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 Making These Mistakes When Brushing Your Teeth?

Most people feel certain that teeth brushing is a skill they mastered in childhood, but could you actually be making some mistakes that are putting your teeth at risk? Talk to your dentist at your next appointment about your habits. You could be surprised by what you find out.

This video discusses 11 common mistakes people make when brushing their teeth. Are you keeping your toothbrush for too long or rinsing the fluoride off your teeth? Watch this video to find out.

Dr. Michael J. Wei can help you keep a healthy, beautiful smile for life, with teeth cleanings and cosmetic treatments. Make your appointment at our dental office in Manhattan by calling (212) 982-4080.

Easy Ways to Take Care of Your Veneers

Porcelain veneers can change the appearance of your teeth and make you proud to show off your smile. Once you get your veneers, your dentist will give you advice on how to keep them looking their best. These tips will also help you make the most of your smile makeover and keep your porcelain veneers in top condition.

Watch What You Chew

Do you have a habit of chewing on pens, biting your nails, or chomping on other things that aren’t really meant for chewing? If so, you could be putting your veneers at risk. Although your veneers are strong, over time, chewing on pens and other hard items will do damage to your veneers and may lead to the need for replacement veneers. Stick to chewing food only, and break those habits that could harm your veneers.

Stay Away from Foods and Drinks That Stain

The good news for your smile is that porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. Unfortunately, the rest of your teeth aren’t. Coffee, red wine, berries, tea, and other foods and beverages that cause staining will discolor the areas where your veneers and your teeth meet, creating lines of discoloration. Over time, your veneers themselves may become more vulnerable to stains as well. The best policy to prevent discoloration is to limit the amount of staining foods and drinks that you consume.

Consider a Mouth Guard

Teeth grinding and contact sports put your teeth at risk, and they can also cause damage to your veneers. If you play sports, wear a mouth guard during every game. If you think you could be grinding your teeth when you sleep, talk to your dentist about getting a mouth guard you can wear at night.

Dr. Michael J. Wei is pleased to offer customized smile makeovers in Manhattan, providing the cosmetic dentistry treatments you need to fix the concerns you have about your teeth. Make an appointment for a cosmetic dentistry consultation by calling (212) 982-4080.

Exploring Treatment Options for Gum Disease

Gum disease can have a serious impact on your oral and your overall health. It can cause bleeding gums, pain, bad breath, and tooth loss. Gum disease can also raise blood sugar levels in those with diabetes, increase your risk of heart disease, and lead to low birth weight babies. When you visit your dentist’s office for a checkup, your dentist will examine your gums for signs of disease. If he diagnoses you with gum disease, there are several treatment plans that can help to restore your health.

Oral Hygiene Routine

In early stages, improving your oral hygiene routine may reverse gum disease. Your dentist will describe ways to boost your brushing and flossing techniques to ensure you adequately remove plaque and bacteria from around your gums. He may also recommend a toothpaste or oral rinse for you to try. Remember that part of a good oral hygiene routine involves trips to the dentist every six months for cleanings to deal with tartar—which is calcified plaque that can only be removed by a dentist.

Scaling and Planing

Scaling and planing is an intensive type of cleaning performed by your dentist. It is usually recommended when gum disease has progressed past the point at which home care can be effective. During scaling and planing, plaque and bacteria are scraped out from pockets between your teeth and gums to allow your gums to heal. In some cases, your dentist may apply an antibacterial gel while performing this treatment.

Surgery

In serious cases of advanced gum disease, surgery may be necessary. There are a number of different procedures that can be used to treat gum disease, including tissue grafting and flap surgery. Your dentist will explain which procedure is right for you.

Don’t let gum disease rob you of good health. Visit Dr. Michael J. Wei’s dental office in Manhattan for a checkup and cleaning to find out if your gums are healthy and what you can do to keep them that way. Call (212) 982-4080 to learn more about all of our dental services.

Rebuilding Your Smile with a Full-Mouth Reconstruction

Losing your teeth can be tough on your confidence, your speech, and your ability to eat a healthy diet. Fortunately, a smile makeover can turn your situation around and bring your beautiful smile back, so these problems will be in the past. Read on if you’re interested in rebuilding your smile with a full-mouth reconstruction.

The way a smile makeover or full-mouth reconstruction works is different for everyone, as it’s a completely customizable treatment. The goal of this treatment is to restore your smile as fully as possible. Whether that means placing porcelain tooth crowns over damaged teeth or installing dental implants after tooth extractions, the details of the procedure will be up to you and your dentist. At the end of the day, you’ll have a beautiful and healthy smile that you can be proud to show off.

Call the office of Dr. Michael J. Wei at (212) 982-4080 if you need a smile makeover near Manhattan. You can also check out our website to learn more about our services, including dentures, teeth cleanings, and teeth whitening.

Understanding How Cavities Form

Unless you brush and floss your teeth and see your dentist for regular appointments, you’ll be at a high risk for tooth decay. Tooth decay, or cavities, can affect people of all ages. Watch this video to find out how cavities form.

After you eat, particles from your food are left on your teeth, and these particles feed bacteria that produce acid. The acid breaks down your tooth enamel, exposing the inner layers of your teeth and putting you at risk of tooth decay.

See Dr. Michael J. Wei twice per year to protect yourself from cavities and enjoy great oral health. Dr. Wei is a dentist serving Manhattan who can offer tooth extractions, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and more. Call our office at (212) 982-4080 to schedule an appointment.

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