Blog Archive

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign Trays Jul 9th, 2019

At Volterra Dental in Los Alamitos, California, we offer our patients the tools they need for beautiful, healthy teeth. An increasingly popular option among our extensive suite of services and products is Invisalign® aligners.  These nearly invisible dental appliances can straighten your teeth without the brackets and wires required for...

Best and Worst Foods and Drinks for Your Teeth Jun 12th, 2019

When your baby teeth are replaced by their adult counterparts, those teeth are designed to last a lifetime — if you take proper care of them. Tooth decay remains the number one threat when it comes to the health of your teeth and what you eat can have a major...

Why Does a Toothache Require Immediate Attention? May 24th, 2019

Pain of any sort can hijack your life, but the pain that comes with a toothache is often in a league of its own. If the pain isn’t enough to prompt you to seek help right away, perhaps a quick look at what could be causing your toothache will. More...

Video: How Do I Know If I Have A Cavity? May 22nd, 2019

In this YouTube video Dr. Laos of Los Alamitos dental office, Volterra Dental, explains the signs and symptoms of cavities. Cavities need to be fixed as soon as possible to prevent further complications. These videos aim to answer common dental questions. Learn more about our dental services at by visitinghttps://www.volterradental.com/services

Do Wisdom Teeth Always Need to be Removed? Apr 8th, 2019

Many people equate wisdom teeth with a painful extraction procedure resulting in a swollen face, anesthesia, and stitches. First of all, it’s a very common procedure and nothing like the unpleasantness from that long-ago image, although it’s still an operation that requires careful attention and maybe a couple days of...

When to Choose Dentures Over Dental Implant Mar 1st, 2019

Almost 70% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one tooth due to trauma, decay, or gum disease. And these numbers tend to grow with age. When it comes time to consider your options for replacing that tooth (teeth?), there are some compelling reasons...

Improving the Appearance of Your Teeth with Veneers Feb 8th, 2019

Those who are blessed with straight, white teeth only need to flash a grin to give a great first impression, and, as we know, first impressions are important. If you want your teeth to speak volumes before you even utter a word, veneers are a great way to whip your...

How Night Guards Can Help Protect Your Teeth Jan 9th, 2019

Do you often wake up with a headache or an ache in your jaw? Those are symptoms of a disorder called bruxism. Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding or clenching, and you may be surprised to learn that as many as 30% of adults have this disorder. About...

What Your Smile Says About You Dec 11th, 2018

A smile is one of the most powerful tools of communication, setting the tone long before a word is uttered. It’s how you greet the world, and how the world greets you back, and a lot can be said in this brief exchange of smiles. Do you know what yours...

Dental Bridge or Implant: Which Is Right for You? Nov 14th, 2018

Whether you are having a tooth extracted due to damage, have recently lost a tooth, or have been missing a tooth for years, replacing your tooth should be a top priority. Having a full set of teeth can allow you to chew better and can improve your appearance. With modern...

Follow These Lifestyle Habits to Avoid a Dental Emergency Oct 18th, 2018

Dental emergencies are defined as issues that require immediate care. These can range from pain, swelling, and abscesses to fractured, lost, or chipped teeth due to trauma. While the team at Volterra Dental is here to help you with same-day emergency dental care, we hope you can avoid a dental...

What’s the Difference Between a General Dentist and a Cosmetic Dentist? Sep 14th, 2018

According to the CDC, between 2011 and 2014, nearly 19% of children between ages 5 and 19 had untreated tooth cavities. Contrasted with a hundred years ago, when dental health was in its infancy, those figures actually sound OK. It would seem to indicate that oral health education is at...

Tips to Prepare for Oral Surgery Aug 20th, 2018

Oral surgeries can include anything from a simple tooth extraction to a more involved corrective jaw surgery to alleviate TMJ symptoms. Before any oral surgery appointment, it’s important to know exactly what to expect before, during, and after your particular procedure. The expert family and cosmetic dentists here at Volterra...

Is Your Snoring Cause for Alarm? Jul 6th, 2018

About one in every three adults in the United States snores on a regular basis, and as many as half of all adults snore occasionally. Caused by the relaxation and collapse of soft tissues at the base of the throat, snoring ranges from quiet to loud, and it may be...

5 Tips to Keep your Teeth Bright After Teeth Whitening Jun 12th, 2018

Use a whitening toothpasteA whitening toothpaste helps you maintain those pearly whites after you’ve had your teeth professionally whitened. It contains ingredients that remove stains on your enamel and help prevent your teeth from turning yellowish.   Use baking soda There’s a reason your grandfather used baking soda to brush his...

Headaches, Jaw Pain, and Other Hazards of Teeth Grinding at Night May 21st, 2018

Bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding, is a common condition that affects 8-31% of the population. And when it happens at night, it can lead to complications throughout the next day and beyond. At Volterra Dental in Los Alamitos, California, we recognize the headaches, jaw pain, and other hazards that...

IV Sedation Apr 24th, 2018

At Volterra Dental, we want to provide quality care and efficient service for everyone; including those who have a heightened fear of the dentist.  Too often we hear of patients who have put off coming to the dentist for their annual cleanings and checkups because they are afraid.  Or patients...

Which is Best for Me: Invisalign or Braces? Apr 19th, 2018

Treatment options for a straighter smile have come a long way over the years. No longer do you have wear a mouth full of metal for several years to get a movie star smile. But you may wonder whether you’d be better off with clear aligners such as Invisalign® or...

Why Dental Cleanings Are So Important Mar 30th, 2018

It’s a regular part of your life: getting dental cleanings every six months. If you’re keeping up the routine, you may wonder if it’s overkill, since you likely have few dental problems. It might even be tempting to save some money and skip that cleaning. After all, your teeth are...