Astoria Cosmetic Dentist Lists Top 3 Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

woman with a beautiful smileMost dental procedures are designed to address a specific issue, such as teeth-whitening for tooth stains or braces for crooked teeth. Unfortunately, unsightly tooth imperfections don’t always occur one at a time, and cosmetic dentistry procedures are often combined to fully makeover significantly flawed teeth. Porcelain veneers, provided by your Astoria cosmetic dentist, offer a conservative solution to address multiple problems at once, creating an instant smile makeover and eliminating the need for several cosmetic dental procedures. Below, we list the top three benefits of handcrafted porcelain veneers, and why they’re the preferred solution in many full smile makeover cases.

#1—They’re Quick

Typically, porcelain veneers can be placed in as little as two visits. (more…)

Astoria Dentist Answers FAQs About Invisible Braces

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How do you feel about braces? Even though crooked or crowded teeth can be embarrassing, most people still feel hesitant to correct their smiles with braces. Fortunately, a clear and comfortable alternative exists. Clear Correct provides patients with an inconspicuous method of addressing misalignment. In today’s blog, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, explains how the Clear Correct system provides practically invisible smile correction.

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Astoria Dentist Explains the Benefits of a Cleaning with Today’s Quiz

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When was the last time you received a dental cleaning? Many people underestimate the importance of this routine procedure. In today’s blog, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, explains the importance of undergoing a regular dental cleaning with a fun and informative quiz.

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The Benefits of Clear Braces, Outlined by Your Astoria Dentist

pretty businesswoman ponderingStraightening crooked teeth is a common necessity, and aside from improving your smile’s appearance, the correction can help your mouth function more efficiently. Nevertheless, many older teen and adult patients whose teeth aren’t ideally straight hesitate at the prospect of wearing metal braces to address the problem. Rather than decide whether you’d prefer crooked teeth or metal braces, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz may recommend ClearCorrect clear braces—the discrete, adult alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. Learn more as your Astoria dentist outlines the advantages of clear braces over their metal predecessors

Get to Know ClearCorrect Braces

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As their name suggest, clear braces are designed to be virtually invisible, helping you preserve your confidence throughout your treatment period. To accomplish this, ClearCorrect eschews the traditional bracket-and-wire construction of metal and tooth-colored braces, replacing the design with a series of clear acrylic aligners. (more…)

Astoria Dentist Offers Dental Emergency Tips

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What would you do in the event of a dental emergency? At some point in our lives, many of us will be faced with a broken tooth or extreme toothache. Your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, provides emergency dental care to everyone, regardless of whether you are a current patient. If your dental emergency occurs outside of office hours, we will arrange for Dr. Leibowitz to see you as soon as possible. In today’s blog, Dr. Leibowitz explains the first steps to take in addressing discomfort associated with dental emergencies.

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Astoria Dentist Answers Questions About Professional Teeth Whitening

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Do you hesitate to show your smile? Do you cover your mouth when you laugh? For many people, unsightly teeth stains can be an embarrassment. While over-the-counter teeth whiteners are popular, they rarely offer the same level of results as professional systems. In fact, many people who use store bought whiteners report tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Fortunately, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, offers an innovative alternative to over-the-counter whitening. In today’s blog, Dr. Leibowitz answers frequently asked questions about our professional teeth whitening techniques.

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Astoria Dentist’s Quiz on Tooth Loss & Dental Implants

little man sitting on question markDental treatment is most effective when it lasts. If your smile is afflicted by tooth decay or gum disease, then appropriate treatment should also reduce the risk of further infection in the future. When it comes to tooth loss, restoring your smile is most effective when you replace the entire structure of your lost tooth, the loss of which can devastate your oral health in the long-run. Today, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, tests your knowledge of tooth loss, and why dental implants may be the best option for replacing lost teeth.

Saving Your Smile from Tooth Loss

1.) Tooth loss is only significant when you’ve lost most or all of your teeth.

a.) True

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Astoria Cosmetic Dentist Lists Notorious Teeth-Stainers

embarrassed girl covering smileKeeping your pearly whites bright and stain-free isn’t an especially difficult process; however, stains can occur for a number of reasons, even in the midst of excellent oral hygiene, and understanding their development can help you better protect your smile. Aside from brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, your Astoria cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, also advises taking care with the food and beverages you consume, which are the most frequent sources of cosmetic tooth stains.

Foods & Beverages Most Likely to Stain

  • Wine—Red wine is a somewhat obvious candidate for stained teeth, but white wine isn’t the safer option that many people believe it is. The chromogens, or color molecules, in red wine are darker than those in white, but both beverages are highly acidic and weaken your tooth enamel, making it easier for chromogens to cling to your teeth’s surface. (more…)

Your Astoria Dentist Explains Why Jaws Pop

sad young girl with jaw painToothaches are common, but they aren’t the only sign that your dental health is in trouble. Many patients experience locking and/or popping jaws whenever they open and close their mouths, and the sound is often accompanied by various levels of discomfort. Like a toothache, a popping/clicking jaw isn’t normal and typically indicates trouble that shouldn’t be ignored. Unlike a toothache, the affliction typically associated with a popping jaw can hinder your mouth’s ability to function as well as its comfort. Today, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, explores the components of your jaw and why they may occasionally have trouble moving smoothly.

How Jaws (Should) Move

Like most moveable parts of your body, your jaw is hinged by two joints, called the temporomandibular joints, which connect your mandible to your skull. Located directly in front of each ear, your TMJs move in tandem as you open and close your mouth. (more…)

How to Stop Snoring, with Your Astoria Dentist

snoring zzz'sSleeping with a snoring partner can be a challenge. Aside from the annoying noise, the lack of sleep can multiply your irritation and strain your relationship. As Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz explains, snoring is often the result of a problem with your oral tissues, and his expertise has helped many patients and their sleeping partners finally find the rest they deserve.  Learn how you can stop snoring with help from your Astoria dentist, and what procrastination can mean for your overall wellbeing.

The Mechanics of Snoring

When you sleep, your body’s muscles and tissues release all of their tension. Normally, your body can do so comfortably and spend the next several hours resting peacefully. Sometimes, though, the tissues in your mouth and throat, such as your tonsils or the base of your tongue, can partially block your airway. (more…)