Category: Whitening

Your Total Makeover Checklist

25 Jan 2018 by  admin in Whitening

It’s a brand new year. Put the past behind you, and move forward because you deserve to be happy, healthy, and self-confident. What better way to accomplish all three than with a total makeover? Your makeover checklist may include your smile, hair, and wardrobe, but you could also extend it to include your home and your lifestyle if you wish.

Make over your smile

Want to take better care of your health and improve your appearance? A smile makeover can accomplish both! First, visit your dentist for a checkup and talk about the aspects of your smile that make you unhappy. Your cosmetic dentist can put together a customized makeover plan just for you. If you have any oral health issues, such as cavities or gingivitis, then you should take care of these problems first.

Then, treat your healthy smile to a teeth whitening session. If you have intrinsic stains that won’t respond to teeth whitening, perhaps it’s time to consider porcelain veneers. Invisalign is a perfect solution for people who are troubled by imperfectly aligned teeth, and you can get great results in less time than you think.

If you’re missing one or two pearly whites, your cosmetic dentist may recommend dental implants. These are indistinguishable from the real deal, and unlike dentures, they are permanently anchored into your jaw.

Make over your style

Now that you’ve made over your smile, consider a change in style. Get together with your favorite hairstylist to talk color and length. If you aren’t interested in something as dramatic as a pixie cut, consider a longish bob instead. You can also take some baby steps with your hair color if you wish. Try some highlights or low-lights, or do a total dye job that’s within two shades of your natural color.

Consider changing up your makeup too. Some women make the mistake of using more makeup as they grow older, when they should actually be using less. Using a cakey foundation can make lines and wrinkles more visible. Instead, try a primer, followed by a light application of mineral-based makeup. Try a bolder lipstick too. A vibrant red or dark plum will contrast nicely with your brilliantly white smile.

Make over your home

What don’t you like about your home? Maybe it’s lacking storage space, maybe the wall color is boring, or maybe you’re just tired of the “sameness” of your space. Instead of going out to a big box store, consider browsing some flea markets, consignment shops, and antique stores. With the treasures you can find in these places, you can assemble a look that is uniquely your own. Check online for creative upcycling ideas, and make your home your masterpiece.

Start your total makeover with a visit to Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We’ve got everything you need to achieve a brilliant, healthy smile, including teeth whitening, dental implants, Invisalign, and even gum reconstruction! Call our Suffolk County, Long Island cosmetic dentists at 631-296-0570 today to request your consult with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot!

More “Total Makeover” Resources:

  1. Shape, Beauty Tips: Do-It-Yourself Makeovers, https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/beauty-style/beauty-tips-do-it-yourself-makeovers
  2. Mouth Healthy, Whitening: 5 Things to Know About Getting a Brighter Smile, https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/whitening

5 Best Toothpastes to Fight Plaque and More

4 Dec 2017 by  admin in Whitening

Let’s make something clear right off the bat: if you aren’t diligent about brushing and flossing, no miracle toothpaste in the world will preserve your pearly whites. However, if you do follow your dentist’s advice, the right dentifrice can go a long way in preventing gum pain, stained teeth, enamel erosion, cavities, and other more serious issues.

In making our best brand list, we took into account the fact that many people have different concerns, and we identified what we deem to be the most-effective toothpaste for each of five frequently cited categories.

So Many Toothpaste Choices

It sounds simple, right? Go to the local drugstore, and pick a box of toothpaste off the shelf – easy-peasy! Not so anymore:  the market is flooded with options and you can be overwhelmed by what should be a quick decision.

Ada Cooper, DDS, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association (also called ADA) says the first thing you should always do is look for the ADA seal on the box. It shows that the product has undergone extensive testing, it lives up to its claims, and the ingredients are effective. She adds that factors like gel or paste, cinnamon-flavored or spearmint, have no bearing on the dentifrice’s ability to combat problems.

1. Best Overall Cavity Fighter

When you wake up in the morning and you feel like your teeth are wearing fuzzy sweaters, that’s plaque at work. 24/7, this sticky film of bacteria is trying to coat your teeth. Worse, it interacts with certain foods—primarily sugars—to produce acids that chew away at your teeth’s enamel, which results in tiny holes (cavities) or erosion.

