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Shhhh… with Invisalign®, only you and Dr. Friedman will know you have Braces

January 28, 2015

invisalignIf you’re conscious of your smile because of crooked teeth, but as an adult you don’t want to endure the hassle or the appearance of traditional braces, then Invisalign clear plastic aligners may be the solution for you. As the name implies, Invisalign straightens your teeth almost invisibly. Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, is an Invisalign Certified Provider who won’t tell anyone you have braces!

Invisalign Aligners Made Just for You

The first step of your journey to a smile with straight teeth is meeting with Dr. Friedman to decide if Invisalign is right for your unique circumstances. If the answer is yes, then we’ll take x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth that Invisalign will use to create a 3D image of your mouth. With this, Dr. Friedman will map out a treatment plan that shows how your teeth will gradually move through the process and what your smile will look like upon completion.

This treatment plan is also what the Invisalign lab uses to fabricate your custom-designed aligners, which you’ll wear every day for most of the day. Made of smooth, BPA-free plastic, your aligners are smooth, so they won’t bother your gums and checks the way metal braces can.

Your aligners come in a series of sets for your upper and lower arches. You’ll wear each set for approximately two weeks and then move on to the next set. As you progress through the sets, you’ll see your teeth gradually move into position. Although everyone’s circumstance is different, in most cases the process is completed in about one year. Then, you’ll have the straight teeth you’ve always wanted and you won’t want to keep that a secret!

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, call the office of Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, for a consultation. Dr. Friedman and his team conveniently serve patients in Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Pensaquitas.

Protect Your Health and Enhance Your Smile with Tooth Colored Fillings in San Diego, CA

December 28, 2014

502879819Metal dental restorations are a thing of the past. Dental fillings are the most efficient method for restoring a tooth damaged by decay or dental trauma. A quality dental filling can completely replace your tooth’s normal form and function. However, not all fillings are made equal. Many patients are choosing to replace their old metal (amalgam) fillings with new tooth colored fillings. Tooth colored fillings look more natural, and are better for your long term dental and overall health. You can make an appointment with Dr. Friedman today for your new tooth colored filling. MOD Squad Dental is a leading San Diego restorative dentistry. Dr. Friedman is an experienced restorative dentist now proudly serving patients throughout the Scripps Ranch and surrounding San Diego, CA communities.

How Are Tooth Colored Fillings Placed?

Your new tooth colored filling procedure can be completed in just one short visit. Tooth colored fillings are bonded directly to your tooth. This makes them inherently more durable than amalgam fillings. Tooth colored fillings also require less drilling than metal fillings because Dr. Friedman doesn’t need to shape the space as much to hold the filling in place.

Why Choose Metal-Free Tooth Colored Fillings?

Metal fillings are made of about 50% mercury. Mercury is used in amalgam to make the metal filling material pliable. However, mercury is a known toxin. There have been many studies recently outlining the potential health risks of mercury dental fillings. These include bloodstream infection and interference with the brain and nervous systems. In addition to these risks, metal fillings:

  • Don’t match the color of your teeth
  • Require the removal healthy tooth structure
  • Corrode and tarnish over time
  • Some people may be allergic to mercury or particularly vulnerable to its ill effects

San Diego Tooth Colored Fillings Appointments

Make an appointment to have your old metal dental fillings replaced by Dr. Friedman today. Dr. Friedman can help you protect your long term health and wellbeing with new tooth colored fillings. MOD Squad Dental proudly restores smiles daily throughout the Scripps Ranch and nearby San Diego, CA areas.

MOD Squad Dental Delivers Unbelievable Results with Professional Teeth Whitening in San Diego, CA

December 23, 2014

524227687Are you struggling to correct stained or yellowed teeth? Tooth discoloration and staining can cause you to hide an otherwise healthy smile. Discoloration can be caused by many different factors including: drinking coffee, tea, soda, and red wine, or smoking. The aging process also naturally stains and darkens our teeth. But you don’t have to tolerate a diminished smile. You can make an appointment with Dr. Friedman today for a high quality professional teeth whitening treatment. MOD Squad Dental is a trusted San Diego cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Friedman proudly restores smiles daily throughout the Scripps Ranch and surrounding San Diego, CA communities.

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is the only reliable tooth whitening method. Other options just don’t yield consistent results. Teeth whitening toothpastes are guilty of this. They can’t change the color of your enamel; they can only polish away shallow surface stains. Other over-the-counter teeth whitening products including, whitening rinses, strips, trays, and gels are also highly unreliable. Though they contain the bleaching agents necessary to change the color of enamel, they are heavily diluted. Because of this, it can take several weeks of daily use before any significant results are noticed. That’s why Dr. Friedman offers a professional teeth whitening solution with the Kör and Zoom teeth whitening systems.

