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La Amistad Dental Office

22 North White Road Ste. 40, San Jose, CA • 408.254.4402


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Our Services

We understand the importance of a healthy smile. Therefore, our entire team will strive to give each patient an individualized and comprehensive dental treatment. We offer a variety of restorative dental services such as:

  • Bonding
  • Extractions
  • Nightguards
  • Sealants
  • Bridges
  • Dental Cleaning
  • Dentures
  • Gum Treatment
  • Digital X-Rays
  • Fillings
  • Wisdom Teeth
  • Root Canals
  • Lumineers
  • Veneers
  • Traditional/Metal Braces
  • Ceramic/Clear Braces
  • Retainers
  • Appliances


Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth to restore or improve person's smile.


Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although we will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, sometimes there are still necessary occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. For example, a tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic correction
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth

See Patient Frequently Asked Questions for care after tooth extraction.

Night Guards

Custom designed mouthguards and nightguards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may get hit. In addition, these guards protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Nightguards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and bite.


Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.


A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.

Dental Cleaning

Teeth cleaning is the removal of dental plaque from teeth, in order to prevent cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontitis. It is part of a complete program of oral hygiene.


Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clipping onto teeth or dental implants. There are two main categories of dentures, depending on whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or the maxillary arch.

Gum Treatment

The mouth is filled with countless bacteria. It is possible to have periodontal disease without apparent symptoms. That’s why regular dental check ups and periodontal examinations are very important. To help reduce the plaque you should have a good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing twice a day.

Digital X-Rays

In our office we use digital radiography, which allows us to take X-rays using up to 90% less radiation than conventional film X-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an X-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth that can easily be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.


Sometimes cavities happen. A filling can help restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, we will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or “third molars” that develop on each side of the jaw. Wisdom teeth usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.

Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment removes diseased and infected tissue from inside the tooth. This tissue is called the pulp, it contains nerves and blood vessels that help nourish the tooth. After the pulp is removed, the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, enlarged, filled and sealed. Root canal treatment saves teeth that would otherwise be extracted.


Lumineers is a brand name for a type of veneer. Cosmetic dentists recommend Lumineers because they are safe, painless, strong and thin. If a patient has chips, cracks, uneven tooth alignment, spacing between teeth, worn and discolored enamel or stained teeth, Lumineers is the solution they need to have a perfect, beautiful and radiant smile.


A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface.

Traditional/Metal Braces

Victory by 3M

These Braces are most commonly used in adolescents since they are more resistant. Many patients like that they are able to change colors of the bands at each appointment.

The new industry standard for brackets, the Victory Series™ miniature metal bracket system features high bond strength, easy bracket ligation and an easy-to-read identification system. For ease of use, the brackets have been designed with smoothly finished bicuspid tie-wings that are slightly extended and offset gingivally away from the tooth. Deep tie-wing undercuts assure easier and more secure ligation.

An innovative pad design, incorporating an 80 gauge woven mesh bonding base, matches the curvature of the tooth for maximum contact and strong, consistent bond strength.

Also available are gingivally offset bicuspid brackets. The unique pad design features a larger bonding base and radiused corners for better base-to-tooth adaptation, providing improved bond strength.

Clear/Ceramic Braces

Clarity by 3M

Clear braces are traditional braces which are translucent. Adults like them for their aesthetic value.

Clarity™ Metal-Reinforced Ceramic Brackets are the only metal-lined ceramic brackets offering the look your patients want, with the functionality you prefer. In fact, their outstanding combination of easy debonding, sliding mechanics, strength and aesthetics make Clarity ceramic brackets the clear choice you’ll want to put into practice.

Clarity brackets give you and your patients a lot to smile about, a comfortable, sculptured design, an attractive, translucent appearance and perhaps best of all, the self-confidence that comes from wearing brackets that look as good as they perform.

An unbeatable combination of strength and beauty, Clarity brackets will forever change your perspective on ceramic bracket performance. Make the clear choice for you and your patients. Clarity metal-reinforced ceramic brackets, only from 3M Unitek.


Custom made removable appliances to keep teeth in their new position after braces. There are many types of retainers, they can be removable or fixed to the inside of your teeth. We will be able to determine which one is going to be the most appropriate for your case.

Hawley retainer

Includes a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and keeps them in place. Named for its inventor, Dr. Charles Hawley, the labial wire, or Hawley bow, incorporates 2 omega loops for adjustment. It is anchored in an acrylic arch that sits in the palate (roof of the mouth). The advantage of this type of retainer is that the metal wires can be adjusted to finish treatment and continue moving teeth as needed.

Recently, a more aesthetic version of the Hawley retainer has been developed. For this alternative, the front metal wire is replaced with a clear wire called the ASTICS. This retainer is intended to be adjustable in a similar manner to the traditional Hawley retainer.

Fixed retainer

Consists of a passive wire bonded to the tongue-side of the (usually, depending on the patient’s bite, only lower) incisors. Fixed retainers cannot be removed by the patient. Prescribed regularly, especially where active orthodontic treatments have effected great changes in the bite and there is a high risk for reversal of these changes. While the device is usually required until a year after wisdom teeth have been extracted it is often kept in place for life.

Vacuum-formed retainer

This is a polypropylene or polyvinylchloride (PVC) material, typically .020" or .030" thick. This clear or transparent retainer fits over the entire arch of teeth or only from canine to canine (clip on retainer) and is produced from a mold. It is similar in appearance to Invisalign Vivera retainers. If worn 24 hours per day, do not allow the upper and lower teeth to touch because plastic covers the chewing surfaces of the teeth.


TAD (Temporary Anchorage device or Mini-Implants)

They are small titanium mini screws that are fixed to bone temporarily to enhance orthodontic anchorage and facilitate the movement of teeth during treatment.

RPE (Rapid Palatal Expander)

Appliance use to make room for crowded teeth by making the dental arch wider. In addition to expanding the halves of the roof of the mouth, it helps to widen the smile.

Herbst Appliance

This is an appliance used to encourage the growth of the lower jaw, when the there is an overbite and bottom teeth need to be pushed forward.


A system of push rods and springs used to posture the lower jaw forward and encourage lower jaw growth, can be combined with braces while the jaw and the teeth are moved onto the desired position.


Appliance used to create space to align the upper teeth by moving them back and creating extra space to accommodate the crooked teeth.


A removable appliance used to restrict growth of the upper jaw and improve bite problems.