Bhavin Patel, D.D.S.

Dr. Bhavin Patel is a Prosthodontist (Specialty #5984) - a specialist in aesthetic, reconstructive and implant dentistry.  

Dentist - Galloway
529 S. New York Rd.
Galloway, NJ 08205
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Children losing their primary (“baby”) teeth is both natural and necessary. So, is it really that much of a concern if they lose one early?

The answer is yes — premature primary tooth loss could have long-term consequences for the permanent teeth as they develop within the jaw before eruption. Primary teeth play a crucial role in this development: as the permanent teeth form and grow the primary teeth serve as placeholders until they’re ready to erupt. A natural process then takes place in which the primary tooth’s roots dissolve (resorb) to allow them to fall out. Once they’re out of the way, the permanent teeth can then erupt.

If, however, they’re lost before the permanent teeth are ready, it leaves a space in the child’s bite. The dynamic mechanism between teeth and the periodontal ligament causes adjacent teeth to move or “drift” into the space. This can crowd out the permanent tooth intended for the space, causing it to come in improperly forming a malocclusion (bad bite), or it may become impacted and remain partially or fully below the surface of the gums.

This poor dental development could lead to extensive orthodontic treatment later in life, which is why we seek to preserve even decayed primary teeth for their entire natural lifespan. If the tooth is lost, however, we need to take action to preserve the space for the permanent tooth and avoid costly treatment later.

This usually calls for a “space maintenance” appliance — a type of orthodontic “retainer” — worn by the child to prevent other teeth from drifting into the space. Designed by your orthodontist, the appliance can also perform a cosmetic and social function by causing the space to appear unnoticeable.

Maintaining that space requires monitoring — especially by an orthodontist — and continued dental hygiene and care both at home and at the dentist’s office. The extra care preserving the space caused by premature tooth loss will help to ensure your child’s dental structure develops properly and their future smile will be an attractive one.

If you would like more information on the care and treatment of primary teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Early Loss of Baby Teeth” and “Losing a Baby Tooth.”


Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Seaview Dental Arts
December 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

You don’t need metal braces in order to get the perfectly straight smile you desire.invisalign

Having a crooked smile doesn’t just affect your appearance but it also can cause some other issues for your smile. If teeth are overlapping one another or crowded this can increase your chances of developing decay or gum disease. If you are a teen or adult who wants to fix their smile, our Galloway, NJ, dentists - Dr. Bhavin Patel, Dr. Daniel Ciechanowski and Dr. Walter Finken, Jr. - are here to tell you that it’s not too late and that you don’t have to get metal braces in order to get your dream smile.

Do you think you have what it takes to get this nearly invisible orthodontic treatment? Here are some of the issues that Invisalign can correct:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding

If you are an older teen or adult who is looking to fix one of these common dental misalignments then this could very well be the best option for you.

How does Invisalign work?

Instead of bonding bulky metal brackets and wires to the front of your teeth for the whole world to see, our Galloway general dentists will fit you with a series of custom-made nearly invisible aligners made from flexible, thin aligners. These aligners resemble whitening trays and are designed to apply just the proper amount of pressure and force needed to shift teeth into the proper position.

Each patient gets their own unique, tailored Invisalign treatment based on the treatment plan we map out with you in the very beginning. With molds taken of your teeth combined with our computer software, we can determine which teeth will need to move and just how much they will need to move around. From there, aligners are made that will shift these specific teeth around to get your straighter smile.

The number of aligners you will wear will depend on the severity of your symptoms and each aligner is worn for about two weeks at a time before being replaced with the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.

If you are ready to finally get an even, straight smile then it’s time you called Seaview Dental Arts in Galloway, NJ, today to schedule your no-risk consultation. Let’s find out if Invisalign is right for you.

By Seaview Dental Arts
February 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Straightening your teeth is one of the most obvious and effective ways to overhaul your look. However, you may not find metal brackets invisalignpermanently attached to your teeth the most exciting thought. Luckily, you can now straighten your teeth discreetly with Invisalign. This alternative to metal braces can help you straighten your smile without compromising your look. Find out more about Invisalign orthodontic treatment with Seaview Dental Arts in Galloway, NJ.

How does Invisalign work? 
Invisalign uses gentle pressure placed onto the teeth to move them into new, corrected positions. While traditional braces use this same method, Invisalign applies it in a different way. Invisalign is made up of a series of clear, plastic aligner trays. You will wear each tray in the series for about two weeks before moving on to the next. The trays slowly move the teeth into their final positions over an average of about a year though some patients may require more or less treatment time.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Traditional braces stay permanently on the teeth throughout treatment. However, Invisalign’s aligner trays come completely out of the mouth while you eat and brush your teeth. This unique feature allows you to eat the foods you love and floss and brush your teeth as you would normally while traditional braces require you to avoid certain foods and add certain steps to your oral care routine. Thanks to the materials used, Invisalign is practically invisible to those around you, allowing you to straighten your smile and correct your bite issues without others noticing.

Invisalign Treatment in Galloway, NJ
Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation with your doctor to ensure that your treatment plan is the best option available to you. After confirming that Invisalign is right for you, your doctor will take a 3D impression of your mouth using a special tool. The impression will serve as a design basis for the dental laboratory responsible for creating your aligner trays. Your completed trays will take several weeks to return to your dentist’s office. At this point, you will begin treatment and wear your aligner trays at least 22 hours a day until you complete the series.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Bhavin Patel, Dr. Daniel Ciechanowski and Dr. Walter Finken at Seaview Dental Arts in Galloway, NJ. Call (609) 652-9020 to schedule your appointment today!

By Seaview Dental Arts
November 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

Think you're too old to have your teeth straightened? While we automatically pair “teenager” with “braces,” at least one in five orthodontic patients are adults. And there's many more that could benefit, as many as three-quarters of adults with a correctable bite problem.

But although orthodontics can be performed at any age, it's not a minor undertaking. It will require time, patience and expense. So, before you decide to undergo orthodontics, here are 3 simple questions to ask first.

Why? Like children and teenagers, adults can benefit cosmetically from correcting a poor bite. But there's another great reason besides a more attractive smile: misaligned teeth are more difficult to care for than normal teeth. Orthodontic treatment is an investment and potential cost-saver in your future dental health.

Why not? Even senior adults can successfully undergo treatment. But braces might be ill-advised if you have either poor oral or general health. Periodontal (gum) disease, for example, can cause bone loss, which makes it difficult to safely and successfully move teeth (and the effort could worsen current disease activity in the gums). Medical conditions like bleeding disorders, leukemia or uncontrollable diabetes could interfere as well. You'll need both a dental and medical examination beforehand.

How? We can use braces — or we might be able to use a newer, more popular option with adults called clear aligners. These are a series of computer-designed clear, plastic trays you wear in sequence until you finish the series. Each tray is slightly smaller than the previous tray, moving the teeth in much the same manner as braces. But unlike braces, you can remove aligners for cleaning or a rare special occasion — and they're much less noticeable than metal braces. Although in some cases braces may still be the best option, it's also possible clear aligners could be the option you've been looking for.

So, are you ready for a new smile and a more maintainable mouth? Visit us for the answers to your questions and see if braces (or clear aligners) can transform your life and health.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment for adults, 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 “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”

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529 S. New York Rd.,
Galloway, NJ 08205
(609) 652-9020

(609) 652-9020