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Cosmetic Dentistry Takes Less Time than You Think

Sadly, most people are not born with a dazzling smile. In fact, most of your favorite celebrities walking the red carpet have probably had some type of cosmetic dentistry procedure.

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Some of the more popular procedures include porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns, and clear braces. If you are tired of covering your mouth when you talk and smile, a cosmetic dentist could be the answer.

A Skilled Cosmetic Dentist in Delray Beach

Dr. George Sanchez is a skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach, has helped hundreds of people smile again, and can help you as well. Best of all, it is more affordable than you think.

Cosmetic Dentistry Won’t Take a Year

While porcelain veneers and dental crowns can take two or three dental appointments, cosmetic dental bonding requires a single visit. In most cases, the procedure is less time consuming than other cosmetic dentistry solutions.

If you have missing teeth, talk to Dr. George about dental implants. While implants require months to complete they are much stronger and better for your teeth than dentures or dental bridges. Depending on what type of implants you opt for, your recovery time may not be as long as expected.

A Consultation with a Cosmetic Dentist

When you schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Sanchez, digital pictures and x-rays are taken to determine what procedures would be best for your particular situation. Your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach will share his opinions while recommending restorative and cosmetic solutions that fit your smile and your budget.

You really can have the smile you deserve with cosmetic dentistry. Call and schedule a no obligation consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach. You won’t believe the difference it will make to your confidence and your self-esteem.

Call for a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. George today.

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Dental Gift Certificates Make Sense

The holidays are just around the corner and if you are putting together your gift list why not consider a gift certificate from your Delray Beach dentist?

Dr. George Sanchez is a cosmetic dentist who can make every member of your families dream come true with dental gift certificates. As a result, your gift will be appreciated for years to come.

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Unlike that new iPhone or TV, porcelain veneers can last a decade or more as long as good oral hygiene is practiced.

Dental Presents for Oral Health

While your young family may not understand why the stockings are filled with certificates instead of holiday candy, they will appreciate it when they see the dentist and go home with a clean bill of oral health.

Regular dental checkups prevent cavities and gum disease, as Dr. George is able to detect any issues that may become more problematic in the future.

Dental Gift Certificates for Restorative Dentistry

If your mom has been wearing ill-fitting dentures for decades, ask Dr. George about dental implants. Because dental implants are permanent solutions for missing teeth they will last for the rest of her life. Unlike dentures, dental implants fuse to the bone and act like your real teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry Dental Gift Certificates

From clear braces to dental bonding, cosmetic dentistry is a great confidence booster. If your teenager has been hiding his or her smile lately you can’t go wrong. Clear braces in Delray Beach are the perfect solution if your teen isn’t comfortable wearing conventional wires and brackets.

Porcelain veneers are another great idea for dental gift certificates. Made to fit the fronts of teeth, veneers are permanent. As a result, veneers can change the appearance of a less than happy smile.

This holiday season give an experience from your Delray Beach dentist. Firstly, dental certificates are simple and easy to purchase. Secondly, dental gift certificates will give you time to celebrate the season.  Call for more information today.

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No Need for Wires and Brackets with Invisalign®

Crooked teeth can ruin a smile, but crooked teeth can also cause problems for teeth and gums. Consequently, teeth that are rotated or crooked are tough to brush and floss making you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. In other words, crooked teeth are much more than an aesthetic issue.

Invisalign® puts an end to crooked teeth.

Invisalign® Delray Beach for a Crooked Smile

With clear braces in Delray Beach you won’t have to wait two years for a beautiful grin, in fact, some patients see results in as little as six months. The average time for Invisalign® is 12 to 18 months. Conventional wires and brackets can take up to two years.

A Safer Procedure with Clear Braces

Standard braces must be adjusted every two weeks, which can be painful as the brackets and wires are tightened as needed.

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The clear plastic Invisalign® aligners are comfortable and swapped out every seven to 14 days depending on your blueprint. Best of all, you will only need to see Dr. George Sanchez every six weeks to make sure everything is going according to plan.

You also won’t have to worry about any nasty accidents. Conventional wires and brackets can break causing damage to your mouth. The clear medical grade plastic used in the aligners will never poke or cut your mouth.

