Zoom 2 Whitening Special!

What is one of the fastest, most economical ways to improve the appearance of your smile?

Whitening teeth is an affordable way to lessen the visibility of flaws in natural teeth. A white, bright smile also projects a smile that is healthy and well-cared for.

For a limited time, Dr. Ban Barbat is offering a significant savings on Full-Mouth Zoom II – ONLY $199!

Zoom 2 gives an exceptional white in about an hour!
Zoom 2 gives an exceptional white in about an hour!

In approximately one hour, the in-office Zoom II process can remove even deep stains and provide a dramatically whiter smile. Zoom II also lasts far longer than drug store versions, which only give minor shade improvement.

Zoom II uses light activation technology, causing a “photo-fenton” reaction of peroxide and iron in the Zoom II gel. The peroxide reacts with the iron, producing stain terminators as the light cyclically renews the iron, significantly enhancing whitening results.

This process is also ideal for people who have sensitivity with some whitening systems.

Improve your smile, easily and affordably! Or, consider this Zoom II special for a special smile in your life! (Hint: Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!)

Call (586) 739-2155 for an appointment. (Hurry! Offer expires June 23, 2016)

 

With Price, Quality Of Crowns Can Vary

A friend’s son enjoyed a trip to Mexico over the Christmas holiday with several fraternity brothers. While there, he purchased a Rolex watch for an amazingly low price. Not surprisingly, after several months, the watch began to run slow and finally stopped. It’s the classic tale of “You get what you pay for.”crumpdollar

As a dentist, I know this is also true when it comes to crowns, bridges and other dental restorations. When a new patient is examined, it’s easy to spot crowns or bridges placed prior that are, in every sense of the word, cheap. Not only are they of inferior quality, a great many fail to support proper bite alignment.

Not all crowns are alike. Like vehicles, homes, appliances, clothes and jewelry, inferior materials and poor workmanship will eventually show up. And, when these problems arise, the repairs can never be described as ‘cheap.’ And, in a number of cases, the patient is unaware the problem occurred as a result of dental corner-cutting.

Most patients are not aware that a crown can be created by various dental labs who use different materials. In order for the labs to be able to charge cheaper prices, they are producing a lesser quality. This can show up in the appearance that doesn’t look quite as natural. The crown may not blend as well with other teeth. It may even stand out, looking like a “fake” tooth. The feel may also lack the smooth surface that is like that of natural teeth.

As a neuro-muscular dentist, I am specially trained to evaluate and create proper bite alignment for our patients in whatever procedure they have. Too often, I’ve seen cheap crowns that were placed incorrectly. Hence, the entire alignment of a bite was compromised. What does this mean?

When upper and lower teeth do not meet properly, neighboring teeth are at higher risk for chips, breaks, fractures and cracks. This can be costly. A tooth that breaks must be crowned. If it breaks below the gum line, it must be removed.

Misalignment can also lead to clenching and grinding during sleep. This can cause worn teeth that are vulnerable to breaks and decay.

Another symptom of bite misalignment (and not often associated with teeth) is migraines and headaches. Facial muscles and jaw joints can become strained when a bite is not in proper alignment. In addition to migraines and frequent headaches, this can lead to sore jaw joints, difficulty opening the mouth, ear ringing and dizziness.

The longevity of your investment is another compromise when cheap crowns are placed. A crown that is well-made from exceptional materials will provide you with excellent value and many years of smiling satisfaction. A cheap crown may provide a life of about half that amount of time.

These same principles apply to a bridge. A bridge that looks and feels natural, fits properly, and lasts an exceptionally long time is worth doing right the first time. Choosing a bridge because it was the lowest price will be a disappointing investment sooner or later. Usually sooner.

While we all want to spend wisely, seeking bargain basement rates for a cheap crown can end up being a costly move. Rather than think of a crown in terms of its cost, think of it for what it will provide you. Our crowns are designed to look as natural as your surrounding teeth. The crowns we place will feel like your natural teeth. It will last for a long time because it was made with excellent workmanship and superior materials. And, it be properly positioned so you can avoid problems from occurring in the future.

