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Deerfield Beach, FL Dentist
Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
4048 W. Hillsboro Blvd
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
(954) 429-8506
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By Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you see a dull, stained smile when you look in the mirror? Teeth whitening can dramatically improve your appearance if you have food teeth whiteningand beverage stains or yellowing due to aging or smoking. Our Deerfield Beach, FL, dentist, Dr. Mark Boukzam, explains how teeth whitening treatment brightens your smile.

Teeth whitening removes stains

Brushing your teeth is an excellent way to remove plaque, but it's not very effective in removing stains. Stains develop when dark pigments are deposited in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. Any food or beverage that contains dark or brightly colored pigments can cause stains, including, tea, coffee, cola, berries, candy, tomato sauce, soy sauce, and sports drinks. Tobacco products also cause unattractive stains on teeth.

Although you may not be able to reach the pigments responsible for stains with your toothbrush, they can be easily removed with whitening treatment in our Deerfield Beach office. During the treatment, hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to your teeth. The gel penetrates the tiny pores in your enamel, breaking apart and removing the pigments. After whitening, your teeth will be considerably whiter.

Professional whitening is ideal for busy people

If your life is busy, you probably don't have weeks or months to devote to whitening your teeth at home. Over-the-counter products often take a long time to produce results because they contain a weaker hydrogen peroxide formulation. The professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel we use in our office lightens your teeth in just about an hour.

Professional whitening is also safer. Before your teeth are whitened, you'll receive a dental examination to ensure that you don't have any undetected dental issues, such as cavities or cracks in your teeth. If you do have a dental issue, it must be treated before you whiten your teeth. You'll also receive a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. If these substances aren't removed, your teeth may take on a speckled appearance after whitening.

Your safety and comfort is very important during your whitening session. We'll apply a special gel that protects your roots and gums before your treatment begins and also use retractors to hold your cheeks and lips away from your teeth during your session.

Improve your smile with teeth whitening! Call our Deerfield Beach, FL, dentist, Dr. Boukzam, at (954) 429-8506 to schedule your appointment.


By Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
April 24, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
BaseballsFranciscoLindorShinesasMrSmile

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 Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
April 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
4ReasonsWhyaHomeWhiteningKitMightnotbeRightforYou

Do-it-yourself (DIY) whitening kits are a popular option for restoring a healthy shine to stained and dulled teeth. They're relatively safe and generally live up to their packaging claims.

But a home kit might not always be your best option. Here are 4 reasons why DIY whitening might not be right for you.

You're on the early side of your teen years. Tooth whitening at home is quite popular with teenagers. For older teens it doesn't really pose a dental risk as long as you use the product appropriately (more on that in a moment). However, the immature enamel of younger teens' permanent teeth is still developing and can be vulnerable to damage by whitening processes.

You don't follow instructions well. Not to say you have this particular character quirk — but if you do you may run into trouble with DIY whitening. Home kits are safe if you follow their instructions carefully. If you use them to excess as one 13-year old boy was reported to have done, you could severely (and permanently) erode your teeth's protective enamel.

Your teeth are in need of dental work. Tooth whitening can't fix everything that may be contributing to an unattractive smile. It's always better to have issues like dental disease or chipped teeth addressed first before whitening. And, if your tooth discoloration originates from inside your tooth, a whitening kit won't help — they're only designed for staining on the enamel's outside surface. You'll need a special dental procedure to whiten internal (or intrinsic) tooth staining.

You want to control the amount of brightness. Home kits don't have the level of fine-tuning that a clinical procedure can achieve. While the bleaching agent in a professional whitening solution is much stronger than a home kit, your dentist is trained in techniques that can vary the amount of bleaching, from a softer white to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. And clinical whitening usually takes fewer sessions and may last longer than a home kit.

If you're interested in teeth whitening, see your dentist for a dental examination first before purchasing a DIY kit. Even if you decide to do it yourself, your dentist can give you buying advice for whitening kits, as well as how-to tips.

If you would like more information on tooth whitening, 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”