Blog Archive

Do Mouthguards Actually Work? Apr 12th, 2021

The right sports equipment can protect your child from injury and enhance their performance. While the need for helmets, padding, and proper footwear may be obvious, it can be easy to overlook the need for a mouthguard.  A mouthguard is a flexible, removable dental appliance. It’s designed to fit over...

Complications of Crooked Teeth Mar 9th, 2021

Whether your crooked teeth occurred as a result of genetics, a facial injury, or poor childhood habits, such as thumb sucking, you can benefit from orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile. In addition to improving your appearance, a corrected smile can help protect your dental and overall health. In this...

Why You Shouldn’t Slack Off Wearing Your Retainer Feb 9th, 2021

Whether you achieve your perfect smile with metal braces, Invisalign® clear aligners, or Damon Clear® self-ligating braces, you’ll likely have to wear a retainer to preserve your results for lifelong benefits.  While it may be disappointing to hear that you have to continue wearing an oral appliance after completing active...

What is the Best Age to Start Orthodontic Treatment? Jan 7th, 2021

For some patients, orthodontic treatment may be appropriate as they’re beginning elementary school. For others, the right timing may be closer to the start of high school. The appropriate time to start orthodontic treatment isn’t based on a specific age. Instead, it depends on the type of problem that exists...

Understanding Your Options for Whitening Your Teeth Dec 2nd, 2020

Whiter, brighter teeth are associated with youth, health, and attractiveness. Having a dazzling smile can leave a good first impression.  If stained, yellow, or dull teeth make you feel self-conscious about opening your mouth to smile or speak, you may benefit from teeth whitening treatments. But while you may have...

Why Invisalign Might Be the Right Choice for You Nov 6th, 2020

Invisalign® has successfully transformed the smiles of more than 8 million patients of all ages. One of the reasons it’s so popular is because the Invisalign system uses clear, removable aligners. That's right: There are no metal brackets or wires.  In this blog, Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, at Forest Hills Orthodontic...

Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Mouthguard Oct 18th, 2020

A custom mouthguard that fits snugly to the contours of your mouth can help maintain the health and structure of your teeth. These oral devices can make the difference between preserving your natural teeth and requiring tooth repairs and replacements for broken or missing teeth. They can also help position...

Back to School: Time for Your Child's Annual Dental Exam Sep 7th, 2020

The back-to-school season is the best time to schedule an annual dental exam for your child. An exam can keep your child from losing valuable school time due to pain or infection from tooth decay or gum disease.  Despite the dental industry’s attempts to emphasize the importance of annual dental...

Are You a Candidate for a Damon Smile? Aug 12th, 2020

Having misaligned teeth can cause functional problems when you eat and speak. It can also result in low-self esteem about your appearance. However, many people endure these consequences instead of dealing with unattractive and uncomfortable metal braces. It’s estimated that up to 75% of people could benefit from orthodontic treatment....

Foods That Promote Oral Health Jul 19th, 2020

There’s more to oral health than brushing and flossing your teeth. Avoiding foods that can cause tooth decay, erode your enamel, and stain your teeth can help your smile stay clean and healthy.  While cutting out foods and drinks, such as candy and caffeine, can help prevent dental diseases, you...

When Is Your Child Ready for Braces? Jun 24th, 2020

Since children develop at different rates, there’s no set age for them to begin orthodontic treatment with braces. While some conditions are better treated when all of your child’s permanent teeth are in place, early treatment when some of your child’s baby teeth are still present can prevent some conditions...

5 Brushing Habits You Should Pick Up May 29th, 2020

You can reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease by following the recommendation of the American Dental Association (ADA) to brush your teeth twice a day. However, using the wrong toothbrush, brushing too hard, or applying improper technique can counter the benefits of regular brushing and lead to...

Braces, Invisalign, or Damon Clear? Which Option is Right for You? Mar 4th, 2020

Whether you’re ready to correct your imperfect smile or are considering treatment for your child, you’ll find that orthodontic care involves a choice of treatment options. Advances in dental technology have resulted in orthodontic appliances that achieve great results with less embarrassment, discomfort, and treatment time than in the past....

Why Your Child’s Sports Equipment Should Include a Custom Mouthguard Feb 1st, 2020

Fitting your child with the right sports equipment can enhance their performance and protect them from injuries. While the right shoes, padding, or helmet can provide protection for their feet, chest, and head, many parents overlook custom mouthguards. However, there’s proof that this protective device deserves serious consideration. According to...

Does Your Dad Snore? You Might Be At Risk For Sleep Apnea Jan 1st, 2020

Has someone ever told you that you have your mom’s eyes or your dad’s nose? How about their sleep apnea? Millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and many leave their condition untreated or don’t even know they have it. If sleep apnea runs in your family, you could be...

Why You Can't Get Rid of Yellow Teeth by Brushing Alone Dec 1st, 2019

Are yellow teeth causing your smile to lose its glimmer and charm? If so, brushing alone won't help. Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, of Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates, can help you restore your smile with professional teeth whitening. Read on to learn more about the main causes of yellow teeth and why...