When we place a crown, bridge or veneer, we want you pleased with your investment long after it is made. Let’s discuss how we can help you achieve an exceptional smile that is within your budget, and anything but ‘cheap.’ Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

How Your Medications Can Impact Your Dental Care

Why does your dentist need to know about the medication you take for high blood pressure?

It is important that your physician(s) and dentist have a current listing of ALL medications you take, including herbal supplements. For example…

Medications such as Heparin or Warfarin lower your risk for stroke and heart disease by helping to reduce your potential to develop blood clots . While these are important medications, your dentist should be made aware due to potential bleeding problems during oral surgery or some procedures involving gum tissues.

PillBottleGrayDry mouth is a common side effect of a wide variety of medications, including those prescribed and over-the-counter. These include antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, high blood pressure medications, anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, drugs for urinary incontinence and many others. Oral dryness causes the tissues in the mouth to become inflamed, which places you at greater risk for infection. Insufficient saliva flow ups your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

For those who take medications that help to strengthen bones, these have been associated with a rare but serious condition called osteo-necrosis of the jaw, known as ‘death of the bone.’ These medications, prescribed to help prevent or treat osteoporosis, are Fosamax, Actonel, Atelvia, Didronel and Boniva. Certain versions are administered by injection, including Boniva IV, Reclast and Prolia.

Osteo-necrosis of the jaw commonly occurs after certain dental procedures such as extractions or implant placement. About 90% of those who have experienced osteo-necrosis are those who took the medication in repeated high doses due to cancer or other diseases. However, 10% who experienced osteo-necrosis were taking much lower doses, mostly intended to treat osteoporosis. Those who currently take these medications or have taken them within the past year should reveal this to their dentist.

Some medications can sores in the mouth, inflammation or discoloration of gum tissues. Oral sores or discolorations may arise from taking medications for blood pressure, oral contraceptives and chemotherapy agents. Because some spots and discolorations can be symptoms of oral cancer, keeping your dentist aware that you take these drugs helps he or she to monitor these areas closely and appropriately. When your dentist is aware of all your medications, you can be adequately monitored without being treated for problems that mimic symptoms of something else.

Because most supplements do not require a prescription, they may seem safe or not connected to your oral health. However, a number of these can actually affect your care more than you realize. It is important for your dentist to know if you take…
 • Ginkgo Biloba and Evening Primrose – Can reduce your ability to clot, possibly leading to excessive bleeding during and/or after a dental procedure.
 • St. John’s Wort – Often taken to reduce anxiety, this herb can interfere with the metabolism of other medications, including sedatives, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. When combined with St. John’s Wort, these drugs can be less effective. On the other hand, narcotics such as codeine, Vicodin and oxycodone can become more potent when taken with St. John’s Wort, leading to sleepiness, lethargy and dizziness.
• Valerian – Has mild sedative effects. If your dentist prescribes drugs for anxiety or painkillers containing codeine, the effects of both together are greatly accentuated. This can lead to severe sleepiness, lethargy and dizziness that can last into the next day.
• Calcium and Magnesium – Combining these supplements with certain antibiotics can interfere with the absorption of the antibiotics. This can compromise your ability to fight off infection.

Your oral health is an important part of your overall health as “the window to your body.” Keep your dentist up-to-date on all medications and supplements you take to avoid undue complications.

Relationship Of Sleep Quality & Your Weight

After three and a half months, it’s not unusual to see some of those well-intended New Year’s Resolutions start to fizzle out. While the new year sees us begin the path to reaching our goals enthusiastically, things such as ‘losing weight’ seem to require a long, slow process and much effort. When results are minimal, the enthusiasm wanes and so does our commitment.

Losing weight is a good goal for a growing number of Americans. The obesity rate (those who are more than overweight or fat) is now at 35% of the U.S. adult population — over a third of the country’s population.

