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By New York Dental Studio
March 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.

Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.

Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”

Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.

There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.

So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.

Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”

If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By NEW YORK DENTAL STUDIO
March 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

When patients of the New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, NY have gaps, crowding, and spacing issues, one of their orthodontic invisalignoptions is Invisalign. This treatment offers a number of advantages over getting traditional metal braces, which is why it is so popular. Learn how Invisalign, a popular alternative orthodontic procedure, can help improve the alignment of your teeth.

The Invisalign Way
Clear, plastic dental trays are what make Invisalign treatments so easy for patients. When you wear the trays, the teeth will begin to move to take on their shape. The process is so gradual that you won’t feel it or notice a change until you go to the dentist for a check-up. After about six to 18 months of wearing your custom trays, the treatment plan is complete. You have to make a personal commitment to wear your trays for at least 20 hours per day to stay on schedule and get the best results.

Invisalign Advantages
Your Midtown Manhattan dentist will examine your teeth and recent X-rays to see if Invisalign is the right option to explore. These are the advantages of choosing Invisalign over other orthodontic options:

- Because the trays are removable, you can take them off to enjoy a meal or to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth daily.
- When you’re wearing your trays, they are barely noticeable, so you can have light conversations with friends, family, and colleagues without feeling insecure.
- The aligners fix your smile in about a year compared to two or three years with metal braces.

Improve Your Smile
Straightening your crooked, gapped, or crowded smile can give you a great boost of confidence. Invisalign can also help with bite issues. Realigning your teeth can benefit you personally, socially, and professionally. A Harris poll conducted in conjunction with Invisalign found that eight out of 10 adults say that straightening their teeth was one of the best dental decisions they made.

See a Dentist for an Invisalign Consultation 
Dr. Brandon Huang at New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, NY can tell you if your orthodontic problems can be fixed with Invisalign after a short examination. Call 212-588-1809 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon Huang.

By New York Dental Studio
August 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
EdenSherandtheLostRetainer

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?

By NEW YORK DENTAL STUDIO
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

Invisalign is an orthodontic solution that requires the use of custom-shaped lightweight, transparent aligners. Patients choose Invisalign invsalignbecause it is a discreet alternative to wearing clunky, uncomfortable metal braces. A dentist at New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, NY, may be able to improve your smile with Invisalign braces instead of using traditional metal ones -- find out how.

The Magic of Invisalign
Before Invisalign was created, patients who had minor orthodontic imperfections had to wear metal or lingual braces to fix them. Now, thanks to the magic of invisible plastic aligners trays, certain spacing issues can easily be corrected without wires, brackets and rubber bands. Each tray is custom-designed using imaging software and X-rays. You’ll wear each one for about two weeks before getting your next aligner until your teeth are where they need to be. 

A Discreet Solution
Many patients of New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan are busy professional adults who can’t afford to wear permanent metal braces for years. They prefer Invisalign because it is a more discreet solution to their cosmetic issues. The trays are clear and fit snugly around your teeth, so they're barely noticeable. They can also be taken out at any time, though you’re encouraged to wear them for at least 20-22 hours per day.

More Invisalign Benefits
Besides general discretion, there are more reasons why patients choose Invisalign:

  • The trays are comfortable to wear and move the teeth gently, unlike braces which can be painful to wear in the early stages
  • Because the trays can be removed, eating your favorite foods is easier compared to standard braces
  • The treatment length is relatively short compared to metal braces (about six to 12 months compared to years)
  • There's no uncomfortable removal process at the end of the treatment plan—just continue to wear your last aligner tray at night as a retainer

Consult with an Invisalign Dentist
If you’re interested in joining the many patients who have chosen Invisalign over metal braces, make time to consult with Dr. Brandon Huang at his Midtown Manhattan, NY, office. Call (212) 588-1809 today to schedule an appointment.

By New York Dental Studio
February 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”