Dr. Kourosh Maddahi Dentistry JULY 2018


JULY 2018

Introducing Infinity Veneers


This summer, I am thrilled to announce an exciting new approach to veneers: Infinity Veneers. I have been a dentist for 31 years. In that time, I have seen many different treatments and techniques used to restore my patients’ teeth. I have seen approaches to tooth restoration that left me — not to mention my patients — less than impressed. Many dentists, even today, rely on techniques that are simply outdated. Over the course of my career, I have always asked how to improve existing techniques that were falling short of my expectations. That is to say, not all veneers are created equal. Far from it, in fact. Veneers first gained popularity in the mid-1980s. They became a conservative way to restore teeth without replacing an entire tooth. Instead, the tooth is carefully ground down by about 20 percent, and a porcelain façade is placed over the remaining 80 percent of the tooth, effectively hiding most, if not all, of the tooth. The porcelain is bonded to the tooth using a special cement. This makes veneers an ideal solution to fix chipped, cracked, or highly- discolored teeth. They can also be used to correct minor alignment issues. While veneers can correct these issues, over long periods of time, the cement used by many dentists will discolor. To add to this problem, as the years go by, the discoloration of the cement can impact the color of the veneer itself. When I learned this, I began to look into different cement options to find a formula that would keep a consistent color with the color of the veneer. I also wanted to know what kind of porcelain I could use to keep the color the same over time. The challenge didn’t end there. Over the last decade, more and more people are consuming higher amounts of beverages that stain teeth. These include teas, coffees, red wine, dark berry juice, and others. Many people drink two or more cups of coffee a day, and many have a glass of wine with dinner. Over time, organic compounds in these beverages will discolor teeth.

Taking that into consideration, I also needed to find a varnish that would resist stains and protect the veneer, the cement, and the enamel. This partially led to the development of the Oral Essentials line of products. I wanted toothpaste, mouthwash, and teeth whitening strips that were safe for enamel and porcelain. I wanted to give patients an effective way to control staining on a daily basis, and that’s what the line ultimately delivered. To bring it all together, our new Infinity Veneers are the result of finding solutions to all of these issues. Infinity Veneers look extraordinary; they are made all the better by a cement that does not discolor and finished with a varnish that does not stain. Couple Infinity Veneers with Oral Essentials and you will be left with a beautiful smile for many years to come. A new era in smiles is about to begin!

-Dr. Maddahi



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Call it a pseudoscientific fad or a medical revolution; either way, essential oils are more popular today than they have ever been. Though research on the efficacy of lavender, ginger, and the dozens of other sweet-smelling oils is conflicting at best, people are using them at an astonishing rate. In fact, according to Stratistics MRC, essential oils were a $5.91 billion industry in 2016 and are expected to reach $12.85 billion by 2023. Whether you’re an essential oil acolyte or you fly into a rage at the faintest hint of bergamot, your mind is probably already made up about aromatherapy. The question remains, though: Where does all this delicious- smelling stuff come from? Most essential oils are derived from a process called steam distillation . Soon after harvest, the plants are placed on a mesh inside a sealed still, into which steam is injected. As the steam rises and envelops the plant, it breaks it down and lifts its constituent components up through a tube and into a condenser. The condenser cools the resulting vapor and collects it in liquid form at the bottom. Since essential oils do not mix with water, they float on the surface, where they’re siphoned off, bottled, and shipped off to a distributor. There BEFORE AFTER &

are other methods, such as expression (aka cold pressing), but because steam distillation is so easy to do, most essential oils you see on the shelf will have gone through this process. Lavender essential oil is harvested from sheaves of lavandula angustifolia , that purple herb you see all over gardens across the United States. There are lavender farms all over the world, from California to Japan to Brazil, but the biggest world producer of lavender is, interestingly, Bulgaria. Tea Tree oil comes from the leaves of melaleuca alternifolia , commonly known as narrow-leaved paperbark, a short, bushy tree that produces white, fluffy flowers in the spring. The trees are endemic to Australia, but today are usually farmed in New South Wales or Queensland. Bergamot is distilled from the peels of lime-green bergamot oranges, or citrus bergamia . Most of it comes from coastal areas around the Ionian Sea. Whatever you do with it, use it sparingly on your skin — it can amplify skin damage from the sun!



