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You're a happy, vibrant person, but does your smile reflect that? Stained teeth, gaps and enamel defects change your looks and confidence, but take hope! Your cosmetic dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL can rejuvenate your smile with treatments tailor-made for you. Dr. Stephen Parker and Dr. Blake Parker and their dedicated team have the artistic and technical skills and heart to develop your best look.
You and your smile
You and your smile are one, and thankfully, your teeth are healthy. But, you want them to look as young as you feel. Your cosmetic dentist in Hollywood can help with a treatment plan suited your needs and preferences. A cosmetic dentistry consultation at Parker Dentistry is a friendly, frank discussion of what services will lead you down the path to that perfect smile.
How should your smile change? Cosmetic services can fill gaps, repair chips, replace teeth, crown weak tooth structure, brighten stains and straighten crooked teeth. Here are some of the many services the doctors deliver--either singly or together:
- Porcelain veneers, sparkling laminates which cover stained and flawed tooth enamel
- Zoom! Whitening (at-home or in-office teeth whitening) for brighter smiles that last
- CEREC same-day crowns, shoring up damaged tooth structure above the gum line
- Dental implants, replacing missing teeth and improving bone and gum health
- Tooth-colored fillings, a durable and lifelike alternative to amalgam fillings
- Composite resin bonding, a one-visit, additive process which repairs gaps, pitting and other small flaws
Yes, your professional team at Parker Dentistry delivers the latest in facial aesthetic treatments, too--the perfect complements to your renewed smile.
Aesthetic dental services, brighten, whiten, straighten and restore smiles. That's exactly what Parker Dentistry provides, and satisfied, smiling patients testify to it.
Time for a change?
Call us today for an appointment, or arrange your consultation through our website. Parker Dentistry rebuilds smiles. Yours could be one of them. Phone (954) 983-5450.
Are you happy with your smile? If you're like most people, there's probably at least one thing you'd like to change if you could. Thanks to power bleaching, veneers, same-day crowns and other cosmetic dental procedures, improving your smile has never been easier. Our Hollywood, FL, cosmetic dentists, Drs. Stephen and Blake Parker of Parker Dentistry, can discuss several smile-changing treatments with you.
Teeth whitening eliminates stains that dull your tooth enamel. Whitening is accomplished by applying hydrogen peroxide, a natural whitener to your teeth. The whitener breaks apart dark pigments left behind by coffee, soft drinks, and other beverages and foods, eliminating stains. Our patients can choose from Zoom Whitening or Nite White and Day bleaching systems. At-home whitening kits are also available.
CEREC same-day crowns
Crowns slip over teeth, effectively concealing a range of imperfections, such as crooked or oddly shaped teeth, cracks, and discolorations. The restorations also add a little length to teeth that are too short. Although receiving a crown once required two appointments and the use of a temporary crown for a few weeks, CEREC same-day crowns offer a more convenient option. In just one visit, your tooth will be prepared and you'll receive your new permanent crown. We design your new crown from a digital impression of your mouth, then immediately fabricate it using our in-office milling machine.
If a flaw only affects the front surface of a tooth, a veneer may be a better choice than a crown. Thin porcelain veneers are attached to the fronts of teeth with dental cement. They're often used to hide discolorations, chips, cracks, and bumpy surfaces, but also offer an effective way to lengthen short teeth or close gaps between teeth. Because stain-resistant veneers are available in many shades of white, they provide a longer-lasting alternative to bleaching.
Wearing wire braces isn't the only way to straighten your teeth. The Invisalign system uses clear, removable aligner trays that gently realign teeth. Invisalign can improve your appearance if you have crooked teeth, spacing issues, or bite problems. You'll wear the trays for 20-22 hours per day and take them out when you eat or brush your teeth.
Improve your smile with a cosmetic dental treatment! Call our Hollywood, FL, cosmetic dentists, Drs. Stephen and Blake Parker of Parker Dentistry, at (954) 983-5450 to schedule your appointment.
Find out if this clear orthodontic system is the best approach for a straighter smile.
Are you an adult who is fed up with gaps between their teeth, crowding or other smile misalignments? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Hollywood, FL, family dentists Dr. Stephen Parker and Dr. Blake Parker are here to tell you more about a unique and discreet teeth-straightening treatment known as Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Unlike traditional braces, which are a series of metal brackets and wires that are bonded to the front of your teeth, Invisalign takes a different approach. Invisalign uses clear, flexible aligners that look similar to whitening trays but are able to shift teeth into the proper position because each aligner is custom-fitted just for you and your smile needs.
Using impressions of your mouth we will map out your treatment plan to help us determine not just the exact measurements of each aligner but also what teeth will shift during the course of your treatment and just how much specific teeth will need to move with each aligner. The aligners fit snugly to ensure that they apply the proper amount of pressure and controlled force needed.
Who is right for this orthodontic treatment?
