Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Which is the Right Choice for your Smile?

asdfDental implants and dentures are among the most popular restorative options available to patients with missing or extracted teeth.  While they are both a great way to replace a smile gap and improve your oral health, each dental service has its own unique benefits.  Here are a few of the main differences between dental implant procedures and denture procedures.

Implants vs. Dentures:

  • Placement Process
    • Dental Implants – Dental implants are unique in that they are attached directly to your jawbone.  This provides stability that many other restoratives don’t have.
    • Dentures – During your first appointment, an impression is taken of your jaw and tooth structure.  A mold is then created and a final cast is custom designed for your smile.
  • Recovery Time
    • Dental Implants – The jaw bone needs to heal around the implant after placement.  This process, known as osseo-integration, may take anywhere from 3-6 months to complete.
    • Dentures – Immediate dentures are placed immediately after tooth extraction and are adjusted periodically as your gums heal.  Conventional dentures are placed after your gums have healed, approximately six to eight weeks after extraction.
  • Longevity
    • Dental Implants – Dental implants are a more expensive option.  However, they are designed to last a lifetime.
    • Dentures – This restorative is often more affordable.  Since they are removable, they may be lost or need adjustments over time.
  • Appearance
    • Dental Implants – Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth.  However, each implant stands alone.  Implants are designed to look and feel just like a natural tooth.
    • Dentures – Dentures are custom designed for your smile, but they are removable.

To learn more about dental implants, dentures, and the restorative services available at Perfect Smile Maker, call 516-482-2215 or visit us on the web.

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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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Root Canal Therapy

3D white people. Dentist with tooth sectionPatents notoriously dread visiting the dentist for a root canal.  However, new advancements in dental technologies and procedures have made Root Canal Therapy a simple and painless process!  Since we want patients to feel comfortable and confident during their visit, we encourage you to learn more about what Root Canal Therapy entails. 

Understanding the Process:

  • Local Anesthetic is Applied– Local anesthetic is applied to the tooth so that patients are comfortable during the procedure.
  • Infected Nerves are Removed – A small access opening is created at the top of the tooth so that the infected pulp can be removed.
  • Canal is Reshaped – During the same visit, the canal where the nerve is located will be reshaped and prepared to accept a special root canal filling material.
  • Filling the Tooth – During your next visit, the tooth is sealed with a sterile, plastic material called gutta percha.  This prevents any future infections!

Extraction is only a last resort!  Root Canal Therapy helps restore your natural tooth and your smile health.  Visit our website to learn more about Root Canal Therapy or call 516-482-2215 to contact Perfect Smile Maker to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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Silent Nite Sleep Apnea Appliance

asdfDid you know that more than 80 million people snore while sleeping?  This can be frustrating for the person snoring, as well as spouses and children.  Fortunately, there are ways to prevent snoring!  The Silent Nite dental appliance is a great way to prevent annoying and unhealthful snoring.

Benefits of Silent Nite:

  • Affordable
  • Flexible
  • Thin
  • Custom-made
  • Comfortable

Silent Nite is the first course of treatment for simple snoring.  During your visit at Perfect Smile Maker, we provide you with a questionnaire to uncover a snoring pattern and the best design for your health needs.  Stewart Brody, DDS will take an impression of the upper and lower arch to make a custom Silent Nite dental appliance for you.  With a customized dental appliance you can sleep well and improve your health.

Visit our website to learn more about the Silent Nite dental appliance and the treatments available for sleep apnea.  You can also call 516-482-2215 and schedule an appointment to visit Stewart Brody, DDS to determine if dental implants are the right option for you.

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How To Care for Your Dental Implants

asdfDental implants are one of the best ways to replace missing or damaged teeth.  With good care, your new dental implant is designed to last a lifetime.   Here are a few tips to help keep your dental implant healthy following your procedure.

Implant Care Tips:

  • Mouthwash – Immediately following your implant procedure, we recommend that you use Chlorhexidine Gluconate Mouthwash to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.  This helps reduce the risk of post-operative infection.
  • Diet – After your procedure, you want to be careful with your implant.  The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a diet of soft foods, cold foods, and warm soup.
  • Brushing – Until your permanent crown is implanted, you will need to care for your abutment with a small toothbrush.
  • Bi-Annual Visits – You should always schedule dental checkups twice a year to make sure that your smile is healthy.

After your dental implant has fully healed, you will be able to treat it just like any of your other natural teeth.  With regular brushing, flossing, and biannual dental exams and cleanings, your smile will be healthy and your dental implant will be long-lasting.

Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.  You can also call 516-482-2215 and schedule an appointment to visit Stewart Brody, DDS to determine if dental implants are the right option for you.

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Smile Makeovers with Snap-On Smile

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Want to improve the appearance of your smile?  Advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made correcting chips, gaps, and discoloration simple!  Snap-On Smile provides patients with an affordable smile makeover option.

Snap-On Smile is a thin dental product that is custom designed to fit directly over your natural teeth.  There is no need for messy adhesives.  Instead, Snap-On Smile simply “snaps” onto the teeth.  Patients can work with their dentist to choose their new smile’s shape and shade.

Benefits of choosing Snap-On Smile:

  • Removable
  • Non-Invasive
  • Customizable
  • Painless
  • Beautiful

Unlike other more invasive cosmetic dental services, Snap-On Smile doesn’t alter your natural tooth structure.  This makes it a more affordable smile makeover option and an excellent choice for patients who are nervous about more invasive services.

Snap-On Smile is one of the many cosmetic dental services we offer at Perfect Smile Maker.  To determine if you are a good candidate for Snap-On Smile, schedule a visit to our office!  Stewart Brody, DDS can help you find the best cosmetic solution for your dental needs.  Visit our website to learn more or give us a call at 516-482-2215.

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Teeth Whitening Tips for a Younger Looking Smile

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There are many reasons why patients opt to brighten their smiles with teeth whitening.  It’s a great way to help you restore confidence in yourself and your appearance.  In many cases, it can even make you look younger!  With the right tooth care practices, you can keep your teeth looking bright and white.

  • Brushing Technique – Make sure you are using a soft bristled brush when brushing your teeth.  Harder brushes can damage your tooth enamel and make your books more prone to staining.  Gently scrubbing your teeth will help get rid of any stains, keeping your teeth pearly white.
  • Staining Foods & Drinks – Coffee, tea, red wine, and colas can all stain your teeth.  Dark and sticky foods can also cause staining when they adhere to your teeth.  When you can, try choosing lighter options.
  • Benefits of Water – One of the best things you can do to keep your smile bright is to drink lots of water!  Water can help rinse away any acids that might damage your smile and make them weak.

In addition to incorporating these tips into your everyday life, we also offer professional teeth whitening at our office.  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 on the effective professional teeth whitening services offered at Perfect Smile Maker.

Sleep Apnea: Who is at Risk?

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Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age.  However, there are certain factors that can increase your risk of developing this common condition.  Here are a few factors that can influence your risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Risk:

  • Weight – About half of all of the people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea are overweight.  However, this is not the only factor that plays a role in your risk.  Thin people can develop sleep apnea too.
  • Narrow Airway – You may have inherited a naturally narrow throat or your tonsils are enlarged.  This can block your airway.
  • Gender – Men are twice as likely as women to have sleep apnea.  However, the risk increases in women after menopause.
  • Age – Sleep apnea is more common in adults over the age of 60.
  • Smoking – Smokers are three times more likely to have sleep apnea.  Smoke can increase inflammation and fluid retention.

For more information on the factors that play a role in your chances of developing sleep apnea, visit the US Department of Health & Human Services website.

If you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, contact Perfect Smile Maker!  We have helped diagnose and treat many Long Islanders who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.  With a custom, adjustable appliance, we can help you breathe quietly and comfortably throughout the night without the use of a CPAP machine.

Summer Dental Emergencies

iStock_000033755750_DoubleOutdoor summer activities are fun, but they can also leave you prone to injury.  Knowing how to prevent and manage a dental emergency can help save an injured or damaged tooth.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when spending time outdoors on summer vacation.

Tooth Emergency Tips:

  • Lost Tooth – If you have lost a tooth, place it in a glass of milk.  Take the tooth with you to the emergency room and apply an ice pack to minimize any swelling.  The sooner the tooth is re-inserted, the better the chance the tooth will survive.
  • Fractured Tooth – Rinse your mouth with warm water after breaking a tooth.  Apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling.
  • Wedged Object – Have something stuck in between your teeth?  Try to remove it with floss.  If this doesn’t work, visit our office.
  • Loose Tooth – A loose tooth may reattach on its own, but you should always visit the dentist for a consultation.  We can make sure that the root of the tooth is not dying and reattaches properly.
  • Toothache – Try brushing and flossing to ease the pain.  If it still hurts, stick to soft foods or try an over-the-counter pain killer.

If you experience any dental emergencies this summer, visit our office!  At Perfect Smile Maker, we can help you with all of your dental needs.  Call 516-482-2215 to schedule your consultation.

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