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Tooth sensitivity is the irritation of the nerve endings inside the tooth.  Tooth sensitivity is caused by the exposure of the dentine (the layer of the tooth below the white hard enamel of the teeth) to the oral environment.

A lot of things can cause sensitive teeth.

Tooth sensitivity includes a painful response to hot, and cold temperatures as well as certain contact, and even air. Sometimes it can be unbearable. It can hinder you from enjoying simple things in life; like eating ice cream, drinking hot coffee or breathing in winter’s cold air. Some people even experience pain while brushing their teeth.

What are the top causes for tooth sensitivity?

Using whitening tooth paste - The most common one today is the excessive use of whitening product from over the counter, whitening tooth paste in particular. In my practice 9 out of 10 patients who complain from sensitivity everywhere in their mouth use whitening tooth paste. In that case I recommend using an anti sensitivity tooth paste at night just before going to bed, brush for two minutes and spit.  Do not rinse the mouth with water or mouthwash, eat or drink.  In the morning you can continue to use the whitening tooth paste unless the sensitivity is severe.

Brushing too hard - The second most common reason is due to harsh brushing often with a hard or medium bristle tooth brush resulting in recession of the gums at the neck of the teeth. The tooth usually looks long and yellowish it the neck because the gym pulled away at the neck of the tooth. In that case I also recommend using an anti sensitivity tooth paste at night just before going to bed, brush for two minutes and spit.  Do not rinse the mouth with water or mouthwash, eat or drink. In addition smear a pea size amount of that tooth paste on he neck of the tooth or teeth which are most sensitive. If there is no improvement in two weeks or the sensitivity worsens then you should have the tooth looked at by a dentist. The hard brushing may have caused some of the tooth structure to be lost necessitating additional treatment.

Drinking too much soda - Sensitivity may also be caused by the melting of the enamel due acids by excessive consumption of soda, citrus drinks, lemon in water, sucking on lemon, excessive swishing of wine,... Identifying the habit and taking steps to strengthening the remaining enamel with fluoride is key before restoring the damaged teeth. A dental consultation is needed to assess the extent of the enamel loss.

Cavities -  finally sensitivity maybe caused by cavities, however much less often then people think. Cavity melts first the outer enamel exposing the dentine thus causing sensitivity to cold and sweets. The cavity process is usually advanced when cavity causes sensitivity. So usually if you are getting regular checks and cleaning most probably your sensitivity is due to one of the reasons above. A dental consultation is needed to diagnose a cavity and propose the best way to treat it. Part of that treatment should be a nutritional counseling to identify why a cavity developed and what should change in the diet habit to prevent a new cavity from developing somewhere else. If you have a cavity, it will bring sensitivity and then pain will follow.

Try a little tenderness:  Sometimes, tooth sensitivity is caused by using a medium or hard bristled brush.  The bristles can remove the gum tissue from your teeth causing them to appear longer than usual. This also uncovers and exposes the root surfaces of the teeth. Instead try using a soft bristled brush.

Go easy on your pearly whites:  Using too much force while brushing is also damaging. It takes time, not pressure to clean teeth. Excessive force can also cause wearing of the gum tissue and enamel.

Grinding your teeth: We lead stressful lives and often that stress shows itself through our teeth. Many of our patients experience damaged teeth due to grinding at night. Protect your teeth by investing in a night guard and by finding ways to de-stress.

Clenching teeth: same as grinding teeth above.

Chewing ice: Like grinding and clenching, chewing on ice is hard on your teeth and can cause sensitivity. It's best to avoid the practice and give your teeth a break.

--> Clean teeth are strong teeth: By regularly visiting your dentist and hygienist, you can identify these causing factors and choose a specific plan to help diminish or stop sensitivity to your teeth.

What Toothpaste Can I Use to Help With Sensitive Teeth?

If a dentist does not see an obvious reason for your pain, then the situation may call for treatment of the sensitive area with topical fluoride and the use of a desensitizing toothpaste for a short length of time. These toothpastes contain ingredients that block off the nerve-enriched tubules in the exposed dentin.

Although there are a few brands of tooth sensitivity reducing tootpastes, the best ones are only sold by prescription (in the US) or only bought at the dental office. These are some of the recommneded brands:

Either brush with a super soft toothbrush for two minutes, no rinsing, no drinking or eating for at least one hour, use 1 to 2 times a day or apply with finger to the neck of sensitive teeth, no rinsing, no drinking or eating for at least one hour, use 1 to 2 times a day

In Europe, these brands are recommended for tooth sensitivity:


Will it get worse?

Yes in general all types of sensitivity get worse if the cause is not identified and removed, such as proper selection of the tooth brush, brushing technique, diet modification etc.

