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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!

 

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280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York
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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Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

April 28th, 2017

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In today’s post, let’s look at some information about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when correctly brushing.

Working up a good foam is attained by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming assists in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are great for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may experience tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in severe cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

Moreover, remember that flossing is vital and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:
Wet soft bristle toothbrush
Use fluoridated toothpaste
Brush at 45 degree angle
Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
Cover every surface of every tooth
Swish around in mouth before spitting out
Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
Rinse out debris

This article is brought to you by The Dental Design Center, an outstanding dental practice in White Plains. We are enthusiastic about dental education and confident smiles for all.

cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh has been serving White Plains area families since 1996. We are located at 280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104 in White Plains. Contact us at 914-574-2558 or http://www.dentaldesigncenter.com/practice/.

Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general and cosmetic procedures we offer. And brush well until we see you, it will be worth every foamy second!

The Smile you deserve, the smile you desire is closer than you think!

 

Contact The Dental Design Center:

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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Chipped Tooth? No Need To Panic

April 21st, 2017

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There are basically two ways to handle a chipped tooth:
1. Panic.
2. See cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh right away and get on with life.

Cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh at The Dental Design Center can fix a chipped tooth in a jiffy by determining the right solution and expertly preforming the procedure. Decay, missing teeth, braces, even crowns can impact the course of treatment.

Time is often an important factor when it comes to tooth repair so don’t wait, call 914-574-2558 to schedule an appointment. Our address is:
280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York 10607

We’ve been around since 1996 – serving your neighbors in White Plains  and improving smiles for Scarsdale patients.

When White Plains residents need cosmetic dentistry, we’ve successfully managed their treatment. When New Castle patients have needed dental implants, we’ve watched happy, smiling patients leave our office. And when you need porcelain veneers, we are thrilled with the opportunity to make a true believer out of you!

We offer restorative dentistry, dental crowns, Invisalign and periodontal disease. Trust cosmetic dentist Handschuh to deliver exceptional results. No panic. No mistakes. No worries.

Relax.

 

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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Pregnancy And Oral Health

April 14th, 2017

Pregnancy And Oral Health In White Plains

In today’s The Dental Design Center blog we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. I am cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh and I want all expectant New York mothers to realize the importance of good oral hygiene during pregnancy. Because of the changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body there are potential dental health issues that may arise.  Always let your dentist know you are pregnant so we can take extra precautions with xrays and other treatments.

Many White Plains women experience morning sickness accompanied with vomiting. The gastric acid increases the acidity in the mouth which can easily lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. Heightened levels of progesterone and estrogen may relax the ligaments that support the teeth causing them to loosen.

Most White Plains residents have experienced gingivitis, but during pregnancy the hormonal changes increase your risk for gingivitis. Without proper dental care gingivitis can lead to gum disease.

If you are a pregnant New York woman, my staff and I at The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush for daily brushing. Floss carefully and rinse your mouth with a fluoride wash. If you experience morning sickness, clean your mouth with a baking soda and water mixture.

If you are planning to become pregnant, we recommend that you have a cleaning and exam prior to your pregnancy. If you need any dental procedures, it is a good idea to get them done as soon as possible. If you experience any dental problems during your pregnancy, please call and schedule an appointment at 914-574-2558. Untreated dental disease can affect your overall health.

At The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. we not only offer excellent dental care to our pregnant patients, we provide quality preventative care for the entire family. Our White Plains patients can expect professional cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and teeth whitening.

 

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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Preventing Tooth Decay In New York

April 7th, 2017

Preventing Tooth Decay in New York In New York, tooth decay is one of the most common childhood problems, yet tooth decay also affects adults. The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S. serves people of all ages to help fight tooth decay.

Bacteria is a common cause of tooth decay. Bacteria live in your mouth and combine with plaque and acids to break down the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often result in the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.

Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed frequently throughout the day, tooth decay can result. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to stay around for a while and create an environment where bacteria thrive.

To help prevent tooth decay, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your local White Plains dentist in New York for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.

Hello, my name is Ira Handschuh. My practice, The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S., is located at 280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104 White Plains, New York.- Ira J. Handschuh, DDS

 

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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Why Aren’t You Smiling?

March 31st, 2017

NYC Dentistry Hello, I’m cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh. My dental practice is called The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.. We are located at 280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104 in White Plains, and you can reach us by calling 914-574-2558.

You can probably imagine why I look at smiles everywhere I go in the NYC area. Whether I am working with a dental patient, having dinner at my favorite Scarsdale restaurant, or attending a sporting event, I notice whether the people around me smile. Whenever I encounter someone with obvious tooth problems, I want to tell them about the procedures that can completely transform their frown into a healthy and beautiful smile.

Are you one of those people who don’t want to show their teeth? I would love to talk to you about a smile makeover. Whatever your excuse is for not seeking dental treatment, I can discuss all of your concerns with you during a free consultation.

Perhaps you are afraid of dental work. Have you ever considered oral conscious sedation? With sedation dentistry, even extensive treatment is virtually pain free. Sedation will calm your mind as well as the nerves in your mouth.

Perhaps the cost of White Plains cosmetic dentistry is holding you back. My efficient staff will be happy to talk to you about financing plans. It is important to remember that if your teeth are decayed, postponing treatment will cost more money in the long run. Filling a cavity is far more affordable dentistry than a root canal procedure or, in the case of an extracted tooth, a dental implant.

You can contact my office at 914-574-2558 or online at http://www.dentaldesigncenter.com/. My White Plains family dental website contains information about all the general, restorative and aesthetic services we provide.

I can transform your smile into one that you will want to show all the time!

Ira J. Handschuh, DDS

 

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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Stay Out Of The Dental Danger Zone

March 24th, 2017

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You would never consider running a red light on a busy White Plains street or crossing over a lane of orange construction cones on the freeway, but you might be doing some everyday things that are a real danger to your oral health.

I’m cosmetic dentist Ira Handschuh, a dentist serving the Westchester County and New Castle area, and I want to share with you some common habits that could be detrimental to the health of your teeth.

Crunching ice between your teeth might be refreshing on a warm day in White Plains, but the soft tissue inside your teeth won’t appreciate it. Once this tissue gets irritated, you’re more likely to get toothaches and have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

Participating in your favorite sport without proper mouth protection is a risk that no one in White Plains should take. If there is a chance that a mouth injury could occur (and there is with most sports) then get to the nearest NYC sporting goods store and purchase an inexpensive mouth guard or, better yet, ask me about a custom mouthguard.

Using your teeth to open anything is a bad idea. Every time your teeth come in contact with foreign objects there is potential for chipping and cracking.

Now that you know how to avoid these risks, what can you do if you’ve already damaged your teeth from these activities or similar ones? Make an appointment with our efficient staff and we’ll see how we can help.

If you’ve had chipping or cracking problems, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that might help you. If you have overly-sensitive teeth, I may be able to prescribe a prescription toothpaste to relieve the pain.

We can also answer any questions you have about veneers, gum contouring, or teeth whitening in White Plains. We hope to hear from you soon, but in the meantime, keep those pearly whites safe and sound.

 

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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