Chapter Seven: Secrets to a Brighter Smile | New York, NY

Because we cannot escape the constant presence of the “selfie”, having a great smile is key to looking your best. Unfortunately, most of us do not have the whitest teeth possible. This is likely due to some type of lifestyle choices we are making, both good or bad. Bad habits like smoking are obviously hurting the shade of your teeth but taking certain prescriptions can also cause some coloration damage. The good news is that we can do something about brightening our smile, from basic dietary changes to a professional treatment session. Simple changes to our lifestyle can not only improve our dental health, but our overall health as well.

In this chapter, Dr. Larry Rosenthal shows us some tips to keeping our smiles as bright as we can. We present “Doctor Larry’s Guide to Whitening”…

  • Use a straw when drinking dark-colored, carbonated, or acidic beverages
  • Eat detergent foods high in roughage that stimulate saliva flow
  • Brush after every meal with a soft toothbrush or electric toothbrush
  • Cut out sugary beverages or limit them to mealtime
  • Floss daily or use an oral irrigator
  • Use toothpastes and mouthwashes with fluoride whitening agents
  • Change your toothbrush every month or two, tops
  • Get your teeth professionally whitened no more than once a year
  • Ask your dentist about using home whitening products between professional sessions
  • Use bleaching agents in moderation

To learn more about a visual guide to the smile, get your copy of Open Wider from Amazon.com today!

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit www.aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

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Chapter Six: Three Levels of Care | New York, NY

As a dental professional we walk a fine line with our patients that know exactly “what they need” and cannot be convinced otherwise, and patients that have no clue what they need because all they know if that it hurts or is ugly and would like it fixed. The former is a much tougher patient because they will insist upon treatment options that may not be the best for them because “someone told them about this particular option”, and their teeth look fantastic. It is our job to figure out a way to convince them that they can trust you enough to know what is best for their smile. And it all comes down to three levels of care – where health equals beauty.

Level one: oral health care and maintenance. Our mouths are the first line of defense for many of the illnesses and infections we encounter in our lives. And in order to keep ourselves healthy, it is important to maintain a proper level of dental hygiene and maintenance in order to keep our bodies running. Proper daily dental hygiene routine and consistent checkups will ensure that this happens.

Level two: restorative care. When it comes to restorations, it is important to discuss five key points: comfort (how the restoration feels), convenience (how long the procedure takes), durability (how long it will last with proper upkeep), affordability (and if it fits within budget) and appearance (how they feel mentally).

Level three: aesthetic care. When discussing dental treatment options, it is also important to give aesthetic options as well. The color, size and shape of the teeth themselves, how much are visible when in use and their improved overall appearance.

To learn more about a visual guide to the smile, get your copy of Open Wider from Amazon.com today!

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit www.aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

Aesthetic Advantage proudly serves New York, Atlanta, Florida, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Boston, Rhode Island, California, South Carolina, North Carolina and all surrounding areas.

Chapter Five: The Smile Assessment | New York, NY

In the age of the selfie, it is important to many that their appearance is always on point. We get our nails done and our hair cut on a regular basis, we find the nicest clothes we can afford to always look our best. But more important is our smiles. For most of us, we have plenty of things we would like to change.

What if you could have that smile you always dreamed of? It is important that you take a good look at what exactly you would like done so you can properly discuss an appropriate treatment plan with your dental professional. Before your initial consultation, think about these six questions:

Priorities. What would you like to accomplish? Give a basic but honest idea of what you your goals are at the end of this process.

Health. How is your health? Do you have any toothaches or irritations developing inside your mouth? Your dental health will play a part in what dental procedures are available to you.

Hygiene. How is your hygiene? As a reminder of the previous question, keeping your dental hygiene routines is very important.

Appearance. How do you feel about your appearance? Really take a look at your features, both facial and your smile and express your concerns.

Fear. How do you feel about visiting the dentist? While many have some type of fear of the dentist, today’s technology can relieve any concerns you may have.

Cost and convenience. What are your views of the time and money involved? Dental work can become expensive and time-consuming, depending on your particular case. Take this into consideration as well when deciding on your next step.

To learn more about a visual guide to the smile, get your copy of Open Wider from Amazon.com today!

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit www.aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

Aesthetic Advantage proudly serves New York, Atlanta, Florida, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Boston, Rhode Island, California, South Carolina, North Carolina and all surrounding areas.

Chapter Four: A Visual Side to the Smile | New York, NY

Everyone wants to have a smile that can light up a room. Y’know, one of those Hollywood smiles we see every day on our favorite tv shows and movies – a bright, gleaming white set of perfect pearly whites. The great thing is, with today’s dental technology, you can have that smile with the help of your dentist. Need it brighter? There are whitening treatments. Need some straightening? There are braces, or if necessary, dental implants that can help out. All you need is a visit to your favorite smile doctor.

Now when it comes to the various method used to repair your flawed grin, there are plenty to choose from and you and your dentist will decide together the best plan of attack. Here is a quick rundown of what you can expect. Of course, every patient is different, so these options may vary:

Missing teeth. A dental implant with veneers will likely be recommended.

Worn teeth. This will either entail some bonding or veneers in affected areas.

Gummy smile. If you have excessive gums showing when you smile, you may need a smile lift.

Discoloration. Whitening will be the first option but may need bonding or veneers.

Tooth erosion. Grinding may cause your teeth to wear. Veneers and/or crowns will fix that.

Old restorations. Old restorations may need to be re-sculpted to give your smile a renewed look.

Old bonding and cavities. You would be surprised by how much your smile can change by changing the color and shape of your teeth.

Crowding. Braces or a crown/bridge combination will make your smile more aesthetically pleasing.

Missing teeth. Fill in any gaps with bridges and veneers.

To learn more about a visual guide to the smile, get your copy of Open Wider from Amazon.com today!

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit www.aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

Aesthetic Advantage proudly serves New York, Atlanta, Florida, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Boston, Rhode Island, California, South Carolina, North Carolina and all surrounding areas.