If you are experiencing teeth sensitivity, we encourage you come into our dental office in Midtown Manhattan so we can properly diagnose it.


A Comfortable Solution to Straighter Teeth

When it comes to selecting a solution for straighter teeth, adults and teenagers alike shy away from braces due to the thought of physical and emotional discomfort that the treatment entails. Despite the advent of Invisalign, many patients with serious malocclusions or bite imperfections struggle to find an effective solution that does not compromise their outer appearance. This is where ceramic braces come in.

Ceramic Braces Manhattan
If you are looking for a highly skilled provider of ceramic braces in New York City, Dr. Jalbout and the Making You Smile Cosmetic Dental Studio team are here for you!

Ceramic braces are a breakthrough treatment that has opened the doors to resolving all manner of orthodontic concerns. Featuring intricate tooth-colored brackets, ceramic braces offer patients the best of both worlds – whether you are a high school student, a businessperson always in the public eye or any individual who wants to look great during treatment.

Straightening your teeth with ceramic braces

There is a variety of benefits to straightening your teeth with ceramic braces, including but not limited to:

Although treatment costs are higher than most orthodontic solutions, the investment is well worth the comfort, beauty, and efficiency that are part of your journey towards the smile of your dreams.

Choosing Ceramic Braces

Please note that maintaining a meticulous dental hygiene routine is the only way to prevent ceramic braces from staining . Furthermore, this solution is not ideal for individuals who smoke and/or regularly expose their teeth to tea, coffee, or red wine . Be sure to mention these habits during your initial consultation, and Dr. Jalbout will make a professional recommendation on whether ceramic braces are indeed right for you.

To experience the difference of achieving straight teeth in a beautiful smile with ceramic braces in New York City, please contact us at Making You Smile Cosmetic Dental Studio today!

When you lose a tooth, the problem is about much more than just that tooth – you also lose the purpose that it fulfills in your mouth. Without that tooth, the surrounding teeth begin to shift to fill in the space left behind. This leads to additional gaps and spaces, and it can also lead to bone loss which can affect your entire jaw and bite. Without a strong bite, your eating habits can be affected and then your overall health can suffer.

For people of all ages, aesthetic dental implants are the perfect way to replace missing and/or damaged teeth with a fixed, permanent structure that looks and feels like your remaining natural teeth. When you seek to restore your smile with dental implants in New York City, look no further than Making You Smile Cosmetic Dental Studio.

With a dental implant, you can restore the natural function of a missing tooth, enhancing both your smile and overall health. Dental implants look completely real as well as ensure that your bite remains strong and natural. Furthermore, they eliminate the bone and gum tissue loss that results from tooth loss, prevent the “sunken-in” look of premature aging, and offer permanent support to bridges and dentures.

Dr. Jalbout’s expertise in dental implants is second to none. With a Fellowship in Implant Dentistry at the New York University College of Dentistry and his experience as director of the “Fundamentals of Implant Dentistry” didactic course, you can rest assured that your smile in the right hands.
Our complete selection of dental implants services includes:

To ensure that we provide the highest quality implant products and services, we obtain dental implants exclusively from the largest USA implant company called Zimmer-Biomet. Its website features a patient education section on everything about dental implants to help you prepare for your own treatment. Dr. Jalbout reaches two three-days courses for them every year.
We also partner with a top-quality dental laboratory to provide the most natural-looking implants you can find. Superior patient care is truly our number one priority!

To learn more about our options and/or determine your candidacy for dental implants in New York City, please contact us at Making You Smile Cosmetic Dental Studio today!

Welcome to Making You Smile Cosmetic Dental Studio,

This video also offers a glimpse of what you can expect at your appointment. Have a look at some of the services we offer and also how they are performed. We look forward to your next visit.

When you first walk into a room, all eyes are immediately drawn to your smile and a first impression is formed before you even say “hello.” Making the first impression takes a mere 15 seconds, and yet its effects can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, a natural smile is rarely as perfect as we want it to be: Whether your teeth are discolored, cracked, crooked or missing altogether.

Living in Manhattan – the cultural and financial capital of the world – it is more important than ever to maintain a pleasing aesthetic appearance, as a positive first impression can greatly influence your social and professional success. This is where cosmetic dentistry comes in.

There have been many interesting studies about the current status of cosmetic dentistry and the future of the industry. One recent study, conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) in late 2015, unveils some of the mysteries surrounding the popularity of cosmetic dentistry as we head into 2017:

With the popularity of cosmetic dentistry on the rise, the numerous aesthetic solutions undergo continual improvements. This, in turn, offers patients the chance to have evenly aligned, white teeth in a beautiful smile at any stage of life.

