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Fractured and Cracked Teeth are Never Okay

You may think fractured and cracked teeth will be okay especially if they only give you problems when you eat something hot or cold. Ignoring a cracked, chipped, or fractured tooth is opening you up to all kinds of issues.

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If you don’t take care of chipped, fractured and cracked teeth, those minor problem will quickly turn major. A tooth that is badly decayed will probably need a root canal. If that is the case, you will also need a crown. Had you scheduled an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach when you felt some irritation, sensitivity, or pain, you wouldn’t have to spend hours in the dentist’s chair.

It’s Better Safe than Sorry with Cracked Teeth

If you notice something isn’t right when you brush and floss, when you eat or even when you open and close your mouth, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. George Sanchez. Dr. George will thoroughly examine your mouth looking for signs of decay. Sometimes it’s difficult to find decay under fillings. If you follow Dr. George’s Blog, you will remember that it is possible for a filled tooth to suffer from new decay.

Cracked Teeth are Hard to Notice

Hairline cracks in healthy teeth are tough to see. It takes a trained eye to detect hairline fractures in a tooth. Your Delray Beach family dentist can detect tooth decay, even if it is living under an existing filling.

Dr. George recommends that you examine your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed. If you notice anything different, make an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach. Chipped and cracked teeth will only get worse when left unattended.

Most importantly if you hear anything when you are eating, stop chewing and check it out. Teeth that are already cracked or chipped, will break even further when coaxed along with crunchy foods. It’s not always easy to tell if the sound you just heard was from the almond you just enjoyed or your tooth.

Schedule an Appointment Just to Be Sure

The only way to tell if you have cracked teeth or not is to schedule an appointment with Dr. George. Your Delray Beach family dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums before moving forward with your dental plan.

Call for a comprehensive dental examination with your family dentist in Delray Beach today.

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A New Smile in Delray Beach with Cosmetic Dentistry

It’s a new decade and that means it’s time for a new you. Dr. George Sanchez is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach who can give you the smile you deserve.

From porcelain veneers to cosmetic dental bonding and dental implants, cosmetic dentistry in Delray Beach will boost your self-confidence with a brand new smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Delray Beach

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While the American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty, it does require continued education. While everyone can legally practice cosmetic dentistry, not everyone is equipped or trained to place porcelain veneers or cosmetic dental crowns, but Dr. George is.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are used to hide stains, repair chips, and cracks and to make teeth longer. Because porcelain veneers require enamel removal, the process is permanent. Porcelain veneers can last a decade or more as long as you practice good oral hygiene. Consequently, you can have a single veneer or more depending on your needs.

Cosmetic Dental Crowns

Just like porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns also require enamel removal, more actually as the crown fits over the entire tooth while a veneer is laid on the front of the tooth. Cosmetic dental crowns are stronger than porcelain veneers and can last over a decade or more as long as you take good care of your dental crowns.

Clear Braces and Cosmetic Dentistry

Unlike conventional wires and brackets, clear braces are removed when you eat, brush, and floss. Clear braces in Delray Beach are provided by Invisalign® and can take from 8 to 18 months to straighten teeth. Conventional braces can take up to two years. Ask Dr. George if you and Invisalign® are a good fit.

If you have been putting off smile design it’s time to call and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. George today.

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3 Holiday Foods that Are Not Good for Teeth

It really is the most wonderful time of the year, but not so much for your teeth and gums, especially if you like to indulge in all of those holiday buffet goodies. While those starchy, sticky, sweet, and acidic foods taste good, they don’t do much for your waistline, or your teeth and gums.

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According to your family dentist in Delray Beach, holiday goodies can wreck havoc on your teeth.

Watching what you eat during the holidays and watching those holiday foods will keep you out of the dentists chair before your next scheduled appointment.

 

Below are a few foods to try to resist during the holidays.

Starchy Holiday Foods

Cakes, cookies, bread and other holiday foods may be delicious but they are not good for teeth. Dr. George Sanchez explains that starchy holiday foods convert to sugar and acid and will eat away at the enamel on your teeth. Even worse, pretzels, potato chips, and your grandmother’s favorite rum cake will stick to the crevices in the back of your teeth. If you must indulge, rinse after and don’t forget to brush when you can.

