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September 03, 2021
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It’s Never Too Late for Invisalign®

Invisalign® is the number one choice for clear braces. With Invisalign® you can love your reflection for the first time thanks to removable aligners.

Team Shinto is well equipped to handle your tipped, rotated or crowded teeth. If you have always detested that less than small gap between your teeth, Invisalign® is the answer to your crooked teeth woes.

What is Invisalign®?

If you have been checking out the dental website you’ll know that Invisalign® is a removable braces system that requires no painful adjustments.

If you know anything about conventional wires and brackets you’ll know that seeing the orthodontist or dentist every two weeks is mandatory. With Invisalign® you will only need to sit in the dentist’s chair every six weeks.

Invisalign® is custom designed for your smile. After pictures and digital images are taken, Dr. Shinto or Dr. Low will send them to the lab.

Most patients receive between 10 and 40 sets of aligners. These clear plastic braces are swapped out every seven to 14 days depending on your Invisalign® customized plan.

You will wear your set of aligners for 22 hours every day. You must adhere to the protocol or it will impede your treatment. A successful procedure means following the instructions to the letter.

Is Invisalign® Right for Me?

Invisalign® works best for people who have mild to moderate problems.

If you have a bite that is massively out of alignment, a large space between your teeth or an out of control over or under bite, Dr. Shinto or Dr. Low may recommend conventional wires and brackets.




July 19, 2021
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Don’t Let Bruxism Get Out of Control

If you are grinding and clenching your teeth it could have something to do with stress. While anxiety isn’t the only reason people suffer from a condition known as bruxism, it could be a contributing factor.

Your Pasadena Dentist, Dr. Paul Shinto, explains that bruxism leads to worn teeth and jaw problems, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Bruxism an Issue Best Left Treated

If you don’t address your clenching and tooth grinding you will eventually run into problems.

Tooth clenching and grinding cause worn down teeth and TMJ problems. Your TMJ or temporormandibular joint is what connects your upper to lower jaw. It can be affected if you are a tooth grinder.

If you clench and grind you might deal with:

Chronic Headaches and Earaches

Facial Pain

TMJ Disorder

Household Sleep Disruptions

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth Loss

Worn Down Teeth

Broken Fillings and Dental Crowns

While tooth damage can occur with severe bruxism, it will eventually happen to people who are chronic jaw clenchers and tooth grinders.

Oral Appliance Therapy in Pasadena

Oral appliance therapy is customized for your needs. In some cases, an oral splint may be recommended while in other cases, a custom made mouth guard may be needed. Because everyone is different, your customized bruxism solution is tailor made just for you.

Customized splints and mouth guards prevent further tooth damage and wear. They also help your muscles relax so you can get a better night’s sleep.

Why You Suffer from Bruxism

Sadly, there is no one reason why people clench and grind. Stress is a huge factor as are certain medications, but what it really boils down to is that no one knows for sure.

Sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, and jaw and teeth problems can also be a factor when it comes to diagnosing and treating bruxism.

If you would like more information regarding oral appliance therapy for tooth clenching and grinding, call or send a direct message to a team member from Dr. Paul Shinto’s Dental Practice in Pasadena today. 

Schedule Your Overdue Dental Checkup Today

If your smile hasn’t been to the dentist in some time it’s time to call and schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Paul Shinto, or Dr. Kyle Low.

We are ready to deal with any issues you might have whether you are dealing with gum disease or tooth decay, or would like straighter teeth.

Regardless of the problem it is easily taken care of when you become a patient of Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists.

With a dental checkup you can discover what procedures you and your teeth and gums should undergo. For example, if you are dealing with gingivitis, your Pasadena dentist will probably recommend root planing and scaling (deep cleaning).

This procedure scales the roots of your teeth to get rid of plaque and tartar. Once removed, the roots or planed to make sure they are smooth enough to keep the bacteria and plaque at bay.

The Advantages of Cosmetic Dentistry

Other procedures your dentist might recommend include cosmetic dentistry. Some of the cosmetic dentistry treatments Dr. Shinto and his team of dentists may tell you about include:

Dental Implants

Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic Dental Crowns

Oral Appliance Therapy

Tooth Colored Fillings

Malocclusion Issues

Clear Braces

Of course, the only way you will know what treatments your teeth and gums will need is by setting up a dental checkup up Pasadena.

A Dental Checkup for Overall Health

Another great reason to schedule regular dental appointments in Pasadena is for overall health.

During a comprehensive dental exam, you will also be checked for other issues with an oral cancer screening. If you follow Dr. Shinto’s Blog you have a better chance of survival if you catch tongue, throat or any other type of oral cancer in its earliest stages.

Dental Health in Pasadena

If you haven’t seen your dentist in Pasadena do it today. Your teeth and gums and your smile will never argue with you again.

Call; send a text or a direct message to a team member from Dr. Shinto’s office today.


June 04, 2021
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A Smile Makeover for Healthy Teeth and Gums

When it comes to a smile makeover in Pasadena you won’t find a better group of dentists than Dr. Paul Shinto, and Dr. Kyle Low. Whatever your issue, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands when you schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team.


Same Day Dentistry

If time is of the essence and you would rather not spend two or three dental appointments getting a new smile, talk to your cosmetic dentist in Pasadena about CEREC®.

This amazing same day chairside dental procedure eliminates two or three dental appointments, is much more comfortable than conventional crowns and is done in house. You won’t have to go anywhere but the comfort of your dentist’s office in Pasadena when you opt for natural looking CEREC® dental crowns.


A Dentist in Pasadena You Can Trust

When you become a patient of Team Shinto you are treated like a member of the family. A family member who can trust the caring dentists in Pasadena.

If you would like to learn more about how Team Shinto can help you to get a healthy mouth, call, send a text or a direct message and schedule an appointment today.

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. While it’s important to be aware all year round, April is the chance to remind yourself and those around you how important it is to keep track of what goes on with your teeth and gums and everything else in your mouth.


Be Part of the Awareness

If you notice anything suspicious, like a lump, bump, rough spot, red, or white patch, that doesn’t go away within two weeks, schedule a dentist’s appointment.


An examination with Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert Funatsu, or Dr. Kyle Low will help detect anything that doesn’t look quite right. If anything is suspicious, an appointment with an oral surgeon and a biopsy may be recommended.


The Earlier the Better

 Just like all health problems, early detection is the key to a longer life. When all oral cancers are detected in the early stages, there is a much better chance of survival.

 If you or someone you know suspect’s oral cancer contact your dentist right away.


What Your Dentist Can Do to Help Prevent Oral Cancer

Your dentist in Pasadena is usually the first to notice anything strange happening on your cheeks on your tongue or at the back of your throat.

People often ignore lumps, bumps and anything else. That sore throat that goes away after your morning coffee could mean something, but often times you’ll ignore it. Your dentist is able to spot anything that looks suspicious.


A Comprehensive Dental Exam in Pasadena

 A comprehensive dental examination starts with scheduling an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and one of his team members from his dental practice in Pasadena.

During your exam, you and your dentist will discuss your medical and dental history. Your exam will also consist of x-rays, digital pictures, and old restoration checks. Of course, your teeth will be checked for decay and your gums for disease.

Your comprehensive dental examination also includes an oral cancer screening. This thorough checkup gives your dentist a clear picture of what is going on as he checks your throat, neck, head, and every inch of your oral cavity.

Dr. Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists recommend twice-yearly comprehensive dental exams or more if you are susceptible to any type of cancer.


Celebrate National Cancer Awareness Month with a Checkup

Do your part and schedule a dental checkup and checkups for your entire family in Pasadena. Early detection is the key. Schedule your appointment today.





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