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By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
May 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

There is so much that dental veneers can do to resurrect your smile and make it more appealing.veneers

Have you been considering cosmetic dentistry? Want to improve the shape of your smile but not sure exactly how? Do you need to repair or improve a few teeth to get the ideal look you want? Then our Briarcliff Manor, NY, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael Teitelbaum, could offer you the beautiful results you desire through porcelain veneers.

If you were to take a look at porcelain veneers, at first glance you may think they look no different than false fingernails. Of course, while veneers do offer more protection for the tooth just as a fake fingernail can for a nail, a veneer can also drastically improve a tooth’s appearance when it is bonded to it.

These thin, translucent shells are uniquely crafted to fit only your teeth. As you will be able to see, veneers actually cover the entire front portion of the teeth and even reflect light in the same way that a real tooth can, so people won’t even know whether your smile is yours or the help of porcelain veneers.

What can dental veneers do for you? Well, they can easily cover:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Chips and cracks
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen or malformed teeth
  • Uneven or worn teeth

You name it; veneers can probably cover it! It’s that simple. Whether you want to lengthen a tooth that has been worn down by teeth grinding or you want to cover that awkward gap between your front teeth, getting veneers can hide all this and so much more.

Getting veneers is surprisingly easy. Once you come in to see our Briarcliff Manor dentist to find out if your teeth and smile goals are a perfect fit for veneers, the next step is to prep your teeth for your new restoration.

Tooth preparation for this cosmetic treatment is fairly straightforward and minimally invasive. In fact, it can often be done without even needing a local anesthetic. During this preparation, we will remove about 0.5mm of enamel from the front of your teeth. For traditional veneers this is a must, otherwise, there will be no room to place your veneers and your smile will be bulky and unnatural.

Once enamel has been removed, we will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are what the dental lab will use to design and specially crafted your very own veneers.

When your veneers are made, the very last step is to make sure that they offer an ideal fit before bonding them to the front of your teeth with special tooth-colored dental resin.

Are you ready to get a brand new smile and think getting porcelain veneers in Briarcliff Manor, NY, can help? If so, call Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry today to schedule your consultation.

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
May 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
PlanAheadtoMakeYourSmiletheBestitcanbeforYourBigDay

The big day you've waited for all your life is just around the corner — your wedding day! And to make that day as special as possible you've been working on making yourself more attractive.

In all your preparations, don't forget your smile. There are many ways to make it shine, some requiring little time or effort. A professional dental cleaning and polishing, for example, can do wonders for brightening your smile. If you have above normal staining, you can also undergo professional whitening to remove stains and enhance your teeth's natural color.

Some problems, though, like chipped, slightly misaligned or heavily stained teeth may require more than a cleaning or whitening session. In these cases, you might consider covering these less attractive teeth with porcelain veneers to transform their appearance. As the name implies, veneers are a thin layer of tooth-colored, translucent porcelain custom designed for you and bonded permanently to the visible tooth.

While veneers can significantly change your smile, it can't fix every appearance problem. Some teeth require more extensive dental work, like a porcelain crown that completely covers a tooth, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. In more complex situations you may want to look at orthodontics to repair an unattractive bite, or plastic surgery to change the look of a gummy smile.

Keep in mind, though, many of such treatments take time: installing dental implants can take months and some orthodontic treatments, years. As soon as you can, you should discuss your smile appearance with your dentist and what can be done to enhance it in the time you have.

With the help of your dentist, orthodontist or other specialist, you can change your smile. And that, along with all your other preparations, will help make that once in a lifetime day even more special.

If you would like more information on undergoing a smile makeover, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
April 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
ASmileMakeoverisaTransformingExperience

The term “makeover” is a powerful word in today’s society. It’s used for a variety of things — hair, body, lawn — that need more than a different style, a little toning or some new shrubs. A makeover is a transformation, replacing the dissatisfying status quo with something new and dynamic.

Your smile and its various components — teeth, gums, jaw structure and facial features — might also be a candidate for a makeover. This involves more than just a few modifications. It’s the answer to a smile we avoid showing in photos, cover with our hand when we’re speaking or laughing, or makes us feel older than we really are. In other words, it’s a comprehensive change to a smile that inhibits us from fully expressing ourselves in our friend, family or career relationships.

