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Testimonial: Tamera Mullaly

Testimonial: Tamera Mullaly

We see many San Clemente locals at Shoreline Dental Studio, and are fortunate enough to touch many lives providing a level of care that help make our patients feel comfortable in spite of past experiences they may have had. Read on to learn how compassionate dentistry changed Tamera’s world for the better!

Top 5 Cosmetic Treatments for a Smile Makeover

Cosmetic dental treatments for a new smileAre you looking to change your smile? It’s your defining feature, and the first thing people notice about you. You should never be afraid to show off your pearly whites. From small but impactful changes to a complete smile makeover, we can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of at Shoreline Dental Studio. There are many options when determining how to improve your smile, and each smile makeover can be tailored to fit your goals. Here are just a few procedures that can transform your smile.

1. Teeth Whitening

Yellow teeth are the most common complaint from our patients. Common foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and berries can stain your teeth. Luckily, there are many effective teeth whitening options for you to choose from. We can supply at-home whitening kits that are custom fitted to your teeth. These are stronger than store-bought whitening kits, and cause less gum irritation.

We also preform in-office whitening treatments, like Zoom! Advanced Whitening. In-office treatments are perfect for instant results, and can whiten your enamel by 8 shades on average.

2. Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign clear aligners are the perfect option for perfect teeth. Who wants to be a brace-face past the age of 12? Invisalign aligners offer a discrete option for straightening your teeth. They are also a great option for making small changes to your teeth that traditional braces often can’t. If you’re plagued by misaligned teeth come in for a consultation.

3. Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can be used to cover damaged or discolored teeth. They are ideal for replacing a large filling, restoring a cracked tooth, or cover a discolored or oddly shaped tooth. Crowns take two appointments: the first to remove the compromised structure and take an impression, and the second is to adhere the crown.

4. Enamel Shaping

If you’re worried about a rough-edged tooth or slight overlap, enamel shaping (or re-contouring) can help. It can smooth rough edges and create a more uniform look. We do this by removing a very small amount of the surface of the enamel for a smoother look.

5. Porcelain Veneers

Sometimes a whitening treatment just won’t do. If you’re looking to completely overhaul the look of your smile, porcelain veneers are the best way to accomplish it. Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that are custom made to lay on top of your existing tooth to transform the shape and color. Veneers are the perfect cosmetic option for fixing small gaps, and discolored or oddly shaped teeth.

Whatever your smile goals are, Dr. Ritzau and Dr. Livingston are here to help. Visit Shoreline Dental Studio in beautiful San Clemente, California for your comprehensive dental care.

A Perfect Smile is the Perfect Gift

Hey you, hiding in the back row during family pictures! It’s time to reassess your smile opportunities this holiday season! End this year with the gift of a perfect smile. Whether it’s for a family member, or yourself, Invisalign is a great way to transform your teeth and bring in 2016 with a boost of confidence! At Shoreline Dental Studio, we offer Invisalign trained dentistry, ready to help you achieve your New Year goals. One of the great things about the Invisalign treatment is the ability to feel comfortable in clear aligners at any age. Whether you’re getting them for your teenager, or you’ve decided to devote some time for yourself, Invisalign offers a chance to revamp your look without having to put your life on hold.

smile-winterHave you had metal braces before? Don’t relive that metal mouth nightmare!  Invisalign aligners are clear and removable, letting you straighten your teeth without the hassle. From dinner parties to lunch dates, you won’t have to hide your smile while you’re transforming it. With the ease and flexibility of these aligners, you’ll be on a path to straighter teeth in no time.

Still want to take a massive bite into that apple or chew a Starburst from time to time? Because you remove your Invisalign aligners when you eat, there are no food restrictions like there are with traditional braces. This means you can still have your glass of wine, or your cup of morning coffee and still get the a healthy, straightened smile at the same time. The ability to remove the aligners also helps with maintaining proper dental hygiene. You won’t need a water pick to get in between metal crevices, because you can still brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.  

