Dr. Amit Rajani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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We are happy to answer questions about our services and procedures. These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.

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Improve Your Smile

The health benefits associated with a healthy smile are undisputed. A big confident smile can:

  • Give you a younger look
  • Boost your confidence
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve your social  and work life
  • Get you in a better mood

Anything that stops us smiling reduces our ability to get the most out of life. Living with discolored, broken or crooked teeth erodes our self-confidence and excludes us from experiencing many of life’s pleasures. We are less inclined to socialize and our personal and professional lives suffer as a result.

Staining, discoloration, missing, broken or crooked tooth can all be rectified easily at Yonkers Avenue Dental. We apply the latest in dental technology to restore your smile and give you back the confidence you’ve been missing.

At Yonkers Avenue Dental, our state of the art dental facility offers a wide array of cosmetic dental services to patients who want to experience a beautiful, healthy smile. Some of these include:

  • Laser teeth whitening
  • Composite fillings (white fillings)
  • Orthodontics
  • Invisalign
  • Cosmetic all-ceramic crowns
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Cosmetic dentures
  • Metal-free dentures

We help patients find permanent solutions for dental problems using the latest technology in a clean, modern, and friendly setting.

Make your appointment for a smile consultation TODAY!

While most people seek attention for crooked teeth because they are unhappy with their appearance, most people do not realize that having crooked teeth and not seeking treatment increases the possibility of developing gum disease.

Addressing crooked teeth may prevent various dental and medical concerns such as:

  • abnormal and premature tooth wear;
  • jaw problems, headaches, shoulder and neck pain;
  • increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease;
  • poor self-esteem due to appearance.

Even the loss of one tooth due to decay or gum disease can cause instability in the rest of the teeth. Early prevention of decay and replacing missing teeth is important for the health of your other teeth.

At Yonkers Avenue Dental, we have an increased range of therapeutic options available that can straighten your teeth and give you many reasons to smile.

Invisalign invisible braces in Yonkers will give you strong, healthy and straight teeth without the need for unsightly and uncomfortable metal braces.

You can enjoy all the benefits of braces without having to sacrifice your smile or compromise on what you like to eat. They are removable, replaceable, comfortable and custom made to fit your teeth. Adults love Invisalign as they can improve a crowded or crooked smile without anyone noticing that they’re wearing braces. If you are looking for Invisalign treatment in Yonkers, contact Yonkers Avenue Dental.

Let us help you achieve a smile that will last for a lifetime. Contact Yonkers Avenue Dental today!

Gum disease or Periodontal Disease is a major cause of tooth loss, and dental care in Yonkers for treatment of this disease is offered at our office . The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. The symptoms of Gingivitis are red, swollen and bleeding gums. These symptoms appear when routine brushing and flossing are not being completed each day or there is an area that is misaligned and hard to keep clean. With proper care gingivitis is reversible.

If gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance and become periodontal (gum) disease. When bacteria accumulate around the gum line and just below the gum line they can create pockets beneath the gums. The plaque hardens and becomes tartar build up. It is a hardened form of plaque. In the pocket below the gum, the plaque and tartar cycle continuously inflame the gums causing the swelling and bleeding. What has developed as a result of this cycle is gum disease which we then called Periodontitis. Gum disease or Periodontitis is not reversible. With help from your dentist Periodontitis can be arrested in the stage that it is in. Some of the symptoms of Periodontitis are:

  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Red or purplish color of the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Teeth that are loose
  • Receding gums/ exposed roots
  • Evidence of pus around the gum line or around the teeth.

Yonkers Avenue Dental can help you successfully treat gum disease. At your comprehensive examination appointment, Dr. Rajani will develop a personalized periodontal treatment plan that will focus on treating the individual needs you have. Some of the treatment therapies may include:

  • Deep scaling (cleaning)
  • Recare appointments at 3 or 4 month intervals
  • Hygiene instructions so that you may care for the condition properly at home
  • Prescription for antibiotic medication or rinses
  • Gum surgery
  • Orthodontics to properly align teeth, to prevent food and plaque accumulating again.

According to the American Heart Association there is a direct link between gum disease and heart disease. There are also systemic links between gum disease and premature labor and diabetes. Yonkers Avenue Dental can help you with either gingivitis or periodontitis. Waiting to treat this condition encourages further destruction of the gums.  Call us today for an appointment.

Discomfort and a loss of self-confidence can occur as a result of having a broken tooth. When left untreated, broken teeth can cause a lot of pain, become infected and may need to be removed.

What are some reasons your teeth can break?

  • Trauma
  • Large cavity
  • Large, old fillings
  • Biting very hard foods
  • Using our teeth to open bags, cans, etc
  • Not putting a crown on a tooth after root canal treatment

Yonkers Avenue Dental can repair a broken tooth without needing to lose the affected tooth. We offer a variety of solutions that are customized to meet your individual needs such as:

  • Fillings
  • Root Canals
  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Implants (if the tooth needs to be removed)

Don’t let a broken tooth get you worried. Contact us at Yonkers Avenue Dental as soon as possible so that we can evaluate the tooth and recommend the best treatment to have you smiling again!

