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    How Invisalign Helps You Maintain Oral Health

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Since many cosmetic dentistry clients who undergo Invisalign treatment do so in order to improve the look of their teeth, they're often pleasantly surprised to learn that Invisalign also improves their oral health. If you're looking for one of the simplest and most effective ways to achieve a healthy and glowing set of pearly whites, then be sure to inquire about Invisalign during your next dental checkup. Here's a closer look at how Invisalign helps you maintain oral health:

    Makes Daily Cleanings Easier
    Crowded teeth, poorly aligned teeth, and teeth that suffer from a bite problem can be difficult to navigate with a toothbrush since they feature crevices and tiny nooks. After undergoing the Invisalign treatment, and throughout the treatment process, you will see that your teeth are more evenly spaced and therefore easier to clean.

    Reduces Leftover Food Buildup
    One of the biggest complaints of cosmetic dentistry patients who choose traditional braces to fix their smiles is that food gets trapped in their teeth and in brackets following a meal. Not only can trapped food lead to embarrassment, but it can also be a source of tooth decay in the long run. The Invisalign treatment leaves you free to brush and floss easily after every meal, eliminating any food that is left behind.

    Prevents the Growth of Dangerous Bacteria
    By reducing the amount of food left behind after meals and by giving you more freedom with your daily cleanings, Invisalign is actually playing a huge role in preventing the growth of dangerous bacteria in your mouth. Infections in the mouth that are brought on by poor hygiene have been linked to diabetes, pneumonia, and stroke, so it's important to invest in effective treatments, such as Invisalign, in order to keep your oral health in check.

    Is Invisalign the right cosmetic dentistry treatment for you? You can learn more about how Invisalign can improve the look and health of your smile by consulting with the professionals here at the offices of Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., P.C. Call us at (646) 833-0582 to book your next appointment or to find out more about our services.

    Top Causes of Adult Tooth Loss

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Here at the offices of Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., we know just how difficult it can be to perform everyday tasks like eating, speaking, or even smiling confidently if you are missing one or more teeth. That's why we're proud to offer cosmetic dentistry services like veneers and dental implants to restore your smile. Tooth loss occurs for a number of reasons, including trauma, periodontal disease, or congenital absence, which occurs when a permanent tooth is not present to replace a primary tooth.

    Fortunately, you can help prevent tooth loss that is brought on by trauma by consistently wearing a mouthguard while playing close contact sports such as football, wrestling, or hockey. To reduce your risk of tooth loss due to periodontal disease, it is essential that you brush and floss your teeth regularly and that you meet with your dentist often for routine checkups and cleanings. To book your next appointment with Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C., or to learn more about cosmetic dentistry options for tooth loss, call (646) 833-0582. 

    10 Health Benefits of Having Straight Teeth

    Last updated 13 days ago

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    The cosmetic benefit of having your teeth aligned are pretty clear - a nice, aesthetically pleasing smile.  But what are the health benefits?  

    This article in the Epoch Times features Dr. Kakosian, who has been doing Invisalign treatment for 11 years and has a Pd.D. in temporomandibular disorder.

    The way Invisalign works is through multiple clear trays that are custom fitted to each individual's teeth.  They snap right on, are barely visible and are easily removable.  Multiple trays are provided, and they are switched out every two weeks; each progressive tray moves with the teeth ultimately aligning them.  Because they are removable before meals,they are significantly more orally hygienic than normal braces which trap food and plaque in their wires.  So once Invisalign does its job, what are the health benefits in having straight teeth?

    1.  Easier to Clean:  Straight teeth are easier to clean, brush and floss since there are no overlapping or crooked teeth where floss and bristles cannot reach.

    2.   Lower Disease Risk:  Being easier to clean, straight teeth have a lower risk for gum disease, which may lead to heart disease and diabetes as well, as oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and affect the blood vessels and brain.

    3.   Avoiding Tooth Loss:  The most common reasons for tooth loss are periodontal disease and tooth decay.  Having teeth that are easier to clean significantly reduces these risks.

    4.  Keeping Your Jawbone Healthy:  Gaps in the teeth leave that area of the jawbone with little to do, ultimately weakening it, which may cause tooth loss.

