The Word Of Mouth Blog



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10th November 2017 Uncategorised

 

Dr. Harris Smeyatsky began his career at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1986 and served 2 years as a Dental Surgeon in the South African Defense Force before emigrating to the United Kingdom in 1988, where he worked at a private dental facility until he moved to Cape Town and joined the Optismile team.

 

During his time in the United Kingdom, Dr. Smeyatsky assisted patients with orthodontic treatments – including Invisalign. In total, Dr. Smeyatsky has treated over 300 patients using the invisalign system, and has recently achieved Platinum Status as an Invisalign Practitioner – which means that he’s treated between 41 and 80 patients using Invisalign within the last 12 months alone.

 

Dr. Smeyatsky  is currently one of 2 practitioners in South Africa who have achieved Platinum status, and he is the only practitioner in Cape Town to accomplish this prestigious rating from Invisalign.

 

Invisalign have also recognised Dr. Smeyatsky’s experience with Vivera retainers, which use the same state-of-the-art digital scan technology used to make Invisalign aligners and offer a more precise and comfortable fit than regular retainers.

 

With all his spectacular accomplishments, Dr. Smeyatsky remains humble, friendly and eager to assist his patients with a wide range of dental conditions and treatments. He brings his vast knowledge and experience to every case he treats, giving his patients the best possible treatment options available.


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It was once believed that braces offered a permanent solution to crooked teeth and that a few months of sacrifice would translate into a perfectly straight smile for life – but years of research and investigation have proven that this is actually not the case. The only way to maintain the results achieved by braces is by consistently wearing retainers after the braces are removed.

 

Invisalign OptiSmile The most convenient retreatment solution You may have noticed your teeth migrating, becoming crooked where they were once straight. This is completely normal and natural if you have not been wearing your retainers – recent research shows that teeth move throughout life and will continue to migrate unless preventative measures are taken after the braces are removed.

 

The bad news is that if your teeth have moved, and you no longer have that perfectly straight smile, you will need to undergo treatment all over again. It may not seem worth it – you’re probably considering just living with a crooked grin – but crooked teeth promote structural issues that could have significant impacts on your life further down the line so re-treatment is not just recommended, it’s necessary to ensure long-term oral health.

 

The good news is that re-treating crooked teeth is no longer the major inconvenience it used to be, and it can now be done quickly and discreetly so that there is minimal impact on your life and no one ever needs to know you’re undergoing treatment.

 

Invisalign is an excellent alternative to chunky metal braces, which can be extremely inconvenient. They are clear aligners which fit over your natural teeth and gradually move them. With Invisalign, minor relapses can be fixed within as little as 3 – 6 months, and the aligners can be removed at will for occasions such as business meetings or events so you have the freedom to live your life without limitations.

 

Dr Harris Smeyatsky is one of 2 Platinum status Invisalign providers in South Africa, and he is the only one situated in Cape Town so you can rest assured that you are in good hands. A practitioner receives Platinum status by treating between 41 and 80 patients within a 12 month period, which means that Dr Smeyatsky has vast experience with the Invisalign system and can help you with not just the straightening process, but also with the long-term maintenance of your results.

 

The longer you wait to have your teeth re-treated, the worse they’ll become. So bite the bullet and make that call today – our Platinum status Invisalign provider is ready to help you regain your stunning, straight smile. Contact us today and receive a free initial consultation.


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Not just because of the gap it leaves behind, but also because of the way your mouth, teeth, jaw and face will move to accommodate and rectify the loss.

 

When you lose a tooth, a few things will start happening. The most obvious effect of missing teeth is aesthetic – the way you look affects the way you feel, and the psychological and social consequences of tooth loss can also be profound.

 

The less obvious, but probably the most impactful effect of missing teeth is not so much about teeth as it is about bone, which needs stimulation to maintain its form and density. Alveolar bone surrounds and supports teeth, and requires stimulation from the teeth in order to hold its density. When you lose a tooth, you lose the stimulation to this bone and without stimulation, this bone will lose height, width and eventually volume which will cause problems with chewing, speaking and your overall appearance.

 

Bone loss will change the shape and form of your face, changing your entire appearance. Spots where teeth are missing will droop and could even collapse over time. So getting proper support when you lose a tooth is vital to your overall health, wellness and appearance.

