"How do you like my smile now?
She wanted to have her denture make her look
younger and when she saw it, she was satisfied.
Patient was pleased with her new Smile & asked
"How do you like my smile now?
She wanted to have her denture make her look
younger and when she saw it, she was satisfied.
Did you know that.... when your front tooth is
Broken before your wedding. It can stop you from
smiling & creating good memories on your big day?
But Dr. Velasquez can help.
This was an emergency case. He came in when he broke
one of his front tooth few weeks before his wedding.
It was a series of treatments, and definitely the process
took time. But thanks to him & his vision that had aligned to
ours, with the goal in mind which is to fix the broken
tooth,we were able to improved his smile.
The result we achieved is a "Perfect Smile" for him.
To begin with, we had to make him a temporary for the
broken tooth so he could smile for his wedding pictures.
The next step was to whiten his teeth during the course
of his treatments. Lastly, as you can see from the pictures
the difference was the length of his teeth (the teeth on the
before image was shorter than the after photo).
He is appreciative of the professionalism and good
service that we gave him.
We, the Velasquez Dental Team and Dr. Jeff Velasquez
are more thankful and appreciative to all our patients
who continously see the positive in what we do.
It is them who make our job worthwhile.
The first thing Larry Dougherty noticed about his dental
school classmate Ana Paula Ferraz was her long, jet black
hair. As Ana got to know Larry, she fell in love with
his kindness and sense of humor.After dental school, it
was “I do” for the couple. Ana and Larry married in a
small, 60-person wedding at an old estate home in
Miami. One of their most special guests – the couple’s
rat terrier Chi Chi, in full top-hat regalia – even rode to
the wedding with Larry in the limo. “It was perfect,”
Ana says. “We couldn’t stop smiling.” And they
haven’t stopped since. Today, dentists Ana and
Larry run their own practice and have some “been
there, done that” advice to share for anyone getting
ready to celebrate a wedding.
Whitening for the Wedding
The dress isn’t the only thing that’s white at many
weddings. Some couples,including Ana and Larry, whiten
their teeth for sparkling smiles on the big day. “If I
were to whiten my teeth for a wedding, which I
did, I would have a dentist do
the whitening in an office,” Dr. Ferraz said. “That
way, you can see results right away and not have to
worry about placing whitening trays in your mouth
Because whitening can make your teeth feel more
sensitive, Ana and Larry whitened their teeth a month
before the big day. “We scheduled the appointment
early to give our smiles time to adjust, which I
recommend,” she says. “That way, by your actual
wedding day, your teeth aren’t too sensitive.”
There are also some at-home options you can use,
such as trays you can get from your dentist. You
can also use whitening toothpaste or strips with
the ADA Seal of Acceptance. That way, you know
they are safe and effective. Ask your dentist which
method is best for you, but above all, stay away
from home remedies, which can actually do more
harm than good.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Early On
“Weddings mark such momentous days in our lives, and
our smiles are a big part of them,” Ana says. “The last
thing you want to worry about is a toothache on your
wedding day or on your honeymoon.”
If you don’t see a dentist regularly, the time leading
up to your wedding can be a great time to
start. Schedule an appointment a few months out to
avoid painful and possibly expensive problems
around your wedding. “I once cared for a patient
whose wisdom teeth were infected less than two
weeks before her wedding,” he says. “Having regular
dental visits can help reduce your chances of a
dental emergency or needing a procedure that close
to the wedding.” Need a dentist? Find one today!
Wedding Day Must-Haves
If your bridesmaids are putting together an
emergency kit, there’s one item
Ana recommends bringing along. “Have one of yo
ur bridesmaids carry floss and little compact mirror
to make sure there’s nothing in your teeth and
everything looks good,” she says. “That’s what I did.”
Regular brushing and cleaning between your teeth
should help your breath stay fresh, but feel
free to also pack some sugarless gum with the ADA
Seal of Acceptance if you need a breath boost during
the day. “Also, avoid food that can leave your
breath not as fresh, like onions or garlic,” she says.
Commit to a Daily Dental Routine
Your wedding is just one small part of a long life with
your partner. When it comes to your dental
routine, don’t let it slide after tying the knot. Ana
and Larry followed a healthy dental routine before
the wedding.—and have kept up a sweet daily ritual
together since then. “We have our own little routine
in the morning where we brush and floss together,”
Ana says of her bathroom moments with Larry.