The solution? The ADA refers to it as “nature’s cavity fighter” — the mineral fluoride, which coats teeth and protects them from cavity-causing acids. And while most toothpastes contain fluoride, you can rest assured any product that has the ADA seal and claims to be “anti-cavity” will fit the bill.

Tartar, or “calculus,” comes from bacterial plaque that has hardened.  And no matter how often you brush, once it has formed, only that little pick-with-a-punch that your dentist has can scrape it off. However, toothpastes containing tartar-fighting elements can prevent the plaque from hardening. Look on the label for ingredients like pyrophosphates or zinc citrate. Crest Tartar Protectiois one ADA-approved option.

Another easy tip: next time, try brushing and spitting—but not rinsing. This leaves the fluoride behind and gives the ingredient more time to work, an added safeguard.

2. Best for Discolored Teeth

Whitening toothpastes have been all the rage the last couple of years. These products contain mild abrasives that help polish teeth and prevent the buildup of additional stains. It’s important to note, however, that they will likely not be able to remove stubborn, older discolorations.

To flash a brighter smile, look for pastes or gels that contain modified silicone abrasives. Our vote goes to Rembrandt Deeply White. If you’re not satisfied with the results after one month, ask your dentist about other teeth whitening solutions.

3. Best All-Natural Product

Contrary to popular belief, all-natural, herbal toothpastes can be just as effective as regular toothpaste. The all-natural brand Tom’s of Maine offers ADA-approved whitening and anti-cavity options. One to try: Tom’s of Maine Antiplaque and Whitening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste.

4. Best for Sensitive Teeth

If your dental professional has ruled out cavities or root infections, you may have extra sensitive gums or exposed roots, which aren’t necessarily signs of poor brushing or flossing habits.

Look for toothpastes containing a desensitizing ingredient like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate (either will do) to help lessen the pain. One we like: Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste.

5. Best for Dentures

Don’t be swayed by marketing claims — toothpastes for regular teeth will work just as well for dentures. Fizzy tablets or solutions have also been shown to clean well. Our choice: Fixodent Antibacterial Denture Cleanser Plus Scope.

Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, the practice of Dr. Elliot Koschitzki and Dr. Nick Augenbaum, specializes in dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. Contact us about the many dental procedures that we provide including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and sedation dentistry.

Making Summer Break Plans? Put a Smile Makeover on Your To-Do List

7 Jun 2017 by  admin in Uncategorized, Whitening

School might still be wrapping up for most students, but it isn’t too early to start thinking about the next school year. Specifically, how to update your look for the fall. Instead of settling for a different hair color or a new wardrobe, consider making a fashion statement with your smile. A warm, welcoming smile speaks volumes about your personality and can set you apart from the crowd. New York students of all ages can turn to Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry for a customized treatment plan that may include teeth whitening, dental bonding, and metal filling removal and replacement.

Get a brilliantly white smile in just one visit

If you want rapid results that you can enjoy during summer vacation and back-to-school season, it’s hard to beat professional teeth whitening. Just one visit can remove stubborn discoloration and dramatically whiten your smile. The over-the-counter whitening products you’ll find at the supermarket simply can’t compare to professional-grade treatments. Your cosmetic dentist can use whitening gel that is enhanced with light therapy, or you can receive custom-made trays to use at home.

Maintain your brilliant smile by brushing after consuming heavily pigmented foods and beverages, and by using whitening toothpaste as recommended by your dentist.

Fix minor chips with dental bonding

Teeth are quite strong, but they can get chipped from time to time. If a chipped tooth is detracting from the beauty of your smile, your summer vacation is the perfect opportunity to get it fixed. Dental bonding can effectively fill in the chips, and it only takes one visit.

Prevent future chips by treating your teeth gently. Don’t chew on ice, pencil erasers, or other non-food objects. If you play sports, always wear a mouthguard. And if you tend to grind your teeth during your sleep, talk to your dentist about wearing a custom nightguard.

Get rid of that “metal mouth” look

Metal fillings are definitely a dated look, but you can return to school in the fall without that embarrassing “metal mouth” look. Talk to your cosmetic dentist about getting those silver amalgam fillings removed. He can replace them during the same visit with composite material instead. This composite material can be custom-shaded to flawlessly blend in with your beautiful smile.

