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    Understanding Gum Recession

    Last updated 1 day 3 hours ago

    Gum recession leaves teeth susceptible to all manners of health problems. Exposed teeth can cause increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures and even cavities when not monitored and treated by a dentistry professional.

    Gum recession can result from several different health conditions, so you should be observant regardless of your oral health routine. Watch this video and see how you can prevent these problems and secondary health complications.

    Do you already have receding gums? If you live in the NYC area and are in need of a smile makeover, call Dr. Michael J. Wei at (917) 720-2769 to get started.

    How Veneers Can Improve Your Smile

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Your dentist can help protect you from painful problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. Did you know, though, that he could also improve the look of your teeth? Smile makeovers can provide patients with many cosmetic improvements, and porcelain veneers are particularly versatile in enhancing dental imperfections.

    Restore Broken Teeth
    Did a childhood mishap leave you with a broken tooth? Even when small chips do not pose a problem to your oral health, they can still deter from the appearance of your smile. If you have a broken tooth, ask your dentist about porcelain veneers. These thin yet strong devices adhere to the front of the tooth and instantly disguise dental flaws. You can also use porcelain veneers to cover teeth that are too small or otherwise malformed in appearance.

    Correct Orthodontic Issues
    If you have misalignment issues, orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign braces can provide the best means to having a straighter and healthier smile. However, this type of treatment might require months of consistent usage, and some individuals may not want that type of long-term care. Should the nature of the misalignments be minimal, though, a dentist might be able to address them with porcelain veneers. Each veneer is created with the mouth of the user in mind, so each one can be made to fix problems such as tooth gaps and tooth crookedness. Rather than undergo months of treatment, porcelain veneers can correct misalignment problems in a single office visit.

    Brighten Stained Teeth
    Even when your teeth are straight, stains can make your smile less than perfect. Teeth whitening treatment is often a viable method for removing surface stains, but it may fail to lift discoloration caused by prescription drugs or past trauma. If you have stains that persist even after teeth whitening treatment, talk to your dentist about porcelain veneers. Because they cover the teeth, these devices can also cover even the most noticeable discoloration problems.

    Want to find out how porcelain veneers can change the look of your smile? Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC provides cosmetic dentistry services for those residing in the greater New York City area. For more information, call (917) 720-2769.

    Preventing Dental Problems

    Last updated 17 days ago

    A dental checkup is one of the easiest ways to protect your oral health. Even with a consistent oral hygiene routine, you may be vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. When detected early by a dentist, you can receive treatment that prevents the progression of these conditions. Given that both cavities and gum inflammation can lead to tooth loss, a problem that could necessitate dental implants or dentures, you may save yourself many hours in the dentist’s chair when you maintain your biannual checkups. Paying attention to the condition of your teeth and gums at home is also key to preserving your dental health. If you notice your gums bleeding, or if you feel tooth pain, go to your dentist as soon as possible. Should your concerns reveal gingivitis or a tooth abscess, your dentist can prevent further damage with a thorough plaque cleaning or root canal.

    Are you overdue for your next dental checkup? Call (917) 720-2769 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC. Dr. Wei offers comprehensive dentistry services for those in the greater Manhattan region.

    The Benefits of Invisalign Over Braces

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Braces have been a mainstay in orthodontic dentistry because they can effectively correct many misalignment issues, yet they come with their own set of problems. Many people who undergo brace treatment experience cosmetic and clinical side effects that may have long-term consequences. That is why so many people are turning to Invisalign braces for their misalignment needs. This innovative teeth-straightening treatment offers many advantages over conventional orthodontic care.

    Enjoy Normal Eating Habits
    Individuals who get braces must typically adjust to new eating habits. For instance, in the days following each dental appointment, the teeth can be particularly sensitive to pressure. As a result, brace patients cannot eat fibrous or crunchy foods, such raw fruits and vegetables or nuts. However, Invisalign braces do not require these dietary changes. The plastic aligners can slide out of the mouth at any time, allowing patients to maintain normal eating preferences.

    Maintain Oral Hygiene Routine
    Because Invisalign aligners are removable, users can also keep up with their brushing and flossing practices. This benefit of Invisalign is especially important, as even a short duration of poor oral hygiene can result in tooth decay and gum disease. In fact, individuals who get braces must often contend with these problems. The presence of brackets make it difficult for toothbrush bristles to effectively clean away food particles and bacteria on teeth, and wire can complicate efforts to floss around each tooth.

    Get Undetectable Treatment
    Perhaps one of the most evident advantages of Invisalign in comparison to braces is their transparent appearance. Braces are apparent to all, and their metallic appearance can be off-putting to potential patients. The clear plastic used for Invisalign aligners are nearly imperceptible to others, though, making it easy for patients to undergo orthodontic treatment without coworkers, friends, and even family members knowing about it.

    Would you like to learn more about Invisalign? Then call Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC at (917) 720-2769 to set up a consultation at our New York City office. We can evaluate your misalignment issues and recommend the most effective treatment strategy for them.

    Understanding Root Canals

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Do you need a root canal? Watch this video by Dr. Michael J. Wei to learn more about the root canal process.

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