Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Just because you have braces doesn’t mean the whole world has to know.
More and more adults are turning to our Midtown Manhattan dentist Dr. Brandon Huang to fix their crooked and misaligned smiles because they can do so without every needing to wear metal brackets or wires. In fact, with Invisalign people may not even notice your braces at all, which is just one reason why they have become so popular.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses a set of retainer-like trays that are custom-made to fit over your teeth. They are made from a transparent, flexible thermoplastic so they are less visible when worn. Before getting your aligners, our Midtown Manhattan general dentist will need to take a mold of your teeth.
From there, we will also use special computer software to determine which teeth will need to move and exactly how much they will need to move during the course of your treatment to give you the results you want.
The dental molds along with our tailored treatment plan are then submitted to an Invisalign dental lab, which uses this information to create customized aligners that will apply just the right amount of pressure throughout the course of your treatment to fix your smile problems.
What issues can Invisalign address?
Invisalign technology has certainly come a long way over the last two decades and now it can handle a wide range of common dental issues no matter how minor or significant they may be. Common problems that Invisalign can treat include:
- Cross bite
- Open bite
- Crowding or overlapping
- Gaps between teeth
- An overall crooked smile
Invisalign is able to handle a wide range of misalignments; however, it’s important to keep in mind that in some cases it might not be the most efficient approach. This could be the case for those with extreme overbites or those who require repositioning of the jaws to improve their bite. We would be happy to talk about your options when you come in for your consultation.
How often should I wear my aligners?
We know how tempting it can be to leave your aligners off when you just don’t feel like wearing them but if you want to see results then you need to wear them whenever you aren’t eating something or getting ready to brush and floss your teeth. This means, wearing your aligners for around 22 hours every day. If you think you may be too tempted to keep your aligners off then this may not be the best orthodontic treatment for you.
New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, NY, wants you to feel more confident in your smile. If you feel that a gap between your front teeth or a slightly crooked smile is holding you back then call our office today to find out if Invisalign is right for you.
You have a cavity and require a filing. Your dentist at New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, NY, Dr. Brandon Huang places tooth-colored fillings whenever possible. Made of composite resin, these white fillings are strong, natural-looking and require less enamel reduction than old-style metal fillings. Learn the details here.
Why do teeth decay?
A hole in tooth enamel--a cavity--forms from the interaction of oral bacteria and carbohydrates. This combination produces corrosive acid, and if bacteria proliferate in plaque and tartar, teeth readily decay.
Fluoride has helped generations of dental patients combat decay. Delivered through fluoridated water, toothpaste and treatments from your dentist in Midtown Manhattan, NY, this natural mineral strengthens enamel and even counteracts the acids in your mouth. Unfortunately, though, fluoride, combined with good oral hygiene and in-office care, cannot prevent all cavities.
If you need a filling...
Dr. Huang and his team can help. He uses composite resin, an innovative blend of glass and plastic, to repair most small to moderately-sized cavities. He likes the durability of the material and how seamlessly the resin bonds to the remaining healthy tooth structure. Only you and your dentist will know that you have a composite resin filling. They are that unnoticeable.
Plus, the filling process is easy. After numbing the tooth, the dentist removes the decay with a high-speed drill and other instruments. Then, he places the properly shaded resin into the prepared site. He installs it in layers, hardening each one with a curing light to maximize strength.
When finished, he checks the shape and bite, and you're done. Your tooth is beautifully restored, and you can eat, brush and floss right away.
Caring for your white filling
As with all your teeth, care for your filling by:
- Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing daily with the flossing product of your choice
- Seeing Dr. Huang twice a year, or as he advises, for a cleaning and check-up
- Avoiding super-hard foods, such as peanut brittle, and wearing a bite guard at night if you clench or grind your teeth (the National Sleep Foundation says bruxism wears down your teeth and causes sleep problems)
- Eat a tooth-friendly diet which is low in sugar
Get it done
Of course, you wish to avoid fillings altogether. However, if decay happens, count on Dr. Huang and his team at New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, NY, to restore your smile to full health and aesthetics. Call (212) 588-1809 to book your filling appointment today!
Even if you take great care of your smile and oral health and invest in over the counter whitening products, your teeth may not be as white as they can be. Everything from diet and lifestyle habits like smoking to genetics, medications, and the normal aging process can lead to dental stains and discolorations. A professional teeth whitening treatment can transform your smile - and take a few years off of your appearance in many cases - in as little as a single trip to the dentist. Dr. Brandon Huang, a dentist in Midtown Manhattan, offers a range of cosmetic and general dentistry services.
