From the Desk of Dr. Monica Boniadi: What is Laser Dentistry?

A laser is a precise dental tool that produces a narrow, highly intense beam of light. When directed at tissue, the laser causes a reaction, making the tool useful for cutting, shaping, or removing tissue. Because the laser has a high degree of precision, it is concentrated and accurate. Lasers are often used to treat a small area without damaging the surrounding area.

Dentists have used lasers since the early 1990s, and use of lasers in general or family dentistry is becoming more common. However, laser dentistry is still relatively unusual, with only an estimated five to six percent of all dentists incorporating laser dentistry into their practices.

In the hands of a trained practitioner, laser treatment is believed to be as safe as traditional dental tools. A laser beam can cause serious damage if directed at the eyes, however, so dentists always provide patients with special protective glasses during laser treatments.

As owner of Aliso Laguna Family Dental Care in Laguna Hills, California, Dr. Monica Boniadi and her friendly, experienced staff provide families with a comprehensive range of dental services in a friendly, comfortable environment. Additional information is available at Aliso Laguna’s website, www.alisolagunadental.com.

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From the Desk of Dr. Monica Boniadi: What is Laser Dentistry?

A laser is a precise dental tool that produces a narrow, highly intense beam of light. When directed at tissue, the laser causes a reaction, making the tool useful for cutting, shaping, or removing tissue. Because the laser has a high degree of precision, it is concentrated and accurate. Lasers are often used to treat a small area without damaging the surrounding area.

Dentists have used lasers since the early 1990s, and use of lasers in general or family dentistry is becoming more common. However, laser dentistry is still relatively unusual, with only an estimated five to six percent of all dentists incorporating laser dentistry into their practices.

In the hands of a trained practitioner, laser treatment is believed to be as safe as traditional dental tools. A laser beam can cause serious damage if directed at the eyes, however, so dentists always provide patients with special protective glasses during laser treatments.

As owner of Aliso Laguna Family Dental Care in Laguna Hills, California, Dr. Monica Boniadi and her friendly, experienced staff provide families with a comprehensive range of dental services in a friendly, comfortable environment. Additional information is available at Aliso Laguna’s website, www.alisolagunadental.com.

Veneers Improve the Appearance of Teeth

Working out of her own practice in Laguna Hills, California, Monica Boniadi, DDS, offers a wide range of dental procedures. To improve the appearance of teeth, Dr. Monica Boniadi provides many options at her office, including veneers.

Dental veneers consist of thin layers of either resin composite or porcelain. Dentists place them on the front surfaces of discolored teeth. Porcelain veneers are thicker than resin veneers and more resistant to stains. However, resins require less removal of enamel. Veneers enhance several dental conditions, in addition to discoloration. The process can restore chipped, broken, or worn-down teeth. It can also improve the look of uneven, improperly aligned, or gapped teeth.

Veneering generally takes three office visits to complete. The dentist will take off just half a millimeter of enamel, almost the same as the thickness of the veneer, and make a mold to send to the dental lab. After trimming the veneer for a precise fit, the dentist will prepare the tooth by etching and polishing. The veneer is then cemented on.

The Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity

Dr. Monica Boniadi is a dentist with nearly 20 years of clinical experience. Currently practicing in Laguna Hills, California, Dr. Monica Boniadi earned her DDS from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated with honors and was a member of the Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity.

Considered the country’s oldest fraternity for dentists, Delta Sigma Delta was founded in the early 1880s by Lou Mitchell and Chas Howard, two graduates of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. The two students recognized the need for an honor society specific to dentists. They created the group as a way to bring together outstanding dentistry students, as well as to attract top-quality practitioners and teachers.

Delta Sigma Delta currently has undergraduate chapters in dental schools throughout the country, in addition to graduate chapters in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia. The organization sponsors a number of professional programs, educational programs, and social functions for its members.