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By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
June 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles  
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Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”


By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
June 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  
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You’ve decided to obtain dental implants for your missing teeth. It’s a good choice — they provide the closest restoration to the function and appearance of natural teeth. You will, however, need to undergo a surgical procedure to imbed the implants’ threaded titanium posts into supporting bone.

It’s understandable if you’re a little apprehensive about undergoing surgery. We’re here, though, to set your mind at ease: implantation is a relatively minor procedure carefully planned in advance. Most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure and very little afterward.

We begin by completely numbing the surgical site with a local anesthetic. If you have a high level of anxiety, we can also administer a sedative or similar medication to help you relax. We then access the underlying bone through a series of incisions that create a flap in the gum tissue that we’ll later suture closed.

It’s quite common to have prepared a surgical guide or template beforehand. The template placed in the mouth marks the exact site for a small channel (or hole) we create in the bone. We then incrementally increase the size of the hole by drilling until it matches precisely the implant’s size and shape. This takes time to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.

We then remove the implant from its sterile packaging and insert it into the opening. We’ll also take x-rays to ensure correct positioning, which is critical for achieving an attractive result. We then suture the gum flap in place using stitches that will eventually dissolve. The implant will then integrate with the bone for a few weeks to create a strong, durable hold before we continue with the restoration.

Most patients can manage any post-surgical discomfort with mild anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, although we can prescribe something stronger if you need it. We may also prescribe a mouthrinse with an anti-bacterial agent like chlorhexidine for you to use while the gums are healing to reduce the risk of infection.

Implant surgery is part of a long process that will eventually result in regaining the function of your lost teeth. What’s more, undergoing this minor procedure will also help you regain something just as important — a beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implant restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery.”


By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
June 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Untagged

Find out if braces are the best way to improve the alignment of your smile.orthodontics

Whether your child is dealing with crooked teeth or you hate those uneven gaps in your smile, patients of our Boca Raton, FL, orthodontist, Dr. Sandy Goldenberg, can get braces at any age. You are never too old to get orthodontic treatment to fix common misalignments, underbites, overbites and so many other issues. Could you benefit from what braces have to offer you? Let’s find out.

When might you or your child start considering braces? While the ideal time for our Boca Raton orthodontist to treat your child would be between the ages of 10 to 14, this doesn’t mean that anyone is too old to get braces. In fact, more and more adults are turning to braces to get a straighter smile because it’s easy with more discreet and attractive options out there.

If you are dealing with any of these problems, then braces might be able to help:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Crowding
  • Twisted teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Open bites
  • Crossbites

What kind of braces will I have to wear?

This is something that we can determine when you or your child comes in for treatment. In most cases, children and young teens will need to turn to traditional braces to straighten their smile, as Invisalign isn’t the right approach for their still-growing teeth.

Of course, Invisalign and even clear traditional braces can make it easier for adults to straighten their smiles without the hassle of wearing metal on their teeth or having to deal with the embarrassment of braces to work every day. We provide a variety of orthodontic options to cater to your needs, lifestyle and budget.

How long will I have to wear braces?

There is no hard or fast rule for how long you will have to wear your braces. In most cases, children will wear braces for about 12 to 24 months. Adults who are good candidates for Invisalign may only have to wear their braces for about one year. When you come in for your orthodontic consultation we will be able to map out your treatment plan and provide a projected length of treatment.

Do you want to learn more about getting braces in Boca Raton, FL, and which option is the best one for you? If so, call East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care today to schedule your orthodontic consultation with us.




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