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Composite Vs. Porcelain Veneers, What's the Difference?

Composite is essentially a reinforced plastic. With today’s technology it is much stronger and more aesthetic than ever before. However, it can... READ MORE

Porcelain Veneers Vs Dental Crowns?

Veneers are generally preferable because there is less tooth reduction. However, if a tooth does not have sufficient enamel, or is broken down, a... READ MORE

New Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

The most exciting thing I’ve come across is the perfection of bleaching and veneers. Bleaching of course brings your smile to its optimum... READ MORE

Can Veneers and Crowns Be Removed?

Crowns and veneers can always be removed. Invariably however, there is always damage to the underlying tooth structure. It is much more so with... READ MORE

Safest Ingredients in Toothpaste and Mouthwash

In toothpastes, I would avoid silica. It is abrasive and can wear away teeth structure. Calcium Peroxide is an excellent and safe whitening agent.... READ MORE

Invisalign vs Braces

Invisalign is computer generated. After very careful impressions and photos are taken, the patient is shown not only the final result but the... READ MORE

How Can I Keep my Gums Healthy?

Younger people are more prone to cavities, but once you leave your teen years behind, you become more susceptible to gum disease. The first sign of... READ MORE

Maintaining a Great Smile: Dental Hygiene Tips

I always recommend my patients to start brushing correctly. This entails placing the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle between the gum and tooth... READ MORE

How Can I Make Sure I Have a Good Dentist?

The best way to determine a good cosmetic dentist is to have seen his results on someone you know. Secondly, a good cosmetic dentist is frequently a... READ MORE

Does Invisalign Work?

Not only does it work, it functions fantastically in most situations. READ MORE