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.

Miami and Coral Gables, Florida

LVI Dentists

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh

People tend to undergo dental procedures to help achieve a million dollar smile, that smile they’ve always wanted. Cosmetic dentistry helps in perfecting a smile with various procedures from dental implants, crowns, or veneers, to name a few. When you visit the dentist for a procedure, don’t you want know your dentist is performing the most up-to-date procedures that will give you that million dollar smile?

Miami Designer Smiles provide almost 20 years’ experience in dentistry, but what happens after your dentist graduates dental school? Each state requires dentists to complete a set number of hours in continuing education (CE), the state of Florida requires 30 hours of CE each year for dentists.

Dr. Raul and Dr. Conchi each pride themselves on completing 100 hours of additional training each year to be certain they are able to provide their patients with the most current treatments, giving you that million dollar smile. These factors are important when it comes to your smile and they are important to Miami Designer Smiles. Next week, Dr. Raul and Dr. Conchi, both LVI Fellows, are heading back to LVI in Las Vegas!

What is LVI?

It is the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, which provides dentists the opportunity to continue their education. LVI offers courses covering neuromuscular, advanced diagnostic, occlusal, and aesthetic dentistry. Usually what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but not in this case. Dr. Raul and Dr. Conchi will continue learning at LVI and return with newfound knowledge of dentistry which will be showcased in the smiles of their patients.
Yes, Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia are both LVI Fellows. An LVI Fellowship is awarded to those dentists that complete the entire core curriculum which is a minimum of 278 hours of advanced aesthetic and neuromuscular dentistry along with passing a comprehensive exam. The Doctors are proud of their accomplishments and are happy their love of learning about dentistry benefits their patients. Learn more about LVI and LVI Fellowship.

Miami Designer Smiles is located in Miami Florida and serves patients in the Miami and Coral Gables area.

The three main classes of sleep apnea are mild, moderate and severe. Even though there are different classes of sleep apnea they all need to be treated. In mild sleep apnea cases, a person can stop breathing as many as 15 times per hour while they sleep.

3000 people a year die from sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea has been linked to low testosterone, depression, coronary disease and dementia. Treatment for sleep apnea can lower blood pressure which can lower your risk for many cardiovascular conditions.

Learning to spot some of the signs of sleep apnea can save you or your loved ones life. Here are just a few of the signs to watch out for:

  • Wearing of the teeth
  • Insomnia
  • Snoring
  • Large Neck
  • Overweight
  • Waking many times to go to the bathroom at night
  • Sinus or allergy problems
  • Difficulty swallowing large pills

People should realize that these symptoms are present in everyone who has sleep apnea not just those diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. If left untreated even mild or moderate sleep apnea may get worse and put you or your loved ones life at risk

To learn about the alternative methods to treat sleep apnea such as our sleep apnea oral appliance therapy contact our office to setup your initial appointment. Miami Designer Smiles offers an alternative to CPAP machines. We are located at 9301 SW 56th Street, Miami Florida 33165. Call us at (305) 595-4616 or fill out our contact form and someone will contact you promptly.