Learn more about veneers from your Midtown Manhattan dentist.
Hate to smile? Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front part of the teeth to enhance your smile. Dr. Brandon Huang at New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, NY, offers dental veneers to his patients. Here are six reasons to consider veneers.
1. Hide Imperfections
Dental veneers can sufficiently hide imperfections that can be difficult to correct. As a result, the overall aesthetic of the smile is enhanced. Dental veneers make imperfect smiles look flawless.
2. Fix Gapped Teeth
Have gapped teeth? For some people, having a gap between their teeth can affect their confidence. Porcelain veneers are routinely used to fix teeth with gaps between them. These shells fit snugly over the surface of your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile.
3. Strengthen Teeth
Dental veneers can strengthen and protect vulnerable teeth that have cracks or chips. This is possible due to the durable, ceramic material that composes a dental veneer as it covers your tooth. Porcelain veneers provide resilience and strength comparable to natural tooth enamel.
4. Cover Crooked Teeth
Crooked smile? Crooked teeth can make people feel self-conscious about their appearance and affect their self-esteem. Dental veneers are routinely used to fix crooked teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their length, shape, and size.
5. Improve Your Look
Unhappy with your smile? Dental veneers will enhance your smile and improve your look. Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth. Veneers can completely transform a smile in just a few visits. With veneers, you will look and feel younger and more attractive. Who doesn't want to look younger- or better?
6. Whiten Your Smile
You don't have to live with stained teeth. Veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are discolored -- either because of excessive fluoride, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, root canal treatment, or the presence of large resin fillings that have stained the teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color.
Veneers have helped millions of people enhance their smiles, boosting their confidence and improving their lives. And it will do the same for you! Don't wait another minute- call New York Dental Studio at 212-588-1809 now to schedule a consultation in Midtown Manhattan, NY. Here's to you.
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Oral cancer affects thousands of people each year. Oral cancer, which can appear as a lesion anywhere in the mouth, can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. New York Dental Studio, which is located in Midtown Manhattan, NY, offers oral cancer screenings to their patients. Dr. Brandon Huang is one of the finest dentists in Midtown Manhattan, NY.
Here are the early signs of oral cancer:
1. White/Red Patches in Mouth
Oral cancer may start as a red or white patch in the mouth or throat. Red patches are called erythroplakia. White patches are called leukoplakia. A fungal infection can also cause red and white patches. If you have antifungal treatment and the patches go away, they are not related to cancer.
2. Soreness in the Throat
Other common symptoms of oral cancer include a sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat that doesn't disappear. Soreness in the throat can be caused by things other than cancer. Still, it is very important to see a dentist if you have a sore throat for more than two weeks.
3. Sores That Don't Heal
A mouth sore that doesn't heal is the most common symptom of oral cancer. A canker sore usually heals within a couple of weeks, so any sore in your mouth that lasts longer needs a professional evaluation. If you notice a mouth sore and it doesn’t go away in a few weeks, see your dentist as soon as possible.
4. Eating Problem
Difficulty chewing often results from changes to the tongue, jaw, or mouth. Cancer, especially oral cancers, may cause this. Oral cancer can also cause problems when swallowing. Difficulty swallowing is called dysphagia. Unfortunately, some people may find themselves coughing, gagging, or even choking when trying to swallow. Others may feel like food is stuck in their throat.
Oral cancer can be deadly. Don't take risks with your health. Call New York Dental Studio at 212-588-1809 right now to schedule an appointment for an oral cancer screening in Midtown Manhattan, NY. A simple oral cancer screening could save your life!
With college, a full-time job and an upcoming wedding to plan, Brooke Vitense had the hectic life of an average young woman in her twenties. But a chance discovery one morning would completely upend her normal life.
That morning Brook noticed white spots on the underside of her tongue while brushing her teeth. Not long after, she pointed out the spots to her dentist during her regular dental checkup. He recommended having the spots biopsied, just to be safe. She needed a wisdom tooth removed, so she scheduled the biopsy with her oral surgeon to coincide with the tooth extraction.
She soon forgot about the biopsy — until her dentist contacted her about the results. The lesions were pre-cancerous: he recommended she have them and a portion of her tongue removed surgically as soon as possible.
She underwent the procedure, but that wasn't the end of her ordeal. The follow-up pathology report indicated cancerous cells in the tissue excised during the procedure. To ensure elimination of any remaining cancerous cells they would need to remove more of her tongue as well as the lymph nodes from her neck.
Brooke survived her cancer experience and has since resumed her life. Her story, though, highlights some important facts about oral cancer.
Oral cancer is life-threatening. Although cases of oral cancer are rarer than other types of malignancies, the survival rate is low (50%). This is because lesions or other abnormalities are often dismissed as simple sores. Like any cancer, the earlier it's detected and treated, the better the chances for survival.
Anyone of any age can develop oral cancer. While most cases occur in older adults, young and otherwise healthy people like Brooke are not immune. It's important for everyone to make healthy lifestyle choices (good oral hygiene and nutrition, moderate alcohol use and avoidance of tobacco) and see a dentist whenever you see an abnormal sore or spot in your mouth.
Regular dental checkups are crucial for early detection. Had Brooke not seen her dentist soon after discovering the spots on her tongue, her survivability could have been drastically lower. Regular dental visits (and cancer screenings if you're at high risk) could mean all the difference in the world.
If you would like more information on the signs and treatment of oral cancer, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can watch Brooke's interview by visiting How a Routine Dental Visit Saved My Life
Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office. In fact, Shields posted the photo to her own Instagram account, with the caption “More dental surgery! I grind my teeth!” And judging by the number of comments the post received, she's far from alone.
In fact, researchers estimate that around one in ten adults have dental issues that stem from teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism. (Many children also grind their teeth, but it rarely causes serious problems, and is often outgrown.) About half of the people who are teeth grinders report problems like persistent headaches, jaw tenderness and sore teeth. Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported.
Researchers have been studying teeth grinding for many years; their findings seem to indicate that it has no single cause. However, there are a number of factors that play a significant role in this condition. One is the anatomy of the jaw itself, and the effect of worn or misaligned teeth on the bite. Another factor relates to changes in brain activity that occur during the sleep cycle. In fact, nocturnal (nighttime) bruxism is now classified as a sleep-related movement disorder. Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism.
What can be done for people whose teeth grinding is causing problems? Since this condition may have many causes, a number of different treatments are available. Successful management of bruxism often begins by striving to eliminate the factors that may cause problems — for example, making lifestyle changes to improve your health, creating a soothing nighttime environment, and trying stress-reduction techniques; these may include anything from warm baths and soft music at bedtime, to meditation and mindfulness exercises.
Several dental treatments are also available, including a custom-made occlusal guard (night guard) that can keep your teeth from being damaged by grinding. In some cases, a bite adjustment may also be recommended: In this procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth to change the way it contacts the opposite tooth, thereby lessening the biting force on it. More invasive techniques (such as surgery) are rarely needed.
A little tooth grinding once in a while can be a normal response to stress; in fact, becoming aware of the condition is often the first step to controlling it. But if you begin to notice issues that could stem from bruxism — or if the loud grinding sounds cause problems for your sleeping partner — it may be time to contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more about bruxism in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stress and Tooth Habits.”
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