The Invisalign® Plan

Unlike conventional braces, you will be able to see your results before committing to clear braces. Using 3D technology, Dr. George and his team will show you what your new smile looks like and an approximate time frame for completion.

Depending on your Invisalign® plan, you will need between 11 and 31 sets of clear plastic aligners. You will wear your clear braces 20 to 22 hours every day removing when you clean your teeth and when you eat. It really is that easy.

If you have always wanted straighter teeth but don’t like the idea of standard wires and brackets, call and schedule a no obligation consultation for Invisalign® with your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach today.

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Professional Teeth Whitening for Optimum Results

Professional teeth whitening works and is less expensive compared to over the counter strips, gels, pastes, polishes, rinses, and trays, especially when you consider how much product you have to use to see results.

An experienced cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach may seem more expensive, but you will not have to use as much product. Professional teeth whitening is much safer as well.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Delray Beach

Cosmetic dentist Dr. George Sanchez and his team use custom made professional teeth whitening trays that allow for close monitoring. While chairside tooth whitening is another option that cosmetic dentists in Delray Beach use, it is not as safe as custom-made teeth whitening trays.

Safety First with Teeth Whitening

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To begin with, over the counter products do not contain as much active whitening ingredient, people often use too much or apply too often. Just like anything too much is never a good thing.

All too often too much tooth whitening causes sensitivity. In addition, over bleaching causes enamel damage. In this case teeth look chalky or blue.

Your Tooth Whitening Appointment

During your dental checkup in Delray Beach, Dr. George will examine your teeth. If your teeth are healthy, a mold or impression is made for your new custom-made trays. When your trays are ready, you will be given a prescription teeth-whitening gel that you will use according to Dr. George’s instructions. You will see results in 12 to 14 days with maximum whitening in 3 to 4 weeks.

If you follow Dr. George’s dental blog, you will remember that professional teeth whitening only work on natural teeth. If you have tooth colored fillings, porcelain veneers or any other type of restoration tooth whitening will not work.

Call for a Teeth Whitening Appointment

For more information regarding professional teeth whitening, call and schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach today.

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Porcelain Veneers Take Skill for an Accurate Fit

A bad Porcelain veneers take skill. From the first initial consultation to the final placement, porcelain veneers are best left to a skilled cosmetic dentist who is serious about continued education.

Cosmetic Dentistry and General Dentistry are Not The Same

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Just because the American Dental Association doesn’t recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty doesn’t mean it isn’t one. Dentist’s fresh out of school probably won’t be adept at porcelain veneer placement unless they specialized in it while taking general dentistry classes in dental school.

A general dentist fills cavities, places dental crowns, builds bridges for missing teeth and probably places inlays and onlays. What most general dentists aren’t well adept at is porcelain veneer placement.

Porcelain Veneers Placement is Key

According to Delray Beach cosmetic dentist Dr. George Sanchez, improper veneer placement causes damage to other teeth. A bad cement causes problems for  adjoining teeth. Patient comfort is of the utmost importance and if a veneer is rough on the backside, it’s annoying.

Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation

During your scheduled consultation with Dr. George, an overall assessment will be conducted including digital photos and x-rays both before and after enamel removal. Because a portion of the tooth is removed for fit and placement, the veneer procedure is permanent.

After tooth preparation, Dr. George and his team will make a temporary veneer while your permanent one is manufactured, taking about two weeks.

When your new porcelain veneers are ready, the magic begins.

Your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist begins by checking your veneers for color and fit before cementing in place, finally curing with a light or laser to harden the bond.

With Dr. George’s help you are ready to show off your polished veneers to the world.

If you would like more information regarding porcelain veneers, call and schedule and appointment with Dr. George today.

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Inlays and Onlays instead of a Dental Crown

If your Delray Beach dentist wants to place a crown over a tooth with a small filling, it’s time to call Dr. George Dental. Getting a second opinion is always a good idea, especially when it comes to the overall structure of your tooth.

Inlays and onlays are the solution if your tooth doesn’t require a dental crown. 

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Inlays and Onlays or Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are used to repair large damage in a tooth. Dentists in Delray use dental crowns to cover large fillings and to cap root canals. Cosmetic Dental Crowns are also used as an alternative to porcelain veneers.

