George D. Chen, D.D.S. – Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

It’s Easy to Address Bad Breath

No one wants to talk about their bad breath struggles. Indeed, those with bad breath sometimes prefer not to talk at all. But while struggling with bad breath can be stressful, the truth is that most causes can be easy to treat by scheduling an appointment with Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry.

The first step to eliminating bad breath is to try to determine the cause. There are many different dental and related issues that may contribute to bad breath, including:

  • Tonsil stones
  • Tooth decay
  • Acid reflux
  • Oral bacteria
  • Dry mouth, and more

Almost all of these can be addressed in a dental office, and those that cannot may benefit from a dental treatment before combining it with a different medical approach. For example, your primary care physician may have a way to treat your GERD, but Dr. Chen and Dr. Skelton can ensure that any tooth damage or bacteria has been eliminated so that the bad breath treatment is more effective.

Eliminate Bad Breath for a Truly Happy Smile

Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry is here to make your smile brighter. But we also want you to genuinely smile more. With many bad breath treatments available, we hope that you will consider giving us a call today at 916-983-6051 and let us see what the challenge may be so that you do not feel like hiding your mouth anymore.


Dental Care May Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Groundbreaking new research has shed light on what was otherwise a medical mystery, and the results could change the way we look at both Alzheimer’s and dental health. It also means a cure and prevention for this disease may be just around the corner.

As reported across multiple media outlets, and explained well in the New Scientist, the cause of Alzheimer’s has been identified as Porphyromonas gingivalis. Dentists know this bacteria all too well – it is one of the most common types of bacteria responsible for chronic gum disease.

Porphyromonas Gingivalis and Dental Health

Porphyromonas gingivalis is often the most likely contributor to chronic periodontitis, an infection that causes gum and tooth decay and may lead to tooth loss. During your dental exam, one of the reasons we check for bleeding gums is because gums that bleed during brushing or flossing are often in the early stages of an infection – potentially with this porphyromonas gingivalis bacteria.

Regular dental cleanings and treatments can both eliminate and prevent this bacteria buildup. It is a critical tool for protecting your smile and improving your long term dental health.

How Poor Dental Care May Contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease

The idea that good dental hygiene contributes to long term health is not new. Indeed, study after study over the past many decades has linked better dental health to better overall health, with those that care for their teeth more likely to live longer and healthier lives.

But this more definitive link to Alzheimer’s is a new one, and something that may change the way we look at oral hygiene. It was previously believed that Alzheimer’s was caused by a plaque buildup in the brain, and scientists were looking for potential reasons for that plaque buildup (known as amyloid plaques).

What made this complicated is that there were many people that had plaque buildup without any signs of dementia. But scientists now believe that the plaque may not be the cause of Alzheimer’s, but rather a defense mechanism your brain uses to protect itself from the dangerous bacteria. Recent studies have confirmed that not only does porphyromonas gingivalis pass through the blood/brain barrier – it also affects the exact regions of the brain that are linked to Alzheimer’s.

What This Means for the Future

Although the idea that poor dental hygiene may cause Alzheimer’s Disease is a scary one, this can only be seen as good news. If the link between porphyromonas gingivalis and Alzheimer’s continues to be confirmed, scientists may be able to develop a vaccine to prevent against Alzheimer’s, and maybe even a potential cure for those that are already affected.

It also confirms that regular dental cleanings and exams are not just for “dental health.” They’re for all health. That is why it is so important to follow the advice of Dr. Chen and Dr. Skelton, schedule your dental care, and make sure that you are taking care of your smile.


Some Wonderful Reviews from Wonderful Patients

We wanted to take a moment to thank those that have taken time out of their day to write us a positive review on Yelp, Facebook, Google, or any of the other many review websites. It is very much appreciated, especially because we know that it is free time that you could spend on any activity in your life, and you choose to spend it letting others know how you feel about our dental practice.

We wanted to share two very kind and positive reviews we received in the past week. Thanks to these patients, and to all of you, for making this such a great dental community. If you are not currently a patient, it’s never too early to call us at 916-983-6051.

Dentist in Folsom with No Insurance

These days, it is not uncommon to find yourself in a job that requires you to sign up for your own dental insurance. Contract employees, self-employed individuals, retirees, and even many of those currently employed often need to remember to sign up for their own dental insurance.

