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3 Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures That Are All The Rage

July 21st, 2017

Procedure of Dental Cosmetic DentistryWho doesn´t want to have shiny, white teeth? Being able to smile confidently can play an instrumental role in building personality, displaying authority and increasing confidence, which can, in turn, positively impact one´s professional and personal life. So, if you are looking to have bright, shiny teeth, you should consider visiting the dental clinic.

So, what exactly does cosmetic dentistry mean? Well, cosmetic dentistry comprises of various different treatments that all help make your gums, teeth, and smile visually appealing. Some examples of the treatments include whitening of the teeth, ensuring proper alignment of the teeth, filling gaps, and fixing issues related to crowding etc. Cosmetic dentistry also includes the application of crowns and veneers to either cover bad teeth or cap them.

Without beating about the bush any further, here are cosmetic dentistry procedures that are all the rage in the big apple!

  1. Whitening teeth through laser treatment

Many people suffer from discolored teeth due to excessive intake of staining beverages such as coffee and red wine. Heavy smokers also tend to have discolored teeth. Thankfully, we live in the contemporary world that doesn´t have a dearth of facilities and modern technology. Hence, it is possible to whiten the teeth through procedures such as Zoom teeth whitening without making the teeth appear fake. The teeth whitening procedure common and popular throughout the globe.

  1. Replacement of tooth

There are many ways one can lose a tooth. Some may lose a tooth in a fight, in an accident, or through a freak injury. A loss of tooth can play a detrimental role in lowering one´s self-confidence. In addition to that, it can also affect one´s eating habits and delivery of speech. Fortunately, skilled dentists can easily replace the missing teeth through different procedures such as dental implants and bridges.

  1. Tooth-colored fillings

We no longer have to be content with amalgam fillings. Although they have served us well for a long period and are sturdy and durable, they are not attractive, to say the least. After all, who would want to flash a smile when their teeth are highlighted by a silver-like color?  We are lucky to live in the contemporary world where dentists use composite or white fillings as solutions to combat the decay in teeth. We look all the better because of the white fillings, don´t we?

What are the Differences Between Dental Crowns and Dental Implants?

March 29th, 2017

A dental crown is a cap for a tooth or dental implant. So, for starters, one is used on the other, which is an important distinction.

A crown is used when a cavity is so large that it threatens the health of a tooth. When a crown is put in, it is bonded to the tooth with dental cement. Crowns come in various types and materials. Generally, they are fully made of gold or are porcelain fused to metal. They are also often resin or complete ceramic. These different materials affect the quality of the crown, and all of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. Porcelain and ceramic teeth often naturally match tooth colors, so they’re typically used for front teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are good for front and back teeth, while metal crowns are usually just for molars because they don’t match tooth colors and are less visible in the back. Resin crowns, while they are less expensive, are prone to fractures. Stainless steel and acrylic crowns are typically temporary.

Getting a crown is necessary when part of a tooth is missing, or if part of a tooth needs to be removed because on injury or decay.

A dental implant is used when support is needed for crowns, bridges or dentures. They’re typically made of titanium and look like a tooth or group of teeth when missing teeth need to be replaced. They are typically attached to a tooth root (called a “root-form implant”) and are placed within the bone. The jawbone accepts and integrates the titanium post into itself, which fuses to the bone. Another usage of dental implants is preventing orthodontic tooth movement.

The implant is used to replace the root and create a support system for a new tooth. Once the implant is in place, a dentist will take a mold of it. Then, a dental implant crown completes the restoration of the dental implant.

The dental crown improves the look, strength, shape, and size of a tooth. It encases the surface and is cemented over the structure of the tooth. Ideally, it looks exactly like a natural tooth.

Think you might need a crown or implant? Make an appointment or ask about implants and crowns contact our team at our Boynton Beach, FL office (561) 374-8922 .

How Is Your Diet Affecting Your Teeth?

February 15th, 2017

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What you eat affects your mouth not only by building healthier teeth and gums, but also by helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Learn how to eat the best diet for your teeth, including the foods to eat, beverages to drink, and what to avoid.What you eat affects your mouth not only by building healthier teeth and gums, but also by helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease. While a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and unsaturated fats will benefit your overall oral health, there are a few standout foods and nutrients that can really boost it.

Teeth and Calcium

A diet with adequate calcium may prevent against tooth decay. When a diet is low in calcium, as a majority of Americans’ diets are, the body leeches the mineral from teeth and bones, which can increase your risk of tooth decay and the incidence of cavities. A study that appeared in the Journal of Periodontology found that those who have a calcium intake of less than 500 mg, or about half the recommended dietary allowance, were almost twice as likely to have periodontitis, or gum disease, than those who had the recommended intake.The jawbone is particularly susceptible to the effects of low calcium. It can weaken because of low calcium intake, which in turn causes teeth to loosen, leaving you at greater risk for gum disease.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends 1,000 mg of calcium daily for women younger than 50 and for men of any age, and 1,200 mg for women over 50. Calcium is found in dairy foods like milk, cheese, and yogurt; in fish, including sardines with bones and salmon; and in some vegetables, including kale and broccoli. Eating two to four servings of dairy per day will help you meet the RDA for calcium.

Teeth and Vitamin C.

The body needs vitamin C to repair connective tissue and help the body fight off infection. No surprise then that a study at the State University of New York at Buffalo showed that those who eat less than the recommended 75 to 90 mg per day are 25 percent more likely to have gingivitis than those who eat three times the recommended daily allowance. Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal diseases, and it causes the gums to become red from inflammation, swelling and bleeding easily. Eating one piece of citrus fruit (oranges, grapefruits, tangerines) or a kiwi daily will help you meet the RDA for vitamin C.