 

The dental technologies we use in our practice are chosen and used with the specific aim of offering patients the best solutions available. So when you come to OptiSmile for implants, bridges or veneers, you can be assured that we’ll work with you to design the best possible smile for you.


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27th September 2017 Uncategorised

Teeth Whitening is a quick, inexpensive and easy way to improve the look of your smile, so it’s a wonder that a lot more people aren’t giving it a try. The reason whitening isn’t as popular as it should be is mainly due to the myths associated with it – so we’re going to break down the top 6 myths associated with teeth whitening, and hopefully dispel any apprehension you may have about this awesome treatment!

1. Teeth Whitening makes your teeth sensitive:

A little bit of sensitivity following a whitening is normal, and this can be relieved quite easily with products you can find at a pharmacy. There are also certain whitening products that minimize sensitivity following the treatment, and these usually contain carbamide peroxide or ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate). If you would prefer no sensitivity or side effects, at OptiSmile we use NATURAL+ in chair whitening which is completely safe and painless – and guaranteed whiter teeth in an hour or less!

2. Teeth Whitening Damages the Enamel

When the treatment is performed by a dental professional, there is no risk to your tooth enamel. Many studies have proven that teeth whitening is a safe procedure with little risk, least of all to the enamel. The NATURAL+ in chair teeth whitening product that we use for our patients includes the addition of of Dead Sea minerals, enriched with calcium and fluoride at optimal levels. This reinforces the dentine and enamel, prevents tooth decay and reduces teeth sensitivity.

3. Whitened Teeth look Unnatural

Teeth whitening is a progressive treatment, so it lightens your teeth by a few shades each time you go. Results are stunning, but definitely not unnatural. In fact, if you feel that your teeth are getting “too white”, you can stop the treatments. It’s all about your goals and comfort level.

4. Whitened Teeth Stay White

Unfortunately, whitened teeth will continue to stain over time. Tea, coffee, wine and smoking stains teeth whether they have been whitened or not so we recommend cutting down in order to maintain your results. You can also whiten your teeth every few months to refresh and brighten your smile.

5. Fruit removes stains.

Many people believe that rubbing fruits such as bananas, lemons and strawberries on their teeth will brighten their smiles. The reality is that fruits will do more harm than good, and will cause a number of problems when rubbed on teeth regularly. Fruit acids and sugars will corrode and damage your teeth, making them sensitive and susceptible to cavities.

6. Active Charcoal Whitens Teeth

This is the latest natural, home whitening technique to hit Instagram, and while it seems to be a great alternative to chemically whitening your teeth, there is not enough scientific data to prove it works. The products we use at OptiSmile are scientifically proven to whiten teeth by a number of shades per treatment, and are completely safe to use with no long lasting side effects. We firmly believe that our treatments are the best and safest whitening treatments available – they’re safe, efficient and yield excellent results.

For optimal teeth whitening, teaming up with us is the best way to get the results you want. We understand oral health and can put together personalised recommendations that allow you to get the best results in a time frame that works for you. We’ll also help you understand how the whitening process works, monitor your progress, and treat any sensitivity issues that may very rarely arise.

For more information submit an enquiry, or contact our practice today.


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12th September 2017 Dental Health

Yes. Yes they are.

Sure, you could brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes a day after each meal, you could floss twice a day and you could abstain from sugar, coffee, wine and smoking. These things will improve the overall health of your smile – but even if you followed every recommendation made by your dentist at home, you will still need to schedule regular professional cleanings.

Professional cleanings are not just vital for your oral hygiene, they give us a chance to thoroughly examine the mouth and investigate any potential problems. Hygienists are trained to detect potential dental issues and can advise your dentist of these issues during/after your cleaning so they can be treated before they become serious.

That being said, they are also vital for your oral hygiene. No matter how good your dental hygiene habits are, food particles and plaque will still be present. Plaque builds up to form tartar – a layer of hardened plaque on the tooth surface. This tartar can only be removed by special tools and someone trained to use them – a dental hygienist.

So yes, having a good cleaning regime is important for your dental health and including regular professional cleanings in this regime is vital to the overall health and wellness of your smile. Give us a call if you have any questions about dental hygiene, our friendly staff are happy to help. Our dental practice in sea point is equipped with the latest in dental technology, even our cleanings are done using top of the line equipment.