Your smile is one of the first things people notice. A missing tooth will affect your self-confidence when speaking with others. It may draw others attention away from your conversation as they will focus on the spaces in your smile. At work or in your social life this is a potential problem. There is a solution:  At Yonkers Avenue Dental, during your comprehensive examination visit, Dr. Rajani will discuss all available treatment options that suit your particular needs.

One missing tooth can be the cause of further dental problems. The remaining adjacent and opposing teeth begin to shift position, which compromises those teeth. The teeth begin to move out of alignment, or proper biting position, and this leads to plaque and food buildup, gum disease, cavities and further tooth loss. In addition, when teeth are out of position they usually requires braces or Invisalign to correct that problem.

Some of the ways we replace missing teeth are:

  • Implants
  • Bridges
  • Partial Dentures 

Implants in Yonkers are indeed the single best treatment option for tooth replacement if you are a candidate. At your comprehensive examination, Dr. Rajani will evaluate your candidacy, at no cost to you, in addition to checking for cavities and gum disease. This is a great time to discuss your concerns with him, and he is happy to answer them all.

Bridges are also an adequate way to close spaces in your dentition. For those who are not candidates for implants, bridges are a favorable way to close spaces because they are permanently cemented into your mouth. They do not require you to remove them each night and they function just as natural teeth. Allow us to review the pros and cons with you at your comprehensive examination visit.

Dentures are another way to close spaces in your dentition. Insurance companies will usually cover substantial costs for this treatment option. This option will also, in a very basic way, prevent your natural teeth from shifting. Keep in mind, the jaw bone will flatten out over time where the missing tooth/teeth are so this type of treatment is really a temporary option.

Please call Yonkers Avenue Dental today to schedule an examination and have all your questions answered.

Invisalign has a number of advantages over traditional braces:

  • Invisalign is practically invisible.
  • Invisalign can be cleaned quickly and easily.
  • No wires need to be tightened.
  • You have fewer visits to the dentist.
  • You remove the aligners to eat, so Invisalign doesn't limit the foods you can enjoy. 

Dental implants, bridges, or dentures are a means for replacing teeth. While the cost associated with treatment is an important factor, we want you to make the best choice for replacing missing teeth prior to discussing costs.  Yonkers Avenue Dental can provide you with the knowledge to make this decision and we can work with your insurance company to find ways to reduce your out of pocket expenses. Implants in Yonkers are as easy as calling to schedule an appointment with us to and have all your questions answered.

The first step in deciding which treatment would best suit your needs is to have each option for tooth replacement laid out for you, including cost. Keep in mind, your insurance company will likely pay for the option that least suits your needs and desires. Their aim is to keep claim payments low. It is vital that patient’s understand that Dr. Rajani will offer you the best treatment based on your needs, not on the needs of your insurance company.

Dental implants are the absolute best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. The titanium implant placed in the jaw lasts a lifetime. Implants allow you to retain important bone structure and function in your jaw.  With Implants, there is no need to sacrifice healthy teeth to file down in order to make a bridge. Be assured that at your implant consultation visit at Yonkers Avenue Dental, Dr. Rajani can review the cost of implants vs. bridges and dentures and show you while the initial cost for an implant seems greater, it really is the least expensive treatment over the years as well as the best treatment option.

Patients with gum disease in Yonkers can find skillful and effective treatment at Yonkers Avenue Dental. Active treatment is necessary as gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is not a reversible condition. Gum disease starts off as gingivitis (gum inflammation) and it is reversible. Proper home care as well as a hygiene visit with Dr. Rajani can put you on the track of recovery.

When gingivitis is left untreated it becomes gum disease or periodontitis. Bacteria at the gum line as well as below the gum line cause significant inflammation. With time the plaque bacteria hardens forming tartar, which is extremely irritating to the gums. This develops into a pocket that continuously fills with bacteria and tartar. When this occurs the bone recedes to get away from the irritant and this migration of the bone causes teeth to become loose. Some of the symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Reddish, purplish color of gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Teeth that are loose
  • Receding gums / exposed roots
  • Evidence of pus at the gum line or around the teeth

Yonkers Avenue Dental can help you successfully treat gum disease. At your comprehensive examination appointment, Dr. Rajani will develop a personalized periodontal treatment plan that will focus on treating the individual needs you have. Some of the treatment therapies may include:

  • Deep scaling or cleaning- this removes all the hardened tartar from the teeth and root surfaces.
  • Hygiene appointments at 3, 4 or 6 month intervals- deep pockets require more frequent cleaning appointments because the bacteria have deeper areas to accumulate in.
  • Hygiene instructions so that you may care for the condition properly at home
  • Prescription for antibiotic rinse to use at home, or placement of antimicrobial agents in the deep pockets by Dr. Rajani
  • Orthodontics – if there is an area out of alignment it may be impossible for you to keep clean at home. Straightening the teeth will allow for proper cleaning at home which means a reduction of plaque and tartar accumulation.

According to the American Heart Association there is a direct link between gum disease and heart disease, as well as systemic links to premature labor and diabetes. Please call our office today to schedule an appointment. We can help you arrest gum disease – treatment is available.

Understanding the process can often remove a great deal of the fear surrounding dental procedures. During a root canal, the goals of treatment are to stop the infection, prevent further damage, and relieve your pain.