If you are ready to speak with a specialist offering cosmetic dentistry in Manhattan, we welcome you to contact us at Making You Smile Cosmetic Dental Studio today. Simply call 646-484-0197 or email, and our lead cosmetic dentist Dr. Ziad Jalbout will be happy to guide you towards the smile that you deserve!

Bonding is best

Composite bonding is used in a wide range of dental procedures. Take a look at the different applications with our before and after gallery. From closing spaces between your teeth to fixing cavities and replacing mercury fillings.  Bondings are the first choice for treatment. 

The single implant is the most common dental implant treatment to replace one tooth. There are few instances when you will need a single implant. The loss of one isolated tooth is the most common.

This typically happens when:

Your dentist will, most probably, give you two options: a single dental implant or a permanent fixed bridge. Unless you are missing additional teeth, these are the two options available to you.

Let's evaluate: first off, how long does each option last?

A single dental implant's has a life span of several decades.  Scientific studies have found that 89.5% of single implant will still function after 20 years. Not every implant will last that long, however.  We can safely say that 85% of all single implants will be functioning in 30 years after placement. That is a very high number for a replacement of a body part.

Fixed bridges don't last that long. 87% of all fixed bridges will remain functional after 10 years. That number drops to 69% after 15 years.

Compare that to 80% of cemented hip replacement functioning in 20 years and 80 to 85% of knee replacement functioning in 20 years.

From a time frame perspective the single dental implant beats all other dental and medical replacement procedures by a long shot.

Check out our other blogs on single implants for additional comparative considerations.

The best way to iron out the details and gain a complete understanding is to have a one-on-one discussion with your dentist. Please contact us for a consultation and we will provide you with the details for an informed decision based on you actual condition.

At Making You Smile we are committed to providing you transparent, complete and comprehensive options and costs before starting any treatment. Call us at 646 484 0197 for a consultation.


We can make your experience at our office as easy as falling asleep.  We can also guarantee that you will not remember anything. Sedation dentistry is your best option for pain-free dental work. We can get a lot of your dental work done, and reduce the number of future visits while you snooze.

We offer sedation dentistry in our office delivered by a highly-trained and state-licensed full-time anesthesiologist. Imagine a seamless experience of receiving the care you need without the hassle or worry.

Is sedation dentistry for you?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, sedation dentistry is for you:

Sedation dentistry can be used for any treatment and will help you avoid the fear and the anxiety.

We recommend sedation dentistry to all of our patients. In particular, sedation dentistry is beneficial for:

Sedation dentistry uses of medication to help you relax and not remember your dental appointment. To learn how it works:

Find out more about our anesthesiologist, Dr. Mendia:

At Making You Smile NYC, we provide you with services that will make your dental experience the least stressful and most beneficial to you and your oral health.

When considering the cost of a dental implant it is important to understand the different elements of a single implant.

The replacement of a missing tooth with an implant consists of three items:

  1. The implant itself: This the equivalent of the root of the tooth which goes inside your gums. This is the part that you don't see and that supports the tooth replacement. In the transparent model below you can see an implant and the tooth roots.
  2.    The tooth replacement: This is the tooth part that you see when you smile.
  3. The connecting part: This is what makes the tooth replacement connect to the implant. In the picture below it is the silver part protruding from the gum.The final assembly will look like this: 

Pricing out the parts:

When considering the cost of a dental implant, all the items above need to be considered.  When you are quoted a price for a dental implant, ask if the connecting part and the tooth are included.

Make sure that the connecting part is custom made and not generic.  Generic connecting parts contribute to cement entrapment and are the leading cause of implant failure.

Finally, consider the longevity of the dental implant compared to the fixed bridge option. See our other blogs on single implants for a complete understanding of how long a dental implant lasts what the costs are for future replacements.

From a financial perspective, the upfront cost of an implant is about 20 to 40 per cent more than a permanent bridge. However, once you factor the need to replace the fixed bridge over the years, then the single implant becomes the more cost-efficient option. The break-even point is about 7 years when the implant becomes the more cost effective choice as you can see in the below diagram.

Dental insurance coverage depends to a great extent on the rules and exceptions set in the contract between the insurance company and your employer. A comparative financial option is easily obtained once the insurance information is provided.

A one-on-one discussion with your dentist is the best was to iron out the details and gain a complete understanding.  Please contact us for a consultation. We will provide you with the details for an informed decision based on you actual condition.

At Making You Smile we are committed to providing you with transparent, complete and comprehensive options. We will also happily go over any cost estimates before starting any treatment. Call us at 646 484 0197 for a consultation.


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