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By Silverman and Associates
March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

In the past, achieving a straighter smile usually meant wearing metal braces that were readily visible anytime you smiled. Now you can invisalignstraighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign. Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign straightens teeth with the use of soft aligner trays that are clear so they are practically invisible! The trays are also removable, which makes brushing and flossing easier. Invisalign is available from Silverman & Associates, your Bayside and Bellmore, NY, family dentists.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an innovative method for straightening teeth that are crooked or misaligned. In place of the metal brackets and wires associated with traditional braces, Invisalign utilizes flexible plastic trays to straighten and align the teeth. Like traditional braces, the Invisalign aligner trays apply controlled forces to move the teeth into the desired position. A specialized software program is used by your Bayside and Bellmore family dentist to map out a multi-stage plan for moving the teeth. New aligner trays are created for each stage of the plan.

Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign offers several advantages for teens and adults who want to straighten their smile. Some of the primary advances of Invisalign aligner trays are that they are discreet, comfortable and removable.

One of the biggest benefits of using Invisalign to straighten the teeth is that it is discreet. As stated, the Invisalign trays are clear, which makes them barely visible when smiling or talking. The clear trays are much less noticeable than the silver brackets and wires of traditional metal braces. Further, the trays are removable so they can be taken out temporarily for photos and special occasions. The trays can also be removed when eating and to brush and floss. This makes it easier to keep both the teeth and the trays clean for improved oral hygiene.

Another advantage of Invisalign trays is their comfort factor. There are no uncomfortable metal brackets and wires to poke the gums, as can happen with traditional metal braces. The soft plastic aligner trays fit comfortably over the top and bottom rows of teeth with no hardware to cause discomfort. There is little risk of gum irritation when wearing the flexible aligner trays.

You can straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign. If you are interested in this discreet method for straightening your smile, contact Silverman & Associates, your family dentists in Bellmore and Bayside, NY. To schedule an appointment at the Bellmore office, call (516) 781-9700. For the Bayside office, call (718) 225-0515.

By Silverman and Associates
January 25, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

A good dental hygiene routine is important to maintaining good oral health and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. The family oral hygienedentists at Silverman & Associates in Bayside and Bellmore, NY see many patients who want to improve their dental hygiene but aren’t sure where to start. The good news is that taking care of your teeth properly is simple. The information is detailed here:


Almost everyone knows brushing is important. But do you know why? The act of brushing helps to break up the colonies of bacteria-filled plaque that collect on the surface of the teeth and gums. These bacteria are the agents that eventually cause decay and gum disease if not properly and vigilantly cleared away. If plaque is not removed it can harden into calculus, at which point it becomes much more difficult to remove conventionally. To keep plaque and calculus at bay, your Bayside and Bellmore family dentist recommends brushing twice daily for two minutes each time with a good quality toothpaste. Your dentist can make suggestions on the best kind for you. Toothpaste that contains cavity-fighting fluoride is a good idea, for example.


Flossing seems to be one thing that people always mean to do but never follow through on a routine. Like brushing, the act of flossing helps to disrupt the colonization of bacteria, only it does so in the hard-to-reach places in between the teeth. Without flossing, cavities can go undetected for a long time, particularly if you’re not visiting your dentist regularly. To get in the habit, you can try using floss picks, which can be easier to maneuver. Place them in a spot where you’re most likely to use them. Flossing before or after brushing is totally up to you; it should be done once a day but the time is not important.

Visiting Silverman & Associates, your Bayside and Bellmore, NY family dental team, twice yearly for a cleaning and checkup is also part of a good oral health regimen. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists, contact our office today!

By Silverman and Associates
November 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   Fastbraces   orthodontics  

Would you like to straighten your teeth but don't want to wear braces for years? Luckily, there's an alternative that decreases the length of fastbracestime you'll be in braces. The dentists at Silverman & Associates, your Bellmore and Bayside, NY family dentists, explain how you can benefit from Fastbraces.

How do Fastbraces work?

As their name implies, Fastbraces work much quicker than other brace systems. If you wear traditional braces, your teeth are realigned in two phases. The top parts of the teeth are usually moved during the first year you wear braces, then the roots are realigned the next year. As you can imagine, this process takes time. Fastbraces move the entire tooth, from the root to the crown, at the same time.

Although Fastbraces don't look much different than traditional braces, they offer exceptional results. Fastbrace's innovative triangular bracket and wire system is specially designed to correct the position of your roots from the moment you first start wearing your braces.

How fast are Fastbraces?

Most people need to wear braces for two to three years to achieve the desired results. When you choose Fastbraces, you may be able to have your braces removed after just three months to one year. You may begin to notice results after just a few weeks. Since you'll spend less time wearing your braces, you'll also pay less for your orthodontic treatment.

