Schedule Your Fall Dental Cleaning

Mouth careHave you scheduled your fall dental cleaning yet?  Even with regular brushing and flossing habits, it’s important to schedule dental visits each year.  Bi-annual dental exams and cleanings help keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.

Benefits of a Fall Cleaning:

  • Remove Plaque - Even with diligent brushing and flossing habits, it is still possible to miss hard-to-reach spots.  During your cleaning and exam, remove plaque and tartar before they cause cavities.
  • Catch Problems Early On - During your bi-annual dental visits, we can address small cavities and dental problems early on.  We can fill small cavities before they become problematic.  
  • Prevent Costly Procedures - By visiting the office for regular cleanings and exams, you are more likely to preserve a healthy smile.  You can avoid costly dental procedures and save money in the long term.
Fall is the perfect time to schedule a dental appointment.  If you are due for a dental cleaning and exam, contact our office to schedule an appointment by calling 516-782-2215.  You can also visit our website to learn more about the many dental services we offer at Perfect Smile Maker.

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Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Dental WhiteningKeeping your smile bright and white isn’t always easy.  There are many tooth staining foods, drinks and habits that keep our teeth from being at their brightest.  Here are a few of the most common tooth staining culprits.

Common Causes of Discoloration:
  • Consuming Beverages - Certain drinks like coffee, tea, soda, and wine can stain your teeth.
  • Smoking - Smoking and chewing tobacco are both common tooth-staining culprits.
  • Forgetting To Brush - Keeping up with regular brushing and flossing habits is the most important way to keep your teeth bright and healthy.  Inadequate oral health care can leave stain-producing substances like coffee on your teeth.
  • Age - As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel gets worn away.  This can make your teeth more prone to staining.
  • Genetics - Some people have naturally brighter or thicker enamel.  This plays a big role in how much staining affects your smile.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental services we offer at Perfect Smile Maker.  If you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile, contact our office to learn more about whether or not teeth whitening is the right choice for you.  Visit our website to learn more or call 516-482-2215 to schedule a consultation. 

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What Happens When You Lose a Tooth?

Dentist surgeryDo you have a missing tooth?  Don’t worry!  Whether your tooth loss was accidental or a result of tooth decay, there are several options available to you.  We offer several dental services that can help restore the appearance and health of your smile.

Restoration Options:
  • Crowns – If part of your tooth stays in tact, you may be able to restore it with a crown.  Dental crowns sit on top of your tooth, hold it together and protect it from decay.  Dental crowns can even be custom designed to blend in with the natural appearance of your smile.
  • Bridges - This restorative completely replaces a lost tooth.  Bridges rest on top of your gum and use the surrounding teeth for support.  They are a great choice for lost molars that sit in the back of your smile.  
  • Partial Dentures - This option is great for patients who have lost one or several teeth.  The partial dentures also sit on top of your gums, but unlike bridges, they can be removed.
  • Dental Implants -  Since dental implants are attached to your jaw bone, they provide the most natural look and feel of all the restorative options.  There is no need to alter your eating, drinking, or oral hygiene habits to manage your new implant.  However, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants and some healing time is required.
Visit our website to learn more about our restorative dental services or call 516-482-2215 to schedule a consultation.  At our office, Dr. Stewart Brody can help you determine the best restorative solution for your smile.

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Invisalign for Teens

iStock_000008174011_LargeBetween school, sports, and hanging out with friends, it can be hard for many teens to adjust to wearing traditional braces.  Fortunately, there are ways to align your smile without using metal wires and brackets.  

Here are a few of the benefits Invisalign offers teens:

  • Enjoy the Same Activities - Whether you play sports or a musical instrument, Invisalign allows you to continue doing the activities you love both inside and outside of school.
  • Avoid Eating Restrictions  - With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about avoiding certain foods.  There are no dietary restrictions.
  • Maintain Oral Hygiene Routines - Since the aligners are removable, it is easy to brush and floss normally.
  • Wear Comfortable Aligners - Straighten your teeth comfortably, without metal wire and brackets.
  • Take Photos - Invisalign blends with with the natural appearance of your teeth so that it isn’t noticeable in photographs.  You can also remove the aligners for important yearbook and prom photos!
Invisalign is one of the best ways to cosmetically align your teeth without altering your everyday habits.  Call 516-482-2215 to contact Perfect Smile Maker for your Invisalign consultation.  Stewart Brody, DDS will help you determine if Invisalign is the right tooth alignment solution for your smile.

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Tips to Prevent Fall Sports Injuries

Young Football PlayerFall sports season is beginning!  Whether you play sports for school, for fun, or professionally, it’s important that you take precautions and prevent tooth injury.  These safety tips can help you protect your teeth throughout the year.

Tooth & Mouth Safety Tips:

  • Helmets – You should always wear a helmet during any activity that involves speed or impact.  This includes football, hockey, skating and bike riding.  Make sure that your helmet fits correctly and that it is appropriate for the sport you are playing.
  • Mouth Guards – Custom mouth guards are the best way to prevent dental injuries.  They protect your teeth, tongue, and lips.  Custom mouth guards are designed for your unique smile, so that they fit comfortably and protect your teeth better.

If you do experience any dental emergencies throughout the season, contact Perfect Smile Maker.  Even if your tooth has been knocked out, you may be able to save it.  We also offer several cosmetic options that restore the natural look and feel of your smile.  Call 516-482-2215 to schedule an appointment at Perfect Smile Maker.