Because dental crowns are made to fit over the top of your tooth, a portion of the structure is removed for a strong and secure fit. While dental crowns are strong, they are permanent. Cosmetic dental crowns also require more enamel and tooth removal than porcelain veneers.

Inlays and Onlays

In some cases, a dental crown isn’t necessary as these types or restorations work very well. Especially if you want to retain most of the natural tooth.

Dr. George Sanchez is an artist when it comes to repairing dental caries using tooth colored dental porcelain. Instead of removing the tooth’s structure to make way for a dental crown, your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist keeps the healthy part of the tooth intact, while repairing the damage with inlays and onlays.

Your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach, depending on the size of the damage, prefers dental inlays and onlays.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding and Inlays and Onlays

Because Dr. Sanchez is a trained and preferred Delray Beach cosmetic dentist, he has the experience to provide you with cosmetic dental bonding.

Like inlays and onlays, cosmetic dental bonding uses dental resin applied to the teeth. Cosmetic dental bonding is perfect for chips and cracks, and to make teeth longer.

Dental bonding is also used to fill small spaces between the teeth. Dental bonding is an excellent alternative to porcelain veneers. Inlays and onlays keep more of the tooth’s structure remains intact.

If you would like more information regarding dental crowns, cosmetic dental bonding or inlays and onlays in Delray Beach, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. George Dental today.

Women’s Oral Health is Different

Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, the title of a popular book written back in 1992, explained the difference between men and women. However, the differences between men and women’s oral health was not discussed.

According to Dr. George Sanchez, there are some things to consider when it comes to women’s oral health.

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Because women go through hormonal changes throughout their entire lives, women’s oral health is at risk.

Although good oral hygiene helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, regular dental checkups with your Delray Beach dentist are also an essential part of women’s oral health care.

Puberty and Women’s Oral Health

When a girl starts puberty, hormones will go crazy causing gums to bleed, swell, and become red. In some cases, gums may get bigger because the hormones cause an overreaction to bacteria and plaque. Teenage girls in puberty may also experience mouth sores. While it is impossible to prevent puberty, good oral hygiene can help reduce the problems associated with it.

Women’s Oral Health and the Menstrual Cycle

Although most will not notice mouth changes before a period, hormones could be to blame if you suffer from mouth sores, bleeding gums and salivary glands that swell during this time. Over time these problems with stop along with your period. If they don’t, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach.

Pregnant Women and Oral Health

Hormones are on overdrive when a woman is expecting a child. Pregnancy gingivitis is a huge problem with pregnant women. This type of gum disease causes sore, tender, red, and bleeding gums. This usually occurs between 2 and 8 months of the pregnancy.

Women’s Oral Health and Menopause

Women notice massive changes during menopause. Foods taste differently while sensitivity is heightened. Women in menopause also experience mouth burning. While it is a result of hormonal changes, other issues can occur.

Bone loss and dry mouth are a huge problem with menopausal women. Dry mouth occurs when you have a decrease in saliva flow putting you in the high-risk category for gum disease and tooth decay.

Dr. Sanchez recommends that women of all ages practice good oral hygiene habits including brushing twice and flossing once each day. Your Delray Beach dentist also recommends that you schedule additional dental appointments if you notice any of the above symptoms.

For more information regarding women’s oral health, call and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach today.

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Chronic Bad Breath is Embarrassing for Everyone

Your Delray Beach dentist understands how embarrassing chronic bad breath can be for both the person suffering and the person who has to endure it.
A number of things cause chronic bad breath, with gum disease being number one on the list.

Gum Disease and Chronic Bad Breath

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Dr. George Sanchez explains that left over food particles convert to plaque, and just like food that is left out overnight, will begin to smell. Decomposing food stuck in your teeth is never pleasant and will eventually cause gum disease.

Bad oral hygiene is the main culprit when it comes to gingivitis and the more serious periodontal disease. If you are slack about brushing twice and flossing once a day, you are, number one, probably suffering from chronic halitosis, and, number two, dealing with gum disease.

Chronic Bad Breath Could Be a Sign

A dental checkup is the quickest way to determine if gum disease is the reason for your bad breath. Dr. George will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, and if you are given a clean bill of health, will probably recommend an appointment with your doctor as your chronic bad breath could be something else entirely.

According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic halitosis could be a sign of a metabolic disorder or even cancer. GERD or gastroesphageal reflux disease could also be the reason people are running away when you open your mouth.

