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July 25, 2012


In the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer introduced to literature the idea of gapped teeth and beauty in his description of the “gap-toothed Wife of Bath”.  Since then, diastema has

 been either a mark of beauty or to others, a problem to fix. In parts of Africa, diastema, a gap between the two upper front teeth is a mark of beauty. This has caught on in other parts of the world and in 2010’s Fashion Week in New York City, models...

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July 18, 2012

Did you know that approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth?  This is a common problem, and while this could be a result of both poor diet, and gum disease, there are also situations where the person’s lateral incisor teeth never formed. Those are the teeth right next to the two upper front teeth. What happens is that now the arch is bigger than the number of teeth occupying that space. The eye teeth (which are the sharp teeth at the corners of the mouth)...

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June 27, 2012

Have you ever considered plastic surgery to reduce the effects of aging? Does the thought of going under the knife frighten you? Perhaps you’ve considered less invasive forms of plastic surgery, such as Botox or collagen injections, and then realized that they are only temporary fixes that require frequent repetition to maintain results. Today, there's another option: years ago cosmetic dentistry was never discussed, let alone considered, as an alternative to plastic surgery.  But it has become one of the most highly sought-after treatments that can easily, and within two weeks or less make a dramatic impact in achieving a youthful...

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June 20, 2012

Black hole disease refers to the little spaces that appear between your teeth and gum exposing the root surfaces to decay. This problem appears in your gum tissue as a black hole, looking as if a poppy seed is stuck between your teeth. Like many things that start small, the black space can grow larger with time. Sometimes we see this problem after orthodontic treatment. The teeth are aligned nicely but, due to the anatomy of the teeth (they can be triangular or bulbous), a space exists above where the teeth contact one another, leaving a black hole instead of healthy pink gums. Or, after orthodontics the teeth are aligned properly but the...

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June 13, 2012

Your enamel is the hardest part of your body, and serves to protect the internal structure of your tooth. It is very important to preserve enamel because once it’s worn down; the only way to rebuild the structure of your tooth is by using veneers. When your enamel is worn down, it exposes your dentin, which contains the nerves and the blood supply for your tooth.  Worn-out enamel also exposes your teeth to bacteria. Given that your mouth is the gateway to your health, it is crucial to avoid any kind of infection; it can make its way to your bloodstream and might cause other health issues like heart disease. Thus, it is in your best...

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June 06, 2012

These silver/mercury fillings were first introduced in 1816. They are referred to as amalgam fillings because they are an amalgamation of different elements . No one at the time understood the hazard of this restoration.  It’s just that they were better than the alternatives.  Prior to amalgam fillings,thin sheets of lead were layered into a tooth’s cavity, not a great material. Variety of different fillers were experimented with,such as, cork, tin and resins like pine.  Now you see why amalgam mercury fillings became so popular.  Gold was also introduced but it was too expensive and not yet perfected. so amalgam fillings were...

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May 09, 2012

Our new patient, Ana, has accomplished more than 98% of most people in the world ever will in their lifetime. Ana is a journalist, producer, actress and a ballet dancer who has danced with several legendary companies such as the Stuttgart Ballet, and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Currently, she is a New York executive producer and an on-air host for a prestigious Brazilian talk show. Meeting Ana, it's not hard to see immediately why she's so successful. ...

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May 02, 2012

There are certain habits that most people have that are quite destructive to the teeth. Let’s go over the top four:

  • CHEWING ON ICE - can lead to tooth pain, cracking, fracture, and in some cases, total breakage of a tooth to the point where it may need root canals or worst case may not be able to repair and end up losing the tooth.  If teeth are constantly cooled to such extreme low temperatures, eventually it will create micro fractures within the tooth enamel.  These micro fractures will allow stains to penetrate deep in the enamel layer and eventually they get yellower and yellower.  If there are numerous...
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April 25, 2012

Receding gums are not as big a problem as gum disease or cavities but they can be a sign of major problems to come. When your gums recede they slowly move down the root. The tooth starts to become exposed and become sensitive to cold or touch. The reason for this is that the tiny tubules which  (microscopic tubes within dentin that spreads outward from the tooth’s center and carries dentinal fluid) in the teeth transmit these signals to the brain as pain. Sensitivity from receding gums can be so severe that they are impossible to ignore.

Why do we get receding gums?
There are two particular reasons why you...

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April 18, 2012

When clients come to see us for a consult, one of their biggest concerns is the dark line around their existing porcelain crowns. They are also concerned that, if they do more porcelain crowns and veneers, eventually they will see the same dark, ugly line around them. This is something that should not happen, or even be anticipated, when considering any type of cosmetic dentistry that involves porcelain crowns or veneers.
So, let’s go over the reasons why these dark lines appear, and what we do at NYC Smile Design to avoid them:

1) Metal-based porcelain crowns

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