X-Ray Radiation – Everything You Need To Know

In the medical field, there is one common denominator linked to every solution. What is that common denominator, you may ask? X-Rays. X-Rays are necessary in dentistry and many other fields in the diagnostic process, as well as the treatment process. Without X-Rays, it would be difficult to properly diagnose and treat patients to the utmost precision, efficiency, and accuracy.

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X-Ray Radiation – Everything You Need To Know

In the medical field, there is one common denominator linked to every solution. What is that common denominator, you may ask? X-Rays.

X-Rays are necessary in dentistry and many other fields in the diagnostic process, as well as the treatment process. Without X-Rays, it would be difficult to properly diagnose and treat patients to the utmost precision, efficiency, and accuracy.

What Are X-Rays?

Why Are They Needed?

Is X-Ray Radiation Harmful?

 

 

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The Best Tooth Replacement Option

Tooth human implant. Dental concept. Human teeth or dentures. 3d renderin. Missing teeth is a very common problem many patients face, which can affect their quality of life. Luckily, there are various options available to replace the missing teeth and restore both form and function. There are generally three options to replace missing teeth, including dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures.

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The Best Tooth Replacement Option

Tooth human implant. Dental concept. Human teeth or dentures. 3d renderin. Missing teeth is a very common problem many patients face, which can affect their quality of life. Luckily, there are various options available to replace the missing teeth and restore both form and function. There are generally three options to replace missing teeth, including dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. Of the three choices, dental implants are the proven superior treatment because they are the closest you can get to your natural teeth. In this article, we will explain more about the importance of tooth replacement, dental implants, and how we can help you here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry!

Why is it important to replace missing teeth?

When you lose teeth, “no replacement” is always an option but is not recommended due to the many negative consequences of missing teeth. Multiple missing teeth can severely impact your ability to chew food, and often people with multiple missing teeth will tend to eat softer foods that tend to lack nutritional value. Impacting a person’s diet like this can create many serious health problems, such as obesity, heart problems, and diabetes among others.

Inside the mouth, missing teeth can have many negative effects. Our teeth naturally like to hit against other teeth, and this helps to hold them in position. Once a tooth is lost, opposing teeth will start to drift out of their socket (supra-eruption) and adjacent teeth will start tipping as they try to find something to hit against. This can create discomfort if the teeth drift far enough that you are biting against soft tissue. It can also lead to tooth sensitivity if the root surface is exposed as the teeth drift out of their sockets. As the teeth drift, the space where there is a missing tooth will gradually become smaller, and this can negate any future replacement of a tooth in this area if that space becomes small enough. If teeth are not replaced with implants, bone loss can also start to occur because there is no tooth or implant in that site for the bone to hold onto.

Above all else, missing teeth can affect your confidence! Many people with missing teeth find that they do not smile as often as they would like and may avoid social situations as a result. Replacing those missing teeth will help to give you the confidence to live the life you want to live.

What are the reasons to choose dental implants?

Nothing compares to having your natural teeth, but when that is not an option, dental implants are the next best thing. Implants are an excellent treatment to leave you with a prosthetic fixed in your mouth that you do not have to worry about taking in and out or coming loose during normal function (unlike dentures). If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, the All-on-Four dental implant procedure is an especially great treatment to replace all teeth with a single restoration attached to a minimum of four implants. This is perhaps the most significant reason patients will choose implant restoration over other teeth replacement options, but there are many other great advantages to consider as well.

As mentioned earlier, dental implants help to preserve the bone. After a tooth is removed, the bone will start to shrink because it no longer has anything to wrap around. As the bone shrinks, your facial profile will start to change, often making your face look more sunken in while increasing the appearance of wrinkles. As the bone shrinks, it can also make it very difficult to retain dentures, at which point implants will be an absolute necessity to support a stable prosthetic. By having dental implants placed soon after a tooth is removed, bone shrinkage will be prevented as the bone grows around the implant. This is a huge advantage over dentures and dental bridges, which do not aid in bone loss prevention.

When a single tooth is lost between two adjacent teeth, another alternative to a dental implant is a dental bridge. A dental bridge, however, is a more invasive treatment compared to a dental implant to replace a single tooth. Dental bridges require that tooth structure be removed from adjacent teeth to support the prosthetic, regardless of whether those adjacent teeth needed any treatment in the first place. Essentially, a healthy tooth structure could be removed from the adjacent teeth, and this could lead to sensitivity or other complications. Dental implants, alternatively, do not affect the teeth on either side of the missing tooth because the replacement tooth will be anchored to an implant in the bone, not to the teeth on either side. This reduces the need for any unnecessary treatment to the surrounding teeth. Dental implants are also much easier to clean around than dental bridges, which help greatly in their long-term prognosis!

Do dental implants work like natural teeth?

In a short answer, yes! Dental implants do work like your natural teeth! When people experience tooth loss and are considering their replacement options, the most common driving factor in their decision is whether or not they will be able to function properly when it comes to actions such as eating and speaking. Implants are far superior to all other tooth replacement options in this sense. Because they are permanently fixed inside the mouth, you can count on your implants to remain just as stable as your natural teeth when you are eating or speaking. With dental implants, you never have to worry about your teeth coming loose during your meal (as frequently happens with dentures) and can feel confident dining out in public.

With dental implants, you also do not have to limit the kind of foods you eat. Many denture patients find they are unable to eat tougher foods, such as steak, because the dentures move as they chew, making complete chewing of tough foods very difficult. This is not an issue with dental implants!

Whether you are replacing a single tooth or replacing a full arch of teeth with the all-on-four dental implant system, dental implants are most superior in the treatment of missing teeth. Contact us today at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry for a consultation and to start your journey toward a beautiful smile you can feel confident about!

