The Word Of Mouth Blog




9th December 2017 Uncategorised

teeth, health, smile, dentistYour child’s dental health could have a lasting impact on the rest of their life.

Key takeaways:

– Stained teeth or a crooked smile can negatively affect your child’s self-esteem, so make sure your child’s smile is something they are proud of.

– Establishing a good oral care routine in childhood ensures your child has healthy teeth for life.

– Try to treat checkups at the dentist as a fun and rewarding experience rather than something to dread.

“By encouraging effective brushing habits at home, you can help your child grow their confidence in their smile.”

Read the full story here: http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/your-childs-dental-health-could-impact-their-growth-and-development/



6th December 2017 Uncategorised

teeth, health, smile, dentistDental implants have become a popular solution to missing teeth due to their many advantages. Here are three things you need to know about them.

Key takeaways:

– Implants can be a lifelong investment as long as they are properly cared for.

– Getting an implant fitted is a painless procedure done under local anaesthetic.

– Dental implants have an impressive success rate of 98 percent.

Interested? Visit your dentist to discuss whether implants are a good option for you.

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-long-do-dental-implants-last-cosmetic-dentists-answer-your-questions/


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22nd November 2017 Dentist Sea Point

Many people are self-conscious about their teeth and smile.

 

If you are unhappy with your smile and are looking for subtle improvements, wanting to replace outdated or broken dental work, or are having problems with the functionality and aesthetics of your teeth, an OptiSmile smile makeover could be the answer for you!

 

OptiSmile brings a different approach to redesigning your smile. We understand that every person is unique – with their own unique features and flaws. While most cosmetic dentists adopt similar looks for each smile they recreate, we look at each individual face and design a smile perfectly suited to it. One smile does not fit all and we’re acutely aware of the intricacies involved in creating the perfect smile for you.

 

A smile makeover consists of various treatments performed together to create the perfect smile. These treatments may include whitening, veneers and invisalign – Dr. Harris is the only platinum Invisalign provider in the Western Cape – so you can rest assure that your smile will be in excellent hands.

 

A smile makeover will replenish your confidence, giving you the boost you need to accomplish your goals. For the Optimum Smile Makeover Experience, contact OptiSmile today.


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10th November 2017 Uncategorised

 

Dr. Harris Smeyatsky began his career at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1986 and served 2 years as a Dental Surgeon in the South African Defense Force before emigrating to the United Kingdom in 1988, where he worked at a private dental facility until he moved to Cape Town and joined the Optismile team.

 

During his time in the United Kingdom, Dr. Smeyatsky assisted patients with orthodontic treatments – including Invisalign. In total, Dr. Smeyatsky has treated over 300 patients using the invisalign system, and has recently achieved Platinum Status as an Invisalign Practitioner – which means that he’s treated between 41 and 80 patients using Invisalign within the last 12 months alone.

 

Dr. Smeyatsky  is currently one of 2 practitioners in South Africa who have achieved Platinum status, and he is the only practitioner in Cape Town to accomplish this prestigious rating from Invisalign.

 

Invisalign have also recognised Dr. Smeyatsky’s experience with Vivera retainers, which use the same state-of-the-art digital scan technology used to make Invisalign aligners and offer a more precise and comfortable fit than regular retainers.

 

With all his spectacular accomplishments, Dr. Smeyatsky remains humble, friendly and eager to assist his patients with a wide range of dental conditions and treatments. He brings his vast knowledge and experience to every case he treats, giving his patients the best possible treatment options available.


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It was once believed that braces offered a permanent solution to crooked teeth and that a few months of sacrifice would translate into a perfectly straight smile for life – but years of research and investigation have proven that this is actually not the case. The only way to maintain the results achieved by braces is by consistently wearing retainers after the braces are removed.

 

Invisalign OptiSmile The most convenient retreatment solution You may have noticed your teeth migrating, becoming crooked where they were once straight. This is completely normal and natural if you have not been wearing your retainers – recent research shows that teeth move throughout life and will continue to migrate unless preventative measures are taken after the braces are removed.

