Are cosmetic fillings right for you?
Has our Garden City, NY, family dentist Dr. Eugene Porcelli told you that you could benefit from a cosmetic filling? This is a common restorative procedure used to repair a tooth after a cavity so it’s important that you get a filling as soon as possible. Here’s what you should know about getting cosmetic fillings,
A cosmetic filling looks like tooth enamel
The reason our Garden City, NY, family dentist uses cosmetic dental fillings because the material used—composite resin—is made to look just like real tooth enamel. Our dental team will first choose the appropriate resin color that most closely resembles the color of your tooth, then the resin will be applied to the tooth.
You won’t notice a cosmetic filling and neither will anyone else, so you can feel completely confident in your smile. Cosmetic fillings are aesthetically pleasing, which is why so many people turn to composite resin fillings to treat dental decay.
A cosmetic filling preserves more of the tooth
Composite resin or cosmetic fillings are moldable, which means that they can be directly applied to the tooth and then shaped and trimmed. This also means that we can preserve as much of the tooth’s healthy natural structure as possible, which also ensures maximum durability over the years.
Cosmetic fillings are super durable
Another benefit of cosmetic fillings is that they are made from a resilient material that with the proper care can last up to 10 years or longer. Just make sure that you are still visiting your dentist every six months for routine checkups so that we can make sure that the filling is still healthy and intact.
Tooth decay will not go away on its own so that’s why it’s important to see your dentist if you notice a dark spot or visible hole in a tooth, or you see your dentist right away if you are dealing with dental pain.
If you are dealing with a cavity it’s important that you see your family dentist in Garden City, NY, as soon as possible for care. Don’t leave a cavity untreated. Call Garden City Family Dental at (516) 739-1851 to schedule your next appointment.
In the world of orthodontic treatment, clear aligner systems are considered as an innovation from the metal wires and brackets used to provide healthier and straighter teeth. Getting a smile makeover is more comfortable and easier with this dental appliance that discreetly puts pressure on the teeth to move them into proper position.
Here in Garden City, NY, Dr. Eugene Porcelli, uses clear aligner orthodontics as a standalone procedure or for extensive smile makeovers. But how can clear aligners remake smiles?
Minor Teeth Movements are Key
Giving your smile a makeover will not happen overnight. The clear aligner trays are designed to create minor teeth movement to resolve your orthodontic issues. The treatment time would depend on the actual condition of your teeth. It’s important to note though that minor teeth movements take comparatively less time to deliver the desired results compared to more traditional orthodontic methods.
Although the treatment might span several months to a year, you could definitely see noticeable changes in just several sessions. Your compliance with the treatment program will play a huge role not only on the success of the procedure but also on how fast you achieve your desired results.
You’ll Go Through a Series of Aligners
The smile makeover you get from this treatment will require you to go through a series of clear aligner trays that are made from durable plastic. This proprietary design will be customized to your specific condition. Every two weeks, you will be changing to a new set of clear aligner trays to ensure that your teeth will move into the proper place by the end of the treatment period.
Expect Rapid and Visible Changes
To experience rapid and visible changes, you have to be disciplined enough to wear your clear aligner orthodontics as recommended by your dentist in Garden City, NY. One of the earliest results that you can observe is that there will be a significant difference in your bite. It isn’t easy to wear your clear aligner trays for 22 hours straight every day.
On the other hand, it is a necessity that you have to deal with if you are serious about remaking your smile for the better. It could be challenging at first and you may be too conscious about removing your trays for too long. But in due time, you will be able to adjust to it and learn how to remove the trays for eating, drinking, and doing your oral hygiene routine.
For More Details or Questions About Clear Aligner Orthodontics, Talk to Us
Schedule a visit with Dr. Eugene Porcelli, here in Garden City, NY, by dialing (516) 739-1851.
It’s actually surprisingly simple to care for your new dental implant crown.
Are you interested in getting a dental implant? Do you already have a dental implant? No matter where you are on your journey to treating your tooth loss it’s important to understand dental implants and how to properly care for them, so you know whether they are right for you. From the office of our Garden City, NY, family dentist Dr. Eugene Porcelli, here are some things you should know about maintaining a healthy dental implant crown for life,
Maintain Good At-Home Oral Care
Most people choose to get dental implant crowns here in Garden City, NY, because they can be treated the very same way as natural teeth; they do not require special treatment. Of course, your oral hygiene routine is incredibly important for maintaining both your natural and your artificial teeth. This means making sure that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day (for no less than 2 minutes at a time) and flossing once a day. Fluoride toothpaste and an electric soft-bristled toothpaste are tools that may help you maintain a healthy, cleaner smile.
Eat a Healthy, Smile-Friendly Diet
What you eat can also have a profound impact on your oral health. While you’ve probably heard this many times before, it’s important that you limit sugar and processed carbs, which can increase plaque buildup on your teeth and implant crown. Your diet should include vegetables, fruits, lean protein and whole grains. Here is a list of foods that are great for supporting a healthy smile.