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Infants And Dental Care: Timeline Tips

Though you may have sufficient knowledge in regards to your own dental health, you are allowed to admit you could use some guidance when it comes to your infant’s dental care. It is certainly easier for adults to diligently stay on top of their own dental health. We’ve learned to brush thoroughly, floss often, and attend regular dental visits.

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Infants And Dental Care: Timeline Tips

Infants and Dental Care: Timeline Tips

Though you may have sufficient knowledge in regards to your own dental health, you are allowed to admit you could use some guidance when it comes to your infant’s dental care. It is certainly easier for adults to diligently stay on top of their own dental health. We’ve learned to brush thoroughly, floss often, and attend regular dental visits. As for infants ranging from no teeth, to the eruption process, to a few teeth having broken through —  what is the correct protocol, you ask? That’s why we’re here! We want to ensure that you know all about what’s best for your little one when it comes to dental care and their dental health.

There are many reasons why your infant’s dental care is extremely pivotal. As experts, we have dwindled all those reasons down to that old saying that rings true: “It’s better to start ‘em young.” 

By practicing healthy dental habits from the start, you set your child up for oral health success. Our hope is that this article will bring you up to snuff with what to look out for, what to expect, and how to provide your child with the best dental care. You will have the ability to detect normal progress, stunted progress, and unexpected surprises that will allow you take action accordingly.  

Timeline

Birth to 6 months of age:

The healthy dental habits you practice now will serve to prevent cavities and other oral health issues from infancy to childhood. 4-6 months is the approximate age in which children typically begin teething. When it comes to teething, there are a few things to remember.

  • Remember to wash your infant’s gums after feeding
    • Pro Tip: Gently massage the child’s gum tissue with a moistened washcloth over your index finger
  • Encourage your child to feed by propping the bottle in their mouth
    • Pro Tip: Never put your child to bed with a bottle as this is a choking hazard
  • Red and swollen gums is to be expected
  • Provide your child with a clean teething ring or other safe and recommended teething products of your choice
    • Pro Tip: Cold temperatures are soothing
  • Actions such as cleaning fallen pacifiers with your mouth and testing the temperature of your child’s bottle with your mouth are not recommended
    • Pro Tip: Why? Remember: Bacteria causes tooth decay (cavities). These actions transmit unwanted and unfamiliar bacteria into your child’s mouth

6-12 months of age:

We are sensing a major breakthrough within this time frame! That’s right — between 6-12 months, your child’s first tooth may erupt. It’s time to put your practice and preparation to good use.

  • Repeat the teething relief tips explained above
  • Once you see a little tooth, it’s time to add a toothbrush to the mix! (no toothpaste yet)
    • A soft bristle toothbrush will be the most gentle and effective type of brush to use — anything other than soft bristled will be too harsh for your child
  • Begin weaning your child off of bottles and towards soft foods
    • Pro Tip: Limit foods and drinks high in sugar to begin healthy habits

What to look out for:

Look out for any signs of dental issues by regularly lifting your child’s lips. Small white or brown spots on his or her teeth may be an early indicator of a cavity. Don’t panic! Call your dentist right away and we will take care of it right away. Early detection is good!

If all looks good, remember that scheduling your child’s first dental appointment is necessary anyway. It is highly recommended to schedule their first appointment before their 1st birthday or anytime up to 6 months following the eruption of their first tooth. Fluoride is something you should bring up to your child’s dentist upon the first visit to find out their recommendation if your water is not fluoridated. 

12 to 18 months of age:

How did your child’s first dental appointment go? If you have not yet schedule one, it’s time!

  • Continue on with the brushing. It’s time now to add in some water (still no toothpaste). You’re doing great!
  • Continue examining your child’s mouth for anything unusual

18 months +:

Typically, by 2-and-a-half to 3-years-old,  all of your child’s primary teeth should be present. We highly recommended that by this time, pacifier use and thumb-sucking should have come to an end. Prolonged thumb-sucking and pacifier usage can lead to dental complications such as misalignment of the teeth, jaw, or roof of the mouth. In addition, thumb-sucking can expose your child to harmful bacteria. 

  • Continue on with the brushing. Ahh, you and your child have graduated! Now, it’s time to add a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Remind your child to always spit the toothpaste out rather than ingesting it. Take advantage of one of the only times you can get away with encouraging “funny noises” out of your child’s mouth. Making funny spitting noises can encourage your child to rid of the excess toothpaste in a way they may look forward to. 
  • Typically, children will need assistance in brushing until they develop the appropriate coordination skills. 
  • 6 or 7 is the age your child should be brushing independently.
  • Continue to check for anything unusual
  • Schedule your child’s dental visits for every 6 months!
  • If thumb-sucking has persisted past 3-years-old, mention that to your dentist at their next dental visit. 

That wasn’t so hard! You have officially mastered Infant Dentistry. Refer to this guide whenever you need to and just remember: When it’s time, rest assured that you set your child up for oral health and hygiene success! The team here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry is always here for you!

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Brushing Away Health Risks: Keep your Teeth Clean

Brushing your teeth means more than just having fresh breath and white teeth. It means having great overall health. Brushing and flossing regularly encourages you to put your health first as well as keeping up with annual dental checkups. Taking care of your dental needs helps you strive to be more proactive with your health.

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Brushing Away Health Risks: Keep your Teeth Clean

Closeup on young woman brushing teeth.

