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Preventative Maintenance For Your Irreplaceable Smile

July 14th, 2017

Preventative Maintenance In White Plains

Hi, I’m Ira Handschuh of The Dental Design Center. If you are one of my existing patients, welcome back. If this is your first visit, I appreciate you stopping by.

My efficient team and I love taking care of our highly regarded White Plains, Scarsdale, Westchester County, and New Castle patients.

Today’s article is for NYC smiles that are overdue for a cleaning and exam.

During dental deep cleanings, our hygienists thoroughly remove the plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. By scaling and planing, they remove areas where bacteria can easily multiply. We are enthusiastic about preventative dentistry to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. If you are due for a cleaning, call us today at 914-574-2558 to schedule.

After your teeth have been cleaned, I perform a thorough examination. I check for overall tooth and gum health, the presence of cavities, gum pocket depth, bite issues, and signs of oral cancer.

Some White Plains people mistakenly believe that they can skip dental visits if they don’t notice anything out of the ordinary. This attitude is risky. Many dental troubles advance silently. When the patient experiences pain, much damage has been done. Gum disease, especially, often progresses unnoticed.

If you don’t have dental insurance, ask us about dental financing options. It is far less costly to prevent dental problems than to treat them after they have become severe.

If you perform regular auto maintenance, you understand the wisdom of prevention. Don’t you value your smile far more than your car? Call The Dental Design Center today to schedule preventative maintenance for your irreplaceable smile.

 

 

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Starting Chemo? How Are Your Teeth?

July 7th, 2017

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If you are scheduled for cancer treatment due to a recent diagnosis or relapse, oral health is probably not your first priority. However, the team at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. urges you to give some attention to your teeth to prevent or minimize common cancer-related dental complications.

According to the National Institutes of Health, cancer treatment often takes a heavy toll on dental health.

Common Complications of Chemotherapy and/or Radiation

Inflammation of the mucous membranes
Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
Mouth dryness (increases risk of cavities)
Poor nutrition due to eating difficulties
Mouth pain
Oral bleeding
Lifelong risk of tooth decay
Loss of elasticity of masticatory muscles (may make opening mouth difficult)
Bone recession due to decreased blood flow
Tooth loss

The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. in White Plains wants to help you maintain oral health before, during, and after your cancer treatment. We offer comprehensive preventative and restorative dental services including: Invisalign, periodontal disease, and teeth whitening.

We extend to our dental patients battling cancer our sincere hopes for your successful treatment. It is a pleasure to serve your dental needs.

“Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: What the Dental Team Can Do,” National Institutes of Health, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/CancerTreatment/OralComplicationsCancerOral.htm, accessed on May 27, 2014

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:

914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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Infancy Through Childhood: Instill Good Brushing Habits

June 23rd, 2017

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New White Plains parents may be surprised by the American Dental Association’s recommendations on infant oral care. Parents are advised to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge. After all, brand-new teeth are just as vulnerable to cavities as older teeth.

Parents are encourage to use a cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to wipe each tooth. As more teeth come in, it becomes more critical for the teeth to be brushed after each meal or, at least, twice a day.

It is critical to elect the proper toothbrush, in order to make brushing time as pleasant as possible. A soft bristled brush is best with a small amount of toothpaste. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are useful. Also, there are circle and triangular-shaped brushes that allow your toddler to walk around with their brush with less chance of injury in case of a fall.

If the toothpaste is causing an unpleasant struggle, brush without toothpaste. The goal is to remove food fragments that will create bacteria followed by plaque and then cavities.

When two teeth touch, it’s time to floss. Flossing is important to make sure no food is lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills which most youth don’t develop before age six or seven. Parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their child can do it effectively.

Until the child is old enough to properly brush his or her teeth, they should receive adult supervision and guidance. Instilling the proper brushing and flossing methods will reap lifelong benefits. While it may seem that supervising them is time consuming, remember that it’s resulting in a daily habit that will protect their health. Also, dental expenses related to poor oral hygiene will be avoided.

