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My Invisalign Story

April 14, 2015

For a year and a half, I’ve been asking myself, “Do I want to get Invisalign?” From far away, my teeth look perfectly straight. However, when someone is talking to me close up that I’m afraid they may notice that slight imperfection of my front teeth. My upper two teeth on top are slightly different in length and my lower front tooth is slightly crooked.

I never thought someone would ever notice the slight imperfections in my teeth, since I was always told by many that my teeth looked perfectly straight without ever having braces. However, one random day, my co-worker pointed out to me that my top front teeth are not the same length. I was shocked and I started to think, Wow, how many people have noticed this.

As a little girl, my mother stressed the importance of first impressions. Now, I constantly think back to how many people noticed my crooked lopsided teeth. As a young-adult, I feel that it is important to look my best from head to toe for business, social reasons and especially special occasions.

I asked my dentist, Dr. Brian Raskin at Advanced DDS, if I would be a good candidate for Invisalign. He reassured me that Invisalign Express is my answer. Now, I cannot wait to start my Invisalign treatment because I know once it’s completed I won’t have to worry if anyone will notice my slanted front teeth.

I’m extremely conscious of my spending budget. As a recent graduate from SUNY Geneseo, I’m doing my best balancing my money with rent, student loan, bills, car payments and more. However, regaining my confidence and happiness is priceless.

I’m currently waiting to have my wisdom tooth removed before starting my Invisalign treatment. But I know I’m one step closer to my perfect smile. Life is too short, you don’t know what tomorrow may bring, so why not invest in yourself.

Check out the chart below on what I’ve found regarding Invisalign treatment. I did over a year’s research on Invisalign and here are just the interesting facts and figures I have found.

Oh, Advanced DDS is currently giving $200 off Invisalign Express treatment. Click here to more information.

Invisalign Chart

What to eat after oral surgery?

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Planning for meals after oral surgery or dental implants may be a headache. After certain oral procedures you may be required to eat liquid or soft foods only for a few days. Some people choose the all-you-can-eat ice cream diet. But we recommend eating food that will help your nutrition and dietary needs.

Foods such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and lean meats, eggs and beans are full of nutrient. They provide vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed for healing such as zinc, protein, and vitamins A and C.

Here are some nutrition-rich food suggestions we have created for patients that require liquid or soft foods after their oral surgery:

– Scrambled eggs

– Oatmeal or cream of wheat (make it with milk instead of water to boost the nutrition)

– Soup with soft vegetables or pureed or cream soups

– Soft cheeses and cottage cheese

– Pudding and custard

– Meatloaf

– Mashed potatoes (mixed with powdered milk to boost nutrition)

– Sorbet and frozen yogurt

– Soft-cooked, shredded chicken and meat

– Protein shakes

– Tofu

– Ripe fruits cut into pieces like peaches and nectarines

– Pasta and noodles

– Peanut butter

– Avocado

– Applesauce

– Macaroni and cheese

– Pancakes

– Mashed bananas

– Cooked vegetables like carrots, squash, green beans and spinach

Do you have periodontal disease?

Beautiful White Smile

March 11, 2015

Do you know if you are at risk for periodontal disease, also known as gum disease? A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that nearly one out of two U.S. adults age 30 and over, 64.7 million Americans, has periodontal disease.

The study also indicates that prevalence is highest among ethnic minorities, with 63.5% of Hispanic-Americans, 59.1% of African-Americans and 50% of Asian-Americans affected by periodontal disease.

What causes periodontal disease?

Our mouths are full of bacteria and these bacteria constantly form a sticky colorless plaque on your teeth’s surfaces. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque however; plaque that is not removed can harden and form tartar. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque and tartar go untreated it will cause inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. The most common signs of gingivitis are redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. This form of gum disease is reversible and treatable.

What is periodontitis?

When gum disease is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis. At this stage your gums will pull away from your teeth and form spaces that have become infected. The bacterial toxins and your body’s natural response to infection will start to break down the bone and connective tissue that holds your teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums and tissue that support the teeth will be destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and will have to be removed.

How do you know if you have gum disease?

Symptoms of gum disease may include bad breath that won’t go away, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, painful chewing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth and receding gums or longer appearing teeth. Some people may not notice any symptoms.

