Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

By John Baron DDS
April 14, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Untagged

It’s estimated that up to four million people at any one time are wearing braces in the United States and Canada. But Dr. John Baron and our team in Santa Cruz, CA, know that braces have come a long way from the early days of orthodontics, so much so that these days, options are available that are not visible to onlookers. The most popular of these “invisible” braces is Invisalign. Here’s a list of FAQs regarding Invisalign: 

Are they really invisible? 

Yes, the clear liners are virtually invisible, so they enable patients to feel good about themselves and their appearance while getting the orthodontic treatment they need. 

Are there wires, rubber bands, and brackets with Invisalign? 

Nope. Invisalign is truly an alternative to conventional braces. The treatment consists of clear liners that can easily be removed and cleaned throughout the day. There are no wires, so there’s less poking and mouth irritation compared to braces. There’s also no wire tightening at adjustment appointments, so patients don’t have to worry about a sore mouth in the days that follow in-office visits. 

I’ve heard that if I get braces, I won’t be able to eat certain foods like popcorn and hard candy. Is this true with Invisalign too? 

No. With Invisalign, there are no food restrictions. You simply remove your aligners when you’re eating, and replace them after you’ve finished and brushed any leftover food particles away. 

Does Invisalign cost more than braces? 

While overall cost varies on a patient-by-patient basis and is based largely on the level of treatment, Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces, which makes this treatment option a truly affordable alternative. 

How does brushing compare with conventional braces? 

Brushing your teeth while wearing conventional braces takes some getting used to. Patients have to brush around the metal brackets and floss with a specialty tool to get into the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. By contrast, Invisalign can be removed at any time to permit regular brushing and flossing. 

Every patient is different and Invisalign might not be the best course of orthodontic treatment for everyone, but it's an option that's gaining more and more popularity, and it's an orthodontic alternative that doesn't sacrifice comfort and convenience for results. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please give Dr. John Baron and our team in Santa Cruz, CA, a call at 831-426-9200.

The development of the CEREC system is one of the most revolutionary developments in dentistry. It allows your dentist to create a new dental crown or restoration right there in his office. Say goodbye to multiple appointments and uncomfortable temporary solutions. Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA, offers these fast and efficient restorations for all eligible patients. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about CEREC.

What is CEREC?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. It is a 3D chairside design and milling technology that allows dentists to design and build high-quality dental restorations (onlays, inlays, bridges, or crowns) in one single visit. Who wouldn't like to have attractive, high-quality dental restorations in only one appointment at the dentist?

CEREC Procedure 

First, a camera is used to take a digital photo of your tooth. The CEREC software then takes the photo and converts it into a 3-D virtual model on the computer screen. Your dentist works with the software to design your perfect restoration. Finally, a ceramic block that matches the shade of your tooth is placed in the CEREC milling machine. The machine then does what it’s designed to do and makes you a new restoration right there!

Benefits of CEREC

Your dental restoration is created from a thick, durable block of ceramic that is able to withstand wear and tear. CEREC dental restorations won't crack or leak over time. They are also tailored to match the natural shade of your teeth. Nothing gives the same luster and depth as CEREC dental restorations. With CEREC dental restorations you can have a smile that's strong and beautiful!

If you need a dental restoration, why wait? We can help you today. Call Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA, at 831-426-9200. CEREC dental restorations will improve your appearance and give you the confidence to smile again. Remember, a better life starts with a better-looking smile.

By John Baron DDS
May 13, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Same Day Crowns   Crowns  

How same day dental crowns from your dentist in Santa Cruz, California can enhance your smile

Everyone knows a dental crown can protect your tooth, but did you know that a dental crown can actually enhance the appearance of your smile? Modern dental crown materials closely resemble tooth enamel. Thanks to revolutionary new technology, you can have a crown made just for you, right in the office while you wait.

Dr. E. John Baron in Santa Cruz, California offers Same Day Crowns, brought to you by CEREC, one of the leading manufacturers of Same Day Crown technology. CEREC uses a precise measuring system known as CAD/CAM (computer-assisted design/computer assisted manufacturing).

