If you are considering dentures, you may be thinking back to childhood memories of an older relative, whose dentures unpleasant. They clicked when he or she talked and may have made noises even when he or she was just sitting around, absent-mindedly thinking. They may have been so uncomfortable and dysfunctional that he or she removed them for eating. You don’t want that kind of dentures.

Thankfully, you don’t have to have that kind of denture. Modern dentures are better fitted than ever in the past. They are made of advanced materials that make them highly attractive, and they can be so well affixed and so functional that no one but your dentist needs to know about them.

Modern dentures can be affixed using dental implants, but even if they are only fitted over your gums, modern imaging and neuromuscular dentistry techniques combined with centuries of experience mean that today’s dentures are better than ever. Modern dentures even have the power to rejuvenate your face, which is why they’re sometimes described as facelift dentures.

If you are considering tooth replacement options, you need to talk to a dentist who knows the true potential of modern dentures. To learn more about what modern dentures can do for you, please contact Miami Designer Smiles, serving clients from across the Miami metropolitan area.

Dental implants are highly flexible and can be used to replace a single missing tooth or all your teeth. How this is accomplished depends on the number and location of missing teeth.

If you are replacing just one tooth, a single dental implant is used. The implant is topped with a dental crown that looks just like your natural teeth.

If you are replacing two or three missing teeth, two dental implants are used. For two teeth, two separate crowns may be used, but when replacing three missing teeth, you will receive a single piece dental bridge that is anchored on either end by implants.

If you are replacing an entire arch (either all your top teeth or all your bottom teeth), we use the All-on-4 system where four dental implants are used to secure a highly aesthetic permanent prosthesis. This system allows for a quick, comfortable restoration.

For numbers of teeth between three and an entire arch, customized solutions are available. We can discuss your options during your consultation with our cosmetic dentist.

To learn more about dental implant solutions for your missing teeth, please schedule a consultation at Miami Designer Smiles today.

Up to 50 percent of adult Americans have unhealthy gums and suffer from associated oral health problems. But don’t let the common nature of gum diseases trick you into thinking they are nothing serious. The truth is quite the contrary. Studies published in several key health and periodontal journals have linked gum diseases to lasting health problems. In fact, adults who suffer from gum disease have been found to be twice as likely (as adults with healthy gums) to suffer from heart complications. The need to maintain healthy gums cannot, therefore, be stressed enough! However, most people fail to realize that healthy gums require more than just oral hygiene. Sure, brushing twice a day (at least), and flossing/Waterpik or rinsing daily are important. But so is eating right.

Top-five foods for healthy gums

Foods for Healthy Gums

Include the following five types of food in your diet for healthy gums:

1. Whole grains

You can slash your risk of developing any periodontal disease by a whole 23 percent, just by eating whole grains throughout the day – that’s what the researchers at the University of South Carolina found in their study. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study found that men eating four or more servings of oatmeal, brown rice, and other whole grains, were 23 percent less likely to suffer from gum and other periodontal problems.

This is because whole grains are digested more slowly and therefore, do not spike blood sugar levels like refined grains such as white rice or bread do. This in turn, causes the body to produce fewer inflammatory proteins, which reduces the risk of heart and gum problems.

2. Green fruits and veggies

Green fruits and vegetables, in general, are great for maintaining overall health. Pears and celery, in particular, are excellent for the health of gums. Celery, in fact, cleans your teeth and gums in the process of being eaten. How great is that? When you bite into the vegetable, it breaks down into fibrous strands that twist, turn and move up and down inside your mouth as you chew the strands, cleaning your teeth in the process.
Pears, on the other hand, boost saliva production and end up cleaning teeth, tongue and gums while you eat the fruit. Any fibrous fruit, in fact, causes your body to produce more saliva. But, what makes pears stand out is its power to neutralize acids on your teeth. A 2004 study found that, compared to other fruits, pears cause the most effective neutralization of acids on dentine surface.

3. Tea

Any tea is, in fact, good for oral health. This is because tea is rich in fluoride and antioxidants, which inhibit the action of plaque-causing bacteria. You can, in fact, cover a large portion of your daily fluoride intake (as much as 70 percent) through your morning cup of tea! Green tea, in particular, has a great influence on gums. A 2009-study conducted in Japan found that the risk of gum diseases can be greatly diminished by daily intake of green tea. The more you drink, the lower your risk of developing gum disease. This is because green tea is especially rich in the antioxidant catechin.

4. Dairy

Milk, yogurt, and cheese are especially great for keeping teeth and gums healthy. Cheese and milk strengthen your teeth. Yogurt, on the other hand, promotes good oral health overall. It is packed with calcium, phosphates and the antioxidant casein, all of which are great for your gums.

5. Raisins

Wait, what? Raisins? It’s okay if you are surprised. Sweet and sticky foods are typically prohibited and with good reasons. However, raisins are high in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, which inhibit the growth of a particular genus of bacteria responsible for causing gum diseases and inflammation. Thus, eating raisins can help you keep your gums and heart healthy. A good idea is to have raisins before you brush your teeth in the evening. This way, you won’t have to worry about any side effects either.

Please contact our Miami cosmetic dentists today to schedule your initial appointment. Miami Designer Smiles serves clients in the Miami and Coral Gables, Florida areas.

Dentistry in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida

Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are both ways to restore and reshape teeth, especially chipped or damaged teeth, but which one is right for you depends on a number of factors.

Dental bonding is a composite material, a plastic with ceramic material added for strength. It begins as a soft putty. The bonding is mixed to match your tooth color and applied to the tooth. The bonding is shaped to create an attractive appearance, then hardened with a curing light and polished. Depending on the amount of tooth you are replacing, it may take several layers of bonding to adequately restore the tooth.

Porcelain veneers are a different type of restoration, they are all-ceramic restorations that are bonded to the front and sometimes top of your teeth. Your tooth is prepared to accept the porcelain veneer, and a plaster cast is taken, which is sent to a dental lab for fabrication. In about two weeks, the lab will send back the completed veneer, which is then placed, sometimes after a subtle color matching.

Dental bonding has the advantage of being convenient. It can be completed in one visit so you do not have to live with a chipped tooth. It is also less expensive. However, porcelain veneers are more attractive, and they last longer. While a dental bonding restoration rarely lasts more than a couple years , porcelain veneers generally last more than ten years.

During your consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists, you can discuss your cosmetic goals and other factors to determine which type of restoration is right for you. Please contact Miami Designer Smiles today to schedule an appointment.

Miami and Coral Gable LVI Fellows Dr. Raul I. Garcia and Dr Conchi Sanchez-GarciaLVI Fellowship is the distinction awarded to those who have completed the LVI CORE Curriculum which includes a minimum of 278 continuing dental education hours of training in advanced aesthetics, and neuromuscular science, and who has successfully completed a comprehensive examination.

Core I: Advanced Functional Dentistry – The Power of Physiologic Based Occlusion Core II: Orthotic Maintenance, Adjustment and Essential Aesthetic Reconstructive Techniques Core III: Mastering Dynamic Adhesion in Complex Reconstructive Cases Core IV: Advanced Principles, Case Stabilization and Bite Transfer In The Neuromuscular Practice Core V: Comprehensive Aesthetic Occlusal Reconstruction – Rehabilitation Begins! Core VI: Coronoplasty and Case Finishing – Critical Steps For Neuromuscular Success Core VII: Full Mouth Reconstruction – Essential Tools for Finalization of Neuromuscular Rehabilitation