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INLAYS & ONLAYS AT ISMILE DENTAL

INLAYS/ONLAYS

At iSmile Dental, we understand that having a fully functional, attractive smile is important to a person’s self confidence and quality of life. While teeth can become chipped, broken, infected or badly damaged resulting from aging, accidents or disease, restorative dentistry allows a person to reclaim the healthy, beautiful smile they deserve. To learn more about how restorative dental treatment can help you repair your smile, contact us today.

We are proud to offer porcelain inlays and onlays as a natural looking alternative to metal fillings. Like fillings, inlays and onlays can be used to restore decayed teeth. Inlays and onlays are indirect restorative treatments that require at least two visits to the dentist, since they are made in a dental laboratory.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Inlays and Onlays differ from fillings in that instead of being injected into a drilled cavity and allowed to harden, they are crafted to match the dimensions of a cavity and then inserted. The material used in inlays and onlays is also more durable than the one used in fillings. Inlays fit within the cusps and crevices of the chewing surface of the tooth, while onlays cover and add shape to the entire chewing surface of the tooth.

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PORCELAIN CROWNS AT ISMILE DENTAL

WHAT IS A CROWN?

When a tooth is fractured, has a large, old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, we may recommend the placement of a crown, or cap. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and different variations of these. Crowns surround the entire tooth, unlike a veneer that just covers the visible surface of the tooth.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CROWN?

Before crowns, the only real option for a broken down tooth was extraction. Crowns have given dentists, and in turn patients, the ability to fix certain dental situations.

Cavities, or dental decay, occurs when acid-forming bacteria in the mouth are supplied with sugars. With these sugars as their food, the bacteria produce acid that eats away at the tooth, creating cavities. Usually, cavities can be drilled out and filled with tooth-colored composite (or silver amalgam) fillings. However once too much tooth structure is lost, fillings will no longer suffice and the tooth will need to either be extracted or crowned.

In addition to cavities, age, wear, and fracture are other reasons a tooth may require a crown. With age, teeth tend to turn yellow, wear down, chip, and become less attractive. In addition, teeth can fracture from over-use or by accident. In these situations as well, crowns are a great way to restore function, esthetics, and beauty to a smile.

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Genetics, certain lifestyle choices, and even foods and beverages can all increase your risk of discolored teeth. If you’d like to whiten your smile, iSmile Dental, which has two locations in Brooklyn, New York, provides in-office Philips Zoom!® teeth whitening treatments. In as little as 45 minutes, you can whiten your teeth by up to eight shades! To book an appointment, call the Williamsburg or Park Slope office or request an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

In-office teeth whitening with Philips Zoom is an easy and noninvasive way to remove stains and resolve tooth discoloration during a single treatment. Professional teeth whitening may be an ideal cosmetic dentistry solution if you have:

  • Healthy teeth that are free of decay
  • Surface or deep tooth stains
  • Uneven tooth color

Whitening treatments can’t change the color of crowns, bridges, or fillings. If you have any of these restorations, your dentist can whiten your natural teeth and help balance the whiteness of your entire smile. They may also recommend an alternative cosmetic treatment such as veneers to correct severe tooth discoloration.

How does a dentist whiten teeth?

Your dentist spends time preparing your mouth for a professional whitening treatment to minimize the risk of damage to delicate oral tissues and to prevent tooth sensitivity. After covering your gums and inserting a retractor into your mouth, your dentist applies a layer of medical-grade Philips Zoom whitening gel onto each tooth.

To enhance the effects of the whitening solution and to speed up your treatment, your dentist shines a blue LED light onto your teeth. After 15 minutes, your dentist compares your teeth to a shade guide — showing you the before and after — and helps you decide if you should go whiter.

You go through this process up to three times in total if necessary, which can whiten your teeth by up to eight shades in as little as 45 minutes.

How long do professional teeth whitening treatments last?

With preventive dental care treatments and dietary modifications (like avoiding red wine or coffee), you can expect your Philips Zoom teeth whitening treatment to last for years. However, the natural effects of aging and consuming dark foods and drinks daily can lead to ongoing stains.

Your dedicated dentist at iSmile Dental counsels you about how to prevent tooth stains. They can help you select products to whiten teeth at home and schedule you for twice-a-year cleanings to remove stubborn surface stains.

iSmile Dental offers in-office teeth whitening services to remove years of stains and discoloration instantly. Request a consultation by calling the office nearest you or using the online booking tool today.

