There’s an old saying that when you smile, you don’t only appear to be more likable, but also more competent. Our cosmetic dental practice offers a number of procedures, including Invisalign, to ensure that you are showing your best smile to the world.
Everyone should have a beautiful smile. The health and look of our smile can affect how we feel about ourselves and our overall well-being. Your smile is an important part of who you are, both in work and at play. With that in mind, you will certainly want to think carefully about who you entrust with its care.
Being self-conscious about the way our teeth look can make us feel embarrassed, uncomfortable around other people, or even impact our professional lives.
While you have doubtless heard the term cosmetic dentist more times than you can count, what you might not know is that cosmetic dentist is not an actual category of dentist according to the American Dental Association. As a matter of fact, there is no education requirement that must be met for dentists to label themselves as such.
Prosthodontists on the other hand, are highly trained in the cosmetic reconstruction and replacement of teeth in Manhattan. Unlike cosmetic dentists, prosthodontists are required to attend an additional three years of schooling after dental school in order to be considered a prosthodontist. These years of training include an assortment of lectures, literature, patient treatment, and practical laboratory experience. In fact, prosthodontists are one of the only dentists who takes an active role in the lab, providing the highest level of personalized care.
Prosthodontists are highly trained in the successful utilization of a number of cosmetic treatments and state-of-the-art technologies including:
Porcelain Dental Veneers
Tooth Docs Dental is NYC’s veneers specialist and ranked as one of the best rated porcelain veneer dentist in NYC and Long Island.
If your smile makes you hesitant to say “cheese,” veneers may be the solution. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that we bond to the front of your natural tooth changing its appearance. They are often used to hide gaps, chipped teeth or discoloration.
You are a candidate for veneers if your teeth are:
- Discolored or stained
- Uneven or irregularly shaped…
essentially serve as covers for your teeth that hide unsightly yellowing or slightly misshapen teeth. These thin shells are typically composed of porcelain which gives them a natural appearance that blends well into the surrounding teeth. Each veneer is custom-made to ensure a perfect fit.
A mold is taken of the tooth and that mold is used to form your veneer in the lab. In order to attach the veneer, it may be necessary for us to prepare your tooth. If this is the case, we will thoroughly discuss the required procedures with you.
An alternative to traditional veneers, Cerinate veneers offer a less expensive, pre-made option that allows you to enjoy your new smile right away. We simply shape the fabricated veneers and bond them to your teeth. Like regular veneers, Cerinate veneers are made of porcelain, ensuring that your smile looks both natural and brilliant.
Your smile is an important part of who you are, a window to your personality and spirit. Let us help you to capture that perfect smile and the confidence you deserve.
Dental Implants and Bridges
When it comes to replacing teeth, what’s the difference between a dental bridge vs. implant? How do I know which option is right for me? There are plenty of practical reasons for both, and a number of factors will need to be considered, including if your tooth loss is recent or happened years ago, durability and costs. Before deciding, you and Dr. Kauftheil discuss the pros and cons for your individual situation and together make the best decision for you.
Each of us deserves to have a beautiful smile for the duration of our lifetime. However, with the average lifespan increasing all the time, sometimes it is difficult for certain parts of our bodies, including our teeth, to keep up. Whether you have lost a tooth to disease or a traumatic injury such as a fall, dental implants may be the perfect solution to restore your smile.
are essentially artificial roots that are implanted in the socket where the natural tooth was once located. The traditional implant is composed of titanium and, once inserted and melded with the jawbone, is used to support the new artificial tooth. New technology has also made available metal-free implant options such as the CeraRoot ceramic implant and the Z systems zirconia implant. These implants are ideal for those individuals who suffer from metal allergies and therefore cannot receive the traditional titanium posts.
Each post will support a single tooth. If you require a single tooth replacement, a single post and tooth will be sufficient. In the event that multiple sequential teeth are missing from the mouth, the implants can be used as a means of supporting a bridge. And, in the event that all your teeth require replacement, implants may be able to support a full denture or complete bridge.
