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By Life Dental Care
July 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentisry  

Do you wish your misaligned, discolored, or chipped teeth were straight, white, and perfect? Does your smile cause you to feel cosmetic dentistryself-conscious? If so, you could benefit from cosmetic dentistry procedures. Cosmetic dentistry can overhaul your smile to give you a grin you are proud of. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry with help from your Deerfield Beach, FL cosmetic dentists at Life Dental Care Cosmetic Dentistry.

What can cosmetic dentistry do for me? 
Cosmetic dentistry focuses more on your smile’s overall look than its functionality. Cosmetic dentists are experts in restoring your teeth to give you a smile you love. Cosmetic dentistry can also correct dental problems such as a worn biting surface or missing teeth. Your dentists can work with you to determine the best procedures for you and your dental situation.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Deerfield Beach, FL

  • Veneers: Veneers are super-thin shells of porcelain which affix to the front surfaces of the teeth to mask their imperfections or abnormalities. Veneers repair dental issues such as chips, cracks, discolorations, misshapen teeth, uneven teeth, and slightly overlapped or gapped teeth.
  • Crowns/Bridges: Crowns and bridges fall under both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Crowns restore the biting surface to a worn down tooth, cover and stabilize teeth with large fillings, and complete a dental implant. Bridges replace a missing tooth by using the teeth surrounding the gap as an anchor for two dental crowns on either side of the bridge.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: Orthodontics focus on straightening the teeth and correcting bite issues like overbite or underbite. This benefits the patient by not only giving them a beautiful smile but correcting their mouth’s bite, making eating, chewing, and even swallowing easier.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants are the prime tooth replacement option. Effective and permanent, an implant integrates into the jawbone beneath a missing tooth to become part of the mouth rather than relying on the surrounding teeth to hold it in place.
  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is a quick and easy procedure which yields dramatic results. You can walk out of your dentist’s office with teeth up to ten shades whiter in just a single session.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry procedures that could benefit you and your smile, please contact Dr. Javier Zawadzky, DMD and Dr. Zulma Canola, DMD at Life Dental Care Cosmetic Dentistry in Deerfield Beach, FL. Call (954) 429-8840 to schedule your appointment to overhaul your smile today!

By Life Dental Care
April 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Looking for a simple way to transform your smile? Porcelain veneers beautify your smile without extensive dental work. Dr. Javier Zawadzky and Dr. Zulma Canola, your Deerfield Beach, FL dentists, explain how porcelain veneers can give you the smile of your dreams.Veneers

What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are pieces of porcelain that are no thicker than a fingernail. They fit over the front surfaces of your teeth to conceal a variety of cosmetic dental issues. Porcelain veneers are custom-made to fit your mouth and are permanently attached to your teeth with dental cement.

Veneers hide a range of problems

Porcelain veneers offer a simple solution to common dental issues, including:

  • Dull or Discolored Teeth: Professional teeth whitening treatment can lighten and brighten your teeth an average of three to eight shades. Unfortunately, sometimes your teeth still aren't as white as you would like after treatment. When you opt for veneers, you choose the exact shade you want. Veneers can brighten your whole smile, but they're also a good choice if just one tooth is discolored due to a large filling or tetracycline treatment.
  • Eroded, Worn, Chipped, or Broken Teeth: Porcelain veneers cover damage and wear that can make you feel self-conscious about your smile.
  • Oddly Shaped Teeth: If your teeth are perfect except for that one tooth that just doesn't look like the others, porcelain veneers offer the perfect way to restore uniformity to your smile. They're a great choice if a tooth is a little crooked or unusually shaped.
  • Gaps: Hate those gaps between your teeth? After your Deerfield Beach dentist applies porcelain veneers, you'll soon forget you ever had them. Veneers are an excellent choice if you need to cover slight gaps. If gaps are large, orthodontic treatment may be needed.

Want to know if porcelain veneers are the ideal solution to your cosmetic dental issue? Call Deerfield Beach, FL dentists, Dr. Javier Zawadzky and Dr. Zulma Canola, at (954) 429-8840 and schedule an appointment today. Transform your smile with veneers!

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For years preparing teeth for fillings or other restorations has required the use of a drill. Although quite effective in removing decayed structure and preparing the tooth for bonding, it usually requires a local anesthetic. That and the noise it generates can be unsettling for many patients.

In recent years, a different type of technique known as “air abrasion” has increased in popularity among dentists. Known also as “particle abrasion,” the technique uses a stream of fine particles to remove decayed tooth structure and is less invasive than the traditional drill. Although the technology has been around since the mid-20th Century, recent developments in suction pumps that remove much of the dust created have made it more practical. It also works well with new natural-looking bonding materials used for tooth structure replacement.

The fine particles — usually an abrasive substance like aluminum oxide — are rapidly discharged through a hand-held instrument using pressurized air aimed at affected tooth areas. Decayed teeth structure is softer than healthier tissue, which allows air abrasion to precisely remove decay while not damaging the other.

Besides removing decay or abrading the tooth for bonding, air abrasion can also be used to minimize stained areas on surface enamel and to clean blood, saliva or temporary cements from tooth surfaces during dental procedures. It’s also useful for smoothing out small defects in enamel or aiding in sealant applications.

