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Your smile is one of your most important features. We can make it perfect!

Sure, a good smile can lift and brighten any mood. In fact, there is an array of health benefits attached to smiling. But did you know that while children often smile up to 400 times a day, the average person only smiles about 20? If the reason you’re not smiling much these days is that you don’t feel so confident in your smile, here are some of how our Upper East Side, NY, cosmetic dentists can boost your daily smile count.

Teeth Whitening

This non-invasive treatment has been a wonderful way to instantly brighten your lackluster smile. Using a professional hydrogen peroxide solution, we can get your smile up to seven shades whiter in under an hour. Other over-the-counter products can’t promise the same fast or visibly brighter results. Our office has the technology and knowledge to get your teeth their whitest.

Dental Veneers

If you’re dealing with crooked, misshapen, cracked, or severely discolored teeth, then veneers could restore your smile for the long term. These thin porcelain shells are affixed to the front of the tooth using special cement.

This is a great treatment option for someone looking to give their smile a makeover without lots of time-consuming procedures or extensive tooth prep since only a minimal portion of your tooth’s enamel will be shaved down to make room for your new veneers. A local anesthetic ensures that your experience is painless, and each veneer is specially crafted by our Upper East Side, NY, cosmetic dentists to fit your smile and yours alone.

Cosmetic Contouring

Also known as tooth reshaping, this conservative treatment promises instant results for reshaping and correcting crooked, chipped, or cracked teeth. This is the best course of action for those looking to make subtle changes to their smile. We simply remove small amounts of enamel, which is painless, to help fix slightly chipped edges or to smooth down extremely pointy teeth.

Dental Implants

Tooth loss can cause anyone to stop smiling. However, dental implants are a permanent solution for restoring a toothless smile. A small screw is implanted into the jawbone. Over the course of a few months, this screw fuses with the jawbone and surrounding tissue to provide a permanent base for an artificial tooth. This implant acts as a tooth’s root and promises a complete smile for life. With the proper hygiene and oral care, dental implants are a permanent answer to combating tooth loss.

These are only some of the popular cosmetic options we offer at our dental office. We have a treatment option to fit anyone’s needs and budgets. If you want to schedule a consultation with our Upper East Side, NY, cosmetic dentists, then call Upper East Side Smiles at (646) 864-1808.

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Dorit Kemsley isn't shy. Best known to fans as an outspoken and sometimes outrageous cast member of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kemsley is never reticent about “mixing it up” with fellow castmates or their significant others. Recently, though, she confessed to something that left her less than confident: her smile.

Kemsley has been self-conscious about her smile because her teeth looked noticeably short, worn down from an unconscious habit of grinding her teeth. Although teeth grinding is more common among children (who normally grow out of it by adolescence), it can persist into adulthood, usually from difficulties managing high stress (a likely component in the fashion designer/reality show star's busy life).

Stress-induced teeth grinding can occur during waking hours or, more likely, during deep sleep. The accumulating, long-term effects from the habit can lead not only to worn teeth but to weakened gum support, a high risk of tooth fracture or jaw pain and dysfunction.

So, how do you know if you grind your teeth, especially if it's only happening at night? Typical signs include sore jaws after awaking from sleep, increased tooth pain or sensitivity or, like Kemsley, a noticeable difference in your tooth length. Your family or sleeping partner may also complain about the “skin-crawling” noise you make during the night.

There are ways to lessen the effects of teeth grinding. The first step is to have us verify the underlying cause for the habit. If it's tension from stress, then you might reduce the habit's occurrences by learning better stress management or relaxation techniques through individual counseling, group support or biofeedback therapy. We can also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night or through the day that reduces the force generated during teeth grinding.

And if you've already experienced accelerated tooth wear like Kemsley with a resultant “small teeth” smile, you might pursue the same solution as the RHOBH star: dental veneers. These thin, life-like wafers of porcelain are custom-made to mask imperfections like chips, staining, slight tooth gaps and, yes, worn teeth.