Start straightening your teeth for a flawless smile

Teeth straightening isn’t generally thought of as a quick process, but if you only have a minor malocclusion, it’s possible to make significant progress during your summer vacation. Your dentist may recommend Invisalign, which can effectively straighten your teeth without detracting from your smile. When you return to school in the fall, you’ll probably still be wearing your clear plastic aligners. However, no one will be able to tell the difference—and in no time at all, you’ll have a beautifully straight smile.

When you become a patient of Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, you’ll receive the expert dental care you need and the personalized approach you deserve. We provide customized cosmetic dentistry treatment plans based on your comprehensive oral examination, cosmetic concerns, and preferences. Call our cosmetic dentistry office on Long Island at (631) 296-0588 to request your one-on-one consult.

More on getting a summer smile makeover:

  1. WebMD, Teeth Whitening, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/teeth-whitening-topic-overview#1
  2. Invisalign, Teens, https://www.invisalign.com/braces-for-adults-and-teens/teens

1 Month to a Brand New Smile

7 Mar 2017 by  admin in Uncategorized, Whitening

Invisalign, dental implants, and similar dentistry treatments are effective ways of improving your smile. But what if you don’t want to wait a long time to reap the benefits of cosmetic dentistry? If you’ve just received a last-minute wedding invitation, you’ve realized that you urgently need a beach vacation, or you’re ready to hit the dating scene, it’s time to make an appointment with a cosmetic dentist to discuss your quick smile makeover options.

“Many of our patients come to us with the intention of getting a rapid smile makeover,” says Dr. Elliot Koschitzki of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. “There are plenty of options to choose from, but not every choice is right for every patient.”

Dr. Elliot goes on to note that, during a one-on-one consult, patients are encouraged to discuss their specific concerns before receiving a set of customized treatment recommendations.

When pearly whites are no longer white

You’ve undoubtedly seen a plethora of teeth whitening products at the supermarket, ranging from special toothpaste to trays to strips. But do any of these really work? According to Dr. Nick Augenbaum of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, “Over-the-counter teeth whitening products can help reduce discoloration, but they work very slowly, are ineffective against deeper stains, and frequently cause gum irritation and tooth sensitivity.”

Instead, Dr. Nick suggests an in-office treatment that uses a professional-grade bleaching agent activated by a laser. You’ll see a brilliantly white smile after just one appointment. Plus, your dentist will take measures to protect your gums and teeth to prevent unwanted side effects.

When old fillings are still visible

Amalgam fillings were standard years ago, but they have significant drawbacks. The metal is clearly visible when the mouth is open, which substantially detracts from one’s appearance. Plus, many people have concerns about the potential health risks of these old fillings. Fortunately, just one trip to a cosmetic dentistry clinic can have you saying goodbye to your old metal fillings. Instead, your dentist can add a composite material to reshape the tooth. The shade of this new filling blends in seamlessly with your teeth for a flawless smile.

When there are multiple problems that you wish to hide

Even if you have more extensive, multiple issues with your smile, you can still get the beautiful, healthy look you want in one month or less—but you shouldn’t wait to make an appointment. Porcelain veneers effectively camouflage stubborn stains, uneven teeth, gaps between teeth, and chipped teeth. This cosmetic dentistry treatment requires a couple of visits. During your first appointment, you’ll have an impression made of your smile. This is sent to a lab, where your custom veneers will be fabricated for you. After a couple of weeks, you’ll return to the dental office for your brand new smile.

Get your custom smile makeover in Long Island

At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick specialize in helping our patients look as young as they feel. We offer customizable smile makeover options for patients who need rapid results, including laser teeth whitening, amalgam filling replacement, and durable porcelain veneers. Get a prompt appointment by calling our Suffolk County clinic today.

Additional “smile makeover” resources

  1. Colgate, Is Laser Teeth Whitening an Option for You? http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/article/is-laser-teeth-whitening-an-option-for-you-0914
  2. WebMD, Dental Health and Veneers, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/veneers#1

What is Tooth Whitening Gel?

14 Feb 2017 by  admin in Whitening

Have your pearly whites lost their brilliant luster? There are many things that can cause tooth enamel to darken over time, and unfortunately the net effect can tarnish more than just your smile – it can also be a great source of anxiety and embarrassment.