Sometimes, they even chat over the noisy buzzing
of their electronic toothbrushes. “It can be hard to
hear her but that doesn’t keep me from talking,”
Larry says. “I always have something nice to say.”
Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum
for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth
The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of
saliva, which washes away food and other debris,
neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the
mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout
the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it
more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth
Look for chewing gum with the ADA Seal because you
can be sure it's sugarless. All gums with the ADA Seal
are sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners
such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol.
Of course, chewing sugar-containing gum increases saliva
flow too, but it also contains sugar which is used by
plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids. Further
research needs to be done to determine the effects
of chewing sugar-containing gum on tooth decay.
Don’t let chewing sugarless gum replace brushing and
flossing. It’s not a substitute. The ADA still recommends
brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and
cleaning plaque from between your teeth once a day
with dental floss or other interdental cleaners.
Look for chewing gum that carries the ADA Seal. The
ADA Seal is your assurance that the sugar-free chewing
gum has met the ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness.
You can trust that claims made on packaging and
labeling for ADA-accepted products are true, because
companies must verify all of the information to the ADA.
Products with the ADA Seal say what they do and do what
They help you chew, speak and smile, but how much do
you really know about your teeth? Here are some of
the “tooth truths” that prove your teeth really are
1. People have been caring for their teeth for
centuries.Did you know the first toothbrushes were
actually twigs our ancestors chewed on, using the
frayed ends to cleanse their teeth? Around 5,000
B.C., the Egyptians used crushed eggshells and
ground animal hooves to clean and polish their
teeth. By the 1700s, a British inventor had adapted
a design first seen in China – a bone handle with
boar bristles inserted into small holes and secured
with wire. Modern toothbrushes with nylon bristles
arrived in the late 1930s, and the first electric
toothbrush was introduced in 1954.
2. Teeth can tell stories about you.Scientists can tell
a great deal about us just by examining our teeth.
Did you realize that our teeth reveal how old we are,
what we eat and drink -- even where on Earth we
may have lived? Our teeth also carry significant
clues about our overall health, including periods of
stress or illness we’ve endured. In short, teeth are a
lasting record of our personal history
3. Every tooth is unique.Whether we’re talking
about the 20 “baby teeth” that serve us in
childhood or the 32 permanent teeth we have in
our adult years, no two teeth are exactly the same
shape and size. Each tooth in your mouth has its own
unique profile, and teeth also vary widely from
person to person. So your smile really is a
true mark of your individuality!
4. The blueprint for your teeth is present the day
you’re born.When babies arrive, the crowns of
their first 20 teeth are already in place under the
gums, waiting for the right time to break through –
starting sometime between 3 to 6 months of age.
Throughout childhood, the crowns and roots of
adult teeth are already forming under those baby
teeth, waiting until it’s time to begin pushing them
out of the way. And here’s one more fun fact:
In 1950, the average gift from the Tooth Fairy was
just 25 cents. Today’s kids get about $2.00 per
5. Cleaning between your teeth is just as important
as brushing the parts you see.When we brush,
we’re able to easily reach the tops and sides
of our teeth. But the surfaces between – which
make up a significant part of our tooth enamel –
need proper cleaning, too. This is why it’s best
to clean between your teeth daily to remove
food and bacteria and promote healthy gums.
And don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly
for cleanings and checkups. Your teeth are
already amazing, and your ADA dentist and
their team can help keep them that way.
Backpack? Check. Booster shots? Check. Teeth cleaning?
Regular dental visits are important year-round, but
a back-to-school checkup is key in fighting the most
common chronic disease found in school-age children:
cavities. In fact, dental disease causes children to
miss more than 51 million school hours each year.
Prevention and early detection can help avoid pain,
trouble eating, difficulty speaking and school
absences. “When people are beginning to do their
pediatrician checks to make sure their kids are
school-ready, make sure teeth are part of it,” says
pediatric dentist and American Dental Association
spokesperson Dr. Mary Hayes.
Between cookouts, camping trips and everything
else on your family’s summer bucket list, it’s easy for
school to sneak up on you. Unfortunately, many
parents may not think about making that
appointment until August, which Dr. Hayes says is
one of her busiest times. “The rush is pretty intense,”
Give yourself enough time by making it a habit to
call when your child gets her spring report card
each year. “Planning ahead is good,” Dr. Hayes says.