Straightening your teeth also has lasting effects that go beyond just cosmetic appearance. Having straight teeth encourages better dental hygiene, as it eliminates crowded teeth that can make cleaning difficult. It can also fix problems with your bite, which can potentially lead to future dental problems.11086416514_7fa6dea4b7_m

Your treatment length will vary depending on your specific needs. However, a typical adult will normally wear Invisalign braces for about a year. For teens, Invisalign will take around the same amount of time that traditional braces would take. As a patient, you switch out your aligners on a 2 week basis that will gradually transform your smile.

Come in to Shoreline Dental Studio, your local San Clemente dentist team, for a consultation that will get you on the right track to perfecting that smile. We’ll put you at ease by assessing your bite, and mapping out a treatment plan customized to you! Holiday gift or New Year's resolution, a treatment with Invisalign can make a world of difference!

Get Bridal Ready with Invisalign

Recently engaged? When planning for your walk down the aisle, don’t forget to plan for your smile makeover. Between pictures, seeing old friends, and staring into your partner’s eyes, you’ll be smiling so much on your wedding day that your cheeks will ache! You want to look your best on your wedding day, so use it as an opportunity to fix that narrow gap between your teeth, or the snaggle tooth that didn’t grow in right. Invisalignaligners are the clear alternative to braces, and will help you feel more confident during, and long after your wedding!

Some of the cases Invisalign can treat are:


-       Gapped Teeth

-       Overbite

-       Underbite

-       Open Bite

-       Crowding

-       Crossbite

Kristen Ritzau, DDS will take x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth to create a digital 3-D image and map out a treatment plan. Then Invisalign creates custom-made clear aligners that fit snugly over your teeth and steadily move them into position. You will wear each set for approximately 2 weeks before switching to a new set.

Invisalign treatment traditionally takes anywhere from 6 to 18 months, often taking less time than traditional braces. Starting your treatment early will allow you to finish treatment before your wedding day. Don’t let a short lead-time keep you from a beautiful smile. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, so you can still wear them on your big day!

There’s also no need to worry about diet restrictions. You can eat what you want with Invisalign aligners. Simply remove the aligners when eating, and put them back in after brushing.

Dental appointments for those with Invisalign are also less frequent than for people with traditional metal braces. You can visit Dr. Ritzau every four to six weeks to check in on your smile progress.

It is never too late to improve your smile, and with Invisalign aligners you can straighten your teeth without disrupting your pre-wedding activities. Wear your aligners to the bridal shower, engagement photos, and bachelorette party without added insecurities.

Take the first step towards a more confident smile by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Ritzau today!

How to Get a Better Smile in 2015 with Invisalign

Nothing attracts better than a smile. Anyone who wishes to welcome this coming New Year, 2015, with a confident smile must consider using Invisalign. It is a teeth aligner that is used in place of metal braces. It can be used by any person irrespective of age, gender or status to improve his or her smile. If you're not confident with your smile, read on to find out more about the benefits of Invisalign: Benefits of Invisaligninvisalign-clear-braces

Easier cleaning of teeth

When using Invisalign, it is easier to clean teeth because it is removable, unlike braces. Most of the traditional braces that people place in their teeth cannot be removed at any time. Therefore, it is difficult to remove all the food particles that may be stuck between the teeth and the braces. On the other hand, a person can remove Invisalign after every meal in order to clean his or her teeth properly. It is more comfortable since it has a smooth plastic that can provide comfort for the teeth, and as well, allow alignment.

Gradual teeth movement

The movement of teeth when using Invisalign for alignment is gradual and properly shifts teeth into place, depending on the prescription of the orthodontist or dentist. With Invisalign, one does not have to use wire braces to tighten the teeth, which might end up causing bleeding of the gums due to possible piercing. The process of teeth alignment is safe and painless.

Shorter time frame for treatment

Compared to other teeth aligners, such as traditional braces and veneers, Invisalign requires a relatively short period for teeth treatment. An average treatment for an adult is one year. This short period allows patients to get a straighter smile in less time than traditional metal braces.

Less inconvenience

Invisalign causes minimal interference in the daily life of its user. One just needs to place a new set of aligners after every two weeks until the treatment ends.

