The team at Lerner & Lemongello are proud to serve residents and guests of Palm Beach Gardens with friendly, professional care that is tailored to their needs. In addition to supporting ongoing oral health with preventive and restorative treatments, we get excited about what is possible with cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Cosmetic dentistry is a popular area of dentistry, though not a formal sub-category of care. There is no designation for being a cosmetic dentist, only a demonstration of commitment seen in extensive training. We have this. What we also have is an extensive smile gallery filled with the smiling faces of happy patients whom we have helped through personal dental care.
There is a balance in cosmetic dentistry between the skill employed by your experienced dentist and the materials that are used to craft beautiful restorations. Techniques may vary from time to time, but the outcome is the same: a beautiful smile that lights up the face.
In just the last few decades, we have seen an enormous shift in the way that dentistry is performed. Most restorations that are used today look just like natural teeth, and methods of bringing natural beauty to the forefront of the smile have expanded our horizons. We are pleased to be at the cutting edge of dentistry and to bring the benefits of lifelike materials and meticulous technique to you.
Schedule your visit at Lerner & Lemongello at (561) 627-9000.
Throbbing head pain and chronic tension in the neck and shoulders can keep you from feeling fully present in your life. General pain in the head, neck, jaw, or ears may inhibit your enjoyment of smiling, speaking, or eating your favorite foods. What is worse, the pain relievers you have been relying on may not be doing their job anymore, and you may not know where to turn for answers.
These are concerns that we frequently hear from patients with TMJ disorder or TMD. This oral condition can be somewhat devious and deceptive, causing symptoms that do not seem related to the mouth at all. The crafty nature of TMJ disorder makes it difficult to obtain an accurate diagnosis even from a general physician or dentist, in many cases. At Lerner & Lemongello, we have the method of diagnosis and treatment that enable patients to get back to a comfortable life.
What is TMJ disorder?
The TMJ joints sit at the back of the jaw. They connect the mandible to the skull and are responsible for the varied oral movements that take place daily. TMJ disorder describes an interruption in the optimal function that may be caused by inflammation, misalignment, erosion, or other factors.
In some cases, TMJ function returns to normal after a short time of rest and, in some cases, physical therapy. This is typically reserved for instances in which overuse is the primary cause of dysfunction. When symptoms do not improve with rest and lifestyle changes, they can worsen. What begins as slight stiffness and clicking may evolve into:
Self-care may not address the cause of TMJ disorder, but your dentist can help you return to a comfortable state. In our office, we begin with a comprehensive examination that evaluates bite, the condition of restorations such as crowns and fillings, and the structure of the jaw itself.
Treatment for TMJ disorder ranges from over-the-counter medication to prescription muscle relaxers and pain relievers to physical therapy to bite guards and more. What is important is that the treatment is in line with the cause and severity of dysfunction.
Do you have unresolved jaw, head, or neck pain that may be related to your joints? Contact our Palm Beach Gardens office for your TMJ assessment and treatment.
A straight smile is not only good for your sense of self, but it is also good for the life of your smile, and to your general health. We could go on and on about the value of healthy, straight teeth, but you probably already have several benefits in mind if you are considering your treatment options. Historically, to get straighter teeth has meant braces. Braces have been associated with teenagers, which makes it exceedingly difficult for the average adult to feel excited about traditional orthodontia. That being said, teeth straightening does not lose its value after adolescence. You can get the smile you have always wanted, and you may be able to do it without metal fixtures glued to your teeth. But here’s what you need to ask yourself first . . .
If you were to have obtained orthodontic care in your youth, chances have you had no say in the matter. A parent would have made the decision for you, along with your dentist and orthodontist. As the adult that you are now, you are driving the teeth-straightening train. You get to ask the question “why should I straighten my teeth?” If you’re like most people we meet, your answer will have something to do with the appearance of your smile. While there is much more to alignment correction than esthetics, this is a great start, and it’s a perfectly acceptable reason to invest in your oral health.
