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By Silverman and Associates
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Orthodontic appliances are a great solution! Your Bayside and Bellmore, NY, family dentists offer Invisalign, a clear dental appliance. The invisalignaligners are custom-made transparent trays that fit over teeth instead of being cemented or bonded, like metal braces.

More About Invisalign In Bayside And Bellmore

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is discreet. Invisalign consists of clear aligners. If a patient has minor tooth imperfections, like slightly crooked teeth, small gaps, or improperly positioned teeth Invisalign is a great option.

Invisalign works by applying forces to each tooth to place them in their proper position. The clear, flexible plastic is custom-designed using a specialized software. It is convenient for adults and teens.

The treatment can take anywhere from a couple months to a couple years depending on your dental needs, and consists of trays that fit your upper and bottom teeth. Trays should be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day and can be removed if you have an event, but that's unnecessary since they're invisible.

Here are some benefits of using Invisalign:

  • Removable: This orthodontic appliance is removable to clean teeth, which improves oral hygiene.
  • Discreet: This invisible orthodontic treatment is important for social occasions, like weddings and proms.
  • Diet: Diet modifications are necessary when you have metal braces, but there aren't any food limitations for clear aligners.
  • Comfort: They are made of a thin, flexible material that doesn't irritate oral soft tissues of the mouth.
  • Teeth-Grinding Protection: They can also be used as night guards to protect teeth from excessive wear, teeth-clenching, or teeth grinding.

Caring For Aligners

In order to take proper care of your clear aligners, as mentioned above, you need to clean them out daily. Rinse them with lukewarm water and use a brush to remove food debris. Also, brush your teeth twice a day, at the very least, and floss at least once before bed.


For more information about Invisalign, contact your family dentist at Silverman & Associates today!

By Silverman and Associates
September 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you have gaps in your smile, chances are you have thought about closing them and restoring your teeth to what they once were. Withdental implants dental implants, you can do just that. But how do dental implants work and how can your dentist help? Learn more about dental implants and their numerous benefits with your dentists at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry with locations in Bayside and Bellmore, NY.

How can dental implants help me? 
If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants can help you fill in your gaps. Dental implants replace a single tooth using one implant in the area of the tooth’s socket, then attaching a prosthetic tooth to the implant itself. Several missing teeth in a row may benefit from a dental bridge held in place by an implant on either end. Implants can also replace all the teeth on an arch by holding an implant-supported denture in place.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants? 
Before you consider dental implants, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that you are a good candidate for this procedure. Missing teeth cause bone atrophy, a process where the bone under the gums lacks stimulation and begins to break down. In order to successfully support an implant, your jawbone should have minimal atrophy. Patients who have significant bone atrophy may require bone grafting treatments prior to receiving a dental implant. Additionally, you should have a strong at-home oral care routine to ensure that your implant and natural teeth remain free from teeth decay and gum disease.

What can I expect during the implant process? 
The procedure to complete a dental implant takes place in two phases. The first phase will involve meeting with your dentist to prepare your mouth, taking an impression of your existing teeth, and the surgical procedure to place the implant. The implant will heal and integrate into the bone over the course of several months. After the healing period, your dentist will reopen the gum tissue over the implant and permanently place a prosthetic tooth to fill in your gap.

Dental Implants in Bayside, NY, and Bellmore, NY
Dental implants can last a lifetime with the proper care. For more information on dental implants, please contact Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry with locations in Bayside and Bellmore, NY. Call (718) 225-0515 to schedule your appointment at the Bayside office or (516) 781-9700 to schedule your appointment at the Bellmore office today!

By Silverman and Associates
June 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Though it is one of the most common symptoms of advanced teeth decay, the signs you may need a root canal are not always as obvious root canalas a toothache. In fact, if you catch decay early enough, you may be able to avoid a root canal altogether and handle your dental issue with a simple, less invasive dental filling. Find out more about the signs you may need a root canal with Silverman & Associates University Dental and Family Dental in Bellmore and Bayside, NY.

What is a root canal? 
A root canal is a dental procedure which removes advanced teeth decay from a tooth and prevents it from doing any further damage. Teeth have a hard, outside layer where decay begins as bacteria which attaches to the tooth. As the bacteria builds up and turns into plaque and tartar, it begins eating through the tooth and eventually reaches its inner pulp chamber, a hollow area inside the tooth’s outer walls which houses its blood vessels and nerves. A root canal clears out the infected tissue from within the tooth and fills the hollow area, which seals the tooth and prevents future infection.

