Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC
212.982.4080
Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei is a top dentist specializing in general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry including smile makeovers, invisalign braces, dental implants and more.

Are You a Candidate for a Porcelain Fixed Dental Bridge?

Missing teeth can leave you feeling embarrassed about your smile, but help is available. With a porcelain fixed bridge, your dentist can replace your missing teeth and restore your confidence without harming your natural teeth. Could this procedure be right for you?

Porcelain fixed bridges are anchored by dental implants and porcelain crowns on each end. The implants and crowns mimic the appearance of your natural teeth while supporting the bridge and helping it blend seamlessly with your smile. You could be a candidate for this procedure if you have one or more missing teeth in a row that have created a gap in your smile. Once the bridge is in place, it will act and look like natural teeth.

Dr. Michael J. Wei can help you get a smile you’ll be proud to show off, whether you need minor teeth whitening or a full smile makeover. To make an appointment at our dental office in Manhattan, call (212) 982-4080.

Removing Stains from Your Teeth

One of the top reasons people visit cosmetic dentists is to remove stains from their teeth. If you have stained teeth and want to return your smile to its bright, white state, this video will help.

Because the surfaces of your teeth are porous, colors from coffee, tea, berries, and other staining foods are easily absorbed. Fortunately, your cosmetic dentist can help reverse the appearance of stains with teeth whitening procedures and porcelain veneers.

Find out more about your options for teeth whitening in Manhattan by making an appointment with Dr. Michael J. Wei. To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation, call (212) 982-4080.

Signs That You Could Be Grinding Your Teeth

Grinding your teeth is something you could be doing unconsciously—you may even be doing it while you’re sleeping. Although you may not notice at first that you are grinding your teeth, the signs may eventually show up as discomfort and tooth damage. Fortunately, your dentist can help you protect your teeth from grinding—also called bruxism—and reduce the pain that accompanies it. If you notice these symptoms, consider making an appointment with your dentist.

Muscle Soreness

If you’re grinding your teeth, you’re giving the muscles in your face, neck, and jaw a workout. You may begin to notice that your face and neck feel sore and achy without understanding why. If you have these symptoms, there is a good chance that your muscles are tired and inflamed because you are grinding your teeth. For persistent, unexplained aches and pains around your face, jaw, and neck, consider seeing your dentist for bruxism treatment.

Damaged Teeth

Damage from teeth grinding doesn’t occur right away, but over time, teeth may become flattened, and they may chip or break. With a severe case of bruxism, you may even cause your teeth to become loose. Any kind of damage to your teeth should be evaluated by your dentist to determine if you need a porcelain tooth crown or other treatment. Keep in mind that even if you can’t see damage, any change in your bite or the way your teeth fit together can indicate a problem.

Sleep Partner Complaints

People who grind their teeth at night often don’t know about it until their sleeping partners tell them about the sound. Teeth grinding can frequently be loud enough to wake your partner up, even if you sleep through it.

Teeth grinding can cause pain and damage, but Dr. Michael J. Wei can help you protect your teeth with a night guard. If you believe you could be grinding your teeth, contact our dentist’s office in Manhattan today by calling (212) 982-4080.

Deciding Between Dental Implants and Dentures

If you have missing teeth, your dentist will help you review your options for restoring your smile, including dental implants and dentures. Both of these treatments replace missing teeth, but they do so in different ways and have different benefits and drawbacks. Which dental restoration is right for you? Your dentist will help you make a decision that is customized to meet your needs. Here are some of the facts to consider while making your choice.

Dental Implants

Dental implants consist of a crown and a post that is anchored into the jaw like the root of a tooth. Implants stay in place, so you brush and floss them like normal teeth, and you don’t have to worry that they will slip while you’re talking or eating. Further, because dental implants behave like natural teeth, you don’t have to make any special dietary changes. Patients who choose dental implants appreciate their natural appearance and the fact that they don’t need any special care.

The process of getting dental implants takes longer than the process of getting dentures. Your dentist will first implant the post into your jaw, and then allow it to fuse with the bone so that it is secure—this takes place over the course of several months. After that process is complete, the gum tissue is opened to expose the post, and the crown is attached via an abutment.

Dentures

Dentures are a set of porcelain structures designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth. They are attached to a gum-like base that sits on top of your gums. Today’s dentures are much more comfortable and natural-looking than dentures of the past, making them an ideal solution if you’re missing an entire row of teeth.

Unlike dental implants, dentures do require special care. They must be removed to be cleaned, and you may need to make some adjustments to your diet to accommodate them. Your dentist will explain how to care for your dentures based on the type you get.

Let Dr. Michael J. Wei help you rebuild your smile with dentures, dental implants, and a range of dentistry treatments. If you have missing teeth, schedule a consultation with our dentist in Manhattan by calling (212) 982-4080.

What Can a Smile Makeover Do For You? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Almost everyone has something they don’t like about their teeth. Whether your teeth are stained, misaligned, damaged, or any other issue, a smile makeover can increase your self-confidence. The following infographic presented by Dr. Michael J. Wei shows what a smile makeover can do for you. Contact us today for more information.

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