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17th August 2017 Teeth Whitening

Most people enjoy a freshly brewed, hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The insatiable mixture of a deep, rich flavour and the caffeine fix tends to get you ready for the day – but it does have it’s downfalls too.

 

Yes, coffee is amazing, but it is acidic and contains tannins – so while you’re sipping, the acidity breaks down your tooth enamel and the tannins creep into crevices and stain your teeth. It’s even worse if you like it sweet, because harmful bacteria will feed on the added sugar and promote decay!

 

But fear not – with these quick, easy steps you can protect your teeth while enjoying your favourite pick-me-up:

 

  • Drink up! Sipping on your cup through the morning may sound heavenly, but it gives the acid, sugars and tannins more time to destroy your teeth. It’s much better to enjoy a full cup here and there.
  • Rinse and Repeat. If you drink a lot of coffee, make an effort to rinse your mouth after every half cup you drink. This dilutes the acidity in the mouth and washes away some of the tannins. 
  • Got Milk? The cream in milk will bind the tannins in your coffee so that they don’t stick to your teeth and stain – the creamier the better, so opt for full cream or at least low fat milk. 
  • Wait for it… an acidic cup of joe will make your tooth enamel more susceptible to damage, so try to wait at least an hour before you eat to prevent abrasions from harder, crunchy foods. 
  • Munch and Crunch! Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables, like carrots, celery and apples, after a good cuppa will give your teeth a brief, gentle polish and remove some of the tannins.

 

These habits will help you enjoy your favourite warm beverage, while significantly protecting your teeth and avoiding damage. There is no way to fully protect your teeth from some of the adverse effects of coffee though, so be sure to schedule regular appointments at our dental practice in Sea Point so we can keep an eye on your teeth and make sure they’re bright and healthy. If discoloration is affecting how you feel about your smile, give us a call. Professional teeth whitening can rescue your smile.

 


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3rd August 2017 Dental Health

The short answer is no – you do not need a full range of x-rays for every dental issue you encounter.

 

Often, dentists will order multiple x-rays in order to thoroughly examine the mouth and oral structures. There are times when dentists overdo it though – usually with new patients – and order multiple x-rays which aren’t actually necessary as part of their protocol. The radiation produced by x-rays are minimal, but every effort should be made to reduce exposure and minimize the use of x-ray machines.

 

For this reason, each consultation needs to be personalised and x-rays should only be ordered when necessary. Your dentist should first thoroughly examine the mouth and oral structures to determine whether there are problem areas before ordering x-rays to further examine these trouble areas.

 

A full-mouth series of x-rays should be reserved for patients who have had extensive dental procedures performed or have excessive active decay, and patients who have a higher risk of decay should only have x-rays ordered every 6 – 18 months. A patient who is not at high risk should only have x-rays done every 2 – 3 years and children, who are more sensitive to radiation, should hardly ever have x-rays done.

 

There are various types of dental X-rays, including:

 

  • Bitewing X-rays, which reveal cavities between teeth. They are called bitewings because you bite down on a wing-shaped device to hold the X-ray film in place.

 

  • Panoramic X-rays, which require a special machine that rotates around the head to provide a detailed image of all the teeth and the underlying bones in a single X-ray.

 

  • Periapical X-rays, which capture images of two or three teeth at a time. They can reveal an abscess caused by an infection or root caries, which are lesions at the base of the tooth. Film is placed on a holder, then put vertically in the mouth to take the x-ray.

 

  • Dental cone-beam CT (CBCT) scans, which provide 3-D X-ray images of the teeth, their roots and the jaw.

 

If you have concerns about the number of x-rays your dentist has ordered, ask them to explain the purpose of each one. If your dentist tells you that it’s their protocol or policy to order multiple x-rays, you can decline the x-rays and request that only the absolute necessary x-rays be performed.

If you are interested in making permanent improvements to your smile, or have any questions, contact OptiSmile today. Our experienced team can answer your questions and help you with dental treatments you require.


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24th July 2017 Dentist Sea Point

Looking for a Dentist in Sea Point? Tired of hiding your smile from others? Wish you could finally do something about your discolored, cracked, or missing teeth? Or, do you simply want to build upon your natural oral aesthetics?