“If families want to avoid the rush to go back to
school in August, then plan on getting appointments
for the beginning of the summer.”
Encourage Age-Appropriate Dental Habits at Home
The best kind of checkup is a cavity-free
checkup. Moms and dads can help make this happen
by encouraging kids to brush twice a day for two
minutes and floss once a day. Here’s Dr. Hayes’
Ages 6 and Under
At this age, your child might want to do all the
brushing herself but doesn’t have the fine motor
skills needed to do a thorough job. Let them start
and jump in when needed. “During that age, the
mouth is changing so much that children who
are 5 or 6 are often brushing their teeth in the way
they were when they were 2 or 3,” Dr. Hayes
says. “They’re not accommodating the new molars,
and they’re not accommodating the fact that the
mouth is growing.”
By now, your child knows what to do, she just might
not want to. Keep encouraging healthy brushing
and flossing habits. “Be aware of the fact that
sometimes you have to take over a little bit more,”
she says. “By the time they’re teenagers, they’re
starting to understand self-care, accountability for
their actions and such.”
Dr. Hayes says this is a critical time for dental health.
“When you look at research for when caries appear
in kids, it tends to be in young kids. But another
bump-up time is teenage years and early adulthood,”
she says. “Part of this has to do with the fact that
teenagers may have gone for many years and never
had a cavity. They don’t necessarily take care of
their teeth because they don’t see the consequence
Don’t let your teen’s habits become out of sight,
out of mind. “The behaviors of the teenager are
going to translate into the 20-year-old. We want to
be able to support them and be respectful of them
because they’re not kids anymore.”
Timing Is Everything
Time of day can make or break your child’s
appointment. “It’s important for a
child of any age who’s used to a nap to not schedule
during naptime,” she says. If your child is always
cranky after waking up, factor that in too.
For older children, avoid cramming in a dentist
appointment right after day camp or school.
“Not all kids have the energy to do that,” she says.
“I will have parents who want to do very elaborate
operative work after school because that’s when the
kids can come out. But if the child has already been
exhausted or had a bad day or had tests, they
just don’t have the stamina to make it through
the appointment successfully.”
Make One Child a Model
If you’ve scheduled back-to-back
appointments for your children, there’s a simple way
to decide who goes first: Choose the child who’s had
the most positive experiences at the dentist. “Every
child is going to be a little bit different in their
temperament about how they approach a visit,” she says.
“You generally want the ones first who are more
successful because the others get to see how it goes.”
A Hungry Child Is Not a Happy Patient
Feed your child a light meal before the appointment.
“Hungry people are grouchy people. You want them to
be comfortable,” she says. “It’s also generally a good
idea not to feed them in the waiting room before you
see the dentist because there’s all that food in [their mouth].”
Eating light is also better for a child with a healthy gag
reflex. “Some children gag a lot just because they gag
with everything,” she says. “As they age and they get
more control over swallowing, kids tend to gag less.”
Bonus points if your child brushes before an appointment.
“It’s polite,” Dr. Hayes says.
Leave Your Anxiety at the Door
If your heart races
at the very thought of the dentist, your child can
probably tell. “Kids pick up on parents’ anxiety,”
Dr. Hayes says. “It’s important with kids, especially
at 4, 5 and 6, because I believe the phobic adults are
the ones who had bad experiences when they were that
The younger your kids are, the more you need to be
aware of how you’re communicating with them.
For example, if your child asks about getting a cavity
filled, don’t say, “It will only hurt for a little bit.”
Instead, encourage your child to ask the dentist.
“With any child, you want them to be able to
feel successful at accomplishing a good visit and link
that positive feeling with the idea that their teeth are
strong and healthy so they have that message going
forward for the rest of their lives.”
Keep Cool If Your Child Won’t Cooperate
If your child gets upset during her visit, the
worst thing you can do is swoop them out of
the chair and leave. “The next
visit is going to be harder,” Dr. Hayes says. “You still
have to help them get through part of the visit.”
First, assess why your child is acting out. Are they
truly afraid, or are they trying to test the situation?
“One of the reasons I think a 4, 5 or 6-year-old
gets upset is because they think they’re going
to be asked to do something they can’t be
successful at,” she says. “They’re in an environment
they feel they can’t control and that makes them
upset, so we try to break it down into small steps.”
