NYC Smile Design Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

NYC Cosmetic Dentists Serving Manhattan and New York, NY

August 04, 2011

If you are considering straightening your teeth, you may be wondering about the difference between traditional bracket braces and clear Invisalign. You may be asking yourself, am I a candidate for clear Invisalign, the alternative to braces?

Teeth that are not aligned properly in your mouth create what dentists call “malocclusion”.  Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to periodontal disease and create abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaws, which lead to premature wear.  Invisalign is a virtually invisible solution, so you can smile confidently both during treatment and after. Using a series of clear, removable aligners,...

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July 20, 2011

Did you know that smiles not only make you feel good, but they're also good for you? Here are some of the reasons: When someone smiles, their face just lights up. And when you see someone with a genuine, truly heartfelt smile, you are attracted to it and relaxed by it; in fact, studies have shown it actually lowers your blood pressure if you're tense. Samantha had one of those wonderful smiles--the kind that makes people feel good as soon as they see it....

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June 29, 2011

When you are looking for less invasive procedures to enhance your smile, you have several options. One of these options is tooth lengthening by gum lift which is common if a particular tooth or teeth are shorter than they should be. By doing a crown lengthening (gum lift), it gives us the opportunity to give proper proportion to the teeth that are short.  At times, we lengthen you tooth when your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a veneer or crown. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum level to reveal more of the tooth so it can be beautifully enhanced.

This can happen when your tooth...

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June 22, 2011

Over 40 million Americans are on anti-depressants to combat the effects of depression, anxiety, phobias and even PMS.  Over 50 million are on blood pressure medication.  If you are one of these medications, before you pop one of these pills be aware that there are side effects that are harmful to the health of your mouth. Without proper precautions, these medications can result in the...

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June 09, 2011

You've heard it all before--brush, floss, get your teeth professionally cleaned. Those are the essentials for maintaining your oral health. You need to make them routine to avoid tooth decay, or cavities serious enough to eventually require the extraction of a tooth, or even teeth.

Alas, the tooth fairy rules only when you're still losing your baby teeth. After that, for a grownup, the loss of a tooth by extraction can be a rather traumatic experience. But that experience could be made easier if you understood why you'd need your tooth extracted in the first place. Extraction is basically the removal of a tooth from its bone socket...

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June 07, 2011

Our patients often ask us for advice on how to whiten their teeth. The question often arises as to which option is best:

1.      Over the counter bleaching products

2.      Custom trays made in the dental office with Dentist diagnosed bleaching agent

3.      In-office power bleaching

At NYC Smile Design, we have had great success with in-office bleaching in combination with the second option as maintenance. This can be completed in one session of between one and two hours, and produces immediate results. Of course it is completely painless, and requires only preliminary cleaning to remove surface stains and...

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May 26, 2011

Does going to the dentist, or even the thought of going to the dentist, make you anxious? Then you are not alone!  Dental phobia is a common occurrence among both adults and children. In fact, sixty million Americans experience dental anxiety, and about 50% of them will avoid going to the dentist. Your anxiety stems from a natural tendency to protect your teeth. Therefore, as you are psychologically...

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May 18, 2011

Americans will spend 38.5 days of their lives brushing their teeth. Reportedly, 94% of Americans brush their teeth everyday as their first line of defense from oral diseases. The most basic and important step in maintaining your oral health is choosing the right toothpaste. Recent studies confirm that over-the-counter toothpastes aren’t effective enough in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. In previous blogs, we have highlighted the dangers of commercial toothpastes. These standard toothpastes contain an outdated decay-fighting ingredient: Fluoride. This ingredient is toxic if swallowed, causes staining of the teeth...

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May 12, 2011

Have you ever asked yourself why you're often told that yogurt is good for you? Let’s be honest: yogurt is essentially fermented milk. However, it contains probiotics, which play an important role in your body’s essential functions. It may come as a surprise to you, but your body has bacteria that outnumber your human cells by a factor of 10 to 1!  That's a lot of living organisms in your body! Like many other organisms, they can be good, or bad. While the common perception of bacteria is that they are harmful, the “good" bacteria in your body actually play important roles in your health, particularly those involved with metabolism and...

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May 05, 2011

We've been exploring the different kinds of sugar and what they can do to your teeth and body—especially to your liver (sugar's favorite victim after your teeth). But there are other issues to consider, and other victims targeted by sugar: your pancreas—the body's first line of defense against sugar, especially the high-fructose corn syrup commonly added to processed foods and to soda as a sweetener. This bad boy raises not only our insulin levels (by affecting the pancreas), but our triglycerides ...

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