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Dental Implants

Am I too old for dental implants?

No. People of all ages can have dental implants, as long as there is enough bone available to place the implants. If there isn't enougth bone, an extra bone is often inserted.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants feel as natural teeth and dramatically improve your aspect.

With dental implants you Hill have more self-confidence for smiling and even bite hard foods without worring!

Implants can replace a removible denture, avoiding having to remove it for cleaning.

Implants stop your gum and bone shrinking because of the missing of teeth.

Am I going to be toothless during the treatment?

We know that being without a tooth can be very embarrasing. During treatment we make sure that you smile with self-confidence.

Do I have to get through a painful surgery to get a dental implant?

We work as a team with the patients to guarantee that they don't feel any pain during the process of placing the implant. This is achieved by using an effective local anesthetic. Alter the surgery the patient must take an analgesic to keep on feeling confortable.

How long does the treatment take?

In standard cases the treatment time can be of ten weeks. More complex cases may take more time. For example, when there is enough bone, the treatment time may be shorter, and when there isn't enogh bone the treatment time may be longer. During your first visit you will be informed about the time required for your particular case.

Can dental implants preserve the bone?

Yes, they can, and once the dental implants are placed the bone can strenghen.

Do I have to do something before having a dental implant?

Yes. As part of your first visit we will check the gums and bone to detect any possible infection. Before the procedure of placing the implant, the other teeth and gums must be healthy.

How regularly do I have to have my implants checked by a dentist?

It's essencial for you to have regular checkups and cleanings by your dentist. Scientific studies have showed that an anual checkup by your implantologist is essential for having long-lasting implants.


How long do braces have to be worn?

The treatment time with braces often last between 9 months to 5 year, but the average treatment time si of 18 to 24 months.

Will I be able to talk when I have braces?

Will I be able to talk when I have braces?
DentalClinics Answer:

Yes, Standard braces should not affect your way of talking or the sound of your voice. In certain cases, the orthodoncist may need to use an appliance that could affect your tongue. In this case you may experience difficulty to talk clearly for one or two days, alter that the tongue will adapt and you'll be able to talk fine.

Do braces hurt?

It depends on the type of braces you have to use. Old-fashioned braces sometimes may hurt. However, if you have modern braces, it is possible for you to have a slight discomfort when they are first put on and a day or two alter adjustments.

Do braces cause sores in the mouth?

When you wear braces, your mouth can be sore for a few days. Resides, sores can appear when the braces are adjusted. However, with modern braces, this shouldn't happen, except when they are adjusted. The first time you wear braces, sores can appear in your mouth. These sores can be treated with warm, salad water and they will heal in one or two weeks. If sores hurt during the first week, you can apply orthodontic wax on the braces to avoid friction and irritation of your skin.


Can I continue playing football, soccer and other sports if I have braces?


Of course. You can play football, soccer or any other sport. You can to anything you want. You just have to wear a mouthguard for your sport, and try no t to get hit on the mouth. Avoid sports where you could get hit on the FACE (fighting, boxing, karate, etc).

Can I eat with braces?

Yes! You can eat most foods you eat now. The only problem is that your mouth can get sores the first and second week you have the braces on, so that you only wish to eat softer foods. However, alter that period you should be able to eat normally.

Can I chew gum?

Gum is usually not recommended. It can get caught on the braces and pull them off. In addition, the sugar in the gum can get around braces and cause cavities.

What happens if the braces come off?

Dr. Cardozo will have to attach them again. In general, this is not a problem, but if this happens many times, your orthodontic treatment may take longer.

What happens if a part of my braces comes off and I swallow it?

Usually, it is not a problem if you swallow parts of your braces. All braces are tested to be safe. The swallowed parts only have to go through your digestive system. The inhaling of a part of the braces is a problem however. If you inhale a part of your braces, and it goes into your lungs, it could cause a problem.

Endodontics (root canal treatment)

Cuál es el tratamiento de conducto?

The root canal treatment is necessary when the blood or tooth nerve (known as pulp) is infected due to decay or injury. You may not experiment any pain during the first stages of the infection. In some cases, the tooth may turn darker in color which means that the nerve is dead and you need a root canal treatment.

Why is it necessary to have a root canal treatment?

If the pulp is infected, the infection can spread through the system of root canals of the teeth. This, eventually, can cause an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed zone full of pus which may cause swelling in the surrounding teeth. Symptoms o fan abscess may vary from a slight pain to a hard pain and the tooth may be sensitive when biting. If the root canal treatment is not performed, the infection will spread and the tooth may have to be removed.

Is this treatment painful?

