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What is Invisalign Teen®? Nov 1st, 2020

Clear aligners, which make straightening your teeth easier and prettier than traditional braces, aren’t new. They’ve been around for about 20 years and have straightened the teeth of millions of adults. But the take-in/take-out aligners weren’t always the best choice for teens, who aren’t known for their cooperation and compliance...

5 Tips for Adjusting to Life With Dentures Oct 1st, 2020

Ninety percent of Americans who are missing teeth opt for dentures, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. At the Sendero Dental Studio, located in Rancho Mission Viejo, California, Jeffrey Barrera, DDS, and his team, replace missing teeth with dental implants or dentures. He offers a variety of tips for...

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening Aug 31st, 2020

A professional teeth whitening treatment is one of the simplest, safest, and quickest ways to enhance your appearance. So how can you keep those high-wattage results from graying and yellowing? Jeffrey Barrera, DDS of Sendero Dental Studio in Rancho Mission Viejo, California, offers the following tips. 1. Invest in a...

6 Smile Flaws Corrected by Veneers Aug 10th, 2020

Your smile is often the first thing people see and if you’re hiding that smile because of cosmetic flaws, it may be the right time to consider veneers. Whether you have chipped, broken, or discolored teeth, veneers are a simple, effective solution to common cosmetic flaws affecting your smile. An...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Jul 28th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

8 Awesome Facts About Invisalign® That You Didn't Know Jul 7th, 2020

Since its introduction to the general public in May of 2000, Invisalign has improved more than five million smiles worldwide and has become an industry leader in teeth straightening. As Invisalign providers, Sendero Dental Studio, located in Rancho Mission Viejo, California, and led by Jeffrey Barrera, DDS, gives patients of...

Welcome to Sendero Dental Studio Jun 17th, 2020

We are happy to introduce Dr. Jane Cho to Sendero Dental Studio.  Dr. Jane graduated from Loma Linda University and is dedicated to creating the ultimate patient care experience you've come to experience with Dr. Barrera.  We are confident she will earn the same trust and loyalty that you've come...

5 Reasons Dental Implants are The Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth Jun 16th, 2020

If you’re like most of our patients who have lost a tooth or several teeth, you’re so self-conscious you hide your smile — or just don’t smile at all. You may also have a hard time eating the foods you enjoy. At Sendero Dental Studio, located in Rancho Mission Viejo,...

General Dentistry: Why Do I Need X-Rays? May 15th, 2020

X-rays in general dentistry are useful for catching dental conditions that may not be visible to the eye. General dentists typically require patients to get x-rays at least once a year to ensure that the teeth, gums and jawbone are all strong and healthy. There is a lot of controversy around x-rays...

Why Would I Need Cosmetic Dentistry? Apr 6th, 2020

Cosmetic dentistry is the specialty that focuses on improving the way that the teeth appear. Additionally, cosmetic dentists make an effort to improve overall function. There are many different cosmetic dentistry options for improving one’s teeth and gums, making it necessary to understand how each works. Ready to learn more? COSMETIC DENTISTRY OPTIONS...

Teeth Care: How Often Should I See a Dentist for a Dental Cleaning? Mar 18th, 2020

Dental cleanings are one of the most important appointments to have on a regular basis. Most people visit their general dentist office for their cleanings because they often line up with their checkup appointments. A general dentist’s office is typically staffed with a hygienist too, the person who performs dental cleanings....

What To Expect During Smile Makeover Treatment Feb 15th, 2020

A smile makeover, also known as a full-mouth restoration, is a combination of cosmetic dentistry and restorative dental procedures. It repairs and improves the appearance of the teeth, allowing the patient to smile more confidently. IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT A SMILE MAKEOVER Before getting a smile makeover, the patient should consult with the...

