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By Peter Silberstein, DMD
January 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Would you like to improve your smile but don't know which dental treatment is best? Our Boynton Beach, FL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Peter cosmetic dentistrySilberstein, discusses several treatments you may want to consider.

Tooth-colored fillings

Thanks to tooth-colored fillings, only you and Dr. Silberstein ever need to know that you had a cavity. The fillings are made of composite resin, a flexible material that's tinted to mimic common tooth shades. Unlike old-fashioned silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings blend in with your teeth.

Dental veneers

When you're concerned about a minor imperfection in your tooth enamel, veneers offer a simple solution. The thin porcelain shells are applied to the fronts of teeth and hide chips, cracks, uneven surfaces and discolorations. They can also lengthen your teeth, change their shape or cover gaps.

Crowns

When damage doesn't just affect your enamel, you may benefit from a crown, rather than a veneer. Hollow crowns cover your teeth completely and are often recommended if your tooth is cracked, broken or fragile. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth, particularly those that are discolored or strangely shaped.

Teeth whitening

Everyone wants a white smile, but all of us aren't blessed with naturally white teeth. Whether your smile has always been a little dull or has become stained over the years, teeth whitening in our Boynton Beach office can improve your appearance. Hydrogen peroxide gel used in whitening treatments is a very effective stain buster. After your treatment, you can expect your smile to stay whiter for two years or more, as long as you avoid or limit coffee, tea, wine, cola and other beverages and foods that stain teeth.

Invisalign

Straightening your teeth can be as easy as wearing a series of removable aligner trays. The clear trays are swapped for a new set every two weeks and are usually worn about 22 hours per day. Invisalign offers a more attractive, comfortable and convenient alternative to straightening your teeth with metal or ceramic braces.

Dental Bonding

Restoring a chipped portion of your tooth or covering a crack doesn't always have to require an extensive dental procedure. Dental bonding involves adding flexible composite resin to your tooth to restore it and improve its appearance. A special curing light helps the resin bond to your tooth to ensure that it's tooth enough to handle everyday wear and tear.

Are you ready to take advantage of one of these dental treatments? Call our Boynton Beach, FL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Silberstein, at (561) 459-1600 to schedule your appointment.

By Peter Silberstein, DMD
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Imperfections in your smile like chips or discolorations can take a toll on your self-confidence, causing you to think twice before laughing or veneerssmiling. This situation, however, is easily reversed with the help of porcelain dental veneers. Understanding veneers and how they work can help you make a decision to undergo treatment. Find out more about dental veneers with Dr. Peter Silberstein at Your Beautiful Smile in Boynton Beach, FL.

What are veneers? 
Dental veneers cover your existing natural teeth to provide a new look. Depending on the extent you wish to change your appearance, veneers can provide minimal, subtle results to a complete overhaul. The veneer itself, made from porcelain, is a super-thin shell which fits over the surface of the tooth. Your dentist will place the veneer and bond it to the tooth using dental cement. The veneer is custom-designed and created by a dental laboratory, a process which usually takes about two weeks. The design of your veneers is based on an impression your dentist takes of your mouth then sends to the laboratory.

How can veneers help make my smile beautiful? 
Veneers treat a variety of dental issues, including:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • yellowed or stained teeth
  • uneven teeth
  • too-pointy or too-short teeth
  • slight gaps
  • slight overlaps

Porcelain Dental Veneers in Boynton Beach, FL
If you think you could benefit from dental crowns, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Patients should have a healthy smile, free from tooth decay or gum disease. Your dentist will treat these conditions prior to considering veneers for your teeth. Additionally, veneers require a process which prepares the teeth for their restorations by removing a small layer of enamel from their surfaces. This tooth preparation deems veneers a permanent and irreversible procedure.

For more information on veneers, please contact Dr. Silberstein at Your Beautiful Smile in Boynton Beach, FL. Call 561-459-1600 to schedule your consultation for veneers with Dr. Silberstein today!

By Peter Silberstein, DMD
February 21, 2014
Category: Crowns
Do you have damaged teeth due to trauma or decay? If you have a damaged tooth, you might be a candidate crownsfor dental restorations to strengthen your teeth. Crowns are an appropriate solution to restoring function and aesthetics when needed. The use of full coverage restorations by your Boynton Beach dentist refers to the restoration of natural teeth that have been damaged, or decayed. 
 