We begin by making sure that you are numb and comfortable. The next step is to open your tooth. We then use special instruments to carefully and thoroughly clean out the infection from your tooth and remove the infected or damaged nerve. If necessary, we may place an antibiotic treatment to prevent re-infection.

The cavity in your tooth will be filled and sealed, and a crown may be placed. You may experience some soreness following the procedure as part of your body’s natural reaction to any type of perceived injury, but this will quickly fade and you will feel much better.
 

Yes, your teenager can get Invisalign. At Yonkers Avenue Dental Invisalign is made for teenagers as young as seventeen.  Invisalign is a great option for both teenagers and adults.

Invisalign is a system of clear comfortable aligners that you wear over your natural teeth. There are no metal or ceramic brackets that are used to straighten the teeth. The teenage years are a difficult period for many, and how they appear is quite important to them. These clear aligners are not noticeable and quite natural looking. Traditional braces draw attention to themselves, and for teenagers this may make them very self-conscious.  Teenagers are more compliant with their treatment because it meets their needs and desires. 

Also, with Invisalign there aren’t food restrictions like with traditional braces. When teenagers are at school it is hard to control what they are eating. The wrong foods can lead to broken wires or loosened brackets. When that happens, an extra trip to the orthodontist is needed. With Invisalign they simply remove the aligners to eat, brush and floss their teeth and then put the aligners back in.

As a result of growth which continues into the teenage years, Invisalign is not recommended for teenagers under the age of seventeen. This is because at that age teenagers do not show signs of growth and all adult teeth expected to grow in have done so already. The aligners that are being made will work well for treatment and will fit precisely.

Invisalign in Yonkers is easy and accessible. Call our office today to schedule an appointment to discuss treatment.

Most insurance companies will cover composite fillings up to the cost of a silver amalgam filling. You may be responsible for the difference in cost between the more expensive composite filling and the amalgam filling. Our office will happily review your insurance coverage and discuss your financial options with you.

Dental bonding is indeed used to fix small chips in teeth that are in your smile. It is a simple, short procedure that will have the tooth repaired in no time! The color of the bonding is matched to the shade of your teeth for a natural appearance.  It is wise to refrain from consuming staining beverages or foods to prevent staining as well as avoiding biting on hard foods.  Bonding small chips is an ideal treatment option.

If the tooth has more than a small chip, a porcelain veneer or crown can also be used to restore the tooth to a natural appearance.  A porcelain veneer is a very thin piece of porcelain that can be permanently cemented to the front of the tooth. The color of the veneer matches the color of your natural teeth. A crown is another treatment option that can add even more support and protection for the tooth while restoring your smile in Yonkers.

At Yonkers Avenue Dental we are happy to schedule an appointment to discuss bonding, or schedule an emergency treatment for teeth that have significant fractures. Call our office today and schedule an appointment.

Dental fillings are completed today with ease, comfort, and strength in our Yonkers, NY office. The common choice in tooth restoration when fillings are needed is composite fillings, also known as “white fillings”. Composite fillings are matched to the shade of your natural teeth for a natural appearance. Composite fillings are bonded to your tooth so that less healthy tooth structure needs to be removed in preparation as with amalgam fillings. Composite fillings also handle the stressors of biting and chewing more easily. Amalgam (silver) fillings are also available, but are only done for very large cavities on back teeth that probably won’t be seen.

Additionally, for those people who still have amalgam fillings that do not need to be replaced, it is perfectly acceptable to retain these fillings. It is the recommendation of many dentists that composite fillings may be placed where amalgam fillings were when it is necessary to replace them or the patients wants a more cosmetic appearance. There are instances where Dr. Rajani will need to use amalgam fillings and he can explain his preference and answer any questions you may have.

The dental materials that we have available to us have advanced over the last few decades. At Yonkers Avenue Dental, we are pleased to offer you the information you need and all the improvements in dentistry available currently. Call our office today to schedule an examination.

With the knowledge we have today in dentistry we can safely say that dental implants in Yonkers are the best option for replacing missing teeth. People with implants care for them just as they would their own natural teeth. They preserve bone structure which normally is lost when teeth are missing. Replacing missing teeth with implants prevents further tooth loss. The implant is made of Titanium, which is a   biocompatible material that is readily accepted by the body which aids in healing.

Caring for implants is as simple as caring for your natural teeth. You brush and floss them just as you would your natural teeth. This is an advantage because you do not need to learn new techniques or purchase any extra devices to clean your implants.

When implants are placed after the extraction of the teeth, it preserves bone structure.  This is important because bone structure in the teeth and jaws gives our face shape and form. Implants also prevent the tipping of the adjacent teeth into the space. When teeth have drifted or tipped to the side the teeth are no longer in occlusion. They are now susceptible to trauma and loss because they are hitting the opposing teeth incorrectly.  

Another advantage of Implants is that the titanium screw that is placed in the jaw bone is biocompatible. This means the right candidate for implants can have successful outcomes in their treatment.

Implants are versatile and can replace single missing teeth or be placed to retain bridges or dentures. The advantages are substantial. Please call and schedule an appointment for an exam and implant consultation. We would be happy to answer your questions.

