If your sleeping partner snores, you may feel like you know all there is to know about snoring; it’s loud, it’s annoying, and it prevents the snorer’s partner from achieving adequate rest. However, like most common health conditions, there’s more to snoring than what’s immediately obvious. To help clarify the meaning and danger behind consistent snoring, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, answers a few of the most frequently asked questions about the phenomenon.
Frequently Asked Snoring Questions
Is snoring normal?
“Normal” and “common” are often used interchangeably, but just because something happens a lot doesn’t make it natural. (more…)
Recently, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons conducted a study that shows 69% of adults over 35 are missing at least one permanent tooth. By age 74, the number of adults missing all of their teeth reaches 26%. Tooth loss can be an embarrassing issue that hinders the health and beauty of your smile. Fortunately, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, offers a solution for tooth loss with dental bridges. In today’s blog, Dr. Leibowitz discusses the advantages of a dental bridge with a fun quiz.
TMJ disorder is sometimes referred to as The Great Imposter because of its wide variety of symptoms that don’t even seem related to dental health. To add to TMJ disorder’s mystery, many patients who receive effective treatment for the dysfunction often see marked improvement in other conditions. Many experts believe the dramatic improvements may, in part, be the result of improved sleep quality, which often accompanies the relief of chronic aches and pains. Today, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Leibowitz, explores two common and somewhat related conditions—TMJ disorder and obstructive sleep apnea—and how treating them can significantly improve a patient’s overall quality of life.
What is TMJ Disorder (TMD)?
TMJ disorder borrows its name from the temporomandibular joints, or TMJs for short. (more…)
Most 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.
Typically, porcelain veneers can be placed in as little as two visits. (more…)
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.
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.
Straightening 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
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…)
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.
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.
Dental 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.
b.) False (more…)