Veneers are often less expensive and invasive than other cosmetic techniques, yet they can have a transformative effect, as Kemsley's Instagram followers have seen. In conjunction with other dental treatments needed to repair any underlying damage caused by a grinding habit, veneers are an effective fix for the smile you present to the world.

If you suspect you may have a grinding habit, see us for a complete examination. From there, we'll help you protect your teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding habits and their effects, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding.”

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Despite your best intentions to plan ahead, the holidays have sneaked up on you. And what good intentions you had: presents to buy, halls to deck, parties to throw. Perhaps you even aspired to a little something for yourself to prepare for all the festivities—a more attractive smile!

But, alas, the calendar bell tolls and it tolls for thee—and now you have little time for any major work on your smile. But fear not! Although a full makeover might not be possible right now, there are a few smile enhancements you can get in a single dental visit. And that might be just what you need for a “merry” smile this holiday season.

Here then are three things you can do to get a little smile pizzazz right before the holidays.

Dental cleaning. The main purpose for a dental office cleaning every six months is to prevent disease by removing any plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) you might have missed during daily hygiene. But ridding your teeth of yellowing plaque deposits followed by a bit of polishing can also improve your smile appearance. You can do your dental health and your smile some good with a dental cleaning before the holidays.

Teeth whitening. A whitening procedure can turn a dull, yellowed smile into a bright and beautiful one. Although you can use a whitening kit at home, you can enjoy better results with a trained dentist. A professional whitening tends to last longer, and there's more control over the level of brightness. With a fine-tuned whitening, we can help you get a smile that's subtly natural or Hollywood dazzling.

Bonding. You might think repairing a chipped tooth requires veneers or crowns that could take weeks to get. But we may be able to rectify mild to moderate dental flaws in just one visit with dental bonding. This technique uses a dental material called composite resin that's applied in layers to a tooth in paste-like form. After shaping, it's then hard-cured with a special light to produce a durable finish that looks and feels like a normal tooth.

These simple one-visit procedures could make a big difference in your smile and your confidence this holiday season. Now, about that smile makeover…sounds perfect for a New Year's resolution!

If you would like more information about improving your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Repairing Chipped Teeth.”

By Upper East Smiles
September 04, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the smile you truly desire. Various procedures are available for correcting a broad range of cosmetic concerns, from a chipped tooth to excess spacing between teeth. The team of highly trained dental professionals at Upper East Smiles on the Upper East Side, NY, which includes general and pediatric dentists and a prosthodontist, can help you obtain the smile of your dreams with the right cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

There are numerous ways cosmetic dentistry can benefit individuals with concerns about their smiles. In addition to giving you a smile makeover, another benefit of cosmetic dentistry for many patients is a boost in confidence. Improving the appearance of teeth that are flawed or damaged gives some individuals increased confidence and a desire to smile more. Cosmetic dentistry can address a wide range of issues, including:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Oddly-shaped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Excess spacing
  • Gummy smiles

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Several cosmetic dentistry procedures are available at our office on the upper east side. The pediatric dentist might suggest dental bonding if your child has chipped a tooth, for example, or one of our general dentists might recommend professional teeth whitening for adults who desire a brighter smile. Examples of some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer include:

  • Dental Bonding — A method for repairing teeth with cracked or chipped areas.
  • Dental Implants — A durable and permanent tooth-replacement option.
  • Dental Veneers — Thin laminates for concealing cosmetic imperfections and giving teeth a flawless new appearance.
  • Teeth Whitening — A treatment for brightening dull teeth and eliminating stains and discolorations.
  • Tooth Reshaping — A method for giving oddly shaped teeth a more pleasing appearance.
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings — A discreet option for restoring teeth affected by decay.

Cosmetic dentistry makes it possible to achieve the smile of your dreams. If you could benefit from a smile makeover, schedule an appointment with one of our dentists by calling Upper East Smiles on the Upper East Side, NY at (646) 864-1808.

By Upper East Smiles
August 12, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”