Brushing your teeth means more than just having fresh breath and white teeth. It means having great overall health. Brushing and flossing regularly encourages you to put your health first as well as keeping up with annual dental checkups. Taking care of your dental needs helps you strive to be more proactive with your health. Along with brushing and flossing you are keeping bacteria under control and making sure that the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts is healthy as well.

What are the Specific Health Risks?

Neglecting to take care of your teeth has many health risks that can affect you in the worst way. Whether it be gum disease or a chronic illness, ignoring your teeth is a great risk. Some of the health risks that can take a toll on your body are :

●      Endocarditis – This infection is one that occurs in the inner lining of the heart chambers or valves.  This normally occurs when bacteria from other parts of the body, such as the mouth, spread through the bloodstream and attach to certain areas of the heart. 

●      Cardiovascular Disease – There is not a full understanding of the connection, but research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria causes.

●      Pregnancy and Birth Complications – Premature birth and low birth weight have been linked to Periodontitis, an infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports the teeth.

●      Pneumonia – Certain bacteria in the mouth can be pulled into the lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases to form.

●      Diabetes – By reducing the body’s resistance to infection, the gums are at risk because of diabetes. Gum disease can be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. Researchers have discovered that people who have gum disease tend to have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels. However, regular periodontal care can improve diabetic control.

●      HIV/AIDS – Oral problems, such as mucosal lesions are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.

●      Osteoporosis – This bone-weakening disease is linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss. Treatment for this horrible disease carries a small risk of damage to the bones of the jaw.

●      Periodontal (Gum Disease) – This disease that affects the tissues, is common in people who have chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes.

●      Dementia – Bacteria from gingivitis may enter the brain through nerve channels or the bloodstream, causing the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

●      Kidney Disease – Periodontal disease can lead to kidney disease. This disease that affects the kidneys, heart, bones, and blood pressure, can be fatal if it leads to kidney failure. Usually, those who suffer from poor oral health also suffer from kidney disease.

Why is it Important to Brush and Floss?

To achieve perfect oral health, brushing and flossing must be a high priority. It is important to brush and floss regularly in order to prevent gum disease. Unfortunately, for those who refuse to brush their teeth for long periods of time, increase the chance of developing periodontal disease and other infections in the mouth. Other reasons for brushing and flossing include:

●      Removal of Plaque – Brushing ensures the removal of plaque, which is a primary cause for tooth decay and gum disease.

●      Prevent Tooth Decay – Taking care of your teeth by brushing them helps prevent tooth decay, which causes cavities. This is when holes form on the tooth and can result in tooth loss.

●      Bad Breath Prevention – You can prevent bad breath when you brush your teeth daily. When you take care of your breath, you will not have to worry about potentially discouraging friends, colleagues, and family members from developing deeper interpersonal relationships with you. And don’t forget to brush your tongue. Yes, that is right! Brushing your tongue on a regular basis with a tongue scraper can efficiently eliminate odor-causing bacteria that buildup on your tongue.  

●      Flossing Effective and Easy – Using dental floss is an effective and easy way to prevent periodontal disease. Flossing should be a part of your regular routine when taking care of your teeth and gums. This effective dental tool is good for small gaps and tight spaces. It will catch food debris as well as sugars and acids from sugary drinks. It also only takes a few minutes to floss.

The Importance of Regular Dental Visits

Dental visit.

Many may ask the question of why it is important to keep up with dental checkups, but making sure that you visit your dental professional regularly helps to catch infections early. It is essential to schedule a visit to your dentist at least every six months or as recommended by your dental professional. However, if you are wanting to know what to expect on a regular visit to the dentist, the visit includes:

●      Examination and Cleaning – There are two parts to a regular visit. The dentist will examine your teeth for cavities and if necessary take X-rays. After the examination, your dental professional will clean your teeth.

●      Checking for Plaque – The examination also includes checking for plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. Plaque is a clear and sticky layer of bacteria and if it is not removed, it will harden and become tartar. Unfortunately, tartar cannot be removed with brushing and flossing. So it is important to keep up with visits to your dentist so that they can remove the tartar if necessary.

●      Checking Gums – The dentist will check your gums with a special tool, to help check the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums. If your gums are healthy, the spaces will be shallow. If gum disease is present, the spaces may become deeper.

●      Examination of Tongue, Throat, Face, and Neck – When your dentist checks for possible signs of cancer, they will also thoroughly check your tongue, throat, face, and neck.

●      Flossing – Once the dentist is done with the examination, they will floss your teeth to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean.

Whether you have never visited a dentist or go to see a dental professional regularly, it is important to know why dental checkups should be a common way of helping to stay healthy. Once you start a habit of keeping your teeth clean and protected, you will find comfort in knowing that your teeth are well taken care of.

Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning At Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry!

As you can see, maintaining a clean mouth is more important than you might have originally thought. If you are looking to better not only your oral health but your overall health, schedule your next dental cleaning with one of our elite specialists here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry. In our office, your smile and comfort is our first priority. Schedule your appointment, today, by calling (212) 581-1091.

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Choose Invisalign

Are you unhappy or uncomfortable with the way your teeth look? Does having crooked teeth keep you from being confident, keep you from smiling, or freely talking to others? Having crooked, uneven, or misaligned teeth can lead many into shame or embarrassment whenever they open their mouth. However, embarrassment does not have to be what you face each time you smile.

