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8 Reasons Veneers May be Right for You

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, chances are it shows in how you communicate. Veneers can change that, especially when created by San Francisco’s leading cosmetic dentist, Rebecca Castaneda.

May 14th, 2018
Oral Bacteria May Predict Your Migraines

Migraines affect over 1 billion people worldwide. The most significant characteristic of a migraine is a severe and debilitating pain in the head, but migraine headaches are more than just a bad headache. They are a neurological disorder and considered to

Nov 12th, 2016
Dental Implants – Your Smile Solution

Dental implants enable dentists to create healthy, attractive smiles in an innovative way. Used to replace one or more missing teeth, implants are another alternative to conventional bridges and dentures. In essence, dental implants act and look like natur

Sep 9th, 2016
Nature vs. Nurture: Dental Problems Parents Pass Down To Children

Parents, in particular, want to know: does DNA predetermine dental health? It’s the classic nature vs. nurture question that dentists get asked often, but the answer doesn’t simply boil down to one or the other. The scary truth is that many dental problems

Jun 21st, 2016
Receding Gums: Are Your Teeth in Peril?

No cavities, no problem, right? Wrong! Even the straightest and whitest of teeth can fall prey to a serious case of receding gums, a common condition that can sneak up and do some damage before many individuals realize it’s even a problem.

Apr 1st, 2016
Is It Possible to Re-Shape Your Teeth?

When you look closely at your smile in the mirror, something isn’t quite right. You just don’t like the shape of your teeth. Maybe your front teeth are too straight at the bottom, and you’d prefer that they looked more rounded. Maybe your canines are, well

Jan 31st, 2016
Tooth Bonding vs. Veneers

If you do not like the look of your smile, you’ll need to visit a cosmetic dentist to help you fix it. Depending on the state of your teeth and your budget, a cosmetic dentist may recommend the use of bonding or veneers. Which option is best for you? Toot

Jan 29th, 2016
Singles Rate White Teeth A Top Priority

When judging a potential date, both men and women rate teeth at the top. Based on a national survey of almost 5,500 unattached adults 21 and older, meeting a prospect with clean, bright white teeth wasn’t just a “nice to have” item on their wish lists, but

Jan 26th, 2016
What to Expect During Your Smile Makeover Consultation

If you want a gorgeous new smile, then your first stop should be to a cosmetic dentist, a trained expert who specializes in just that – giving you a perfect smile. At Aesthetika Dental, one of our most popular procedures is called a “Smile Makeover.” What

Jan 20th, 2016
What Is Cosmetic Tooth Bonding?

Sometimes even small flaws can change the way we feel about our appearance. You wish you could stop obsessing about the small gaps between your teeth, but every time you look in the mirror, you find yourself leaning in, focusing on those gaps again. If yo

Jan 17th, 2016
Your Teeth Help You Talk

Teeth are extremely important for a number of reasons, and it isn’t just about looks! They allow you to chew your food and help fill out the structure of your face. Teeth are also very important when it comes to speaking. If you’ve ever heard someone spea

Dec 23rd, 2015
Is Your Toothbrush Getting You Sick?

There are about 100-200 species of oral bacteria living in your mouth. When you brush your teeth, this bacteria gets on your brush. Add to that another unsavory fact: The average toothbrush can contain 10 million bacteria. It’s no wonder when brushes are

Dec 16th, 2015
Only Hire A Top Cosmetic Dentist

It seems like everyone is seeking a dazzling white smile these days. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), more than 600,000 patients are opting for veneer procedures annually. Any dentist, however, can call herself a cosmetic de

Nov 25th, 2015
Can Straight Teeth Actually Improve Your Dental Health?

Straightening a crooked smile can do wonders for an individual’s self-esteem and even their social life, but can it actually improve their dental health and hygiene? Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean properly with a toothbrush and with floss. Over

Nov 18th, 2015
The Shocking 4 Ways You Are Ruining Your Teeth

So, we’ve learned that coffee, wine and sugary treats can wreak havoc in our mouths and on our pearly whites. But what about these innocent actions? Why do these seemingly innocent behaviors damage our teeth? Chomping on ice. What seems like a healthy way

Nov 18th, 2015
What Does Your Smile Say About You?

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The clothes make the man.”? It’s just as relevant to women, too! What this saying means is that the way we choose to appear and to comport ourselves has a certain amount of power. Of course, our clothes can’t change who we

Oct 21st, 2015
Are Your Teeth Giving Away Your Age?

We all learn as children that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately age matters a lot in our society. Older men and women often have more trouble finding a job or worry about competing with younger colleagues, especially in more youth-f

Oct 13th, 2015
Time to Start Dating Again? Get Your Smile Ready!