Your child’s first dental visit should be within six months of the first tooth appearing and no later than their first birthday. It may seem early, but just as your White Plains pediatrician sees your baby regularly to make sure their physical health is on track and counsel you about your important role, you can rely on your dentist to look out for potential problems and guide you about how to help your child preserve a healthy smile.

Seek your dentist’s counsel regarding pacifiers and sippy cups, nighttime bottles, and x-ray safety. Dentist can guide parents with older children about sealants, tooth protection for athletics, and orthodontics.

If you live in the NYC area and don’t yet have a trusted family dentist, call The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. at 914-574-2558 to schedule your child’s dental appointment with Dr. Ira Handschuh. By starting young, your child will become familiar with our White Plains dental practice and our friendly staff, ensuring that he or she never develops a fear of the dentist.

Be sure to check our website at http://www.dentaldesigncenter.com/practice/ for more specifics about our services. We provide Invisalign, teeth whitening, dental crowns and restorative dentistry.

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:

914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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Protect Those Nooks And Crannies

June 16th, 2017

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Cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh is passionate about the prevention of cavities, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. Preventative dentistry – brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist – are crucial for keeping your smile bright and free of cavities. There are some places, however, where enamel damage can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.

The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most problematic area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for tooth decay to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.

While brushing frequently is critical, an additional safeguard against dental caries is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are a plastic barrier that cosmetic dentist Handschuh can apply. The sealants are placed over the top of each tooth, to impede bacteria and plaque having direct contact with the tooth.

Many White Plains parents obtain sealants for their children and teens, and many adults in the NYC area are having them applied to help fight tooth decay and protect enamel. After sealants are applied, they will be examined at each visit and reapplied as required.

Are they cost effective? Sealants are relatively inexpensive initially and downright cheap when you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative procedures that may be necessary in the future. Sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.

To maintain a healthy smile, follow these important steps:

Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is replaced every few months
Brush with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste after each meal
Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low fat protein sources.
Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy
Visit cosmetic dentist Handschuh at least once a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined
Consider having sealants to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places

People all over the NYC area trust The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. in White Plains for their family’s dental care. cosmetic dentist Handschuh, DDS, specializes in Invisalign, teeth whitening and restorative dentistry.

Call today for an appointment at 914-574-2558 and trust the efficient team at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. to help keep you smiling.

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:

914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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Lighten Up In White Plains

June 9th, 2017

Lighten Up In NYC Hello! Today’s dental article is for NYC people with stained teeth. Do you think your teeth are too stained for teeth whitening to have any effect? Think again. At The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. in White Plains, we are whitening smiles for patients with both intrinsic and extrinsic stains.

Extrinsic stains are caused by dark colored foods and drinks, smoking, and normal aging. The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. cosmetic dentistry patients with extrinsic stains achieve great results from both in-office and take-home teeth whitening systems.

Intrinsic stains form on the inside but can be seen from the outside. Tetracycline, excessive fluoride, trauma, and aging can cause intrinsic staining for unfortunate White Plains dentistry patients. Though these stains are harder to remove, many NYC patients with intrinsic staining can whiten their teeth with take-home whitening kits. The process often takes longer, but with persistence, intrinsic stains can be lightened.

In addition to teeth whitening, we provide a full menu of cosmetic dental procedures at our White Plains office. With porcelain veneers, you can correct the shape of your teeth in addition to brightening the color. If you are missing a tooth, a dental implant may be the solution. Call 914-574-2558 for a dental implant or smile design consultation.

If you are embarrassed by a less-than-sparkling smile, let the team of dental professionals at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. help you lighten up.

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:

914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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7 Ways To Fix A Tooth

June 2nd, 2017

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In a perfect world, each of your priceless teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most New York men and women will need to restore a tooth at some point.

A tooth can be compromised by tooth decay, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess.

