Miami and Coral Gables, Florida

What do you think of when you hear the term makeover?  For many people, they think of a new wardrobe, hair style or even their makeup.  There is another makeover that doesn’t always come immediately to mind, and that is a smile makeover.  Miami Designer Smiles can help you achieve the smile of your dreams, and it is easier than you think, thanks to a range of options we provide at our office.

  • Tooth Whitening – One of the most basic and non-invasive methods to improve your smile is with our Kor tooth whitening.  We can get your teeth shades whiter using our advanced whitening system.
  • Veneers – If you have chips, gaps or misaligned teeth then porcelain veneers can help to correct these problems in your smile.  Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that cover your tooth and give you a new smile.
  • Invisalign – For some, the teeth may need alignment Dr. Sanchez-Garcia specializes in combining Invisalign with porcelain restorations.   So our smile makeover dentist will help to align your teeth prior to the veneers to help you achieve the cosmetic and health benefits that come with properly aligned teeth.

The “movie star smiles” you have dreamed of is really closer than you could imagine.  Today’s smile makeovers are available to even more people thanks to new dental technologies.  We also offer several financing options to help you pay for your new smile.  Please contact our Miami cosmetic dentists today to schedule your initial appointment.  Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in the Miami and Coral Gables area.

Migraine headaches can be debilitating and can interfere with your life, causing you to miss work and miss out on life around you. You may suffer from migraine headaches and sometimes feel medications offer little to no relief. Many FDA-approved medications and devices claim to relieve migraine symptoms, yet you are still left with the source of the pain and reoccurring migraine headaches. You may not know this, but an LVI certified dentist could help relieve or even eliminate your debilitating migraine headaches.

Alternative Treatments for TMD and Migraine Headaches in Miami and Coral Gables.

Doctors Raul Garcia and Conchi Sanchez-Garcia are certified LVI Fellows and specialize in treatment for migraine headache relief. Using a unique device, designed to wear in your mouth while you sleep, the device will slightly reposition your mandible or lower jaw to help relieve tension and stress in the muscles. The removable dental device allows your jaw to achieve physiological alignment and, therefore, maintains relaxed jaw muscles. The device can be adjusted to fit your needs. Adjustments may be made over a period of time for maximum efficiency and results. Ultimately, this technique relaxes muscles in your jaw, neck, and head which quiet down the nerves in the area to help reduce or eliminates your migraine headaches.

So what do jaw muscles have to do with a migraine? The head contains many nerves that interconnect through the face, jaw and its muscles to interact with your brainstem. A major cranial nerve, the trigeminal, extends through the jaw, face, front and back of the head. A migraine can affect an area of the head where the trigeminal nerve passes through as it passes through muscles that are tight and in spasm. Relaxing the jaw muscles and with a positioning device will help relieve stress and tension on the trigeminal nerve, ultimately reducing your migraine symptoms. The device should be comfortable to wear, and your relief should be almost instant. Why not try a more natural, holistic approach to relieving or eliminating your migraine symptoms and stop letting migraines and pain medications control your life.

Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia are members of the AACD, IACA, ADA, and LVI fellows. Their office is located at 9301 SW 56th Street in Miami Florida. For more information about TMJ and migraines or to schedule your initial appointment call (305) 595-4616 or fill out our contact form.

Miami and Coral Gables, FL

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner we wanted to share this “heart” healthy story with you. Did you know that having your teeth cleaned regularly can cut your risk of a heart attack? Researchers have shown that professional teeth cleaning can decrease your risk of heart attacks by as much as twenty-four percent. There is also evidence to support that a cleaning by a dentist office can cut your likelihood of stroke by thirteen percent. Having your teeth cleaned lowers the amount of bacteria found in the mouth, and that causes inflammation. Inflammation is linked to the formation of plaque in the blood vessels and hardening or arteries which could leave you at an increased risk of a stroke or a heart attack.The Role of oral hygiene and heart health

Dentist have always known the essential role oral hygiene has played in our overall health, but now we know that is can help with our heart health and even help lower the risk of some other diseases. Studies have shown that patients with periodontal disease have a sixty-nine percent greater chance of having a heart attack, than those with fewer infected pockets.

Contact our office today to schedule your initial appointment or to learn more about our periodontal disease therapy in the Miami or Coral Gables area. We offer a wide variety of advanced programs to get your teeth, mouth and gums healthy again. Miami Designer Smiles is run by Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia and is located at 9301 SW 56th Street in Miami Florida 33165. Call us at (305) 595-4616 today or fill out our contact form.

Porcelain veneers and dental crowns are both commonly-used types of dental restorations, but they are very different in design and purpose.

A porcelain veneer is primarily intended to improve the appearance of a tooth. It is a thin façade of porcelain that is attached to the front of your tooth. Porcelain veneers can whiten discolored teeth and conceal cracks in teeth. They can also reshape teeth to fill in gaps or build up chipped, worn, or misshaped teeth. A set of porcelain veneers can even be used to straighten a crooked smile in a process called instant orthodontics. Porcelain veneers are sturdy, but they are also very thin, so they depend on a strong tooth for support.

Dental crowns, on the other hand, are primarily used to protect and reinforce a tooth. A dental crown is a cap or sheath that slides completely over the visible portion of a tooth, sealing and reinforcing it. While dental crowns can definitely improve the appearance of a tooth, they are generally only used when you need to protect or add strength to a tooth. They may even be used in place of porcelain veneers when you are attempting to restore the appearance of a seriously damaged or misshaped tooth.

If you are looking to restore your smile, we can help you determine which restoration is right for your teeth. To learn more, please schedule a consultation at Miami Designer Smiles today to talk to a cosmetic dentist in person.

Temporomandibular joint disorder, generally called TMJ or TMD, can seriously impact your general well-being by causing symptoms as diverse as headaches and tingling in your fingers. Because it is hard to diagnose, many people suffer with TMJ for years before getting a diagnosis of the condition. However, once diagnosed many people are eager to get rid of TMJ and its related symptoms.

Fortunately, TMJ treatment can be completed fairly quickly. Relief of many TMJ symptoms can be achieved immediately with the in-office use of TENS–transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation–a type of electric massage. This relaxes jaw muscles that are working too hard and may be putting pressure on nerves or blood vessels in the area.

For some patients, intermittent use of TENS may be enough for long-term relief. Other patients may need an oral splint to hold their jaw in the proper position at night. It can take several weeks to have a proper splint constructed, but once it is, you should see relief in 1-2 months.

For some patients, mouth reconstruction is necessary to achieve long-term relief from TMJ. This may require several months to complete.

To learn how long TMJ treatment may take in your case, please contact Miami Designer Smiles for an appointment today.