Tooth staining is a natural consequence of aging. Unfortunately, it means that people are often making judgments about your age based on the color of your teeth. Understanding why teeth stain can help you keep your smile whiter and younger-looking.

Teeth stain for many reasons. The most common reason teeth stain is because of food particles that get trapped in the tooth. The particles can penetrate the enamel using tiny pores in the tooth. Sources of staining compounds include :

  • Coffee
  • Black tea
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  • Chocolate

Reducing consumption of these foods may slow the process of tooth staining. You can reduce staining from food particles by getting your regular professional cleanings at six month intervals. If you desire whiter teeth, teeth whitening can remove even more of these staining particles.

Teeth may also stain because your natural enamel is changing color with age. Some people’s enamel turns grey or yellow with age. If you look at your parents’ teeth, you may be able to get an idea what color your teeth are likely to turn. Teeth whitening cannot help with this type of staining, but porcelain veneers can. Porcelain veneers replace the surface enamel of your teeth with a porcelain surface that can be any color you desire.

To learn which procedure is the best way to counter your tooth staining, please schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at Miami Designer Smiles.

Sleep dentistry is the name that is sometimes used for sedation dentistry. It’s a bit of a misnomer–you’re never really asleep–you are just in a very relaxed state. You are generally aware of your surroundings and able to respond to requests. However, because you are relaxed, your dental anxiety and sensations of discomfort are reduced.

Sleep dentistry may be right for you if:

  • You suffer from dental anxiety
  • You have a hard time getting numb with local anesthesia
  • You get a sore jaw from holding your mouth open during longer procedures
  • You have a strong gag reflex

If any of these describe you, then sleep dentistry, or sedation dentistry may be right for you. At Miami Designer Smiles, we offer two options for sedation dentistry. Oral sedation and nitrous oxide. Oral sedation is a pill you take before coming to the office, which relaxes you. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Nitrous oxide is an inhaled gas that is given during your appointment. It can be given as long as your procedure lasts, and recovery is generally quick–you can drive yourself home.

To learn more about sleep dentistry, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today.

We all know the name, but what, exactly, is a root canal?

A root canal is treatment designed to clean out the inside of a tooth that has been infected by bacteria. In an endodontic procedure, we first drill down into the infected tooth. Then the tooth is cleaned of bacteria and the infected nerve material. This includes drilling down into the passages, or canals, of the tooth roots to ensure that all infected material is removed. Once the infected material is removed, the tooth is filled with rubber or other filling material.

At Miami Designer Smiles, we have several advanced tools that help us make your root canal experience quick, efficient, and easy. We have sophisticated monitoring that allows us to determine our location inside your tooth so there’s no need to get x-rays during your root canal. We also use an ultrasonic tool that gently removes tooth material, removing only the amount necessary and leaving healthy tooth structure intact.

To learn more about root canals and how they can be used to maintain your dental health, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today to schedule an appointment at our Miami office.

If you are scheduling dental implant surgery, it’s important to prepare for your procedure properly to ensure the best possible results. Here’s some advice for ensuring everything goes smoothly.

  • Arrange for transportation to and from the surgery–you won’t be able to drive yourself
  • Make sure all your paperwork is taken care of, and all payments arranged.
  • Arrange for time off work, probably 2-3 days. Not everyone needs time off work after dental implant surgery, but it’s better to have it set up and not need it than have to call in the day after your surgery.
  • Fill any prescriptions and take any medications as instructed before surgery
  • Most of the time, the procedure is performed using only local anesthesia, so feel free to eat before surgery.
  • Do not apply makeup the day of your surgery. It’s okay to wear jewelry if you want, with the possible exception of piercings in the mouth, which you should talk to your doctor about.
  • Wash and shave before surgery to reduce infection risk.

Overall, dental implant surgery is actually a relatively minor procedure that results in surprisingly little discomfort. If you are nervous about surgery beforehand, we can talk to you about sedation dentistry to help you achieve a relaxed state before surgery.

To learn more about dental implant surgery, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today for an appointment.

If you are considering improving the appearance of your smile with cosmetic dental restorations, you may have learn that porcelain veneers are a great treatment to take care of discolored, uneven, or gapped teeth. You may also have learned about the type of porcelain veneers known as Lumineers. Lumineers are a special branded type of porcelain veneer that advertises a number of advantages over traditional veneers, such as the fact that Lumineers do not require preparation of your teeth, are completely reversible, and are more convenient than traditional porcelain veneers.

However, Lumineers also have a number of disadvantages. First, because they are just applied to the front of your teeth, their ability to reshape your smile is limited. Porcelain veneers can be used to significantly reshape your smile, but Lumineers can provide only the most minor of correction. Second, because Lumineers are very thin, they have to be extra opaque to correct tooth staining. This can make them look less like natural tooth enamel, which is faintly translucent. Finally, because Lumineers are placed on top of your natural tooth without any preparation, they create a small shelf at the edge of each Lumineer, which provides a harborage for bacteria and requires extra care to prevent decay at the edge of each Lumineer.

During your appointment, we can talk about your porcelain veneer options and help you decide which is right for you. To schedule an appointment at our Miami office, please contact Miami Designer Smiles.