Am I a good candidate for Fastbraces in Bellmore and Bayside?

Fastbraces are an excellent solution for most orthodontic issues, including overbites and crowding. They're a good choice whether you're a child or an adult.

Transform your smile with Fastbraces! Find out if these innovative braces are the right choice for you by scheduling an appointment with the Bellmore and Bayside, NY family dentists at dentists at Silverman & Associates.

By Silverman and Associates
September 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants are one of the most exciting advancements in dental technology. Thanks to implants, it's possible to replace an entire dental implantstooth, from the roots to the crown. Your Bayside, NY, dentists at Silverman & Associates, University Dental Family Dentistry share some of the science behind dental implants.

A happy accident

Swedish physician Per-Ingvar Branemark was conducting an experiment on blood flow characteristics when he discovered that titanium fuses to bones. As part of the experiment, he injected titanium, a lightweight metal, into the bones of rabbits. Removing the titanium at the end of the research project proved to be very difficult, as the titanium had bonded to the rabbits' bones.

Dr. Branemark realized that titanium was the perfect material for implants that would replace the roots of missing teeth. Although he first tested his new technology on a patient in the 1960s, implants weren't recognized as a viable way to replace missing teeth until the 1980s.

How implants can help you

When you lose a tooth, the jawbone underneath the missing tooth begins to weaken and recede. Eventually, bone loss can lead to further tooth loss and facial sagging. The problem occurs because your tooth roots constantly stimulate your jawbone and keep it strong. Once a tooth is lost, the bone no longer receives the necessary stimulation and begins to weaken.

Since dental implants replace the roots of your teeth, they continue to stimulate the bone, preventing bone loss. Implants also offer several other benefits, including:

  • Comfort: Poorly fitting bridges or dentures can irritate your sensitive gum tissue, causing pain every time you take a bite. Because the crown that sits on top of your implant is securely attached to the implant, both pieces act as one unit and function like a natural tooth. In fact, your new implant will feel very much like a natural tooth.
  • Improved Ability to Bite and Chew: It's hard to chew when you are missing one or more teeth. Some people find chewing so difficult that they resort to swallowing food whole, which can lead to stomach upset. Implants restore your ability to bite and chew normally.
  • Easy Care: Brushing and flossing is all that's needed to keep your implants in good condition. Flossing is especially important, as failure to keep the space around the bottom of your crown clean can lead to an infection that can loosen your implant.

Interested in learning more about dental implants? Call your Bayside, NY, dentists at Silverman & Associates, University Dental Family Dentistry at (718) 225-0515 to schedule an appointment.

By Silverman and Associates
June 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Two of the main causes of tooth pain are tooth decay which has eaten through your tooth to infect it's inner tissues or an infection which starts at the tip of the root. In this case, your Bellmore and Bayside dentists have two options: extract the tooth or preserve its structure using root canal therapy. While extraction may seem like a simpler option, if the tooth is restorable a root canal is a much better optionRoot Canal because nothing is like saving your own tooth. Learn more about how root canal therapy can help get rid of your tooth pain and save your natural tooth with help from your dentists at Silverman and Associates in Bayside, NY and Bellmore, NY.

When is a root canal necessary? 
Tooth decay begins on a tooth’s surface and slowly eats its way through the tooth’s layers. Eventually, it comes to the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, which houses the tooth’s blood vessels, tissues, and nerve. A toothache occurs when this inner tissue becomes inflamed or infected. Another way for the contents of the pulp chamber to get injured is from an infection that develops at the tip of the root. A root canal removes the contents of the pulp chamber, eliminating the decaying or dead tissue and cleans out the infection.

Root Canal Myths
Root canals have a bad reputation for being long-winded, painful procedures. This reputation has led to many people unnecessarily dreading this procedure. Actually, a root canal is neither painful nor very long. Most root canal procedures only take about an hour and depending on the situation, can even take as few as 30 minutes.

Root Canal Therapy in Bayside, NY and Bellmore, NY
Your dentist begins the procedure by using local anesthetic to numb the tooth and its surrounding tissues. With the area numb, the chamber and canals of the infected tooth are accessed through the top of the tooth (similar to a regular filling, but going deeper into the tooth). Your Bayside and Bellmore dentists use specialized tools to remove the tooth’s inner tissues, nerve, and any other infection. The tooth's canals are cleaned and a filling is placed into each canal. Your dentist will place a temporary filling in the tooth to allow it to heal before placing a permanent filling and crown. Most root canal procedures require a dental crown which fits on top of the tooth to protect it from future damage. Your dentist can help you determine if a root canal is right for you and your situation.

For more information on root canal therapy, please contact your dentist at Silverman and Associates in Bayside, NY or Bellmore, NY. Call (718) 225-0515 or (516) 781-9700 schedule your appointment today!

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