Ask the Expert 2022
Edward Wiggins II, DDS
At D2O Dental, Dr. Edward Wiggins combines cutting-edge technology with the environment of a luxurious spa. A graduate of the prestigious Kois Institute and UCSF’s School of Dentistry, he has built a practice inspired by his experience at Disneyland to help patients achieve their most beautiful, natural-looking smile.
For those looking to get that “Hollywood smile,” what advice do you have?
That perfect smile means different things to different people, so the first step is to explore what that means to the patient. We can then design the smile outside of the mouth and look at it before we start. It’s no secret that ceramic veneers can change the color and shape of teeth, but with new improvements in techniques and technology, almost half of veneer cases can be done without harming the natural teeth at all. And with laser technology, veneers can be debonded without having to be drilled off, so the process can be truly noninvasive.
We see whitening products everywhere. How do we know what to look for?
There are a lot of whitening products, but not all are equal. Whitening product ingredients lose strength if stored or shipped above a refrigerated temperature. And never use whitening or charcoal toothpastes as they are mostly ineffective for whitening and potentially damaging to enamel. Better yet, prevent stains by rinsing with water after drinking coffee, tea or red wine.
What inspired you to open D2O?
I used to work at Disneyland, and I learned that people go back there over and over because Disney creates a great experience—something that really lasts. They find ways to delight their customers. At D2O, we’ve made a deliberate effort to think through the patient journey in our office. We want to give our patients a better experience while helping them achieve the smile of their dreams.
1816 L St. Sacramento. 916-442-7000. d2odental.com