Visit Your Dentist for Checkups
It’s important that you are visiting your Garden City, NY, dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups. Our professional dental cleanings will blast away any plaque and tartar that your regular oral care routine may have left behind. Plus, we will check your implant crown to make sure that it is in good shape. We want you to be able to maintain your dental implants for many years and that involves visiting your dentist for checkups.
Are you interested in learning more about dental implant crowns and whether they could benefit your smile? Our Garden City, NY, restorative dentist Dr. Eugene G. Porcelli would be happy to discuss whether implants are right for you.
How your family dentist in Garden City, NY, can help you have a healthy smile
Do you floss every day? It’s an important question, and if you answered yes, good for you! You are taking a vital step toward maintaining a healthy smile for life. If you answered no, then you need to get started, because flossing can make the difference in your smile. Dr. Eugene G. Porcelli at Garden City Family Dental in Garden City, NY, can help you have a healthy smile.
Your oral health depends on you flossing every day. That’s because brushing only gets to the surfaces of your teeth, but not in between your teeth. Much of tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease begins between your teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Flossing gets in between each of your teeth to clean away plaque and food debris so you can have a healthy, disease-free mouth.
You need to floss every day to keep your mouth free of plaque. Plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria. if the bacteria are left in place, they produce toxins that begin to destroy the health of your smile. Removing the plaque thoroughly and regularly is the best way to maintain great oral health.
So, what’s the right way to floss? Take a small piece of floss and guide it in between your teeth, using your thumbs and forefingers. Make sure you wrap the floss in a “C” shape around the widest part of your tooth as you go down in between your teeth. The wrapping technique is important because it keeps the floss firmly against the tooth surface for better cleaning.
Flossing is an important part of any oral health routine, but you also need to brush. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after each meal and before you go to bed. Use a gentle circular motion to clean all the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. The steady and thorough removal of plaque keeps bacteria levels low, so the bacteria don’t damage your smile.
This has always been important, but even more so now during the COVID-19 crisis, since all offices are closed to routine dental procedures. Your dental health is important, so take care of your oral health by flossing and brushing regularly and once things get back to normal, please call us for your regular check up at (516) 739-1851. In the meantime, to find out more about maintaining the health of your smile, visit our website at GardenCityFamilyDental.com.
Distressed over dental stains? Teeth yellow as they age, but injury, prescriptions, smoking, and dietary choices, are responsible too. At Garden City Family Dental in Garden City, NY, cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as teeth whitening and veneers, brighten smiles. Just ask our dentist, Dr. Eugene Porcelli.
A renewed smile
You don't have to live with stained teeth. Your cosmetic dentist in Garden City, NY, helps people overcome dull, dingy smiles with:
- Thorough hygienic cleanings
- Zoom! 2 in-office whitening
- Porcelain veneers
To decide what will work best for you, Dr. Eugene Porcelli does a complete oral exam. He's looking for healthy teeth and gums, the best foundation for any cosmetic treatment.
If all is well, you'll talk over the changes you'd like to see. Most people in the United States desire whiter tooth enamel, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). That's why professional teeth whitening is in high demand. Cosmetic dentistry is on the rise!
Before any whitening or veneer procedures, you'll receive a thorough dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar as well as tooth polishing. Sometimes this is all a patient needs as long as he or she brushes and flosses consistently at home.
Tooth whitening and dental veneers
Other people, however, elect Zoom! 2 Whitening. Your dentist applies powerful hydrogen peroxide gel and accelerates the active ingredient with a special light. Then, Zoom! Your teeth brighten by several shades. The entire process takes about an hour and happens right in the treatment room.
Another choice is the placement of porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells of fine ceramic. They cover severe stains (from root canal therapy or some drug therapies) and also improve enamel durability.
Traditional veneers require enamel reduction so they bond onto your teeth accurately and comfortably. These veneers are considered permanent.
Another choice is Lumineers. These are called "no-prep" laminates because they are so thin they need no enamel resurfacing.
Whatever you decide, rest assured your smile will look dazzling.
To avoid stains:
- Brush and floss daily.
- Stop all tobacco, both smoking and chewing.
- See your dentist twice a year for an exam and cleaning.
- Get whitening touch-ups if needed.
- Cut down on coffee, tea, soy sauce, and other staining foods and drinks.
Dr. Eugene Porcelli recommends whitening toothpaste and rinses to reduce discolorations too.
Come see us
At Garden City Family Dental in Garden City, NY, Dr. Eugene Porcelli and his team offer many cosmetic dentistry treatments that beautify smiles and help people feel good about themselves. Call us to explore the possibilities, including veneers and whitening: (516) 739-1851.
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