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A Mouthguard Can Protect More Than Just Your Teeth

October 9, 2019

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A little girl karateka in white kimono and in a red belt with a mouth guard.

Fitness has become such an important part of all of our lives.  We lift weights, take classes and participate in all sorts of recreational sports.  Lets face it, accidents happen but serious injury to our teeth can be avoided with a custom mouth guard.

Why Wear a Mouthguard?

Wearing a mouthguard can protect your teeth from serious injury.  Custom mouthguards can protect from cracks, chips and from losing your teeth.  In the United States, greater than 5 million teeth are avulsed per year!  That’s a lot of lost teeth.  A mouthguard can also prevent soft tissue injuries like cuts to your lips that need stitches.  A custom sports guard has also been shown to prevent jaw injury and reduce the risk of brain injuries.  It is so important to take every step possible to reduce the chance and severity of concussions.  This is especially so in children and adolescents.

What Type of Mouthguard Should We Wear?

Any type of mouthguard is better than no mouthguard but having a custom made mouthguard has so many more benefits.  We start by capturing a 3D image of your teeth using our 3D scanner.  No longer are the days of filling bulky trays with goopy impression material.  We custom design the mouthguard to your specific needs.  Not every sport requires the highest level of protection so we can customize thickness to give additional support.  From mountain biking to muay thai, we have your teeth covered.

What Are Some Other Benefits of a Custom Mouthguard?

Custom mouthguards not only protect our teeth but they also other added benefits.  Custom mouthguards are designed for your mouth and not bulky like an over the counter mouthguard.  This means that you will be able to breath better during exercise!  Better breathing means better performance.  Wearing a mouthguard actually allows athletes to play harder with better results.  Many studies have shown that athletes wearing a custom mouthguard can generate more force and power than those that are not wearing a guard.  This is one of the many reasons we see so many professional athletes wearing custom guards. (Think baseball players at bat!)

To schedule your visit with us for your custom made sports guard, call us at 212-755-9055 or email at office@drsboyd.com

7 Myths of Teeth Whitening

September 26, 2019

There are SO many “tips and tricks” for teeth whitening.  I am here to remove some of the myths about bleaching your teeth.

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Whitening Toothpaste Whitens Teeth

The reason why there is no clear recommended whitening toothpaste from dentists is that none of them really work.  At least for what patients are looking for.  Toothpaste in general contains an abrasive that serves to help microscopically scrape away plaque and tartar.  Whitening toothpastes have additives that can remove some minor surface staining but to get at the yellow core of the tooth you need something that will absorb deeply into the tooth. 

Bleaching Your Teeth is Bad for Them

This is a common misconception.  Whitening your teeth is not dangerous for your teeth when done in a controlled way with your doctor at Drs. Boyd.  Unfortunately, there are some side effects which include tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.  Tooth sensitivity is difficult to predict from patient to patient.  Generally it can be minimized with careful protection of the sensitive root areas and exposed dentin.  Gum irritation can occur with poorly fitting whitening trays or over the counter whitening strips.  When the whitening gel sits on the gum tissue for a prolonged period it burns the tissue and is painful.

Rinsing with Hydrogen Peroxide Whitens and Cleans Teeth

This is simply false.  Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide is not beneficial and is actually damaging to your gum tissue.  Hydrogen peroxide is good at initially cleaning our cuts that we get outside of our mouth.  We should not be rinsing with it.

Charcoal Toothpaste Whitens and is Good for Your Teeth

Activated charcoal has many health benefits! Unfortunately, they aren’t found by putting them in a toothpaste.  According to a study in the British Dental Journal, the charcoal added in the toothpaste is nothing more than a marketing gimmick.  None of the products are actually shown to be of any benefit for what they say they can do.  It doesn’t whiten teeth.  It may remove surface stain but so does regular toothpaste and at a fraction of the cost.

In Office Whitening is Better than Professional At-Home Whitening

This is actually false.  Single visit in office whitening is just as effective as at home whitening.  The main difference is the concentration of the whitening gel that is used.  The benefit is that you can have whiter teeth in one quick visit in about an hour and a half.  We use Philips Zoom whitening because we have had a the best whitening results with that system.  For patients that have had sensitivity with the higher concentration gel, we can use a very comfortable low concentration gel for a longer duration. 

You Can Whiten Your Existing Crowns and Veneers

Unfortunately this is not true.  Whitening gel cannot whiten existing restorations of any kind.  If you have existing crowns and want a whiter smile we can replace them using state of the art ceramic veneers and crowns that look like white natural teeth.

You Can’t Whiten Your Teeth in a Day

You can professionally whiten your teeth in as little as an hour and a half.  Using Philips Zoom whitening, we can lighten teeth up to 8 shades.  So if you have a big social event and want a fast bright smile, this is the way to go.

There is no bad time to get a whiter smile.  If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation for your whitening procedure, please call our office at 212-755-9055.  You may also reach us by email at office@drsboyd.com

Top 5 Questions from Patients on Bleaching Teeth

September 4, 2019

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People want whiter and brighter smiles these days.  We are all being bombarded with every facet of teeth whitening product from over the counter whitening strips to activated charcoal.  Drs. Boyd wants to clear up the confusion on bleaching teeth and answer our most common questions from patients.

