Pembroke Pines Dentist | What Does Sugar Do to Teeth?

Adults and children both know that sugar is bad for your teeth. Many associate excess sugary foods and drinks with cavities. However, many people don’t know exactly what sugar does to teeth. Learn all about how sugar affects your oral health from a Pembroke Pines Dentist.

The Cause of Cavities

Your mouth is full of both good and harmful bacteria. When you eat sugar, the bad bacteria creates acid that roams around your mouth. This is what can cause cavities. Acids cause your teeth to lose minerals in the tooth enamel. This makes your teeth weak, and forms a cavity, or small hole, in the tooth. When cavities progress, they can cause sensitivity, oral pain, and eventually tooth loss.

Bad Bacteria Love Sugar

Bad bacteria feed off of sugar when as soon as it enters your mouth. When the sugar is not removed after eating, it begins to form plaque. Essentially, plaque is a colorless sticky substance that coats the surface of your teeth. If you don’t brush your teeth regularly after you eat, the plaque can form cavities. Additionally, the pH in your mouth will drop. This also puts you at risk for cavities. For this reason, it is extremely important to brush and floss twice daily to keep plaque and cavities away.

Fight Cavities with a Pembroke Pines Dentist

To fight cavities, you should cut back on sugar. Additionally, practice good oral hygiene. Finally, visit a Pembroke Pines dentist regularly. Contact Jacaranda Smiles to help you say goodbye to cavities and keep your family’s teeth healthy.

Orthodontist in Pembroke Pines | Benefits of Invisalign

The days of the only option for braces being the hunky metal traditional option are over. With the invention of Invisalign, you can now wear braces that are virtually impossible to see even if you are a teenager or child. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of Invisalign from your orthodontist in Pembroke Pines.


We touched on this in the intro, but Invisalign allows you the ability to wear braces without anyone really noticing. Since it looks like a clear mouth guard, unless someone knows you are wearing them, they won’t even really be able to tell that you have it on. This is a big difference from traditional braces and all the metal in your mouth.


All that metal being in your mouth can be an uncomfortable experience. Once those metal braces go on, they can’t come off until treatment is done. With Invisalign, they can be taken out at any time for any reason, making it not only more comfortable but also easier to keep your teeth clean.


Treatment with traditional braces can take up to five years. At the very least you are looking at at least a two to three-year treatment time. With Invisalign, you can be done with treatment in as little as a year and a half.

Are You Looking for an Orthodontist in Pembroke Pines?

At Jacaranda Smiles, we offer Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist Dr. Milan Khakhria.

I Am an Adult and Lost My Retainer or Need a New One – What Should I Do?

Call our office to see Dr. Khakhria as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more the teeth will begin to shift. Have a new retainer made before they move excessively. If they have moved too much, Dr. Khakhria will consider options to line your teeth up again. The more the teeth have moved the harder it is to get them straight again. So, don’t wait too long!!

Prom Week

IT’S PROM THEME WEEK at Jacaranda Smiles!

Who doesn’t love dressing up like you are the belle (or the beau) of the ball?  This week at Jacaranda Smiles, it is YOUR CHANCE to be part of the party!  So dress up in your best and be our date at the prom theme week in office!

Patients are welcome to dress up in their theme outfit for the week and join us for your appointment at Jacaranda Childrens Dentistry and Orthodontics! If you (or your parents) arrive to your appointment in your prom attire, you will get a special *prize!

*Parents receive movie passes and patients receive ice cream certificates as prize/reward for dressing up during our theme week!

Straightening & Whitening Teeth Quickly

One of the questions we get often is how long it takes to straighten or whiten teeth. Straightening or whitening teeth on a time crunch, although not ideal, is a possibility! There are many people like brides, adults who have already had braces, and people with an event date who want something small fixed for their event on a time crunch.

With Dr. Milan Khakhria, this absolutely can be done. Dr. Khakhria can straighten the front teeth within 3 months. This does not mean the treatment is complete, however you can halt the treatment temporarily at a stage that is a lot more esthetic than what you started with.

