Cosmetic Dentistry

Rejuvenate your smile with cosmetic dentistry

Posted on September 13, 2016

cosmetic dentistry FLWhen looking into a mirror, what do you see?  Do you focus on improvements that might be attained by improving your smile?  Have you ever given thought to what could be achieved simply by a visit to your dentist?

Our cosmetic dentist has tools available to help you reach goals you might have thought were too expensive, too difficult or just “not for you”.  Have you ever asked your dentist or hygienist what you might be able to do to improve your smile?

Are your teeth not white or bright enough?  In-office or at-home teeth whitening is available.  Don’t want to deal with it on your own?  No problem. In-office teeth whitening can be completed in a few short hours.  You just sit back, relax and enjoy your new, brighter smile

If you’ve been told whitening will not bring you the desired results, then perhaps porcelain veneers is the answer you’ve been waiting for. Porcelain veneers are made up of a thin material that is fitted over your prepared, natural tooth. The cosmetic dentist works much like an artist in that impressions are taken of the teeth that will receive the veneers, the shade of your teeth is matched to give you a natural appearance, and your dentist will place the veneers on your own teeth.  The result is a brand new smile that looks so natural, no one will know you have veneers.

As we get older, our teeth can give away our age.  Medications, wear and tear, lifestyle and diet are just a few of life’s roadblocks that contribute to our teeth’s appearance.  That is why a visit with your dentist can offer many options to improve your appearance.

These processes are just two of the possibilities you have available to make those subtle changes that can make major improvements to your overall appearance.  So if you have a few hours, that’s all it may take to make those life altering changes you’ve wanted to do for so long. Contact our cosmetic dentistry team at Florida Smile Studio for answers to the questions you have on how to improve that smile for many years to come!

Is Flossing Possible with Braces?

Posted on February 3, 2016


dental oral healthFlossing is not only possible with braces, it’s very important to ensure your teeth remain clean and healthy during your dental treatment. Dentistry provides a challenge to everyday oral hygiene, but it’s very possible to maintain the health of your teeth even while you’re wearing braces.

Flossing with Braces

When you’re wearing braces, it’s very important to maintain your oral health. Because parts of your teeth are covered and other parts are hard to reach, you’ll have to be extra diligent in your everyday care. One important element of your dental care regimen that you don’t want to skimp on is flossing.

Flossing can be challenging while you’re wearing braces, but special flossing tools can help you perform this vital task. Talk to our dentist about special types of floss and floss threaders that make it easier to reach between the teeth under your braces. Braces can collect extra food particles that can increase your likelihood of developing tooth decay, so flossing is an important way to keep these bits of food out from under your braces and between your teeth.

General Oral Hygiene with Braces

Braces mean you’ll need to be extra vigilant and extra dedicated when you clean your teeth. Carry a travel toothbrush with you so you can brush after every meal even when you’re away from home. You can also rinse your mouth and use mouthwash to keep your teeth clean and reduce the risk of tooth decay. Talk to our dentist about special tools to help overcome the challenge of oral hygiene while you’re wearing braces.

Without diligent care, you are much more likely to develop cavities because of all the additional surface area where bacteria can grow. You might also develop white spots on your teeth that are visible when your braces are removed, a side effect of plaque that develops under and around your braces. Taking good care of your teeth, flossing and brushing regularly, and following the instructions of your dentist can help ensure your teeth remain healthy while you’re wearing your braces.

For more information and tips on your dental oral health, talk to our caring and knowledgeable team by calling our office today.


When to whiten your teeth

Posted on January 5, 2016

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]teeth whitening Coral SpringsMany of the wonderful dental improvements available today are due to porcelain or composite resin restorations. One of the primary considerations before entering into cosmetic dentistry is how your surrounding untreated teeth will look upon completion of your dental enhancement. A consultation with our cosmetic dentist is important to address a course of action to provide you with the best result.

If teeth are dull or have yellowed from smoking, age or dietary habits like coffee, tea, soda or wine consumption, a good first step is a visit with the dental hygienist. A professional cleaning will usually remove topical stains and provide the best base to aid in determining teeth’s true shades.