Why are my teeth yellow?

Nobody likes yellow looking teeth.  Also, the more coffee, tea, red wine and other highly pigmented foods we consume, the more yellow and dark they get.  So, what is in our teeth that makes them dark?  Teeth have color producing molecules called “chromophores”.  These molecules give the dark stains to our teeth. The more dark foods and beverages we consume the darker these chromophores become.

How do teeth get whiter?

Whitening occurs when the chromophores in our teeth are broken down by diffusion of a whitening gel into the tooth.  The gel oxidizes the chromophores and removes their color.  The oxidation of the chromophores leave us with a white and bright tooth.

So how can I actually get my teeth whiter?

The best way to bleach our teeth is with professional teeth whitening at Drs. Boyd.  We use a combination of in-office Zoom whitening and at-home whitening to establish a long lasting white smile.  At your whitening appointment we use a high strength, light activate peroxide gel on your teeth.  The whole process takes about an hour and a half.  After your visit, you will follow special protocol at home using your custom made trays.  This combination of procedures leads to a long lasting whiter smile.

Am I a candidate for whitening?

Most people with otherwise healthy teeth are candidates for whitening their teeth as long as they are over the age of 15.  Whitening becomes difficult when patients have many tooth colored fillings on the front teeth or crowns and bridges as these types of restorations do not change color.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effect is temporary tooth sensitivity.  The sensitivity usually subsides after 24-48 hours of whitening and is not a permanent issue.  Although it can be annoying, it is not an indication that something is wrong.  We help prevent this sensitivity by having our patients use Sensodyne toothpaste 1 week prior and apply a sensitivity preventing gel in your custom trays after your in-office whitening procedure.

There is no bad time to get a whiter smile.  If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation for your whitening procedure, please call our office at (212) 755-9055.  You may also reach us by email at office@drsboyd.com.

Your Dentist Offers 4 Tips to Save Your Teeth

May 24, 2019

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Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, however, various factors can shorten their lifespan. Decay or trauma might endanger your teeth and lead to the need for extractions. How can you protect your pearly whites and help them to endure for decades to come? Since May is National Save Your Tooth Month, now is the perfect time for you to think about how you can protect your precious, natural smile. Here are some useful tips from your dentist in Midtown East:

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3 Reasons to Visit Your Dentist for an Oral Cancer Screening

April 5, 2019

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Too many people believe that they are impervious to the threat of cancer. Oral cancer, in particular, doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. While it is neither the most common nor the most talked about form of cancer, it is a widespread problem that touches countless lives each year. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, now is the perfect time to think about how you can protect yourself from this devastating disease. One way in which you can do so is by visiting your dentist for an oral cancer screening in Midtown East. Let’s talk about why getting screened is so vital.

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How a Dental Checkup in Midtown East Can Protect Your Hearing

March 12, 2019

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Whether you’re engaging in casual conversation with friends and family, listening to the radio, or trying to safely cross the street, your hearing is an invaluable asset. You can protect your hearing by avoiding prolonged exposure to loud noises, caring for your overall health, and making sure that you maintain a clean mouth. Yes, a dental checkup in Midtown East may be one of the keys to keeping your sense of hearing operating at its best. Let’s discuss the fascinating link between your oral health and your ability to hear.

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Visit Your Dentist to Achieve an Improved Smile in 2019

January 12, 2019

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People always start a new year with great intentions. They might want to get in shape, make a career change, or learn a new language. While such goals are commendable, most people lose their enthusiasm after just a few weeks. Why not set a new year’s resolution that you know you can achieve? Something as simple as improving your smile’s health and appearance can have a positive effect on every aspect of your life. Best of all, it might be easier than you thought to achieve a confident, healthy smile. Obtaining the grin of your dreams starts with a visit to your dentist in Midtown East.

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At Last, Smile Confidently with Teeth Whitening in Midtown East

December 4, 2018

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There is a way to dramatically enhance your overall “look” without investing significant time or money in cosmetic treatments or plastic surgeries. Choosing to undergo professional teeth whitening in Midtown East is a great way to regain your youthful, confident appearance — in as little as one visit to your dentist’s office. Keep reading to learn more about how this treatment works, and how you can brighten your teeth to greet 2019 with a dazzling smile! 

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Trust Your Smile to an Experienced Dentist in Midtown East

November 16, 2018

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There are a lot of factors you should take into account when you’re looking for a new dentist in Midtown East. You have to think about the practice’s location, their payment policies, their hours of operation, and whether they’ve received good patient reviews. However, one of the most important things you should consider is a dentist’s experience. Let’s talk about how a dentist’s experience can contribute to them providing the best care possible to their patients.

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Chipped a Tooth? A Cosmetic Dentist Explains Your Treatment Options

October 16, 2018

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woman covering mouth

Chipped a front tooth? Whether it was due to an accident, a sports mishap, or that hard piece of candy you bit into, you may find that your smile doesn’t look quite as good as it used to. Fortunately, your cosmetic dentist in Midtown East has the expertise needed to restore your tooth’s appearance and function. Let’s talk about some of your treatment options.

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