At our state-of-the-art office in Lighthouse Point, FL, our team is dedicated to restoring optimum oral health and enhancing the natural beauty of every patient’s smile. We offer comprehensive restorative, cosmetic, pediatric and preventative dental care for the entire family in one convenient location!
Whether you are looking for a basic cleaning, Invisalign, top-quality porcelain veneers, crowns or dental implants our team of highly skilled specialists are here to help.
Empowered by the latest and safest techniques, our office utilizes the revolutionary iTero Element Scanner, digital x-rays, Cerec CAD/CAM restorations, mercury free fillings, and metal-free restorations.
Digital x-rays use a digital image capture device in place of traditional film which sends an image immediately to a computer. The result is a highly-detailed image of your tooth/teeth. We can enhance the image’s contrast and resolution. This image allows us to more easily diagnose dental problems and determine the very best treatment for each case. We can also transmit this image to other dentists and dental specialists, saving you tiMe and money.
Routine dental cleanings, also known as a “dental prophylaxis”, are designed for prevention with the purpose of keeping gum disease and tooth decay from developing. They are meant to be an adjunct to daily home care of brushing and flossing. Performed by our registered dental hygienists, they are a crucial part of preventive dental care. A “Prophy” involves the hygienist cleaning your teeth above the gumline, removing plaque, tarter and stains, as well as polishing them. Your dental hygienist will utilize hand instruments to remove moderate plaque and tartar buildup or an ultrasonic device to scale away heavier buildup. By removing plaque and tartar, your oral health is enhanced and your risk of gingivitis and gum disease are greatly reduced. A prophylaxis is a procedure that is done on patients that have healthy gums and bone levels with no signs of active Periodontal (Gum) disease.
If the gum tissue is in a diseased state which is characterized by bone loss, pocketing around teeth and inflammation, a deeper cleaning that cleans below the gum line called an “SRP” (scaling and root planing) will be necessary. These deeper cleanings are for patients with active periodontal disease and require a more frequent recare cleanings called “Periodontal Maintenance”.
Routine dental cleanings, prophylaxis, usually take place every 6 months whereas “perio-maintenance” cleanings occur every 3-4 months to prevent further bone or attachment loss.
Your dental cleaning will usually be accompanied by a “periodic” dental exam by our doctors, during your exam we will:
Luckily, dental insurance usually covers these cleanings as part of your preventative dental coverage. Don’t have dental insurance? Ask about our in-office insurance memberships that include these preventative services at no additional charge.
Bright Young Smiles, Teeth Whitening in Lighthouse Point, offers multiple options for whitening using the best most effective brands on the market.
Professional teeth whitening can be an incredibly safe and effective way to immediately improve the appearance of stained or discolored teeth that are otherwise healthy and can give you a dramatic boost in self-confidence.
Drinking of coffee, tea, soft drinks and red wine is something many people enjoy but it often comes with the result of stained teeth and a less attractive smile.
There are a number of ways to improve your smile, but one of the least expensive, yet most effective ways is to whiten your teeth. Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic procedures available that allows you to see instant results.
“Composite resins”, or tooth-colored fillings, a great esthetic option that provides good durability and a virtually invisible solution when restoring small to midsize cavities that need to be treated by your doctor. These fillings can withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing and are intended when a cavity within a tooth does not involve a large surface area and the tooth does not have pre-existing risks like large fractures or missing cusps.
Composites can be used on either front or back teeth and can also be used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of teeth or reshaping underdeveloped teeth.
Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew (called molars). Molars are rough, uneven and a favorite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.
Still, there’s another safety net to help keep those teeth clean. It’s called a sealant, and it is a thin, protective coating (made from plastic or other dental materials) that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. They’re no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity.
According to the CDC, “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.”
How Do Sealants Work:
Think of them as raincoats for your teeth. When the cavity-causing bacteria that live in everyone’s mouth meet leftover food particles, they produce acids that can create holes in teeth. These holes are cavities. After sealant has been applied it keeps those bits of food out and stops bacteria and acid from settling on your teeth—just like a raincoat keeps you clean and dry during a storm.
At Bright Young Smiles, Dr. Jared Young offers comprehensive orthodontic treatment in Lighthouse Point using Invisalign, clear aligner therapy. Invisalign treatment involves using a series of clear aligners that are changed every few weeks. Slowly and over time these aligners will move your teeth and help get them into a straighter position in your mouth, providing you with the perfect smile that you want.
Schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Young to see what Invisalign can do for you!
Crowns are a very esthetic solution that cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left. They can be made from highly esthetic translucent porcelain, giving an extremely life-like appearance to the teeth as well as Zirconia (tooth colored metal), Porcelain-Zirconia, Porcelain-Gold or Full Gold.
A crown can be used to attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from breaking, or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly worn down and are also used for placing the physical tooth on top of dental implants.