Are you ready to jump back into the dating pool after a long absence? Good for you! It can be challenging to polish off your old pick-up lines, endure those first awkward conversations, or deal with the jitters before a first date (they don’t go away). Whe

Oct 9th, 2015
Combine a Smile Makeover with Other Cosmetic Procedures

Have you finally decided that it’s time to make a big change in your life and undergo a cosmetic procedure, such as a face lift, breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, or liposuction? If you are fully committed to improving your appearance, then con

Aug 31st, 2015
TMJ Disorders (TMD) Causes and Treatments

The disorder commonly known as TMJ gets its name from the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is named so because it connects the upper temporal bone (a part of the skull) with the mandible (the lower jawbone).

Aug 18th, 2015
The Basics of Tooth Implants (Osseointegration)

Osseointegration is the technical term for what is commonly referred to as dental implants. Anyone who has lost as little as one or as many as all of their teeth is an acceptable candidate for osseointegration as long as they have sufficiently healthy ja

Aug 7th, 2015
Post-menopausal Women with Tooth Loss and Osteoporosis

A survey of 200 post-menopausal women by a research group at Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine found that “[dental] implants improved the women’s quality of life in profound ways by increasing comfort, speech, chewing function, and fit

Aug 4th, 2015
Improve Your Smile With Natural-Looking Inlays and Onlays

If you are tired of having unsightly silver or gold fillings you should consider having them replaced with tooth-colored porcelain inlays or onlays. Inlays are used to treat decay or defects in the tooth that is too large to be treated with a regular toot

Jun 18th, 2015
The KöR Whitening System

The KöR Whitening system is so effective that it is the only teeth whitening procedure that can whiten teeth which have been discolored by the use of the antibiotic tetracycline. It is not uncommon for KöR to lighten teeth up to 16 shades. The KöR Whiteni

Jun 8th, 2015
Is It Ever Too Late To Get Braces?

When you think of someone smiling wide and showing a mouthful of braces, you will probably picture a young child or teen. In fact, the majority of braces are placed on children between the ages of 8 and 14 years of age. Adults considering braces may feel u

Jun 1st, 2015
Why Does Coffee Stain Teeth?

American adults love their coffee, sipping an average of three cups a day, or 587 million cups a year as a nation, according to USA Today. All of that coffee adds up, and many coffee lovers notice that their teeth pay the price for their caffeine fix. Why

May 27th, 2015
Give Your Mother the Gift of a Dazzling Smile

Crooked, discolored, or missing teeth can cause an individual to feel extremely self-conscious about their smile and their overall appearance. It is hard to feel confident and enjoy yourself at a party or outing with friends if you are constantly afraid to

May 8th, 2015
Gum Problems during Menopause: Consult a Dentist

Women are at a greater risk of dental problems, including gum problems, during menopause and other times of hormonal fluctuation. This is most commonly associated with changes in estrogen levels in the body and, in the case of menopause, the natural aging

Apr 22nd, 2015
Restore your Smile; Reflect your Dazzling Inner-Self

Your smile – sincere, simple, and straightforward – can get you more than just a few admiring looks. A genuine smile is inviting. It projects a positive outlook and tells people that you are approachable, intelligent, and worth getting to know. Over the lo

Apr 18th, 2015
Your Next Trip To The Dentist Could Save Your Life

Oral Cancer Screenings Oral cancer is not a well-known form of cancer, but it can be very deadly, especially if it isn’t caught early. One of the smartest things you can do in order to be effectively screened for oral cancer is…visit your dentist. Accor

Apr 12th, 2015
Will We Ever See An Anti-Aging Drug Hit The Market?

Just a few years ago the world went wild for resveratrol, an antifungal compound found in red grapes that was thought to have strong anti-aging properties. Yet, after the dust settled, all the human trials of resveratrol found no magic anti-aging bullet.

Apr 8th, 2015
Are Removable Partial Dentures Right For You?

You might have memories of seeing your grandparents’ or parents’ denture sitting in a glass of water on the nightstand at bedtime. If you have lost several teeth in your upper and lower jaw, you may be wondering if dentures are right for you. One big drawb

Apr 2nd, 2015
Is A Zirconia Bridge Right For You?

If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, you may feel embarrassed to smile or laugh in the company of others. You may also experience difficulty chewing or find that you accidentally lisp or whistle when you speak. If your missing teeth are holding you

Mar 31st, 2015
Is There A Way To Fix A Chipped Tooth Without Veneers?

