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By Dr. Joseph Sachs
December 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth Whitening BenefitsWho wouldn't want a bright, white smile? For many adults, however, teeth become dull, even dingy, as accumulated stains rob smiles of their youthful brilliance. At Dr. Sachs & Associates in Chelsea, New York, Dr. Joseph Sachs and Dr. Robert Cruz deliver white smiles with professional Zoom! Whitening and state of the art laser whitening. These services can change your dental aesthetics and improve your self-image, too.

The benefits of professional teeth whitening

In New York and across the country, people of all ages want to look and feel their best. How their smiles appear to those around them impact their confidence and the impressions they create. When a smile is stained by tobacco, coffee, dark foods, or just simple aging, patients need the best possible cosmetic treatment to rectify the issue.

Fortunately, Dr. Sachs and Dr. Cruz understand their patients' needs and goals. Through careful oral examination, they can tell someone if professional in-office whitening or a comparable at-home version would produce the results they desire.

Many patients have tried store-bought whitening toothpastes, strips, and rinses. The results can be less than satisfactory, and without professional supervision, people find their teeth and gums become very sensitive from the products themselves.

Not so with Zoom! Whitening and laser whitening services offered by at our office. Zoom! processes use specially formulated hydrogen peroxide gel and an acceleration light to brighten teeth by eight shades right in the office. At home, Zoom! patients use customized trays to apply the gel over several days producing similar stellar results. And, with your dentist watching over your oral health, you know whitening will be safe and effective.

Additionally, Dr. Sachs & Associates offer safe laser whitening. Done in the office, laser whitening removes deep stains without the threat of dental or gingival (gum) sensitivity. Dr. Sachs or Dr. Cruz will tell you what type of whitening method is right for your oral health needs and smile goals.

Keeping a bright smile

It's easier than you think:

  • Limit dark foods and beverages
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Brush twice a day and floss daily as the American Dental Association recommends
  • Stop tobacco usage altogether (ask your primary care physician for help quitting)
  • Come to Dr. Sachs & Associates twice a year for hygienic cleanings, exams, and whitening touch-ups

Smile, won't you?

You can do it with confidence when you have your teeth professionally whitened with Dr. Sachs & Associate. Please call our Chelsea, New York office to arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation and learn all about this safe, quick, and economical treatment. Phone (212) 929-7718.

By Dr. Joseph Sachs
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain VeneersYour best smile is just a consultation away. At Dr. Sachs & Associates in New York, Dr. Joseph Sachs and Dr. Robert Cruz improve patient smiles and personal outlooks with lifelike porcelain veneers. Made from shells of superior grade porcelain, veneers disguise the front of teeth flawed by chips, stains and other defects. They perfect your smile and strengthen it, too!

Just what are porcelain veneers?

They are tooth-shaped shells of color-matched, translucent porcelain. Veneers improve tooth color, size, length, resilience, and shape. Additionally, because they are made of porcelain, they appear, function, and feel like real tooth enamel.

If you have teeth that are healthy but don't fit in with the rest of your smile, veneers could help. Dr. Sachs & Associates' New York office provides veneers alongside a host of other cosmetic services that enhance smile appearance and allow patients to confidently show off their teeth and gums.

The treatment

It begins with you and your dentist discussing your smile objectives. Then, Dr. Sachs or Dr. Cruz will tell you how they can meet those objectives. For instance, do you wish to even tooth length? Do you want to cover deep stains? Is a chip or gap spoiling the appearance of an otherwise great smile?

Next, the dentist will examine your mouth and take X-rays. Healthy teeth and gums are prerequisites for any cosmetic service. This means that decay, gum disease, or any other issues are addressed before proceeding with a smile makeover.

If the dentist recommends veneers, he'll take oral impressions using the sophisticated iTero scanner. This apparatus eliminates sticky impression putty and cumbersome trays. Instead, it takes a series of digital images and collates them into one three-dimensional scan. This information helps create your veneers one by one for a truly customized look.

Additionally, Dr. Sachs or Dr. Cruz will remove a small amount of tooth enamel--about 1/2 mm. This reduction helps the dentist achieve the right fit for your new veneers. Don't worry. The process is comfortable, and if necessary, you'll wear temporary veneers to normalize your smile as your permanent ones are crafted.

When placed, the veneers are accurately colored with a strong bonding cement. That's right. The dentist changes the color of the adhesive in such a way that the refurbished teeth blend in perfectly with their neighbors.

Adjusting to veneers

It may take a week or so for you to become accustomed to how your veneers feel. If this occurs, feel free to call the office at any time if you have a question or concern. However, most people adjust quickly.

Patients find veneers easy to care for, too. As usual, just brush twice a day and floss carefully. Come to Dr. Sachs & Associates semi-annually for your prophylactic cleanings and check-ups, as well.

A flawless smile

If this is your goal, we're here to help. Contact Dr. Sachs & Associates at (212) 929-7718 today! We have evening and Saturday hours to accommodate your schedule.

By Dr. Joseph Sachs
August 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental CrownsAre you dealing with a fractured or broken tooth in New York? Dental crowns could help you.