Everyone wants a beautiful smile that he or she can afford to show off in public. It is important to choose a method of aligning teeth wisely. Call Dr. Kristen Ritzau DDS today for your Invisalign consultation so you can go with confidence into 2015! 949-234-6850

Invisalign vs. Braces

Having braces is a popular, widely used form of dental care in America. With 6 out of every 10 Americans having had braces in their lifetime, correcting the disruptive conditions that come with crooked, improperly placed teeth is vital. Not only do we exude and feel more confident about ourselves when we have straight teeth, but other people we interact with perceive straight teeth as an attractive trait. However, choosing braces as a dental treatment can be abrasive and difficult to manage with all patients. Are there any other options to getting straight teeth without all the excess metal and mess? We're setting the record straight and finding out which is better: Invisalign or braces?

Round One: Ease of Use Invisalign is a braces alternative that gently realigns teeth to their ideal placement through thin, plastic molds that sit over the teeth. These 'incremental retainers' as they are called work efficiently and quickly to adjust minor teeth placement with less pressure.invisalign-vs-braces Braces are typically for more drastic teeth straightening. Teeth are pulled further back, while others are pushed forward during monthly adjustments. If it sounds like a lot, it is time consuming. The pressure and pain that follow after receiving braces can be intrusive, so numbing gels are recommended to soothe. Winner: Invisalign

Round Two: Price and Cost Effectiveness The Journal of Clinical Orthodontics reported that the average set of adult braces costs $4,800. If it sounds like a pretty hefty payment, check out the average cost of Invisalign. When going the clear route, finding something affordable while still having the braces feel less noticeable can feel challenging. With the average cost being $5,000, your wallet may feel much lighter. If you're looking to completely change your teeth while still saving some money, braces may be the answer. Winner: Braces

Round Three: Attractiveness Invisalign has a clear advantage in this round because it is barely detectable by others. You can easily brush and floss your teeth as well, which benefits overall dental health. It's thin and light, making your experience easier.

Braces are heavy-duty, in more ways than one. The wires and metal pieces can be obtrusive to eating and often are distracting to others. It's more difficult to clean teeth and special brushes are needed to combat the metal. Winner: Invisalign

Whether you're looking to adjust your smile or brighten your teeth, visit Dr. Ritzau to transform your smile!

Walk Down the Aisle With a Beautiful Smile

You want to look your best all the time. But some occasions call for extra special attention to your appearance, and one of the times when this is the most true is on your wedding day. All eyes will be on you, and you want to make sure that your look is absolutely flawless. One crucial aspect of your appearance that you don't want to overlook is your smile! Because you will be photographed more on your wedding day than on any other day, a beautiful smile is a must-have. Here are some cosmetic dentistry procedures to help you improve the quality of your smile before you walk down the aisle. Teeth Whitening

A bright, white smile not only makes your overall appearance look better, it also makes you look younger and healthier. Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most affordable forms of cosmetic dentistry, and you can see big results quickly.

Porcelain Veneers

If you need a little more help creating the most beautiful smile possible for your wedding day and beyond, porcelain veneers are an excellent, long-lasting way to get major results. Porcelain veneers are permanently bonded to your own teeth and can fill in gaps, fix misaligned or broken teeth and cover up discolored teeth as well. Invisalign_Wedding_Smile_Kristen_Ritzau_Dentist

Enamel Shaping

If your teeth are misshapen or have chips or minor bumps, enamel shaping can be a very effective way to create more symmetrical and attractively aligned teeth.


If you missed out on braces when you were younger, it's never too late. Invisalign is the clear and attractive alternative to metal braces, and can be worn by adults. Although this form of cosmetic dentistry is not the shortest route to a more beautiful smile, it is definitely worth considering if you have a longer engagement period and want to look your best when walking down the aisle.

In addition to shopping for a dress and choosing a venue, make sure one of your early stops in your wedding planning process is to see Kristen Ritzau, DDS. Dr. Ritzau will work with you to make sure you have a beautiful smile when you walk down the aisle! (949) 234-6850

Our New and Improved Office!