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How Can Invisalign Improve Your Smile Health?

teeth with whitening trayIn addition to the obvious aesthetic benefits, straightening your teeth can significantly improve your overall dental health.  Beautifully aligned teeth are less likely to experience tooth decay and gum disease.  Here are a few more of the health benefits Invisalign can offer your smile. 

Health Benefits:

  • Healthy Teeth and GumsWhen teeth are properly aligned, your gums fit more securely around your teeth. This allows for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems.
  • Easy CleaningWith traditional orthodontic braces, it is difficult to keep your teeth clean.  Food can easily get trapped underneath the brackets and wires.  Since Invisalign aligners are removable, it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth regularly.
  • Overall HealthStudies have shown a strong link between tooth decay and gum disease and a patient’s risk of developing other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.   

Learn more about the benefits of Invisalign here or on our website.

We also offer cosmetic teeth whitening to any patients that want to remove tooth stains and brighten the appearance of their smiles.  Call 516-482-2215 to schedule an appointment at Perfect Smile Maker.

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Tooth Staining Foods and Drinks to Avoid

iStock_000004384242_FullWant to keep your teeth bright?  There are certain foods and drinks you might want to avoid!  In addition to maintaining great brushing and flossing habits and visiting our office for bi-annual cleanings and exams, you can keep your teeth white by avoiding these tooth staining foods and beverages.

Tooth Staining Foods and Drinks:

  • Wine – Red and white wine are both very acidic beverages.   They are notorious for staining teeth.
  • Tea – Black tea is high in tannins that stain teeth.  Tea can even be worse at staining teeth than coffee, which is chromogen-rich, but low in tannins.  Herbal, green, and white teas are a better choice when looking to avoid tooth stains.
  • Soda – Acidic and chromogen-rich, cola can cause significant staining.  Even light-colored soft drinks are acidic enough to promote tooth staining.
  • Sweets – Hard candies, chewing gum, and other sweets often contain ingredients that can stain your teeth.
  • Berries – Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, grapes, pomegranates, and other intensely colored fruits can cause stains.

We also offer cosmetic teeth whitening to any patients that want to remove tooth stains and brighten the appearance of their smiles.  Call 516-482-2215 to schedule an appointment at Perfect Smile Maker.

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Gum Disease Risk Factors

iStock_000024327786_FullPeriodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, ranges from simple inflammation to a serious disease that damages the soft tissue and bone.  While it is common in adults, there are certain factors that increase the likelihood of gum disease affecting your smile. 

Risk Factors:

  • Smoking – This is one of the most significant risk factors associated with the development of gum disease. 
  • Hormones – Hormonal changes in girls and women can make gums more sensitive and make it easier for gingivitis to develop.
  • Diabetes – People with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing infections, including gum disease.
  • Medication Use – Prescription and over-the-counter medications can reduce the flow of saliva.  Without enough saliva, the mouth is susceptible to gum disease and infection.
  • Genetics – Some people have a genetic disposition to developing severe gum disease.

To learn more about gum disease causes, prevention, and associated risk factors, read this article or contact our office.  Visit Perfect Smile Maker for bi-annual exams can help keep your teeth healthy and clean, as well as help to identify any signs of gum disease early on.  Call 516-482-2215 to schedule an appointment.

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Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

asdfWant to improve your smile alignment?  Invisalign is a great way to cosmetically align your teeth!  If you’re not sure if Invisalign is the right choice for you, we encourage you to learn more about how Invisalign differs from other orthodontic options like traditional metal or clear braces.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces:

  • Appearance – Traditional braces are comprised of metallic colored brackets attached to each individual tooth.  Similarly, clear braces use the bracket structure, but are designed to match the color of your teeth.  Invisalign aligners differ in that they are made of a clear plastic that is designed to look invisible on the surface of your teeth.  There are no brackets involved, only a clear tray that fits over your smile.
  • Flexibility – Invisalign aligners can be removed during meals and for cleaning.  On the other hand, traditional braces are permanently in place during your treatment.
  • Habits – With traditional braces, patients need to alter their eating and oral health care habits for their new braces.  Since Invisalign is removable, there is no need to alter your habits.
  • Alignment – Invisalign is used to cosmetically improve tooth alignment.  Traditional braces are often a better choice for patients with severe bite and misalignment issues.

Visit our website to learn more about Invisalign aligners.  You can also call 516-482-2215 and schedule an appointment to visit Stewart Brody, DDS to determine if Invisalign is the right orthodontic solution or your alignment needs.

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Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening

asdfA smile is often the first thing you notice when you meet someone new.  According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic service among adults!  There are several different types of teeth whitening products to choose from.  Here are a few of the main differences between over-the-counter whitening products and professional teeth whitening.

Advantages of Professional Whitening:

  • Design – Professional teeth whitening trays are custom created for your unique smile.  Since the trays cover more surface area, your teeth get brighter faster and more efficiently.
  • Safe – Under Stewart Brody, DDS’s professional supervision, teeth whitening is completed safely.
  • Results – Custom teeth whitening trays provide more dramatic results.
  • Efficiency – Whitening is achieved in less time than with over-the-counter products.

Learn more about the teeth whitening services we offer at Perfect Smile Maker by visiting our website.  Stewart Brody, DDS can help you determine in bleaching will be the quickest, most comfortable, and most affordable way to improve your smile.  You can even present a copy of the coupon on our website for $100 off your teeth whitening system!  Call 516-482-2215 for more information.

 

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