Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

What to Expect from Invisalign Treatment

Whether you have just started your Invisalign treatment or you are nearing the end, you will be amazed at the results you receive. Invisalign is one of the leading treatments in straightening teeth and restoring proper mouth function. At the end of your Invisalign treatment you will notice not only straighter teeth, but a more confident feeling in yourself and your brand new smile.

Straighter Teeth

Invisalign is the perfect orthodontic choice if you have overcrowded, widely-gapped, or crooked teeth. With the plastic aligners custom-molded to your teeth, your smile will become straighter within a matter of months. With advancing technology, Invisalign can even correct most bite issues that patients may have.

Healthier Teeth

Due to having straighter teeth, your dental hygiene should also improve. Straighter, evenly-spaced teeth tend to have healthier gums. It becomes easier to floss daily because the teeth are correctly spaced. With crooked or unevenly-gapped teeth, flossing and teeth brushing becomes more difficult, and infections and tooth decay can set in. Once you have finished your Invisalign treatment, you should be able to improve your daily oral care and thus your oral health.

More Confidence

One of the biggest benefits you will find after your Invisalign treatment is the rise in your self-confidence and self-esteem. Many people with crooked teeth refrain from smiling or speaking because they feel embarrassed about their teeth. Once you finish wearing your Invisalign plastic aligners, typically after a year or so, your confidence will begin to grow. Your teeth will be straighter, and you will be more than happy to speak and smile again without any difficulty or embarrassment.

Trust Dr. Charles Marks with your Invisalign treatment near New York. We pride ourselves on restoring our patients’ smiles with Invisalign, dental implants, and other forms of restorative and cosmetic dentistry. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your Invisalign consultation, then please visit us online or call us at 212-279-1232.



Foods to Eat for a Whiter Smile

There are a few different teeth whitening options that you can find at the drugstore or in your dentist’s office. All of these procedures and kits are very effective, but what if you could keep your teeth looking bright by eating certain foods? Continue reading for a look at some foods that will keep your body and mouth healthy.

Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

In addition to the many vitamins and nutrients you will gain by eating fruits and vegetables, these same foods act as natural enamel polishers and stain removers. When you eat apples, carrots, broccoli, and other crunchy foods, they act as mild abrasives that scrape plaque and bacteria off of the tooth’s surface. As you eat these fruits and vegetables, your teeth may become brighter and surface stains may decrease in color and size.

Dairy Products

Certain dairy products—like cheese, milk, and yogurt—offer calcium, protein, and lactic acid to strengthen and whiten your teeth. Calcium is a mineral that fortifies your bones and tooth enamel, making the enamel stronger against tooth decay and acid-producing bacteria. Lactic acid is naturally produced from dairy and strenuous exercise. It is believed that lactic acid can help whiten tooth enamel and remove surface stains.

Onions

It may seem surprising that raw onions can brighten teeth, but the sulfuric compounds found in these vegetables helps prevent plaque from building on your teeth. Even though you may not like your breath after eating raw onions, you may start to notice a brighter smile. You are also likelier to brush your teeth or use a mouth rinse after eating a raw onion, and both of these actions help prevent plaque and bacteria from building up on your teeth and gums.

If you are interested in different teeth whitening procedures, call Dr. Charles Marks’ office at 212-279-1232. We offer many forms of cosmetic dentistry, including veneers, bonding, and teeth whitening near New York. Please give us a call right away to schedule your next dental exam or teeth whitening session.



Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis

Unfortunately, gingivitis is a common occurrence in today’s society. Periodontitis is quickly becoming just as prevalent. Dentists, periodontists, and hygienists are constantly educating patients on proper dental care to help prevent gingivitis before it can become periodontitis. Gingivitis is the precursor to periodontitis, also known as gum disease. It is usually accompanied by swollen and red gums that may bleed while brushing your teeth. Gingivitis can cause discomfort in the gums, especially as it worsens. Thankfully, gingivitis can be reversed with daily preventative care, such as flossing, teeth brushing, and regular teeth cleanings with your dentist. Periodontitis is the advanced form of gum disease. Pockets of infection and bacteria usually gather under the gums and around the teeth. The gums may also recede, causing the teeth roots to become exposed. Periodontitis cannot be reversed, but it can be managed with deep teeth cleaning procedures, oral surgery, and tissue grafts.

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Come down to Dr. Charles Marks’ office for preventative care in New York. We can help you reverse gingivitis and manage periodontitis with our experts in general dentistry. Please call (212) 279-1232 to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.



Get a Before and After Look at Dental Crown Treatment

Dental crowns are part of the building blocks of restorative and cosmetic dentistry. This essential restorative appliance is used by dentists to cover a root canal, fill in tooth gaps, and renew patients’ smiles.

As you can see in the short video, the young woman chose dental crowns to fill in the large gaps between her teeth. The two procedures she underwent were painless. Her dentist shaved down her top teeth a little to allow the custom-made crowns to fit better. He also used a tooth-colored bonding material to fill in the smaller gaps on her bottom teeth. Now, the woman can smile and laugh without embarrassment.

Are you interested in learning how dental crowns in New York can benefit you? Dr. Charles Marks and his colleagues can help find you the best restorative option once you call us at (212) 279-1232.



Tips for Adjusting to Your First Week of Invisalign Treatment

Similar to a plastic mouth guard, Invisalign aligners are custom-made to your mouth to slowly shift your teeth into a different place. If you have just received your first aligner, or you are curious, continue reading for some easy tips to help you adjust during your first week of Invisalign.

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Tip #1: Start Your Invisalign Treatment Before Bedtime

On the first day of your Invisalign treatment—and every time you switch to a new aligner—try wearing the aligner at bedtime. The first time you put in your new aligner, you may experience discomfort and soreness. By starting the treatment at bedtime, you can sleep through those first hours of discomfort.

Tip #2: Use a Mild Pain Reliever to Ease Discomfort

Consult your dentist and/or medical doctor before beginning any sort of medication, even an over-the-counter pain reliever. Your dentist can suggest the correct dosage to help manage pain and bring down any swelling.

Tip #3: Consider Eating Softer Foods at First

During that first week, your teeth and gums might be sore. You may notice it even more when you eat, so keep your food on the softer side during this adjustment period. Do not let your nutrition suffer, though. Drink protein drinks, if you cannot eat meat at first. Cut up foods if necessary to chew directly with your back molars, which may not be as sore.

Tip #4: Keep a Plastic Container Around

Your aligners need to be in place for more than 20 hours a day, so you want to keep them in your mouth at all times when not eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. However, when you do take your aligners out, be sure that you keep the plastic container with you. This will help you remember your aligners during this adjustment period so you do not lose them.

Whether you are interested or you already have Invisalign near New York, be sure to call Dr. Charles Marks for all of your questions about cosmetic dentistry. We are available to answer your call at (212) 279-1232.


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347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

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