Bond, Tooth Bond

Bond Tooth Bonding

Bond, Tooth Bond

Dental Bonding

Last week, we blogged about ceramic and composite veneers. In the post, we mentioned the process of bonding, as it is like the veneer process in many ways. But differences exist. This week, we wanted to focus on some of the differences, since bonding as well as veneers help patients achieve a great smile. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.

~John Ray

If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you may be a candidate for dental veneers:

  1. Glendora Dental VeneersYou are ashamed of your smile.
  2. Your teeth are cracked, chipped or broken.
  3. Your teeth are stained and discolored even though you have tried whitening products.
  4. You have gaps between teeth.
  5. Your teeth are worn down.
  6. Your teeth are misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped.

If you would like to be proud of your smile, veneers may be the answer for you. At Implant a Smile, Dr. Sayegh and his staff offer two types of veneers, both of which will enhance your smile and boost your confidence. To decide which type of veneer is right for you, read the following, which details the two types of veneers we offer:

Dental Veneers GlendoraCeramic Veneers

The ceramic veneer process:

  • Prepare the tooth by minimally grinding the outside surface of the tooth.
  • Take an impression, which we send it to the lab.
  • Place a temporary veneer on the tooth to prevent sensitivity while the lab fabricates the veneer. (This process takes one to two weeks.)
  • The lab pours the impression into special stone, then lays down layers of ceramic in the requested color.Labwork Veneers
  • The lab processes the veneer in an oven which uses high temperature to set the veneer.
  • Finally, technicians polish and glaze the veneer and send it back to Dr. Sayegh’s office.
  • We cement the veneer to the tooth using dental cement.

Composite Veneers

Chair-side Composite VeneerThe other option for veneers is made with composite materials. Here is the process:

  • The veneer is made chair-side, where Dr. Sayegh will minimally prepare the tooth. For composites, less grinding is required than for the ceramic preparation.
  • The patient and the staff selects the desired color for the veneer.
  • Sayegh applies layers of composite material directly to the tooth.
  • We cure the veneer to the surface of the tooth, using a special light.
  • Then, we polish and shine the surface to make sure the veneers look smooth and pretty.
  • The composite bond is almost the same as a composite veneer, but it does not cover the entire facial surface of the tooth.
  • This is intended to close gaps between teeth and add to certain surfaces to make teeth appear even. This is also done “chair side.”

Pros & Cons of Ceramic vs Composite VeneersVeneers Pros & Cons


  • Time – the process takes approximately two weeks
  • Expense – More expensive than composite
  • Usually involves a little more grinding than composite types
  • Shinier and better color stability
  • Lasts an average 10 to 15 years, although timeframe varies between patients


  • Time – Composites are quicker than ceramic
  • Expense – A lot less expensive
  • Durability (last an average 4- 8 years) depending on the patient
  • Slightly less glare or flash, which is more natural than the flashy, shiny “Hollywood” smile.
  • No temporary involved, so the process involves less trips to the dentist.

Composite Bond:

Veneers Pros & Cons

With veneers, you could love your smile!

A third option is a composite bond. This process requires the least preparation, is less expensive than either of the other options, and involves fewer surface layers and lasts 4-8 years (depending on the patient).

The success of each of these veneer processes rely on excellent hygiene and consistent maintenance on the part of the patient. In many cases, undetermined patients may begin with composites and then eventually have ceramic veneers, once they are ready to pay for the more expensive process. Or, your options may be limited by available facial surfaces. Dr. Sayegh and his staff can advise you about your best option.Veneer Recommendations

After using the veneers for years, they may wear down or turn dark in color. At that point, you and Dr. Sayegh and his staff will decide whether to replace them or change to a different type of veneer.

About Dr. Sayegh &

Dentist GlendoraDr. Antoine Sayegh & the ImplantaSmile Team use the latest available dental treatments, equipment, and materials – all of which make a marked difference in our patients’ experiences. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal dental health. We creatively combine dental science and artistry — which can literally redesign your smile. Since even a subtle change in your smile will help you to project self-confidence and high self-esteem, we love helping you feel good about yourself. We deliver the finest dental care at the most reasonable cost and accept most dental insurance plans as well as CareCredit. For more about the dental treatment plans we offer or to schedule an appointment, call today (626) 963-7581.