 

The bad news is that if your teeth have moved, and you no longer have that perfectly straight smile, you will need to undergo treatment all over again. It may not seem worth it – you’re probably considering just living with a crooked grin – but crooked teeth promote structural issues that could have significant impacts on your life further down the line so re-treatment is not just recommended, it’s necessary to ensure long-term oral health.

 

The good news is that re-treating crooked teeth is no longer the major inconvenience it used to be, and it can now be done quickly and discreetly so that there is minimal impact on your life and no one ever needs to know you’re undergoing treatment.

 

Invisalign is an excellent alternative to chunky metal braces, which can be extremely inconvenient. They are clear aligners which fit over your natural teeth and gradually move them. With Invisalign, minor relapses can be fixed within as little as 3 – 6 months, and the aligners can be removed at will for occasions such as business meetings or events so you have the freedom to live your life without limitations.

 

Dr Harris Smeyatsky is one of 2 Platinum status Invisalign providers in South Africa, and he is the only one situated in Cape Town so you can rest assured that you are in good hands. A practitioner receives Platinum status by treating between 41 and 80 patients within a 12 month period, which means that Dr Smeyatsky has vast experience with the Invisalign system and can help you with not just the straightening process, but also with the long-term maintenance of your results.

 

The longer you wait to have your teeth re-treated, the worse they’ll become. So bite the bullet and make that call today – our Platinum status Invisalign provider is ready to help you regain your stunning, straight smile. Contact us today and receive a free initial consultation.


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Not just because of the gap it leaves behind, but also because of the way your mouth, teeth, jaw and face will move to accommodate and rectify the loss.

 

When you lose a tooth, a few things will start happening. The most obvious effect of missing teeth is aesthetic – the way you look affects the way you feel, and the psychological and social consequences of tooth loss can also be profound.

 

The less obvious, but probably the most impactful effect of missing teeth is not so much about teeth as it is about bone, which needs stimulation to maintain its form and density. Alveolar bone surrounds and supports teeth, and requires stimulation from the teeth in order to hold its density. When you lose a tooth, you lose the stimulation to this bone and without stimulation, this bone will lose height, width and eventually volume which will cause problems with chewing, speaking and your overall appearance.

 

Bone loss will change the shape and form of your face, changing your entire appearance. Spots where teeth are missing will droop and could even collapse over time. So getting proper support when you lose a tooth is vital to your overall health, wellness and appearance.

 

The dental technologies we use in our practice are chosen and used with the specific aim of offering patients the best solutions available. So when you come to OptiSmile for implants, bridges or veneers, you can be assured that we’ll work with you to design the best possible smile for you.


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27th September 2017 Uncategorised

Teeth Whitening is a quick, inexpensive and easy way to improve the look of your smile, so it’s a wonder that a lot more people aren’t giving it a try. The reason whitening isn’t as popular as it should be is mainly due to the myths associated with it – so we’re going to break down the top 6 myths associated with teeth whitening, and hopefully dispel any apprehension you may have about this awesome treatment!

1. Teeth Whitening makes your teeth sensitive:

A little bit of sensitivity following a whitening is normal, and can be minimized by your clinician and treated quite easily. This is merely temporary and will disappear after a few hours at most. We only use Philips Zoom products which contain peroxide as well as ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) to remineralise, potassium nitrate to desensitise and sodium fluoride. Some people experience no sensitivity at all, and others a little more. This is also due to the wear and tear on the teeth, and can be made worse by problems such as erosion from diet, hairline cracks or grinding where the enamel has been worn though and the dentine is exposed. Our oral hygienist, Emma King, will block these areas out during the in chair procedure to minimize any chance of sensitivity. Emma also breaks the in chair procedure up into 2 sessions so that its more comfortable for you. You still end up with the same results, it just takes a little longer!

