No One Needs to Know You’re Straightening Your Teeth | Hoboken Dentist

Crooked teeth – while some flaws are endearing, most people will not be happy with their smiles if they are flawed. Not only can it affect their overall demeanor but can cause other dental issues. If you have a crooked grin and are considering braces, you may be apprehensive about getting big metal braces that are not aesthetically pleasing to the eye, especially as an adult. Straightening your teeth takes time, and you want to feel confident about your smile not only after your braces come off, but during. Traditional braces are obviously noticeable – but there is also a more discreet option. Invisalign invisible braces provide straightening treatment while looking your best.

So, how does it work?

Invisalign works by using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. Whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart or have shifted, Invisalign may be right for you. Unfortunately, you may not have a choice as it depends on your situation. Upon an initial examination, your dental professional will write a treatment plan and take an impression of your teeth. Thanks to the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign then creates a series of precisely customized aligners. The aligners will move your teeth gradually week by week until you achieve the smile you have always desired.

Also, it’s important to remember that even though you may want to straighten your teeth for cosmetic dentistry reasons, straighter teeth and a proper bite are beneficial to periodontal health. So, if you feel you’re ready to take the next step to a straighter smile, make an appointment with your dental professional today.

To learn more about Invisalign, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Vain? | Hoboken Dentist

No one wants to be thought of as vain, but in this day and age, a large stress is placed on the way we look. If we don’t like something about ourselves, we try to change it. We go on diets, we dye our hair – there is a myriad of options we can do to improve our appearance. Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that mainly deals with the appearance of teeth. There are several procedures involved, like teeth whitening, teeth straightening, veneers, crowns, bleaching and reshaping. While it is true that cosmetic dentistry is “elective” in more ways than one, in just as many ways, cosmetic dentistry also offers plenty of benefits from an improved smile.

A better-looking smile helps improve your self-confidence and self-esteem significantly. This then makes it easier for you to go out, smile and socialize with other people. By helping you become more confident about yourself and feel more attractive, you have a much better chance of living a better and more positive life.

The word “cosmetic” always gives off the impression that the main, and only, beneficiary is one’s appearance and that it’s only done to improve one’s look. Though, as far as cosmetic dentistry goes, it’s not always just about esthetics, it’s also about improving your oral and overall health.

Not only that, but there are many other cases where cosmetic dentistry helps in improving the overall function your teeth. Those with misaligned teeth or bites often develop worse dental problems that may result in painful areas outside of one’s teeth and this is something that cosmetic dentistry can help with.

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas

Protect Your Little One’s Teeth | Hoboken Dentist

thumb suckingAccidents happen, especially when children are involved. And as parents, we try to do our best to protect our little human’s bumps and bruises. Sometimes you can slap a bandage on a “booboo”, but if it’s a dental accident, it’s a little bit tougher to know what to do in a pinch. Because knowing what to do when one occurs could be the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Preventative measures are always best to avoid the potential for accidental tooth damage, such as having your child wear a mouth guard when playing sports and avoid chewing hard candy. If your child does end up with a dental emergency here are a few tips to help you:

Broken tooth. Rinse mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call your dentist immediately.

Knocked out baby teeth. If it seems to be more serious than a knocked-out tooth, consider going to the hospital. If the injury looks like just a knocked-out tooth, call your dentist.

Knocked loose baby teeth. If a tooth is knocked loose, call your dentist for advice on how to proceed. He or she will likely advise a soft diet for the next few days to allow the tooth to re-implant into the jawbone.

Knocked out permanent teeth. Call your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment. It is critical to get your child and his or her tooth to the dentist within 30 minutes of the accident, as it may be possible to successfully re-implant the tooth. Keeping the tooth in good condition and receiving care immediately make the odds of successful re-implantation much higher.

To learn more about dental emergencies, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas

Porcelain Is Not Just for Tea Sets | Hoboken Dentist

When you don’t have a smile that you can be proud of, it can be cause for concern. Everyone should be more than happy to flash their pearly whites. If you have the need to give your smile a makeover, you’ll be happy to know there is hope – in veneers. Veneers are one of the most natural looking restorations in cosmetic dentistry, while also providing durability and strength comparable to natural tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers are fingernail thin shells that are directly bonded over damaged, misshapen or stained teeth. Still not convinced? Here are the reasons you should choose porcelain veneers:

  • They are stain-resistant to classic stains like coffee, tea, soda and smoke.
  • Porcelain veneers can improve multiple flaws such as stains, cracks, gaps or discoloring.
  • Porcelain produces natural looking results because the material mimics the light reflecting properties of the natural tooth.
  • The material is very durable, and the strength can be comparable to natural tooth enamel. If taken care of, they have a lifespan of 10-20 years.
  • Porcelain veneers produce fast and dramatic results, such as whiter or bolder teeth.
  • It is more conservative than a full crown, by persevering more of your natural tooth.
  • The shape, color and size are all customized just for you.