The ‘exercise more/eat less’ rule of thumb is not an easy task for anyone. However, it is like taking one-step-forward-two steps-back for those who have sleep disorders.

While sleep disorders tend to zap motivation and energy levels needed for being active, getting insufficient sleep also causes a reaction in the brain that revs up cravings. When you consider the boost you get after consuming sweets and carbohydrates, the brain tries to help perk you up when sleep deprivation drags you down. Being sleep deprived causes the brain to activate cravings for this quick form of energy as an easy solution of supplying you with energy.

When you add these cravings to feeling fatigued and run-down throughout the day, weight gain is the natural result. For those who are trying to lose weight under these conditions, they are fighting an uphill battle. Your body, including your brain, is simply working against your goals.

When sleep disorders, such as heavy snoring or sleep apnea, are resolved, the brain and heart are able to reboot from ample, restful sleep. Getting ample intake of oxygen during sleep enables the brain (and heart) to function efficiently and effectively, which carries you through the next day.  Waking up and feeling refreshed is a bonus. A brain that is able to function at its best during the night won’t kick your willpower to the curb during the day.

Sleep apnea has also been associated with a  number of serious health problems. In addition to weight gain and obesity, it has been linked to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, migraines and impotency.

A common treatment for sleep apnea is often C-PAP therapy, deemed the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to supplying patients with ample oxygen during sleep. However, an overwhelming percentage of those who are prescribed C-PAP devices can’t get comfortable with them or find them noisy, confining, embarrassing and inconvenient. For those with mild to moderate levels of sleep apnea, we offer a small, custom-designed oral appliance that eliminates the need for C-PAP.

These mouth pieces are FDA approved and comfortably designed so they won’t interfere with your sleep. They are easy to use and effective for many levels of sleep apnea and heavy snoring (often a precursor to sleep apnea).

There is a reason that fitness centers that were full in January are seeing far fewer patrons in April. Losing weight is hard work for most of us. When you add sleep deprivation to the task, the odds are against you from the start. Keep your commitment to lose weight while  restoring your quality of sleep. You’ll see better results and feel better about your overall health and well-being as well.

Call 1-866-9-Smiles to request a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Affordable Dental Implants With ‘Same-Day’ Teeth

I caught myself in front of the microwave oven the other day, tapping my foot impatiently as I watch the seconds count down. It occurred to me that waiting one minute for water to heat seems like a long time, even though it hasn’t been all that long since I was completely fine with waiting until a tea kettle on the stove started to whistle.

Times have certainly changed. With modern technology and advanced features, our needs can be fulfilled instantaneously. And, we have come to desire this type of immediacy in every aspect of our lives. This includes Dental Implant treatment.

Whereas it once took 4-6 months before the final teeth could be attached to the implanted posts, modern advancements and new techniques in implant dentistry have changed that. Implant systems such as the ‘All-On-4’ provide Dental Implants with attached teeth in one day.

All-On-4 is a unique type of implant system. Because it uses implants placed at strategic angles, each implant is able to support a greater load. This ensures dependable biting and chewing force. It also means a full arch of upper or lower teeth can be placed on just 4 implants.

All-On-4 Dental Implant System
All-On-4 Dental Implant System

Since the treatment fee of Dental Implants is largely based on the number of implants needed, using just 4 per arch provides a more affordable option than most implant systems. In placement, the implants are angled so bone depth requirements are minimal. This also creates a tremendous advantage for long-time denture wearers who’ve experienced bone loss, eliminating the need for bone-rebuilding procedures normally required prior to implant placement.

With All-On-4, teeth can be attached immediately. You’ll walk out of our office and be able to smile confidently at each person you meet! Your new smile will also provide a look and feel like that of natural teeth.

Even better is how Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime. They will never decay or require root canals. They restore your ability to bite and chew comfortably and speak and laugh with confidence.

In some cases, an existing denture may be used. Depending on its condition, we are often able to configure an existing denture to attach to the implants.

