Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


Are You Prepared for a Dental Emergency?


As an emergency dentist in the Anaheim area, we see a lot of patients who need same day emergency care. While the most common questions about dental emergencies tend to be about chipped or broken teeth, emergency dental care can be required for a wide variety of conditions. Needless to say, if it’s in your mouth and causing you a lot of pain — your local emergency dental clinic can most likely help.


Your teeth are often the first thing people see about you, so it’s natural that a dental emergency (like a chipped tooth) can be a bit scary. For this reason, the best thing to do about a dental emergency is to prevent it in the first place. 

How You Can Avoid a Dental Emergency

When it comes to many dental emergencies, many of them can actually be prevented in the first place. In many cases, dental emergencies happen on the playing field. No matter what sport you or your child enjoys participating in, wearing a mouth guard is often the most effective way to prevent teeth from being chipped, broken, or knocked out. You should also be especially careful when it comes to chewing hard foods like the following:

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard, crusty rolls
  • Nuts
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Jolly ranchers
  • Chips

While some of these foods may seem perfectly mundane, this list isn’t to suggest that you should never eat them (except for chewing ice, there’s almost no reason for it and it’s never a good idea!). Just be careful and be aware of what you’re eating.

But What If You Do Have a Dental Emergency

Sometimes, even taking every precaution still won’t prevent a dental emergency. Accidents happen. For this reason, it’s important to be prepared for them. If you participate in risky sports or simply want to be as prepared as possible. This isn’t hard! All you need to do is add a few common items to your first aid kit. Keep it in your bag or in your car. A basic dental emergency kit should include:

  • The Name and phone number of your dentist
  • Gauze
  • A clean handkerchief (to hold a broken or knocked out tooth)
  • Acetaminophen (Do not use ibuprofen, due to it acting as a blood thinner, which can actually cause more bleeding in the event of a dental emergency).

Have you had a dental emergency in the Anaheim area? Please don’t hesitate to contact us for the immediate help you need.

Cosmetic Dentistry and You: Three Popular Choices for a Better Smile

Cosmetic dentistry can accomplish quite a lot. From correcting issues like stained or misaligned teeth to attaining the “movie star” smile you’ve always wanted, the right procedure performed by an experienced cosmetic dentist can create a smile you’ll be confident in for years to come.
Invisalign Invisible Braces
When it comes to getting the smile you’ve always wanted, sometimes the process requires straightening misaligned teeth to arrive at a more balanced, even smile.  For this reason, Invisalign invisible braces are one of the most popular solutions for accomplishing it. Many patients, especially adults, appreciate the cosmetic dentistry benefits of Invisalign because of their ability to correct your smile without using unsightly metal wires or brackets.
The way the process works is by using a series of invisible aligner trays that are custom made to gradually move your teeth into the proper position. These retainers are worn almost all day (22 hours a day), but can be taken out during meals and while drinking anything but water.  Apart form being virtually invisible, many patients also appreciate Invisalign because of the fact that they allow the patient to brush and floss just as easily if they didn’t have braces at all, helping them maintain healthy gums without the irritation or potential for staining that can occur with traditional metal braces.
Many patients who hope to achieve their perfect smile often follow-up Invisalign treatment with in-office whitening, or even porcelain veneers to combine the straight, even teeth from Invisalign with the whiter, brighter teeth.
Teeth whitening
One of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures our patients inquire about is in-office teeth whitening. Teeth whitening can be one of the most cost effective and convenient ways to gain the confidence of a more perfect smile. With the teeth whitening solutions available today, you can have brighter and whiter teeth in as little as two hours.
Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are an incredibly effective way to enhance the color and the shape of your teeth. Whether you hope to close a gap, correct a broken tooth, straighten a smile that appears crooked, or whiten discoloration, porcelain veneers are perhaps the fastest way to make drastic changes to your smile, and the results you’re hoping for can be accomplished in as little as a few weeks. While porcelain veneers tend to be a more expensive option, their ability to quickly change your smile are one reason why they remain a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Are you hoping for the perfect smile? Whether you need to fix a single issue or gradually improve your smile by combining a number of cosmetic dentistry options — our cosmetic dentists are here to help find the solution that’s right for your smile and your budget.


