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By The Scarsdale Dentist
May 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Our main focus as your dentist is to keep your teeth and gums healthy and functional. But there’s another important aspect of care — your teeth’s appearance. It’s not just a superficial concern: your smile can have a profound effect on your self-image, as well as your personal and professional relationships.

This is the realm of cosmetic dentistry: served by both specialists and general dentists, it focuses on altering your teeth’s appearance with treatments as basic as teeth whitening or as comprehensive as dental implants. The goal, however, is the same: a new, more attractive smile.

In a way, cosmetic dentistry begins with you and oral hygiene. The twin tasks of brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque not only lowers your risk for tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, they also improve the appearance of the tooth surface. There are, however, circumstances where otherwise healthy or repaired teeth may need extra cosmetic attention due to chipping, misshape or staining. In these cases, a truly cosmetic approach may be necessary.

One approach is to cover a tooth’s blemishes. Veneers, for example, are thin, layered pieces of dental porcelain shaped and colored like natural teeth that are bonded to the outside of an unattractive tooth. In other cases, a tooth may require a life-like porcelain crown that completely covers it to gain the same effect.

Missing teeth, of course, pose a different challenge, but here there are a wide range of solutions: dental implants, fixed bridgework or removable full or partial dentures. Advancements in dental materials and techniques can produce new teeth that are so life-like and natural that they’re imperceptible from the real thing.

 These and other measures like orthodontics can all be used to turn a smile you find embarrassing into one you’re confident to share with the world. It begins, though, with both you and us taking a good, close look at your current smile — a smile analysis, if you will.

After assessing both your current needs and your expectations for change, we can develop an appropriate treatment plan. It might be quite simple or with multiple treatment stages, but it will be the best plan for you. Through cosmetic dentistry we have the means to help you achieve a new, more confident smile.

If you would like more information on the many ways to transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change.”

By The Scarsdale Dentist
May 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure

Nature doesn't guarantee perfect smiles. Sometimes, accident or wear and tear change the appearance of our teeth so much that it's dental bondingembarrassing to show them in public. At The Scarsdale Dentist in the Westchester area, Dr. Jeffrey Pike uses a material called composite resin to reshape chipped, gapped and crooked teeth in a single visit. Economical, enamel-sparing and durable, tooth-bonding resin adheres to healthy teeth, improving resiliency, size, and texture.

It's really an art

Your cosmetic dentist not only has the tools and skills to deliver a picture-perfect smile, he has the artistic eye to compliment your smile width, facial appearance and tooth shape and color. At The Scarsdale Dentist, a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Pike will ensure your smile is healthy enough for aesthetic services, and it will help you define your individual goals.

Tooth bonding in Westchester

Over the past few decades, composite resin bonding has become one of the most popular aesthetic services dentistry has to offer. What is it, and what can it accomplish for the "average" dental patient?

Well, tooth bonding is also called direct bonding or composite resin bonding. A simple, pain-free and quick smile enhancement accomplished in one visit to The Scarsdale Dentist, bonding remakes small smile flaws. Not extensive enough for porcelain crowns or veneers, these defects respond to the naturally-colored material Dr. Pike applies, sculpts, and hardens on selected tooth surfaces.

Flaws addressed by bonding include:

  • Small chips
  • Hairline fractures
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Mild overcrowding
  • Pitting

In addition, dentists use this blend of glass and acrylic to restore decay and to install splints (permanent retainers) and other dental devices.

Dentists and patients praise composite resin for its natural appearance and durability. While not as strong as a crowned tooth, a bonded tooth will withstand biting and chewing forces for up to ten years. And, it requires less enamel removal than the crowning or veneer process does.

The treatment

It begins with a light buffing of the areas to be treated. Then, Dr. Pike applies a mild etching chemical which ensures the bond between the tooth enamel and composite resin. Next, he layers on the resin, hardening each layer with a blue curing light. This additive process creates a seamless attachment between the tooth and the resin. With a final shaping and polishing, the tooth is remade.

Other benefits

Direct bonding helps youngsters who have chipped or fractured their teeth. Often a temporary repair, bonding allows immature tooth pulp to recede as the child grows, and then, Dr. Pike can place a permanent restoration such as a crown or veneer.

Finally, resin does not decay. However, it can stain. So if bonding is part of your smile makeover, you should have your teeth whitened first so the dentist can match the resin to the rest of your smile.

Learn more

We think you'll like direct bonding. Why not contact The Scarsdale Dentist in the Westchester area to learn the details? Call today (914) 725-0707.

By The Scarsdale Dentist
September 23, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”