2. Teeth Whitening Damages the Enamel

When the treatment is performed by a dental professional, using the correct materials approved by Dental associations and registered with the Medicine Control Council, there is no risk to your tooth enamel at all. All of the Philips Zoom products are completely stable and don’t need to be refrigerated. They are dual-barelled and have a pH of 8 on application, so if anything they actually help to remineralise the teeth during the whitening process.

3. Whitened Teeth look Unnatural

Teeth whitening is a progressive treatment, so it lightens your teeth by a few shades each time you go. When you do the in chair procedure you will walk out with an amazing result of up to 8 shades whiter but will still need to do about a week of home whitening to ensure the colour holds. The more you can do in combination with your in chair whitening the longer the color lasts and the less often you need to maintain. Results are stunning, but definitely not unnatural. In fact, if you feel that your teeth are getting “too white”, you can stop the treatments. Always bleach for a few days past your desired result, as the colour will dip by a shade or so when you stop the whitening. Each person has a different whitening end point where the teeth stop changing colour. This is also where its important to stop whitening and go onto maintenance of for e.g. 30 minutes wearing the trays per month.

4. Whitened Teeth Stay White

Unfortunately, whitened teeth will continue to stain over time. Tea, coffee, wine and smoking stains teeth whether they have been whitened or not so we recommend cutting down in order to maintain your results. You can also whiten your teeth every few months to refresh and brighten your smile. The amount of maintenance needed depends on the individuals habits and the amount of home whitening that was done initially. The faster you bleach the faster you fall back, which is why there is no such thing as a one off in chair appointment to solve all your whitening problems.

5. Fruit removes stains.

Many people believe that rubbing fruits such as bananas, lemons and strawberries on their teeth will brighten their smiles. The reality is that fruits will do more harm than good, and will cause a number of problems when rubbed on teeth regularly. Fruit acids and sugars will corrode and damage your teeth, making them sensitive and susceptible to cavities.

6. Active Charcoal Whitens Teeth

There is a big difference between whitening products and bleaching products. Whitening products are any products that remove surface stains and give the tooth a whiter, cleaner appearance. this includes activated charcoal, toothpastes and oral hygiene cleaning appointments. Bleaching is where we actually change the internal colour of your teeth using a chemical process with either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. We simply decolourise the attuning molecules in the tooth, so there is no structural change or damage at all.

Activated charcoal is great for maintaining your pearly whites after in chair bleaching or take home bleaching, and removes stains and toxins so it actually helps with the health of the mouth too. We sell a product called Charwhite which is specially made for your teeth and completely natural. It is so fine that its mild enough to use on a daily basis and still won’t cause any damage to your teeth.

For optimal teeth whitening, teaming up with us is the best way to get the results you want. We understand oral health and can put together personalised recommendations that allow you to get the best results in a time frame that works for you. We’ll also help you understand how the whitening process works, monitor your progress, and treat any sensitivity issues that may very rarely arise.

For more information or to BOOK A FREE 15 MINUTE WHITENING CONSULTATION submit an enquiry, or contact our practice today.


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12th September 2017 Dental Health

Yes. Yes they are.

Sure, you could brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes a day after each meal, you could floss twice a day and you could abstain from sugar, coffee, wine and smoking. These things will improve the overall health of your smile – but even if you followed every recommendation made by your dentist at home, you will still need to schedule regular professional cleanings.

Professional cleanings are not just vital for your oral hygiene, they give us a chance to thoroughly examine the mouth and investigate any potential problems. Hygienists are trained to detect potential dental issues and can advise your dentist of these issues during/after your cleaning so they can be treated before they become serious.

That being said, they are also vital for your oral hygiene. No matter how good your dental hygiene habits are, food particles and plaque will still be present. Plaque builds up to form tartar – a layer of hardened plaque on the tooth surface. This tartar can only be removed by special tools and someone trained to use them – a dental hygienist.

So yes, having a good cleaning regime is important for your dental health and including regular professional cleanings in this regime is vital to the overall health and wellness of your smile. Give us a call if you have any questions about dental hygiene, our friendly staff are happy to help. Our dental practice in sea point is equipped with the latest in dental technology, even our cleanings are done using top of the line equipment.