It does, however, have a few limitations. It’s not as efficient as the traditional drill with larger cavities or for re-treating sites with metal (amalgam) fillings. Because of the fine texture of the abrasive particles, affected teeth need to be isolated within the mouth using a rubber dam or a silicone sheet. High-volume suction must be continually applied to capture the fine particles before the patient swallows them or it fills the procedure room with a fine cloud of material.

Still, while air abrasion technology is relatively new, it has clear advantages over the traditional drill in many procedures. As advances in the technology continue, air abrasion promises to offer a more comfortable and less invasive experience in dental treatment.

If you would like more information on air or particle abrasion, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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What happens if you’re right in the middle of a song, in front of an arena full of fans… and you knock out a tooth with your microphone? If you’re Michael Buble, you don’t stop the show — you just keep right on singing.

The Canadian song stylist was recently performing at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, when an ill-timed encounter with the mike resulted in the loss of one of his teeth. But he didn’t let on to his dental dilemma, and finished the concert without a pause. The next day, Buble revealed the injury to his fans on his Instagram page, with a picture of himself in the dentist’s chair, and a note: “Don’t worry, I’m at the dentist getting fixed up for my final show tonight.”

Buble’s not the only singer who has had a close encounter with a mike: Country chanteuse Taylor Swift and pop star Demi Lovato, among others, have injured their teeth on stage. Fortunately, contemporary dentistry can take care of problems like this quickly and painlessly. So when you’ve got to get back before the public eye, what’s the best (and speediest) way to fix a chipped or broken tooth?

It depends on exactly what’s wrong. If it’s a small chip, cosmetic bonding might be the answer. Bonding uses special tooth-colored resins that mimic the natural shade and luster of your teeth. The whole procedure is done right here in the dental office, usually in just one visit. However, bonding isn’t as long-lasting as some other tooth-restoration methods, and it can’t fix large chips or breaks.

If a tooth’s roots are intact, a crown (or cap) can be used to replace the entire visible part. The damaged tooth is fitted for a custom-fabricated replacement, which is usually made in a dental laboratory and then attached at a subsequent visit (though it can sometimes be fabricated with high-tech machinery right in the office).

If the roots aren’t viable, you may have the option of a bridge or a dental implant. With a fixed bridge, the prosthetic tooth is supported by crowns that are placed on healthy teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge itself is a one-piece unit consisting of the replacement tooth plus the adjacent crowns.

In contrast, a high-tech dental implant is a replacement tooth that’s supported not by your other teeth, but by a screw-like post of titanium metal, which is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical procedure. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any tooth-replacement method (over 95 percent); they help preserve the quality of bone on the jaw; and they don’t result in weakening the adjacent, healthy teeth — which makes implants the treatment of choice for many people.

So whether you’re crooning for ten thousand adoring fans or just singing in the shower, there's no reason to let a broken tooth stop the show: Talk to us about your tooth-restoration options! If you would like additional information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Dental Implants vs. Bridgework.”

By Life Dental Care
February 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
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Malocclusions (bad bites) may cause more than an appearance problem — with teeth and jaws not working together properly, you’re at higher risk for dental disease or accelerated tooth wear. Fortunately, most malocclusions can be corrected through orthodontics, a specialty for moving teeth to better functioning and more attractive positions.

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for a malocclusion, here are the basics on 3 of the most common orthodontic appliances used for straightening misaligned teeth.

Metal Braces. These appliances have a proven track record for correcting most forms of malocclusion. Braces consist of metal brackets bonded to the front teeth and an anchor band to the back teeth. A thin metal wire passes through the brackets to attach to the bands in the back. Gradually increased tension in the wire incrementally moves the teeth to the desired position.

Clear Bracket Braces. While metal braces do an effective job of tooth movement, they leave less to be desired in appearance. Made of polymer material rather than metal, clear bracket braces offer a more appealing look. But while they’re similar in construction to the metal version, they’re more susceptible to breakage. Wearers must be extra cautious and avoid hard foods or extreme physical sports contact.

Clear Aligners. The previous appliances are fixed and can’t be removed by the wearer. Clear aligners take a different approach with removable plastic trays that fit snugly over the dental arch. A series of trays are computer generated to carefully match the patient’s mouth structure, each incrementally smaller than the previous one in the series. After wearing the first tray for two or three weeks, the wearer changes to the next (and slightly smaller) tray in the series, repeating the process until all the trays have been worn. Of the three options, the clear aligners offer the best appearance; however, they’re best suited for cases that don’t require complex movements.

We can advise you which option is best for you after a complete evaluation, factoring in age, lifestyle and the complexity of your malocclusion. Regardless of the choice, the aim is the same — achieving a healthier mouth, better function and a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”



Dr. Zawadzky and Dr. Canola

Dr. Javier Zawadzky is a general Dentist with a DDS degree in Bogota-Colombia from Universidad El Bosque in 1997, and a DMD degree from Nova Southeastern University, where he worked as a teaching assistant and graduate with honors in 2010.

Dr. Zulma Canola has been in the field for over 14 years.  She earned her Dental degree in Bogota-Colombia from Universidad El Bosque in 1998 and her DMD degree at Nova Southeastern University in 2009.

Read more about J. Mauricior Zawadzky, DMD and Dr. Zulma Canola

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