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Choose Invisalign

Are you unhappy or uncomfortable with the way your teeth look? Does having crooked teeth keep you from being confident, keep you from smiling, or freely talking to others? Having crooked, uneven, or misaligned teeth can lead many into shame or embarrassment whenever they open their mouth. However, embarrassment does not have to be what you face each time you smile. There are many procedures to help straighten teeth to perfection. One teeth-straightening process that has taken great strides to help many around the world, is Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a kind of orthodontic treatment that helps to straighten teeth without the use of braces. This procedure has grown in popularity for many reasons. Invisalign does not involve the discomfort of metal being placed in the mouth, nor does it involve the discomfort of having it in the mouth for the entirety of the braces process. Invisalign is clear, completely doing away with the unsightliness of metal braces. Some people also look at Invisalign as a popular option because the trays are easy to insert and remove. With this option, the road to a beautiful smile is made enjoyable and appealing. 

What are You Unhappy With?

There are many things that bring unhappiness when it comes to your teeth. For some, misaligned teeth are just the beginning of a long dental battle. Having crooked teeth, which are seen in children and adults, bring many reasons as to why they grow in misaligned. Baby teeth have been known to grow in crooked because they are too small to fill the amount of gum space. However, having crooked teeth as a baby does not mean your child will grow to have permanent crooked teeth. If a baby has crowded teeth, however, there is a chance that their permanent teeth will be crowded as well. Many children also have misaligned teeth because of prolonged habits, like thumbsucking or the ongoing use of a pacifier. Other reasons for having misaligned teeth include:

      Heredity and Genetics – Many people with crooked teeth have inherited them from others in their family. This trait may be something that has always been in their genes, leaving many children with the strong possibility of having crooked teeth as well.

      Trauma – If a person encounters trauma to the mouth by being hit or tooth decay happens to make a tooth fall out or crack, the permanent teeth that follow may grow slanted.

      Jaw Size – Scientists have studied over the years, that our evolved jaw may be another reason why a person’s teeth grow in crowded or crooked.

      Malocclusion – This alignment problem can lead to serious health complications, causing an under-bite, overbite, or open bite. With these issues, the teeth are unable to perform vital functions.

      Poor Dental Care – Not having your teeth checked annually by a dental professional can not only lead to gum disease and cavities but also misaligned or crooked teeth.

      Poor Nutrition – Children can especially have poor nutrition, which can lead to tooth decay and poor dental development. These issues are potential precursors for teeth to grow in crookedly.

Gap Teeth – Another problem that some people encounter with unhappiness in their teeth, are gap teeth. This is a common reason for many to be unhappy with their smile. Also, referred to as spacing issues, gapped teeth refers to instances in which a person has extra space between at least one of two of their teeth. Diastema, a medical term for gapped teeth, applies to both small and large gaps. However, these spaces can be treated with veneers or bonding. Invisalign is also a popular treatment for filling gap teeth. Some of the reasons that people have gapped teeth include gum disease, thumb sucking, the use of a pacifier, having unusually small teeth or a large frenulum, tongue thrusting, and missing teeth. There are options to fix teeth that bring worry to those who wish for their teeth to look better. While many may look at braces and veneers as a suitable option, Invisalign is the more comfortable and reliable way to go.

In some cases, crooked teeth do not pose any health risk. Similarly, crooked teeth are not frowned upon by everyone. For many, the decision to seek methods of teeth straightening is a personal preference. Whether there is a lack of funds, health issues, or self-consciousness, that keep people from getting their teeth straightened, any decision made should be one that is right for you.

Why Choose Invisalign Over Other Teeth Straightening Options?

Over the years, dental care has come a long way from the earlier procedures that people would have to endure in order to have the perfect smile and aligned teeth they wanted. However, since the beginning years of old school dentistry, newer techniques have come along and brought a more satisfying and a less painful way of achieving successful dental care. Invisalign aligners have proven to be a good and painless way to have the perfect, straight and healthy teeth you’ve dreamed of. Although we have experience and evidence to back up our recommendation for Invisalign and its benefits, our team here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry believes it is important for our patients to know every option that is available to them. These options include:

      Lingual Braces –  These braces are completely hidden behind the teeth and there are custom made brackets and wires that are attached to the back of each tooth. Lingual braces are uncomfortable with the requirement of a long transition period. Once the decision is made to get lingual braces, the patient can’t eat crunchy foods and may speak with a lisp. The tongue will also rub against the brackets and wires with the possibility of becoming irritated. Overall, adjusting to these braces can be a challenge.

  Invisalign – Unlike lingual braces, Invisalign provides the patient with a custom fit. In addition, Invisalign can be taken out and put back in whenever a patient wants. There is less of a worry without the wires and brackets to hold it in. Lastly, there are no rules when it comes to what foods a patient can eat. Any food can be eaten once the Invisalign trays have been removed. Once the teeth are thoroughly brushed, the patient inserts the Invisalign right back in. 

      Veneers and Lumineers – These thin and porcelain shells are applied to the surface of the teeth. Once the dentists apply the veneers, they will shave down and reshape the natural tooth in order to achieve a natural appearance. However, Lumineers are thin enough to where the natural tooth does not have to be shaved down to achieve having a perfect smile. If a decision is made between the two, it is important to know that neither one of these options will fix bite issues or severe misalignment issues, but they can help with small gaps and minor misalignment problems.

  Invisalign – While veneers may involve the natural tooth being shaved down, this will never be a worry with Invisalign.

      Traditional Metal Braces – If a decision is made to get traditional braces, then the person receiving them will have stainless steel brackets attached to the teeth and metal wires connecting the brackets together. While having a mouth full of metal may not sound glamorous, metal braces are known to fix severe alignment issues and are usually the most inexpensive option to go with. However, they are very visible and can lead to irritating the mouth.

  Invisalign – Using Invisalign does not involve using uncomfortable metal or brackets and it can be taken out and re-inserted at any time.