    5.   Fewer headaches:  Bad alignments lead to bad bites and teeth grinding, both of which can cause headaches.

    6.   Less Chipping:  The more teeth jut out, the more likely they are to be cracked or chipped.  "In aligned teeth, the pressure [from the bite] will go along the long axis of the teeth versus hitting from the side."  Dr. Kakosian says,.

    7.   Lower Risk of Lip and Gum Injury:  Crooked teeth can push against the soft tissue in the mouth.  This can lead to cuts, sores and infections of the gums, cheeks and lips.  Invisalign itself carries a lower risk of soft tissue injury than braces, since it contains no metal and no wires.

    8.  Better Digestion:  Misaligned teeth can reduce ability to properly chew, and proper chewing is the first step to proper digestion.  When chewing, saliva carries enzymes which help break the food down, reducing the amount of bacteria necessary to breakdown nutrients in the stomach.  Also, proper chewing allows for more enjoyable meals!

    9.  Clearer Speech:  Gaps in teeth often cause whistling when pronouncing certain words.  (For example "van" and "fan").  Dr. Kakosian says a lot of times when someone has diastema (gaps between teeth), they have trouble with pronunciation.  Straighter teeth improve speech and clear speech is a natural confidence booster.

    10.You'll Allow Yourself to Be Happier:  Research has shown that smiling (even if forced) actually makes you happier,  And when you have straight teeth, you are much more inclined to smile.  "A lot of people suffer loss of self esteem due to crooked or otherwise misaligned teeth and then get a confidence boost when their teeth are aligned,"  Dr. Kakosian says, "I've had patients who couldn't stop smiling.  I had one patient whose treatment took a year and half, and she said it was all worth it."

    Comparing Partial and Complete Dentures

    Last updated 17 days ago

    From higher confidence to increased comfort, there are a number of reasons why you should consider wearing dentures if you are missing teeth. As your Manhattan cosmetic dentistry professionals will share with you during your initial denture consultation, no matter what your reason is for choosing to wear dentures, you will have the option of two very different types, partial and complete. Keep reading to learn more about the different denture styles:

    Conventional Complete Dentures
    When discussing complete dentures, it is important to note that there are two kinds: conventional and immediate. Your NYC Invisalign and cosmetic dentistry professional will likely recommend so-called conventional dentures if it is necessary to remove all of your teeth. Since your mouth will need several weeks to recover, conventional dentures are designed to be placed into your mouth once the healing has taken place, at least two months after tooth removal.

    Immediate Complete Dentures
    The other type of complete dentures, immediate, are more appropriate for you if you are already missing all of your teeth, since they can be fitted right away. Your cosmetic dentistry team will likely have to meet with you several times during the healing process in order to ensure a proper fit for the dentures, since your mouth can change significantly over time.

    Removable Partial Dentures
    Removable dentures are likely to be the right fit for you if you still have one or more teeth remaining in your upper or lower jaw. Your Manhattan dentist will attach the removable dentures, which are essentially a bridge containing false teeth and a false gum, directly on to crowns next to your natural teeth for a nice and snug fit.

    Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., P.C., and his staff can help you determine which type of dentures is right for you during your next visit. In addition to this dentistry procedure, we also offer cosmetic dentistry services such as veneers, Invisalign, and teeth whitening. To schedule any of these services, call us today at (646) 833-0582 or visit our offices in the Chrysler Building.

    How Tea Promotes Gum Health

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Do you love kick-starting your busy morning with a cup of green or black tea? If so, then you'll be happy to learn that your morning ritual is not only beneficial for your mood and your energy levels but also to your oral health. According to researchers, the antioxidants in just one cup of green tea can help your gums stay strong and fight off potentially harmful bacteria.

    Black tea packs just as powerful of a punch when it comes to keeping your mouth clean, as you'll hear in this video from Colgate. Black teas suppress acid and bacterial growth, which safeguards you against periodontal disease and tooth decay.

    Here at the offices of Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., P.C., we pride ourselves on helping you feel confident about the look and health of your smile. Call (646) 833-0582 to learn about our cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry services.

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