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The Lifelong Care of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers Palm Beach Gardens FL

Porcelain Veneers Palm Beach Gardens FLWhat one of the biggest questions patients have about any cosmetic treatment is how long they can expect results to last. Porcelain veneers are one of the longest-lasting treatments performed today. In some ways, this is advantageous but, we’ll be honest, patients do need to prepare for a lifetime of care when they choose to disguise cosmetic flaws with these indirect veneers. Here, we want to discuss what is possible with porcelain veneers and what it takes to keep them completely functional for their fullest lifespan.

About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are advantageous because they can disguise a wide variety of cosmetic flaws. A single veneer can be placed over a cracked tooth to make it appear in perfect condition. Likewise, it may be possible to make a turned tooth appear straight by covering it with a veneer. One should not assume that numerous veneers are needed to enhance the appearance of the smile. In our Palm Beach Gardens office, we customize treatment to the individual.

There are two types of porcelain veneers. Both are indirect, meaning that they are made in a dental lab. However, Lumineers describes a type of porcelain veneer that does not require enamel reduction. Lumineers are referred to as a no-prep veneer because of this; and because there is no enamel reduction, there is also no long-term commitment to maintenance. Standard porcelain veneers are slightly thicker than a no-prep veneer, so will involve slight enamel reduction and a need for maintenance. This should not be a deterrent. Caring for porcelain veneers is easy.

Veneer Maintenance

Research has indicated that the average lifespan for a traditional porcelain veneer is 10 to 15 years. The better care one takes of veneers, the longer they may last. What does this care involve? Not much, it turns out! In fact, it’s pretty much what is already done to preserve natural enamel and gum health.

When you have porcelain veneers, it is vital that you brush your teeth twice a day. Because there is a risk that plaque may accumulate around the margins of veneers, where porcelain meets enamel. This risk can also be mitigated by daily flossing. For an added ounce of protection against unnecessary deterioration, you may also create a habit of rinsing your mouth with water after consuming acidic or stain-causing foods and beverages. This is not because veneers can stain, porcelain is very stain-resistant; the reason to rinse is to avoid discoloration of the enamel that is adjacent to veneers.

We are pleased to offer traditional and no-prep veneers in our Palm Beach Gardens office. For more information, call (561) 627-9000.

Are Your Dietary Choices Serving Your Smile?

General Dentistry  Palm Beach Gardens FLWhen we look at the smile, what we tend to notice above all else is the condition of the teeth. Are they white and radiant? Are they straight and unmarred by chips and cracks? These are the characteristics that we tend to observe. The gums, though, that soft tissue around your teeth is the unsung hero of your mouth. Without gum tissue, the teeth wouldn’t be so secure. Neither would underlying bone tissue. You see, your gums are protective against oral bacteria. This is why you want to support gum health at every turn. Sometimes, every turn is on your plate.

Foods that Support Gum Health

  • Leafy greens. Those salad bowls filled with kale and arugula and spinach aren’t just good for your waistline, they’re good for your mouth. Leafy greens are chalk-full of vitamin C and other phytonutrients that reduce inflammation in the body. Additionally, leafy green vegetables encourage the production of healthy red blood cells. When you chew the extra fiber in leafy greens, your saliva glands work overtime, further inhibiting the accumulation of bacteria.
  • Onions may have a bad reputation for bringing tears to the eyes, but this food item also has strong antimicrobial properties. That means the onion on your salad can neutralize the action of oral bacteria in your mouth.
  • Crunch it up! Fresh fruits and vegetables that have a nice crunch to them used to be such a treat when we were children. In our formidable years, we loved the messiness and noisiness of apples, celery, and carrots. These vegetables, as well as cauliflower and broccoli, are also very cleansing due to their mild abrasiveness to enamel. Want a fun way to clean and polish your teeth after lunch? Chomp on an apple!
  • Shitake mushrooms. If you already love mushrooms simply for their flavor, you’ll be happy to know that these friendly little fungi contain lentinan, a compound with antibacterial properties that inhibits the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth.
  • Green Tea. A cup of green tea every day is good for your mouth and your body thanks to catechins, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation.

There are several factors that affect the overall health of your teeth and gums. In addition to eating for oral health, schedule a visit with your dentist. We’d love to see your smile in our Palm Beach Gardens office. Call 561-627-9000 to schedule your visit.

Should You Consider a Smile Makeover?

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Smile Makeover Palm Beach Gardens FLWe all tend to look in the mirror at least once a day. Sometimes, we even take a moment to check our teeth, or to check out our smile. When you do this, how do you feel? If cosmetic damage or flaws encourage you to spend the bare minimum amount of time looking at or showing off your smile, you may have wondered whether or not a smile makeover would benefit you.

You would think that the mere fact that one would ask that question would mean that a smile makeover could be one of the best decisions ever made. However, what happens with many people is that they get excited about the possibility of having an attractive smile and then immediately start to imagine an overwhelming cost.

We have something to say about this.

First, the cost of having a smile you don’t love is far more overwhelming than an investment made in getting the smile that perfectly suits your personality and character. Second, cosmetic dentistry is something we perform every day in our Palm Beach Gardens office. Much of the time, patients are surprised at just how affordable their treatment plan is.