      Snap-On Smile – This removable appliance is snapped on top of the natural teeth, creating a flawless smile. This solution can be either temporary or permanent and is not as expensive or invasive as other straightening treatments. This device will be one that is custom fit for comfort, but sticky foods will have to be avoided and you may find that the first few weeks after getting them, may affect your speech. Using this device, however, does not fix the underlying issue, but it does provide an effective cover-up.

  Invisalign – With Invisalign, worrying about how speech is affected will not be a problem and eating certain foods will not be a worry.

      Damon Braces – These braces include self-ligating brackets, using a slide mechanism instead of elastic bands to hold the wires in place. While they are less noticeable than traditional brackets, and the treatment time may be shorter, but this can also be a more expensive option.

  Invisalign – Using this option does not require brackets or wires. There will also never be a worry about holding it in place.

      Short-Term Treatment- Also known as Six Month Smiles, this ideal option is for those who want the cosmetic straightening benefits, but are not in need of the complex bite corrections. Shorter treatment time and lower cost compared to other options would be why many choose this as a solution to fixing their teeth.

  Invisalign – There is nothing cosmetic to worry about with Invisalign.

      Ceramic Braces – Less obvious than metal braces, making a decision to get ceramic braces means having more bulkiness than the traditional metal braces as well as paying more for them. Choosing this option for the perfect smile also means clear brackets that are tooth-colored.

  Invisalign – Bulkiness or brackets and wiring is never a problem with Invisalign.

What to Expect at an Invisalign Consultation:

Once you decide to get your teeth straightened and choose Invisalign as the option, you will have to meet with your dentist to see if this is the right choice for you. With this consultation, your dentist will go through a process of helping to determine if you are the right candidate for Invisalign. This process includes:

      Asking Questions – During your consultation, your dental professional will ask questions about your medical history, dental history, if you breathe through your mouth, and if you grind your teeth. These questions are asked to help them understand your general oral health and orthodontics better.

      Photos – The dentist will proceed to take pictures of your face, mouth, and teeth as part of the consultation. There will be X-rays taken as well so that they can understand the tooth and facial structure. Examining the photos will also help them come up with a treatment plan. This will ensure that Invisalign will be able to meet your orthodontic needs.

     A Discussion about Invisalign – After your doctor has come up with a step-by-step treatment plan for you, they will cover everything you need to know about the Invisalign treatment, including daily mouth hygiene and the wearing of aligners. The dentist will answer any questions you may have about the treatment. Another topic that will be covered in this consultation is the price. Depending on the orthodontist, you may be able to discuss a payment plan with them. After the consultation, you will be given plenty of time to think about if you want to move forward with the treatment. 

Finding the right plan to straighten your teeth may be a challenge once you begin your research. We understand. Our hope is that this blog helped to cut through the noise and come to know the most effective option when it comes to straightening your teeth and perfecting your smile. Once you choose Invisalign, you will quickly and inconspicuously be on your way to the smile of your dreams. Book your Invisalign consultation, today! Call (212)581-1091. 

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Rare Dental Cases

For most people, a trip to the dentist typically calls for something simple. The top five reasons for scheduled dental visits are proven to be cleanings, fillings, extractions, bridges and implants, and Invisalign consultations. Other dental needs include, but are not limited to, crowns and caps, veneers, teeth whitening, gum surgery, and dentures.

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Rare Dental Cases

Rare Dental Cases

For most people, a trip to the dentist typically calls for something simple. The top five reasons for scheduled dental visits are proven to be cleanings, fillings, extractions, bridges and implants, and Invisalign consultations. Other dental needs include, but are not limited to, crowns and caps, veneers, teeth whitening, gum surgery, and dentures.

On the contrary, there are presented dental cases that are completely out of the ordinary. Better known as ‘rare dental cases,’ patients have scheduled dental visits for issues that keep dentists on their toes. These special cases have come without a methodology or guide in regards to effectively correcting them.

This has allowed professionals to give each rare dental case a label as the case is presented, and in addition, has allowed them to create a guideline for future dental professionals to follow in the event that the same case presents itself again.

Check out these 5 rare dental cases, what they have been titled by dentists who were presented these cases for the first time, and details about each.

1. More Than One Set of Teeth (Hyperdontia)

Hyperdontia is the rare condition of having an extra set or sets of teeth. The extra teeth are called supernumerary teeth. They can grow in any area of the dental arch and do not come in at any specific angle or placement.

This haphazard growth of extra teeth on either dental arch is not typically painful, however, the extra teeth can sometimes put pressure on your jaw and gums. Pain and swelling is often associated with hyperdontia, in addition to the overcrowding of the natural teeth. This can cause the patient’s permanent teeth to become crooked.

Hyperdontia (more than one set of teeth)

2. Larvae/Maggots Growth In Mouth (Oral Myiasis)

Myiasis is a rare parasitic infection in which a patient’s oral cavity is infected with larvae. This case is considered to be rare for many reasons; one reason being that the oral cavity is not typically able to provide a conducive enough habitat for larvae to survive and thrive.

Certain conditions and instances contribute to a patient’s predisposition to oral myiasis. Some of these instances include, but are not limited to, poor oral hygiene, tooth extractraction sites, fungating carcinoma of buccal mucosa, patients with tetanus, severe halitosis, and facial trauma.

Oral Myiasis

3. Intraoral Presence Of Hair

The rare case of having an intraoral presence of hair speaks for itself! There have been dental cases where a patient experiences the growth of hair within their mouth. It is concluded that this intraoral presence of hair is typically a side effect of reconstructive surgery. The persistent hair growth can be caused by the intact hair follicles that are transplanted at the time of surgery.