A Bright Young Smiles we have the Cerec CAD/CAM technology to make dental crowns and bridges in office in as little as 2 hours so your Porcelain or Zirconia crown can be placed during a single easy appointment.
For our larger cases where we are treating an entire arch at a time, or when we need to special order a Porcelain fused to Gold crown, we utilize the very best dental labs in the industry. In cosmetic cases, where very intricate details and shade combinations are added to teeth to give them the ultimate natural looking appearance, our dental lab will be used. At the Laboratory, a Master Ceramist layers the different shades of porcelain by hand like a tiny work of art to make highly customized restorations specific to each patient.
Inlays are a strong and long-term alternative to a traditional tooth colored filling and are used to replace small areas of tooth structure affected by tooth decay. Inlays can be made of a tooth-colored material such as ceramic/porcelain or special dental composite and are made in our office using the Cerec CAD/CAM technology that mills a customized porcelain restoration in a single visit. Defective or unsightly “fillings” can be replaced by tooth-colored inlays and bonded to the tooth.
This bonding process can actually improve the strength of the tooth and is a conservative long-term solution to dental cavities as the porcelain material is much more resistant to tooth decay than regular tooth colored fillings.
Onlays also fit inside the tooth, but extend onto the chewing surface of a back tooth to replace one or more cusps. In the past, onlays were made only of gold, but like inlays, more and more patients request a tooth-colored onlay. Onlays are completed in a single visit and are custom designed for your tooth using our Cerec CAD/CAM technology and in-office dental laboratory. Making the onlay of ceramic/porcelain allows the restoration to be bonded to the tooth. This bonding process may actually improve the strength of the tooth and help seal the onlay to the tooth.
In many situations Onlays can serve as a more conservative alternative to a full coverage dental crown. Whenever possible, our Bright Young Smiles team will present the least invasive treatment available and advise if a dental Onlay is right for you.
Veneers are the ultimate cosmetic option to give you the type of smile you’ve always dreamed about. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of the teeth to idealize shape, position and shade. They are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth.
Veneers are also a great option for closing spaces between teeth and are the most natural and cosmetic way to improve your smile often requiring little to no alteration of your existing tooth structure.
Dental Bondings are an excellent cosmetic solution to a number of problems and can be considered by you and your dentist for some of the following conditions;
Composite bondings are esthetic, are a great way to repair slightly chipped or fractured anterior teeth and often require little to no alteration of the natural tooth. Composite bondings are typically done with no need for dental anesthesia as it is a completely additive procedure and the tooth itself should experience no pain. The composite resin can even be used to do veneers on teeth and can lead to better shade match to the surrounding teeth when only a single tooth is involved. This is due to the ability of the composite resin material to blend multiple shades, in layers, to ideally match slight color variations in the natural surrounding teeth.
If you have minor imperfections in your front teeth and want a highly esthetic solution that can be completed in a single visit without pain or anesthesia, composite bondings may be right for you.
Schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our doctors today to learn more!
A dental extraction, or tooth extraction is the removal of teeth from the tooth socket. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which have become unrestorable through tooth decay, periodontal disease, or dental trauma, especially when they are associated with a toothache.
If you are in need of a tooth extraction our team at Bright Young Smiles can help and can provide you with various tooth replacement options to restore your oral health.
Missing teeth can lead to significant problems with the bite, collapse of the facial support, loss of the ability to chew and shifting of surrounding dentition.
Dental implants are a fantastic replacement option for single or multiple missing teeth and can also be utilized to support dentures or secure a fixed hybrid prosthesis (a combination of a denture and dental bridge).
While there are many restorative options available for missing teeth, dental implants are the preferred treatment method for most patients due to their functionality, durability and high success rate (dental implants boast a success rate of 90 to 95 percent). Not only are they stronger than other tooth-replacement options, dental implants also offer increased stability, a better ability to chew and an improved ability to taste food.
With dental implant restorations, the adjacent teeth are not altered or affected as they would be if a dental bridge were placed. This makes a dental implant the most conservative treatment option for tooth replacement is why it remains the standard of care for tooth replacement options.
A “Full Mouth Rehabilitation” is a highly individualized treatment. The point of a full mouth reconstruction plan is to optimize the health of the entire mouth, including the teeth, the guMs, and the bite. In Many cases, it is necessary to replace or restore every tooth in the mouth using a combination of dental services. Full mouth rehabilitations are often needed in cases of severe tooth wear, broken/ fractured dentition and multiple areas of missing teeth.
Dr. Catherine Young and her team are experienced in this procedure and are dedicated to helping you restore health, beauty, and function to your mouth in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible.
The process may include any of the following cosmetic and restorative dentistry services:
To explore the possibility of a new set of teeth and the resulting surge in self-confidence and quality of life, make an appointment to meet with Dr. Catherine Young to discuss full mouth rehabilitation and your restorative options today!