Here are 7 different options for repairing a damaged tooth:

Dental Bonding
Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to correct minor cosmetic issues – small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies moldable tooth-colored composite resin and shapes as desired. The resin is then cured with a special light to harden and adhere tightly to the tooth. Composite bonding is often the most reasonably-priced option for improving healthy teeth with minor cosmetic issues.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth. They are used when the underlying tooth is structurally sound and free of dental caries. A beautiful veneer can cover a chip or crack or repair the alignment of a tooth that appears slightly off kilter as compared to surrounding teeth.

Fillings
Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. leaves you with more of nature’s prime dental material — your own enamel and dentin. We can also replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings. This makes your teeth look a lot better every time you open your mouth. Get rid of all that metal!

Inlays and Onlays
A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are created in a dental lab, they are ordinarily called indirect fillings. A less invasive inlay or onlay may be used instead of a traditional filling or, in some cases, a crown. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are ordinarily smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.

Crowns
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. A crown is commonly needed for a tooth that has had a root canal, a tooth with extreme decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Attaching a crown to the abutment is the final step of a tooth implant procedure. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.

Soft Tissue Grafts
Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to prevent further damage. Gum surgery is also handled for cosmetic reasons such reshaping a gumline to eliminate a “gummy” smile.

Dental Implants
What if a tooth has to be extracted because it is beyond saving? For many The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. patients, a dental implant anchored into the bone is the optimal solution. A tooth implant consist of a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and beautiful crown. A dental implant had many advantages over a dental bridge. They are stronger, provide virtually natural function, restrict bone recession, and do not affect the surrounding teeth. For patients with several missing teeth, custom implant-anchored dentures can be designed in any configuration needed.

For more information about any of these procedures, call The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. at 914-574-2558. Thanks for visiting the The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. blog. We appreciate your interest in our White Plains dental practice.

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:

914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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Total Tooth Restoration

May 26th, 2017

Total Tooth Restoration Your face is always on display for others to see. You can’t hide it behind long sleeves, baggy jeans, or a hat.

Many lucky White Plains residents who have received smile makeovers at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. believe their dazzling new smile brightens their whole face. Some NYC professionals have corrected tooth problems prior to beginning a search for new employment.

A beautiful smile is essential to a polished appearance. Scarsdale cosmetic dentistry is not just for people in the public eye, it is for anyone who desires a youthful looking smile.

Westchester County teeth whitening is quicker and more popular than ever. Some of our White Plains cosmetic dental patients invest in total teeth restoration because they have always been self-conscious about chips, gaps or crooked teeth.

Cosmetic dental treatment may consist of dental bonding, dental implants, dental bridges, orthodontics, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening or a combination.

If you are unfamiliar with the latest materials and procedures, see smile makeover expert Ira Handschuh for a cosmetic dental consultation. Some transformations are completed in just one visit! And don’t forego a new smile because you are afraid of dental treatment. Nervous White Plains cosmetic dental patients can wake up to a new smile with oral conscious sedation.

It is never too late to get a movie-star smile!

 

Contact Us – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:

914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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10607

 

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What Is Crown Lengthening?

May 19th, 2017

gummy smile surgery Perfect smiles created at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. often require crown lengthening.

Crown lengthening surgery is a safe and effective procedure that exposes more of the visible part of the tooth. Some patients undergo crown lengthening surgery at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. to alter their gummy smile.

A gummy smile refers to upper teeth that appear too short because excess bone and soft tissue covers part of the teeth. When a gummy smile is eliminated, our White Plains patients can’t believe how it changes their whole face. They love their new smile which reveals pleasing, symmetrical portions of their upper teeth.

Sometimes, a patient needs crown lengthening because of tooth fracture. When a tooth breaks at the gumline or a crown is fractured, crown lengthening makes tooth structure accessible for the necessary restoration.

Digital imaging is one of the technological tools that helps NYC dental professionals perform crown lengthening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. When a Scarsdale cosmetic dentist has a highly-detailed, 3-D image of tooth and bone structure, he/she is able to achieve the precision necessary to design smiles to the patient’s exact specifications.

If you are seeking a dental smile makeover and live in the NYC area, schedule a smile consultation by calling 914-574-2558. We are conveniently located at 280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104 in White Plains. When you come in, we can show you photos of New York cosmetic dentistry patients who are enjoying their dazzling smiles that were created with the help of the skilled smile artists at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S..

