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By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
December 13, 2019
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
January 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownsNow you can restore a damaged tooth in just one dental visit.

Are you dealing with dental damage due to an injury, decay or an infection? If so, the health of your tooth may be compromised. When this happens one of the best ways to restore a tooth is with a dental crown, a tooth-shaped restoration that covers over a tooth to protect it. While getting a traditional crown often take 2-3 visits, our Abington, PA, dentists Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis can now restore a tooth with a dental crown in just one visit with help from CEREC technology.

Preserve a Damaged Tooth

The purpose of a dental crown is to cover the entire visible portion of a tooth to protect it from further damage. A crown will strengthen and restore the tooth while preventing the tooth from becoming weaker over time. If a tooth is cracked, severely decayed or has an infection, our Abington, PA, general dentists may recommend getting a dental crown to restore your smile.

Save Yourself Time

Our goal as your dentist is to make sure that you always have a pleasant experience whenever you walk through our doors. With that said, we also understand that our patients lead busy lives and often find it difficult to keep coming back for multiple appointments.

Now if you need to get a dental crown in Abington, PA, you can get your new restoration created and placed in the same day, which will significantly cut down on your treatment time and allow you to get back to your daily routine faster.

Say Goodbye to Temporary Crowns

When it comes to getting a traditional crown, the tooth always has to be prepared to make room for the new restoration; however, it can take up to a week or more to get a permanent crown, which means that a temporary crown has to be placed to protect the tooth in the interim.

Unfortunately, temporary crowns aren’t as strong as permanent ones and you may have to avoid certain foods, which could damage the crown or cause it to fall out. However, when you get CEREC crowns you don’t even have to worry about wearing a temporary crown.

Do you want to find out if same day crowns are right for you? Want to learn more about this restorative dentistry technique that could improve the health of your smile? If so, call Limberakis Family Dentistry in Abington, PA, today to schedule a consultation with us.

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
February 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Do you wish there was an easy way to correct the little things you don't like about your smile? Dental veneers not only conceal veneersminor flaws, but can also change the appearance of teeth. Abington, PA, dentists Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis explain how you can benefit from veneers.

What are veneers?

Constructed of durable porcelain, veneers are designed to hide imperfections in the fronts of your teeth. When you visit our Abington office for your first veneer appointment, we'll remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. Although veneers aren't any thicker than a fingernail, they would feel a little bulky if we didn't first buff off a small amount of enamel. We'll also make an impression of your mouth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory. Technicians at the lab will use the impression to create tooth-shaped shells custom-made for your mouth.

When you arrive for your second appointment, we'll check the fit of your veneers, make any minor alternations needed, then attach them with dental cement. You'll see us again in a week or two for a brief follow-up appointment.

Are veneers a good choice for me?

Veneers are an excellent choice if you have a cosmetic issue that only affects the front surfaces of your teeth. They're often used to hide uneven tooth surfaces, chips and shallow cracks. In addition to concealing imperfections, veneers can fill gaps in your smile and change the shape or length of teeth. Whether you have a twisted or crooked tooth, or your teeth have gotten a little shorter due to grinding, veneers can dramatically transform your smile.

Do you have a discolored tooth? Veneers offer a simple way to address discolorations caused by injuries, dental work or tetracycline use. When all of your teeth are stained or discolored, veneers offer an alternative to teeth whitening. Veneers are very resistant to stains, look completely natural and are available in many shades of white.

Proper care is the key to keeping your veneers in good condition. You'll need to floss your teeth daily and brush them with a non-abrasive toothpaste. Because veneers can chip under extreme pressure, your teeth should never be used to open packages or bottles. As long as you follow these simple guidelines, you can expect your veneers to last 10 to 15 years or longer.

Enhance your smile with veneers. Call Abington, PA, dentists Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis at (215) 886-8866 to schedule your appointment.

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
August 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

“Redesigning” a smile is a lot like remodeling a house: the technicalities of construction must blend seamlessly with what is perceived as elegant and beautiful. The first aspect — the proper materials and techniques to achieve a sound restoration — is absolutely crucial. But the aesthetic is just as important for assuring the final restoration evokes beauty and style.

Balancing these two aspects of a smile makeover requires thoughtful intent and planning. What may be pleasing aesthetically may not be technically feasible; but what may be technically sound may not have that sought-after “curb appeal.”

You and your dentist must work together to achieve the successful blending of these two aspects. That’s why it’s important for you to have full confidence in your dentist: that he or she is both technically skilled and experienced in cosmetic procedures and artistically aware of what will look best aesthetically.

The first step in your makeover is a thorough dental examination to determine the overall state of your oral health. With this “bigger picture,” your dentist will have a better understanding of what’s possible and practical for you and your situation. The exam may also reveal problems that should be treated first before any cosmetic work.

From there, you must communicate clearly to your dentist what you perceive as wrong with your smile and what you would like to have changed. While there are general principles of beauty best followed, your dental work could hypothetically take different paths depending on your desires and expectations. You might prefer a more “sexy” look or one that’s “sophisticated.” Or perhaps you only want subtle changes that still retain features expressing your individuality.

Ultimately, though, your expectations must line up with reality. Much like your house contractor, your dentist will advise you on what’s both practical and possible. And with their experience in smile enhancement, they can also help you determine what will look most attractive given your facial structure and features.

With this preliminary planning, you can be confident as the work proceeds that the end of the project will be both exciting and satisfying. And just as with your newly renovated home, you’ll be more than happy to share your smile with others.

If you would like more information on enhancing your smile through cosmetic dentistry, 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 “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
June 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

How veneers from your Jenkintown dentist can improve your smileveneers

You may have just one issue about your smile that bothers you, or you may have a dozen things you’d like to change. No matter how many issues you want to improve about your smile, porcelain veneers are the answer you’ve been waiting for. Your dentists at Limberakis Family Dentistry in Jenkintown, PA, Dr. Cary Limberakis and Dr. Jonathan Limberakis, want to share the facts about how porcelain veneers can help your smile.

If you have teeth that are:

  • Chipped or cracked from age-related wear or overuse, porcelain veneers can hide them
  • Broken or damaged from trauma or injury, porcelain veneers can restore your full smile again
  • Heavily stained or discolored from medications or lifestyle, porcelain veneers can cosmetically change the color of your teeth
  • Unevenly spaced apart due to genetics, porcelain veneers can cosmetically close the spaces
  • Overlapped due to genetics, porcelain veneers can cosmetically change the alignment of your teeth

When you choose porcelain veneers, you are choosing a minimally-invasive, conservative treatment because only a tiny amount of tooth structure is prepared, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers.

You can also look forward to easy-care. That’s because porcelain doesn’t pick up stains like normal tooth structure, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. That means you can have a beautiful smile and still have your morning coffee!

Don’t forget that porcelain veneers are also the perfect choice to give your smile that extra WOW factor if you have a special event coming up. Imagine a bright, perfect smile just in time for a wedding or class reunion!

Porcelain veneers require between 2 and 3 appointments; a consultation appointment, tooth preparation appointment, and a final cementation appointment. You can have a spectacular new smile in a couple of weeks!

If you have one or more issues about your smile that you’d like to change, it’s time for you to investigate porcelain veneers. For more information about porcelain veneer treatment and other dental services call your dentists at Limberakis Family Dentistry in Jenkintown, PA. Find out how porcelain veneers can improve your smile by calling today!

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