Issue #34

  Understanding common dental ....
  Special Offers
  New Year Specials
  29 weeks and counting...
  Debbie's News
  Zoom!® in-office light ....
  DURAthin Veneers®
  Holiday Office Hours
  Get Social With Us!
  Smile Makeover
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DECEMBER 2013 Newsletter

Understanding common dental diseases
The bad news: Dental diseases do exist - things can go wrong with your teeth and mouth. The good news: Most oral problems are caused by negligent hygiene, so they are quite preventable.

Plaque isn't a dental disease, but it is a big factor in oral health. Plaque is a sticky accumulation of germs, bacteria, and food debris that coats your mouth. If not removed by regular brushing, plaque hardens into tartar and contributes to gum disease.

Caries, more commonly known as cavities, are holes where acids from bacterial plaque have eaten through tooth enamel. They require drilling to remove damaged structure and filling material to restore function. All three types of caries -smooth surface, pit and fissure, and root - require the intervention of a dentist to stop their progression.

Periodontal disease is inflammation of gum tissue from plaque and tartar. Untreated it damages soft tissues, ligaments, and bone which support teeth, eventually resulting in tooth loss.

Stress-related oral problems include TMJ disorders (TMD) and myofascial pain dysfunction. Imbalances in the alignment of the mouth place unusual strain on the jaw.

TMD can have a variety of symptoms including headaches and migraines, jaw pain, and limited jaw mobility.

Schedule regular check-ups for the coming year to keep your smile healthy and sparkling. Read more
New Year Specials
50% Off Zoom!®
Celebrate the New Year with a healthier brighter smile by taking advantage of our new Zoom! in-office teeth whitening special offer. Studies show that people who have their teeth professionally whitened tend to spend more time caring for their teeth therefore leading to healthier teeth and gums. Call us before January 31, 2014 to make an appointment for Zoom! whitening and get 50% off the usual price of $540. Only current patients* of our office are eligible for the 50% offer. All other patients shall receive 30% off the usual price.

(* Current patients are those who have had a new-patient exam in the past and have had an appointment with us in the preceding 12 months.)

Free Cosmetic previews
Have you ever wondered what it would look like with whiter teeth or porcelain veneers? You can't make a decision until you see or feel what it would be like with a new smile? There are many ways to preview cosmetic dentistry services. To read more about these preview techniques, click here and then call us before January 31, 2014 to make an appointment to either take photographs or molds, or place an easily removable cosmetic mock-up directly onto your teeth.
50% Off 6 or more DURAthin Veneers®
Are you dreaming of a new smile? Do you want teeth that are brighter, larger, or more youthful? Are you concerned about removing healthy enamel in order to get your new smile? If so, DURAthin dental veneers may be the answer you've been waiting for.

DURAthin Veneers are very thin porcelain veneers designed to adhere directly to the front of the teeth without removing any enamel! This means for some people, we can design the smile of their dreams without even drilling on their natural teeth. And there's more good news. If you ever wanted to have the DURAthins removed, your natural smile would still be intact! See before and after examples of DURAthin veneer cases to see if you may be a candidate by clicking here.

Or call us before January 31, 2014 at 415-752-8311 to see if you're a candidate for this new procedure and to take advantage of this limited time special pricing of 50% off 6 or more DURAthins from the usual price of $1200 per veneer.
29 weeks and counting...
Due on March 3, 2014, Cynthia's pregnancy is now certainly showing. Mother and Baby are doing well although depending on how she feels, she will start her maternity leave sometime this February 2014. She plans to take a few months off from work, so for those who had an appointment with her in the last few months you may not be seeing her at you next hygiene appointment. Please welcome the hygienist who will be filling in for her till she returns. You may convey your warm wishes to Cynthia on our Facebook page by clicking here.

Cynthia Wong, DDS
Debbie's News
Due to health issues with her mother-in-law and her recent move to live with Debbie in Marin County, Debbie has had to consolidate her time in San Francisco in order to take care of her. Her plan is to transition from seeing patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays to just Tuesdays beginning in February 2014. Although she will be sorely missed, we understand and hope the best for her and her mother-in-law. Again, you may convey your warm wishes to Debbie on our Facebook page by clicking here.

Debbie Wertheimer, RDH
Zoom!® in-office light activated teeth whitening
As technology changes, we continually update our services to provide the safest and most effective services for you. Zoom!'s newest LED light technology greatly accelerates the teeth whitening process. We will begin using this new system in 2014. Please see our Special Offers for our Zoom! special New Year's introductory pricing by clicking here.
DURAthin Veneers®
I recently spent a day in Sacramento learning about the advantages of "no-prep" and "minimal-prep" porcelain veneers using DURAthin Veneers®. Wow! This technique is a HUGE improvement over the more commonly seen veneers that have a lifeless and extremely white and oversized "Chicklet" appearance that people commonly associate with Hollywood. Now your smile can be restored to its naturally healthy bright and youthful appearance without anesthesia or filing down your teeth. More before and after examples can be seen by clicking here, and please see our Special Offers for our DURAthin special New Year's introductory pricing by clicking here.

Holiday Office Hours
Our office will be closed for the holidays from Tuesday, December 24th through Sunday, January 5, 2014. We will respond to messages left by phone or email when we return. In case of any dental emergencies, please call our office at 415-752-8311 and pressing 19 to leave a message and page me. If you do not get a reply within 2 hours, please call and page me again.
Smile Makeover of the Month

Commonly small upper lateral incisors are conservatively made larger with no-prep porcelain veneers.
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