And yet because it is so easy to forget your dental care – and because dental insurance is very expensive each month, and most of your benefits you have to wait 6 months to use – many people find themselves uninsured.

Affordable Folsom Dentist with Dr. George Chen and Dr. Christina Skelton

If you have no insurance but want to make sure you keep your teeth clean, you may want to consider the Healthy Smiles Savings Plan offered at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry. At our office, we offer an alternative to dental insurance that makes it possible to receive outstanding quality dental care right now, with no wait times.

Traditionally, dental insurance starts at about $60 to $100 per month, or approximately $720 to $1200 a year. There are also waiting periods before you can use any benefits, so patients may not be able to receive the care they need right away, and whatever benefits you do have expire on December 31st – no matter when you sign up.

Our savings plan offers a better alternative. Known as the Healthy Smiles Savings Plan, patients that have no insurance can opt to instead to pay $399 up front and receive:

  • 2 Professional Dental Cleanings
  • 2 Fluoride Treatments
  • 1 Annual Exam w/X-Rays

You receive the dental care you need, at a cost equivalent that significantly less than monthly dental insurance. You also can receive that care immediately, and you can sign up family members too for even greater savings.

Should you need additional dental care, we can help there as well. All of our Healthy Smiles Savings Plan patients receive 15% off all dental work, including cosmetic dentistry, and 10% off any Invisalign treatment. It also expires 12 months from your first cleaning, which means that your benefits do not expire on December 31st.

It is a great option for those that have no dental insurance and would like to see Dr. Chen or Dr. Skelton all throughout the year.

Insurance or No Insurance – Contact Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Today

We want to make it easier to receive the affordable dental care you need. If you have no insurance but wish to receive affordable cleanings, a detailed exam, and discounts on any other type of treatment, give Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry a call today at 916-983-6051.


How Our iTero Intraoral 3D Scanner Improves Your Invisalign Experience

You may not have heard about Align Technologies, but you have likely heard of their best known product. Align is the company that developed Invisalign, the first clear alternative to braces that use transparent plastic aligners to straighten teeth instead of visible and uncomfortable metal braces.

Invisalign is their top product. But it is not their only product. They also developed a very popular tool that we use here in our Folsom office, called the iTero Intraoral 3D Scanner. This scanner makes dental visits more comfortable and convenient, including the start of your Invisalign treatment. As always, if you’re interested in Invisalign, contact Dr. George Chen today at 916-983-6051.

How the iTero Intraoral Scanner Works

One of our patients’ least favorite activities is placing their mouth in those chalky tasting impressions. Sometimes it is necessary – there are treatments that simply benefit from an impression – but, when possible, most patients prefer to avoid it.

The iTero scanner is a new and exciting technology that acts as an alternative to dental impressions. The scanner is placed in the mouth, and then digitally captures a 3D impression of everything from the teeth to the gums using a safe laser and high end optical technology that is free of radiation. The entire process takes only a few minutes.

Benefits of the scanner include:

  • No difficult and foul tasting dental impressions.
  • No re-taking the dental impressions from a mistake.
  • Can be stopped and started as many times as needed (in case you need to swallow, or cough).
  • Faster results, as the images are immediately available for processing.

Although developed by Align Technologies, the iTero scanner can be used to replace impressions for bridges, crowns, replacement teeth, and so much more.

But it can also be used with Invisalign. In fact, using the iTero scanner speeds up the Invisalign ordering process, so that you can also start treating your teeth faster. It will also give you an opportunity to view a digital impression of your teeth, so that you can better see the progress when the treatment is completed.

Overall, the iTero Scanner makes it easier and more comfortable to start your Invisalign treatment, and starts your treatment faster for straighter teeth in a bit less time.

Call Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Today

Serving the Greater Sacramento area and conveniently based in Folsom right off of East Bidwell, Dr. Chen, Dr. Skelton, and Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry are some of the leading options for Invisalign, and one the few general dentists in the area treated to give this orthodontic treatment.

For more information about Invisalign, iTero, or to get started with any of your dental needs, contact us today by calling 916-983-6051 or filling out the “Request an Appointment” form.

