Cosmetic Dentistry Blog of Dr Sussman & Pogal

Providing better smiles to Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport & Nearby Areas of New York

September 21, 2017

Porcelain veneers RochesterVeneers make it possible to have the glamorous, gorgeous smile of your dreams. With porcelain veneers, natural tooth flaws are concealed and a luminous, attractive tooth surface is created. Want to know if they'll work for you? To schedule a free consultation with our experienced dentists in Rochester, NY, please call the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal, at 585-270-6661.

What They Can Do

Porcelain veneers fix a wide range of dental issues:

  • Stains
  • Discoloration
  • Yellow tint
  • Chips
  • Worn edges
  • Undesirable shape
  • Undesirable length

They are capable of addressing so many problems because they work by concealing the entire front surface of the tooth. Essentially a new, flawless tooth surface is created when the veneer is placed over the tooth. 

Lumineers®: What Are They?

Lumineers® are a specific brand of veneers. They are different in terms of their thinness. They require less preparation of your teeth because they don't need as much room to fit over the surface. Lumineers® can typically be placed in a shorter amount of time and are often reversible, if you decide you no longer want veneers at some point. They are often less expensive than other porcelain veneers; however, some patients like the natural, flawless appearance of conventional porcelain veneers. Ask our dentists for before and after images of other patients, so that you can get an idea of the differences between the two options.

Issues of Cost

Porcelain veneers and Lumineers® are not cheap options. These valuable restorations do come at a cost that you are probably eager to know. We can't quote exact numbers here because the final price is variable, particularly depending on what needs to be done to accomplish your smile goals.

When you visit us for your initial consultation, you'll meet with the dentist. They will examine your teeth and mouth, and listen to you describe what you would like to change. Once they have explained their recommendations for veneers or other treatments, our office will provide you with a cost estimate.

If you are interested in financing your veneers, we do offer payment options. We accept financing plans from a few different lending companies. When you visit us for your consultation, we can walk you through the process of applying for one of these plans, if you are interested. We also accept cash, check, money order and credit cards.

Your Free Consultation

Not sure whether veneers are the right fit for you? Schedule a FREE consultation to find out! Our dentists and our team look forward to meeting you. After talking with you and looking at your teeth, the dentist can determine if veneers are capable of achieving the results you want. They'll also let you know if there are any other treatment options. We are ready to provide the clear information you need in order to make decisions about your care.

Our dentistry practice is located in Rochester, New York. We proudly care for patients from across the area, including Webster, Greece and Fairport. 

September 12, 2017

Many people experience fear, anxiety and nervousness about going to the dentist. It may be due to a bad dental experience in your past, or the simple fact that you feel uncomfortable at the dental office. Whatever the cause, our experienced dentists offer safe, effective oral sedation so that you can relax and get the dental care you need. To learn more, please call our Rochester office at 585-270-6661.

August 23, 2017

Dental veneers and dental bonding can both be great options for fixing teeth problems, however they are quite different. Veneers are made of porcelain. Bonding is a tooth-colored resin. Veneers are exceptionally strong and will last much longer than bonding. Veneers are also more versatile. They can conceal multiple tooth problems at once. Bonding is better-suited to minor cosmetic issues.

Want to learn more? To arrange a consultation with our experienced dentists in Rochester, NY, please call 585-270-6661.

August 14, 2017

Special ZOOM whitening rebate in Rochester NYWould you love to have whiter, brighter teeth but are waiting for a special discount? Now is your chance! In Rochester, the experienced dentists at our office are promoting a $180 rebate for Zoom teeth whitening. Ask our office how to take advantage. This special offer is valid for the month of August, 2017, with the potential to extend into future months. Call our office for more details.

When you choose our practice not only can you take advantage of this rebate, you'll also receive whitening gel you can take home with you. Using this gel, you can touch up your results at home, extending the longevity of your results.

The Zoom whitening system is really the right way to go. It allows you to have your teeth whitened to the shade of your choice (up to 8 shades whiter) in a single 1-hour appointment. You'll walk out of our office with a bright, gorgeous smile. These immediate results can be deeply gratifying and provide a definite lift in self-confidence.

With Zoom in-office whitening, not only is the treatment fast, but it's also safe, effective and painless. You'll wear a rubber mouthpiece to protect your lips and gums. Then the LED device is aimed at your teeth, just like when the dental hygienist aims the x-ray machine at your teeth for your routine bite wings.

To take advantage of this special teeth whitening price, please call our experienced staff at 585-270-6661 to arrange your appointment. We are located in Rochester, New York, and our patients visit us from all over, including from Webster, Greece and Fairport.

August 09, 2017

A smile makeover is a comprehensive approach to rejuvenating your smile. Instead of addressing one or two aspects of your teeth, a smile makeover addresses each and every dental goal you have. If you are unhappy with the way your teeth and smile look, or even the appearance of your gums, then a smile makeover may be right for you. Our experienced cosmetic dentists in Rochester can help you decide. At our dental practice, we have seen the life-changing positive effect a smile makeover can have. A renewal of self-confidence and self-esteem is a common result of this type of dentistry. To arrange a consultation at our office, please complete the form on this page or call our staff at 585-270-6661.