The reasons that you may not be able to straighten your teeth will naturally arise in contrast to the many reasons why you should. Maybe you will hear a little voice in your head whispering “you’re too old for braces.” Or “treatment is too expensive,” or any number of other little white lies that will keep you from your best smile. There are very few conditions that would inhibit successful orthodontic treatment. So, the real question is, how do you go about correcting misalignment?
Getting the Results you Want
We love treating our Palm Beach Gardens patients with convenient, comfortable Invisalign to correct mild to moderate misalignment and malocclusion. This system has been refined over the years to attain even better results without the usual complaints associated with braces.
Would you like to know more about Invisalign? Call (561) 627-9000.
Most people don’t look forward to tests. However, a short quiz is anything but stressful, and ours can help you see just how much you know about your smile, and about dental care! Have fun with these questions, and feel free to contact our office with yours.
What can cosmetic dentistry do for you?
Answer: E. Of course, there are many reasons that a person may give for seeing a cosmetic dentist. However, the results of their treatment may be much greater than they expect. When your smile looks good, you feel good. It’s that simple! And studies indicate that an attractive smile is not only a career asset but also advantageous for social and romantic relationships.
How can a tooth be straightened?
Answer: D. To be technically correct, only braces can officially straighten a tooth. However, dentists often use crowns or porcelain veneers to make a tooth appear straight. Veneers are also used to make short teeth look longer, to close gaps, and to perfect the shape of teeth.
True or False
Invisalign cannot correct malocclusion.
False. When Invisalign first originated, this aligner system was approved for the correction of slight misalignment; a turned tooth or a gap. After years of research and development, Invisalign has evolved into an excellent method for correcting mild to moderate overbite, underbite, and crossbite, too.
Laser teeth whitening is no more effective than other professional methods.
True. A few years ago, patients were seeing a lot of dentists advertise (expensive) laser whitening treatments. This method never really took hold, and for a good reason: it is not any better than what was already available. We offer both in-office whitening, where you sit back and leave the “heavy lifting” to us and also home whitening using professional-grade whitening gel. Both of these processes are efficient, and each can reach the same gorgeous level of radiance.
We enjoy having fun with our patients while attending to their dental needs. Stay up to date with your exams and cleanings by scheduling your next visit with us.
Your teeth have become dull over time, stained due to your morning coffee or evening tea. Whatever the reason for discoloration or dullness, teeth whitening treatment is an excellent solution. This cosmetic process has been one of the most popular ever since dentists around the world started offering professional-grade bleach solution in custom-fit trays. Teeth whitening is good, yes. It is so good, in fact, that many patients take things too far.
The Problem with Whitening
When teeth whitening is conducted in a professional, organized manner, there is no problem. At most, patients may feel slight sensitivity when they wear whitening trays as recommended. There is the key term, as recommended. And therein lies the problem. What often happens is that, when the teeth start to look whiter, patients get lost in their excitement. Either that or the “inconvenience” of having to wear trays for a limited time for several days running leads a patient to just increase the individual treatment time. This gets results sooner and means a shorter course of treatment. It may also mean zingers that buckle your knees!
Going too far with the whitening process goes beyond the sensitivity you might develop. Trust us; there have been plenty of people who push right on through those zingers with a little help from their favorite pain reliever. Doing so may blunt the force of sensitivity, but it won’t save your teeth or your appearance. Let’s first talk about tooth damage . . .
Whitening is a safe and effective protocol when used appropriately. Even whitening strips, which are far less powerful than professional whitening gel, are intended for brief use about once a year. The overuse of such products can wear down enamel, much in the way consuming acidic energy drinks causes teeth to erode. To prevent the irreversible wearing down of your teeth, whiten as directed.
We are led to believe that whiter is better, but that just isn’t true. We all have our natural coloring given to us by our ancestors. This includes the shade of enamel on our teeth. Going too white messes with the alignment of complexion to teeth, and can diminish your natural beauty.
We are happy to help you create your most beautiful smile with teeth whitening and other cosmetic or restorative dental treatments. Schedule a visit in our Palm Beach Gardens office at (561) 627-9000.