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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A relatively easy and inexpensive way to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. In fact, you may even be able to do it yourself at home. Although there are differences between at-home and professional whitening, the former can still be effective.
That effectiveness, though, might be dependent on how well you understand what home whitening can do and what it can’t. So before you purchase your kit, here are a few things to know about DIY teeth whitening.
Home kits are safe—when used as directed. Although nothing in life is completely risk-free, home whitening kits are relatively safe. But only if you follow the directions: If you overuse the bleaching solution beyond its intended use, you could wind up with permanent damage to your tooth enamel that can be costly to treat.
Bleaching solutions are relatively mild. Nearly all home kits use carbamide peroxide, a form of hydrogen peroxide, as their bleaching agent. Home kits usually contain no more than 10% of this agent, much lower than professional solutions. Used as directed, this amount of bleaching agent poses little to no risk to dental or general health. On the other hand, the weaker home kit solution does limit the extent of brightness you can achieve compared to stronger professional treatments.
For top results (or certain conditions), consider professional whitening. While you can obtain good results with a home whitening kit, professional whitening provides more precise brightness control and range, and may possibly last longer. That’s because your dentist has more advanced techniques and equipment, as well as stronger bleaching solutions. And, if your discoloration originates inside your teeth, a home kit won’t help—only a dentist can address that kind of discoloration.
Even if you decide to “go solo,” your dentist can still give you advice on what to look for in a home kit, as well as tips for the actual procedure. But whether you whiten at home or let your dentist do it, teeth whitening can take years off your smile and give you a more attractive look.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips: Are Bleaching Products Safe?”
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”