What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Natural-Looking Dental Crowns Jan 14th, 2020

Learning more about how dental crowns can save your damaged teeth is a great idea. There are many different types of dental restoration options available to ensure you have a healthy mouth and crowns are just one of these restorations. The more you understand about taking good care of your oral health...

Full Mouth Reconstruction Can Give You a Beautiful New Smile Dec 14th, 2019

Also known as a full mouth rehabilitation, a full mouth reconstruction is a combination of different treatments aimed at improving the cosmetic appearance of your teeth and smile, correct damages and misalignments and enhance your oral health. Regardless of your requirements — whether you need few modifications to correct minor flaws or...

Process of Placing Dental Sealants for Adults Nov 20th, 2019

Dental sealants are coats of thin plastic that are painted on a patient's teeth. They are applied to the biting surfaces, and they help to prevent tooth decay. Sealants do this by preventing food particles, bacteria and acids from getting into the grooves on them. Think of dental sealants as a form of...

What to Ask Your Dentist About Dental Implants [Missing Teeth Replacement] Oct 20th, 2019

Dental implants are a great option for someone looking to replace their missing teeth. They can provide natural chewing and confident smiling again, which can be very helpful to someone in need of replacement. However, with dental implants, there is a lot involved. Asking your dentist the right questions can help you...

How Long Do Teeth Straightening Treatments Last? Sep 26th, 2019

When you invest in teeth straightening treatments, like braces or Invisalign, it is important to think of what comes after you stop wearing them. You might wonder how long teeth straightening treatments last. Well, it all depends on how you treat your teeth afterward. EXTENDING THE LONGEVITY OF TEETH STRAIGHTENING TREATMENTS When people want...

Who is a Good Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction? Aug 27th, 2019

Wondering if you are in need of a full mouth reconstruction? When you have multiple teeth that are missing or damaged, then a full reconstruction of your mouth just may be necessary in order to fix your dental problems. Many dental patients experience one or two dental issues that need to...

Clear Aligners: An Alternative to Braces for Adults Jul 26th, 2019

A few years ago, before clear aligners became the big thing, braces were the most common option available for straightening the teeth. Most adults consider traditional braces unsightly and would therefore never get them. Fortunately, clear aligners are now available for adults who want to correct mild to moderate teeth misalignment or crowding. Unlike...

What Food Can I Eat After a Root Canal Treatment? Jul 7th, 2019

A root canal is a form of surgery that is performed under either local or general anesthesia. Therefore, you need to follow your dentist’s orders after the procedure. That includes proper cleaning, how to reduce the swelling and even the foods you eat. The last thing you want is to irritate the...

How to Make Sure Your Dental Veneers Last May 15th, 2019

Wondering if dental veneers are the right choice for you? When you are living with one or more tooth imperfections, it is likely that you do not feel as confident as you should when you smile. Life is simply too short to live with a smile that you are not always proud...

Can a Dentist Perform Oral Surgery Procedures? Apr 17th, 2019

When you go to the dentist and they tell you that you need oral surgery, do you need to visit another specialist? How do you if your dentist can perform the procedure themselves? Let us go over what exactly a dentist and an oral surgeon do and how these providers differ....

A TMJ Dentist Explains Why More Women Suffer From TMJ Than Men Mar 14th, 2019

A TMJ dentist focuses on treating temporomandibular joint disorder. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder, is a condition that occurs when the socket that connects your lower jaw and skull is misaligned or out of place. TMJ disorder is known to be commonly associated with constant headaches, migraines, ringing in the ears,...

A Helpful Guide for Healing after Dental Implants Feb 15th, 2019

Dental Implants are the standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth. These prosthetics are the only way to replace a missing tooth and the tooth roots. Other dental devices used to replace missing teeth do not address the missing roots. This often leads to drastic changes in the way the...

Can TMJ Pain Go Away on its Own? Jan 15th, 2019

Although the majority of people may not realize it, millions of Americans deal with reoccurring pain in the jaw, headaches and earaches. Sadly, this can be due to “TMJ” which stems from pain in the temporomandibular (TM) joints. Because these joints are located on both sides of a person's head,...