In addition to providing same-day teeth, many people love how All-On-4 implants give them teeth that are NOT removable. These teeth will never need to be taken out to be cleaned or while sleeping. They are YOUR teeth that you’ll wake up with and brush in your mouth.

The placement process is simple. Most adults do fine with localized numbing. However, for fearful patients or those with anxiety associated with dental visits, we can add oral or I.V. sedation (twilight sleep) to your treatment. Both create a relaxed state that erases all or most memory of treatment afterwards.

Even though the All-On-4 implant system doesn’t work for every individual, they are appropriate for many adults who are missing all their upper or lower teeth. However, the best way to determine what is best for you is to arrange a free consultation. During this time, we’ll also discuss easy payment options so you can enjoy your new smile while making affordable monthly payments.

Let’s sit down in our private consultation room to discuss what will work best for your needs and preferences. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.

Straight Teeth Offer More Benefits Than Smile Enhancement

“Sit up straight!” You may have had a parent or grandparent who reminded you, as a youth, to sit up straight. I did! As an adult, I realize this was their way of saying that slumping looks bad AND is bad for our health.

When a person walks ’round shouldered’ or slumps when sitting, the spine gets used to the curved posture. Over time, it becomes the natural position of that individual and standing erectly, shoulders back in proper position, is a strain. Since the neck is aligned to the spine, it too endures strain.

This has more to do with your smile than you realize. Proper alignment, throughout the body, enables the body to move harmoniously as each part supports the other parts. Just as the skeletal system relies on correct alignment for efficient function, so do teeth.

Your teeth were designed to function as a group. Each tooth not only aids in biting, chewing and proper speech, it bolsters teeth on each side and the one above or below it. A tooth in proper position helps keep neighboring teeth in proper position.

Imagine a tooth tilting out of this position, however. As it moves, the teeth on either side are able to move. This creates a domino effect that can lead to problems that extend far beyond a smile’s appearance.

Misaligned teeth can strain jaw joints, creating headaches, migraines, sore jaw joints and night-time clenching and grinding. Grinding is a common cause of worn teeth and teeth that chip, crack or break.

Many people do not realize that bite misalignment can also lead to pain in facial, head and neck muscles. Nor do they associate ear ringing, dizziness or tingling fingers with bite problems.

An added bonus of straight teeth is the ability to keep them cleaner. When teeth are crowded and crooked, oral bacteria can be more difficult to brush or floss away, becoming embedded in tight angles. Straight teeth support your ability to keep them healthy while lowering your risk for cavities and gum disease.

One of the reasons I completed advanced training in neuro-muscular dentistry was to help our patients avoid the problems associated with bite misalignment. I’ve even seen patients who’ve suffered with years of migraines as a result of having crowns placed that were too short. This is just one example of how a small measure of misalignment can lead to a long list of problems.

While I’m all in favor of helping my patients achieve an appealing smile by straightening teeth, I know it is even more important to create proper bite alignment in the process. This is why I became Invisalign Certified and also provide the services of an Orthodontic specialist, Dr. Jerry Wesley.

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For those who are deterred from teeth straightening with traditional braces, Invisalign uses a clear mold to move teeth at a similar pace (or, in some cases, faster) than traditional braces. Invisalign is removable for eating and brushing, which makes them even more appealing for many. And, because they are nearly invisible when worn, many adults and teens avoid feeling self-conscious during treatment.

What the patient sees in the mirror after treatment is a naturally-beautiful smile of straight, healthy teeth. What I see is the terrific smile PLUS a bite alignment that supports harmonious function of teeth, jaw joints, facial muscles and head-&-neck structure that will serve them well. As a dentist, I see the problems a patient will avoid in the future as a result of a proper bite.

Crowded, crooked teeth will only continue to move. Responding to the problem now may help to shorten treatment time and provide you with more options. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles and we’ll discuss how you can enjoy a smile that looks great and functions wonderfully!