When you come into our office to find out if you are the ideal candidate for Invisalign, the first thing we will do is examine your teeth to determine whether the issues you want to fix can be effectively corrected with Invisalign. Everything from minor to more serious misalignments can be ideal for Invisalign; however, Invisalign won’t be the best option for more complicated tooth movements or for cases in which we need to realign the jaws.
What should I expect when I get Invisalign?
Invisalign is a great option for older teens and adults who are dedicated to straightening their teeth. Since aligners are removable it may be tempting to remove them, but it’s important to wear them as much as possible (about 22 hours out of the day) to get the results you want. A good rule of thumb is to only remove them before brushing, flossing, eating or drinking (you can leave your aligners in if you are drinking water).
The average length of treatment for an adult is about one year, but this can vary depending on the type and severity of the dental issues you are treated.
Do you want to find out if Invisalign is the right option for you? If so, then it’s time you called Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL, to schedule a consultation with us.
Don't forget--your smile is one of your most valuable personal assets. If it looks deeply stained or chipped, it detracts from how you look and from your self-confidence. Why not show off a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers from your cosmetic dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL? Shell-like covers of fine dental porcelain permanently bonded to the front of healthy teeth, veneers beautify smile aesthetics, giving you a look just right for you.
Why use porcelain veneers?
Drs. Stephen and Blake Parker offer porcelain veneers--also called dental laminates--for patients who have healthy teeth and gums but exhibit enamel defects such as:
- Chips, pits and cracks
- Deep stains which can't respond to professional whitening
- Gaps and mild crowding
- Uneven length and odd shape
Besides creating an bright and even look, veneers strengthen tooth enamel and last for ten years or more. Considered a permanent smile enhancement, veneers resists stains and chips, and they cannot decay. Plus, they are so popular that millions of Americans have use them to improve their smiles.
During a personal consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Hollywood, FL, you can discuss how you'd like to improve your smile. Dr. Parker will evaluate your oral health and what changes he feels could be accomplished with porcelain veneers. With an agreed upon treatment plan in place, expect to receive your veneers in just a couple of visits to Parker Dentistry.
Because you'll need a little extra space in your mouth to accommodate your veneers, Dr. Parker will resurface your teeth, removing about 1/2 millimeter of enamel. Then, he'll take oral impressions and clean your teeth. Dr. Parker also places temporary veneers to keep you comfortable and smiling as the permanent ones are crafted. The impressions go to a dental lab in the area where a skilled technician will sculpt each veneer from color-matched ceramic.
At your next appointment, the dentist removes the temporary veneers and uses a special etching liquid and bonding cement to place the permanent laminates. He'll fit them carefully against your gum tissue to avoid any irritation or sensitivity. Additionally, he colors the bonding cement for a completely natural look. After curing the cement and adjusting the bite, the veneer process is complete.
Caring for porcelain veneers
Expect your dental laminates to last about ten years or more. Just brush and floss carefully as you usually do and see your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Parker and his team every six months for your routine exams and cleanings. Avoid chewing hard foods such as taffy, ice or peanut brittle, and wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth or play sports.
See you soon
To improve your smile beyond what you ever hoped, see the experts at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood. Porcelain veneers are just one of the fabulous cosmetic smile enhancements they offer. Call today for an appointment: (954) 983-5450.
So, you’ve just acquired an attractive restoration with dental implants. You may be thinking at least with these teeth you won’t have to worry about dental disease.
Think again. While the implants and their porcelain crowns are impervious to decay the surrounding gums and bone are still vulnerable to infection. In fact, you could be at risk for a specific type of periodontal (gum) disease called peri-implantitis (inflammation around the implant).
Bacterial plaque, the thin bio-film most responsible for gum disease, can build up on implant crowns just as it does on natural tooth surfaces. If it isn’t removed with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings the bacteria can trigger an infection in the gums.
Besides weakening gum tissues, gum disease can also cause bone loss, of critical importance to dental implants. An implant depends on the bone they’re inserted in to hold them in place. If the bone around an implant becomes infected it could begin to be lost or dissolve (resorb), which could lead to loss of the implant.
That’s why it’s critical to keep the natural tissue structures supporting your implants infection-free. Not only is daily hygiene a must, but your implants and any remaining natural teeth should undergo professional cleaning at least twice a year or more if your dentist recommends it.
Cleanings involving implants will also be a bit different from natural teeth. While the dental materials used in the crown and implant post are quite durable, regular cleaning instruments can scratch them. Although tiny, these scratches can become hiding places for bacteria and increase your risk of infection.
To avoid this, your hygienist will use instruments (known as scalers and curettes) usually made of plastics or resins rather than metal. The hygienist may still use metal instruments on your remaining natural teeth because their enamel can tolerate metal without becoming scratched creating a smoother surface.
While keeping implants clean can sometimes be a challenge, it’s not impossible. Implants on average have a long-term success rate above 95%. With both you and your dentist caring and maintaining these state-of-the-art restorations, you may be able to enjoy them for decades.
If you would like more information on caring for dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Maintenance: Implant Teeth must be Cleaned Differently.”