Dry mouth, certain medications, smoking, and certain types of food can also cause bad breath. Mouth sores, tonsillitis, and bad sinuses also increase your risk. If your child has chronic bad breath, it could be from something stuck in their nose.

Schedule an Appointment to Be Sure

Chronic bad breath is serious. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach who can determine if your teeth and gums play a role in your halitosis.

Call for an appointment today.

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Dental Bridges When Implants Aren’t An Option

Although dental implants are the strongest replacement for missing teeth, not everyone is a good candidate.

According to your Delray Beach Dentist, Dr. George Sanchez, some people may require surgery, and although it is an option, some patients just don’t want to undergo a sinus lift or bone grafting. Thankfully, there are options for missing teeth, such as dental bridges, that don’t require surgery.

Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth

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Dr. George explains that a restorative dental bridge literally bridges the gaps left by the missing tooth.

Referred to as a pontic by the professionals, a dental bridge is kept in place by the teeth that lie on either side of the missing tooth. These are called abutment teeth. Pontics, or artificial teeth, are manufactured from gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.

While there are four types of dental bridges, tradition, Maryland, cantilever, and implant support dental bridges, traditional dental bridges are the most common.

Why You Need Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth

Missing teeth affect the way you eat and how you talk. Missing teeth can also alter the shape of your face. Even a single lost tooth can change your bite and the way you smile. Your remaining teeth will also adjust to the missing space affecting your bite. This could cause problems with your jaw joints.

If you have a missing tooth, you probably are not getting the proper nutrition you need either. Because it’s tough to eat nutritious foods, such as a healthy salad or a juicy steak, you will not be getting the vitamins and minerals you need. If you have a missing tooth or teeth when was the last time you enjoyed a Granny Smith?

There is Always a Solution for Missing Teeth

Missing teeth cause problems for remaining teeth and gums. A lost tooth can also cause issues for the rest of your body, but there is always a solution. Whether you are the perfect candidate for dental implants, or would prefer a dental bridge, Dr. George and his team are ready to transform your smile.

If you would like more information regarding dental bridges or dental implants for missing teeth, call or click and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dr. George Sanchez.

Your dentist in Delray Beach is ready to make you smile again. Call for a no obligation consultation today.

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3 Things to Avoid for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Healthy teeth and gums start with good oral hygiene habits. Those oral hygiene habits include brushing twice, flossing once each day and regular dental checkups with your dentist in Delray Beach.

Dr. George Sanchez explains that if you practice healthy oral habits you are well on your way to a beautiful smile. However, what most people tend to forget is that diet plays a huge role in the health of your teeth and gums.

Not All Healthy Foods are Healthy for Teeth and Gums

Dried Fruit and Teeth and Gums

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According to your Delray Beach dentist, that trail mix and bag of dried fruit may have helped your waistline, but your teeth are probably paying the price. Dried fruit is loaded with sugar and is sticky.

Those dried apricots, figs, prunes, raisins and other delicious dried fruits are stuck between your teeth making it impossible to remove.

If you snack on dried fruit at your desk all day without brushing or rinsing, your teeth and gums will pay the price.

Teeth and Gums Don’t Like Energy and Sports Drinks

As Dr. Sanchez explains, energy and sports drinks contain as much sugar as a can of soda. Sipping on sports and energy drinks all day, especially through a straw, is like soaking your teeth in a sugar bath. Energy and sports drinks are also carbonated. Teeth and gums aren’t a fan of carbonation, as the acid will eat away at the enamel on your teeth.

Instead of sports and energy drinks, opt for water. It’s better for you all the way around, especially when you consider the research that has been uncovered about the dangers of energy drinks.

Citrus Fruit and Teeth and Gums

Who doesn’t love a delicious juicy orange? While loaded with Vitamin C, oranges, limes, kiwi fruit, grapefruit, tangerines, and lemons are very acidic.

If you love your fresh fruit, enjoy as part of a larger meal. If you do eat it on its own, be sure to rinse thoroughly after enjoying. The same is true for fruit juice. Even if you are making your own juices, keep the citrus to a minimum.

If you would like more information regarding unhealthy and healthy foods for teeth and gums call now.

Your Delray Beach dentist is waiting for your call. Make it today.