Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about cosmetic dentistry in general, or about teeth whitening or invisalign® procedures? No other cosmetic dentist in NYC is more open, transparent, and informative than Making You Smile. We can probably answer all your questions right here on this page.
🦷 What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is any dental procedure that will improve the look of a tooth or teeth, by moving the teeth with orthodontics (braces or clear aligners), by changing the shape and color of teeth with veneers or composite bondings, by adding receding gums or removing excessive gums with plastic surgery, or any combination of the above.
🦷 Which Teeth Whitening Method Is Best?
With the mounting pressure to reach a certain standard of beauty, the quest for that perfect smile remains more important than ever for modern adults and teenagers alike. To learn more check out this blog post on which teeth whitening method is best.
🦷 Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Since teeth whitening took the world by storm, national and international dental health organizations have been working hard to make the available options safe. Learn more in our article we wrote about the safety of teeth whitening.
🦷 What Are The Health Benefits Of Invisalign?
Straightening teeth is often considered a cosmetic undertaking, as many patients want to achieve a smile that makes them feel confident in professional and social environments not only after but also during treatment. With its invisible aligners, this is precisely what Invisalign offers. To learn more, check out our article on the health benefits of Invisalign.
How Long Does a Single Implant Last?
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. To learn more check out our article on how long single implants last.
How Much Does a Single Implant Cost?
When considering the cost of a dental implant it is important to understand the different elements of a single implant. Learn more in our article about how much a single implant costs.
How Long Does It Take To Get a Single Implant?
To answer this question, you need to understand a few variables. The most common variable is when you start counting; do you still have the tooth that is going to be replaced or is the tooth already gone? To learn more check out our article on how long it takes to get a single implant.
Are Veneers Considered Orthodontics?
Veneers are not considered orthodontics because they do not actually move the root of the tooth (the invisible part of the tooth in the jaw bone). However, veneers can align slightly crooked teeth by reshaping the visible the part of the tooth.
Are Braces Cosmetic Dentistry?
Braces are cosmetic dentistry as they align the teeth into a beautiful smile and eliminate the unpleasant look of crooked, rotated and misaligned teeth. Additionally, braces also improve the health of the teeth by creating the appropriate spaces between the teeth for the gums and bone to be healthy and allow you to properly floss and brush all the sides of the teeth.
Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix an Overbite?
Cosmetic dentistry can fix an overbite by moving the teeth with orthodontics (braces or clear aligners) but not with composite bondings or veneers because overbite is primarily a tooth position problem of the upper teeth in relationship to the lower teeth.
Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix Receding Gums?
Receding gums can be fixed with cosmetic dentistry by adding the missing gum to the tooth with plastic surgery also known as gum grafting.
Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix Crooked Teeth?
Cosmetic dentistry can fix crooked teeth with veneers, composite bindings, or orthodontics (braces or clear aligners) depending on the severity of the crowding.
What Does Oral Cancer Look Like?
It can be a discoloration on the tongue or in the back of the throat ranging in color from white, deep red, bluish red and deep purple. It can also have different textures like a patchy rising or small to huge nodule.
Why Have I Never Gotten Oral Cancer Screening or a Head & Neck Exam Done in Other Dental Offices?
At Making You Smile NYC we emphasis prevention. Preventing and screening oral cancer is part of what our crew is trained to do as part of our comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning.
Is the black toothpaste good?
We recommend any tooth paste which has an ADA seal because it has been tested for safety and abrasiveness so it does cause harm to your teeth or gums
Does the waterpik take the place of floss?
No. Water pick help remove food debris and prepare your mouth to be flossed or for the use interproximal brush.
Why do I get so much build up behind my front lower teeth?
You have saliva glands under your tongue which deposit mineral in the plaque which turns into calculus