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By Signature Smiles, LLC
October 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental VeneersNot everyone is blessed with a perfectly aligned, sized, and colored smile by nature, but cosmetic dentistry can help. Veneers are the ideal cosmetic solution for patients who want their teeth to look as perfect as possible. Your dentist can show you what veneers can do for your smile. Learn more about veneers ahead of your appointment at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ.

Want a Better Smile?
If you want a better-looking smile, you’re certainly not alone. An American Dental Association sponsored survey found that the majority of respondents value a glowing smile over all other cosmetic traits. Many people judge a smile by the shape of the teeth, the overall alignment (no gaps or overlapping teeth), and how white it looks. The ideal smile brightens up your face and highlights your complexion. All of these factors are considered when your dentist consults with you about veneers.

What Veneers Can Do
Veneers can completely restore the outer look of your front teeth (both the top and bottom rows). They are very thin, very light porcelain wafers that are applied to the teeth using a strong white dental bonding agent. They are tough, resilient, and look amazing. Your Toms River, NJ dentist can improve the shape of each veneer once they’re all in place so that they have natural contours. 

Short and Long-Term Benefits of Veneers
In the short-term, you will immediately experience the delight of being able to smile around others without holding back or hiding your teeth. If you have any major upcoming social events to attend, you can show off your new smile. One long-term benefit is that your front teeth will have a layer of protection from enamel erosion and biting forces, though you should ideally avoid exposing your veneers to tough foods and acidic beverages.

Schedule a Veneers Consult
You can have a whole new smile this year, and it only takes a matter of weeks and a couple of appointments with a cosmetic dentist. Call (732) 244-4114 today to consult Dr. Carmela LaFalce at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ about veneers.

By Signature Smiles, LLC
August 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic DentistryDiscover what specific cosmetic dentistry treatment could meet your smile needs.

You want to feel confident in the way you look and you realize that the best way to do this is to improve your smile. Sure, your teeth are healthy but they need to look healthy too, right? You may find that discolorations, chips, and other issues are keeping you from your dream smile. Our Toms River, NJ, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Carmela LaFalce, can give you the smile you are looking for with these popular and most commonly used cosmetic treatments:

Teeth Whitening

We know that having a white, radiant smile is important for most people, if not everyone. Of course, it’s natural for our teeth to dull over time. If you are someone who loves red wine or coffee then you may also be dealing with some rather unpleasant yellow stains, as well.

While there are over-the-counter methods that could help you get a whiter smile, if you want to get a visibly whiter smile in just one whitening session and you want to do it quickly there is no better option than professional in-office teeth whitening. We can easily remove stubborn stains and get smiles several shades whiter in an hour or less.

Dental Bonding

The same tooth-colored moldable material used for dental fillings can also be used solely for cosmetic purposes, as well. This material can be applied to one or more teeth to cover everything from discolorations and chips to cracks, gaps between teeth and even worn teeth. Bonding is a great, easy, and non-invasive way to treat minor-to-moderate cosmetic flaws. Bonding takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour to complete and can be performed at your next dental cleaning.

Porcelain Veneers

If you have more serious cosmetic flaws that bonding can’t tackle our Toms River dentist will most likely recommend dental veneers. This is how a lot of Hollywood celebrities have gotten their beautiful smiles. These thin, tooth-colored shells are bonded just to the front of your teeth to improve the shape, size, color, and even the alignment of your smile. That’s right; veneers can even give you a straighter smile without ever needing braces.

Dental Implants

If you are missing one or more teeth and you are looking for a strong, durable restoration that could last decades while functioning just like a real tooth then look no further than dental implants. Implants are small metal posts that are placed into the jawbone where they naturally meld together with one another. Once the jawbone and implant are one, you now have a permanent and stable foundation from which to support a dental crown. Multiple implants can also be placed to support a full set of dentures.

Do you have questions about getting cosmetic dentistry in Toms River, NJ? If you said “yes” then it’s the perfect time to schedule a consultation with us to find out how we can meet your smile needs. Call Signature Smiles today!

By Signature Smiles, LLC
February 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Do you want stronger, more attractive teeth? Have small flaws impacted your smile aesthetics? Why not investigate a very popular veneerscosmetic dental treatment called porcelain veneers? Placed Dr. Carmela LaFalce in Toms River, NJ, veneers permanently strengthen and beautify teeth. Thousands of adults and older teens have veneers--maybe even someone you know personally. However, when they smile, all you see is a dazzling set of teeth.

