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Will I Need Retainers?

Most of us want to keep our straight bright smile after we’ve had a successful dental treatment. As a result, many of us question if the results of dental treatment will be long-lasting. Many of us also wonder if there will be additional measures we will need to take to maintain our straight smiles such as wearing retainers. The short…

What to do if Your Child has a Cracked Tooth

Even though dental issues such as a broken crown or a missing tooth are hard to miss, the same thing cannot be said for a cracked tooth. In many cases, a crack is so small that it is invisible to the naked eye. Unless your child notices it, you may not see it right away. Of course, if they suffered…

Concerned About White Marks on Your Teeth?
Concerned About White Marks on Your Teeth?

Do you have white marks on your teeth? It is important to know that these can be prevented through good oral hygiene, diet, and regular visits to your dental provider. Here are four tips to help you prevent white marks from showing up on your teeth. Four Tips to Prevent White Marks on Your Teeth Brush frequently and thoroughly, as…

Diet Tips to Prevent Kids’ Dental Problems
Diet Tips to Prevent Kids’ Dental Problems

What kids eat may be the key to reducing kids’ dental problems like cavities. Surprisingly enough, just changing a few dietary habits may have huge benefits when it comes to kids’ dental health. Here are just a few tips to help you keep problems in check using their diets.  Calcium and Vitamin D A balanced diet that includes calcium and…

Does My Child Have to Wait to See an Orthodontist?
Does My Child Have to Wait to See an Orthodontist?

It’s a popular misconception that a child needs to have all their permanent teeth in place before going to see an orthodontist for the first time. There are a great many things occurring in your child’s mouth at a young age, and many of those things are hidden by the gums. There might be signs such as difficulty with chewing, or problems with…

How to Prevent Toddler Tooth Decay
How to Prevent Toddler Tooth Decay

Your toddler’s teeth may not be permanent, but that doesn’t mean you can get away with not taking care of them. Toddler tooth decay can begin as soon as their first teeth grow in, so you need to be proactive about your toddler’s dental health. Daily Dental Care to Prevent Toddler Tooth Decay Just as with an adult’s permanent teeth,…

Braces vs Aligners
Braces vs Aligners

People who come to Upper East Side Orthodontics for orthodontic treatment usually come prepared with several questions, not the least of which is whether they should opt for braces vs aligners. While there isn’t one “right” solution for those who need these types of dental appliances, there are advantages and disadvantages to each one that should be considered. Visibility The…

Hydration and Dental Health for Kids
Hydration and Dental Health for Kids

Did you know hydration and dental health are connected? When kids drink water they are helping improve their own oral health. Drinking water does a lot more than keeping your child hydrated. It can also help to promote good dental health. Dr. Shiva Basir states that fluoridated water, in particular, has numerous benefits for your teeth. Here are a few…

Can an Orthodontist Correct a Deep Bite
Can an Orthodontist Correct a Deep Bite

Causes of a Deep Bite The definition of a deep bite or overbite is a malocclusion in which the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth when the mouth is closed. A shorter lower jaw is usually the cause., However, missing lower teeth or unusually strong biting muscles caused by clenching or grinding the teeth can also be the…

Types of Malocclusion Explained
Types of Malocclusion Explained

Malocclusion is a medical term used to misalignment of teeth which can lead to oral complications such as overcrowding, overbite, crossbite, and underbite. Upper East Side Orthodontics explains the different types of malocclusions as follows: Overcrowding – This is the most popular form of malocclusions especially in adults. It refers to the crowding of teeth due to insufficient space. This…

Are Tooth Whitening Products Child Appropriate?
Are Tooth Whitening Products Child Appropriate?

Teeth-whitening products have become extremely popular in recent years, but are they safe for your children to use? Most dentists, including your New York dentist, Dr. Shiva Basir, recommend that no whitening products be used on your children until they reach the age of 14. By then, all baby teeth are gone, and adult teeth have fully emerged. Teeth-whitening programs…

Open Bite: What It Is and How It’s Fixed
Open Bite: What It Is and How It’s Fixed

Many people have upper and lower teeth that come together in a way that leaves space between the two sets of teeth when the bite is closed. This condition is commonly called an open bite or malocclusion. An open bite is often the result of childhood habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting which involves pushing the tongue through the…