Remember, those pictures will be around forever and straight front teeth will make a difference! After the honeymoon or event, we can continue the treatment to completion. Whitening can be done a week before the big day. No problem there. Call us today for a free exam!

Mother’s Day Giveaway

The Jacaranda Smiles team is offering a special for mothers in honor of Mother’s Day coming up! We want to give all moms a chance to win a prize just for them so that they have a day of relaxation.

Interested in winning a FREE Spa Package compliments of Drs. Khakhria and Landa? It is easy to enter, but we need your help!

Here is how you enter:

  1. Ask us for some of our “Refer a Friend” cards.
  2. Write your name on the back on the “Referred by” line & give the cards to your friends.
  3. When your friend brings the card in, we will put it into the drawing!

A winner will be drawn once a month from now until June!

Your referral is the biggest compliment that you could ever give us. We would like to reward all mothers and fathers for passing along our name!

Why Some Kids Need Braces Earlier Than Others

Why do some kids need orthodontic treatment at a younger age than others?

Lets imagine the leaning tower of Pisa being built. If the builders had noticed the tower leaning at an early stage, do you think they would have tried to straighten it up at that point or would they have carried on? The answer is – it depends. It depends on how far it was leaning over at the early stage. It is the same with your child. If the growth and development of your child is only mildly off the normal range while they are young, you can afford to wait till he/she is fully developed before you consider orthodontic treatment.

If however your child’s development is not within the normal range at a young age, you do not want to wait till he/she is fully grown before you address the issue- this is the tower leaning too far in the early stages. So in this case, the child may need a Phase I treatment early on to bring them into a normal range. These children tend to be in the 7-10 age range. These kids may still need regular orthodontic treatment later (Phase II), however their prognosis of a fabulous result is now at the maximum. So in conclusion, do you want to repair a tower that is leaning slightly or one that has a severe tilt?

Call today to schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation with Jacaranda Smiles. Dr. Milan Khakhria will examine your child’s jaw and create a unique treatment plan made specifically for them! (954) 452-9988

What Are Some Alternatives to Braces?

A tooth does not know what is pushing on it. Therefore, anything that can apply a constant pressure to the tooth would be considered an alternative to braces. The most well known alternative to braces today is probably Invisalign®.

Invisalign uses a series of plastic trays to apply pressure to the teeth. There are many companies that manufacture a product similar to Invisalign. Other alternatives include removable retainers and lingual braces. Both of these use wires to push the teeth.

If you are interested in straightening your teeth or know someone that is, share this article with them! Jacaranda Smiles offers FREE consultations for orthodontic treatment and we offer both traditional braces and alternatives to braces like Invisalign. Dr. Milan Khakhria would love to share your treatment options with you!

Want more information on how Invisalign works?

Jacaranda Smiles also offers pediatric dentistry services for kids!

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Jacaranda Smiles is proud to now offer our very own app for both Apple and Android devices! The app is FREE and can help you with the following:

  • Keep track and request appointments!
  • Check account status and make payments!
  • Be the first to know about office events!
  • Refer friends and family directly from the app!
  • Get to know your Jacaranda Smiles team!

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How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?

Have you thought about getting braces, but were interested in an alternative to metal braces? Invisalign® is a great option for many people! How does it work?

Invisalign begins by creating a simulation of how your teeth need to move from the start position to the final position. Once this simulation has been accepted by your orthodontist, Invisalign® begins to calculate how many steps it would take for the teeth to go from start to finish.

Then they fabricate a separate tray for each step. Hence, you now have a set of clear, removable trays that follow a predetermined sequence of steps necessary to achieve your goal of straight teeth. The tricky part comes in making sure each tray moves the teeth to the exact next position for the subsequent tray. This requires very good compliance on the part of our patients in wearing the trays.

If you are interested in Invisalign® or Invisalign Teen® give us a call today for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Khakhria! Please note that Invisalign is not the best treatment option for everyone.

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