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By Dr. Rosanne M. Palermo
August 29, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Dr. Rosanne M. Palermo
June 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

June is the month when lots of important events happen—like weddings, graduations, and family get-togethers. When the weather turns balmy and the days get longer, it’s the perfect time for a celebration…and today it’s easier than ever to capture those special moments in pictures that will be treasured for years to come. Are you ready for your close-up?

Both professional photographers and dentists want to help you look your best when you’re smiling for the camera. Here are a few suggestions from both kinds of pros for capturing a great-looking smile.

Tilt your head just a bit

Instead of looking straight at the camera, try turning or tilting your head slightly. This often presents a more flattering angle, and can hide small facial asymmetries. If your face has a “good side” (you can check by looking in a mirror), be sure to make it visible. But even if your head is tilted or turned, your eyes should be looking at the camera.

Moisten teeth before the shutter clicks

A sparkly smile is the most appealing one. Just before the picture is snapped, run your tongue over your teeth to give them a little extra shine. Highlights in the teeth, lips and eyes add liveliness to your portrait.

Relax—Don’t clench your teeth!

It’s better to smile naturally—perhaps with teeth slightly parted, or lips in a more relaxed position—than to force yourself to make an artificial-looking grin. Try recalling things that make you joyful, or think of people you care about, and chances are your natural smile will shine out.

Have your teeth professionally cleaned at the dental office

Before the big event, you can ensure that your smile looks its best with a professional cleaning at our office. This treatment removes layers of plaque and tartar on visible tooth surfaces, as well as between teeth and under the gumline. It not only makes teeth look their best, but it’s also an effective way to fight tooth decay and gum disease. And while you’re here, it’s the perfect time to talk about any cosmetic issues that may be troubling you about your smile. With treatments like teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or dental veneers, we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about professional teeth cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, please call our office to schedule a consultation.

October 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How teeth whitening from your family dentist in Erie can enhance your smileteeth whitening

If you are a tobacco user, you’ve probably noticed your teeth have dark, brown stains. If you are a coffee drinker, you’ve probably noticed your smile is dull. If you are older, you’ve probably noticed your smile has yellowed. It’s time to say goodbye to your dental stains, thanks to teeth whitening! Dr. Rosanne Palermo in Erie, PA wants to introduce you to professional teeth whitening, the high-tech way to enhance your smile.

Whether your stains and discolorations are from tobacco, coffee, tea, or even medications, a teeth whitening treatment can help you achieve a dazzling, white, younger-looking smile once again!

Teeth whitening treatments offer many benefits. When you compare teeth whitening to other cosmetic dental treatments, you will find that a teeth whitening treatment is:

  • Quick, because you can have a beautiful white smile in about an hour
  • Inexpensive, because it costs just a fraction of the price of other cosmetic dental treatments
  • Convenient, because you have two teeth whitening options to choose from

You can choose either:

In-office whitening, which takes about an hour; your teeth are isolated to protect your gums and cheeks. Professional strength whitening gel is applied and enhanced using a high-tech ultraviolet light.

Take-home whitening, which includes a kit containing everything you need to whiten at home. You will receive custom-made trays, and enough whitening gel to achieve and maintain a beautiful, white smile.

Whether you choose in-office or take-home whitening, you can achieve a brilliant smile that is up to 8 shades whiter. You can also maintain your bright smile for up to 5 years! Those results can’t be matched by over-the-counter treatments or products from the shopping mall.

Before you reach for untrustworthy, ineffective over-the-counter whitening products, think about professional teeth whitening! Seek out the expert by calling Dr. Palermo in Erie, PA. Isn’t it time you said goodbye to your dental stains with a professional teeth whitening treatment? Get started on your brilliant smile by calling today!

By Dr. Rosanne M. Palermo
April 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Your family dentist in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Rosanne Palermo helps patients with both preventive and restorative treatments. Many of cosmetic dentistryher patients need other procedures to help their teeth become more healthy and attractive. Below, she's outlined a few of the other treatments she offers at her dental practice.

Teeth whitening

Perhaps the simplest and most cost-effective way of improving your smile is with a teeth whitening treatment from your Erie family dentist. Unlike kits you purchase over-the-counter, a professional whitening procedure uses high-quality bleaching gel and the process is carefully monitored by trained dental professionals. This ensures your comfort, safety, and satisfaction with the results, which can last well over a year.


When a filling won't do the job, a crown from your Erie family dentist can be instrumental in saving a damaged natural tooth. Crowns protect decayed or broken teeth by covering them up, insulating them from further damage and allowing them to maintain normal function and appearance. Depending on the location of the tooth and your personal preference, crowns can be made from different materials.


Missing teeth need special implements to fill in the gaps they leave behind. Bridges are an excellent way to restore the way you eat and smile. The "bridge" is an artificial tooth which is held in place by two crowns on either side of the gap. The crowns provide stability to keep the bridge in place for many years.

Dental implants

A long lasting and seamless replacement for missing teeth comes from dental implants, which are held in place by a tiny metal post that is placed in the area where your missing tooth once was. The rest of the implant attaches to the post, which eventually becomes part of the jawbone.

Do any of these procedures sound like something you could benefit from? Dr. Rosanne Palermo could help you! Contact our family dental office in Erie, Pennsylvania, to schedule a consultation with her and find out how you can improve your smile today.

By Dr. Rosanne M. Palermo
March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”