But, before you make your appointment, some things to keep in mind:

  • The shape or color cannot be alter once bonded to your tooth.
  • If broken, the whole veneer has to be replaced.
  • They can be quite pricey, costing around $1,000 per tooth.

To learn more about porcelain veneers, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

The History of the Toothbrush | Hoboken Dentist

Brushing our teeth has long been touted as an important part of oral health. Using a toothbrush, a very simple personal hygiene tool found in every household, we’ve come to make a habit of using it more than twice a day. But have you ever thought about how it came to be? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so while you are teaching your little one to brush their teeth, teach them a little history of the toothbrush:

Ancient Egyptians are widely regarded as the first group of people to use a toothbrush, constructing one made of twigs and leaves to clean their teeth. By the 15th century, the Chinese had begun using a toothbrush that closely resembles what we use today. A century later, English noblemen and privileged families began using toothbrushes made out of silver.

William Addis would then go on to invent what’s widely considered as the first modern toothbrush in 1780 while in prison. It’s believed that the idea came about while watching how the floors were swept clean using a brush. He’d then fashion the toothbrush using a bone and bristles he had obtained from the guard and went on to make a fortune once released.

The design of the toothbrush would then be refined over time and in 1938, soft-bristles toothbrushes were invented. Soon enough, companies such as Oral-B would begin mass producing soft-bristled toothbrushes.

Innovation still has not left toothbrushes and up to this day, the design and the bristles are still being refined to better meet modern needs, including the development of toothbrushes made of recyclable materials.

To learn more about dental hygiene, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

Should My Little One Use Mouthwash? | Hoboken Dentist

Instilling good dental hygiene habits is important for every new parent to know. The sooner you teach them, the easier it will be for them to take those lessons throughout life. But what about mouthwash? Is it safe for a little human to use mouthwash? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), children younger than six shouldn’t use mouthwash that contains fluoride. Better yet, they shouldn’t use mouthwash at all, unless advised by the dentist. This is because children that young tend to swallow when rinsing and may end up ingesting too much fluoride. While small amounts of fluoride help keep teeth strong and free of cavities, large amounts can lead to what’s known as fluorosis, or enamel discoloration.

When choosing a mouthwash for your kid, try to stay away from adult mouthwashes because most contain alcohol. Instead, choose a mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol. It’s a big plus if it’s specifically targeted towards children. Once you’ve chosen the right kind of mouthwash, it’s important to keep in mind these two tips:

Supervise your child. If your child is between 6 and 12, or even below 6, make sure that you’re always around while he or she is using mouthwash, so they don’t swallow it or use it as a substitute for brushing and flossing. Once they get the hang of it, you won’t need to monitor them anymore.

Keep mouthwash out of reach of children. Because most mouthwashes are brightly colored and well flavored, it’s best to store them way out of reach of your children.

To learn more about pediatric dental care, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at http://www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

Start Off the Year with Straight Teeth | Hoboken Dentist

As we begin the new year with every intention of becoming a better, healthier human, it is also a great time to start thinking about fixing our smiles as well. Because not only is our smile the first thing anyone notices, but it also has a lot to do with our overall health. Fixing your crooked teeth will improve your mouth’s alignment, speech and/or chewing difficulties. But it doesn’t have to involve the traditional braces we all know about. Invisalign is quickly becoming a much more popular treatment over the recent years, so it’s no surprise that more people want to know about it, especially what most are interested in are the dental problems Invisalign can fix.

Gapped teeth. Gaps in between teeth can occur from the abnormal continued growth of the jawbone or missing teeth causing teeth the shift to adjust to the empty space, creating gaps. These issues will all eventually lead to a variety of gum issues in the future.

Overbites. When the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth, you have an overbite. Much like teeth gaps or spaces, overbites can eventually lead to gum problems and add unnecessary stress on the lower teeth and jaw.