No braces, no crowns

Dr. LaFalce's porcelain veneer treatments replace more extensive restorations such as dental crowns and orthodontic correction. In just a few visits to Signature Smiles, veneers can remake a smile by permanently covering the front sides of teeth which have:

  • Deep staining
  • Cracks, fissures, pits, and chips
  • Gaps
  • Mild crowding
  • Congenital problems with shape, size, and length

In fact, Dentistry Today says that veneers remake teeth so completely and quickly that patients are pleasantly surprised at the results.

Here's how it goes in Toms River

The steps to your new smile are simple:

1. Think about how you'd like to enhance your smile. Be realistic. Are you dissatisfied with tooth color, a gap between your front teeth or something else?

2. Contact Signature Smiles to arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. LaFalce.

3. Dr. LaFalce performs a complete oral exam, including digital imaging. She wants to make sure your mouth is free of decay, gum disease, and extensive restorative work.

4. Discuss a treatment plan and make your desires known to the doctor. She'll give you options and also take oral impressions.

5. At the next appointment, Dr. LaFalce removes a small amount of enamel from each tooth to be treated with veneers. This enamel resurfacing (about 1/2 mm) allows the veneers to fit and bite properly. The dentist also installs temporary veneers which you'll wear until the permanent ones are ready.

6. When you return to Signature Smiles, Dr. LaFalce will remove the temporary veneers and bond the new ones in place. She can vary the color of the bonding cement to achieve the right shade for the veneers. She also adjusts the bite and fit.

7. Expect some dental and/or gum sensitivity for a few days. This resolves quickly.

8. Brush and floss just as you normally do, and see Dr. LaFalce for follow-up per her instructions.

The lifespan of veneers

Porcelain veneers last 10, 15 and even 20 years. Just be careful not to eat hard candy, chew ice or open bottles with your teeth! If you clench or grind your teeth, ask Dr. LaFalce about a customized mouth guard to protect your smile.

Are you intrigued?

If you are, contact Signature Smiles for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. LaFalce in Toms River, NJ. She'll be happy to explore your cosmetic dentistry options and show you what veneers could do for your smile. Call today: (732) 244-4114.

By Signature Smiles, LLC
January 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
JasonDerulosIdealMatch

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Signature Smiles, LLC
November 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
HereisHowYoucanImproveYourWeddingDaySmile

Congratulations—you’re engaged! It’s a stupendous (and hectic) time in your life as you plan your upcoming wedding.

You want to look your best for the big day—which means you may be dieting, exercising or making changes to your hairstyle and makeup. Be sure, though, to consider another important part of your appearance—your teeth and gums. Here are a few options that could help your wedding day smile shine even more.

Cleanings and whitening. While dental cleanings are primarily about removing disease-causing plaque and tartar they can also give your teeth that clean and polished look. And if you want an extra boost in brightness, consider whitening—we may be able to lighten up your teeth’s stain-induced dullness.

Bonding. If your teeth have slight imperfections—chipping, slight gaps or staining that doesn’t respond well to whitening, consider bonding techniques to repair or cover these defects. Composite resin is a dental material that can be shaped and bonded to teeth to reform a deformed tooth—and with color matching as well. For more extensive defects you can cover the front of imperfect teeth with bonded porcelain veneers or completely cap a tooth with a custom crown.

Tooth restorations. If you have missing teeth marring your smile, you have several options. The top choice: dental implants, which replaces the root of the tooth and will be able to have a crown attached to it. An implant can thus restore both better function and appearance. For more affordable options, you can also turn to fixed bridges or removable dentures. The latter can be custom designed to replace all the teeth on a jaw arch or just a few in different locations.

Gum enhancements. Teeth aren’t the only part of your smile that might need a helpful touch—your gums’ appearance might also be a problem. There are cosmetic procedures including plastic surgery and tissue grafting that can help correct overly prominent “gummy” smiles or, at the other end of the spectrum, longer appearing teeth because of gum recession.

Orthodontics. If you have extended time before the wedding date, we may be able to correct crooked teeth or a poor bite (malocclusion) that’s adversely impacting your smile. In some cases, you may be able to choose clear aligners, removable plastic trays that are hardly noticeable to others, over more visible braces to correct your bite.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry for lifetime events, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.



Carmela LaFalce, DMD
Dentist - Toms River
616 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753

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