Teeth Whitening in Midtown Manhattan
Over the counter products like whitening toothpastes, gels, and strips can help, but they won't deliver the same results as a professional treatment, and may contain abrasive ingredients that can strip away tooth enamel over time. This will actually make your teeth more vulnerable to staining and discoloration over time.
Going to the dentist for a whitening treatment will save you time, deliver significant results, and protect your teeth and gums from harsh chemicals.
Who Should Invest in Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments?
You don't have to be a professional actor or model to invest in teeth whitening treatments. In fact, studies have shown that a whiter smile is at the top of the wish list for most people, and it's not hard to see why. Statistics show that feeling good and confident about your smile can improve everything from self esteem to personal and professional opportunities.
Whether you drink coffee, smoke tobacco (added bonus: whitening your teeth is the perfect incentive to quit), or just want to whiten your teeth a few shades for personal satisfaction, teeth whitening treatments are available for everyone.
Find a Dentist in Midtown Manhattan
Nothing ruins an otherwise beautiful and healthy smile like stains and discolorations. But you don't have to live with a less than perfect smile. For more information about professional teeth whitening treatments, contact New York Dental Studio today by calling (212) 588-1809 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Huang.
Do you need veneers from your Midtown Manhattan, NY, dentist, Dr. Brandon Huang?
What are veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain bonded on the surface of teeth. Your Midtown Manhattan dentist uses veneers to adjust patients' teeth color or shape.
The versatility of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers beautify your smile by providing good tooth color, shape, and proper alignment. Veneers can improve any of the following characteristics:
Color: Teeth become stained by foods and drinks, smoking, chewing tobacco and aging.
Size & Shape: Teeth become worn down from teeth grinding habits and naturally irregular-shaped teeth.
Alignment & Spacing: Veneers can close small gaps between teeth and/or make minor adjustments to correct tooth alignment.
Limitations of Veneers
Veneers aren't always the answer. You may need orthodontics because veneers can't be used to:
- Correct severely misaligned teeth
- Close large dental gaps
- Extreme tooth decay and decay
- Severe trauma due to an accident or tooth grinding
What does the procedure entail?
- We will examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. Before our dentist decides that you are a good candidate, he'll first have to deal with any underlying issues, like cavities.
- Some enamel will be removed from the surface of your teeth so that you won't feel like your teeth are protruding once the veneers are placed.
- An impression of your teeth will be taken and sent to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made.
- Your veneers will be cemented to the surface of your teeth.
What are the advantages of veneers?
- Veneers conceal a variety of issues, including teeth with uneven surfaces as well as teeth that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, or crooked
- They have great color stability
- They are highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, and smoking
- Veneers have a long life expectancy
How should I care for my veneers?
It's important to take proper care of your veneers for the sake of appearance and health. Here are a few tips:
- Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco
- Minimize the amount of coffee and tea you drink
- Brush your teeth twice a day while holding your brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas
- Floss at least once before bed to remove food debris
- Avoid dental-staining food, such as blueberries
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings to remove hardened plaque
For more information on veneers, call Dr. Brandon Huang's Midtown Manhattan, NY, dental office at (212) 588-1809!
Say goodbye to those embarrassing yellow dental stains.
Do stained, dull teeth have you feeling pretty down about your smile? This is where our Midtown Manhattan, NY, cosmetic dentist Dr. Brandon Huang can help. Just a simple professional teeth whitening session may be all you need to breathe new and brighter life back into your smile.
Professional teeth whitening is an ideal cosmetic option for patients who maintain good oral health but have yellow stains caused by foods, drinks or aging. Yellow stains respond the best to professional teeth whitening.
We will also need to examine your smile to make sure that there aren’t any issues such as receding gums, bleeding gums or cavities. Any active dental problems will need to be treated before getting a teeth whitening treatment. Also, it’s important to know that whitening treatment only works on natural tooth structures and will not brighten dental work such as crowns or fillings.
When it comes to whitening your smile professionally there are two options: You can choose to have our Midtown Manhattan, NY, dentist whiten your smile for you right here in our office or you may choose to have us provide you with the materials you need to whiten at home. The choice is up to you.
If you are looking for the fastest and most significant results from whitening treatment than our in-office whitening system is the best option. After all, most patients get the results they want in just one hour. Plus, the whitening gel is strong, which means that we don’t have to leave it on your teeth nearly as long to produce amazing results. You’ll sit back while we do the work for you.
If you would rather just whiten at home when it works best for you and your schedule then at-home whitening might be the perfect solution for whitening your smile. Some patients also like the fact that at-home whitening is less expensive than in-office whitening. You won’t get results nearly as fast, but you will see results after about one week of continual use.
New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, NY, is here to provide your smile with the cosmetic or restorative dentistry it requires to look and feel its best. If you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for professional teeth whitening then it’s time to call our office today to learn more.