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8/18/2015 9:52:00 PM

As more people have realized the importance of a great smile, cosmetic dentistry has grown to meet the demand. More and more people are taking advantage of advances in cosmetic therapies, such as Lumineers and veneers, which provide affordable, long-lasting options for treating discolored and misaligned teeth.

Veneers are traditional, restorative porcelain coverings that fit on the outside of the teeth. Their coloring closely matches that of a natural tooth, addressing aesthetic issues. Veneers are commonly used to address:

• Staining and discoloration
• Gapped or crooked teeth
• Cracked teeth
• Oddly shaped, under-, or over-sized teeth
• Worn teeth

Veneers are highly durable and long-lasting. Known for their sturdiness, veneers can have a huge impact on a smile. The wafer-thin ceramic covering is applied directly to the tooth. This requires a very small amount of existing enamel to be buffed down. The entire fitting process takes place in only a few visits, and can be complete in as little as three weeks.

No-Prep Veneers
Getting no-prep, or minimal-prep, veneers requires less buffing of natural tooth enamel – your treatment can actually be reversible if you decide to have your veneers removed.

Patients usually see lasting results after only two visits and minimal preparation is required for this non-invasive therapy. And, because it is non-invasive, the procedure is painless!

Porcelain veneers can serve as either cosmetic or restorative, and will rejuvenate old dental bridge work — they can even straighten a crooked smile. Because patients see amazing results after only two visits, this procedure is especially helpful for big events like job interviews, or for business professionals on a tight schedule, for whom appearance can have a huge impact.

Dr. Vu offers both Lumineers and traditional porcelain veneers in Sacramento, Roseville, and Bruceville. To learn more, call one of Dr. Vu’s three locations to schedule your appointment and talk to her team about how they can help!

6/16/2015 9:49:00 PM

Teeth come in all shapes and sizes, and come in at different angles, which means that you can end up with a less-than-perfect smile. However, today dental technology brings us lots of options when it comes to straightening teeth. One of our favorites is Invisalign®.

We no longer have to resort to clunky metal brackets and rubber bands to straighten teeth; Invisalign® offers comfortable and discreet alternatives for aligning teeth.

The key difference between Invisalign® and its predecessor is transparency and removability. The Invisalign® trays are clear, which means you do not have to display a mouth full of metal to everyone you speak to. Your orthodontic treatment can be just between you and Dr. Vu.

Food restrictions and the need to fight wires to floss have also gone by the way-side with Invisalign®.

This is possible because Invisalign® aligners are not permanent fixtures. The clear plastic trays that Invisalign® uses to move your teeth are actually meant to be removed while eating. This allows you to eat as you normally would and brush away any debris left on your teeth before popping the trays back in. It also allows you to continue your daily brushing and flossing routine with no need for adjustments.

Invisalign® is customized in its approach to orthodontics; it is not a stock, out-of-the-box treatment. Every smile is different and every patient receives a completely unique treatment plan and trays that are crafted specifically for them. Invisalign® uses computer software to show each patient how their smile will be enhanced throughout the treatment process.

In short, Invisalign® is a great option for teeth straightening because it provides:

  1. Clear aligners!
  2. Images of how your smile should be enhanced before treatment starts
  3. Eat what you want when you want!
  4. Comparable price when compared to metal braces.
  5. Removable when needed – However patients encouraged to wear 23 hours a day for optimal results

Come see the team at Dr. Vu’s dental office in Roseville, Sacramento, or Bruceville to see if Invisalign® is right for you!

4/14/2015 9:42:17 PM

One element of keeping up good health often that is overlooked is the role diet plays in maintaining a healthy smile. It’s natural to wonder how the food you eat has anything to do with promoting healthy teeth and gums, so we outline the relationship between the two below.

The body requires essential elements (vitamins and minerals) in order to grow, and also to combat potentially harmful external components, such as bacteria and germs. Teeth and gums also need specific vitamins and minerals to thrive, protect tooth structure, encourage tissue development, and strengthen immunity to bacteria. They include:

  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Antioxidants
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Vitamins A, B, C and D
  • Omega-3 Fats

These essential vitamins and minerals can be found in the food you buy from the supermarket. Lean proteins, fresh vegetables, and foods low in fat and sugar make for the best and healthiest options. Avoid processed foods, packet foods, and foods with high sugar content.

It’s especially important for children to eat a balanced diet, and go easy on the sugar, as their baby teeth are more porous and therefore more susceptible to decay. Continuous snacking, sweet treats and constant exposure to sugary drinks all leave a child’s smile prone to tooth decay. Parents can always offer sugar-free, healthy alternatives to children, such as carrots, low-fat yogurt, and water instead of juice. Naturally, teaching the child how to brush and floss properly, along with regular visits to the dentist, will also help them avoid gum disease, and tooth decay.

For more information about how diet is affecting your child’s teeth or your own teeth, make an appointment with our family dental office. Dr. Vu, a family dentist of more than 20 years, sees patients as young as three years old, because she knows it is important for children to develop healthy teeth-cleaning habits from a young age. Call any one of her three locations and discover how Dr. Vu can help you and your family achieve and maintain healthy smiles for life.

2/10/2015 9:30:00 PM

A sudden dental emergency can be traumatic and painful, as well as potentially dangerous. And when it happens out of scheduled office hours, an emergency makes you wonder whether help is available!