Any of these symptoms may be a sign of a serious problem, which should be evaluated by a dental professional.

Advanced DDS offers our patients active periodontal therapy. Our team will remove the plaque and tartar through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planning. Scaling helps get rid of the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planning gets rid of rough spots on the root surface of the teeth where the germs gather and help remove bacteria that contribute to the disease.

Juicing Secrets

Juicing Blog

February 26, 2015

Are you trying to improve your lifestyle by changing your diet, juicing, and working out? But do you know how healthy your new routine really is? For example, some juicers may cause more harm than good for your teeth if it contains high acidity levels and is full of sugar.

Here are 5 simple tips you can use to make juicing healthy:

  1. The majority of your juice should come from green veggies. Use leafy greens such as kale and collards which are rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. These are important nutrients for strong bones and teeth.
  1. Use fruits sparingly. For example, use half of an apple or only a handful of berries. Also, be sure to always use ripe fruits as they have less acid than unripe fruits.
  1. Add Wheatgrass. Also known as the “liquid sunshine”, wheatgrass is a superfood that contains an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It also contains a high chlorophyll content, which is highly energizing.
  1. Don’t forget to add fresh cranberries. Fresh cranberries and unsweetened cranberry juice contain compounds that help stop cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to your teeth.
  1. Use a straw. Drinking your juice with a straw will limit the contact of sugars and acid with your teeth.

Community Event Survey

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Advanced DDS would like to show our appreciation for the continued support and praises from our patients and community by sponsoring a free event. Please fill out the community event survey that will allow us to provide you and the community an event that meets your interest.

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Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment

February 9, 2015

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Do you want a whiter smile? Are you considering buying an over-the-counter product or getting a professional teeth whitening? You should visit your dentist before starting any whitening treatments. Your dentist will advise you what whitening treatment will work best for you and what you may need done before you can whiten your teeth. At Advanced DDS, we offer various professional in-office teeth whitening treatments.

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment

Patient comfort is important to the team at Advanced DDS. Our technology allows patients to whiten their teeth with less sensitivity. Our whitening treatment has adjustable intensity settings to help maximize patient comfort.  In fact, 99% of patients experienced little to no sensitivity during and after their whitening treatment. Our whitening treatment is so gentle that patients have low abrasion, low dehydration, and low sensitivity. Getting whitening treatments in-office allows you access to our top technologies and trained staff during your whitening process to lessen your sensitivity.

What kind of results should you expect?

 Results vary from person to person and treatment to treatment. Professional whitening treatment is fast and easy, unlike over-the-counter options that may take months before you see any progress or results. 

How long will your whitening results last? 

Your results are all dependent on your genetics and habits. Drinking or eating staining beverages or food and smoking can limit your results. It is very important to avoid any food or beverage with color until 48 hours after your whitening treatment. Brushing with a whitening toothbrush and toothpaste can help maintain your results.

What are the possible side effects?

 The most common side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity. Ask our dentists to confirm that you are a good candidate for whitening. Getting a professional whitening treatment ensures that you are using the right concentration of whitening formula to help prevent side effects.

Call Advanced DDS today at 516-825-1100 to schedule your professional teeth whitening treatment.

How Healthy is Your Child’s School Lunch?

February 5, 2015

Healthier LunchesOver 93% of children understand the importance of going to school to learn, to be well educated, to further professional ambitions, and to prepare for a better future. As a parent, you can give them the vigor they need to power through the day with a healthy school lunch. A healthy lunch will give your child the nutrition and energy they need to do well in school. Use these helpful tips to give your child the healthy energy-filled lunch they need.

Offer nutrient-dense foods. Nutrient-dense foods help your child feel fuller for a longer period of time. In order to meet the recommended daily amounts of protein, iron, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, provide a wide selection of foods for your child. Foods such as lean protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will provide your child with the nutrients they need to feel energized throughout the day.

Limit fat intake. Saturated fats can lead to obesity and clogged arteries. The American Heart Association recommends children get no more than 25-35% of their calories from fat. Your child can receive healthy fat calories from fish, nuts, and olives.