Do I need a root canal? 
While the most evident sign you need a root canal is a toothache, there are other signs that this could be a necessary dental treatment for you and your smile. Other signs of advanced teeth decay include:

  • a hole or pit in the tooth
  • a dark brown or black spot on the tooth
  • sensitivity to hot or cold, especially while eating or drinking
  • a crack or break in the tooth
  • unexplained bad breath
  • unexplained taste in your mouth

Preventing Teeth Decay in Bellmore and Bayside, NY 
Preventing teeth decay is as easy as keeping bacteria, plaque, and tartar off your teeth. You can accomplish this with proper brushing and flossing techniques and a commitment to routine examinations and cleanings with your dentist. Brush twice daily for at least two minutes and floss between each tooth at least once a day. Follow the American Dental Association’s recommendation of twice yearly dental examinations and cleanings with your dentist.

For more information on root canals or teeth decay, please contact Silverman & Associates University Dental and Family Dental with locations in Bellmore and Bayside, NY. Call (516) 781-9700 to schedule your appointment at the Bellmore location, and (718) 225-0515 to schedule your appointment at the Bayside location today!

By Silverman and Associates
May 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns have been around in some form since the beginning of the practice of dentistry, and for good reason. Unlike other dentaldental crown restorations that perform very specific functions, dental crowns can be used to fix a number of the most common cosmetic and general dentistry issues, from permanent stains and discolorations, to deeply cracked, broken, or missing teeth. The dentists at Silverman & Associates offer a range of dentistry services for the entire family in Bayside and Bellmore, NY.

A New and Improved Smile in Bayside and Bellmore, NY

Dental crowns are sometimes also referred to as caps, because they literally cover a damaged tooth. Like other modern dental restorations, crowns are custom designed from high-quality porcelain or ceramic materials to match the color and texture of your natural teeth for an organic looking and seamless finish. In addition to improving the look and function of a damaged tooth, crowns also help to strengthen and fortify the remaining tooth surface from further damage and potential extraction.

When are Dental Crowns a Good Option?

Crowns are the restoration of choice when you have lost a significant portion of your tooth, either through severe decay or trauma. Some of the most common scenarios where your dentist might recommend a dental crown include:

  • When a cavity is too large to be filled with a standard dental filling
  • To cap a broken or severely cracked tooth
  • To cover a stained or discolored tooth (professional teeth whitening treatments may not be effective on all types of dental stains)
  • To correct the size, shape, or spacing of damaged or deformed teeth

What is Bridgework?

A bridge is a set of crowns designed to replace a missing tooth. The replacement crown is held in place by a set of abutment crowns on either side.

Find a Family Dentist in Bayside and Bellmore, NY

There has never been a better time to invest in your smile and oral health. For more information about our cosmetic and family dentistry services, contact us today to schedule an appointment by calling (516) 781-9700 in Bellmore or (718) 225-0515 in Bayside.

By Silverman and Associates
March 21, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Find out if your dental routine is actually promoting a healthy smile.oral hygiene

Caring for your teeth and gums doesn’t have to be difficult; however, it’s important that your daily habits are promoting good oral health and not negatively impacting it. Our Bayside, NY, family dentists are here to offer up some tips for making sure you are doing everything you can to keep your smile healthy and problem-free.

Here are some of the factors that can impact your oral health:

  • Your oral routine (brushing and flossing)
  • Your diet
  • Lifestyle and habits
  • Visiting the dentist regularly

While it shouldn’t be difficult to care for your teeth and gums it’s important that you also understand that there are certain habits that could be impacting your oral health that you might not even realize:

Brushing Too Hard

You should be brushing at least twice a day (make sure you are also brushing for at least two minutes each time you brush!) but how you brush can also affect the health of your teeth. While a vigorous cleaning might make it seem like you are doing a more thorough job, remember that brushing too hard can wear away teeth enamel and cause gum discomfort.

You should never feel like you are scrubbing your teeth clean. If you aren’t sure whether or not you are brushing too hard, ask our Bayside, NY, dentist who will be able to give you advice on proper brushing techniques.


While it might be tempting to snack, particularly when you are bored or feeling that afternoon slump, it’s important to keep those bad snacking habits to a minimum. Eating foods all day long could actually increase your chances for a cavity, particularly because a lot of the foods we tend to snack on are unhealthy (think about the last time you reached for some raw veggies or an apple instead of a bag of potato chips or candy bar).

Instead of grazing throughout the day, try eating balanced, healthy meals that are loaded with veggies and whole grains to keep you feeling full and preventing you from running to the office vending machine.

Using Teeth Like Tools

Teeth are meant for chewing, biting and speaking but they shouldn’t be used to rip into awkward plastic packaging or to pop a bottle cap off. Using your teeth in this way can greatly increase your chances of cracking or chipping a tooth. Instead of using your teeth, next time opt for scissors or a bottle opener.

Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry in Bayside and Bellmore, NY, is here to provide thorough, comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. No matter whether you need to schedule a routine cleaning or you are concerned that you might have a cavity, call our dental team today.

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