Bhavin Patel, D.D.S.

Dr. Bhavin Patel is a Prosthodontist (Specialty #5984) - a specialist in aesthetic, reconstructive and implant dentistry.  
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Dentist - Galloway
529 S. New York Rd.
Galloway, NJ 08205
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OrthodontistscanUseOtherToolswithBracesforComplexBiteProblems

Braces utilize the mouth’s existing teeth-moving mechanism by applying pressure in the direction of the desired movement. This is done with a wire laced through metal brackets affixed to the outside of the teeth that’s then usually anchored to brackets on the back teeth to maintain constant tension.

This anchorage set-up alone, however, may not work effectively with all bite situations, which might require other points of anchorage. That’s where these other tools in the orthodontist’s toolkit can come in handy.

Headgear. These appliances not only aid with moving teeth but they also help influence the proper growth of facial structures (as when one of the jaws is too far forward or too far back). Because of this influence on jaw growth you’ll only find them used with pre-teens. The most typical application is a strap running around the back of the head or neck (or sometimes over the chin or forehead) that attaches in the front to brackets usually bonded to the molars. In this case the back of the patient’s skull serves as the anchor point.

Temporary anchorage devices (TADs). Orthodontists sometimes wish to isolate the teeth to be moved from nearby teeth that shouldn’t be. For example, they may want to move front teeth back to close a space without the back teeth moving forward. In this case, it may be necessary to create a separate anchorage point in the jaw. This can be done with TADs, which are made of either biotolerant (stainless steel, chromiumâ??cobalt alloy), bioinert (titanium, carbon), or bioactive (hydroxyapatite, ceramic oxidized aluminum) materials and shaped like mini-screws. Orthodontists insert them into the bone and then attach them to the braces using elastics (rubber bands). After completing orthodontic treatment they’re easily removed.

Elastics. We’ve already mentioned them, but elastics deserve their own category because they can be used in various kinds of anchorage. They play an important role, for example, in cross-arch anchorage that maintains tension between the upper and lower jaws. They can also be used to help move one or more groups of teeth — or isolate certain teeth from moving. They truly are flexible (no pun intended) in their uses for fine-tuned tooth movement.

All these devices can be used in various combinations to match and correct whatever bite situation a patient may have. The end result is straighter and better-functioning teeth — and a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment, 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 “Orthodontic Headgear & Other Anchorage Appliances.”


KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

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.”


By Seaview Dental Arts
June 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

You might be surprised how simple everyday habits could determine how healthy your smile is.oral hygiene

What do you do every day to ensure that you have great oral health? Can you easily answer this question or do you have to think long and hard about this? Most people could often benefit from pushing the reset button on their oral care routine to make sure that they are doing everything they can to protect against decay and other issues. Our Galloway, NJ, dentists Dr. Bhavin Patel, Dr. Daniel Ciechanowski and Dr. Walter Finken, Jr. are here to provide some helpful tips for keeping healthier teeth and gums.

  • Brush twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes at a time. If you have braces or are a high risk of decay, it’s a good idea to bring a travel kit that contains a toothbrush and toothpaste with you to the office or to school so you can brush between meals.
  • Make sure that you use a fluoridated toothpaste, as fluoride is a great way to remineralize enamel and keep it strong. If you are in doubt about what kind of toothpaste to use, look for the ADA seal of approval on the oral products you buy.
  • Don’t forget to floss. You only need to floss once a day and yet doing this daily is so important to maintain a healthy, cavity and gum disease-free smile. Remember, your toothbrush won’t be able to thoroughly clean between teeth like floss can. Protect against plaque and tartar by flossing each and every day.
  • If you are prone to halitosis (bad breath), decay, dry mouth or other issues then it’s a good idea to talk to our Galloway, NJ, general dentists about whether therapeutic mouthwash could improve your oral health. Commercial mouthwashes often just mask problems and act like perfume for your mouth. Treat the problem rather than hide it with a special mouthwash.
  • Visit us every six months for professional cleanings and exams. We can detect oral health issues, monitor potential problems to make sure they don’t get worse, remove surface stains, look for signs of oral cancer and help you determine if braces, cosmetic or restorative dentistry is right for you.

Scheduling your routine cleanings is easy at Seaside Dental Arts in Galloway, NJ. We work with your busy schedule to get you the care you need whenever you need it. Call our office today!




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