Now, Let’s Talk about Your Smile

Why do so many people obtain cosmetic dental treatment from their trusted dentist, even treatments that aren’t “necessary” or covered by insurance? One reason: results. Cosmetic dentistry is enormously popular because people want to feel good about the way they look. We can smooth wrinkles and color our hair and wear great clothes, but our smile remains one of the pivotal aspects of our image. Therefore, it matters.

On a physical level, what a smile makeover does is brighten teeth. It may straighten teeth, or make them appear straight. A smile makeover may involve adjunct treatments that fill empty spaces in the smile and add renewed radiance while also making teeth fall into a cohesive line by making them appropriate lengths. This is just details. What matters is how a smile makeover makes you feel.

Patients who attend to the cosmetic concerns they have about their smile leave the office with a renewed sense of confidence. They feel “at home” in their own body because their smile accurately represents who they are and how they feel on the inside.

Cosmetic dentistry is rewarding for us because we see how rewarding it is for our patients. To learn more about our services, call 561-627-9000.

How Long is Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign Palm Beach Gardens FL

Invisalign Palm Beach Gardens FL At Lerner & Lemongello, we feel proud to offer patients from the Palm Beach Gardens area a variety of treatment options to bring out the best in their smile. It pleases us to have the education and training necessary to provide innovative treatments like Invisalign® to teens and adults of all ages. It is understandable that any person who has a desire for a straighter smile is also interested in the timeline of their prospective treatment options. One of the first questions that are asked about Invisalign, as well as braces, is “how long will treatment take?”

Ultimately, the objective of any orthodontic treatment is to straighten the smile. Whether that takes 6 months or 2 years, the result is one that patients love. Still, there is value in being able to minimize the stressors related to treatment. This is what Invisalign does.

You may have heard of some of the details of Invisalign and the clear, plastic aligners involved in straightening crooked teeth. You may know that you can remove aligners to enjoy your favorite foods and that your oral care doesn’t have to change due to the presence of metal fixtures on your teeth. What you may not know is that the length of time you need to wear your aligners is partially up to you.

What You Need to Know about Invisalign

Baby Steps

Just like an orthodontist would do, Drs. Lerner & Lemongello conduct a thorough consultation with patients interested in correcting mild to moderate misalignment. In many cases of overcrowding and bite issues, Invisalign is appropriate. However, patients with more serious malocclusion may obtain better results with traditional braces. When Invisalign is confirmed as a suitable treatment option, we move on to the next step, which is creating a 3D image of your teeth. A mold of your arches is also made. These models are processed in the Invisalign laboratory and made into the series of aligners you will wear throughout treatment.

The Invisalign treatment protocol progresses through the series of aligners in two-week intervals. Every two weeks, new aligners are inserted. These need to be worn at all times other than mealtimes and for oral care. Every six weeks, we will observe teeth and aligners to track the progression of treatment. Following the prescribed protocol for wear, most patients can obtain their desired results within 12 months. However, treatment times can vary from as little as 6 months to as much as 18 months.

See how Invisalign can make your smile-straightening process a breeze. Call our Palm Beach Gardens office at (561) 627-9000.

Tips for the Aging Smile

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General Dentistry Palm Beach Gardens, FLWe talk a lot about aging these days. Often, our conversations related to this topic revolve around the innovative ways we can have more control over the issues that may arise as we grow older. The fact of the matter is, the body will always age; it’s a biological fact that we cannot change. Fortunately, we can manage our unique aging process. One way to do this is to get familiar with the needs we have as the body changes. Let’s look at the smile as an example.

Historically, aging has meant tooth discoloration. It has meant frequent dental problems and even tooth loss. In the past century, advances in awareness, hygiene, and dentistry have afforded us the ability to reduce these consequences. If age-related concerns do arise, we usually have more than one way to address them. Here, what we would like to discuss is how the older adult can handle oral care as needs and abilities change.

Oral Care Tips for Older Adults

By mid-life and beyond, most adults have established a routine that involves brushing their teeth every day. Ideally, teeth are also flossed every night before bed. These two habits are the cornerstone of good oral health and should not be skipped or rushed. According to research, adults aged 50 and older may find that plaque and tartar become especially problematic (and 50 isn’t even considered “senior). This means that daily care takes on new importance. To sustain teeth and gums, though, little extra help may be needed. We suggest:

  • Using a sonic or electric toothbrush to reduce excessive hand movements. Many older adults complain of stiffness and pain in the hands that limits dexterity. A powered toothbrush can aid in the performance of oral care.
  • Flossing tools are also beneficial for optimal performance. For example, a Water Pik or flossing tool eliminates the need to hold a string of floss between the fingers.
  • Denture wearers are not in the clear when it comes to oral care. Daily cleaning is vital to the prevention of gum disease and bacterial imbalance in the mouth.

Your dentist in Palm Beach Gardens is an excellent resource for information and direct support. Call Lerner & Lemongello at (561) 627-9000 to schedule your visit with us.

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