Dental implants have become an increasingly popular means of tooth replacement for a variety of reasons. Unlike bridges and dentures, implants are permanent meaning that they make simple daily activities such as smiling, speaking, and eating far simpler. Dental implants are also much more natural in both look and feel, allowing you to be more confident in your appearance. Another distinct advantage of implants is that neighboring teeth are not affected by the restoration. Whereas bridges require surrounding teeth for support, implants provide all of the necessary support themselves so that your natural, healthy teeth can remain undisturbed. If well taken care of, implants can last a lifetime while bridges will usually require replacement every five to ten years.
In order for a dental implant to be successful, the surrounding gum tissue and bone must be healthy enough to support the post. Using special software, we are able to evaluate the quantity and quality of your bone to better determine if and where the dental implants should be inserted. If we determine that there is not sufficient bone for the implant to be successful, we might suggest a bone graft to improve the eventual site of the implant.
After the implant and artificial tooth have been placed, it is important to remember to keep up with your proper dental hygiene. Just like natural teeth, dental implants need to be brushed and flossed to prevent plaque buildup and regular dental visits must be continued so as to preserve both your remaining healthy teeth as well as your dental implants.
Custom Dental Bridges
on the other hand, are a less invasive way to replace missing teeth. If you are missing a tooth or two, a dental bridge is the best way to enjoy a full smile again without compromising aesthetics
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by the missing teeth. They are basically false crowns that are fused between two functional crowns. Each end is anchored onto a healthy tooth, allowing the restoration to “bridge” across the area where the tooth is missing.
A dental bridge will hold your other teeth in place and make everyday activities such as eating and talking easier. It can also help preserve your teeth as a lost tooth can cause the remaining teeth to loosen, which may lead to additional tooth loss.
Tooth Docs Dental offers a range of dental bridges. Dr. Kauftheil will recommend the best options for you and the Tooth Docs Dental team will work with you to make sure you are comfortable every step of the way.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
While many people want straighter, more beautiful teeth, few want to go through the uncomfortable and aesthetically unappealing process of braces. Invisalign provides patients with an alternative to traditional braces, giving them the results they want in a more discrete way.
Why Choose Invisalign?
Invisalign is a removable acrylic aligner that is virtually invisible. No more feeling self-conscious smiling in photographs or limiting the foods you eat to prevent them from getting caught in the appliance. Simply remove the aligner when you want to take a picture, eat a meal, or floss and brush your teeth.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The first step to Invisalign is to determine whether you are a good candidate for the aligner. We will use 3D imaging to visualize both your current teeth as well as obtain an image of your teeth after the treatment so that we can make a well-informed decision to either go forward with the Invisalign method or find another solution.
Each aligner created for your teeth will be worn for about a two week period, after which a new aligner will take its place and so on. This will gradually shift the teeth closer and closer to their desired location. We will most likely want to see you every six weeks or so to make sure that the aligners are working as planned. All in all, you can expect the treatment to last about a year although this will vary from person to person.
Smile Makeovers for Manhattan
When it comes to your smile, we believe that you should not have to compromise. Whether you need one treatment or several to give you the healthy and brilliant teeth you deserve, you can be sure that you will always have our help, support, and devoted attention. If you require a full mouth rehabilitation to obtain the results you want, you are not alone. Many patients come to us looking for just this – total smile makeovers.
The dentists of our practice have at their disposal a wide repertoire of knowledge and experience that allows us to perform numerous treatments and techniques so as to provide you with the full mouth rehab you need to be able to smile brightly and be happy and confident in your overall appearance. At your initial consultation, we will take the time to thoroughly discuss both your needs and expectations and answer any questions you might have. From there, we will be able to develop a plan for your treatment. Using models and imaging technology, we can get a better idea of how each treatment will likely affect your teeth and smile.
Smile makeovers can consist of a number of different treatments including veneers, lumineers, bonding, dental implants, fillings, crowns, tooth whitening, and orthodontic techniques such as Invisalign. Regardless of whether you choose one or several of these treatments, our experienced and caring team will dedicate ourselves entirely to you and to giving you the highest quality treatments to improve your smile, self-esteem, and overall wellbeing.