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A Brighter Smile: Teeth Whitening

White Teeth GlendoraDid you know that studies prove that white teeth lead to greater success at home and on the job? Nothing beats a beautiful smile. And when it comes to teeth, white (not yellow) is the desired color. Dr. Sayegh and the staff at ImplantaSmile in Glendora and Huntington Beach offer a host of dental services, all of which give patients a lot to smile about! Read the rest of this entry »

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Dr. Sayegh Crowns Patients Like Royalty  

Dental CrownsAs a full-service dentist with offices in Glendora and Huntington Beach, California, Dr. Antoine Sayegh, of Implant a Smile, offers a wide variety of services. By doing a full exam and taking X-rays, when appropriate, Dr. Sayegh and his staff will determine how to get to the root of your dental problems, whether you are missing teeth, experience oral and/or jaw pain or if you aren’t happy with your smile. One of the dozens of services Dr. Sayegh and his team provide are dental crowns and bridges.

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Missing Teeth? Consider Mini Implants

Mini Dental Implants

Are you missing teeth?

People lose teeth for many reasons:

  • Teeth can grow in at an odd angle, overcrowding your mouth.
  • Cavities can cause infections, which can damage teeth.
  • For myriad reasons, dentists sometimes need to extract teeth.
  • Teeth and crowns can break, leading to tooth loss.
  • Unrepaired broken crowns can lead to additional dental bone loss.
  • The jawbone can deteriorate due to osteoporosis or other diseases, or simply as a natural part of aging.

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All About Implants

Dental History ImplantsRise of Cosmetic Dentistry

Before King Louis the 14th, people let their teeth rot until they fell out of their gums or went to the dentist to have them pulled but not replaced. But because Louis was plagued by dental problems his entire life and because he placed such a premium on appearance, French society took notice, still opting for extraction but willingly investing in attractive false teeth. Born with two teeth already in his mouth, Louis’ teeth were eventually pulled. As a result, he suffered large maxillary bone defect, which negatively affected his ability to communicate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Healthy Resolutions

HealthyA Healthy Mouth Leads to a Healthy Body 

One of the great things about starting a new year is the opportunity to make a fresh start. In the United States, the most common new year’s resolutions pertain to health. Since we are committed to helping improve our patients’ overall health, we would like to take the opportunity to offer four tips to help you make 2018 your healthiest year ever: Read the rest of this entry »

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What You Need to Know About Dentures

Glendora Dentist DenturesNo one sets out planning to wear dentures. While we are all aware they exist and that they perform a necessary function, we think they are for “old people who didn’t take care of their teeth.” But that isn’t always the case. To clear up common misconceptions, we wanted to devote this blog post to what some consider the wicked stepchildren of the dental world. But while other procedures such as full mouth reconstruction and dental implants (which we will delve into in a future post) are preferable, they are not always practical or even possible.

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Dental-Related Holiday Gifts

Holiday Dental GiftsSince the holidays are here, you are probably on a tireless search for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. We’ve got some great ideas for dental care-related gifts at several different price points, all of which are fun as well as functional!


Basic? Maybe. Important? Always. Creative? Potentially!

The perfect size for a stocking stuffer, a new toothbrush is a great gift, which pairs nicely with items that often share stocking space, like candy. Choose “soft” bristled brushes, because harder versions can damage enamel and even tear up gums. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist for recommendations based on your personal needs and habits. You should change your toothbrush at least once every three months, because old brushes can harbor bacteria. Also, worn bristles won’t effectively clean. Get creative by paying attention to design (consult with our hygienists via text or email).

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Holiday Stress and Your Teeth

dental stress

Did you know that stress can affect your teeth?

Dental Stress

With parties to attend, gifts to buy, and expectations to meet, the holidays can be stressful. And stress can be detrimental to your health—even inside your mouth! High stress levels can lead to a host of dental problems. So, it’s important to talk to your dentist and try your best to lesson or remove stressors from your daily life.

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