Let your child choose some of their food. Giving your child the freedom to make food choices for their lunch will help them enjoy lunch more. Eating meals regularly will keep energy levels up during school and make your child less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks to fill hunger gaps.

Make small changes. Switch from white bread to whole grain bread and change from full-fat dairy products to fat-free dairy products. Small changes like this make a positive difference in your child’s diet. Your child may not even notice a change in texture or flavor. Many of your child’s favorite foods, such as chicken nuggets, pizza, and macaroni and cheese, can be made with healthier ingredients.

Remember, beverages count too. Giving your child a healthy lunch and then packing a sugar-filled, high-calorie drink negates your efforts. Calories from high-sugar beverages quickly add up. Water is always the best option for a healthy drink at lunch. Fat-free milk and real fruit juice in moderation is another healthy alternative to sugary beverages.

A healthier lunch means a healthier mouth. Your child will decrease their chances of tooth decay and cavities by eating a well-balanced nutritional meal. Don’t forget to schedule your child’s regular dental care appointments. Call Advanced DDS today at 516-825-1100 to schedule your child’s appointment.

Brushing Teeth can be Fun for your Child

 

February 4, 2015

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Teaching your child on how to brush their teeth should be fun. At Advanced DDS, your premier Garden City dentist, we feel it is essential for your child to develop good oral care early in their life. Good oral care starts with encouraging your child to brush twice a day and floss daily. Here are some tips to making brushing fun for your child:

Let your child pick their own toothbrush and toothpaste. Does your child have a favorite color or cartoon character? Letting your child pick a toothbrush and toothpaste that is attractive to them will encourage them to use it more often.

Play music while your child brushes their teeth. Using music is a great way to motivate kids to brush their teeth. Children should brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day. Play your child’s favorite song and tell them to keep brushing until the song is over.

Brush your teeth with your child. Children learn best by example and like to copy what their parents are doing. Brushing with them will encourage them to brush their teeth the proper way.

Make brushing and flossing part of the daily routine. Come up with a morning and bedtime routine for your child and stick with it. Your evening routine could consist of a bath, pajamas, flossing, brushing, and a bed time story. Your child will soon realize cleaning their teeth is part of a normal routine.

Play a game with your child while they are brushing. An interactive game is another great way to keep your kids committed to brushing their teeth. Play eye spy, tic tac toe, or another child favorite to connect fun with brushing teeth.

Watch this video. Click here to watch an interactive video that will let your child explore the proper way to brush and how to keep the “nasties” away.

Call Advanced DDS at 516-825-1100.

Advanced DDS –Garden City Dentist  

Benefits Invisalign Offers

Blog - InvisalignJanuary 19, 2015 

Did you know there are more benefits to straight teeth than just a pretty smile? Invisalign is renowned for allowing comfort and convenience while straightening your teeth using custom aligners. However, many people do not know all of the benefits Invisalign offers. While straightening your teeth, Invisalign also favorably impacts your overall dental health. You may be surprised to know that the benefits of using Invisalign extend beyond a confident straight smile.

  • Healthier Teeth and Gums. Swollen red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential problems. The comfortable and clear aligners gently and gradually begin to move your teeth into the proper position without unsightly brackets and wires.
  • Easier Cleaning. One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do.
  • Overall Health. Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of possible problems. Correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate issues caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign effectively addresses all of these issues, so you’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.

A Story for Motivation

 

January 14, 2015

river waterfallWith the new year comes New Year’s Resolutions. Some people vow to spend more time at the gym and trim a few pounds. Others promise to start a new activity or hobby. Whatever your New Year’s Resolution may be, staying motivated is key to meeting your goal. When you find yourself struggling to uphold your resolution, remember this story for motivation in your search for success.

 

Socrates Secret to Success:

A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met, and Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. Just as the water got up to their necks, Socrates took the young man by surprise and dunked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was gasp and take a deep breath of air. Socrates asked, “What did you want the most when you were under water?” The boy replied, “Air.” Socrates said, “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted air, then you will get it.” There is no other secret.

A burning desire is key to achieving any goal or resolution you choose to chase. Stay motivated and focused on your goals and you will achieve them. At Advanced DDS, we wish you luck as you pursue your resolutions in 2015!