Getting fitted for dentures in Yonkers is an easy and comfortable process at Yonkers Avenue Dental. However, any type of dental restoration or custom fabricated appliance will take some time to get used to. Dentures have been worn by many patients over the years and the materials used have improved as well. There are two different types of dentures that can be fabricated: dentures that are retained in the mouth by the remaining teeth or the ridge of the jaw bone or there are dentures which are retained by implants.

Partial or complete dentures that are retained by teeth / ridge of the jaw bone are the most commonly used because the initial cost is very low. These dentures will need to be remade every three to five years as the jaw bone tends to flatten out beneath them. If they are partial dentures, the denture will hold onto existing teeth which puts stress on those teeth to do the job of a complete set. Eventually, the retaining teeth will need to be extracted and patients then move into complete dentures.  The initial cost is lower but the frequency in remaking these teeth will add up over the years. When these types of dentures do not fit properly patients may need to use a little denture adhesive to hold them in position.

Partial or complete dentures that are retained by implants are simply dentures that adhere to several titanium implants and do not require denture adhesive. These dentures are widely accepted by patients as they feel secure and function very well. The bone around the titanium implant is retained and does not flatten out as with the other type of denture.

Dentures at Yonkers Avenue Dental will be custom fabricated for each patient with the intention of making the fit and comfort a priority. It will take time for your mouth to become accustomed to the denture. After a few weeks however, you will feel comfortable eating and talking with your dentures and experience little to no soreness or discomfort. If you do feel soreness and discomfort, please bring it to our attention so that we may adjust your denture. Your comfort and happiness is our main concern.

Please call our office to schedule an appointment for an examination. Dr. Rajani will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.  

Small dental flaws, such as gaps between your teeth, can sometimes be fixed with cosmetic dental bonding. Bonding is a cost-effective treatment that is non-invasive and effective. To determine if your particular problem can be solved with dental bonding, call our office to schedule an exam.

X-rays are a dentist's most important diagnostic tool. Often, problems start inside your teeth or beneath the gumline. By the time the problem is visible to the naked eye, it can be painful and more difficult to treat. Using x-rays taken on a regular basis, we can catch problems early and treat them quickly and comfortably.

While the whitening kits you can find at your local drug store cost less than professional kits, the truth is that this is a case where you get what you pay for. Drug store whitening kits are designed to be “one size fits all”. Each person’s needs are different from each other, so that just doesn’t work. The strength of the carabamide peroxide, or the whitening agent, in drug store kits are not as strong as what you can get with a professional kit. This translates into using the product longer and still not achieving the desired effect.

Whitening teeth in Yonkers is best done professionally with a dentist that you can trust. Dr. Rajani uses the Zoom! Whitening treatment in his office and you will be pleasantly surprised at the instant effect and gratification you have when choosing this treatment.

When you make an appointment for an exam with Yonkers Avenue Dental, Dr. Rajani will review the different whitening modalities there are and help you make your dreams of white teeth a reality. Call our office and schedule an appointment today.

It seems everyone knows someone who has had a bad experience at the dentist, and they are always willing to tell their story. Do people really discuss their good experiences? Not at all! Have faith that root canals at Yonkers Avenue Dental are done painlessly. With the knowledge that exists today in dentistry there is simply no reason for pain during dental procedures. Dr. Rajani is very proficient at what he does and will make your treatment as comfortable as possible.

The techniques used to perform root canals have advanced considerably, making this a routine procedure no more uncomfortable or inconvenient than a filling. Many people are in considerable pain and having a root canal relieves the pain and pressure associated with an infected tooth. After the procedure you may feel sore or tender in the area that needed the root canal, but this will quickly fade as well.

Be assured that Dr. Rajani will be available to you even after treatment should you have any concerns. Waiting to address cavities is the cause of root canals. Please do not hesitate to call our office if you are in pain currently, have swelling, throbbing or redness in the affected area. These are signs of infection that may need antibiotics. If you think you have cavities feel free to call us to schedule an examination appointment and we can devise a treatment plan to take care of your teeth and avoid infection and pain.

A dental crown is used to restore your tooth to the natural state that it was once in. Get fitted for a dental crown in Yonkers conveniently at our office. Crowns provide strength to weak or broken teeth to preserve their space in the jaw bone and prevent teeth from shifting. Crowns are durable and are designed to be used as you would your natural teeth.

Dental crowns have a layer of porcelain on the outside to make the crown look like your other teeth. This porcelain can chip or crack when chewing hard candy, nuts, ice or other hard items as such. The crown underneath may stay in good position but the porcelain may be damaged as a result. We would advise the patients to avoid hard foods like the ones previously mentioned to maintain the beauty and integrity of your crowns.

If you already have a crown that has a chip in the porcelain and you would like to fix it for aesthetic reasons, Yonkers Avenue Dental can custom make you a beautiful crown in just a few visits. Feel free to call our office today for an examination appointment and Dr. Rajani can advise you of your treatment options.