Why You Should See a Dentist for Your Achy Jaw Nov 1st, 2019

Whether your jaw suddenly started hurting or the pain’s slowly gotten worse, you don’t have to live with the pain. Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, at Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates in Forest Hills, New York, can help you get to the bottom of your jaw pain and recommend an appropriate treatment strategy. ...

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Oct 1st, 2019

Crooked teeth can make you feel self-conscious when you smile or speak. And while straightening your teeth can boost your confidence, it can also improve the function of your mouth and reduce your risk for developing diseases that can affect your mouth and overall well-being.  Having crooked teeth isn’t a...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign Trays Sep 1st, 2019

If you’ve got Invisalign®, you’re probably excited about all the benefits it offers compared to traditional orthodontics, like a virtually invisible design and a simpler and faster treatment process for most patients. With Invisalign, you can even eat the foods you want — hello, corn on the cob! What you...

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening Aug 1st, 2019

If you could spend just one hour a day significantly improving the way you look for months — even a year or more — would you do it? For most people, the answer is a resounding yes — and that’s a big reason why professional teeth whitening treatments are so...

It’s Not Just Snoring: Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Sleep Apnea Jul 3rd, 2019

If someone has told you that you snore loudly, a lot, you may have sleep apnea; it’s a sleep disorder that disrupts your breathing often throughout the night.  Sleep apnea prevents you from getting a good night’s rest, as it briefly snaps you awake each time you stop breathing. You...

What Kinds of Sports Require a Mouthguard? Jun 1st, 2019

Over the years, you put plenty of time and expense into your smile, whether you’ve merely gone for your regular checkups, or had additional work, including braces, whitening, veneers, or crowns. When you’re also involved in a sport, it makes sense to protect your investment. After all, your teeth are...

Your Migraines Might Be Caused By TMJ May 1st, 2019

Migraines are pretty common, but many people don’t know that they might actually need to see a dentist to get some relief. One in 10 people, from children to adults, experience migraine pain. Those painful migraines could be caused by TMJ disorder, a condition that causes your temporomandibular joints (TMJs)...

Damon Smile: The Less Invasive Way to Straighter Teeth Apr 2nd, 2019

A beautiful smile is one of the best ways to make a lasting impression. Straight teeth and a gorgeous smile are not just for vanity’s sake. Teeth that are aligned as they should be, and an even bite, contribute to your ongoing dental health. Straight, aligned teeth are much easier...

What You Should Know If You Are Choosing Between Invisalign® and Braces Mar 1st, 2019

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a busy professional, or even a teenager, we all want to be confident about our smiles. But many of us need help correcting embarrassing issues, such as crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and gaps. Two popular methods dentists use to straighten teeth are Invisalign® and braces....

The Major Effects Sleep Apnea Can Have On Your Health Feb 6th, 2019

Just ask any couple if their partner snores and you’re bound to hear weary confirmation from one partner or the other — often both. In fact, there are approximately 90 million snorers in the United States. In addition to disturbing the peace at home, these men and women may be...

What Happens to Your Teeth If You Don’t Wear Your Retainer as Prescribed Jan 11th, 2019

You, or your child, have sacrificed a lot for your perfect teeth. Time, money, discomfort, and giving up certain foods you enjoyed were all part of your journey to a beautiful smile. Just about the time you thought your braces were never coming off, they’re gone, and in their place,...

Holiday Parties and Photos: The Perfect Excuse to Get Your Teeth Professionally Whitened Dec 7th, 2018

The holidays are the perfect time to put on your best and shine like never before. After all, you’re sure to see family and friends you haven’t seen all year and capture those precious moments in pictures. Work parties, neighborhood gatherings, and family celebrations abound during the holidays. With your...

TMJ Is More Common Than You Think: Learn the Symptoms Nov 13th, 2018

Your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ, for short) connects your lower jaw to your skull. Without it, none of us would be able to speak, eat, or open our mouths! In this sense, the TMJ is really an essential part of our anatomy, but sometimes things can go wrong. When they do,...

Should Your Child Wear a Mouthguard for Sports? Oct 19th, 2018

As a parent, you’ve probably gotten used to your kids losing their teeth. First, they wiggle, then they wobble back and forth, and before you know it you’re digging through your wallet to make sure the tooth fairy has enough to leave under their pillow.At least that’s the way it’s...

5 Reasons You Should Not Procrastinate Treating Your Sleep Apnea Sep 27th, 2018

Sleep Apnea is that unnerving condition when your breathing stops and starts again during sleep. The gap between stopping and starting again can seem interminable to a listener. In severe cases, it can be challenging to share a bed with a sleep apnea sufferer. At Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates, we...

How Long Will My Invisalign Treatment Take? Aug 23rd, 2018

When celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Justin Bieber sought to correct their smile flaws, they turned to Invisalign®, avoiding the unsightly appearance of a mouthful of metal, pain, and dietary restrictions that accompany traditional braces. You too can get a Hollywood smile without the hassle of old-school brackets and...