Your search is over! Reputable Dentist in Sea Point, Dr Clifford Yudelman can help you get the look you deserve! With the assistance of a highly-skilled team at Optismile, this Sea Point based cosmetic dentist is no stranger to creating gorgeous smiles.

You can rest assured that we will provide you with a quality service that you can rely on in your time of need. (Learn more about our Emergency Dental Services Here.)

Whether you are looking for a comprehensive smile makeover or a general check up – you can be sure that we will go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable. We understand how going to the dentist can be a stressful time for some people! We aim to make the utmost effort to put your anxiety at east so you can feel more relaxed.

Why Consider Us as your Local Sea Point Dentist

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  • We aim to please our patients! Read what some of our patients have to say here: Patient Reviews
  • You will always be treated like family and we will be there for you in case of emergencies.
  • We specialise in Pain-Free Dentistry.

From the time you set foot in our Dental practice, you will notice our commitment to your smile. It is our number one priority to listen to our patients, fully understand your needs and goals, and then clearly and completely explain how we can help.

A list of the services provided at our dental centre are below:

General dentistry

  • General Dentistry
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Dental Crowns and Bridges
  • Dental Implants
  • Wisdom Teeth Removal
  • Custom-Fitted Mouth Guards
  • Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)
  • TMJ Treatment

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • White Fillings
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Smile Makeover
  • Lumineers

Specialised

  • Periodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Invisalign
  • Prosthodontics

If you are interested in making permanent improvements to your smile, please contact our practice today. Serving the patients of Sea Point and Cape Town, our experienced staff can answer your questions and help you achieve the look you have always wanted.

 


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5th July 2017 Cosmetic Dentist

Smile Makeover

A beautiful smile can make you feel confident on the inside more approachable on the outside – the perfect combination to attract people in a social, professional or romantic setting. With a smile makeover, our dentists can address many common dental concerns while simultaneously giving you a total smile transformation.

 

Signing up for a total transformation may feel overwhelming, but a smile makeover is done over time with a series of smaller procedures that ultimately make your teeth whiter, straighter and more uniform – while still looking completely natural. Our dentists take various components into consideration in order to give you a gorgeous smile; including your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations.

 

Depending on your desired results, we will recommend a series of cosmetic and functional procedures. The most common procedures included in a smile makeover are teeth whitening, composite bonding, invisalign and dental veneers. We also recommend implants where teeth have been lost.

 

These procedures have stunning results on their own, but offer a drastic change to your smile when combined! Modern cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the teeth you’ve always wanted, no matter what the current state of your smile. Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your smile, or correct an unsightly bite misalignment—our team will help you find a solution.

 

At Optismile, we believe that cosmetic dentistry should enhance the health as well as the appearance of a patient’s smile. We use innovative solutions to optimize your bite and dental health while giving you a sparkling smile.


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19th June 2017 Cosmetic Dentist

Special events and functions usually mean good food, great company and a lot of pictures! With the amount of media sharing networks and websites around, you want to be able to look your best in each one and a bright, beautiful smile is key to achieving this!

Thankfully, there are a number of quick cosmetic treatments that can be done in a single visit, with stunning results! These last minute procedures will have you looking picture perfect in time for your next event:

Veneers

Porcelain Veneers never fail to amaze – they can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or correct a misshapen tooth and the results are gorgeous. The process is surprisingly quick, with minimal recovery time .

Enamel Shaping

Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade aspects of a smile, even if all the other teeth are all straight and uniform. Enamel shaping is the art of reshaping a tooth so that it blends flawlessly with the rest of your smile.

Bonding

Dental Bonding is the art of applying a composite resin to your teeth, in order to to fix teeth with cosmetic and structural issues. The newest techniques are minimally invasive – leaving you with more of your own tooth structure and a beautiful finish.

Teeth Whitening

The ultimate last-minute cosmetic touch up – teeth whitening gives you a bright, beautiful smile without any discomfort. We can brighten your smile by a number of shades in a single session, so this is a perfect last minute addition to your party prep!

For more information on any of these quick treatments, contact our dental practice. Or visit our Cosmetic Dentistry page to learn more about various cosmetic dentistry procedures.


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76 Regent Rd,
Sea Point
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

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