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By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Beautiful Clean TeethAre you ready for a new smile? Cosmetic dentistry can renew your natural smile. Your Boca Raton, FL, dentist can perform a variety of procedures to improve your smile—from subtle changes to major repairs. East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care offers a complete range of cosmetic dentistry procedures to their patients. Here are seven smile-enhancing procedures you should know about.

1. Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a protective covering that is placed over unsightly, damaged, or weak teeth. Dental crowns are cemented onto your teeth and can only be removed by your Boca Raton, FL, dentist. Porcelain crowns are cosmetically pleasing and provide the best natural color. Nothing gives the same luster and depth like a porcelain dental crown.

2. Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can renew your smile. Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells of ceramic, which are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. These shells are routinely used to restore teeth that are chipped, cracked, crooked, or discolored. It's also possible to close gaps between teeth through the use of veneers.

3. Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is inserted into your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth. There are many advantages to dental implants including improved appearance, easier eating, improved speech, stop bone loss, and stimulate bone growth. Dental implants exert natural forces on the bone to keep it healthy and functional.

4. Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made of two crowns and a prosthetic tooth in the middle. If you have missing teeth, a dental bridge will allow you to speak, eat, and smile with confidence. Porcelain bridges look terrific and match the natural teeth well.

5. Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening erases years of dental stains and the process is safe and hassle-free. Take-home teeth whitening involves custom dental trays filled with a whitening gel that you can use at home. For in-office teeth whitening, your dentist will combine a whitening gel with a light source to intensify and speed up the whitening process.

6. Invisalign

Invisalign is the clear alternative to traditional braces and will give you that perfect smile, without the interruptions. Invisalign is used to correct a variety of dental problems, including: crooked, gapped, protruding, or overcrowded teeth. Invisalign gradually moves your teeth using a series of transparent aligners. It takes between 9 and 18 months to create a brand new smile.

7. Dentures

A denture is a removable appliance that can replace your missing teeth. Replacing lost teeth with a denture enhances your smile, improves your speech, and helps you chew food. With proper care, your new denture can last as long 10 years or more.

Want a better life? Start with your smile. Call East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care at (561) 226-0100 today to schedule a dental consultation in Boca Raton, FL.

By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
March 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”



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