What Is Kör Teeth Whitening?

The Kör teeth whitening and deep bleaching system works through the absorption of oxygen into your tooth surfaces. The oxygen from the Kör whitening gel is absorbed deeply into the tooth, dissolving stains and discoloration molecules. Unlike most other teeth whitening treatments, Kör is entirely permanent. Kör teeth whitening offers:

  • Natural looking results
  • Effective on darkened teeth
  • Effective on sensitive teeth and gums
  • Comfortable and easy to complete
  • No dietary restrictions post- treatment
  • No need for touch ups
  • Effective for ages 14 and up

What Is Zoom Teeth Whitening?

Zoom teeth whitening is a professional bleaching system that effectively lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. Zoom works through a hydrogen peroxide mixture that is broken down, allowing oxygen to enter the enamel and dentin to bleach away staining, but leave natural tooth structure unchanged. Zoom teeth whitening takes less than an hour. Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, works with the Zoom light to quickly penetrate teeth and break up the stains and discoloration. Immediately after treatment, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to your teeth to reduce any discomfort.

San Diego Teeth Whitening Appointments

Make your next teeth whitening appointment with the cosmetic dentistry experts of MOD Squad Dental. Dr. Friedman and his experienced team consistently deliver high quality teeth whitening results. Dr. Friedman serves patients daily throughout Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA, and the nearby communities.

Is Your Smile Ready for the Holidays?

December 11, 2014

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Protect Your Smile with Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™

November 28, 2014

78377886When an athlete suits up, you can bet they put on protective gear before they wear their team uniform. Whether a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, everyone needs the proper protective equipment. Imagine if some of that protective gear could also improve your athletic performance. That’s exactly what happens with Under Armour Performance Mouthwear. Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, is an authorized Under Armour Performance Mouthwear provider, who will not only protect your smile, he’ll improve your game.

What is Mouthwear?

Ordinarily, mouthwear (usually called a mouth guard) is made of a plastic material that is either pre-molded or can be custom made to the exact shape and position of your teeth. All mouth wear is designed to protect your lips, gums, teeth and mouth from injury that may occur while playing sports, both contact and non-contact.

The difference between ordinary mouth guards and Under Armour Performance Mouthwear is that Under Armour’s product is designed to improve athletic performance. Typically, when engaged in competitive sports, athletes clench their teeth, a natural occurrence stemming from our “fight or flight” instinct. The problem is that when you clench your teeth, you signal the body to release cortisol, the stress hormone that can zap your athletic performance.

Under Armour Performance Mouthwear is specially designed to prevent teeth clenching, relieve pressure on your temporomandibular joint and open your airway. The secret is the ArmourBite® Power Wedges™ that sit between your upper and lower molars to maintain an open airway and prevent clenching. Independent studies show that Under Armour Performance Mouthwear works.

Call Our Office Today

If you want to protect your smile and improve your athletic performance, then call the office of Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. As an authorized Under Armour Performance Mouthwear provider, he’ll fit you or a family member with this indispensable protective gear. We also serve patients in Poway, Rancho Pensaquitas, and Scripps Ranch.

Porcelain Veneers for a Picture Perfect Smile

November 14, 2014

100047604Everyone is familiar with before and after photos. Does your smile currently look like a before photo? Do you want it to look like an after photo? Then porcelain veneers from Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, may be the cosmetic solution you need.

Porcelain veneers are used to correct and cover up a variety of dental flaws from chipped and cracked teeth to teeth that are misaligned or have uneven and large gaps between them. And with our financing options—including cash, check, credit and debit card, most major dental insurances and third party financing—porcelain veneers may the best option financially for you, as well as cosmetically.

Porcelain Veneers in Two Appointments

For most patients, Dr. Friedman can complete the entire process required for your new smile with porcelain veneers in only two visits. Porcelain veneers are made of micro-thin layers of dental porcelain that are created in a dental lab. For a natural looking smile, Dr. Friedman will match your veneers to your existing tooth color. In addition, he will take an impression of your teeth to make sure the veneers are the correct size and shape for your mouth and facial features.

Once the dental lab fabricates your custom designed porcelain veneers and sends them to Mod Squad Dental, you’ll return to the office for your second appointment. Dr. Friedman will prepare your teeth for the veneers and carefully cement them into place. If necessary, he can further trim and shape your veneers for a perfect fit. When completed, you’ll have the “after” photo you’ve always wanted with a picture perfect smile thanks to porcelain veneers.

Call Our Office Today

If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. We also serve patients in Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Pensaquitas.