COSMETIC DENTISTRY 101 The Basics and the Benefits

There are many kinds of dentistry, including anti-aging dentistry and preventative dentistry. In the mix, you also have cosmetic dentistry, a type of dentistry that includes numerous procedures and treatments Dr. Maddahi specializes in. But what is cosmetic dentistry? Cosmetic dentistry focuses on dental procedures and techniques that are specifically designed to improve the appearance of your teeth, smile, and face. The goal of every cosmetic procedure is to leave you with a natural- looking smile that is healthy and attractive.

You want to work with a dental practitioner who can see the same things you see and envision the same beautiful smile you have in mind — or perhaps an even more beautiful smile than you imagined.

Many things are possible with cosmetic dentistry. Here are a few options:

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Full-mouth rehabilitation

Straightening of crooked teeth

Fixing teeth that are too small or uneven in size

• Repairing teeth that have been ground down or damaged • Whitening teeth that are stained, yellowed, or grayed with age • Reshaping teeth • Replacing missing teeth • Eliminating gum disease • Reshaping a gummy smile • Correcting old or failing dental work • Closing gaps between teeth • Replacing old metal fillings, crowns, or inlays with durable, biocompatible, tooth-colored ceramic

A cosmetic procedure may alter the shape, size, color, or placement of your teeth — it all depends on your specific desires. Each of us has our own vision

of the perfect smile; with the advancements in cosmetic dentistry, it is possible to make that vision a reality so you can gain the confidence to show the world your smile. In many respects, cosmetic dentistry is an art. It not only requires skill and planning to be effective, but an artistic eye.

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, call us today at 888.592.0974 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Have a LAUGH


You’ll find all of the flavors of elote, Mexican street corn, in this dish, without any of the mess. It’s the rare side that can outshine any main course.

INGREDIENTS • 4 ears of corn, husked • 4 tablespoons high-smoke- point oil, such as canola or vegetable • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced • 1/2 red chili (such as Fresno) or jalapeño, thinly sliced

• 1/4 cup fresh lime juice • 2 ounces fresh cotija cheese (or feta), crumbled • 1/4 cup cilantro • Salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Heat grill to medium. 2. Brush corn with 2 tablespoons oil and grill until visibly charred, 10–12 minutes. 3. Cut kernels off cob and combine with shallots, chilis, lime juice, cheese, and remaining oil. 4. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with cilantro, and serve. Inspired by Bon Appetit magazine

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The Latest Development in Smile Technology Where Do Essential Oils Come From? Transformations From the Office of Dr. Maddahi What Is Cosmetic Dentistry — And How Can You Benefit? Charred Chili-Cheese Corn Must-See Swimming Holes of the World INSIDE 436 N. Roxbury Dr. #202 Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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To reach these pools, you’ll have to hike through dense forest, deep marshes, and wide-open pastures of sugar cane. Dos Ojos, Mexico The Spanish translation of the name for this magical system of caves is “two eyes,” and you’ll want to have yours checked after you see this swimming hole. When limestone bedrock collapses, a sinkhole called a “cenote” is formed. The unearthed water from the natural aquifer balances a color palette of earth tones with the most majestic shades of blue you’ll ever behold. The calling cards for these bodies of water are the Blue Eye and the Black Eye. Both

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Summertime is for swimming, but why settle for a community pool when you can have access to the most beautiful swimming locales in the world? These three exclusive, little-known spots are sure to take your breath away. Hali’i Falls, Hawaii With its spiral staircase of waterfalls, this remote jungle location offers up more than one unique spot to take a plunge. Visitors never fail to be awestruck by the deep blue-green hue of each pool created by the four cascading waterfalls. Hali’i means “to spread out,” which is precisely what each waterfall does, showcasing a serene experience unlike any other. But the beauty of this one-of-a-kind experience is only outdone by its exclusivity.

offer unforgettable experiences, but the price of entry is a hefty sense of adventure. You’ll need a full set of scuba gear to get to either hole.

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