What is an Abscessed Tooth? Dec 15th, 2018

An abscessed tooth describes a tiny opening full of pus on the tooth brought about by a bacterial infection. Dentists at times also refer to it as da ental abscess. An abscess can occur in different parts of the tooth for varying reasons. A periapical abscess occurs at the tip of the...

What is Bruxism? Dec 1st, 2018

Wondering what exactly bruxism means? Bruxism is a term used to describe a condition in which people will grind or clench their teeth. Because the majority of people who grind or clench their teeth do so during the night when they are sleeping, they are not aware of what they are doing....

4 Popular Options to Fix Teeth Nov 21st, 2018

4 Popular Options to Fix Teeth A smile, universally recognized as an expression of cheerfulness, warmth, and love. Fortunately for us, the field of dentistry has accomplished significant advances in both oral hygiene and cosmetic services. A SMILE FILLED WITH STRAIGHT, EVEN TEETH HAS BECOME THE NORM. Being a factor...

3 Helpful At Home Dental Tools Nov 15th, 2018

When you walk through the dental care section of your local pharmacy, you can easily get overwhelmed with the number of choices available. From dental flosses to whitening kits, it all can be confusing. This article focuses on the best way to choose and use three helpful at home dental tools....

Dental Numbing: What to Know and What to Expect Oct 22nd, 2018

DENTAL NUMBING MAKES ORAL TREATMENTS BEARABLE The very thought of dental numbing is what calms people who are scared of the dentist. Without it, even the simplest of dental procedures would be unbearable. Though dental numbing makes the visit to the dentist pain free, its effects are often felt hours after the...

Are Composite Dental Fillings Safe? Oct 16th, 2018

Composite resin filling has become the trending dental treatment. A lot of dentists in different parts of the world are opting for it as an alternative solution to amalgam filling. The aesthetic appeal and healthy smile are the significant factors people have developed their trust on this dental option. Many...

How to Make Bleeding Gums Better Oct 1st, 2018

Many people notice their gums bleeding when they brush their teeth, but that does not mean that the problem is normal just because "it happens to many people." It would not be normal if our skin broke whenever we bathed. Anyone that suffers from bleeding gums should look to heal and strengthen...

6 Common Reasons Why Gums Bleed Sep 4th, 2018

Why are my gums bleeding? This is a question that all of us have asked ourselves at some point. You spit out the toothpaste and you find that the froth is tinged with pink. For some the bleeding comes with mild pain, for others, the bleeding only happens occasionally. The one thing...

Pros and Cons of Common Smile Makeover Treatments Aug 16th, 2018

A smile makeover can be used to restore almost anyone's teeth. These treatments have been a lifesaver for many, as it has helped them regain their confidence and improve their social interactions. These treatments are often combined to provide the best results. Certain dental issues can be treated in multiple ways. COMMON...

The Benefits of Teeth Whitening Treatments Aug 2nd, 2018

Teeth whitening treatments are rather popular nowadays. One of the reasons is because it is one of the most economical ways to significantly improve the color of your teeth while keeping potential side effects down to a minimum. The color of a person's teeth is one of the first things other...

Can My Dental Health Issues Affect My Overall Health? Jul 15th, 2018

Dental health plays a vital role in overarching biological health. The manner and frequency in which you care for your teeth and gums have the potential to sabotage the rest of your body. Fail to take proper care of your dental health, and it will only be a matter of time...

Is Fear of the Dentist All in the Head? Jul 1st, 2018

If you have a fear of the dentist, you are likely wondering if such fear is rational. You might also be wondering if your fear of the dentist is all in your head. As explained below, there is no logical reason to be fearful or nervous about dental treatments and procedures....