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17th August 2017 Teeth Whitening

Most people enjoy a freshly brewed, hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The insatiable mixture of a deep, rich flavour and the caffeine fix tends to get you ready for the day – but it does have it’s downfalls too.

 

Yes, coffee is amazing, but it is acidic and contains tannins – so while you’re sipping, the acidity breaks down your tooth enamel and the tannins creep into crevices and stain your teeth. It’s even worse if you like it sweet, because harmful bacteria will feed on the added sugar and promote decay!

 

But fear not – with these quick, easy steps you can protect your teeth while enjoying your favourite pick-me-up:

 

  • Drink up! Sipping on your cup through the morning may sound heavenly, but it gives the acid, sugars and tannins more time to destroy your teeth. It’s much better to enjoy a full cup here and there.
  • Rinse and Repeat. If you drink a lot of coffee, make an effort to rinse your mouth after every half cup you drink. This dilutes the acidity in the mouth and washes away some of the tannins. 
  • Got Milk? The cream in milk will bind the tannins in your coffee so that they don’t stick to your teeth and stain – the creamier the better, so opt for full cream or at least low fat milk. 
  • Wait for it… an acidic cup of joe will make your tooth enamel more susceptible to damage, so try to wait at least an hour before you eat to prevent abrasions from harder, crunchy foods. 
  • Munch and Crunch! Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables, like carrots, celery and apples, after a good cuppa will give your teeth a brief, gentle polish and remove some of the tannins.

 

These habits will help you enjoy your favourite warm beverage, while significantly protecting your teeth and avoiding damage. There is no way to fully protect your teeth from some of the adverse effects of coffee though, so be sure to schedule regular appointments at our dental practice in Sea Point so we can keep an eye on your teeth and make sure they’re bright and healthy. If discoloration is affecting how you feel about your smile, give us a call. Professional teeth whitening can rescue your smile.

 


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3rd August 2017 Dental Health

The short answer is no – you do not need a full range of x-rays for every dental issue you encounter.

 

Often, dentists will order multiple x-rays in order to thoroughly examine the mouth and oral structures. There are times when dentists overdo it though – usually with new patients – and order multiple x-rays which aren’t actually necessary as part of their protocol. The radiation produced by x-rays are minimal, but every effort should be made to reduce exposure and minimize the use of x-ray machines.

 

For this reason, each consultation needs to be personalised and x-rays should only be ordered when necessary. Your dentist should first thoroughly examine the mouth and oral structures to determine whether there are problem areas before ordering x-rays to further examine these trouble areas.

 

A full-mouth series of x-rays should be reserved for patients who have had extensive dental procedures performed or have excessive active decay, and patients who have a higher risk of decay should only have x-rays ordered every 6 – 18 months. A patient who is not at high risk should only have x-rays done every 2 – 3 years and children, who are more sensitive to radiation, should hardly ever have x-rays done.

 

There are various types of dental X-rays, including:

 

  • Bitewing X-rays, which reveal cavities between teeth. They are called bitewings because you bite down on a wing-shaped device to hold the X-ray film in place.

 

  • Panoramic X-rays, which require a special machine that rotates around the head to provide a detailed image of all the teeth and the underlying bones in a single X-ray.

 

  • Periapical X-rays, which capture images of two or three teeth at a time. They can reveal an abscess caused by an infection or root caries, which are lesions at the base of the tooth. Film is placed on a holder, then put vertically in the mouth to take the x-ray.

 

  • Dental cone-beam CT (CBCT) scans, which provide 3-D X-ray images of the teeth, their roots and the jaw.

 

If you have concerns about the number of x-rays your dentist has ordered, ask them to explain the purpose of each one. If your dentist tells you that it’s their protocol or policy to order multiple x-rays, you can decline the x-rays and request that only the absolute necessary x-rays be performed.

If you are interested in making permanent improvements to your smile, or have any questions, contact OptiSmile today. Our experienced team can answer your questions and help you with dental treatments you require.


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Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

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