We've been hard at work over the past few months, turning our old office into a newly remodeled space that our patients can enjoy! Stop by for a visit or call our office to make your next dental appointment! (949) 234-6850 Here's what our office looks like now:


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Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Visiting the dentist is rarely a pleasurable situation for most people. With the multitude of reasons to see a dentist, including root canals and painful surgical procedures, we're not surprised to see that just over 60% of us actually visit a dentist regularly. However, the percentage of people who wish for cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening and straightening, is a much higher number and over half of the population have already received cosmetic dentistry. Having a beautiful, white, and healthy smile is a fantastic asset in your professional and personal life. Dr. Ritzau is highly experienced with executing the necessary steps for your perfect set of pearly whites, as well as having a fantastic staff of educated individuals dedicated to making your experience a memorable and comfortable one.We've researched and compiled the top 3 most beneficial reasons to receive cosmetic dentistry to consider the next time you're scheduling an appointment:

If they look healthy, they will stay healthy. Sometimes getting a smaller cosmetic dentistry procedure, like Zoom whitening, can greatly improve your overall oral health. By having a smile that you appreciate, it will become easier to consistently take care of it by brushing and flossing. Having a beautiful smile boosts self confidence and social connection with others. Have the ripple effect of health transform your lifestyle. If you want to have a healthy smile for life and find it difficult to start, let our office give you a kick start!Cosmetic Dentistry San Clemente CA

Improve your dental health relationship. Humans are no stranger to the drawbacks of painful dental procedures. If you struggle with decaying teeth, or missing a few teeth in the same place, you would benefit by receiving cosmetic dentistry to correct it. By scheduling an in-depth repairing procedure, such as inlays to repair damaged teeth, you can remove the potential for these unsightly chompers giving you any trouble in the future. You need not fear the dentist, or be embarrassed to visit, any longer!

Prevent future dental complications. There are many other options available for your teeth that can smooth out and straighten your smile. These procedures exist to improve how your teeth settle, adjust and position an off center bite, and even prevent future issues with grinding teeth or potential chipping teeth from repeated contact over time.

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Dental Tips For Summer Vacation

During summer vacation, you can say goodbye to your workday routine and all your worries, but you should never neglect your dental hygiene. After all, you use your teeth every single day and your smile should never be on vacation. It's important to keep up your brushing and flossing regimen no matter where you are, because plaque and tooth decay never take a holiday.

Here are a few basic vacation dental tips and ways to keep your smile clean and healthy when you go on holiday, but the most important thing to bring along is a can-do attitude. Even though your daily routine is cast aside and you laze around aimlessly most of the time, your teeth and gums should never be neglected. Make a point of sticking to your dental hygiene schedule, even it seems like "work" to you.

Be Prepared For Anything And Everything

The last thing you want to do on vacation is spend valuable time searching for a local dentist in a strange place, so do a little homework before you leave. Even though the odds of having a dental emergency while on vacation are admittedly quite slim, it pays to be prepared for anything, so please keep these dental tips in mind. vacation smile dentist san clemente

Confirm with your dental insurance carrier to see if there will be any in-network providers at your destination, and what their policy is regarding emergency coverage. Don't forget to take your insurance card and keep it with your important travel documents.

See Kristen Ritzau DDS Before You Leave

It's always a good idea to schedule a dental appointment before your vacation, especially if you haven't been to Dr. Ritzau's office lately. It is so much easier to fix minor problems at home before they flare up in an unfamiliar city.

Air travel is stressful on your teeth because of the air pressure changes, and sensitive teeth may start to ache at higher altitudes. Dr. Ritzau will double-check all of your filling, caps and implants so they don't fall out unexpectedly.

Don't Forget To Floss

Along with these dental tips, you'll need to pack ALL of your dental hygiene items like toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste and mouthwash. Sticking to your daily dental care regimen when you're on vacation takes a little more willpower than usual, but it's absolutely necessary if you want a bright smile.

After all, vacations are definitely something to smile about.