No. A local anesthetic is used for the treatment and you shouldn't feel any different sensation to when you have a tooth fixed in the regular way.

How will my tooth look after the treatment?

In the past, teeth with a root canal treatment tended to get darker. However, with the modern techniques this doesn't usually happen. If there is any change in the color, there are several treatments to restore the natural appearance.

What happens if this problem appears again?

The root canal treatment is successful most times. However if the infection appears again the root canal treatment can be repeated.

What happens if I don't have the treatment?

The alternative is the extraction of the tooth. Once the pulp is destroyed, it cannot heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people prefer extraction, in general it is better to keep the more natural teeth as it is possible.

Is my tooth safe after the treatment?

Yes. However, as a dead teeth is more fragile, it may be necessary to restore the tooth to place a crown on it to provide additional support and resistance to the troth.

When can this treatment be performed?

The root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure, which your dentist is used to perform daily. However, sometimes your dentist may send you to an endodontist, who is an specialist in this kind of treatment.

What happens after the procedure?

The teeth with a root canal treatment need the same hygiene procedures than the natural ones. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day and, preferably with a tooth paste with fluoride. Reduce the amount of foods with sugar. Visit your dentist to do regular checkups with the frequency he suggested.

Teeth Whitening

How white will my teeth be at the end of the treatment?

In clinical studies, BriteSmile has been able to achieve over 8 shades whiter on average. The results may vary since the teeth of every person respond in a different way, but practically in all cases, the results are dramatic. Ultimately, the goal will be to achieve your optimum, natural whiteness.

During the consultation, the dentist will inform you what you can expect for your individual situation. Severe discoloration can be treated and get good results in many instants. However, the more difficult cases can require a more lengthy treatment than the standard one-hour treatment.

How long does it last?

The long-term results depend primarily on the individual. Certain habits, such as the use of tobacco products, drinking a lot of coffee, tea, dark soft drinks, and infrequent visits to the dentist for regular cleanings, etc., can work against the results. Regular professional care and use of the BriteSmile Professional Whitening Maintenance Products can help maintain your whiteness for 2 to 4 years. Some people may prefer to do the BriteSmile whitening treatment more frequently.

How is the procedure?

In the first place, the dentist will examine your teeth and gums to check your good oral health. Next, while you relax in the chair, we apply our powerful gel in your teeth and position the revolutionary BriteSmile Light over your teeth to activate the gel. While you watch tv, listen to music or take a nap, your teeth will be whitened until they reach their natural whiteness in approximately one hour.

Is it safe?

Yes. The BriteSmile procedure will not soften enamel or existing fillings. The primary ingredient in the BriteSmile's gel is hydrogen peroxide, which has been safely used in teeth whitening for over 100 years and is recognized as an effective whitening ingredient by the dental community. The percentage of hydrogen peroxide used in BriteSmile's proprietary gel is only 15%, much lower than other whitening gels that often contain 35%-50% hydrogen peroxide.

Does it hurt?

In most cases, our patients do not experience any pain or sensitivity after the treatment. A very small percentage of patients may experience a dull pain after the procedure. Normally, taking an analgesic will be enough to solve the problem. In case of tooth sensitivity, it is recommended to avoid very cold or hot drinks during the first 24 hours.

Can anyone have this procedure done?

Almost everyone who wishes to whiten his teeth can benefit from using BriteSmile, even those who have severe food, coffee, tobacco or tetracycline stains. Through a dental examination in your first visit, the dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for whitening. If the dentist of our BriteSmile Center finds that you have any condition for delaying the whitening procedure, he will refer you to your primary dentist for a possible treatment.

Will the procedure whiten existing crowns, veneers or "tooth colored" fillings?

The BriteSmile Professional Teeth Whitening treatment has been successful at removing stains from caps, veneers or bonded teeth. However, a whitening treatment in general cannot change the original color of the caps, veneers or bonds. We recommend that you discuss your situation with our BriteSmile dentist to determine what you can expect.

Can I have this treatment done if I am pregnant?

Though we do not have any data suggesting any problem for pregnant women, some can experience gum sensitivity. It is recommended to pregnant women to postpone the treatment after the childbirth and nursing.

How can I keep the new whitening of my teeth?

We recommend the following to maintain your new BriteSmile:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily and preferably after each meal; floss daily.
  • Use the BriteSmile Whitening Toothpaste and the BriteSmile Sonicare toothbrush.
  • You may wish to consider using our other whitening products, such as our mouthwash and gum, which are both designed to prevent stains from adhering to the tooth surface.
  • Visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups (recommendation: every 6 Months).