As with any treatment, not all patients respond the same. Many whitening kits have added desensitizing agents, to alleviate that feeling of minimal sensitivity that some report after use. Patients do not report pain or that their teeth hurt, some people just feel mild sensitivity. Many hygienists recommend using sensitivity toothpaste for approximately 2 weeks prior to beginning whitening treatment to alleviate any potential sensitivity. The fact is that billions of dollars are spent in this country alone on whitening teeth products. It is a procedure that is in high demand. We seek to deliver what you want to see, whitened teeth, as we keep your total comfort in mind.

Please keep in mind that the potential for sensitivity is not across the board for everyone – please discuss these concerns with Dr. Rajani. Professional whitening treatments, such as the Zoom! treatment that we use can be customized to accommodate all patients. Whitening of teeth has become a common dental procedure, and Yonkers Avenue Dental can give you that dazzling white smile you dream of. Give our office a call to schedule an appointment to have an examination and to discuss your concerns.

Orthodontics

Though braces are stereotypically associated with teenagers, you can pursue straight, healthy teeth at any age. If you are an adult who is self-conscious about wearing braces you might prefer to ask about Invisalign instead.

Pain is one of the biggest concerns many of our orthodontic patients have. However, there’s little cause for alarm. Braces can make your mouth feel sore for the first few days, and this can be handled with OTC pain relievers. After that, they generally stop hurting.

Chances are, if you’re an adult you already know there are some issues with your bite or tooth alignment. Perhaps your smile just isn’t as attractive as you might like it to be, or perhaps you have trouble reaching and cleaning some of your teeth. Either way, an orthodontic recommendation probably will not come as news to you.

However, as your child’s teeth develop, you might not be certain whether or not anything is wrong. Fortunately, there are some ways to tell whether a child will need orthodontic treatment, either now, or in the future.

First, look at the child’s habits. Thumb sucking, nail biting, and pencil chewing are all habits which could lead to orthodontic problems later. Try to discourage your children from engaging in these behaviors as much as possible.

You can also simply perform a visual inspection of your child’s teeth. Look for crooked teeth, gapped teeth or overlapping teeth. Ask your child to bite down for you so you can see if the teeth line up nicely.

Of course, if you’re coming to Yonkers Avenue Dental for regular check-ups we will usually just tell you if there’s a problem. That’s one advantage of trusting a general dentist with your family’s dental health.

We usually begin Phase I somewhere between the ages of 6 and 10. We highly recommend bringing your child in for a consultation if he or she is a thumb sucker, nail biter, ice chewer, or pencil/pen biter. In addition, children who routinely breath through their mouths may be at risk for orthodontic problems. Obviously you might also bring your child if you notice misaligned teeth or other issues you might want to see addressed.

Are you ready to ensure your child has a bright, straight, and beautiful smile for life? Make your appointment today! 

You wouldn’t be the first person to feel wary about discussing orthodontic care for fear of experiencing some sticker shock. Fortunately, we’ve taken quite a few measures to help our patients control costs.

Take a look at our Insurance and Finance page to check out your options. In addition, keep in mind that orthodontic care is about far more than vanity. Orthodontic problems can lead to major, expensive dental problems just because they make it so hard for most people to clean their teeth. In short, braces are a form of preventative care that can save you a lot more money and pain in the future.

We’re a general dentistry office. Stressed and short on time? You don’t really want to create a situation where Johnny goes to the pediatric dentist, Susie goes to the orthodontist, Mom goes to the general dentist and Dad goes to the oral surgeon. Who wants to deal with all that?

Instead, our office offers a comprehensive range of dental services, allowing the entire family to come in and see us. Our patients typically find they are able to get the majority of their work done under one roof. That’s a lot more convenient than running all over town.

In addition, through the course of traditional orthodontic treatment, patients are generally only going to see their orthodontist once a month, or once every two months. Typically, patients forget to go back to their general dentist for cleaning or other care.

But whenever you come see us we’re looking at anything and everything that’s going on inside your mouth. We might see gum inflammation or cavities. We might see other problems that must be taken care of immediately. It’s a lot more efficient and a lot easier to deal with all of that right here.

Is your bite less than optimal? Then make an appointment to come on out and see us today! 

Phase I treatments offer many benefits. First, it usually helps us reduce or eliminate a need to extract permanent teeth in the future. Extraction is a last-resort method we use to improve crowding conditions later in life, but it’s painful and it’s not at all ideal. Whenever possible, we want your child to keep his or her teeth.

Second, it can reduce or eliminate the need for the child to have jaw surgery later. Phase I is very effective at correcting narrow upper arches.

Third, Phase I typically improves treatment outcomes for patients who may need an additional round of braces later (Phase II). They may need to wear braces for a shorter period of time than teens who have never had any form of orthodontic treatment before. In addition, Phase I tends to improve a teen’s compliance, as they are already used to working with braces and retainers.

Fourth, Phase I can help permanent teeth erupt in a more favorable way. In some patients, no additional treatment is necessary. 

Phase I orthodontic treatment is also known as “interceptive treatment.” We either use it when we know orthodontic problems are inevitable, or when there are existing orthodontic problems which can be improved with early correction and intervention.

These treatments are performed on the child’s baby teeth. They typically take 9-18 months. They will generally involve the use of traditional braces and retainers.

