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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.

What You Need to Know About Whitening Your Teeth

Yellow, stained teeth can make you embarrassed to show off your smile to the world. Teeth whitening could be just the type of smile makeover you need to reclaim your smile and renew your desire to show off your pearly whites.

The Need for White

Everyday consumption of food and beverages gradually breaks down enamel on the teeth, causing them to lose their shiny white color and instead appear a dull and dirty yellow. Even the simple act of chewing can be rough on the enamel. When you eat a lot of dark food or use tobacco, then you might have extrinsic stains, which can be helped by good dental hygiene. Intrinsic stains, however, caused by minerals and aging, need the help of whitening to go away.

Whiter than White

When a cosmetic dentist decides that your teeth need to be whitened, he or she will perform in-office whitening, send you home with some professional products, or suggest some over-the-counter whiteners that will get your teeth looking beautiful again. If you want really fast results, then he or she will most likely give you the in-office procedure, since these are the most effective and long-lasting.

Procedural Differences

During an in-offices whitening, a gel is applied to the teeth and is left there for 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the severity of the stains. Take-home whitening kits uses a weaker gel that is to be applied for longer periods of time. Over-the-counter whiteners will be even weaker than the take-home kind. Over-the-counter whiteners will still work, but the in-office visits will get you in and out with visibly whiter teeth quicker.

Come see Dr. Michael J. Wei for your own teeth whitening. He is also an expert with Invisalign braces and cosmetic tooth bonding. Call us at (212) 982-4080 or visit our website to become one step closer to whiter teeth.

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Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei Providing Smile Makeovers to New York City Clients

Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei is providing smile makeover cosmetic dentistry to New York City area patients who want an attractive smile that makes them more attractive and confident. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Wei is providing beautiful smiles that turn heads and open doors.

The first thing people notice about a person is their smile. A survey of adults in the U.S. found:

  1. Over 92% agree that an attractive smile is an important social asset.
  2. 88% say they always remember someone with an especially attractive smile.
  3. 74% agree that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.
  4. Only 50% were satisfied with their smile.

Dr. Wei is described as an artist and has created hundreds of success stories for patients hoping to create the smile of their dreams. “Our Manhattan dentist office builds beautiful, strong smiles with porcelain veneers, no-prep Lumineers, Invisalign clear braces, teeth whitening, and cosmetic bonding,” stated Dr. Michael J. Wei. “We are transforming smiles into gorgeous works of art.”

Dr. Wei provides Cosmetic Dentistry to Manhattan and New York City area clients including:

  • Smile Makeovers
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
  • Invisalign Braces
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Cerinate Lumineers

For more information about the cosmetic dentistry services offered by Dr. Michael J. Wei or to schedule your complimentary consultation, call (212) 982-4080.

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About Dr. Michael J. Wei - Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist

Manhattan New York City dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei is a Top-Ranked NYC dentist specializing in general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry including smile makeovers, invisalign braces, dental implants, porcelain dental crowns, porcelain veneers and more. Call 212-982-4080 for your free consultation or appointment. www.MyManhattanCosmeticDentist.com

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TMJ Migraines: How to Treat and Prevent the Pain

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, or TMJ, is a disorder that affects more than 10 million Americans, many of whom don’t even know they have it. If you suffer from frequent migraines, then you might be one of the millions who have TMJ.

Symptoms

TMJ causes reoccurring jaw pain. Other symptoms include pain in the face, neck, or debilitating headaches. Try to open and close your jaw a few times throughout the day to test for stiffness, and pay attention if your jaw locks up. All of these are symptoms of TMJ, as are a clicking in the jaw that causes pain or a difference in how the jaw fits together.

Types of TMJ

Myofascial pain will make the muscles in your jaw uncomfortable and harder to control. Internal derangement of the joint is caused from a jaw injury or a disc that is out of place. Arthritis in TMJ happens when the joints are inflamed, causing a lot of pain and discomfort. The pain in the jaw can also cause very bad migraines.

Level of Treatment

You may want to try a conservative treatment, like eating soft foods or using ice when you feel pain, before seeing a doctor. Medicine and Botox can also be used to decrease TMJ symptoms. If your problems persist and you aren’t getting any relief from your jaw or head pain, then you can get surgery to fix the problem. Unlike simpler dental procedures, like cosmetic tooth bonding or cerinate lumineers, though, surgery is irreversible, so be sure to really discuss this with your doctor to make sure it is the right solution for you.

If you are suffering from TMJ-related migraines, then Dr. Michael J. Wei can help. Dr. Michael J. Wei can also assist with porcelain veneers, Invisalign braces, or a complete smile makeover. Call our offices at (212) 982-4080 or visit our website to learn more.

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Here are some other great resources to learn from

Looking for more information about the topics addressed in our recent posts? Read through the following resources for more details about preventing tooth decay and gum disease with proper oral hygiene strategies.

  • Take a look at the American Dental Association’s Oral Health page for a comprehensive topics list on everything from anesthesia to x-rays. Here you’ll also find links to science and research articles as well as resources for dental professionals.
  • Want to know more about the symptoms of gum disease? Check out Colgate.com’s post on the stages of gingivitis to know how to diagnose gum problems like gingivitis and periodontal disease.
  • If you’d like more evidence on the link between tobacco use and periodontal disease, read through Worldental.org’s article on the relationship and tobacco’s ties to other oral problems.
  • Perio.org’s Archive of American Academy of Periodontology News Releases is a great resource for anyone looking for more details on periodontal disease, its ties to other health problems, and how it can be prevented/treated.
  • Want to learn more about the effect poor oral health can have on your wallet? Check out this Periodontology Online study evidencing the medical and dental costs within a specific population.

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Flossing: It's Important!

Flossing is one of the most important, and most often neglected, tactics in preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

In this video, you’ll get advice on how to properly floss—information covered includes how to apply floss, how to wind it, and how to avoid cuts and irritation. You’ll also get details on how plaque and bacteria-rich biofilm can affect the health of your mouth and why flossing is such an effective cleaning strategy.

If you’d like more tips on how to properly floss or general advice on everyday oral hygiene, then feel free to give us a call at the offices of Dr. Michael J. Wei. You can also use our website as a resource, and learn more about what general and preventative dental procedures entail.

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