This tooth-shaped restoration is pretty amazing. After all, it can really do a lot to improve a smile, whether it’s being used for restorative or cosmetic purposes. Dental crowns are made from strong, tooth-colored material and are custom-made to fit over a tooth to become a protective and supportive barrier. In most cases, our Chelsea, New York, NY, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Joseph Sachs and Dr. Robert Cruz, will recommend a dental crown if:

  • You have a weak or damaged tooth
  • You have a tooth that is cracked or fractured
  • You have a dental filling that can no longer support the tooth
  • You need to undergo root canal therapy
  • You have a misshapen, worn down or severely discolored tooth (for cosmetic purposes)
  • You need to hold a dental bridge in place
  • You need to cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth

If you need to get a dental crown in New York, or if you are considering whether a crown could improve your smile then take a look at the wonderful benefits you’ll enjoy with this restoration:

A Realistic Restoration

Here at Dr. Joseph Sachs & Associates, we pride ourselves on providing restorations that look as close to real teeth as possible. This is why every crown is customized to fit your smile. Non-metal restorations are the only way to go if you want to get a crown that looks just like a real tooth. No one will even be able to tell that you have a crown but you (don’t worry; we won’t tell!).

Preserve and Protect

In most cases, a dental crown is used to cover and restore a damaged tooth. As you may already realize, a damaged tooth can weaken even more over time and lead to fractures or other issues. A weak tooth cannot function at its best, even when it comes to chewing. In order to preserve the natural tooth structure, our restorative dentists will cement a dental crown over the tooth to protect it and restore function.

A Long-Lasting Tooth

Even though dental restorations are not designed to last forever a dental crown certainly has a good long life, as long as you do your part to maintain and care for the tooth. Thank the tough, durable material used to create your crown. With the proper care, your crown could last many years.

Here at Dr. Joseph Sachs & Associates in Chelsea, New York, we are dedicated to providing the very best in restorative dentistry. If you believe a dental crown may get your smile back on track then give us a call today. Let’s give you something to smile about.

By Dr. Joseph Sachs
May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

woman inserting Invisalign trayIf you would like straighter teeth but don't want to wear metal braces, Invisalign may be just what you've been looking for. In addition to being a discreet and minimally invasive alternative to traditional metallic braces, Invisalign clear aligner trays also offer a number of benefits that make it easier than ever to invest in a straighter, healthier smile. Dr. Joseph Sachs and Dr. Robert Cruz offer Invisalign and full dentistry services in New York, NY.

A Better Smile with Invisalign

The Invisalign system consists of a series of removable trays that help to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position and alignment. Because the trays can be removed for up to two hours per day, they help to address many of the problems with braces, such as eating and practicing your oral hygiene routine. You may continue to enjoy your favorite meals and brush and floss regularly, as long as you can commit to wearing the trays for the required time every day (up to 22 hours).

Each tray is worn for approximately two weeks and then replaced with the next tray in the series to accommodate the shifting position of your teeth. Depending on your situation and dental needs, the treatment period may be shorter than with traditional braces.

One of the biggest and most obvious benefits of Invisalign is that the trays are virtually undetectable while you are wearing them, so they won't disrupt your professional and personal life or require a major adjustment to your lifestyle.

Find a Dentist in New York, NY

For more information about Invisalign and to determine if they are the right option for you, contact our office by calling (212) 929-7718 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sachs or Dr. Cruz today.

By Dr. Joseph Sachs
May 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

A straighter smile can be yours at any age.invisalign

It can be a big step deciding that you need to get braces. Of course, older teens are facing their high school and college years and adults are face-to-face with clients and colleagues every day. We know that they don’t want people noticing their crooked, misaligned smiles but they also don’t want to wear unsightly metal brackets and wires, either. Luckily, our New York, NY dentists, Dr. Joseph Sachs and Dr. Robert Cruz, have a better solution: Invisalign.

Instead of the metal braces you might think of when you think of getting orthodontic treatment, Invisalign offers you a nearly invisible approach to getting the straighter smile you want. Thanks to amazing computer technology, our New York general dentists can map out your entire treatment plan (which includes specific tooth movements) to give you the desired results.

From there, an Invisalign-approved dental lab will get to work creating your set of custom aligners. Each aligner is made from clear, flexible medical-grade plastic. Unlike mouthguards or whitening trays, these aligners fit close to your teeth, to provide the right amount of force to shift teeth into the proper position.

Invisalign is a great option for both older teens and adults who want to get a straighter smile but worry about the social and professional ramifications of wearing braces. We know high school years can be tough enough without having to add braces into the mix; however, Invisalign offers a way for teen and adults to get the smiles they want without ever having to wear metal braces.

The length of treatment will vary from patient to patient depending on the issues you are dealing with and how extensive they are. On average, an adult can get the results they want from Invisalign treatment in about one year. Teens who choose to get Invisalign will often have a similar length of treatment to traditional braces (18 to 24 months).

Do you want to find out more about Invisalign? Ready to see if this is the orthodontic treatment you’ve been searching for in New York, NY? If so, then let’s take the next step and schedule your consultation. Call our office today and let us know that you or your teen is interested in Invisalign.