First, we use them to develop a child’s jaw. For example, we may know one of the child’s permanent teeth will be crowded upon eruption. When this happens, we want to widen the jaw to give the tooth more space to develop in a healthy way. If the tooth does not have enough space it will come in crooked, and it will push other teeth out of the way to make room, leading to misalignment.

Second, we use them for underbites, since Phase I typically creates better outcomes for these patients. Phase I helps us prevent surgeries, allowing us to avoid problems which would actually be too severe to correct with braces later in life.

Finally, we look at Phase I when a child has poor oral health habits which are likely to lead to misaligned teeth. Phase I can be very helpful in correcting these habits before they cause issues.

Cosmetic dentistry usually involves a single corrective procedure. A “smile makeover” might include 2-6 procedures involving multiple teeth. It might also start incorporating teeth straightening measures like Invisalign and other surgeries such as root canals. In short, it’s a holistic approach to treating a mouth that has suffered from extensive damage or trauma.

Every smile makeover case requires an extensive, thorough consultation to determine the scope of work. Smile makeovers may also require many months, even years, of treatment. However, a smile makeover is basically cosmetic dentistry—you can think of it as cosmetic dentistry taken to the next level. 

We use a system called the Individual Appliance, or Individual Orthodontics. The major difference between this system and traditional orthodontics is all in the types of brackets we use. As the name implies, our brackets are customized for each patient.

So, how does this work?

First, we gather all of the data we can about your mouth. This is important: every mouth is different. We look at images. We look at your dental history. We plug all of this into the computer in order to create a model. This model shows us the best treatment outcome for each individual patient.

Once we’ve got the model, we talk to the patient and develop a treatment plan. Armed with this treatment plan, we can select brackets for each tooth, designing each one to encourage every tooth to move the way we want it to move. We find this method helps the teeth fall into place more efficiently. Treatment happens a lot faster—and the results we get are often better than the results we’d see with traditional braces, too.

Phase I is most effective at correcting underbites, poor oral habits, and narrow upper arches. In some cases, Phase I is effective at correcting crossbites as well. Recent research has shown overbites do not respond as well to Phase I treatment.

When you visit our offices we will have a frank discussion with you about whether or not Phase I is likely to help your child. We would never recommend Phase I if there is not a clear and present benefit for your child’s oral health.

Traditional braces involve giving the patient the same bracket for every tooth, and doing so whether the patient has an under-bite, or crowding. The orthodontist then bends the wires and adds appliances every month in order to get the teeth to move the way they want them to move. This usually means orthodontics take a lot longer.

By contrast, our system does the heavy lifting in the beginning, right at the diagnostic phase. 

Invisalign

Absolutely. You see, our team has an orthodontics background—unusual for most general dentistry offices. During the Invisalign process we sometimes do see some unwanted tooth movements. Our computer models are pretty good, but they can’t predict every variable. Biology is what it is.

Now, if your Invisalign provider did not have an orthodontic background, you might spend an awful lot of time using the wrong trays. But our background prevents this, because we’ve got a better chance of predicting what will happen and guiding the process.

We also require our patients to come in every month so we can check on the progress of treatment. This may seem a little inconvenient, but there’s a really good reason for it.

You see, some offices just hand patients a big box with 20 aligners inside. They say, “Good luck! See you in a few months!”

Here, we only give patients two trays at a time. We really feel like it’s vital to monitor what’s going on, and to make sure all the attachments are there. We want to see that the teeth are moving the way we want them to move. If something isn’t quite right, we can spot these issues early on and make adjustments. This is far better than creating an unhappy patient when the course of treatment is complete.

It’s about recognizing the limitations of the system, as well as the benefits.

Though Invisalign is often marketed to adults who are embarrassed to use braces, teens may use them as well. However, you’ll want to make sure your teen is mature enough to remain compliant with his or her treatment plan. 

One nice thing about using the Invisalign system is you can pretty much eat whatever you want (with the exception of chewing gum).

You can even take the alignment trays out when it’s time to eat a meal. Clean your teeth, then put them back in. It’s simple, and very convenient.

You’ve seen the TV commercials touting the benefits of Invisalign treatment. Now, you’d love to explore Invisalign for yourself. It would be great to have beautiful, straight teeth without having to wear braces!

Indeed, Invisalign can be a fantastic option for many patients. Read on to learn more about it. We’ve gathered some common questions and concerns regarding Invisalign so you can make the decision that’s right for you.

 

Usually, Invisalign is not very painful. However, each new alignment tray can feel a little painful, uncomfortable, or strange for a few days. The discomfort goes away as you continue to wear the tray. 

First, we make a 3D model of your mouth. This model gives us a good idea of what the end result is going to look like. It also shows us all the steps we’ll be taking along the way.

We spend quite a bit of time talking with patients about this model. We look at the end result and ask them if that’s what they’re looking for, and if it will make them happy. If not, we spend a long time modifying and adjusting the model to make sure patients like the end results.

Once they do, we use this information to create a series of custom-built alignment trays. Patients wear these trays for two weeks at a time, in order, for at least 22 hours a day. The teeth are slowly brought into alignment over time.

Yes.

The biggest complications we see with Invisalign usually come from patients who don’t stick to their treatment plan. If you’re forgetful, or if you feel you will be tempted to remove your aligners if they start to feel uncomfortable (rather than waiting out the discomfort) then braces might be a better option for you.