The presence of intraoral hair can cause negative effects such as psychological distress, difficulty eating, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty speaking. The options for hair removal are required to be performed at 4-6 week intervals due to the hair growth cycle. If laser is the chosen method of removal, it is extremely important that the laser is used carefully and under general anesthesia.

Intraoral presence of hair

4. Gingival Hyperplasia

Gingival hyperplasia, also known as gum enlargement,  is described as an overgrowth of gum tissue surrounding the teeth.

Although there are many predicted causes for this rare condition, poor oral hygiene and the overuse of certain medications are two of the main causes for gingival hyperplasia. Extremely puffy, red, swollen gums that seem to bubble over the teeth is a good indication of gingival hyperplasia.

The risk of developing gum disease increases with the amount of time that gingival hyperplasia is left untreated. In early stages, treatment for this condition is the improvement of oral hygiene. In more severe cases, surgical means are necessary to correct gingival hyperplasia.

Gingival Hyperplasia

5. Severe Calculus Buildup

Calculus, also known as tartar, is a form of hardened dental plaque. Dental plaque is required to be cleaned or picked away at daily by the patient through their oral hygiene routine or a by dentist during a regular dental cleaning. If plaque is left on the teeth, it hardens over time and forms a hardened calculus.

Calculus buildup can not be removed simply. It requires tools such as a periodontal scaler to properly and effectively be removed. To prevent initial tartar buildup, it is important to brush, floss, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash twice a day!

Severe buildup of calculus

Schedule your appointment with Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, today! Stay on top of your oral health by attending regular dental visits. If you suspect anything unusual going on with your oral health, do not hesitate to call (212)581-1091.

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Dental Cleanings: Step-By-Step

Some of us who attend regular dental cleanings do not know much about the dental cleaning process. We may have a concept of the different steps, as well as our favorite and least favorite parts throughout, but we are not aware of what each step is doing for our teeth.

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Dental Cleanings: Step-By-Step

Dental Cleanings: Step-By-Step

Some of us who attend regular dental cleanings do not know much about the dental cleaning process. We may have a concept of the different steps, as well as our favorite and least favorite parts throughout, but we are not aware of what each step is doing for our teeth.

On the other hand, some of us avoid regular dental cleanings altogether. Why? Generally, a lack of understanding is the primary factor that fuels fear. Thus, patients who do not understand the dental cleaning process tend to avoid attending their regular dental appointments.

Whether you are the patient described in the first paragraph, or the second, we believe it is important for you to be fully equipped with the knowledge you need to make the wisest decision possible in regards to your dental health.

We have decided to take you through the dental cleaning process, step-by-step, to educate you on what each step of the process does for your teeth. Remember, attending regular dental visits plays a pivotal role in the maintenance and continuation of your dental health, and thus, your general health.  

Examination

Teeth cleanings are generally performed by a dental hygienist. Before the cleaning process begins, the dental hygienist provides the patient with a full oral examination. The oral examination step of a cleaning is much like the physical exam you receive from your physician! The purpose of any examination is to check for any signs of health risk or issues that can be detected by a visual scan and/or series of testing techniques.

During the oral examination step of a dental cleaning, the dental hygienist uses a small mirror to check your teeth and gums for any signs of gum inflammation (gingivitis) or an indication of a serious oral health issue. This step is extremely important because many general health issues are detected through an evaluation the tongue and mouth.

Removal of Plaque and Tartar (Scaling)

The next step of the dental cleaning process is the removal of plaque and tartar. With the guidance of the same small mirror used in the examination step, the dental hygienist utilizes a tool called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar around your gum line.

The scraping that patients hear during this step often raises their anxiety, but we can assure you that this scraping is completely normal and extremely beneficial to your dental health. Removing the plaque and tartar from in between your teeth, as well as around your gum line, keeps your teeth healthy and reduces your risk of developing gum disease (periodontitis).

Polish Cleaning With Toothpaste

After your dental hygienist has thoroughly removes the plaque and tartar, he or she then brushes your teeth with a gritty toothpaste and a high-powered electric toothbrush. The sound you will hear at this point is the sound of a strong electric toothbrush at work. Rest assured that this step is simply a very thorough teeth brushing session, and you don’t even have to lift a finger!

Why is the toothpaste a gritty consistency for this step in the dental cleaning process? The grit in the toothpaste is meant to scrub and polish your teeth directly following the removal of plaque and tartar. This is when the surface of each tooth is the cleanest and thus, the most susceptible to an effective clean.

Flossing, Rinsing

Regardless of whether or not you floss at home, the flossing session you receive during a dental cleaning is more productive than you can ever floss on your own. How? The dental hygienist flosses between each and every tooth, getting into those hard-to-reach places for a thorough removal of any remaining food particles and/or plaque.

In addition, dental hygienists can locate spots that may need more flossing attention and ensure that the patient is aware of which teeth need to be focused on. The sections of your gums that bleed more than others when being flossed require more attention as this may be an indication of early gingivitis.

Now, your dental hygienist will have you rinse your mouth thoroughly and spit into the mini-sink that is attached to the dental chair. You will be encouraged to rinse to your comfort, getting rid of everything that was removed from your teeth throughout the entire cleaning process.

Fluoride Treatment

Lastly, you will receive your fluoride treatment! When it comes to the dental cleaning process, fluoride treatment is the cherry on top. This seals the deal, serving as a protectant for your teeth to help fight against cavities until your next cleaning.

When you think of the step with a foam filled mouth piece, this is the fluoride treatment. If this is the step you are leery of, just remember it’s importance. The fluoride treatment places a coating over your freshly, thoroughly cleaned teeth to protect them for the coming months of food and plaque buildup. Sit tight for one minute and you will be sent on your way with a refreshed, squeaky clean smile.