Teeth are strong, but they aren’t invincible. It is possible to chip your tooth by chewing on an ice cube, falling, or getting an accidental elbow in the face. If you’ve got a chipped tooth, you may feel self-conscious about smiling and laughing in public.

Feb 15th, 2015
What To Expect When Getting A Crown

Crowns are a cosmetic dentist’s best friend. They are used in all sorts of situations, including to: Protect a cracked tooth Hold a broken tooth together Protect a tooth with a deep filling Close spaces, change the shape, size or position of teeth Change

Jan 26th, 2015
Too Old For Braces? Invisalign Might Be The Solution For You

If you feel self-conscious about your crooked teeth, then you are not alone! I have met many patients who have mastered the art of the “closed lip smile” after years of practice, because they felt ashamed or embarrassed of crooked teeth. Twenty years ago

Jan 20th, 2015
Financing Options For Cosmetic Dentistry

The confidence and happiness a beautiful smile can create is priceless, but the dental procedures to create that smile can get expensive, especially if you need procedures like veneers or multiple crowns. Many cosmetic dental procedures are not covered by

Jan 7th, 2015
Chip A Tooth? You Might Need A Crown!

Human teeth are able to chew on thick steaks and bite through crisp apples, but they have their limits. It is not uncommon for people to chip a tooth at some point in their lives. This could happen from: Biting through a hard food like a Jolly Rancher or

Dec 23rd, 2014
Is Dentistry An Art?

When you go to your regular dentist’s office and receive the hum-drum cleaning and flossing, it’s hard to imagine dentistry as an art. However, when you are unhappy with your smile, you need more than just a dentist to give you the gleeming smile you desir

Dec 18th, 2014
About Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics is the artistic, cerebral dental specialty that focuses on improving aesthetics, restoring and replacing teeth, correcting poor function, treating poor bites and jaw problems. A Prosthodontist can aid in the rehabilitation of a complete d

Dec 16th, 2014
Sleep Apnea Solutions? Ask Your Dentist!

Do you feel chronically drowsy and fatigued? Is your brain a foggy mess? It sounds like you aren’t getting enough sleep! Time to see your dentist! You could be one of the estimated 18 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea, a disorder defined by sle

Dec 12th, 2014
Want To Stay Young? Then Relax During The Holidays

Relaxation and the holidays – not two words you usually associate with each other, but you might want to change that to avoid premature aging. Studies looking at the effect of stress continue to mount, demonstrating that chronic stress causes biological ch

Dec 9th, 2014
Simple Tips to Optimize Your Dental Health

To ensure your overall well-being, it is important to maintain good oral health. Make sure you visit the dentist regularly as this is important for optimizing healthy gums and teeth. Here are simple tips to follow to ensure good oral health and hygiene –

Dec 2nd, 2014
Celebrity Before and After Cosmetic Smiles You Must See

November 21, 2014. by Dr Rebecca Castaneda Cosmetic dentistry is one of those top sought after cosmetic changes we see on celebrities, but we seem to never hear about them. The perfect smile truly is the game changer when it comes to the “Celebrity Image”.

Nov 22nd, 2014
Teeth Whitening Before The Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, which means you’ll probably reconnect with extended family and maybe even a few old friends if you are traveling to your home town. It may even be that you are going to spend the holidays with your in-laws or potential future

Nov 12th, 2014
Crooked Teeth May Be Hurting More Than Your Physical Appearance

For many children, teens, and adults, crooked or misaligned teeth can cause a lot of emotional pain. You may feel self-conscious when giving a presentation at work, speaking with someone at a cocktail party, or getting your picture taken with friends.

Nov 4th, 2014
Time To Think About Sugar And Cavities

Halloween is approaching, which means costumes, Jack O’ lanterns, and candy. Lots and lots of candy. Growing up, I bet your dentist warned you against eating too much sugar or you’d rot your teeth out! The truth is that any trace particles of food can feed

Oct 26th, 2014
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of treatments customized to correct a wide range of flaws. As a former artist and your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Castaneda will design a treatment plan that considers your overall facial harmony as well as your time constr

Oct 20th, 2014
What’s New in Dentistry

Modern dentistry bears little resemblance to the dentistry of ten or twenty years ago. Today’s techniques, instruments and materials literally eliminate the pain and discomfort of dentistry of the past. If you haven’t been to a dentist in a long time, you

Oct 15th, 2014
A New Paradigm for Gentle Dental Care

Here at Aesthetika, we realize that many adults have had negative experiences at the dentist’s office. You may be one of them and still have nightmares of painful flossing, your mouth stretched by cotton wads, or the loud drill hitting a nerve in your teet