Beyond Timeliness, consider these important benefits:

  • Immediate results; you can have your tooth prepared, a crown created, and the crown placed, all in one day! This means there is no more waiting for your dental crown to come back from the dental laboratory. Same Day Crowns are created right in front of you, while you wait!
  • Precise fit; Same Day Crowns use precise 3D imaging and computer-assisted measurement to provide you with a crown that fits perfectly every time. The Same Day Crown is made uniquely, just for you.
  • Beautifully natural; Same Day Crowns are made using the highest grade dental ceramic. This material reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel. You can be sure your Same Day Crown is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

The Same Day Crown process uses a combination of digital impressions, computer-assisted measurement, and 3D imaging to provide you with a perfect dental crown, made just for you. Imagine having a beautiful dental crown made while you watch. Imagine knowing that you don’t have to wait weeks for your crown and you don’t have to wear an uncomfortable temporary crown while you wait.

CEREC Same Day Crowns can give you a new smile, quickly and easily. To find out more about Same Day Crowns and what they can do for you and your smile, call Dr. E. John Baron in Santa Cruz, California at (831) 426-9200. Call today, and get started on a beautiful new smile.

By John Baron DDS
January 28, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

For patients who live near the surrounding Santa Cruz, CA, area, if you want straighter teeth but don't want to put your life on hold, consider Invisalign for a discreet solution. Clear aligners transform their shape and appearance, and the best part is, you'll be the only one who knows you're wearing them. Invisalign is also removable, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods, brush, and floss as usual, and stay active without worrying about a dental injury. Your local dentist, Dr. John Baron, utilizes this orthodontic method to treat a wide variety of cases.

What Invisalign Can Do For Your Smile

Invisalign treats many misalignment issues. These include overbite, underbite, cross-bite, gaps, overcrowding, and protruding front teeth. If any of these tooth imperfections are diminishing your self-esteem, confidence, or putting a damper on your social life, Invisalign gives you a boost by offering a virtually invisible alternative to metal braces. For patients who lead a busy lifestyle, these acrylic trays improve your aesthetic appearance while providing comfort, convenience, and flexibility. When worn for 20-22 hours a day, and with routine checkups, you can achieve results in one year.

Benefits of Invisalign

When you decide on Invisalign to straighten your teeth, you'll benefit from improved oral health. Orthodontics help protect the teeth and gums from periodontal disease by reducing your risk of developing decay. Other advantages of Invisalign include:

  • Aesthetically-pleasing
  • BPA-free plastic
  • Smooth and comfortable mouthfeel
  • Fewer food restrictions
  • Easy to maintain

What to Expect From Invisalign Treatment

When you visit our dental office, Dr. Baron, for a consultation, he will take a precise 3D digital scan of your bite and teeth. After this is complete, he'll design a customized treatment plan suitable for your needs. During your appointment, your dentist can show you a preview of what your final result will look like when treatment is over. Your aligners are then created using a state-of-the-art printing process. Once you receive them, you'll wear them for 22 hours a day, swapping them out every two weeks to move a step closer toward your smile goals.

If you are searching for an orthodontic solution in Santa, Cruz, CA, consult with local dentist Dr. John Baron, to discuss what Invisalign can do for your smile. He puts a primary focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for conditions associated with the teeth and gums. For more information about Invisalign and other services provided, visit our website. Please call (831) 426-9200 to schedule an appointment.

By E. John Baron DDS
July 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

If you have dull, uninteresting teeth, it’s time to take action! With the help of veneers, you can have an outstanding smile that is guaranteed to get noticed. Read on to learn how Dr. John Baron, your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, offers a wide range of dental services, including veneers, to rejuvenate your look!

More about veneers

Dental veneers are thin laminates of sparkling, light-reflective porcelain that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth to hide a wide variety of unsightly issues with your smile, giving you a perfect smile that is still uniquely yours. Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice to cover up problems, such as:

  • Fracture lines and cracks caused by trauma
  • Erosion and abrasion caused by acidic foods or a bad bite
  • Chips and tooth wear caused by aging or bad habits
  • Stains and discolorations caused by medications or lifestyle issues

Veneers can also help with alignment issues, commonly treated with orthodontics. You can choose porcelain veneers to minimize the look of tooth overlap and to cosmetically close gaps between your teeth.

There are many reasons why porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental services available. Consider that treatment is:

  • Naturally beautiful, because porcelain looks just like natural tooth enamel
  • Conservative, because little to no tooth surface is removed
  • Easy to maintain, because porcelain resists stains

You can have a new, beautiful smile in as little as two to three appointments.