Underbite. The opposite of overbites, an underbite occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth. Having an underbite causes unnecessary tooth wear, in addition to causing pain and other issues in the jaw joints.

Teeth crowding. Crowded teeth occur when there’s not enough room in the jaws for teeth to fit normally as they would. If left untreated, expect severely crooked teeth, which causes various dental issues, such as plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased risk for gum disease.

To learn more about Invisalign, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at http://www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

So Many Toothbrushes, So Little Clue | Hoboken Dentist

Your dentist recommends you brush your teeth at least twice a day, and ideally after each meal. But, have you asked which toothbrush you should be using? Most stores carry dozens of different toothbrushes, how do you choose between the different brushes?

The first thing you should check when selecting a brush is that the brush carries the ADA seal. These are known to be both safe and effective – the bristles should be safe and rounded to avoid damaging your gum tissue, and firmly attached to ensure they don’t fall off.

Next is to choose between manual and electric. Some people prefer manual toothbrushes because they’re less expensive. Electric toothbrushes can help patients who brush too hard, because they can rely on the rotation of the toothbrush to clean teeth rather than pushing on the brush.

Most dentists recommend soft bristled brushes – soft bristle brushes are still able to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth, but are less likely to damage gum tissue. Because gum tissue is delicate and can be permanently damaged by aggressive brushing, you should always try to brush gently, and soft bristles can help ensure you are gentle on your gum tissue. Finally, choose one with a brush head that is size appropriate to ensure that it fits comfortably in your mouth and can reach all sides of all teeth.

If you have questions about choosing the right brush, talk to your dentist. They often have specific recommendations for patients and can fill you in about the pros and cons of different brushes.

To learn more about toothbrushes, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at http://www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

Don’t Let the Holidays Ruin Your Smile | Hoboken Cosmetic Dentist

With the holidays rapidly approaching, we think it’s a good idea for you to start looking towards your daily dental routine. With all of the hustle and bustle and festive events, the holiday season is tough on the ol’ grin so it is important to remember not to neglect your dental health. After all, your teeth will most definitely go through a roller coaster as you indulge in the sweets only this holiday has to offer. Don’t deprive yourself, just be wary of what you’re consuming and give your mouth a quick scrub. Who wants to start the new year off in a dentist chair? Here are a few things to consider this holiday season:

Brush, brush, brush. It is important for you to maintain an effective dental hygiene routine as the holidays go on. This means brushing for at least two minutes straight, flossing, using mouthwash, and during this time of year: cleaning your tongue.

Brush well, not hard. Individuals have the common misconception that the harder you brush, the more effective it’ll be. This is terribly wrong. Brushing too hard can cause damage to your teeth.

Hydrate. Drink a lot of water, especially after you eat. This will help flush out the harmful bacteria that will be lying around in your mouth. This will also keep the digestive system healthy. The more water you drink, the less cavities you will have.

While it is completely fine to get lost in the holidays, make sure to keep your teeth in mind so they will still be there after the holidays are completed.

To learn more about holiday health tips, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at http://www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

Make Sure Your Little One’s Smile Stays Healthy | Hoboken Dentist

New parents typically have no shortage of questions they must answer when dealing with their child’s “firsts”. Pediatric dentistry is no exception – there are a number of “firsts” for children as it relates to their teeth, and navigating them effectively is key to setting the foundation for good oral health for their children.

The first question for new parents is typically when they should expect the first teeth. The two lower front teeth should erupt around 6 months of age, followed by the two upper center teeth. The remaining will appear in no predictable order – but all 20 baby teeth should be present by 3 years of age.

The next natural question is typically when the parent should schedule their child’s first dentist appointment. You should make sure the first appointment is within 6 months of the first tooth appearing, but definitely before the child’s first birthday. The first visit is typically a checkup to look for signs of decay, check the bite, and look for problems in the gums, jaw, and tissues within the mouth. The dentist will take this opportunity to provide guidance on topics such as brushing, fluoride, teething, and problems like thumb sucking.

Just like adults need to brush twice a day, parents also need to brush the teeth of young children. Your child’s first toothbrush should be a soft-bristled brush with a small head (age appropriate size). As an infant, you should clean the gums with a soft brush and water. Once teeth appear, start brushing twice a day with non-fluoride toothpaste; once your child can spit, you can transition to fluoride toothpaste.

To learn more about pediatric dentistry, call Dr. Flynne Weingarten at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at http://www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.