Oct 15th, 2014
Aesthetic Dentistry

Throughout the years, aesthetic dentistry has evolved to include total facial harmony. A skilled aesthetic dentist considers the surrounding facial structure, as well as the gums and teeth. Problems, like tooth decay, gum disease, and TMJ disorder can coun

Oct 14th, 2014
THE AP BRIDGE Metal Free and Non-Removable Teeth

DID YOU KNOW THAT ORAL HEALTH IS A MAJOR FACTOR OF GOOD GENERAL HEALTH? Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants and implant retained teeth may allow you to live your life more fully. When your treatment is complete you should be able to chew and

Oct 12th, 2014
The AP Zirconia Bridge

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING…… Clinical/Laboratory Considerations The AP Zirconia bridge is designed to maximize aesthetics and function while offering seven additional major advantages over conventional, implant supported “crown–and–bridge” or “hybrid” prosthes

Oct 10th, 2014
Oral Cancer Screening For Prevention

The CDC recommends that all patients over the age of 17 be screened annually for oral cancer. The HPV may be to blame for the alarming increase of young adults with oropharyngeal cancer. Oral cancer kills roughly 1 person per hour, every hour, every day in

Oct 8th, 2014
Back On The Job Market? Make Sure Your Smile Says Hire!

It would be so great if a hiring manager could take one look at you and see what a dedicated, qualified, and passionate person you are. Unfortunately, these attributes only come out with time. Instead, the hiring manager’s first impressions will strongly b

Oct 1st, 2014
Get a brilliant white smile, permanently with KöR Whitening System!

“Every dentist knows that it’s impossible to whiten tetracycline stained teeth – Until Now! it just couldn’t be done,” says Dr. Castaneda. “I figured that if I could find a whitening system that solves THAT problem, then I would have found the ‘Holy Grail

Sep 27th, 2014
Improving Your Smile

Over 90% of Americans agree that a smile is an important social asset, yet less than half of people are satisfied with their smiles. An attractive smile radiates youth, vitality, and success. Cosmetic dentistry can help you express your style and individua

Sep 23rd, 2014
Red Wine ‘good for your teeth’

According to research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, red wine contains antimicrobial elements that were found to help kill bacteria in simulated lab tests. Cavities, gum disease and tooth loss are caused by the accumulation o

Sep 3rd, 2014
Dental Care May Save Your Life!

You might have a powerful and inexpensive weapon against heart disease. It’s sitting in your medicine cabinet: your toothbrush. Most people are not aware of the relationship between oral health and heart health even today. A spokeswoman for the American D

Aug 29th, 2014
If Fear is Stopping You

You’ve read all the materials and you know that Dr. Castenada and her staff have been brightening smiles for 25 years. But what if you had a bad experience with a dentist in the past? What if you’re nervous about all the procedures? Perhaps your fear is ov

Aug 25th, 2014
How To Choose An Aesthetic Dentist

“Cosmetic Dentist” or “Aesthetic Dentist” is a self assigned designation used by a growing number of dentists. It is not a recognized specialty within the dental profession but is a segment of the practice of dentistry that falls under the realm of Prostho

Aug 19th, 2014
Recent Event – Open House of Ageless Beauty

The Aesthetika Open House of Ageless Beauty was a great success. Those who attended were given information on services from beautiful teeth and skin to make up secrets and an opportunity to update their wardrobe with accessories from around the world. Jil

Jul 31st, 2014
Dental Implants: What You Need To Know

Dental implants are the most significant dental innovation of our generation. Dental implants are comprised of three parts-a post, a crown and an abutment-that work together to “permanently” replace missing teeth. The implants themselves are screw-shaped

Jul 30th, 2014
How to Prevent Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a fantastic way to rejuvenate your smile and improve the appearance of your teeth with minimal time and effort. However teeth whitening can leave patients with tooth sensitivity following the treatment. Tooth sensitivity is generally m

Jul 29th, 2014
Over-the-counter VS. Professional Teeth Whitening

Whiter teeth light up every smile and make you look more attractive. It is no wonder teeth whitening is one of the most requested dental procedures. Almost everyone interested in having whiter teeth have tried an over-the-counter teeth whitener to no ava

Jul 26th, 2014
Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers

There are many different options to consider if you would like to have the smile of your dreams. Two of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments are porcelain veneers and dental bonding. There are also pros and cons to each treatment. Here’s an ov

Jul 12th, 2014
Why Cosmetic Dentistry?