If you or someone you know experiences severe tooth, jaw or facial muscle pain, it may be from the effects of grinding or clenching your teeth. The good news is we can prescribe you a Bite Splint often known as a “Night Guard”, which offsets the pain caused by bruxing or grinding your teeth.
A night guard is a proactive step to protect your existing healthy teeth. A clear, thin removable device, your custom-made bite splint is worn over your lower or upper teeth as you sleep.
Studies suggest those who grind and clench their teeth may experience up to 80 times the normal tooth wear per day compared to those who do not. The good news is that a simple bite splint can offset the effects of this often-subconscious habit while protecting your teeth from daily wear and tear.
Sports guards, mouth guards and mouth protectors are different names for the same thing: a device worn over your teeth that protects them from blows to the face and head. Mouth guards are an important piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact or flying equipment. This includes football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain biking — any activity that might result in an injury to the mouth.
Mouth guards typically cover the upper teeth, and are designed to protect against broken teeth, cut lips and other damage to your mouth. If you wear braces or other fixed dental appliances (such as a bridge) on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.
If you or your child are in need of an Athletic Mouth Guard, call our office today to schedule an appointment!
Bright Young Smiles offers several types of sedation for patients who are very anxious or nervous about going to the dentist. Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), and Oral Sedation using anxiety reducing medications are some of options we provide to our patients. Ask one of our Dentists which option may be appropriate for you.
At Bright Young Smiles, we value your time and know that the inconvenience of returning for multiple visits to have a procedure done can be difficult. That is why we often are able to provide you the service of completing any dental procedures you may need on the same day of your cleaning if desired. This allows you to keep your mouth in top shape without interfering with your busy schedule.
Bright Young Smiles offers a variety of appliances that enable us to correct problems with your child’s bite or tooth alignment during the early stage of jaw development. If provided early enough, orthodontic appliances may shorten or prevent the need for braces in the future.
Some examples include:
Dr. Catherine Young believes the best enhancement to a beautiful smile is a refreshed and youthful appearance to the skin. She is pleased to offer both Botox and Juvederm in Lighthouse Point. She will help you to look and feel your best with a customized treatment plan to suit your individual needs. Learn more about our Botox and Dermal Fillers Here and call to schedule your complimentary consult today!
If left untreated, partial or full tooth loss may not only affect your self-confidence, but it can also increase the risk of other systemic health and nutritional problems. Dentures are removable dental prosthesis which replaces natural teeth. Dentures are designed to resemble natural teeth and are carefully crafted to match your smile’s appearance.
Types of Dentures
Full Dentures are worn by patients whose teeth are missing in either the maxillary or mandibular arch. These dentures wholly cover the entire upper or lower jaw. There are three types of full dentures:
1. Conventional Dentures
We recommend conventional dentures for patients with completely healed gums. They can be put in place eight weeks after the extraction. Healing time differs from person to person and the dentist will decide the exact time for the denture installation. During this time, the patient must maintain their dental hygiene habits and healthy diet to help the healing process.
2. Immediate Dentures
To prevent any discomfort associated with living without teeth, immediate dentures are a great option. Patients are able to wear them immediately after the tooth is removed. However, the jaw continuously adapts during the healing process, meaning that adjustments will need to be made at regular intervals. We recommend that immediate dentures be worn as a temporary treatment until the patient is able to wear conventional dentures.
3. Over Dentures
Our dentists aim to save as much as possible from your natural teeth, regardless of their condition. Maintaining the natural condition of your teeth helps to maintain the jawbone in good condition and provide support to your dentures. The over denture is used to accommodate existing teeth.
4. Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are appropriate for patients who need dentures on a certain part of their mouth. Patients are able to remove partial dentures for extra comfort. These are attached to existing teeth or implants with precision attachments.
Crowns are a very esthetic solution that cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left. It can be used to attach a bridge, protect a weak teeth from breaking, or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implants.
Do you hate needles at the dentist? So do we. Bright Young Smiles now offers the technology of the CompuDent STA Unit.
The STA Single Tooth Anesthesia System unit is uniquely capable of numbing a single tooth, something never before possible using conventional techniques. The system results in patients having no collateral numbness with no pain along with instant predictable anesthesia (no more lip or tongue biting after the dental visit). If “getting a shot”is what gives you anxiety about going to the dentist, then you have come to the right place. Ask us about our Single Tooth Anesthesia system today.
Whether you are suffering from years of dental neglect or are just interested in finally getting the beautiful smiled you have always admired in others, NOW is never to late too late to get started. Our dental specialists are here to provide you with unparalleled comprehensive care that can take your smile to a whole new level, one that you can be proud of. Whether you are considering a smile makeover out of dental necessity or for cosmetic purposes our team is here to help customize a treatment plan just for you.
Ask us about our complimentary consultation today.