Sticky Holiday Foods

You may love the dried fruit platter that your best friend sends you every Christmas, but those dried apricots, mangos, pineapples, dates and figs are just as bad as the high calorie variety. While dried fruit may be a better option for your diet, it isn’t good for your teeth. The same can be said about caramels, saltwater taffy, and any other sticky foods. Sticky foods stick to your teeth and are nearly impossible to remove without brushing. Sticky foods can also damage dental restorations.

Hard Candy Ruthless on Teeth

You may look forward to biting into a candy cane once Thanksgiving is over, but rest assured, you could damage your teeth. Candy canes, butterscotch and other hard holiday candies are loaded with sugar. If you suck on a hard candy, you are literally giving your teeth a sugar bath. On top of that, if you bite too hard you could crack a tooth.

While all holiday foods are good in moderation, some should be avoided all together. If you do enjoy rinse and brush after to avoid any unnecessary trips to your dentist in Delray Beach.

Happy Holidays from Dr. George and his team from your Delray Beach dental office.

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Cosmetic Dental Bonding Just in Time for Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with invitations to parties and events for the rest of 2019. However, not everyone is so thrilled about Christmas and New Year, especially if a smile is getting in the way.

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The first thing people notice when you walk into a room is your smile. If you don’t have one, you probably aren’t that excited about holiday parties. Twenty years ago, there wasn’t much you could do about your grin in a week or two, but these days you can have a new smile in a single dental appointment with cosmetic dental bonding.

What is Tooth Bonding?

According to your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist, cosmetic dental bonding repairs chips and cracks, and can be used to fill teeth. Made from tooth colored dental resin, the bonding material is matched to the rest of your smile before being applied to the tooth or teeth. Bonding can even be used to make teeth longer or to fill a small space between teeth.

Does Dental Bonding Look Natural?

Thanks to modern dental technology dental resin looks just as natural as your own teeth as it mimics the light the way your teeth do. While bonding is not as strong as porcelain veneers it is not permanent and can be reversed if necessary.

With proper oral hygiene, dental bonding can last a decade or more. Bonding is also less expensive than porcelain veneers and does not require multiple dental visits.

What is Dental Bonding Used For?

Your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach explains that cosmetic dental bonding can be used for a multitude of things including small fillings, inlays, and onlays. Cosmetic dental bonding is also used to restore cracked and chipped teeth and to fill small spaces. Dr. George Sanchez even uses cosmetic dental bonding to make teeth longer.

You really can have a beautiful smile just in time for your next holiday party. Call your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist for more information today.

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Cosmetic Dentistry when Tooth Whitening Won’t Work

Tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the world with people opting for both over the counter and professional tooth whitening treatments. However, those over the counter tooth whitening products are not as safe as professional tooth whitening products.

The Problem with Over the Counter Products

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Even though there is less active ingredient in pastes, trays, gels, rinses and strips people tend to use over the counter tooth whitening products too often. People also have a tendency to use too much.

Too much tooth whitening can make teeth and gum sensitive, but can also cause permanent damage. According to your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach, over whitening can turn teeth blue and chalky. Unfortunately, this can be permanent.

Professional Tooth Whitening and Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. George Sanchez is a preferred Kor Tooth Whitening provider and has the experience to give you a beautiful bright smile. The Kor System is an amazing tooth whitening procedure. Kor can even help lift some intrinsic stains caused by antibiotic use or too much fluoride as a child.

With that being said, some stains are impossible to lift. If your stained teeth cannot be lighted with professional tooth whitening products, cosmetic dentistry may be the only solution. Also, teeth that are restored with tooth colored fillings, porcelain veneers, dental implants and cosmetic dental bonding will not change color and cannot be lightened either.

Cosmetic Dentistry when Whitening Won’t Work

If you have teeth that have been previously restored, ask your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist about a makeover. Dr. Sanchez can repair or replace old veneers and cosmetic dental bonding and can give your smile a lift with new cosmetic dental bonding.

If you would like more information regarding professional tooth whitening or any other type of cosmetic dentistry, call and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. George Sanchez today.

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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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