How to Get a Summer-Ready Smile

Teeth cleanings in San Diego

Whether you’re planning a big cross-country vacation, getting ready to spend time at the beach, finally taking that delayed anniversary trip, or you’re about to see loved ones for the first time since before the pandemic, there’s one thing that you’re sure to take with you: your smile. With the help of our dentist in downtown San Diego, you can help your teeth look and feel their best. Here’s how:

Book Your Dental Cleaning

First and foremost, make sure you’re up to date on things like exams and teeth cleanings. In Downtown San Diego, we frequently spot issues during checkups before they flare up into dental emergencies. These preventative care appointments can help you enjoy healthier teeth and gums as you intercept minor or reversible problems before they evolve into bigger ones.

A lot of teeth cleanings in Downtown San Diego got delayed because of all of the shut-downs. So, if it’s been longer than six months since your last checkup, now is the time to go ahead and book an appointment.

Explore Dental Veneers (Downtown San Diego)

Cosmetic dental veneers offer life-changing aesthetic results for our patients. If you’re not familiar with veneers, these cosmetic restorations are thin shells of porcelain that we bond over the front of the visible teeth in your “smile zone.” They typically require a planning/consultation visit and then two treatment appointments a couple of weeks apart from one another.

Not only will your smile look its very best, but the transformation will also impact your outlook on life. When you feel proud of the way your smile looks, you’ll want to show it off everywhere you go. The research shows people who smile often and have attractive teeth tend to be seen as friendlier, happier, and even make more friends. Veneers are the perfect investment in yourself on both a personal and professional level.

Don’t Forget About Whitening!

Whitening your teeth is a safe, fast, and cost-effective way to help your natural smile look its very best. Professional whitening, in particular, will help you achieve the brightest glow in the least amount of time. Depending on what your schedule and preferences are like, you can pick between a single-visit whitening treatment or request a set of take-home trays. Either investment can brighten your smile by several shades, giving you far better results than anything you’ll find online or in stores.

To get the most out of your whitening experience, we recommend touching up intermittently after teeth cleanings (in Downtown San Diego). Just keep your whitening trays on hand to use them as needed.

Be Sure to Tend to Any “Issues”

If you’ve been having a tooth bothering you here and there, or you already know there’s a cavity that needs to be filled, visit our dentist in downtown San Diego at your earliest convenience. Delaying dental care will only allow those minor issues to evolve into bigger problems. In turn, the treatment options become more advanced as the infection grows. It’s best to have them tended to while they’re small. Otherwise, like Murphy’s Law implies, they’ll flare up as soon as you leave town on that summer vacation!

Increase Your Water Intake

Drinking plenty of water during the summer can help you stay hydrated in the heat, but it’s also good for your teeth. The more water you drink, the better lubricated your mouth stays. Drinking and frequently rinsing with water can help reduce stain, lower bacterial levels, and cut back on your risk of developing tooth decay. While it doesn’t replace things like flossing, increasing your fluoridated water intake is a key element when it comes to healthy summertime smiles.

Book an Appointment

Our dentist in downtown San Diego provides exemplary care in a state-of-the-art facility. If you’re interested in learning more about preventative or cosmetic dentistry, book an appointment today!

All About Our Smile Savings Plan: Illumitrac

All About Our Smile Savings Plan: Illumitrac

Dental care isn’t a luxury or a “bonus”: it’s a core component of long-lasting health and wellness.

But for people without dental insurance, dental care can feel like a luxury due to its cost. The team at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts offers Smile Savings Plans because we believe that every single person, regardless of insurance, should have access to high-quality, affordable dental care.

That’s exactly why we are proud to offer Illumitrac, our preventive care membership program. Illumitrac makes it easy (and affordable!) to receive the regular dental cleanings and other care you need to maintain a beautiful, vibrant smile.

Here are the details you need to know. Call our San Diego office any time to learn more! 

Adult Membership

A standard Illumitrac adult membership only costs $36 per month. Your $99 Lifetime Activation Fee includes your first month’s membership cost, so you can hit the ground running!

This is the best membership option for healthy adults without signs of existing periodontal disease. When you begin an adult membership with Illumitrac, you enjoy the following regular benefits:

  • Professional dental cleanings every six months
  • Doctor exams every six to 12 months
  • X-rays as needed
  • One emergency exam per year, if needed
  • 20% off all other treatments (some exclusions may apply)

Adult Smile Savings Plan Membership For Patients with Periodontal Disease

If you do have symptoms of periodontal disease, you may qualify for a Perio Membership for $61 per month. Just like with the standard adult membership, your $99 Lifetime Activation Fee includes your first month’s membership, so you don’t need to wait to get the care you need.

The Perio Membership is designed to address existing gum disease and restore your teeth and gums back to health. If caught early, gum disease can be reversed and you can enjoy your strong, beautiful smile for a lifetime. This is why regular dental visits are so important!

Every Perio Membership includes the following elements to ensure you receive the comprehensive dental care you need:

  • Perio maintenance cleanings, which are more frequently than regular exams (3-4 per year)
  • Doctor exams (1-2 per year)
  • X-rays as needed
  • One emergency exam per year, if needed
  • 20% off all other treatments (some exclusions may apply)

Left untreated, periodontal disease leads to widespread infection throughout the body, tooth loss, and bone degeneration. These are serious complications that require extremely expensive treatments. If you can prevent all of that with an Illumitrac membership and a few dentist appointments a year, it’s definitely worth it!

Child Membership

The Fifth Avenue team also offers Smile Savings Plan memberships for our younger patients. The foundation for healthy teeth starts even before your child is born, so it’s never too early to consider your child’s health!

Children 12 years and younger are eligible for an Illumitrac child membership. It only costs $33 per month, plus the $99 Lifetime Activation Fee that includes the first month’s cost. The dental care provided through a child membership is everything your little one needs to protect her bright smile:

  • Professional dental cleanings every six months
  • Doctor exams (1-2 per year)
  • X-rays as needed
  • Fluoride treatment
  • One emergency exam per year, if needed
  • 20% off all other treatments (some exclusions may apply)

Other Common Questions About Illumitrac

For many families and adults, an Illumitrac membership is more affordable and useful than dental insurance. Many dental insurance policies are complicated by co-pays, annual maximums, and fine print that limits coverage on important procedures.

When you opt for an Illumitrac membership, you know exactly what benefits to expect, and you also enjoy a full 20% off discount on other treatments. It’s a smart and affordable way to receive critical preventive dental care.

The team at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts is here to work with you and your family, so you can always add members to your account and schedule your appointments at your convenience. Your membership is effective immediately, so you can come see us the same day that your Smile Savings Plan membership begins if you’d like!

Call (619) 233-3338 today or sign up online to learn more about Illumitrac and how our office can help you get preventive care for a low monthly cost. Doctors Ramin Ghassemi, DDS, MS, and Nina Mojaver, DMD, are committed to the cornerstones of excellence, experience, and esthetics, so you can trust our team to deliver only the highest quality dental care, regardless of whether you have insurance!