It is important to note that ceramic and composite resins are not affected by any whitening process. Keeping that in mind, if you are dissatisfied with the result of a standard cleaning, you should consider whitening your teeth before embarking on cosmetic dentistry improvements such as dental bonding, veneers, implants or crowns.

If teeth whitening is to be pursued, to obtain the closest match possible it is advised to complete teeth whitening through either in-office whitening or take-home kits available through our dental provider.

In-office whitening will generally offer the fastest and optimum result. While take-home kits allow you to whiten at your own pace in the privacy of your home, it might take weeks to achieve the maximum benefit. Once the whitening process has been completed, you can move ahead to select a color shade for the anticipated cosmetic enhancement.

Following the instructions received from our cosmetic dentist will keep your new smile brilliant. These instructions will likely include a professional cleaning twice per year along with a dental exam to make sure your cosmetic improvements, as well as the rest of your teeth, are as healthy as possible.

Over time whitening touch-up may be needed to maintain the color of your natural teeth. Touch-up kits are available through your dental provider or in-office whitening may be considered to maintain consistent teeth coloring.

Daily flossing and brushing with the recommended tooth paste or gel at least twice per day will also help to keep your new smile shining bright for many years.

To learn more about the benefits of teeth whitening, call our office serving Coral Springs, FL today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Taskonak.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

Posted on December 7, 2015

cosmetic dentistry in Coral SpringsWhen you decide on cosmetic dentistry, it’s important to work with a cosmetic dentist who’ll provide the results you want. Taking some time to get referrals and schedule consultations can help you ensure you’re comfortable with your dentist and will end up with cosmetic work you’re happy with.

Narrowing Down Your List

It’s easy enough to type “cosmetic dentist” into your search engine of choice and take a look at all the dentists in your area. But you shouldn’t stop there. You want to make the best choice for you, so take some time to narrow your list. There are a few effective ways to do this, including:

  • Ask friends or family for referrals
  • Look for information on dentists’ websites listing their experience and education
  • Look at before and after galleries to see what kind of work a dentist does
  • See if the dentist is experienced in the procedures you wish to have done

Whether you’re having your teeth whitened, your gums contoured, or are getting veneers, it’s important to find a cosmetic dentist with experience in that procedure. If you’ve gotten a referral and you’re happy with the work you see in a dentist’s before and after gallery, it’s time to move on to scheduling a consultation.

Effective Consultations

It’s easy to forget even basic questions in the middle of a conversation, so before you go to your consultation, make a list of all the questions you’d like to ask. You’ll want to be sure to tell our dentist exactly what you’d like to have changed about your smile and what you’d like it to look like when you’re done. If you plan to have more than one cosmetic dentistry procedure, find out if you can have two or three done at the same time.

The dentist will make recommendations regarding what procedures will achieve your goals. The more you know about what to expect after treatment, the more likely you are to be happy about your final results.

Get started on your new smile by choosing our practice and calling the office of Dr. Burak Tashkonak today.

The purpose and procedure of a root canal

Posted on November 6, 2015

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]root canal Coral SpringsThe term root canal actually refers to an area inside the tooth that houses the tooth pulp and the nerve that serves the tooth. When a tooth becomes seriously infected or severely decayed, clearing out this area of the tooth can be the best way to preserve it. Without the option of this root canal procedure, the tooth might have to be extracted.

Purpose of a Root Canal

A root canal is used to preserve a tooth that has been severely damaged by infection, decay, or trauma. The procedure removes the infected or decayed tissue, preventing further damage to adjacent teeth, or wider-spread infection. Usually when a dentist recommends a root canal, it is because the only other option is removal of the tooth.

Using a root canal to preserve a tooth helps keep your teeth in proper alignment. If the tooth is simply removed, you run the risk of having teeth shift and move into the empty space, disrupting your bite and possibly leading to uncomfortable side effects such as teeth grinding or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

The Root Canal Procedure

Although the root canal dental procedure has a bad reputation, it is no more difficult or uncomfortable than a filling or a crown. The dentist makes a small hole in the tooth, through which special tools are inserted and used to remove the infected tissue. After the infection and/or decay has been removed, the interior of the tooth is then thoroughly cleansed and filled. After this process, the dentist prepares the tooth for a crown.