For patients in Boynton Beach, a crown may be created to restore an individually damaged tooth back to its original form and function. These restorations are placed onto your teeth and are often referred to as “fixed” dentistry as opposed to a restoration of missing teeth with removable appliances or partial dentures. 
 
Crowns: The Basics
 
Dental crowns are synthetic caps, which are usually fabricated of a material such as porcelain, and placed on the top of a tooth.  They are used to restore your tooth to its normal shape and size, as well as to strengthen and improve the appearance of a tooth.  For our patients: crowns are necessary when a tooth is broken down and fillings won’t solve the problem.  If a tooth is cracked, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks, preventing the damage from becoming worse. In addition, crowns can be used to provide support for a large filling, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth or to cover badly shaped and discolored teeth.
 
Our Boynton Beach, FL dentist may recommend a crown to:
  • Replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining.
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
  • Restore a fractured tooth.
  • Attach a bridge.
  • Cover a dental implant.
  •  Cover a poorly shaped tooth.
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment.
The main goal is to create a restoration that looks like a natural tooth and provides strength for the tooth root.  This is why Dr. Peter Silberstein, our dentist in Boynton Beach, takes an impression of your teeth.  In order to achieve a desired look, a number of factors need to be considered: color, bite, shape and length of your natural teeth. 
 
Any of these factors can significantly affect your appearance. If you are looking for a specific cosmetic look for your crown, communicate with Dr. Silberstein your expectations.  When the procedure is complete, your teeth will not only be stronger, but they will be more attractive as well.
By Peter Silberstein, DMD
July 10, 2011
Category: Dental Procedures

When it comes to restoring both the beauty and functionality of a smile, two of the most commonly used techniques are porcelain crowns and veneers. Why? They consistently deliver beautiful, natural-looking results that are permanent and require very little maintenance. And while they have many things in common, they also have just as many differences.

The Similarities

Here are some facts that apply to both porcelain veneers and crowns:

  • Both enable changes to a tooth's color and shape.
  • Dental laboratory technicians use precise molds made by our office to hand-craft porcelain veneers and crowns.
  • Both are made using high-quality dental porcelain.
  • Neither respond to tooth whitening products — the color of the veneer or crown remains the same color as the day it was placed.
  • Neither procedure is reversible once completed.

The Differences

Here are some of their differences:

  • Crowns are used to replace a larger amount of tooth structure while veneers are thin shells that are placed over the front surface of teeth.
  • Veneers require much less tooth preparation (reduction by drilling) than crowns.
  • Crowns allow for greater change of tooth shape, while veneers allow for more minor changes.
  • Crowns are generally used to restore teeth that have lost tooth structure from decay or trauma.
  • Veneers are generally used where teeth are structurally healthy and intact, but color and shape change are required.
  • Veneers are used mostly for teeth that are visible when smiling, while crowns can be used to restore virtually any tooth.

Want To Learn More?

To learn more, read the Dear Doctor article, “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.” Or, you can contact us to discuss your questions or to schedule a consultation.

Anytime you are considering an implant surgery to replace missing teeth, you should take the time to gather the facts so that you have clear understanding of the procedure, your options and any potential risks. You should also feel comfortable with the dental team who is treating you. For these reasons, we created the following comprehensive list of questions so that you can obtain the answers you need to help you feel at ease prior to treatment.

  • Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
  • What is the success rate for dental implants?
  • How long have you been placing implants and how many do you place each year?
  • Can you show me some before and after photos that illustrate your work?
  • What are the risks, benefits and alternatives to dental implants?
  • Are dental implants ever rejected?
  • How do you assess whether I have enough bone to anchor dental implants?
  • Can you tell me about the surgical procedure for implant placement?
  • How long will the entire process take from my first appointment until I have my implant(s) and crown(s) in place?
  • Do I have to go without teeth while my implants are healing?
  • What type of anesthesia will you use during my implant surgery?
  • What can I expect in the hours and days following my implant surgery?
  • How long will it take my implants to heal?
  • How long can I expect my implants to last?
  • Will there be any maintenance required with my implant(s)?
  • How much will dental implant(s) cost?
  • Will my insurance cover all or a portion of the cost?

To learn more, read “Dental Implants, Evaluating Your Professional Options For Care.” Or, you can contact us to discuss your questions or to schedule an appointment.