If tooth discoloration has diminished your confidence or willingness to smile, there’s no need to fret.  With the help of an experienced cosmetic dentist, you can safely brighten your chompers with a specially formulated tooth whitening gel. There is a lot of misconception about the power, efficacy and safety of tooth whitening products, which can be purchased at your local pharmacy, or provided by your dentist. While all whitening products have bleaching agents designed to brighten enamel and tackle stubborn stains, there can be a big difference in peroxide – the active whitening agent — concentrations.

Here at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we love to help our patients say adios to yellow, dingy teeth and hello to a beautiful, movie star grin!  If regular cleanings and whitening toothpastes just aren’t making a difference, we invite you to come by our Suffolk County office to learn more about our at-home teeth whitening treatments, which are favored for their convenience and affordability.

Tooth discoloration causes

It’s no secret that lifestyle factors play a huge role in tooth discoloration.  Smoking is perhaps the worst offender, followed by poor dental hygiene and the regular consumption of staining drinks and foods. So-called “extrinsic” stains include those caused by tobacco, coffee, colas, wine, tea, and deeply pigmented fruits and vegetables. If you aren’t able to brush your teeth after a cup of coffee or fizzy cola, the next best thing is rinsing your mouth with water to prevent surface stains from occurring.

You also need to consider age-related discoloration, since tooth enamel naturally thins out over the years, allowing the yellow-hued dentin to show through.

Intrinsic darkening or discoloration may result from trauma or damage to the tooth (including chips or cracks), as well as childhood exposure to older Tetracycline-based antibiotics that are rarely used today in pediatric patients.

At-home tooth whitening gel

The good news is that professional strength tooth whitening gel can dramatically improve the appearance of teeth that have turned yellow, gray, brown, or have noticeable white streaks. During a consultation and evaluation, Dr. Elliot or Dr. Nick can recommend an appropriate treatment to give patients the stunning white smile they desire. For patients whose discoloration is superficial in nature, an at-home whitening kit can lighten teeth considerably in just a matter of days.

The kit uses custom plastic trays which are created on-site in our office.  Patients are asked to wear the trays with a small amount of whitening gel for up to 30 minutes a day. The tooth whitening gel concentration will depend on the type and severity of the discoloration. Most patients see brighter, whiter teeth in 7 days or less, though treatment can last 10 days.

Get the smile you’ve always wanted

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments at our Long Island practice for good reason. A luminous, white smile improves confidence and radiates good health. To learn more about our In-Office Whitening & Take Home Gel specials, or to schedule an appointment, we invite you to call (631) 296-0609. 

Additional tooth whitening resources:

  1. SinsationalSmiles, How it Works http://www.sinsationalsmile.com/the-process
  2. Colgate, How To Safely Use A Tooth Whitening Gel At Home http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/article/how-to-safely-use-a-tooth-whitening-gel-at-home-0813

Get Your Teeth White As Snow This Winter

9 Dec 2016 by  admin in Whitening

A whiter, brighter smile is the best gift you can give yourself this winter. Teeth whitening is, in fact, one of the quickest and least expensive ways to enhance your appearance in a way that is subtle and natural, but stunning.

Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry offer several different products to help you achieve your goal of obtaining teeth as white as fresh-laid snow this winter.

In-office teeth whitening

Most patients opt to have their teeth whitening done at a cosmetic dentist’s office. A brief exam is conducted to ensure there are no unaddressed cavities that will require filling before the teeth whitening procedure. Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry uses a chemically-activated gel tray system that is further enhanced with light therapy and a take-home whitening pen. The whole in-office teeth whitening process can be done within an hour’s time.

At-home teeth whitening trays

Another teeth whitening option better than buying a boxed kit are custom teeth whitening trays, which are made from impressions of your teeth. Results can be seen after wearing the trays for 30 minutes a day, over a period of 10 days. While at-home whitening takes a little bit longer, patients with sensitive teeth and gums generally respond better to a slower whitening process.

Customized teeth whitening

There is no “one-size-fits-all” teeth whitening system, say cosmetic dentists. For instance, an 18-year-old who drinks a lot of coffee or eats a lot of pasta may come in with mildly tarnished teeth and be fine with the Sinsational Smiles treatment. Yet, someone with decades of tartar, Calcium deposits and deep staining may need a stronger in-office product like Opalescence Boost – a more concentrated product comprised of 40% hydrogen peroxide.

