cosmetic dentistry

Oral hygiene is important- and not just for your smile!!

Dental cavities and tooth decay is one of the most common medical conditions experienced by Americans and the single most common disease of childhood.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 19 percent of children have untreated cavities and approximately 41 percent of children have decay in their “baby teeth.”

Cavities are the result of gradual tooth decay caused by the build-up of plaque and breakdown of protective enamel. Initially cavities are painless, but they open the tooth up to infections, eventually exposure the nerve resulting in pain. The internal structures of the tooth can also be destroyed, ultimately causing the loss of the tooth. While this might not seem important in “baby teeth” as they are going to be lost anyway, infection can cause damage to the growing teeth and subsequent treatments can be painful and expensive.

Overall, oral hygiene is an essential component of one’s health. Researchers from the American Heart Association recently shared findings that professional dental care can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Experts tracked 100,000 people for an average of 7 years in Taiwan. They found that those who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack and 13 percent less likely to have a stroke.

Regular dentist visits and oral hygiene reduces the growth of inflammation-causing bacteria that causes periodontal disease. However, these bacteria can also cause inflammation of the vessels, with studies showing that these bacteria are associated with elevation in C-reactive protein, a marker for blood vessel inflammation.

Dental health should begin in childhood as even babies are susceptible to cavities. Most children get their first tooth around 6 or 7 months of age and dental care should begin promptly thereafter with a visit to the dentist, as well as, regular tooth brushing. One major risk for early childhood cavities is consumption of sugary liquids, particularly allowing your child to fall asleep with a bottle of juice or milk.

The extended contact with sugar increases the rate of tooth decay. Avoiding sticky foods and frequent snacks are other strategies to ward off cavities. Instilling these routines in childhood promotes their continuation into adult life and with more studies showing broad health benefits from dental hygiene it is essential.

So don’t forget to schedule your six month check up and cleaning!
Call our office today for an appointment.

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EZLase™ Laser Whitening

Most of us start out with sparkling white teeth, thanks to their porcelain-like enamel surface. Composed of microscopic crystalline rods, tooth enamel is designed to protect the teeth from the effects of chewing, gnashing, trauma and acids caused by sugar and other foods. But over the years enamel is worn down, becoming more transparent and permitting the yellow color of dentin – the tooth’s core material – to show through.

Some foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, wine or certain vegetables, tobacco use, poor dental hygiene, illness, some medications and advancing age can all contribute to noticeable tooth discoloration.  By making some minor lifestyle changes you may be able to prevent this. For instance, If you’re a smoker or a  regular coffee drinker you may  consider cutting back on caffeine or tobacco- or quitting altogether. Getting regular dental cleanings by a trained dental professional will also remove surface staining and plaque from accumulating in your teeth and gums dulling your pearly whites.

However, for a more drastic, noticeable and quick improvement, an in-office teeth whitening procedure may give you the results you’re looking for.

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At DentAlign Studio, Dr Scopu uses the latest state of the art teeth whitening procedure with the EZlase™ System. This procedure is one of the most advanced teeth whitening systems available to dental patients.

Ezlase™ is an advanced laser technology developed by BIOLASE Technology, the leader in dental lasers for over 20 years. EZLase™ Laser Teeth Whitening is one of the most advanced teeth whitening systems available today.

Laser teeth whitening is safer, longer lasting, and can whiten teeth that are severely discolored. This treatment works for patients with difficult to whiten teeth, stained teeth and the most challenging shades to treat: grey and brown. This laser whitening procedure takes less than half the time of other in-office methods and unlike other whitening systems, it does not use UV lights.

You are only 20 minutes away from a bright beautiful smile, call our office today for an appointment.

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by: Paola H.

Dentalign studio now offering Insignia braces.

Insignia is the customization of orthodontic braces, made to perfectly model the shape of your teeth and help you achieve a flawless smile. Unlike regular braces, Insignia is the most advanced orthodontic system available today. There are many pros to Insignia as an alternative to regular braces.
Instead of regular, stock braces and arch wires being used on your teeth Insignia customizes a special fit just for you. Also, digital planning and 3D visibility allows your dentist to add precise detail and customization to your teeth instead of eyeing bracket placement with regular braces and manual adjustment, thus saving a lot of time.

Insignia also uses a new digital technology that allows the patient to see what your new smile will look like after the treatment is completed.

The placement of insignia takes much less time and is much more efficient. For example regular braces take approximately two hours for placement, while Insignia takes about forty-five minutes. Thus, customization means less wearing time in braces and also a more comfortable adjustment. Insignia allows for you to achieve the perfect smile, quicker, and more comfortably than ever before.

For further information please call Dentalign Studio (718)821-7432.

By: Lillian B

What does your smile say about you?

First impressions are vital.  To truly make a memorable and impeccable first impressions one of the most important assets is a great smile.  A smile lets people know that you are approachable, friendly and confident. It invites the, to get to know the person behind the smile. “When someone has a big smile, it shows they’re willing to open up and expose a part of themselves,” says Pamela McClain DDS, president of American Academy of Periodontology. Over the long term, smiling can benefit your health, perception at work, social life and romantic status. With that much at stake, its worthwhile to discover what your smile is saying about you– and how to interpret the smiles flashed your way.

People who smile project a positive outlook and are generally more flexible. They tend to cope better with challenges than people who are withdrawn and unsmiling. Just smile. Believe it or not, forcing yourself to smile can actually make you happier.  Research studies show that for people who smiled spontaneously or on purpose, the activity in their brains was virtually the same. They felt happy.

You’d like to smile more, but you’ve been hiding it for as long as you can remember because of unsightly stains, cracks, gaps or misshapen teeth. Until recently, there were few options available to the average patient. Today, however, there is  a wide range of restorative and orthodontic techniques and materials which allow you the choice to enhance and improve your smile.

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By: Paola H

Our mission Statement

At DentAlign Studio we are dedicated to provide community-based high quality comprehensive dental care services.

Our specialty and driving focus is to transform smiles one patient at a time and to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible. We aim to provide superior service and individualized care for each patient in a family- like atmosphere that is caring, friendly and fun.

Our team’s commitment to building a lasting relationship as well providing each individual patient a truly outstanding experience is our goal. Exceptional orthodontic and restorative treatment outcomes fulfill our goals of enhancing self-esteem, self-confidence and overall dental health.

We want you to love your smile and allow us the privilege of transforming your smile and your life.

– The DentAlign Studio Team