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I'm very interested in having the smile I had in my early days, 30+ years ago. Unfortunately my teeth are not what they used to be and I've really tried to take care of them but I guess that's just aging. If I provide pictures, is it possible to have veneers to look like what I used to have? Do you do any kind of digital image to show me what my new teeth would look like before I move forward with anything?
Victoria April 4, 2019
answered by
Robert McHarris, DDS

Dear Victoria,

Thank you for taking the time to ask a great question. In fact, you’re not alone. The most common request we get from patients who come in to see us for the first time is the desire to restore their smile to a youthful and healthy appearance. You’re absolutely right! It is the natural “wear-and-tear” on our teeth over the years that cause them to change in ways that leave us feeling less inspired to smile for the camera.

The good news is, at Newport Center Dental we use the latest techniques and materials that can restore any smile and give you the most natural appearance. While pictures and the use of digital images can sometimes be helpful, they are limited in how we are able to demonstrate all that is possible. Generally, those images are similar to the ones that can easily be created using any photoshop program. Your face, your smile and the function of your teeth is so much more than that -- which is why we preview a new smile by creating a mock-up of how your new smile will actually look AND feel. It is so lifelike and beautiful that patient’s often want to go home wearing their initial mock-up.

The best way to provide you with a clear picture of what’s possible is to invite you to meet our team, share your goals for your new smile and discuss all the options available to you. This could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for and we believe you deserve it! Visit our site and feel free to call for your Complimentary New Smile Consultation today.

Dr. McHarris and the Newport Center Dental Team



My 15 year old daughter needs braces but there is no way she is going to go for the old fashion wires and brackets. What is fast braces and does that consist of wires/brackets? Also, is there a difference between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen? I'm worried she won't have the self-discipline to wear the Invisalign properly. What do you recommend as the fastest/easiest but also most effective option?
Alyssa January 1, 2019
answered by
Mary Afzali, DDS

Hi Alyssa,

Fastbraces is a simple process. Uses a different technology than regular braces which cuts the treatment time substantially. It usually takes three months to a year. It does use wires and brackets however they are different technology than regular wires and brackets. Also because the treatment time is short most patients who don't consider conventional braces are open to Fastbraces. Invisalign Teen is a clear removable aligned like invisalign. It is a great option for patients who don't like wires and brackets. However the compliance is a key factor and without it would not be a good choice. Also the treatment time is longer than Fastbraces. It is similar to conventional braces in that regard. The fastest and most effective option would be Fastbraces.
answered by
Robert McHarris, DDS

Dear Alyssa,

Great questions! Your daughter is not uncommon. In fact, most teens are opting for the more modern alternative to straightening teeth with great results. We have found that our patients who choose the "invisible braces" method are fully committed to wearing the aligners as recommended because the benefits far outweigh any temporary inconvenience. However, every patient and their needs are different. Truly the best way to determine your daughters most effective option for achieving her smile goals is to assess her needs, have all your options presented and questions answered so you can make a decision in which you and she will feel most confident.

I invite you to call our team and schedule a complimentary consultation today. Take advantage of our NEW YEAR NEW SMILE promotion for $500 OFF Invisible Braces. This is for a limited time only.

Thank you for reaching out and we look forward to serving you and your family with your total health and wellness in mind.

Dr. McHarris and the Newport Center Dental Team


Breast Augmentation

I am 29 and have been wanting breast implants for a long time. I hate wearing swimsuits because I truly feel "flat chested" and avoid it. The biggest thing holding me back is the recovery. I have an extreme fear that it's going to be horrible. I am not good with pain and I guess I'm looking for some reassurance that recovery will be tolerable. What kind of scars am I going to be dealing with and how long will I have to be off from work? I've never had surgery before so it's really scaring me, but I think the trade off will be worth it. Thank you in advance.
Cassidy September 9, 2018
answered by
Sean Kelishadi, MD

Hi Cassidy! Surgery is a big deal and your concerns are not unique. During a one hour consultation with me and my team, we examine you, assess your goals, and then go over your options. We also discuss recovery. To help give you a preview of what to expect: — we usually like to place 3.5cm scars in the inframammary crease. This approach allows for a well hidden scar that is not sensitive. Also, the literature has shown that for breast augmentation, this location gives the best pocket control and lowest risk of complications. — we utilize a rapid recovery protocol for breast augmentation. While we are known for making beautiful cleavage, we are equally well known for the amazing customer experience that we provide. You can verify this with our huge following on social media such as with Instagram and also with our numerous great reviews talking about our pain control on yelp. We only use board-certified anesthesiologists to provide Anesthesia. The hospital and surgery centers that we use administer IV Tylenol for every case to minimize pain and inflammation before the surgery even begins. I also inject the breasts with local anesthetic to decrease the need for narcotics and also improve postoperative pain. Most of my patients are off of their narcotic pain medication within 2 to 3 days. Most people go back to work within 3 to 7 days but are not allowed to lift anything over 10 pounds for up to a month. We also tell patients not to submerge the breasts underwater for up to one month. Basically, after one month, almost everyone is back to doing whatever they were before they met me. Thank you so much for reaching out and I hope that the above helps answer some of your questions and also give you reassurance that we have your best interest at heart. I hope that you will call us to schedule a one hour consultation at 949–515–7874. My team and I look forward to meeting you soon! Sincerely, Dr. Sean Kelishadi