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Deep tooth stains, uneven or misshapen teeth, and gaps and chips can all leave you feeling uncomfortable about your smile. But with the help of the top-ranked cosmetic dentists at iSmile Dental, which has two locations in Brooklyn, New York, you can get custom porcelain veneers that can perfect your smile. To request an appointment call the Williamsburg or Park Slope office today, or use the online booking tool at any time.

Porcelain Veneers Q & A

What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?

Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) material that your dentist bonds to the front of your teeth. This cosmetic dentistry treatment requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal solution for resolving many of your smile imperfections.

Porcelain veneers look and feel just like your natural teeth and can correct any of the following issues:

  • Small or misshapen teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Chips and minor tooth cracks
  • Gaps between teeth

Since your porcelain veneers are customized to meet your needs, your dentist can correct as little as one or two problem teeth, all the way up to a complete front arch.

What can I expect during my porcelain veneers treatment plan?

While meeting with your dedicated dentist at iSmile Dental, you learn about the process of getting veneers and what you can expect throughout your treatment. Your dentist evaluates your oral health history and helps you decide if veneers are right for you.

During your first official porcelain veneers session, your dentist prepares your teeth one at a time. They need to remove a minuscule amount of tooth enamel with the dental drill, a process that causes little-to-no discomfort.

Once your targeted teeth are prepared, your dentist uses iTero® 3D scanning technology to get detailed digital impressions of your teeth for porcelain veneers fabrication.

To consistently achieve beautiful and natural-looking porcelain veneers, iSmile Dental partners with a state-of-the-art ceramics lab. This way, your dentist has oversight as your veneers are being created to ensure your veneers can help create a beautiful and harmonious smile.

After your veneers are ready — it can take about two or three weeks — you come back to iSmile Dental to have your new porcelain veneers fitted and bonded onto each tooth. Aside from following your typical oral health routine, and coming in for twice-a-year exams and cleanings, no further treatment is necessary.

Are porcelain veneers permanent?

iSmile Dental uses only the highest quality materials that are very durable and designed to withstand years of wear-and-tear. With ongoing preventive dental care, you can expect your porcelain dental veneers to last about 10-15 years.

You can achieve the smile of your dreams by getting porcelain veneers at iSmile Dental. Learn more by calling the office nearest you or requesting your consultation for veneers online.

Notes:

In order to consistently achieve beautiful, natural-looking results, our offices partner with a state of the art ceramics lab, which enable meticulous oversight in the customization process. Using the highest quality materials that closely resemble natural teeth, and advanced 3D scanning equipment for impressions, our process for creating facial harmony through the smile is second to none.

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Invisalign® is the modern alternative to unsightly metal braces. Invisalign treatments from iSmile Dental, which has two locations in Brooklyn, New York, are an ideal solution for correcting minor to extensive misalignment issues. You can request an appointment by calling the Williamsburg or Park Slope office, or by using the online booking tool today.

Invisalign Q & A

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is designed to push and tug at your teeth just like traditional wire-and-bracket braces. The goal is to gently shift your teeth into a straighter alignment with proper spacing for each individual tooth. But Invisalign accomplishes this task through the use of clear, almost invisible aligners.

As a Gold Plus Invisalign provider, iSmile Dental specializes in creating highly effective orthodontic treatment plans. Your dedicated dentist uses advanced iTero® digital scanning technology, which quickly and clearly allows you to see a simulated outcome of your Invisalign treatment.

Using these images, your dentist fabricates Invisalign aligners that are customized to each stage of your treatment plan. You simply wear your aligners all day — at least 20-22 hours — and then switch to the next set of aligners in your Invisalign package after a week or two.

Each time you advance to the next aligners, you should notice that your teeth are gradually becoming straighter.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Since Invisalign aligners are clear, you can smile confidently without a mouthful of metal. You can also easily remove your aligners to eat and drink, as well as to brush and floss with ease. Invisalign is also a beneficial orthodontic solution because:

  • It’s more comfortable than traditional braces
  • Aligners are easy to maintain and clean
  • You can eat whatever you want

The dentists and hygienists at iSmile Dental undergo hours of continuing education for Invisalign every year, so you can feel confident that you’re getting the latest and most advanced treatment available.

How long does an Invisalign plan take?

From start to finish, an Invisalign treatment plan from iSmile Dental takes about a year, as long as you wear your aligners as recommended. If you have more advanced issues, your Invisalign plan may take a little longer, possibly up to 18 months. During this time, you come into the clinic roughly once a month for an evaluation to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned.

iSmile Dental proudly offers free Invisalign consultations and no-interest payment options. Call the office nearest you, or request an appointment online today.