Any traumas that can impact your health must be dealt with by a medical professional. Call our dental offices immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Mouth trauma – Sudden and severe tooth pain, a loose tooth, or a tooth that has been knocked out
  • Bleeding gums – Characterized by sudden bleeding that won’t stop or that has occurred because of an item lodged in the gums that won’t come out
  • Abscess – A dental abscess is a pocket of severe infection. If left untreated, it can cause immense swelling and pain. Also, the infection could potentially spread throughout the jaw, and to other areas of the head and neck.

After more than 20 years in the field, Dr. Vu feels it is essential to help patients get out of pain fast, and recommends calling her at any of her three locations, at any time, to attend to any of these dental emergencies.

You can better deal with an emergency is helped by knowing what first-steps to take, depending on the problem. Here are some helpful tips for coping with a dental emergency:

  • Knocked Out Adult Tooth – Call our office, keep the tooth moist at all times and, if possible, place back in the socket. If that is not possible, place it between your mouth and gums, in a cup of milk, or in a glass of water containing a pinch of salt.
  • Partially Dislodged ToothCall us immediately. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, or cheek, and take a pain reliever, such as Tylenol or Advil) as needed, until you can be seen.
  • Bit Lip or Gum – Clean and rinse out the area with warm water. Apply a cold compress. Call us if the cut is deep and there is heavy bleeding.

As with all dental emergency situations, it’s important to contact your dentist as soon as possible. Dr. Vu is always available in the case of emergencies. Galleria Smile Designs three locations to serve patients in need. Dr. Vu offers same day emergency care, and after-hours attention in her Roseville office. For more information about taking care of your dental emergency, contact us!

12/16/2014 9:25:00 PM

While dental implants may not yet be the most widely talked about surgery in cosmetic dentistry, one thing is for sure: The popularity of the procedure is growing rapidly. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3 million people have dental implants, and that number is increasing by nearly half a million a year.

That’s because dental implants have allowed patients who have lost one or more teeth – due to causes ranging from gum disease to injury – an option to restore their smiles without the formerly standard go-to solution of dentures. With a dental implant, you are replacing not only the crown of the tooth (the part your people see when you smile), but also the root of it with a small piece of titanium.

So, are dental implants right for you? Consider these facts:

  1. You can replace one or multiple teeth – One implant and crown can replace a single missing tooth, while implant-supported dentures or bridges replace multiple missing teeth.
  2. They can be used to support dentures – Removable dentures, which tend to slide around on gums can be anchored in with implants, providing a more comfortable and cost-effective solution for people who have lost all of their teeth.
  3. Dental implants are a permanent solution – Unlike removable dentures or traditional bridges, implants are a lasting remedy, since your implant post integrates naturally with your jaw, like a real tooth root would.
  4. The benefits are more than just cosmetic – While implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth, the perks go beyond the visible. Because they don’t slide around like dentures, patients are able to chew food more easily, and oral care (such as flossing and brushing) is as simple as with it would be with a natural tooth.
  5. Implants reduce jawbone loss – When a tooth is lost, the alveolar bone that supports the jaw deteriorates. The sooner an implant is administered, the less likely these problems are to occur.
  6. Your insurance may help you cover the cost – Depending on the circumstances surrounding the loss of your tooth or teeth, you may have some coverage to help pay for implants. If your plan does not cover the procedure, companies like CareCredit may offer financing options that work for your budget.
  7. The success rate is spectacular – According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants have a 98% success rate.

There are many factors that determine whether dental implants are the best solution for you, so talk our team at Galleria Smile Designs, if you feel they might be the best way to enhance your smile and your quality of life. At the rate the popularity of the procedure is growing, dental implants are likely to become the standard for tooth replacement in the next few years. Call our office in Roseville, Sacramento and Bruceville with any questions!

10/14/2014 9:19:00 PM

Confidence in our appearance is closely connected to our overall well-being. This does not mean everyone should strive for “perfection” as portrayed by the media, however, it does mean that we feel better when we address problems with our appearance.

Such is the role and function of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry does indeed focus on aesthetics, but it also assists in improving oral function. Cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

• Tooth-colored fillings (composite fillings)
• Dental bonding
• Teeth whitening
• Soft tissue laser therapy
• Ceramic Crowns
Dental implants

Dr. Vu, an expert in the field of cosmetic dentistry, offers multiple cosmetic procedures to her patients in all three locations – Roseville, Sacramento, and Bruceville. Though the various therapies may improve the appearance of her patients’ smiles, Dr. Vu remains focused on longevity of treatment and long-lasting results.

Recent developments in treatments such as dental bonding, non-invasive laser treatments and replacing amalgam fillings with composite fillings, play important roles in improving your oral health. Ceramic crowns, for instance, don’t produce unsightly black lines, but are equally as able to protect teeth from damage as an amalgam filling would.

Some dental plans may even cover part of the cost of certain procedures, especially when the outcome benefits the overall health of your teeth and gums. Structural repair, such as crowns for instance, is often covered by dental plans for precisely this reason. Other procedures, such as teeth whitening, may not be covered by dental plans, but are more affordable these days, with the average cost running between $250-$900, depending on the extent of the treatments, location of treatment, and other factors.

Dr. Vu has a special interest in full-mouth reconstruction, oral implantology, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), neuromuscular disorder, as well as Invisalign®, Lumineers®, and laser dentistry. If you feel like you could benefit from these cosmetic dental treatments, contact us for more information!

1/29/2014 9:11:38 PM

We’re excited to announce the official launch of our Thuy Nga Vu, DDS blog.

We’ll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we’re there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

If you would like to stay up to date on the latest from Thuy Nga Vu, DDS, simply click the RSS “Subscribe to feed” link located on our website and subscribe. Our subscribers will be updated when we make a new blog post.

Here’s to your best oral health ever!


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