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By Dental Esthetics - William G. Corbett, DMD
September 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By William G. Corbett, DMD
August 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

When your smile isn’t your best, it could affect everything from your social interactions to the way that you smile in photos. You shouldTeeth Whitening always feel confident about flashing your pearly whites. If your smile has yellowed over the last few years, your dentist at Dental Esthetics - William G. Corbett, DMD in Staten Island, NY, and serving Tottenville, Pleasant Plains, NY can easily brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening treatment.

Ways to Whiten Your Smile
There are numerous things you can try to whiten your teeth, including mouthwashes, strips, and whitening trays that are available at your local stores. Some of these over the counter products take weeks to show any results, and some simply don't work at all. They contain relatively low percentages of hydrogen peroxide, which is why they aren’t as effective as going to the dentist.

An Easier Way to Brighten Your Smile
There’s no need to struggle with messy whitening kits that may or may not work. In just one appointment your Tottenville, Pleasant  Plains, and Staten Island, NY,  dentist can give you the brighter smile you want. It is one of the easiest dental procedures you’ll experience and it’s pain-free, so there’s no need to be anxious about this visit. After your dentist applies the gel, which contains about 30 to 40 percent hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, you’ll simply relax in the chair for about an hour. You'll emerge from your visit with what looks like a brand new smile.

Benefits of a Brighter Smile
The better your smile looks, the more attractive, young, and personable you seem to other people. In fact, a survey by the American Dental Association found that a nice, white smile tops the list of the most attractive physical features. When you know your teeth look good, you’ll feel more comfortable and confident around other people.

Make Time for a Whitening Appointment
It won't take much time for you to have a better-looking smile when you have your teeth professionally whitened at Dental Esthetics - William G. Corbett, DMD in Staten Island, NY, and serving Tottenville, Pleasant Plains, NY. Call (718) 966-1400 today to set an appointment to see Dr. William Corbett.