Christmas wishes granted for all types of discolored teeth

Some teeth are stained below the surface levels and may not respond to tray teeth whitening. Common causes of severe tooth discoloration include:

  • Tetracycline antibiotic use before 8 years of age
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Genetic defects like dentinogenesis or amelogenesis
  • High childhood fevers
  • Severe neonatal jaundice
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Overexposure to fluoride

In these instances, you may still achieve the snow-white smile you’ve always wanted with dental veneers. During this process, a layer of enamel is scraped away and covered with an ultra-thin layer of porcelain that looks and feels like true enamel.

Treat yourself every year

The holiday season can be a good reminder to get your teeth in order. For the best results, dentists recommend:

  • Brushing your teeth after consuming wine, coffee, grape juice, or tomato products.
  • Abstaining from tobacco products.
  • Using a whitening toothpaste.
  • Booking a routine cleaning every six months.

Enjoy holiday savings on teeth whitening

‘Tis the season of giving. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are offering a free consultation for all new patients ($150 value) and great savings on our in-office teeth whitening and take home gel. Call our Long Island cosmetic dentistry office at (631) 296-0549 to arrange your visit. 

Additional Teeth Whitening Resources: 

Do Toothpaste Whiteners Work?

30 Sep 2016 by  admin in Whitening

Toothpaste whiteners are a way to brighten your smile. They do not contain peroxide, a common element in professional teeth whitening products, but they do have unique abrasives that gently polish and help break down or dissolve stains. There are plenty of products and options in this arena. Before choosing one, it would be best to talk with a licensed dentist, like Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, about how to best go about finding and using them.

Getting ahead with a great smile

Studies conducted by sources as diverse as Match.com, Oral-B and the University of California have confirmed how important having a white smile is. A large portion of the populace – almost 99.7% – believes a beautiful smile is an invaluable societal asset. Many of us are attracted to a person’s infectious smile. It makes a person more appealing, especially to members of the opposite sex. A wondrous smile can impact your career, as many hiring managers will see a less than attractive smile as a negative characteristic.

Unfortunately, not everyone can claim to have a great smile. Discoloration is a major deterrent to being happy with our mouths.

There are a range of reasons why discoloration happens:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Poor dental hygiene, including insufficient brushing, flossing and rinsing
  • Excessive caffeine, including coffee, tea, wines and sodas (especially dark-colored beverages)
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Ill health that can impact enamel and dentin, such as chemotherapy
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Environments

How do toothpaste whiteners work?

Toothpaste whitening changes the color of your teeth through gradual removal of surface stains. The type of product and how you would use it could depend on how discolored teeth are. But these products will not change natural color or lighten defects that are ingrained in a tooth’s surface.

The reason you should talk with a professional at LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry before engaging in any toothpaste whitening treatment is because many products do not work or may not work if your discoloration is severe. Keep in mind that everyone’s metabolism is different and effectiveness will vary person-to-person. When using these products, it’s important to follow manufacturer guidelines.

Tooth whitening done by the pros

If you are having issues with discoloration or any other oral health matters, schedule a consultation with trusted Long Island cosmetic dentists Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick. From Eastern Suffolk County to Riverhead and Wading River, they are ready to manage all aspects of teeth whitening, whether it’s choosing over-the-counter toothpaste whiteners or more advanced in-office options. They will monitor your progress to ensure you are on the path to desired results.

Learn All About Sinsational Smile Teeth Whitening

10 Sep 2016 by  admin in Whitening

Teeth whitening treatments have come a long way in recent years, offering the promise of white, beautiful smiles with zero discomfort or downtime. Amid the various drug store varieties and professional laser-assisted systems, there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest: Sinsational Smile.

At Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are proud to feature this revolutionary treatment, which is the first and only Green certified tooth whitening system. If you’ve been bothered by yellow or discolored teeth, we invite you to contact our Suffolk County office for a free consultation today!

Sinsational Smiles FAQ

What makes Sinsational Smiles better than other teeth whitening systems on the market?  If safety is a concern, you can rest assured that the cosmetic whitening agents in Sinsational Smile are green certified and eco-friendly. The pre-filled silicone trays contain 25-35% Carbamide Peroxide, which has been proven to lighten teeth up to 5 shades!