Porcelain Veneers-Featured Smile of the Week-MOD Squad Dental

November 13, 2014

b.a.u.8.frenWhen this patient was ready for her smile make-over she knew exactly who she wanted for her dentist because Dr. Friedman has already restored the smile of her grandmother, uncle, and other family members.  This patient did not particularly like her smile and wanted the space closed between her front two teeth.  This patient also had a very strong muscle (frenum) that caused her front two teeth to separate and restricted her upper lip from raising when she smiled.

During her complimentary smile consultation, Dr. Friedman discussed braces with a surgical procedure (frenectomy) to release the muscle above her two front teeth.  The patient and mother were not interested in braces and wanted porcelain for her smile.  Dr. Friedman completed the frenectomy along with miner gingivectomy (removal of extra gum tissue), and placed upper 8 porcelain veneers giving the patient a natural beautiful smile.

“I love my new smile and how it makes me look and feel.  Thanks Doc Greg”~Soleil

If you are interested in the many possibilities of cosmetic dentistry, phone Jess today 858-547-0070 to reserve your complimentary consultation including before and after smile imaging.

Scripps Ranch Root Canal Therapy

October 28, 2014

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Scripps Ranch Root Canal Therapy

For most people, the mere thought of a root canal conjures up feelings of discomfort. These feelings, however, pale in comparison to the pain caused when a tooth’s root is infected or succumbing to the effects of severe decay. Then, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, can be a tremendous relief. At Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, our dentists can perform a painless root canal to save your tooth and leave you pain-free.

Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Root Trouble

Root damage can occur as a result of serious decay, a deep chip or crack in the tooth, or a hard hit to the face. While there are cases when a patient experiences no symptoms to indicate a root canal is necessary, most of the time there are obvious signs and symptoms. These include:

  • Severe tooth pain when chewing, so much so that you may avoid chewing on that side of your mouth
  • Tender and swollen gum tissue around the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • A change in the tooth’s color, specifically a darker appearance

If any of these symptoms are present, then decay or infection inside the root of a tooth may be indicated. A root canal is the procedure whereby this decay and infection are eliminated. Your dentist at Mod Squad Dental will remove the soft pulp inside your tooth that contains nerve, blood and soft tissue. Once removed, the inside of the root is thoroughly cleaned and sealed from further decay and infection. Usually, the tooth will then need a dental crown for protection.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, then a root canal may be the solution. Call the office of Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, today. Our dentists and staff are ready to help you with a painless root canal, so you can go about your day pain-free. We conveniently serve patients in Rancho Pensaquitas, Poway, Scripps Ranch and the surrounding areas, too.

 

Featured Smile of The Week-MOD Squad Dental

October 16, 2014

L.B.b.a.braces.8This patient visited MOD Squad Dental interested in a straighter, whiter smile.  Dr. Friedman suggested upper and lower 6 month braces and the in-office whitening procedure, Zoom.  After six months in braces and a 90 minute Zoom whitening process….this patient could not be more thrilled.  Just look at that smile!!!

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry and all of your many options, phone call Jess today to reserve your complimentary consultation.  858-547-0070

Enjoy the Benefits of Straight Teeth with Invisalign® in San Diego, CA

October 14, 2014

invisalignSo, you’ve decided that you want to have straight teeth. Good for you! What you don’t want, however, is the appearance and hassle of metal braces and brackets. Whether you are an adult with a professional reputation to consider or a teen who just plain doesn’t like the look of metal braces, you shouldn’t have to compromise. Not to worry, because with Invisalign aligners from Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, you can have braces that are virtually invisible.

Invisalign aligners are made of clear, PBA-free plastic that fit smoothly and snugly over your teeth. With no sharp wires or brackets, there’s nothing to poke or irritate the inside of your cheeks or your gums. And best of all, Invisalign—as the name implies—are all but invisible to people who see you when you are wearing them.

The Steps to Straight Teeth with Invisalign

First, you and your dentist at Mod Squad Dental will meet to discuss your smile goals and how Invisalign can help. Then, your dentist will develop a treatment plan based on x-rays, pictures and an impression of your teeth. This plan will allow you to see how your teeth will move during the course of treatment and even how your teeth will look when the plan is completed.

Of course, your role in the plan is to wear your custom-designed Invisalign aligners for a majority of the day. You’ll remove them only to eat or to brush and floss your teeth. Approximately every two weeks you’ll begin wearing a new set of aligners. Gradually, as you progress through the sets, you’ll begin to see your teeth move into their proper position. Regular check-ups at Mod Squad Dental will be scheduled, and soon you’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted!

Call Our Office Today

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign aligners, then call the Mod Squad Dental office today in San Diego, CA. Our office also conveniently serves patients in Scripps Ranch, Rancho Pensaquitas, Poway and the surrounding areas.

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