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November 17, 2010

It's hard to imagine that anyone as accomplished as Mary Spillane -- Britain's top Image Consultant -- who radiates confidence and a can-do attitude might need help for her long-time dental problems, but that's just how we came to meet her. With an MA from Harvard and an MSc from Simmons, Mary founded Colour Me Beautiful (a global fashion/beauty franchise with a network of over 1000 studios...

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November 15, 2010

As neuromuscular dentists, we are trained to carefully evaluate how the upper and lower teeth meet. This is called the Bite, or dental occlusion. If the lower and upper teeth don’t meet together properly when the mouth is closing, the muscles will close the jaw in a path that will stress and fatigue the muscles over time. Because of this bad bite, muscles won’t be relaxed when they need to be. This will cause muscle spasm and pain in the forehead area and can produce tension type headaches. A very high percentage of tension type headaches can be the result of an improper bite. An improper bite can also cause painful clicking or popping of...

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November 10, 2010

Actually, it is your airway and the ability to breathe freely through your nose that has a great effect on the teeth. Whether you breathe freely through your nose or with extreme difficulty through your mouth, has a huge effect on how your teeth will look and function, eventually affecting how the muscles of your face will function and how comfortable and pain free they will be. So we have made a very bold statement: MOUTH BREATHING IS A PROBLEM!

Let’s see why this is a problem…

Sometimes we briefly mouth breathe because of cold or allergies. This is not a problem as it is temporary. Chronic mouth breathing starts...

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November 08, 2010

What would you do if you found a tooth lodged in your ear? Or any other part of your body, other than your mouth? For a 47-year old man in England, the tooth found in his ear was a welcoming relief. For 33-years, Stephen Hirst endured a terrible earache that no doctor could define nor cure. Hirst had tried a lot of options before finally going to Royal Hallamshire, to give it another go.  The nurse at the hospital did some preliminary work and with a use of tweezers, she pulled the tooth out of his middle ear, solving the earache mystery.

How could the other doctors miss this small piece of enamel that was lodged in Hirst’s ear...

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November 03, 2010

A neuromuscular dentist is concerned about how the system of 1) facial muscles, 2) jaw joints and 3) teeth work in harmony to create a neuromuscular balanced physiology. How the upper and lower teeth come together (bite or occlusion) as the mouth closes requires every part of the system to be in coordination.  If any one part of this system does not work properly, let’s say teeth that don...

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November 01, 2010

There are times that patients seek dental treatment beyond just fixing cavities. More and more, patients are seeking specialized dentistry to correct a variety of problems including an imperfect bite, facial muscle pain and jaw joint problems.

Abnormal Forces on muscles of the face?

Muscles around the face are responsible for...

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October 29, 2010
Halloween is around the corner, and it is a holiday that every child (and adult) looks forward to. The children get to enjoy the adventure of trick or treating and for the adults; it is an opportunity to revisit their childhood. With all this excitement comes the bags of candy and the possible cavity nightmare for parents.  Let’s face it; no parent wants to be “that” parent who denies...
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October 25, 2010

In the last couple of months, the doctors at NYC Smile Design have been featured in several magazines highlighting the best techniques for teeth whitening. One of these techniques is tray bleaching.  One of the many benefits of this method of whitening is tat it is easy to use and mostly an inexpensive way of having a beautiful radiant smile. There is another benefit to tray bleaching...

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October 17, 2010

So many of our patients come to us in despair over broken, discolored, misshapen, or missing teeth! They have avoided smiling, or even talking much, for years, hoping to avoid calling attention to what should be a natural expression of their personality and ideas. But they are not alone:

In his newest blockbuster, Washington: A Life, best-selling author Ron Chernow reveals that the...

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October 12, 2010

In a previous article we had talked about the benefits of green tea. Although teas have numerous health benefits; there are certain teas that have ingredients that are not as desirable. A recent study by the Medical College of Georgia found that black tea might potentially be dangerous for you. Black tea is found to contain a high amount of fluoride than what had been determined before. Fluoride...

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