Compared to other in-office whitening systems, Sinsational Smile involves less time in the dentist chair. The treatment time is 20-25 minutes tops, and is even recommended for patients who have naturally sensitive teeth.

The proprietary bleaching gel is activated with a LED (non UV) light, not a laser. This means you never have to worry about gum sensitivity or the possibility of burns. The blue LED light stays cool and will never damage or compromise tooth nerves or dentin.

Sinsational Smile delivers amazing results in just one office visit, and the majority of patients say the treatment causes no tingling or discomfort – both during the procedure and afterward. If you love to drink coffee, soda or wine, you can even have touch-ups performed on a regular basis – though the average whitening protocol is once every 6 months.

Patients are asked to take home a special “whitening pen” that can help extend the duration of your sparkling new smile for months to come.

Boost confidence & self-esteem with a brighter smile

Compared to other tooth bleaching treatments, Sinsational Smile has numerous advantages:

  • Faster treatment (20 minutes) times compared to ZOOM
  • Universal trays that are latex-free
  • Long lasting results
  • Uniform whitening on all teeth
  • Affordable prices (typically $100 or less)
  • Less risk of tooth sensitivity
  • Safe and Green certified
  • Removes light surface stains on restorations
  • Cool LED light activated
  • Professionally administered
  • Does not dehydrate teeth

Sinsational Smile is a professional-grade product that is only sold to qualified dental offices. If you’ve been disappointed with over-the-counter whitening strips, or were left with painful “zingers” weeks after a laser bleaching procedure, we can highly recommend Sinsational Smile.

To achieve the best possible results, always have the treatment after a professional dental cleaning.

Sinsational Smile provider in Long Island

There are a lot of cosmetic dentists in Suffolk County, but few who have the education, training and dental technology offered by Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick. Their state-of-the-art practice focuses on all aspects of general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

To find out more about Sinsational Smile teeth whitening, please call our Rocky Point office at 631.296.0588.

Resources:

  1. Sinsational Smile, FAQ http://www.sinsationalsmile.com/consumer-faqs
  2. Sinsational Smile, Testimonials  http://www.sinsationalsmile.com/testimonials

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

11 Aug 2016 by  admin in Whitening

Teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, with good reason. It is highly effective in producing a brilliantly white smile and the results are instantly visible. If you’re looking for a quick way to get ready for your high school reunion, wedding, or other special event, teeth whitening is the ideal solution. Some patients are concerned about tooth sensitivity after bleaching treatments.

“When performed properly by an experienced cosmetic dentist, teeth whitening is very safe, effective, and painless,” explains Dr. Elliot Koschitzki of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. “There are plenty of over-the-counter teeth whitening products available that may have unpleasant effects like tooth sensitivity. But here in the office, we only use the safest whitening treatments for our patients,” adds his colleague, Dr. Nick Augenbaum.

OTC whitening products vs. professional whitening

The process of teeth whitening itself isn’t necessarily what causes some dental patients to experience discomfort. Rather, discomfort can arise due to increased sensitivity to extremes of temperature, such as drinking very hot or very cold beverages. This short, sharp pain may also be triggered by consuming sweet foods or using aggressive brushing techniques. It occurs when the hydrogen peroxide used in teeth whitening penetrates through the enamel of the teeth and exposes the sensitive nerves in the dentin. Pain from teeth whitening may also occur as a result of the irritation of the delicate gum tissues exposed to bleaching agents.

Sensitivity and pain are more commonly associated with over-the-counter whitening products. These products often need to be left on the teeth for a longer period of time than do professional treatments. Furthermore, OTC mouth trays are not custom-fitted to the patient’s teeth. This increases opportunities for the bleaching agent to escape the tray and irritate the gums.

In contrast, when patients go to a cosmetic dentistry office for professional teeth whitening, the dentist can perform a thorough examination and fully assess the patient’s unique needs. Among other steps, the dentist can perform a “touch and air” test to evaluate which type of teeth whitening treatment would be most appropriate for the patient. They can also offer guidance on how to minimize tooth sensitivity after the treatment, such as using special toothpaste and gentle brushing techniques.