Teeth and Fruits and Vegetables

Crunchy fruit and veggies — like apples, pears, celery, and carrots — are excellent for your teeth in two ways. The crisp texture acts as a detergent on teeth, wiping away bacteria that can cause plaque. Plus these foods require a lot of chewing, which increases the production of bacteria-neutralizing saliva.

Teeth and Tea

While tea may stain teeth, studies at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry have shown that compounds in black tea can destroy or suppress the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in dental plaque, which can help prevent both cavities and gum disease.

Teeth and Water

Drinking plenty of water benefits teeth as it helps rinse away both bacteria and the remnants of food that bacteria turns into plaque. Tap water is better for teeth than bottled because it contains fluoride, which prevents tooth decay.

Foods to Avoid

Sugary snacks, especially gummy candies and hard candies that stick in your teeth, are at the top of every dentist’s list of foods to avoid. Regular soda provides a double hit to teeth, combining sugar with acids. Even foods and drinks that are good for your teeth, like milk, contain sugars. No matter what you eat, it’s important to brush and floss afterward — or at least to rinse your mouth with water. Brush twice a day using either a manual or power toothbrush, and remember to visit a dentist at least twice a year for checkups.

If you have any additional questions about your oral health, be sure to contact our team at our Boynton Beach, FL office.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

January 17th, 2017


Losing a tooth can affect a lot more than just the look of your smile. Missing teeth affect your ability to chew and can also cause problems for your other teeth. It is essential to replace missing teeth in order to maintain oral health as well as your overall well-being. Dental implants are an excellent option to replace your natural tooth and its root without affecting your neighboring teeth, and are available from Dr. Karen Glerum and her qualified team.

Why choose dental implants?

There are many reasons to choose dental implants to replace your lost or damaged teeth. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants are often considered more predictable than other treatment options and are known to provide long-term successful outcomes.

Dental implants provide many benefits over other treatments such as bridgework and dentures:


  • Unlike other treatment options for missing teeth, dental implants allow Dr. Glerum to replace your tooth without impacting the healthy teeth surrounding the space.
  • Dental implants also protect healthy bone by preventing potential bone loss and deterioration in the jaw.
  • This treatment option allows you to speak and eat normally without worrying about slippery or uncomfortable removable dentures.
  • The closest thing to natural teeth, dental implants allow you to maintain your smile and natural face shape.
  • These implants are built to last, providing you with a long-term solution to missing teeth.

Overall, dental implants are the next best thing to natural, healthy teeth. Choosing to undergo surgery to replace your lost or damaged teeth is an important decision. To avoid the issues caused by lost teeth, consult Dr. Karen Glerum or visit our office in Boyton Beach, FL to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.

How Invisalign Works & What It Can Do For You

December 16th, 2016
Our Boynton Beach patients want the best smiles possible, and we want to deliver that smile to them.
There are many aspects of cosmetic dentistry we provide, but many of our patients want to know if their smiles can be straighter. You may have gapped teeth that prevent you from smiling your fullest. You may have crowded teeth that are embarrassing and hard to clean. One treatment gives you straighter teeth almost invisibly: Invisalign.
Dr. Karen Glerum has helped many patients achieve their dream smiles. Now let’s discuss how Invisalign works its magic.

The Consultation

Dr. Glerum is a skilled Invisalign provider, she has helped patients in and around the Boynton Beach area smile bigger. We offer our patients a free Invisalign consultation to discuss all aspects of the treatment. Adults undergo regular Invisalign treatment, and teens receive some special perks with Invisalign Teen treatment. We can discuss the differences with you and your teen.

The First Steps

Dr. Glerum and her staff of dental professionals will X-ray, photograph and construct a model of your teeth. She will use these to generate a 3-D image of your smile. Dr. Glerum will use Invisalign software to show you show how your teeth will gradually shift into place, and you’ll even see your expected outcome. Every patient is different, though most adult treatment times last between a year and a year and a half. Teenage patients may take a little longer, which is closer to average length of traditional braces. That said, teens would probably be happier with removable incognito aligners than with a mouth full of metal. Dr Glerum will predict how long your treatment will last based on your current alignment.

During the Treatment

Invisalign then creates custom plastic aligners for your treatment. The plastic is clear and nearly invisible, so your friends and coworkers won’t notice they’re in place. The aligners are also comfortable to wear and BPA-free. Invisalign was designed with flexibility in mind. You can remove the aligners to eat and to perform regular oral care. During treatment your teeth will stay cleaner and healthier than they would with traditional metal braces. Metal braces make it hard for you to floss and brush, and they create many crevices where food particles and bacteria can hide. You will wear each aligner set for about two weeks, depending on your treatment plan, and then you will switch to a new set. The new set will move your teeth closer to the intended straight smile outcome. You will only need to see Dr. Glerum once every six weeks, which is generally less often than with metal braces.
The beauty of Invisalign is that you will be able to tell your teeth are moving to their ideal positions each step of the way. You can take them out to enjoy a special date or to eat a fantastic meal. But the more you wear them, the quicker your teeth will reach their desired places.

A Straighter Smile id a Healthier Smile

Straight teeth will also improve your dental health, as aligned teeth are easier for you to floss and brush. The easier your teeth are to clean, the healthier they will be. Invisalign can correct gaps, crowding, overbites, underbites and crossbites. You can top off your Invisalign treatment with Zoom Whitening in-house tooth whitening to take your smile to the next level.
Contact our Boynton Beach dental office to discuss how Invisalign can help you smile confidently.
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