Don’t be afraid to flash your pearly whites! Your smile is an important part of the image you project to the public. Discoloration, chips, gaps and overlapping teeth may distract attention from your best qualities. These irregularities can even cause emba

Jun 11th, 2014
Open House of Ageless Beauty

IT’S A PARTY! Join Us for an Evening of Beauty Tips, Shopping, Wine & Cheese Family & Friends are Welcome Rebecca Castaneda, DDS Featuring Tips, Trunk Show, Coupons, & Door Prizes from: • PROFESSIONAL STYLIST: Update your style with advice from profess

Jun 7th, 2014
Self-Examination for Oral Cancer

Good home oral care should always include self-examination for oral cancer. Any sore that persists in your mouth for more than a week should always be brought to your dentist’s attention. Prevention and early detection for oral cancer is of the greatest

Jun 3rd, 2014
The causes of bad breath

Bad breath – also known as halitosis – is an unpleasant condition that can cause a great deal of embarrassment. And, for many people, it is made even worse by the fact they don’t even know that they have it. There are many possible causes for bad breath

May 27th, 2014
Smile Makeovers by a Cosmetic Dentist

The smile is one of the first things people notice about you. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Do you know that people make 11 assumptions about you just from your appearance, within 7 seconds of meeting you? When you walk thru the doo

May 23rd, 2014
10 Great Reasons To Choose Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers and fingernail-thin shells that are adhered to the front of the tooth. Porcelain veneers also offer superior benefits over other cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as crowns, implants and colored fillings. Why to choose porcelain venee

May 17th, 2014
Foods and Drinks That Are Staining Your Teeth

Tooth enamel is extremely porous, which makes it susceptible to stains. Any foods or beverages are absorbed by your teeth and staining can occur. The color of your food is not the only thing to watch out for; the level of acidity in the food or beverage

May 14th, 2014
Different Types of Dentists For your Oral Care

While many people see dentists as the single group of people who look after the health of your teeth and mouth, there are various specialist categories that help you in different ways. The categorization of a Dentist will depend on their education, traini

May 10th, 2014
How Stress Affects Your Dental Health

Stress. Everyone experiences stress at one point or another, but some of us experience it more than others. Stress can be caused by having a high pressure job, financial problems or simply having too much to do and not enough time to do it all. While a

May 8th, 2014
Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is performed for patients who wish for a livelier, whiter smile. Whitening of teeth can diminish discoloration, staining or to simply to give a patient brighter teeth. Teeth bleaching is the most common procedure used to achieve whiter te

May 5th, 2014
Get a Brilliant White Smile, Permanently!

“Every dentist knows that it’s impossible to whiten tetracycline stained teeth – until now, it just couldn’t be done,” says Dr. Castaneda. “I figured that if I could find a whitening system that could solve THAT problem, then I would have found the ‘Holy G

Apr 29th, 2014
How Scaling and Planing can Help Clean your Teeth Properly

Dental plaque is a film that builds up on your teeth and, if it is not removed through good oral hygiene, it can lead to tooth decay and gum problems. Over time it can ultimately form a hard, rough sediment known as dental tartar or calculus, which attrac

Apr 23rd, 2014
How Baby Teeth First Develop

A newly born baby usually has no teeth visible but most have begun to develop primary or baby teeth.These generally begin to appear about six months after birth. Over their first few years, they will develop all 20 primary teeth and will usually have them

Apr 20th, 2014
Treating Sensitive Teeth

It can also make it uncomfortable to brush or floss the teeth and therefore can lead to further oral problems. However, sensitive teeth can be treated. If you suffer from this, your dentist may suggest that you try a desensitizing toothpaste, which conta

Mar 16th, 2014
Oral Cancer Screening

The CDC recommends that all patients over the age of 17 be screened annually for oral cancer. The HPV may be to blame for the alarming increase of young adults with oropharyngeal cancer. Oral cancer kills roughly 1 person per hour, every hour, every day in

Feb 19th, 2014
Customized Treatment Plan for Dental Restoration

COSMETIC DENTIST AND PROSTHODONTIST DR. REBECCA CASTANEDA OF AESTHETIKA DENTAL CENTER IN SAN FRANCISCO HAS UPDATED HER TECHNICAL AND ARTISTIC APPROACH TO TEETH REPLACEMENT AND RESTORATION WITH A REVAMPED CUSTOMIZED TREATMENT PLAN. More than 90% of American

Dec 3rd, 2013
Smile Solution for your 40’s

In your 40’s, stains become harder to erase and your gums may even do a disappearing act. As your face starts to age, your teeth may push forward, which can cause the front teeth to crowd.

Sep 7th, 2013