Safe, professional teeth whitening in Long Island

Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is a leading provider of teeth whitening treatments in Suffolk County. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot have invested in the latest dental technology, including Sinsational Smiles, which is a teeth whitening gel that is activated by light therapy.

Our cosmetic dentistry treatments also include custom dental trays that you can take home and use at your convenience. Because of the extra attention paid to each patient’s unique needs, our team can ensure superior comfort throughout the teeth whitening process. Call our office at (631) 296-0609 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot today.

It’s Never Too Late To Get Your Dream Smile!

12 Jul 2016 by  admin in Whitening

More than half of Americans over fifty say that “a smile” is the one physical feature that stays attractive, no matter a person’s age, according to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Even so, as we get older, cumulative wear and tear on the teeth and gums can be an issue, says AACD President Dr. Jack Ringer. Patients with heart disease and diabetes see some of the most rapid declines in their oral health, often as early as their forties.

In addition to routine dental exams, a few cosmetic procedures can take years off a person’s life. “It’s never too late to get your dream smile,” says Dr. Elliot of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. “A cosmetic dentist can restore functionality, comfort and confidence – which is important to overall happiness at any point in life.”

Top dental procedures for seniors

According to Long Island cosmetic dentists, the most popular procedures for older patients include:

  • Teeth bleaching: Whitening the teeth with Opalescence gel done in the office or at home is a simple and effective way to brighten one’s smile in as little as two to four weeks.
  • White fillings to repair chips and wear: Older metal filling materials may decline in performance or loosen over time. Newer tooth-colored fillings are less noticeable, while offering the same protective benefits.
  • Mouth comfort: Whether you need better fitting for dentures, restoration of lost teeth, repair for dental implants, or treatment for tooth sensitivity, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot have the experience to assist you with a wide variety of options.
  • Gum problems: Gum disease is common among seniors who smoke, take certain medications, or who suffer from dry mouth. Untreated periodontal disease and bacterial infections can destroy gum tissue and the underlying bone, causing gums to recede over time. Cosmetic dentists can treat gum issues with ultrasonic cleaning devices, protective films, air polishing, soft tissue therapy, and grafting procedures.

Tooth loss linked to physical and mental decline

Beyond aesthetic concerns, studies suggest the health of your mouth has been linked with your health at large. “Tooth loss could be used as an early marker of mental and physical decline in older age, particularly among 60-74 year-olds,” said Georgios Tsakos, professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London.

Researchers at UCL found that people over 60 with good dental hygiene performed 10 percent better on mental cognition and walking speed tests than people with false teeth.

Achieve a beautiful smile at any age

Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are happy to assist patients of any age who wish to improve their teeth. They work with all budgets to offer low monthly payment plans, in addition to accepting all major insurance carriers, the Citi Health Card, CareCredit, Springstone Patient Financing, and other arrangements.

Call 631-296-0549 for more details or to book an appointment at our office, located at 31 Fairway Drive in Rocky Point, NY 11778.

Resources: 

  1. AACD – AACD Says Smile Check Ups Should Be Part of Healthy Routine for Seniors http://www.aacd.com/index.php?module=express&cmd=newsviewpost&id=8007
  2. Colgate – Study: Tooth Loss Linked To Slowing Mind And Body http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/oral-care-age-55-up/article/ada-01-study-tooth-loss-slowing-mind-and-body
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Why Choose Us?

Winner of prestigious awards & honors in the field of implant dentistry

IV Sedation get your teeth worked on while you sleep

One Stop Shop: Complete dental implant procedire at our unbelievably low price of $2497

Members of:

  • American Dental Association
  • NYS Dental Association
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Int. Congress of Oral Implantologists

“I had a crown put on. The procedure went really smoothly. It was pain-free. The quality of dental work is very good. I am really pleased with it and I will be going back to this office! ”
- Arnold S.

100% Would Recommend

What Our Clients Say About Us
"I needed work and had anxiety. The entire office made me feel welcome and as calm as I could get. I am almost finished and so happy with the people and the work done."
- Karen
"As a resident of both New York City and Long Island I am so pleased to have discovered this practice. Up on all the latest dental procedures and techniques makes necessary treatment easy and well done!"
- Corrinne K.
"I would recommend using Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. They helped me change the way I look dramatically. Thanks so much!"
- Jason C.