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Dental Care About the New El Dorado Hills Developments

Since we are based in Folsom, we often hear about the rapid growth and development taking place right now all around the city. But connected to Folsom is El Dorado Hills, a community that is going through a rapid expansion in its own right. There are so many new developments either planned or already selling their homes, including:

  • Cypress at Serrano
  • The Ridge at Blackstone
  • The Elms, the Oaks, and Villa Lago at Promontory and so many more.

Many of our patients come from El Dorado Hills, either on the 50, through White Rock, or through Green Valley Road. The drive is short, often close a straight line, and makes it easy to come in before/after work or any time you’re able to make it down.

With so many new developments in the area, we’d love to hear from you if you’re either new to EDH or looking for a new dental provider. Dr. Chen and Dr. Skelton provide both cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry, and Dr. Chen and our office have one the Style Magazine Award for “Best Dentist” in the Folsom/El Dorado Hills area for 9 straight years.

We’d love a chance to see you. Please contact us at 916-983-6051 or fill out the “Request an Appointment” form above to get started.

Clear Braces Are Not The Only Invisalign Perk

Many teens and adults are familiar with Invisalign, and know them for their primary selling point – they are a clear alternative to traditional metal braces. That means they can go through their day without others knowing that they are wearing braces.

But what you may not know is that “clear braces” is only one of the reason that Invisalign is so popular. There are additional benefits that make them preferable to metal braces provided the patient is a candidate:

  • Removable for Eating – Invisalign is removed before eating, which means the patient has no food limitations while they are straightening their teeth.
  • Easy to Brush/Care for Teeth – It is often difficult to brush and floss with metal braces. With Invisalign, you can remove the aligner and brush with ease.
  • No Cuts and Scrapes – Metal braces tend to have wires that can cut into the sensitive skin inside of the mouth, especially when smiling and eating. Invisalign is smooth and causes no such issues.

While it is true that Invisalign is especially popular because of the clear braces, there are additional benefits to Invisalign that are often forgotten, and make it an even more worthwhile choice for those that qualify. If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign in the Folsom and Sacramento County areas, please contact us today at 916-983-6051.

End of the Year: Come Visit Soon or Plan for Next Year!

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a great December holiday season.

We just wanted to send over one more courtesy reminder that most dental insurance benefits and flex spending expire at the end of the year. Please schedule an appointment before December 31st if you would like to use up any of your remaining benefits before they reset.

If you used up all your dental benefits and have been waiting for them to refresh this new year, now is also a great time to schedule for January and February, so that you can take care of your teeth early before any dental problems occur. Those two months fill up very quickly for that very reason, so booking now is a great way to get a spot.

Finally, open enrollment ends December 15th. Please feel free and review information about our new Healthy Smiles Savings Program to see if it may be of benefit to you this year.

Thanks again for a wonderful year thus far with another outstanding and fun month to go! If you’d like to schedule an appointment or talk to us about your dental care, please call 916-983-6051.

Gold River Dentist – Cosmetic and General Dentistry for Gold River Residents

Gold River is a small, yet fantastic community. With great schools, safe streets, several parks, and several amenities depending on your HOAs, it’s no wonder this gem of a town is one of the hottest areas to live, and a great place for those that commute to Sacramento.

Dr. George Chen and Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry are proud to be one of the most popular dental offices for those living in Gold River. Straight up the 50 and only a short drive from the Folsom Blvd exit, Dr. Chen has become the leading choice for quality Gold River general and cosmetic dental care. To schedule an appointment, fill out the “Request an Appointment” form or call us at 916-983-6051.

Why Choose Esthetic Reflections?

Dr. Chen is the 10 time winner of the Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Dentist.” He is one of the only providers of both cosmetic dentistry and general/family dentistry, and is one of the few that is able to offer support for:

  • Complex Cases – In situations where complex dental procedures are needed, Dr. Chen is able to provide all of the necessary services to keep your teeth looking their best.
  • Sedation Dentistry – Dr. Chen is certified in oral conscious sedation, a dental technique that makes it possible for those with anxiety to receive dental care.
  • Invisalign – Dr. Chen received additional training in Invisalign, which means you may not need to head to an Orthodontist for clear braces.

Along with Dr. Christina Skelton, our office is able to provide outstanding quality dental care and all of the services you need.