Parents seeking Invisalign treatments for teens should be particularly aware of this fact, and honestly evaluate their teen’s ability to stick to the plan. A teen can’t just pull braces out of his or her mouth whenever he or she wants.

Some alignment issues may also make you a poor candidate, but we won’t know whether or not we’ll be able to use Invisalign as a solution until we see you. Some offices will tell you differently, but we believe there are just a few things Invisalign should not be doing. We feel some of these offices are taking a risk by using Invisalign for things that braces should really be doing. We avoid these mistakes by using the best tools for the task, whatever those tools happen to be.

Cosmetic dentistry usually involves a single corrective procedure. A “smile makeover” might include 2-6 procedures involving multiple teeth. It might also start incorporating teeth straightening measures like Invisalign and other surgeries such as root canals. In short, it’s a holistic approach to treating a mouth that has suffered from extensive damage or trauma.

Every smile makeover case requires an extensive, thorough consultation to determine the scope of work. Smile makeovers may also require many months, even years, of treatment. However, a smile makeover is basically cosmetic dentistry—you can think of it as cosmetic dentistry taken to the next level. 

Some patients lisp a little for a few days as they get used to wearing their alignment trays. It goes away!

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the next best thing to keeping your own teeth in your head. We use them to replace missing teeth. First, a titanium rod is drilled into the jawbone to serve as the new “root” of the tooth. Once the rod bonds to the bone (a process called “osseointegration”) we add a crown to the implant. That crown then functions exactly the same way a normal tooth would function, and looks exactly the same way a normal tooth would look.

Implants are superior to dentures and bridges, which move and shift, drawing unwanted attention. You even clean implants exactly the same way you clean your regular teeth.

Average teeth: $1,500

Lasts for: The implant lasts for a lifetime. The crown typically needs to be replaced every 10-15 years.

Returning to work after a dental procedure is dependent on the patient and the type of work you do. There are procedures such as simple fillings that require a little local anesthetic to the tooth, which typically wears off within a few hours. It does not inhibit speaking or cause drowsiness, so yes, returning to work is fine.

Dental procedures where the patient elects to use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) are also easily recovered from. Patients may also have a small amount of local anesthetic while using nitrous oxide. Neither will inhibit speaking nor cause drowsiness.

However, there are procedures where Dr. Rajani will instruct you to remain out of work for the day if he feels your work will interfere with your healing and comfort level. This may include: extraction, root canal, deep gum treatment, dental implant placement, or other dental surgery. You may also discuss these concerns with him, as you know what your job entails and what you are capable of. 

Our goal at Yonkers Avenue Dental is for you to receive the best care possible and our concern will always be for our patients and their well-being. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Some dental insurance providers cover a portion of some cosmetic dentistry costs, but they will rarely foot the entire bill. For example, if you get a crown they might be willing to pay up to the cost of what the metal crown would have cost, but you’d be responsible for the difference between the metal crown and the more cosmetically attractive composite crown.

Dental insurance companies sometimes pay for half the cost of a dental implant, but they rarely pay for more. Thus, most patients will have to create a strategy for settling the bill in some other way, even if they have excellent coverage.

Here at our offices we offer several payment plans and financing options, including Care Credit and Comprehensive Finance. In addition, some of our customers choose to pay for cosmetic dentistry procedures with credit cards or other small loans. We’ve even had some patients come in, get a quote, and go off to save up what they need.

We will work with you. Schedule an appointment and we’ll see what we can do.

It depends on the procedure you get. In addition to listing the average per-tooth cost of each procedure below, we’ve also listed the average amount of time each procedure can be expected to last.

This information is important. If you’re not sure whether any given procedure is worth the cost, it’s helpful to divide the cost by the number of months it’s expected to last. This can put the price in perspective. For example, tooth whitening costs $650 and is expected to last for 36 months. This means you’re really only paying $18.00 a month to enjoy gleaming, beautiful teeth. Most of our patients pay more than that to buy a pizza every month!

If you’re not sure how long a given procedure will last, just ask your dentist during your consultation.

It depends on the procedure you need. We’ve shown the per-tooth cost of each of the procedures listed below, but these are only averages.

The best way to get an accurate picture of the costs you are facing is to schedule a consultation with our office. We’ll discuss the work you need to have done and what your final bill is likely to look like. 

Most of our cosmetic dentistry patients are in their forties or older. However, some cosmetic dentistry is sometimes appropriate for younger patients, depending on what needs to get done. Just keep in mind that children can’t get dental implants until they’re in their late teens (even if they get one of their teeth knocked out by a baseball).

This is because we have to wait until your child’s jaw has stopped growing before we can drill into it. We’ll usually recommend a bridge for kids who are too young to get dental implants. However, if a kid needs a composite crown that’s usually do-able!

Consult with our pediatric dentistry team to find out what you can do about your child’s missing or damaged teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry is any procedure which helps to improve the look, alignment, or function of your smile. Though the word “cosmetic” implies mere vanity, for most people cosmetic dentistry is about more than looking good. It’s also about feeling personally and professionally confident. Sadly, many people judge people with missing or broken teeth unfairly, and this can have a negative impact on your ability to secure jobs or life partners.

