"We Love To See You Smile!"

By Rose Dental Associates
May 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you interested in getting professional teeth whitening in Albany, NY?teeth whitening

Tired of having a smile that has lost its radiance and pizzazz? Find yourself scratching your head looking at all the over-the-counter whitening products trying to figure out if any of them actually give you the results they say they do? If you are looking to get fast, effective whitening results, then put down that commercial whitening kit and turn to our Albany, NY, dentists at Rose Dental Associates.

Tell me about professional teeth whitening…

Professional teeth whitening works in much the same way as the commercial whitening products that you can get from your local pharmacy; however, the main difference is that professional teeth whitening doesn’t have to sit on teeth nearly as long in order to get the results you want. How does this happen?

Well, the whitening gel we use contains an active ingredient that is known to go through the enamel layers and break up stain molecules. The active ingredient is usually either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. While one of these active ingredients is found in over-the-counter whitening products too, there is a significantly higher concentration of this ingredient in our in-office whitening gel.

The higher concentration means that we only have to leave the gel on your teeth for a short period of time (usually no more than 15 minutes at a time) in order to get the ideal results. During the course of your in-office whitening treatment, our Albany, NY, cosmetic dentist will typically apply the gel, leave it on for several minutes, remove the gel and then repeat this process a couple more times. Once your whitening is complete, we will consult the shade guide to show you just how much whiter we were able to get your smile.

What are the benefits of getting professional whitening?

As you might be able to tell, one of the biggest benefits is that you will get visible results in a very short time frame. Those who have a special occasion coming up may need whiter results fast and can’t rely on commercial whitening products to do the trick. This is where our professional whitening system is superior. In about one hour we could get your smile five shades (or more) whiter!

Of course, if you have been whitening from home you may not realize that there are always risks, whether you are using over-the-counter products or a DIY treatment. Why not turn to our dentist who has been specially trained to whiten your smile safely without the potential risks?

The dentists at Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY, pride themselves in offering comprehensive, tailored dental care to every patient that walks through our doors. No matter whether you want to get teeth whitening or you are dealing with a dental emergency, we are there to help you.

By Rose Dental Associates
January 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Looking at the gap in your smile caused by tooth loss in the mirror everyday can be demotivating. A large gap, especially at the front, can dental implantscause you to lose confidence in your overall appearance. Don’t despair and give up on your smile—see a dentist to talk about solutions. You may be able to close the gap by getting a dental implant at Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY.

It Can Be Difficult Living with a Smile Gap
If you have recently experienced tooth loss or an extraction, you now know how distressing it can be to live with this dental issue. The gap makes it harder to eat, smile, and communicate with others in social environments. A large space in the smile also puts the rest of your teeth at risk of shifting out of place, which could create orthodontic problems.

A Dental Implant Will Fill the Gap
While some people opt for dentures, which are removable, to fill small gaps in their teeth, many patients are now interested in dental implants. A dental implant not only fills the gap above the gum line, but also the space that’s left open below the gum line. Your Albany dentist can install a dental implant and crown in about two or three appointments.

Keeping Your Implant Healthy
The process of having an implant installed (including the healing period) can take several months. Once this process is complete you’ll want to do everything possible to ensure that your implanted tooth and the rest of your mouth stays healthy. Here are a few tips for keeping your implant for as long as possible:

- Take extra care to brush and floss around the base of the implanted tooth to avoid plaque buildup.
- Get your teeth checked at least twice a year for signs of gingivitis. Ask for a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing session if necessary.
- Eat a diet rich in calcium (for healthy bone tissue), Vitamin A, C, D, and potassium.

Let a Dental Implant Close Your Smile Gap
Don’t allow too much time to pass when you have a gap due to a missing tooth. Call Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY at (518) 456-7673 today to talk about dental implants.

By Rose Dental Associates
November 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

Young children, teenagers, adults, and senior adults in your home all have different dental needs, but it can be difficult to choose an family dentistindividual dentist for each person. You may wonder if it is possible to have one dentist for the whole family. The answer is yes when you go to Rose Dental Associates, a family dentist office in Albany, NY.

The Benefits of One Family Dentist
As is the case with any medical practitioner, you want the family to get comfortable with a common dentist who understands and can treat all of your family’s dental concerns. Also, when you have one family dentist, you may be able to schedule appointments at the same time. This is particularly helpful if you have children who are nervous about going in for cleanings and treatments. You can show them how important it is to be brave when they go to the dentist for regular appointments.