All Done! Now What?

To put things into perspective, here’s a metaphor:

Think about cleaning off a cluttered, dirty desk. You first have to assess the situation, remove the clutter, dust the surface, and then deep clean with a cleaning product for a seal of cleanliness. Your job from there, forward, is to maintain the cleanliness of your desk by regularly clearing the clutter, dusting, and windexing.

The dental cleaning process goes in that exact order. Examine the mouth. Remove the plaque and tartar. Brush and polish the teeth. Seal the clean with a fluoride treatment. Schedule your next appointment, and in the meantime, keep up with your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice a day.

Ideally, your next appointment should be  scheduled for 6 months from now. Let us help you to maintain a healthy mouth and a healthy lifestyle!

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What To Expect During Your First Few Weeks With Invisalign.

Having an unsightly smile can affect your everyday life and self-confidence. The last thing you would want is to have visible metal to make your smile even more noticeable. With Invisalign, that is the last of your worries. Invisalign is the “clear” alternative to metal braces that will straighten your smile!

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What To Expect During Your First Few Weeks With Invisalign.

Having an unsightly smile can affect your everyday life and self-confidence. The last thing you would want is to have visible metal to make your smile even more noticeable. With Invisalign, that is the last of your worries. Invisalign is the “clear” alternative to metal braces that will straighten your smile! It is important to follow the set instructions and guidelines given by our dental professionals in order for the treatment to be effective.

Your First Aligners Have Arrived

Your first aligners have arrived and it is time to start your Invisalign process. The Invisalign trays work by forcing your teeth to shift to begin straightening them out. It is normal to experience slight pain or discomfort during your first few days as your teeth begin to shift. The good news is that the pain and discomfort subside as you get used to your teeth shifting.

To help ease or reduce the pain, it is advised to practice biting and chewing exercises. These exercises help massage your gums and stimulate blood flow to your mouth, which is a natural pain reliever. Chewing exercises also help to secure your Invisalign trays by creating a tight fit for maximum tooth movement.

Inserting and Removing Invisalign Trays

Believe it or not, there is an actual proper way to insert and remove your Invisalign trays. Inserting and removing your new trays may be challenging at first. First, you’ll want to make sure you have to correct aligners for your upper and lower arches. When inserting, you will begin by pushing the tray on your front-most teeth and then apply the same pressure to your back teeth. It is important to never bite your tray into place.

When removing your trays, you must start on the side of your mouth using your fingertips on the inside of your molars to gently remove the tray from your tooth. Repeat on the other side of your mouth and once the tray is removed from your molars you can gently remove it from your mouth.  

Will My Aligners Affect My Speech?

In order for Invisalign to work properly, you must wear your trays every day for at least 20 hours a day. When using your new Invisalign trays for the first time, it will take time to adjust to your new trays and you may notice a slight change in your speech. That is nothing to worry about, a slight change in speech is completely normal and will take a little bit of practice to get used to.

How Will I Eat With Invisalign?

Unlike metal braces, with Invisalign, you can enjoy all the foods you like to eat. Your aligners are extremely durable, however, they are not indestructible. You must remove your trays when eating or drinking anything but water. Hard chewing and biting can break or crack your Invisalign trays. In addition to removing your trays before eating or drinking, it is important to brush and floss your teeth before re-inserting your trays to prevent any food particles from getting trapped.

Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry!

If you are looking to straighten your smile, consult with one of our elite specialists here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry. Our specialists perform a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. We are proud to ensure the best possible treatment plans to our patients to provide a healthier smile at prices they can afford. For more information about Invisalign, call (212) 581-1091.

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When Are Veneers Needed?

If you are unhappy with your unsightly smile, you are not alone. Several people are unhappy with their smile, whether it be because of damage, the color or even the shape of their teeth. The last thing we want here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, is for you to be hiding your smile.

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When Are Veneers Needed?

If you are unhappy with your unsightly smile, you are not alone. Several people are unhappy with their smile, whether it be because of damage, the color or even the shape of their teeth. The last thing we want here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, is for you to be hiding your smile. We utilize the latest dental technologies to ensure efficient results that will have you smiling confidently!

Veneers are an effective solution to fix any damage or discoloration to a tooth. There are two types of veneers: composite and porcelain. Both composite and porcelain veneers when applied correctly can improve your smile and appearance, but what are the differences and which is best for you? Let’s find out!

What Are Dental Veneers And When Do I Need Them?

Dental veneers are an effective solution to giving you the smile you desire. Dental veneers are very thin layers that cover and adhere to the front most visible teeth. They are aesthetically pleasing and look just like natural teeth. They are custom made to match and fit your natural teeth. Veneers are used mainly to correct dental issues, such as:

  • Teeth that are stained or cannot be whitened
  • A tooth that is chipped or worn out
  • Teeth that are crooked or misaligned
  • Large gaps between the front most teeth

There are two materials that veneers can be made out of, which are either composite resin material or porcelain. Each type of veneer material has their own benefits.

Benefits Of Composite Resin Veneers

Composite resin veneers are completed in one visit and are sculpted at the time of placement. They are made of tooth-colored filling material that is directly bonded to the tooth. Benefits of a composite resin veneer includes:

  • Composite resin veneers are more affordable compared to porcelain veneers
  • Only require one dental visit to fabricate and insert
  • Although composite resin veneers are generally not as durable compared to porcelain veneers, they are easy to fix if they get damaged

One disadvantage of composite resin veneers is that they are not as durable compared to porcelain veneers. They require more maintenance because they are more likely to chip or break. Composite resin veneers tend to stain easily because composite is a porous resin while porcelain is glazed.

