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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 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

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.”

By Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
March 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Stained teeth? Make your smile shine with a professional teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Mark Boukzam is one of the finest dentists in teeth whiteningDeerfield Beach, FL. He offers a full range of dental services, including professional teeth whitening. Here are five reasons to consider teeth whitening.

1. You will look better.

One of the most glamorous ways to improve your appearance is by using the ultimate accessory—a dazzling smile. You will look and feel better after a teeth whitening treatment. Professional teeth whitening removes years of stains and the process is hassle-free. 

2. You will see results quickly.

In-office teeth whitening will give you a whiter, brighter smile in about one hour. One in-office whitening session may make your teeth several shades lighter. A take-home teeth treatment provides fantastic results in 1 or 2 weeks of use. A take-home treatment can also make your teeth several shades lighter.

3. You will feel more confident.

A beautiful smile will boost your self-confidence and make you feel good about yourself. The way you feel about yourself can be the difference between a life lived and one that's lived to the fullest.

4. You will look years younger.

The fountain of youth has been in your dentist’s office all along. A recent survey conducted by Oral-B found that a healthy-looking smile makes people look younger. What’s even more surprising is that teeth whitening was found to be more effective in restoring a youthful appearance than a facelift. 

5. Teeth whitening is safe.

Teeth whitening carries no serious side effects, but some individuals may experience mild tooth sensitivity after the treatment. People with tooth decay or periodontal disease should not have their teeth whitened until these conditions are treated.

Ready for a brand new smile? Call Dr. Mark Boukzam at (954) 429-8506 to schedule a consultation in Deerfield Beach, FL. Professional teeth whitening can improve your smile and your life. 


Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”