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:

914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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The Unsung Heroes Of Dentistry

May 12th, 2017

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In today’s post, we will veer a bit off the beaten path, so to speak, and examine a fascinating dental specialty; forensic dentistry. The official term for the use of dentistry in criminal cases and post mortem identification is forensic odontology. These experts are rarely recognized but play an integral role in crime and disaster investigations.

Dental X-rays, dentures, and bite marks are all used to provide clues about the victim’s identity and/or the manner of death. A person’s teeth are as singular as fingerprints and can often tolerate forces such as fire, explosions, submersion in water, and natural decay without being destroyed.

Identifying One Victim
Identifying a victim through dental records is aided immensely when authorities have narrowed down a group of suspected victims to just a few people (or, ideally, just one) and can consult the dentists who had treated them. When the identity is totally unknown, a forensic dentist combs other databases such as those maintained by the armed forces and prisons.3

“Dental identifications are so much quicker and so much less expensive than DNA.” -Dr. Mark Bernstein, dentist and forensic dental consultant1

Identifying Hundreds of Victims
While identifying one victim of a homicide or accident can be more or less straightforward, natural disasters, plane crashes, and other large-scale tragedies are exponentially more complicated.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Burkes, chief forensic dental consultant for the 9/11 attacks, over 140 dentists labored to identify the fragments of remains that were recovered from the scene of the terrorist attacks. The identification effort was an inordinately painstaking and complicated process. First, the dentists were organized into four teams. The Go Team gathered evidence from the scene, the Antemortem Team analyzed existing dental records of assumed victims, the Postmortem Team X-rayed the salvaged dental evidence, and the Comparison Team compared the X-rays of the remains of unidentified victims to the records of missing people presumed to have been at the scene.2

“Dentistry fulfills one of its most important social, moral, and professional obligations by applying its unique knowledge and expertise to the task of identifying countless persons who are tragic victims of fires, catastrophes, disasters, and homicides.”3

We hope this post was informative and shined some light on another way modern dentistry is being used.

1Ashley Hayes, “How authorities identify a burned body,” CNN, February 13, 2013, http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/13/health/burned-body-id/, accessed February 20, 2017
2James Berry, Clayton Luz, Arlene Furlong, Craig Palmer, “Forensic Dentistry: Identifying the Victims of 9/11” Dental Practice Management, December 1, 2001,http://www.oralhealthgroup.com/features/forensic-dentistry-identifying-the-victims-of-9-11/, accessed February 20, 2017
3Dr. Vincent Funaro, “Charts, Radiographs, Study Models: A Forensic Trilogy, January 1, 2006, Dentistry Today, http://www.dentistrytoday.com/forensic-dentistry/1159-, accessed February 20, 2017

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:

914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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How Can You Improve Your Smile Quickly?

May 5th, 2017

Porcelain Veneers With porcelain veneers, you can revamp your smile without significant restorative dental work.

Porcelain veneers are glass-like, wafer-thin covers that are attached to the front of your teeth. Porcelain has been used in dentistry for many years because no other restorative material is such an excellent match for natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is translucent and can be matched to the color of any tooth. It is stronger than enamel and resists stains.

Dental ceramists who fabricate porcelain veneers are both artists and technicians. They create beautiful paper-thin wafers that adhere to teeth, correcting chips and stains. Porcelain veneers can also straighten crooked teeth for patients who don’t need orthodontic work.

Patients who receive porcelain veneers appreciate the less-invasive process of enhancing their smile. Newer techniques require no removal of healthy tooth enamel.

We would be happy to show you what veneers can do for your smile.

The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. is located at 280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104 in White Plains. We provide skilled dental care for patients in the greater NYC area. Our phone number is 914-574-2558. You can visit http://www.dentaldesigncenter.com/practice/ for information about our practice and our efficient team.

Smile – sunshine is good for your teeth!

 

 

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:

914-574-2558

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
10607

 

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