Then, work as a team with your dentist to keep the
visit going. Let the dentist lead the conversation.
Jump in where you think it helps most, while still
allowing the dentist and your child to build a good
relationship. “Give the dentist every opportunity
to turn the visit around,” she says.
Take a Card (or Three) on Your Way Out
Accidents can happen whether your child is in sports
camp, gym class or just walking down the street.
In case of emergency, make sure your child’s
teachers and coaches have all the medical contact
information they need – including your dentist’s
number. Grab business cards for your wallet, your
child’s backpack and your school’s files. “Parents
should be very aware of accidents and make sure
that wherever they go that they bring the number
of their dentist so that if a child has an accident,
they can certainly call the office,” Dr. Hayes says
If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth,
wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don't want to
have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk
to your dentist to see if dental implants are an option for
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to
replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your
other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for
restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use
of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry
in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of
titanium and other materials that are compatible with
the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed
in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a
sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
Most patients find that a dental implant is secure,
stable and a good replacement for their own tooth.
There are generally three phases to getting an implant:
1. First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the
jawbone. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft
foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing
2. Next, the bone around the implant heals in
a process called osseointegration. What makes an
implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around
it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means
“combines with the bone” and takes time. Some patients
might need to wait until the implant is completely
integrated, up to several months, before replacement
teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients
can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all
in one visit.
3, Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial
tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will
customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown.
The crown will be based on size, shape, color and
fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other
teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth,
custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit
your mouth and your implants. (Note: The replacement
teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime,
your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or
denture to help you eat and speak normally until
the permanent replacement is ready.)
If you are interested in dental implants, it's a good
idea to discuss it carefully with your dentist first. If
you are in good general health this treatment may be
an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor
than your age. You may be medically evaluated by a
physician before any implant surgery is scheduled.
Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may
interfere with healing after surgery. Patients with these
issues may not be good candidates for implants. Using
tobacco can also slow healing.
Here is the YELP Review we
received from him - a very satisfied patient.
[6/24/2017 Dr Velasquez is the best dentist in long beach,
they fix my teeth that was really bad ,now i can smile
and feel great, that's why iam so satisfied and giving this
review a 5 for my orthodontic braces treatment.]
Above picture says it all (picture is worth a thousand words).
He said he can smile better now (can u tell?) and he feels
great with the outcome of his treatment. He was so grateful
that he gave us a 5STARS on YELP. But the success of his
treatment is a mixture of his compliance & diligence to do
the work and to come for his monthly visits/reties on time.
It was actually a team effort, nothing can a doctor do if the
patient is not willing to do his part.
Another smile saved @ Velasquez Dental.
Do you suffer from dental anxiety? Don't think that
you're alone. Past unpleasant experiences from the
dentist can add to the fears & apprehension anyone
can have. Maybe you're afraid of needles, or any
dental minor or major procedures or fear of just
simply thinking what the dentist might find during
your exam. And if you delay or you don't go to your
dentist, more serious problems may occur. Don't be
a stranger, visit your dentist regularly to avoid any
emergency and its much easier in many ways.
Regular trips to the dentist equates to a healthier SMILE.
Here are 3 techniques to help ease your anxiety
1. Speak up
Your dentist and staff are better to treat you if
they're aware of your fears.
--Tell your dentist about your fears.
--Remind them that your anxious, tell them any
significant experiences and ask for help in coping
--Ask them what is going to be done so you can get
--Agree on a signal. Let your dentist know by raising
your hand if you need to take a break during an exam.
--Be honest and tell your dentist that you need more
numbing if you still feel any pain during a
procedure involving anesthetic.
2. Distract yourself
Taking your mind off the exam may
seem impossible when you’re nervous, but there
are some things that that can help distract your thoughts.
--listen to music or audiobooks
--squeeze a stress ball or play with a small object.
--Close your eyes and think that you are at a relaxing
beach or garden.
3. Use mindfulness techniques
Relaxation starts in the mind.
--Count your breaths. Inhale slowly and then
exhale for the same number of counts. Do this
five times while you’re waiting
or during breaks in the dental chair.
--Do a body scan. relaxing your muscles, one body
part at a time. Start from the head and down to your toes.
Sara was happy & satisfied with the outcome
Dr. Jeff D. Velasquez