Benefits Of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are one of the most aesthetically pleasing restorations for damaged or stained teeth. Although they are more costly and require more time to complete, they are very durable and long-lasting. Benefits of porcelain veneers include:

  • Less tooth enamel has to be removed, preserving the natural tooth
  • Porcelain has a translucent, light-reflective quality that is similar to tooth enamel
  • They do not stain easily

A disadvantage of porcelain veneers is that if they are damaged, they cannot be repaired. Once they are broken a new restoration is required.

How Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry Can Transform Your Smile!

Everyone longs for the perfect smile, and we can help! If you have a chipped, damaged, or crooked tooth, porcelain veneers are the perfect solution. Here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry we offer several restorative dentistry services to improve the appearance of your teeth.  We make dental visits quick, easy, and efficient. In under a week,  you can revitalize and brighten your smile, and boost your confidence – all at the same time!

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ClearCorrect Vs. Invisalign

There are several options to choose from when it comes to clear aligners. The most popular and well-known option is Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is overseen by a dentist and you get the one-on-one, hands on guidance throughout your entire treatment process. Another option is ClearCorrect, which is a take home solution.

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ClearCorrect Vs. Invisalign

Many people want a straighter smile but don’t want the unsightly metal braces and the hassle and discomfort that comes with it. Now, with clear aligner therapy you don’t have to worry about that! Clear aligners are custom made trays that fit your teeth perfectly and are nearly invisible.  

There are several options to choose from when it comes to clear aligners. The most popular and well-known option is Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is overseen by a dentist and you get the one-on-one, hands on guidance throughout your entire treatment process. Another option is ClearCorrect, which is a take home solution. With ClearCorrect, it is more of a “do-it-yourself” option which gives you a lot of responsibility and may give patients a lot of uncertainty and unanswered questions during their treatment process.

Here at Rockefeller and Cosmetic Dentistry, we over several cosmetic dentistry services that can not only straighten your teeth, but enhance your smile as well. Aligners are used to treat conditions such as :

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps
  • Cross bite
  • Deep bite

To better understand your options when it comes to clear aligners, let’s see the key differences and benefits between two popular options, ClearCorrect and Invisalign.

How ClearCorrect Aligners Works

ClearCorrect has been in business in the United States for 8 years now. Unlike Invisalign, ClearCorrect offers three different options to address your specific case, which include:

  • Limited 6. This option works to treat the full arch and provides you with only 6 sets of aligners. It is best for minor adjustments.
  • Limited 12. This option provides you with a wider range of treatment with 12 sets of aligners. 
  • Unlimited. With this option the specialist is allowed to work with as many sets of aligners needed to adjust the teeth.

Choosing the correct option will be recommended by your specialist who will be evaluating your specific case. ClearCorrect aligners are made of a specialized, durable material called Zendura. It is specially designed for optimum stress retention, which means the aligners are able to withstand any biting pressure.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign requires a more personable, one-on-one experience with a specialist. With Invisalign, a consultation is required where the specialist will examine your teeth and decide if you are a good candidate. The aligners are custom made for your teeth using 3D imaging technology that allows specialists to fully evaluate the severity of your case. Several trays will be given to switch and adjust the trays in the comfort of your own home, rather than having to visit the dentist every few weeks.

They are designed to be worn every 20-22 hours. The duration of the treatment will vary depending on the individual circumstances, however, it relatively straightens teeth in 9 to 12 months. Although the aligners alone are sufficient enough to correct misalignments, some treatment plans may require an attached “button” to the teeth. This raised button provides them more traction.

What Is the Difference Between ClearCorrect and Invisalign?

Although they both are comparable on results, there are some key differences that make one more favorable than the other. Key differences include:

  • Comfort. ClearCorrect currently uses the same plastic material that Invisalign used to use, which works well. However, Invisalign now uses its own patented smart track material for their aligners. Many patients have found that this material is much more comfortable in their mouth and the trays are less noticeable. 
  • Company experience and expertise. Invisalign has been in business since at least 1997. They have had many years to research improvements, perfect their products, and build a strong database of successful case studies. Clear correct only came about 10 years after Invisalign, which gives Invisalign the advantage of experience and expertise. 
  • Cost. The flexibility of ClearCorrect treatment option makes them more attractive to patients because it does represent a more affordable option compared to Invisalign. However, most patients are unaware of what their insurance carriers can cover for orthodontic treatment, especially if it is medically necessary. If this is the case, cost may not be a big factor.

Invisalign vs Smile Direct Club

We also have another informative article to educate you on other clear aligner options. Smile Direct Club is another popular option that is comparable to Invisalign. Like ClearCorrect, Smile Direct Club is strictly virtual. A distinct difference between Smile Direct Club and Invisalign is the creation and delivery of the treatment plan. Your entire treatment is planned online with Smile Direct Club rather than with a physical doctor or office visits, therefore, the impressions will not be as precise compared to in-office professional impressions.

Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry And Invisalign – We Can Help!

Say goodbye to your unsightly smile and hello to new and improved confident smile! Here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer Invisalign treatment that can resolve all of your worries. We use state-of-the-art 3D scanners and advanced technology to print a map of your teeth. We take images from present to future, so you are able to see how your teeth will change every step of the way and have an understanding of what your teeth will eventually look like. We also offer Invisalign for teens to give them the confidence they need for their social life and overall quality of life.

If you are looking to transform your smile with Invisalign treatment, call Rockefeller cosmetic dentistry at (212) 581-1091 and schedule your complimentary consultation.

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