Of course, for any makeover to succeed, it must follow a plan. A smile transformation is no different. The process begins with what we call a “smile analysis”: a comprehensive examination that determines the exact condition of your entire mouth. This enables us to identify problems and defects, understand how they interact with your other facial features, and then recommend a treatment plan that effectively addresses these issues.

The plan isn’t complete, though, without your input. You may want a complete renovation — to restore missing teeth or change their shape, color and brilliance. On the other hand, you may be more comfortable with a few subtle changes, perhaps even keeping slight imperfections that you see as part of the real “you.” Whichever path you take, the end result is a smile that makes you happy, and proud to show to others.

The various techniques and materials available through cosmetic or restorative dentistry can turn any disappointing smile into a beautiful one. Your journey to that newer, brighter smile begins with your next dental visit.

If you would like more information on smile makeovers through restorative or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
March 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: air abrasion  
AirAbrasionAnAlternativetotheTraditionalDentalDrill

Drilling teeth is an essential part of repairing and restoring the damage caused by tooth decay. For generations dentists have relied on the dental drill with its rotating burr to remove decayed and damaged tooth material.

But while the dental drill is effective it also has its disadvantages. In the process of removing decayed material it inadvertently removes healthy structure near the target material. It often requires anesthesia to deaden the work area. And its noise and vibration are often unsettling to patients.

There is a growing alternative, though: air abrasion, a technology that's been around since the mid-20th Century. But recent advances in controlling the dust created by using abrasion, as well as new tooth-colored bonding materials to replace tooth structure, have sparked new interest among dentists and patients alike.

Also known as particle abrasion, this drill alternative uses a pressurized stream of fine particles to remove decayed material. Using a hand wand a dentist can precisely aim the stream of particles (usually aluminum oxide) to the specific areas of decay or softened material that need to be removed. As a result, it removes only a fraction of healthy tooth structure compared to traditional drilling. Air abrasion has also proven effective for removing staining without harming enamel.

Air abrasion also eliminates the sound and vibration associated with dental drills, and may not always require local anesthesia. On the other hand, it does have some limitations. For one, it's not as effective with larger cavities or working around older fillings. The tooth or teeth to be worked on must be carefully isolated from the rest of the mouth to keep the patient from swallowing the abrasive particles. And without a high-volume suction pump and good isolation protocols, the particles can produce something of a “sandstorm” in the treatment room.

But as air abrasion continues to advance, we may see improvements in these limitations. In a future time, the traditional dental drill may go the way of the horse and buggy.

If you would like more information on air abrasion as an alternative to drilling, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Air Abrasion Technology.”

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
March 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When discussing potential dental procedures which could benefit your smile, you may become overwhelmed with information quickly. restorative dentistryHowever, understanding dental procedures can help you quell dental anxiety and determine which procedure is best for your situation. Learn about dental crowns and bridges with Dr. Michael Teitelbaum at Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry in Briarcliff Manor, NY.

What are porcelain dental restorations? 
Porcelain dental restorations help repair your smile’s gaps and damaged teeth. The restorations, created in a dental laboratory, are custom made to fit perfectly within your smile and color-matched to your existing teeth to ensure a natural look. Many procedures fall under the restoration dentistry classification, including crowns, bridges, veneers and dental implants. Dental fillings, used to fill in the hole left behind from removing infected or decayed tooth tissue, and dentures, which replace all of your missing teeth, are also considered dental restorations.

What can crowns and bridges do for me? 
A dental crown fits over a tooth to help protect it from outside elements during everyday use. Shaped like a tooth, a dental crown simply covers your existing tooth’s imperfections. A dental crown fills in the gap left behind by a missing tooth. The bridge, which has a dental crown on either side, uses the natural teeth on either side of a gap to anchor itself into your mouth. These two dental restorations can work together to give you a whole new smile. This will make chewing and eating easier and boost your confidence to make everyday interactions easier and more enjoyable.

Crowns and Bridges in Briarcliff Manor, NY
Before placing a crown or bridge, your dentist will first prepare your tooth to fit inside of the restoration. This involves shaping the tooth into the same form as the inside of the restoration to help enhance the bond between the restoration and tooth and ensure a snug fit. The dental laboratory will use an impression of your mouth, complete with the prepared tooth, to design your restoration. Your restoration returns to your dentist’s office where it is then placed onto the tooth at a second appointment.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Teitelbaum at Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Call (914) 941-2000 to speak with a friendly associate about scheduling your appointment with Dr. Teitelbaum today!