  1. Veneer treatment begins with a consultation appointment, during which you can get a first look at what your new smile will look like.
  2. Next, your teeth are prepared to receive the veneers and molds are made of your prepared teeth. The molds are sent off to a dental laboratory where skilled dental artisans create your veneers.
  3. After Dr. Baron receives the veneers from the dental laboratory, he will permanently cement them on to your teeth and you are finished!

Interested? Give us a call

You deserve the magic of dental veneers—find out how veneers can rejuvenate your smile by calling Dr. John Baron, your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, today at (831) 426-9200.

By E. John Baron DDS
May 28, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

CEREC Same Day Crowns at E. John Baron DDS in Santa Cruz, CA, are an advanced technology that save time and provide optimal dental repair. They're more durable than other restorations and provide the reinforcement teeth need.

More About CEREC Same Day Crowns

Same Day Crowns are a cutting-edge innovation that quickly restores damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings. The high-qualitydental crowns ceramic material used to make CEREC same day crowns reinforces teeth, repairs bite and chewing function, and adds aesthetic appeal.

How does CEREC work?

Your Santa Cruz, CA, dentist uses CAD/CAM technology, Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing, to custom design your tooth. The computer reads the image through a camera, feeds the image of the damaged tooth impression into a computer and, using a diamond-burr milling machine, an accurate restoration is manufactured and bonded or cemented on your teeth.

The whole process takes about an hour and you'll be able to walk out with a restored smile, instead of waiting several weeks.

What are the advantages of CEREC Same Day Crowns?

  • It's a tooth-colored restoration that restores your smile
  • You no longer have to rely on silver fillings
  • The natural-looking filling is compatible with soft oral tissue
  • CEREC crowns are anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant
  • They are made of porcelain which means they're stain resistant
  • Dentists don't need to use temporary crowns, take impressions and make a mold of your teeth, then send them to a lab
  • They are time saving and proven to be precise, safe and effective
  • They restore bite and chewing function
  • The reinforce teeth and are more durable than typical fillings

Are you interested in CEREC Same Day Crowns?

Call Dr. Baron for any questions or concerns you may have. He will be more than happy to tell you more about CEREC Same Day Crowns, so just give him a call at his Santa Cruz, CA, office at (831) 426-9200 today!

By E. John Baron DDS
October 30, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantCould this dental restoration be the solution to your tooth loss problems?

There are many options available when it comes to treating tooth loss. Here in Santa Cruz, CA, our implant dentist Dr. John Baron wants to give you a reason to smile again without those embarrassing gaps between teeth.

Dental Implant Background Info

Before we decide whether or not you are a good candidate for implants, you may want to know the basics about them first. A dental implant is an oral prosthetic that is made up of three different parts:

  • A metal post (the implant)
  • An abutment (sometimes built-in to the implant; it connects the implant to the crown)
  • A false tooth or teeth (dental crown; dentures)

The skinny metal post is surgically placed within the socket of the missing tooth where it will lie within the jawbone. Over the course of several months, the jawbone and gum tissue will heal around and fuse together with the metal implant to form a permanent structure. From there, the false tooth is placed on top of the implant to complete the restoration.

Who Should Get Dental Implants?

Most healthy adults who are missing one or more teeth can benefit from getting dental implants here in Santa Cruz, CA. Of course, you will have to visit our aesthetic dentist for a consultation so you can find out. During the consultation, we will,

  • Go through your medical history
  • Discuss your treatment goals
  • Perform an oral exam
  • Take x-rays of your mouth

All of these steps will help us determine whether or not you are right for dental implants. It is also imperative that you maintain good general and oral health. The oral exam and x-rays we take will help us spot problems such as decay, gum disease, infection, and bone loss, all of which will need to be addressed beforehand. Patients with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure should have these conditions properly managed before they get dental implants.

Women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant are not ideal candidates for dental implants. Children and teens are also not right for dental implants because their jawbones haven’t fully developed yet.

If you think you meet the criteria above and you are ready to start your journey to get dental implants in Santa Cruz, CA, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with us. A complete smile could be yours again, just call (831) 426-9200 today!

E. John Baron DDS, INC.
550 Water Street, Suite L-1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9200


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