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    How to Keep Your Invisalign Trays Clean

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Invisalign has many clear-cut benefits. It is affordable, less intrusive than braces, and provides a simple way to give you straight teeth and a beautiful smile. However, you won’t be able to receive the cosmetic benefits if your trays are not clean. Cleaning your trays and keeping them pristine allows your smile to shine as bright as possible, prevent plaque build-up, and keep your teeth germ-free. The good news is that keeping your aligners clean is as easy as wearing them.

    Remove Your Trays Before Eating or Drinking: Taking your trays off prior to eating or drinking anything besides water is an important habit to maintain. By removing them prior to your meal, you can help prevent unwanted stains or smells. Once you have removed them, you can simply set them aside until after you are done.

    Apply the Invisalign Cleaning Kit: Using the Invisalign cleaning kit is another easy way to keep your trays hygienic and spot-free. Within 15 minutes, you can quickly remove any plaque and make them sparkle.

    Store Your Trays in Warm Tap Water and Brush Them: When you’re not using your aligners, storing them in warm water is an effective way to prevent them from getting cloudy from build-up. In addition, using a soft brush to gently clean them can help to wash off any debris. Ask your dental professional for a recommendation on what products to use before brushing your trays, because some toothpastes and scrubs may scratch your aligners. You can also mix in equal parts 3% hydrogen peroxide with the water in order to help clean some of the bacteria.

    Clean Your Teeth: One of the best ways to keep your Invisalign trays from getting dirty is to routinely floss and brush your teeth. By making sure there is no debris in your teeth, you can ensure that you will not transfer any unwanted pieces of food or drink to your aligners.

    The dental offices of Dr. Kenn Kakosian DDS have been helping to straighten patients’ teeth for 25 years. We offer Invisalign treatment along with many other cosmetic and general dentistry services. To schedule an appointment today, call (212) 661-9777. 

    How Coffee Can Save Your Teeth

    Last updated 4 years ago

    A daily staple in many peoples lives, coffee, has long been known to boost energy levels through caffeine, as well as recently having been shown to provide many helpful antioxidants which provide anti-aging advantages .  And now, new research from Boston University is proving that it can also be very beneficial to teeth! 

    The way it does this is by combating periodontal disease, which causes the inflammation of the gums and jawbone.  The researchers have been following 1,000 individuals' teeth for 30 years to observe the effects.  What they found was the individuals who drank a cup or more of coffee a day had less bone loss in teeth, a symptom of periodontal disease, which can lead to the lose of whole teeth themselves.  There was also no evidence that moderate or heavy coffee drinking was associated with any other markers of periodontal damage, such as bleeding of the gums or development of bacteria-collecting pockets around the teeth.

    Researchers believe anti-oxidants may be to thank for the teeth benefits as well. The anti-oxidants effectively combat the body's own inflammatory process that harms the jawbone and gums.  Coffee is also less acidic than many other beverages (juices, sodas, energy drinks); acidic beverages are known to cause erosion and weaken teeth's protective enamel.  Just remember to rinse your mouth out after drinking coffee to avoid coffee stains on teeth, and, of course, limit the amount of sugar you add to your coffee!


    Top Foods and Beverages Associated with Teeth Stains

    Last updated 4 years ago

    When it comes to keeping your smile nice and bright, not all foods and drinks are created equal. It is important to know what foods and beverages can stain the most, even after receiving a teeth whitening. If you have veneers, keep in mind that they do not stain the same way teeth do. Color plays a key role in determining whether or not something will stain your teeth. Brightly colored foods and drinks contain a lot of chromogens, which can damage the enamel in your teeth. In addition to color, acidity and temperature also play a role. Acid breaks down the enamel around your tooth and increases the chance of leaving a stain, while very hot or cold foods and drinks force your teeth to expand or contract, and can also penetrate through the enamel.

    Wine, Tea, and Coffee: People often assume that only red wine can discolor their teeth, but white wine can also stain due to the tannins. Coffee is also a popular culprit for leaving behind unwanted marks, but tea can be even worse on your teeth due to its high concentration of tannins. Green and white teas are less harmful than the darker variety.

    Sports Drinks and Colas: Both of these drinks are highly acidic and can badly damage the enamel layer on your teeth. Some are chromogen-rich, but even the lighter-colored ones can wreak havoc. One easy way to minimize stains when consuming any drink is to use a straw.

    Fruits, Berries, Candy, and Sauces: They may have important health benefits, but certain berries and fruits that are richly colored have a tendency to tinge your teeth after eating them. Candy and certain types of sauce such as soy sauce, ketchup, and curry-based sauces can also leave stains.

    At the dental offices of Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., P.C., we know that having a bright smile is important to you. As New York City’s premier cosmetic dentistry, we offer a wide range of cosmetic and general dental services, from teeth whitening to Invisalign. Call us today at (212) 661-9777 for more information. 

    A Look at Toothpaste Ingredients

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Toothpaste is one of the most common household items, but not everyone is familiar with its ingredients and what they do. Each component serves a specific purpose in keeping your teeth healthy.

    The most common ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride, which helps to fight cavities by making your teeth stronger and more resistant to acid attacks. In particular, stannous fluoride is used as an effective anti-bacterial agent that helps to fight plaque and gum disease. Most toothpastes also contain silica, which helps to whiten teeth and remove surface stains. For more detailed information on what ingredients are used in toothpaste, watch this video.

    The dental office of Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. offers teeth whitening and many other products and services, from Invisalign to veneers, to help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. We are located in the heart of NYC. Call (212) 661-9777 to make your appointment today.  

    300 Year old Jesus Statue Found With Real Teeth

    Last updated 4 years ago

    The restoration of an 18th century Christ statue in Mexico has revealed real human teeth in the statue, and in pristine condition!  The 3'8'' statue, housed in San Bartolo Cuautlalpan, a small town 30 miles north of Mexico City.  Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) was working on restoring the relic, when they noticed human like fangs protruding from the lips.  An x-ray showed 8 complete teeth, all the way to the root.  

    A Mexican Art Restorer commented that the statues often have teeth, but made of wood or carved of bone.  He believes the teeth were most likely donated by one wishing to be closer to the religious figure.  Saying historically its was very common for parishioners to donate their own clothes and hair for the relics of saints.  “The sculpture is always dressed,” , Unikel from Mexico’s National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museology explained. “He only leaves the church during Holy Week, when he is paraded through the town.”  A common practice in rural Mexico, during holidays.

    Unikel added that he does not believe the teeth came from an important religious figure from the time, but were used because they were available.  The statue and its teeth were returned to San Bartolo to the village church, where it has been for years.

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