After a root canal, there is no feeling left in the tooth, because the nerve has been removed. However, the tooth remains functional so that you can chew normally. With the original tooth left in place, your remaining teeth remain in proper alignment, preventing misalignment that can occur due to tooth loss.

If you feel you might be in need of a root canal to help preserve a damaged tooth, please contact the office of Dr. Burak Taskonak to schedule an appointment or a consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Invisalign: the clear alternative to braces

Posted on September 4, 2015

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Invisalign Coral SpringsIn years past, the path to straighter teeth was littered with clunky brackets and wires. Patients pursuing a perfect smile had to endure a metal mouth for months and even years before they could see the results.

Modern technology has improved upon this process, though. Now, patients can bring their teeth into the proper position with Invisalign, which straightens the teeth using a series of clear plastic trays.

The basic premise of Invisalign is similar to that of conventional dental treatment. The teeth are moved through forces that are directly applied to them. The dentist gathers information at an initial appointment through a visual examination, along with x-rays and impressions. That data is then used in treatment planning.

The trays are designed to move the teeth independently. Patients switch trays approximately every two weeks, and it’s important to use the trays in the sequence recommended by the dentist and wear them between 20 and 22 hours to achieve the best outcomes.

Invisalign allows patients to enjoy the results of their treatment in real time, which is a major attraction for some patients. You see your teeth get straighter as it happens. There’s no need to envision what your teeth really look like underneath those braces.

Beyond its aesthetic advantages, Invisalign offers patients a variety of benefits in terms of oral health. The trays can be removed for brushing and flossing, eliminating the need to fumble with floss threaders to keep teeth clean underneath the wires and brackets.

Patients also take out the trays at mealtime, which means no dietary restrictions during treatment.

Furthermore, Invisalign requires fewer visits to the dentist for adjustments or wire replacements. Because the patient is doing most of the work by switching out the trays, dental appointments are only necessary every six weeks or so, allowing the dentist to monitor your progress.

Recent advances in Invisalign technology have made this treatment an option for patients with malocclusions (“bad bites”) in addition to crooked teeth, too.

If you want to straighten your teeth without sporting a mouth full of metal, the answer is clear. Ask Dr. Taskonak if the Invisalign system will be effective in your case. Contact our office serving Coral Springs and schedule your consultation today![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

How careful must I be with my new veneers?

Posted on July 9, 2015

Coral Springs veneersPorcelain veneers are a great way to remake your smile without expensive dental work or crowns that require your teeth to be altered. Though lightweight and easy to apply, veneers can give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted, transforming chipped, cracked, pitted, discolored, and even slightly misaligned teeth.

If you are considering veneers, you might wonder how much care your veneers might require.

What Are Veneers?

To understand the kind of care veneers require, it is helpful to understand what they are and how they work. Veneers are made of porcelain—a delicate material that mimics the light reflection properties of natural tooth enamel. Although veneers are very thin, once they are bonded to the surface of your teeth, they become strong and durable. The porcelain is color matched to your natural teeth, and because they are semi-translucent, teeth treated with veneers are virtually indistinguishable from those that are not treated.

The strong bond of the veneer to the tooth means that you can perform most everyday activities without worrying about damaging the veneers. However, there are some precautions that will help your veneers last for many years.

Taking Care of Veneers

Veneers, like your natural teeth, must be brushed daily, and don’t forget to floss teeth that have been treated with veneers. Regular visits to the dentist are also important, both to keep your teeth healthy and to spot any possible problems with the veneers before they become serious.

When you go to the dentist, though, be sure to tell your hygienist that you have veneers. Some tools and cleaning compounds can be abrasive to veneers. Also, be sure to follow any recommendations your cosmetic dentist makes in regards to care. Typically, you should avoid biting hard substances, such as ice, and avoid staining agents that could turn your bright veneers into dingy surfaces just as they would affect your natural teeth.

For information about veneers, what they can do for you, and how to care for them, please contact our office for an appointment or a consultation.




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