What Is Dental Calculus? Jun 15th, 2018

When plaque is left to accumulate on a person's teeth, it eventually turns into tartar. Also known as calculus, this calcified plaque hardens on teeth surfaces, giving it a yellowish color. Tartar is a haven for enamel-damaging bacteria, and it cannot be removed with brushing or flossing. Dental calculus is...

Tips To Help Ease Dental Anxiety Jun 2nd, 2018

There is no shame in feeling nervous or fearful about an upcoming visit to the dentist. Some patients are hesitant to visit with the dentist as they had negative experiences during cleanings, check-ups, treatments or procedures. Others are merely sensitive to the touch. Some people fear dental drills as they...

A Look at Veneers, Bonding and Crowns May 16th, 2018

The average patient does not understand exactly how dental crowns differ from dental veneers and bonding. There are meaningful differences between these three forms of dental restoration. In some cases, dental veneers are the best option while crowns or bonding will prove optimal in other situations. DENTAL VENEERS Dental veneers are incredibly...

Interesting Facts About Teeth May 1st, 2018

When it comes to teeth and oral health, the average person is generally uninformed. People do not like thinking about their teeth, gums or visiting the dentist. However, people who take a little bit of time to learn about the teeth find their intellectual curiosity proves quite rewarding. HERE IS A LOOK...

Can Baking Soda Whiten Teeth? Apr 15th, 2018

When it comes to teeth whitening, most people are understandably flustered by all the options and information. Some people are turning to baking soda to whiten their chompers. THE QUESTION… Can baking soda really whiten teeth and does it pose a threat to enamel? WHY BAKING SODA IS USED FOR TEETH...

What I Learned After Getting a Dental Implant Apr 1st, 2018

Ask anyone who has had dental implants placed in their mouth and you will find they are more than happy with the result. At first, some are intimidated by the placement process that requires the bonding of titanium screws to the jaw bone. This process, referred to as osseointegration, takes several months...

Dental Guide To Oral Hygiene Mar 15th, 2018

The average dentist is readily willing to admit the most important dental work necessary to maintain oral hygiene is what patients do outside of the office. The patient has more control over oral hygiene and health than the dentist. Your daily habits dictate your oral hygiene more than any treatment the dentist...

Will Dental Bonding Whiten Teeth Mar 1st, 2018

Dental bonding has become quite the popular means of whitening and repairing teeth. Teeth gradually stain with exposure to food, beverages, cigarettes and the natural aging process. Dental bonding is one of the many ways to lighten stained or discolored teeth. Dentists and patients actually prefer dental bonding over other options...

Tips For Healthy Gums Feb 15th, 2018

Ask anyone who has healthy gums about how they do it and you will likely hear all about the importance of flossing and visit the dentist. However, there are some tips for healthy gums few are willing to share and some that simply slip the mind when this topic is discussed. HERE...

Signs and Symptoms of a Toothache that You Need to Know About Feb 1st, 2018

Toothaches are quite the inconvenience. If you try to ignore the pain, it will almost certainly grow worse. An aching tooth is an indication there is a need for treatment. HERE IS A LOOK AT THE MANY DIFFERENT THINGS YOUR TOOTHACHE MIGHT MEAN. A LOOK INTO TOOTHACHE PAIN The pain produced...

What You Will Benefit From Using An Electric Toothbrush Jan 15th, 2018

Make the switch to an electric toothbrush and you will enjoy the latest and greatest teeth-cleaning technology. Electric toothbrush heads remove more plaque along the gum lines than conventional toothbrushes. These amazing pieces of technology are loaded with all sorts of helpful features that facilitate the brushing process. BENEFITS OF ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSHES...

The Importance of Everyday Dental Care Jan 1st, 2018

Poor oral hygiene leads to oral health problems and diseases that everyday dental care could have prevented. Investing the small amount of time necessary to clean your teeth and gums will help prevent such problems. Healthy teeth and gums mean fewer treatments and procedures at the dentist's office. Here is a look...