Dental Treatments for the Family
Here are some of the most common dental treatments that may be recommended by your Albany family dentist for you and your loved ones:

- Kids (fluoride treatments, sealants, cavity fillings, and dental emergencies from playing sports)
- Teens (braces, fillings, individual crowns for too-small teeth)
- Adults (dental implants, crowns, veneers, Invisalign, teeth whitening, and root canal therapy for tooth decay)
- Seniors (dentures, bridges, and periodontal gum therapy to keep gum disease at bay)

Set Up a Consultation at Rose Dental Associates
You and your loved ones need a family dentist that you can all count on no matter what dental problems arise. Call (518) 456-7673 today to schedule an appointment at Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY.

By Rose Dental Associates
September 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What makes a smile truly attractive? Certainly, healthy teeth and gums top the list. Beyond, you want straight alignment, no gaps, and teeth whiteningrealistic restorations. The final component is tooth color. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that most Americans would change their tooth color--brighten it--if they could. The good news is that your Albany, NY family dentists, Dr. Robert Santoro, Dr. Champaka Lakshmi and Dr. Gila Beer at Rose Dental Associates, offer professional teeth whitening that completes the look their patients really desire.

Store-bought whitening

You can purchase an amazing variety of whitening toothpastes, strips, rinses and more at your local drugstore, shopping mall or big box store. Almost all products contain varying amounts of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. Trays and strips which apply the bleaching agent directly to teeth are the very popular.

Despite their popularity, certain problems come with unsupervised whitening methods. For example:

  • Whitening trays are not customized to fit your exact dentition, and gel can spill on sensitive gums and lips
  • Rinses allow very brief contact between your teeth and the active whitening ingredient
  • Over the counter products require weeks to change tooth color
  • You really don't know if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening unless your Albany family dentist examines them

All in all, professionally supervised whitening offers many more benefits and none of the risks of do-it-yourself products.

Professional teeth whitening

At Rose Dental Associates, your Albany family dentist gives patients with healthy teeth and gums (no decay, numerous restorations or periodontitis) two wonderful ways to achieve that dazzling, bright smile:

  • At-home whitening, accomplished with daily application of concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel via custom-made acrylic trays
  • In-office whitening, done right at the office in about an hour

Whichever method you choose, rest assured that your cosmetic treatment is safe, effective and professionally monitored. Patients also remark that the change in color is so dramatic (up to eight shades) that they wish they had opted for the treatment long ago. Lastly, professional teeth whitening is an economical enhancement when compared to porcelain veneers, direct bonding or other aesthetic services.

Keeping a smile bright

Poor oral hygiene, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, dark foods and beverages and the simple passage of time create dental stains and an overall dull and dingy appearance. Once your smile is whitened, you can maintain its bright look by:

  • Avoiding tobacco completely
  • Brushing twice a day and flossing daily as the American Dental Association recommends
  • Getting semi-annual cleanings and check-ups at Rose Dental Associates
  • Limiting foods and drinks which stain enamel (soy sauce, blueberries, coffee, black tea, colas, acidic foods)
  • Keeping tooth surfaces clean by drinking plenty of water each day
  • Getting occasional whitening touch-ups as needed

Find out more

If you have good oral health, chances are whitening could enhance your smile. To see if you qualify, contact Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Santoro, Dr. Lakshmi or Dr. Beer. Call today: (518) 456-7673.

By Rose Dental Associates
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: fillings  

Some people avoid going to see their family dentist due to general dental anxiety. Other people neglect to get the fillings that theyFillings desperately need because they're simply afraid of the way their teeth might look with metal on the surfaces. Thankfully an option for the latter concern is available for patients at Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY: you can get a tooth-colored filling after a cavity is treated.

Why Patients Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings
The industry standard in the past was to give patients metal fillings because they were long lasting and very durable. But the problem with metal fillings is that when you open your mouth to speak or laugh, they are very easy to notice. Many patients have decided to opt for tooth colored fillings instead. They are made of either white porcelain or ceramic material that closely matches the shade of your natural teeth.

A Second Chance for Your Smile
Tooth-colored fillings are similar in function and durability to amalgam metal. With this dental filling in place, you can relax knowing that your smile is protected from future cavities when you eat and drink your favorite foods or beverages. You can also relax knowing that when you smile and interact with others they will not know that you recently went to see your Albany family dentist.

Avoiding Future Cavities
The best way to give your smile a second chance is to ensure you don’t develop any more cavities in the future. Here are a few tips for how to avoid more dental concerns:

- Make brushing and flossing daily a habit, not a passing thought. Most cavities develop because bad bacteria feed on leftover food particles.
- Reduce the amount of sugary foods or candy that you eat, and if you do have a sugary treat, brush right afterwards.
- Go in for a dental examination every six months so that your dentist can inspect your smile for the beginning signs of cavities.

Make an Appointment for Tooth Colored Fillings
If you've been hesitating to have a cavity filled because you're afraid of how it will look, ask your family dentist about tooth-colored fillings. Call (518) 456-7673 today to schedule an appointment at Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY.

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