In addition, some “cosmetic” issues can impact the way your mouth functions. A missing tooth can result in an atrophied jawbone which in turn threatens other teeth in your mouth. A broken tooth can quickly grow infected and threaten your health in other ways if it isn’t cleaned up and given a crown. Many seemingly “cosmetic” problems can also impact your ability to speak or eat normally.

Thus, many patients have far greater concerns than their looks when they make their appointments with us—not that there is anything wrong with simply wanting to look and feel great

 

Cosmetic dentistry usually involves a single corrective procedure. A “smile makeover” might include 2-6 procedures involving multiple teeth. It might also start incorporating teeth straightening measures like Invisalign and other surgeries such as root canals. In short, it’s a holistic approach to treating a mouth that has suffered from extensive damage or trauma.

Every smile makeover case requires an extensive, thorough consultation to determine the scope of work. Smile makeovers may also require many months, even years, of treatment. However, a smile makeover is basically cosmetic dentistry—you can think of it as cosmetic dentistry taken to the next level. 

A cosmetic filling is just a white filling, as opposed to a silver amalgam filling. Many patients prefer these because they maintain the original look of their teeth. Many people also feel cosmetic fillings are safer than silver amalgam fillings because they don’t contain any mercury.

Have metal fillings that drive you crazy? You don’t have to live with them for the rest of your life. Our cosmetic dentistry team can also replace your old metal fillings with beautiful composite fillings, allowing you to finally stop advertising that you’ve had cavities in the past.

Average cost of cosmetic fillings: $175

Lasts for: A lifetime.

A crown is used to repair a broken or damaged tooth. We first reshape the broken tooth so that it may hold the crown in place. Then, we bond a tooth-colored cap to your own tooth so that it looks as good as new. As with fillings, we opt for white crowns over metal crowns so you can continue to enjoy a smile which looks totally natural.

Average cost of crown: $1,050

Lasts for: 25 to 30 years

Dental implants are the next best thing to keeping your own teeth in your head. We use them to replace missing teeth. First, a titanium rod is drilled into the jawbone to serve as the new “root” of the tooth. Once the rod bonds to the bone (a process called “osseointegration”) we add a crown to the implant. That crown then functions exactly the same way a normal tooth would function, and looks exactly the same way a normal tooth would look.

Implants are superior to dentures and bridges, which move and shift, drawing unwanted attention. You even clean implants exactly the same way you clean your regular teeth.

Average teeth: $1,500

Lasts for: The implant lasts for a lifetime. The crown typically needs to be replaced every 10-15 years.

It’s effective and fast! A cosmetic dentist can also create major improvements that you can’t always get with OTC bleaching kits, allowing us to remove years and years of stains.

We use the Zoom procedure, which uses a high concentration of carabamide peroxide and a special light pen which boosts the result of this powerful cleaning agent.  This procedure does not hurt, and it won’t damage your teeth in any way.

Average cost of teeth whitening: $650

Lasts for: Up to 3 years

Veneers are used to correct chipped and discolored teeth. They can also help you get a shapely smile that you’ll really love, concealing unsightly gaps in your teeth. If your teeth are slightly misaligned but don’t really require braces, veneers can help as well. Once, veneers were the exclusive secret of Hollywood stars. Today, they’re perfectly accessible to everyone else.

We start by making a model of your mouth, which we use to build a custom set of veneers just for you. We then use a powerful bonding agent to affix the veneers to your real teeth.

Average cost of veneers: $1293.75 (porcelain costs more, composite costs less).

Lasts for: 7-20 years

Yes! Cosmetic dentistry procedures are all meant to give you an awesome smile without interfering with your life. In some cases, people won’t even be able to tell you’ve had any work done. They will only notice how lovely your smile is.

Emergency Dental Care

Returning to work after a dental procedure is dependent on the patient and the type of work you do. There are procedures such as simple fillings that require a little local anesthetic to the tooth, which typically wears off within a few hours. It does not inhibit speaking or cause drowsiness, so yes, returning to work is fine.

Dental procedures where the patient elects to use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) are also easily recovered from. Patients may also have a small amount of local anesthetic while using nitrous oxide. Neither will inhibit speaking nor cause drowsiness.

However, there are procedures where Dr. Rajani will instruct you to remain out of work for the day if he feels your work will interfere with your healing and comfort level. This may include: extraction, root canal, deep gum treatment, dental implant placement, or other dental surgery. You may also discuss these concerns with him, as you know what your job entails and what you are capable of. 

Our goal at Yonkers Avenue Dental is for you to receive the best care possible and our concern will always be for our patients and their well-being. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Smile Makeovers

Cosmetic dentistry usually involves a single corrective procedure. A “smile makeover” might include 2-6 procedures involving multiple teeth. It might also start incorporating teeth straightening measures like Invisalign and other surgeries such as root canals. In short, it’s a holistic approach to treating a mouth that has suffered from extensive damage or trauma.

Every smile makeover case requires an extensive, thorough consultation to determine the scope of work. Smile makeovers may also require many months, even years, of treatment. However, a smile makeover is basically cosmetic dentistry—you can think of it as cosmetic dentistry taken to the next level. 

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