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How Much Does Invisalign Cost on the Upper West Side?

Are you considering Invisalign for yourself or your teen? Invisalign is gaining popularity for a variety of reasons. Adults and teens like the fact that the clear aligners are virtually invisible and also removable so you don’t have to change your eating habits. Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces, as the aligners are made of smooth plastic and move …

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost on the Upper West Side?

Are you considering a dental implant? Dental implants are most often the recommended solution for teeth that are missing or cannot be saved. Whether a tooth is so severely decayed that it cannot be filled or fitted with a crown, your tooth is cracked or broken beyond repair, or you have a tooth that has been missing for a while, …

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How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost on the Upper West Side?

Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly requested treatments from cosmetic dentists. Unfortunately, as we age, tooth discoloration is inevitable—and a whiter smile is a small change that can make a dramatic difference in your overall appearance.  Since cosmetic dentistry isn’t covered by dental insurance, many patients are concerned about the cost when considering whether they should pursue professional …

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Do You Have TMJ? 8 Symptoms Not to Ignore

Although people often refer to TMJ disorder as TMJ, this abbreviation is for the joint that causes the pain—the temporomandibular joint. When this joint is causing pain or not functioning properly, the condition is known as TMJ disorder, also known as TMD or TMJD. It’s believed that around 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ pain. Although the joint in question …

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Is Invisalign the Best Choice for You?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment as an adult, you’re likely weighing your options between Invisalign and traditional braces. Many patients wonder if Invisalign is really as effective as braces or if the trade-off for a more discreet orthodontic treatment is one that doesn’t work as well. Ultimately, the decision is up to you—you’ll have to take your lifestyle and personal …

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Types of Toothbrushes: Which Is Best for You?

It might seem like an inconsequential decision, but choosing the right kind of toothbrush is actually more important than most people think. With the wrong type of brush, you can cause your gums to recede, leave plaque buildup on your teeth, or erode away the enamel and cause stains.  The best way to know which toothbrush is right for you …

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Dental Emergency Do’s and Dont’s

When a dental emergency strikes, it can be hard to think clearly. You or your loved one is in pain, there might be bleeding or missing teeth—even the best of us have trouble staying calm, cool, and collected in such circumstances. We hope that when reading this article, you’re not currently dealing with an emergency situation. Read the tips carefully …

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7 Dental Implant Questions to Ask Before Your Procedure

Once you’ve made the decision to pursue dental implants as a solution for your missing teeth, the next step is finding the right doctor for the job. At Smiles on the Upper Westside, Dr. Massiah and his team are highly trained and have the experience needed to help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.  If you’re interviewing a …

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4 Tips For How to Prevent Bad Breath

If you’re human, you’ve had bad breath at some point in your life. Our patients are sometimes embarrassed to ask us about bad breath, but there’s no reason to feel that way––no one wants to have bad breath, but often the causes are out of your control. It may also be a sign of a more serious issue, which is …

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Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Options to Consider

We see many patients who are in the process of deciding between dental implants and dentures. As you weigh your options, it’s important to consider the following: You hear it time and time again––dental implants prevent bone loss. But what exactly does it mean and how does it work? Permanent (adult) teeth are anchored in place by a long root. …