July 26, 2017

Dentures and dental implants are both means of replacing missing teeth. Traditionally, dentures are placed over the gums, and removed every night before bedtime. Dental implants are small, titanium posts designed to replicate a tooth root. They are implanted in the boney ridge beneath your teeth. To replace the upper, visible portion of tooth, one of three restorations may be used on top of the dental implant: a tooth crown, dentures or a dental bridge. Some of these options are fixed and non-removable, although dentures can be designed to snap on and off of dental implants, if you want a removable restoration.

The best way to decide which tooth replacement is right for you is to arm yourself with information. The experienced dentists at our Rochester, NY, office are personally committed to getting you the information you need. After meeting with you and examining your teeth, we can discuss each and every option available to you. To arrange a FREE consultation, please call our staff at 585-270-6661.

July 20, 2017

Temporomandibular joint disorder, called "TMJ," can cause a variety of painful symptoms, including chronic headaches and facial soreness. At the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal, we offer real-world solutions for this common dental problem. Unfortunately, TMJ often goes undiagnosed. General pain is difficult for non-dental professionals to connect to TMJ. Headache treatments may be recommended to you, but these won't get at the actual cause of your symptoms.

Our experienced dentists first determine the most relaxed, ideal position of your bite and jaws. Then we create a customized orthotic device that holds the jaw in that position, thereby relieving tension, stress and exertion on the TMJ. A misaligned bite can cause strain in these joints, which could be causing your symptoms.

If you live in Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport or any of the surrounding areas and are ready to find effective relief for your TMJ symptoms, please call our experienced staff at 585-270-6661.

July 13, 2017

Enamel erosion treatment in RochesterEnamel is the outer coating of your teeth. It's very hard, and it protects the dentin beneath. Even though enamel is strong, it's possible for it to erode. Worn enamel leaves your teeth vulnerable to sensitivity and decay.

Here are some of the most common causes of enamel erosion:

  • Soda and other carbonated drinks
  • Carbonated water
  • Fruit juice
  • Forceful brushing
  • Teeth grinding
  • Chronic dry mouth

Acids present in citrus, carbonated beverages and fruit juices wear away enamel over time. But erosion can also be caused by physical forces such as abrasion and teeth clenching. Certain medications can also corrode enamel. The eating disorder bulimia is another cause.

Depending on the extent to which your enamel has eroded, you may be able to prevent further damage, or you may require one of the following restorations to protect the teeth:

  • Tooth crowns
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Tooth bonding

You can't really re-grow tooth enamel after it has been stripped away. But the tooth restorations above can re-build the tooth and protect it from further damage. To prevent enamel erosion, consider the following tips:

  • Use light, gentle pressure when you brush your teeth
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Cut back on or eliminate soda and fruit juices from your diet (alternatively, use a straw when drinking these beverages to prevent the liquid from touching your teeth)
  • Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production, which contains minerals that strengthen your teeth

Rely on our dentists to solve your dental health problems. Schedule an appointment with us today if you suspect your enamel may be eroded or if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity for some reason. Please call our Rochester, NY office at 585-270-6661.

June 20, 2017

Various types of braces offer the orthodontic patient more options than ever before. While teens and children still tend to prefer colorful rubber bands and traditional braces, adults may opt for tooth-colored brackets or Invisalign®. Whatever your preference, the experienced dentists at the practice of Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal can help you find the right treatment to improve your bite and your smile.

To arrange a consultation, please call 585-270-6661. We proudly care for people from Rochester, Webster, Greece, Fairport and surrounding areas in New York.

June 14, 2017

Dental implant care in Rochester NYOnce your dental implants have healed, you'll be able to fully enjoy the benefits of these outstanding tooth replacements. Chewing, speaking and smiling will feel as comfortable and natural as before you lost teeth. Caring for your dental implants long-term is also easy, as long as you practice proper dental hygiene.

The following are care tips for your dental implants:

  • Brush at least twice a day. There is no need to brush more often with dental implants, or to use a different type of toothbrush than you do normally.
  • Don't neglect the dental implant when brushing and flossing. It's true the porcelain restoration atop the dental implant cannot decay. But the gum tissue and surrounding teeth can become infected and decayed. You must reduce plaque and food debris on all of your teeth, including on the dental implants, in order to maintain a healthy oral cavity.
  • Visit the dentist for your routine appointments. Our experienced dentists will help you maintain your dental implants for the long-term. With regular dental cleanings and exams, we ensure the cleanliness of the restoration and check for signs of any problems.

Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal are dedicated to the lasting dental wellness of each of their guests. If you are interested in dental implants, we will fill you in on all of the details. We want you to know what to expect from the treatment process as well as the long-term performance of these restorations. Our dentists will also determine if you are a good candidate for any other type of tooth replacement, so that you get the full picture of your options.

To schedule a consultation in Rochester, NY, please call 585-270-6661, or contact us by completing the form on this page.

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