The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry

If you’re worrying about your child’s teeth, first take a moment to remember one thing: you’re already doing something right. Being actively involved in your child’s oral care is one of the single most effective ways to instill the habits that lead to healthy teeth for years to come. Take it from a pediatric dentist, scheduling a first visit for your child is incredibly important.
In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), it’s been proven that, “The better the mother’s oral health, the less the chance the baby will have problems” in the future. For this reason, dental cleaning for children is especially important.
As the AAPD reports, many parents can often be heard saying something along the lines of: “Why bother filling baby teeth when they fall out anyway?”
While it’s true that your child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out. It’s important to remember that they’re very important to them in the meantime. Of course, they’re useful for chewing but they also serve a much more important purpose. Baby teeth (otherwise known as primary teeth) act as incredibly effective placeholders, saving space for your child’s permanent teeth to grow in properly. In the event that a baby tooth is lost, other teeth can shift into its place — which can sometimes prevent your child’s permanent tooth from “erupting” (or breaking through the surface of the gums).
When this happens, it can possibly mean a misaligned or crooked smile for your child in the future. On top of this, a decayed tooth can also lead to a fluid-filled puss sack known as an abscess. These can be incredibly painful, especially for a child. Unfortunately, they can lead to your child missing school at the very best. At their worst, an abscess can lead to pain, infection, and — in some cases — death.
If you have questions about pediatric dental care, schedule your child’s first dental cleaning to learn about the best ways to set your child’s teeth up for success in the future. Not only will their smile look better for years to come but you’ll also save a large amount of money by preventing damage to your child’s teeth and encouraging good habits early on.



Which Braces Are Right for Me?

Exploring the differences between invisalign and traditional braces

One of the most common questions that arises when it comes to cosmetic dental procedures is “how much does it cost”? Of course, this is a very valid question. But many times, it only scratches the surface. Why is that? Because the braces that are best suited for straightening your teeth might not appear to be the least expensive right off the bat. However, by choosing the right braces, you ensure that you don’t need to spend extra on additional treatment that your braces didn’t accomplish.

So, which braces are right for you or your child, Invisalign or traditional braces?

The difference between invisalign and traditional braces:

Braces: With traditional braces, metal brackets are glued to the teeth and secured together with wire (and tiny, purpose designed rubber bands). Unlike braces that some patients might remember, modern braces make it possible to have brackets that closely resemble the patients existing enamel color — making the braces less noticeable. On the other end of the spectrum, many children who are receiving braces want the exact opposite. They want their braces to be fun, loud, and proud with brackets that are every color in the rainbow.

Invisalign: Unlike normal braces, Invisalign retainers aren’t even really “braces” in the traditional sense at all. In addition to the obvious fact that they are easily-removable retainers, they are also designed to be virtually invisible. While many young children don’t mind the appearance of braces (and might have friends with braces), many adults and young adults prefer a more subtle solution. For this, we have Invisalign. For the Invisalign process, your dentist uses  X-rays and molded impressions to create a series of retainers that gradually guide your teeth into their proper places.


Traditional Braces Invisalign
Treatment Duration All day every day for about 2 years (determined by your orthodontist) Approximately 22 hours for up to 18 months
Cost $1,700-$5,500 Average of $5,000
Color Metal – typically silver, but can be colored to match your enamel color. Clear braces / transparent
Maintenance Brackets and wires should be brushed regularly while braces are being worn. A waterpick can also be helpful. Trays should be washed in lukewarm water, along with the included Invisalign cleaning system
Follow up visits On average, one a month Invisalign trays are changed every 2 weeks, with follow up visits every 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Commonly used  for more serious issues
  • Personal accountability is not a factor. Less discipline is required for successful treatment
  • Additional cleaning outside of regular brushing and flossing is not required.
  • Transparent / Invisible
  • Removable
  • Does not impact eating
  • Absence of wires which can cause discomfort
  • Traditional braces may cause sores, pain, or discomfort which lessens over time as patients become
  • Some patients have experienced discoloration, which is often corrected with in-office teeth whitening 
  • Patients are advised to avoid sticky or hard foods, which can cause some trouble for braces
  • Patients may experience some momentary discomfort from tooth movement
  • Invisalign retainers need to be removed before eating or drinking (except for water)
  • Retainers must be brushed after each meal to help prevent stains.
Ideal Patient Most patients, except for those involved in regular, rough contact sports.  As long as patients have the discipline to leave the Invisalign trays in for 22 hours a day, there are only a few conditions that are not compatible with Invisalign. These include:

  • Back-tooth bite problems
  • Bridge work
  • Canines that require rotation
  • Teeth that need to move vertically


As an experienced provider of braces and Invisalign for the Garden Grove, CA area – we have a wealth of experience helping patients of every kind get the treatment they need to achieve the smile they desire. If you have a question about the type of treatment that’s right for you, contact us today.