crowns will look natural and because there is no metal involved, you won’t have to worry about a black line above your dental crown.


Is CEREC® Available Everywhere?


Because CEREC® is a specialty and requires further education and training not every dentist in Pasadena is a preferred provider. CEREC® also requires additional equipment.


If you would like to learn more about CEREC®, call and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dr. Paul Shinto today.

The holidays are here and that means sticky, sweet, and starchy foods will be abundant on the buffet table, but what does that mean for your teeth?

Below are a few foods that your dentist in Pasadena hopes you will avoid, or at least enjoy in moderation.

Candy Canes

When it comes to teeth, candy canes are a no no. Sucking on any type of hard candy means you are exposed to sugar for longer periods of time increasing your risk of tooth decay. If you take a bite, you could crack or even fracture a tooth. Skip the canes and opt for more tooth friendly treats.

Ice Cubes

Another, “food,” that is hard on teeth is ice. Ice cubes are hard and can chip the enamel on your teeth leading to breakages and fractures. In some cases, you could break the entire tooth. People who wear braces should also avoid ice as it can cause wire and bracket breakage.

Carbonated Drinks

Because eggnog is loaded with sugar, it isn’t the best beverage for your teeth. If you are really craving the holiday treat, make eggnog yourself with less sugar and very little alcohol. While it may not taste exactly like you remember, it will be much better for your teeth.


Because eggnog is loaded with sugar, it isn’t the best beverage for your teeth. If you are really craving the holiday treat, make eggnog yourself with less sugar and very little alcohol. While it may not taste exactly like you remember, it will be much better for your teeth.


It’s a double-edged sword when it comes to chocolate. Lighter chocolate, such as milk and white chocolate have a lot of sugar causing the bacteria in your mouth to produce acid. Your Pasadena dentist explains that a loss of enamel causes cavities. With that being said, dark chocolate with a higher cocoa content is actually good for your body and your teeth.

If you would like more information regarding bad or healthy foods for teeth and gums, call and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Pasadena today.

November 18, 2019
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One of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of a smile. More like an experience, the gift of a smile keeps on giving.

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists have the tools you need to give someone you love porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns, or a complete mouth makeover. Just imagine the look on your loved ones face when you tell them you are footing the bill for cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic Dentistry Makes a Great Gift

Having a new smile not only boosts confidence, but can also change the way people see you. If your son or daughter has had a tough time finding a job, it could have something to do with his or her crooked smile.

A trip to your cosmetic dentist in Pasadena will change all of that whether your teen needs clear braces or a couple of CEREC® crowns. A new smile for Christmas can also boost your kid’s job prospects, as a smile is the first thing people notice when someone walks into a room.

Not Just Cosmetic Dentistry

Holiday gifts from the dentist don’t have to be cosmetic. Make up some gift certificates and give your entire family a comprehensive dental examination. What a surprise that will be when your partner and kids open up their Christmas stockings. Unlike chocolate or that new video game, dentistry is a gift that keeps on giving.

You can also schedule a deep cleaning and additional dental work for your family and friends. There is no end to what you can give when you throw cosmetic and restorative dentistry into the mix.

Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving

This year give the present that keeps on giving and gift your family and friends a dental experience with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists. Call for more information today.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding May Not Be For You

If you have been considering cosmetic dental bonding in Pasadena, there are some things you should be aware of before you commit.

If you have been considering cosmetic dental bonding in Pasadena, there are some things you should be aware of before you commit.

Unlike porcelain dental crowns or porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding is not as strong and can chip and stain easier than other types of cosmetic dentistry procedures.

CEREC® Instead of Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists are preferred CEREC® providers and can repair your tooth in a single dental visit, and while cosmetic dental bonding only requires one visit as well, is a much more permanent solution for chipped, cracked, or stained teeth.

What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

If you follow your Pasadena Dentist Blog, you will remember that cosmetic dental bonding is a procedure that dentists use to repair small chips and cracks. Dentists in Pasadena also use cosmetic dental bonding for small fillings, inlays, and onlays.

Using a dental resin, your Dr. Paul Shinto and his team will etch or roughen the tooth before applying the resin. After application, your dentist in Pasadena will sculpt into place before curing with a light or laser. Once hardened the bond is polished and smoothed to perfection.

What is CEREC®?

CEREC® is a chairside dental procedure that takes about an hour and a half to complete. CEREC® dental crowns require less removal of your natural tooth and look just as natural as conventional crowns, even more natural than metal and porcelain crowns.

After digital pictures are taken, your dentist will send those pictures to the computer before they are delivered to the onsite milling machine. After about 45 minutes, your new CEREC® crown is complete and ready for placement.

While dental bonding can last five to seven years, a CEREC® dental crown can give you 10 to 15 years of life before it needs to be replaced.

If you would like more information regarding CEREC® or cosmetic dental bonding, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists today.

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