Dentistry used to be all about chasing dental disease. Ancient texts have revealed that humans had quite a learning curve to go through when it came to their teeth and gums. Long before toothpaste was ever a thing, the universal consensus was that teeth were “eaten” by worms. Perhaps that was just the best description that could have been made at the time. Nonetheless, early instances of dentistry, even into the 1700- and 1800s, are evidence of how far we have come in the last century alone.
Today, we use a variety of innovative techniques and technologies, newer dental materials, and a much more knowledgeable approach when managing oral health. We know enough now that we never have to chase dental disease again; we can prevent it with proactive methods. In our Palm Beach Gardens practice, we enjoy seeing what modern dentistry can do for our patients.
Preventive care is the name of the game in dentistry today. However, there is still a need for suitable restorative processes. One of the common ways that teeth are repaired today is with tooth-colored fillings. This is a significant shift from the outdated dental amalgam that was the norm 100 years ago (even 30 years ago!). Tooth-colored fillings made from durable composite resin look like natural teeth, feel like natural teeth, and function like natural teeth. The stability of composite supports long-term use and a healthier smile.
We could say that cosmetic dentistry practices began thousands of years ago, but that might be a stretch. The Egyptians use of seashells as artificial teeth hardly constitutes a cosmetic procedure. If anything, the short-lived life of the seashell tooth was necessary for functionality. Cosmetic dentistry performed solely to enhance the smile was limited to unsuccessful attempts to whiten teeth until the 20th Century. The first veneers were developed in the 1930s. These cosmetic fixtures would not stay in place very long because they were affixed with denture adhesive. It wasn’t until the 1980s that we had long-lasting bonding techniques. Today, we have veneers that can make over teeth without even a need for enamel reduction.
Looking back to those seashell teeth used by the Egyptians, we can see that tooth loss has long been a problem for which solutions have been sought. Today, we have a way to quickly reinstate natural structure and appearance: dental implants. This restorative treatment is routinely performed by our team and continues to provide patients with the lifetime of smiles they deserve.
Call (561) 627-9000 to experience what is possible for your smile.
A straight smile is attractive; we all know this. When teeth line up side by side, there is also far less opportunity for dental disease to develop. Most people also recognize that as fact. Research has gone so far as to identify a straight smile as an indication of a person’s character. That’s right! Study participants who were asked to describe what a person may be like based solely on their smile, they used terms like “friendly,” “trustworthy,” and “successful.” These are significant words, and they are traits that we’d all like to portray. To get from point A to point B, though, may require treatment to straighten crooked teeth.
There is a longstanding perception of teeth-straightening treatment that exists for good reason. Although we have had options like clear braces and Invisalign for the past several years, braces pre-date and outnumber these advanced treatments. Because there is a long history of standard orthodontic treatment, many people still assume that to get their straight smile, they will need to wear braces. If you are under that assumption, we invite you to learn more about Invisalign.
There may be as many misconceptions about Invisalign as there are about the way teeth need to be straightened. Initially, Invisalign was observed as more of a cosmetic treatment than a tried-and-true method of correcting misalignment and malocclusion. Many people also confused this aligner method as an accelerated form of orthodontia. Neither perception is accurate.
Invisalign has evolved as much as any dental technique we have seen. Even the flexibility of the aligners has improved over the years. Today, we use Invisalign to close gaps and to correct issues like underbite and crossbite (and overbite, too, by the way). The customization of aligners, achieved using sophisticated software, enables us to correct much more than most patients imagine. Therefore, there is no benefit to counting yourself out when considering whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign. To get an accurate answer to this question, schedule a visit in our Palm Beach Gardens office.
Patients who are good candidates for Invisalign can begin their planning phase immediately. This simplified step involves x-rays and other imaging that captures structural information in the mouth. The images that are obtained in the office are sent to the lab dedicated to the fabrication of Invisalign aligners. Here, all images are transformed into a multi-dimensional animation that demonstrates the progression of orthodontic correction. This animated progression is then remodeled into the physical aligners that will be worn throughout the course of treatment.
It really can be easy to get a straighter smile. Start your Invisalign journey by calling (561) 627-9000.
Do you ever observe another person’s smile and think “I would love a smile like that”? If you do, you’re not alone. According to market research, approximately 80% of us wish for whiter teeth. The demand for radiant smiles is also reflected in numbers on cosmetic dentistry. For several years running, teeth whitening has been a leading cosmetic procedure. And why not? It is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to makeover the smile!
We are happy to help patients feel great about their smiles. We do so by offering in-office whitening treatment as well as take-home whitening kits to get and keep a vibrant smile. We invite you to schedule your preferred treatment with us. But first, you may want to ask yourself a few questions.
Most of the time, professional teeth whitening works. However, some types of staining cannot be lifted from enamel. This is because not all stains sit in the superficial layer of the tooth. Sometimes, enamel is naturally thin or defective, resulting in a showing of dentin, which is darker than enamel. If your enamel is thin or dentin is showing through for another reason, whitening the surface won’t do much for the vibrancy of your smile. To ensure that teeth whitening will work, we observe teeth and the nature of discoloration.
Individuals who are generally happy with their teeth but would like their smile to have a little more personality tend to be very satisfied with the outcome of teeth whitening. But when other cosmetic imperfections coincide with discoloration, there may be a reason to consider treatment that can address multiple concerns at once. For example, teeth can be whitened and lengthened with a few porcelain veneers.
Lifestyle habits usually cause the discoloration that is alleviated with teeth whitening. That morning cup of coffee or glass of red wine at dinner will provoke further discoloration over time. Fortunately, teeth whitening is a treatment that can repeatedly be obtained as needed to keep teeth shining and bright. It is simply necessary to be prepared for this commitment, if you so desire. Do you have to get your teeth whitening over and over again? No, but stains will return in time.
Your smile can have new life within the next few weeks. Call our Palm Beach Gardens office at (561) 627-9000 to schedule your teeth whitening treatment.
Throughout childhood, a lot of focus is placed on dental care. As children, most of today’s adults spent time in the dentist’s office every year – a few times a year. As adults, many have passed along this tradition to their children, keeping up with the visits children need to develop healthy teeth and gums. Somewhere along the way, though, life often gets in the way of the adult obtaining those twice-a-year dental exams and cleanings.
There are so many reasons that can be given for missing dental appointments. When our teeth feel good and are not sending us warning signals, it’s easy to forget the value of professional care. When our teeth do start to tell us that something is wrong, another interesting thing may happen: we may ignore the signs. If you can relate to any reason for skipping out on a dental visit, or a few, or for not seeing the dentist for several years, we want you to know it’s ok. Let’s move forward together to set your oral health on the right track. By resuming a routine that involves professional dental care, you stop missing out on . . .
You’ve heard that adage “knowledge is power.” Well, it’s true! It’s even true when it comes to your health and wellness. When you visit our friendly team on a routine basis, you become familiar with our faces and our ways of treating you. This is a form of empowerment. When you are in the dental office, you have the opportunity to ask questions about your exam, your x-rays or other imaging, and about the treatment options that will best meet your needs. We are happy to talk with you about dentistry; it’s our passion!
When you know what is happening in your mouth, you gain peace of mind. How much better is it to approach an upcoming dental visit with the knowledge that your teeth were just checked and cleaned six months ago! Not much can go wrong in that short of a period. It is for this reason that routine dental care is one of the best things a person can do to overcome the fear of the dentist.
Drs. Lerner and Lemongello have been service patients from the Palm Beach Gardens area for several years. Our team would be happy to see your smiling face soon. To schedule a visit, call (561) 627-9000.
What 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.
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.
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.