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March 19, 2020

To our family of patients,

All of us at NYC Smile Design have been empathetically watching the events as they have evolved over the past month in regards to the coronavirus.

Standard universal precautions help protect every patient and NYC Smile Design team members from the many infectious diseases that we are potentially exposed to on a daily basis. After every patient interaction, every countertop, chair, etc. are wiped down with a powerful medical grade disinfectant, and every instrument is sterilized under severe heat and pressure. This occurs EVERY time you sit in the patient chair. We will be raising the standard...

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March 10, 2020

Dental care can be extremely expensive. Whether an unplanned dental emergency or a planned smile makeover, figuring out how to finance your procedure can prove challenging. Dental benefits offered through insurance will often pay for at least a portion of your care – but most coverage will not pay for services deemed cosmetic or “unnecessary” by your plan provider. This leaves covering the cost of many dental treatments up to the patient.

Do Dentists Let You Pay in Installments?

Installment payments are sometimes available through dental offices....

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February 17, 2020

Dark lines around dental crowns and veneers can be very off-putting. After all, porcelain is selected for dental restorations, at least in part, due to its aesthetic abilities.

The good news is, black lines around porcelain veneers or crowns poses no physical dangers. The bad news is, unless replaced, black lines cannot be removed from dental restorations.

What Causes Black Lines Around Porcelain Restorations?

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February 09, 2020

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only “special” day in February. While this candy-filled holiday takes the spotlight in what is traditionally the coldest month of the year, another – albeit less enticing and not as official – observance takes place on the 9th of this month, National Toothache Day.

What is Toothache Day?!

National Toothache Day is a day set aside to either celebrate the fact that you are toothache free or to finally pick up the phone and call a dentist about your lingering tooth pain.

According to TimeandDate.com, no one is sure where Toothache Day came from, though it is strongly suspected it...

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January 17, 2020

There are two types of tooth stains:

  • Extrinsic. External stains can be caused by darker foods and beverages, tobacco use, and inadequate brushing
  • Intrinsic. Internal stains may result from trauma, tooth infection and gum disease, excess fluoride, certain medications, and the process of aging

To whiten teeth, stains must either be removed or covered. Which option will be the most useful for your smile is dependent on the cause, location, and extent of your tooth discoloration.

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December 16, 2019

Woman with glasses laughing while sitting at a deskPorcelain is an incredibly strong and functionally reliable material. Used for plates, bathroom fixtures, and other items that must be strong enough for frequent use but should also look and feel appealing.

For...

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December 02, 2019

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month, an effort by Prevent Blindness America (PBA) that asks us to consider the age-appropriateness of a gift before giving it to a child. Primarily focused on preventing injury, recommendations from PBA include:

  • Inspecting toys before purchase
  • Avoiding toys that shoot or have flying parts
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November 22, 2019

Job Interview Going PoorlyA recent study from the ADA found that 28% of young adult respondents and 29% of lower-income adult respondents believe that the appearance of their smiles has negatively impacted their ability to get a job. And they are, in all likelihood, correct.

Your smile...

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November 15, 2019

Have you seen smiles that are obviously fake? Sometimes likened to Chicklets, uniformly straight, even, and ideally shaded teeth were once in high demand, but as attitudes about fashion and ideas of perfection evolve, a more natural-looking smile is the new goal – and some celebrities are even having their previous perfect smiles intentionally flawed in order to appear more natural.

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November 05, 2019

November is National TMJ Awareness Month, a month dedicated to increasing awareness of this common condition along with supporting efforts to find new and innovative ways to treat jaw disorders without surgery.

What is TMJ?

TMJ, sometimes called TMD, is the name given to over a dozen disorders that can have an impact on jaw alignment. It is estimated that 35 million people in the United States suffer from TMJ, though this number may be much higher as many people confuse its symptoms with something else.

Symptoms of TMJ may occur around the jaw...

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