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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you have a chipped tooth, worn down teeth, or discolored teeth?

Dr. Barr believes, "Cosmetic Dentistry is the art and science of restoring a single tooth or an entire smile using modern techniques that restore function and create a natural and beautiful appearance."

To see some amazing cosmetic transformations, click on Boynton Beach Cosmetic Dentist.

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Diabetes and Your Dental Health # 3

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This month we are featuring information found on MouthHealthy.org that discuss how diabetes can affect  your dental health. Below is one way that diabetes can affect your oral health.

Slow Healing 

 










Have you ever noticed a cold sore or a cut in your mouth that doesn’t quite seem to go away? This can be another way that diabetes may affect your mouth. Poor control of blood sugar can keep injuries from healing quickly and properly. If you have something in your mouth that you feel isn’t healing as it should, see your dentist.

To read all '5 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Mouth' visit MouthHealthy.org.

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/

Monday, November 6, 2017

How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist in Palm Beach County

Porcelain Veneers case by Dr. Michael Barr
Pat had porcelain veneers to create
her Palm Beach Smile!  Click here
to read Pat's testimonial.
A great smile is always in fashion.  But, some of us were not born with a smile we love.  And, for some of us, time has caught up with our smiles.

Some need a little.  Some need a lot.

What it takes to create the smile you've dreamed of can vary quite a bit.  For some, it may be as straightforward as whitening and some touch-up bonding.  Others may need more involved treatment such as porcelain veneers and crowns.  In any case, finding the right dentist is important.

What is a Cosmetic Dentist?

If you look around, it seems every dentist is a "cosmetic dentist."  It's not a recognized specialty like orthodontics or oral surgery.  So, any dentist can make the claim.

How do you go about finding the right dentist for cosmetic treatment?  There are a few ways you can research the best cosmetic dentist for you.  Most dentists today have websites.  Though most of the websites are nothing more than a boilerplate / template website with "insert dentist name here."  Those same sites usually have "stock" before & after photos, which are simply bought or licensed photos.  If you look at enough dental websites, you'll see the same photos over and over.  These websites do not reflect the actual abilities of the dentist.

The proof is in the photos.

Smile photo - combination of porcelain veneers and crowns done by Dr. Michael Barr
This is a combination of porcelain veneers and crowns done
by Dr. Michael Barr.  Look for sharply-focused photos like
this one, so you can get a good idea of the dentist's results. 
Click here to see Toni's story and before and after photos.
The first thing you should look for are before & after photos of actual cases done by the dentist.  A cosmetic dentist worth his or her salt will have photos of their own cases.  And, they should indicate that they are actual cases in the website.  To see actual cases done by Dr. Michael Barr at his Boynton Beach dental practice, click here.

On the other hand, if you are in consultation at the dentist's office, they should be able to show you photos of their own cases right there.  Are they quality photos with sharp focus and good lighting (so you can really see the results)?

No photos?  No deal!

Education and experience.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Antibiotics & Your Heart

Over the years, the American Heart Association has updated the recommended protocols for dental patients with heart conditions.  Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about antibiotics and your heart.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Palm Beach Smiles
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1 -Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377

Diabetes and Your Dental Health # 2

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This month we are featuring information found on MouthHealthy.org that discuss how diabetes can affect  your dental health. Below are two ways that diabetes can affect your oral health.

Change in Taste 

 










Your favorite flavors might not taste as rich as your remember if you have diabetes. It can be disappointing, but take the opportunity to experiment with different tastes, textures and spices to your favorite foods. Just take care not to add too much sugar to your food in an effort to add flavor. Not only can this affect the quality of your diet, it can also lead to more cavities. If you have a persistent bad taste in your mouth, see your dentist or doctor.

Infections 

 










Diabetes affects your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to infection. One common among people with diabetes is a yeast infection called oral thrush (candidiasis). The yeast thrive on the higher amount of sugar found in your saliva, and it looks like a white layer coating your tongue and the insides of your cheeks. Thrush is more common in people who wear dentures and can often leave a bad taste in your mouth. See your dentist if you think you have thrush or any other mouth infection.

To read all '5 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Mouth' visit MouthHealthy.org.

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/




Thursday, November 2, 2017

Are the Invisible Braces from the "Club" the same as Invisalign?

Buy Braces Direct!

You may have heard about getting invisible aligner type braces "direct" from an online "club" on TV or social media.  They imply that you can get the "same thing directly" without the dentist "middle-man."  Of course, the cost is less than you'd pay at a dental office.

The implication is that dentists are simply retailers of the aligners, and you are simply buying the product directly from the aligner company.  I understand the possible natural assumption that any criticism or defense from a dentist is self-serving or "protecting our turf."  I hope you'll indulge me for a few minutes and read on.


You shouldn't buy scalpels or Botox "direct," either.

Orthodontic aligner therapy is not a retail product.  It is a professional service.  The aligners are simply one of the tools used by dentists to straighten teeth.  Here at Palm Beach Smiles, there is much more to the Invisalign™ Treatment than simply handing the aligners over to the patient.  But, to preface what is involved in aligner therapy by a dentist, I want to point out how it is done with what I call "do-it-yourself braces" (DIY) available through online sources.

In order to receive the braces directly from the online retailer, you need only to send them self-administered dental impressions (molds) and some selfie photos of your smile and teeth. That's it.  No live examination by a dentist needed.  If you're "approved," you get your braces in the mail.

If a dentist, in any state in the U.S., provided any kind of orthodontic treatment, including aligners, with only impressions and cell phone photos as "diagnostic records," it would be a slam-dunk case of malpracticeSlam.  Dunk.  

That should be enough information to end this article.  But, I'll continue to elaborate.

What could go wrong?

Orthodontic treatment (moving teeth) without a comprehensive dental examination, including x-rays and periodontal (gums - soft tissues and bony support) examination would rightfully be considered below the standard of care, because