Most people have a tendency to choose the dentist nearest to them – in this case, a Gold River dentist or one located in nearby Rancho Cordova. But we encourage you to consider calling our office for your dental care needs.

You only need dental care a few times a year, and knowing that you’re receiving the best possible treatments available in Sacramento County (and an office that really cares about you) will go a long way towards making sure that you are motivated to go to the dentist, happy with your treatment, and able to comfortably share your smile with the world.

Care for Your Smile – Call Esthetic Reflections

We’re more than a dental office. We believe in the idea of community. If you have been searching for a dentist in Gold River, we are just down the road and would love an opportunity to schedule an appointment for your teeth and gums. Call 916-983-6051 or fill out an appointment form to get started. We accept most forms of insurance and have an exciting program called the “Healthy Smiles Savings Plan” for the underinsured.

Smile Makeovers in Sacramento, CA with Esthetic Reflections

If you’ve thought about getting dental work to make your teeth healthier and more aesthetically pleasing, then you may want to consider a “smile makeover” – a process that utilizes cosmetic dental techniques to remake your smile and improve both its health and its appearance. Cosmetic dentistry seeks to help patients whose teeth are generally healthy, but may be crooked, chipped, discolored, or otherwise not aesthetically pleasing, and can be combined with general dentistry to give you an overall better smile.

Having better looking teeth can help patients feel more confident, happy, and more comfortable with themselves. If you’re interested in what cosmetic dentistry options are available in our Sacramento location, contact us today at 916-983-6051.

What Is A Smile Makeover?

A “smile makeover” is a term used to describe the process of improving the appearance of people’s smiles by using the cosmetic dentistry techniques that are best suited for their needs. Not everyone needs the same services, and even those who do have unique mouths and teeth that require unique treatment methods. When a patient looks for a smile makeover, it’s because they’re unsatisfied with their smile and interested in undergoing the procedures that are most recommended by Dr. George Chen and Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry to fix it.

Some of the treatment options we offer include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Tooth Implants
  • Teeth Whitening
  • White Fillings
  • Invisalign/Teeth Straightening
  • Dental Crowns and Caps

Smile makeovers, much like any type of makeover, combine procedures and techniques to improve the visible appearance of your teeth and gums so that you can smile prouder without any self-consciousness.

Are You a Candidate for a Smile Makeover?

If you are embarrassed or unsatisfied with the way your teeth look, you could be a candidate for these elective procedures. It is most important, however, to consider your overall dental health.

If you have issues like compulsive grinding or clenching your teeth, periodontal disease, or a misaligned bite, Dr. Chen may recommend treatment to address these underlying issues before performing any cosmetic procedures. This is to ensure both that your teeth are healthy and that these conditions won’t damage the results of the cosmetic procedures.

How Much Is A Smile Makeover?

The cost of a smile makeover is dependent on what procedures are needed to achieve their ideal smile. Some may need to undergo multiple procedures, while others may only need one. The cost for the different procedures also varies. We do offer specials and we are more than happy to talk to you about savings options and financial planning for those that are interested, so make sure you talk to our front desk.

Why You Should Consider a Smile Makeover from Dr. George Chen

Smile makeovers are often complex procedures that require a skilled hand and advanced knowledge of dental care. Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry is located in Folsom, CA, only a short drive away from Sacramento, and yet Dr. Chen is frequently sought out as the preferred dentist for those in the Greater Sacramento area, because he is one of the few that is trained in complex cases and has a history creating beautiful smiles across the region.

Dr. Chen is both a cosmetic and general dentist, and so offers treatments that improve both the form and function of your teeth. He can offer a thorough assessment on the current health and appearance of your teeth and determine what services he can provide to help improve them in a comprehensive way that few other dentists in the area can. If a health concern shows up during a cosmetic treatment, there’s no need to go to another dentist for a general dentistry treatment, as Dr. Chen can treat it in the same office.

We genuinely care that your teeth both look and work well. Many cosmetic dental procedures not only improve your teeth’s appearance, they improve your dental health and hygiene.

If you want to remake your smile, call Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry today at 916-983-6051 or request an appointment online by clicking the button below and filling out the form. We can offer you detailed assessment tailored to your specific health needs to show you what your journey to a brighter, healthier smile will look like.