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Fun way to add color to your braces with the Paint Your Smile app!

Fun way to add color to your braces with the Paint Your Smile app!

In the past, getting braces used to be a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness for kids and teens. But nowadays, it’s anything but. Especially with the introduction of Invisalign Teen® clear aligners, more and more young people have not only gotten past their inhibitions about their smile— they are embracing their “work-in-progress” look. In fact, a bunch of new apps have been developed to encourage kids to have fun with their braces. One in particular is 3M’s Paint Your Smile app.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the app on your phone. Just search “paintyoursmile.”

2. Once you open the app, you’ll be asked to choose one of these options:

  •  Take a picture
  •  Choose a photo from the camera roll
  •  Select your three favorite color combinations
  1. You’ll then get to see your braces adorned with your three favorite colors in the photo.
  1. You have the option to then share the photo on social media or just with friends and family.

You can also go to www.paintmysmile.com to do a trial run with other people’s photos.

Fun! It’s just another way to add color to your life and “embrace” your braces in a whole new way.

Share your “Paint Your Smile” Photo with us!

Just paste it in the comment field below for the whole extended Amazing Smiles family to enjoy.

 

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Fast track to an amazing smile: AcceleDent

Fast track to an amazing smile: AcceleDent

If you’re looking for the fastest way to the most amazing smile, the AcceleDent orthodontics teeth straightening process may be a smart option. I’ve been using AcceleDent orthodontics on my patients for the past six months and I’m thrilled with the results. I see more predictable movements, even with stubborn teeth. And my patients report that wearing the AcceleDent device is “very relaxing.” Some say it even feels like their teeth “are being massaged.” Wow!

The best part is that I am able to progress to the next set of aligners within one week, as opposed to two weeks without AcceleDent use. This means that it significantly decreases treatment time. That’s important to my patients.

AcceleDent is a class II medical device used in concert with braces or aligners to move teeth up to twice as quickly.  Safe, easy-to-use, light-weight and hands-free, AcceleDent is clinically proven. Cleared by the the U.S. FDA in 2009, AcceleDent is only available by prescription from an orthodontist.

Here is how AcceleDent works

Patients bite gently on the mouthpiece for 20 minutes each day. They apply it right over and around their existing braces and aligners. The device emits a gentle pulsation to stimulate (and speed up) the movement of your teeth. These tiny vibrations are called “micropulses” and make up AcceleDent’s unique SoftPulse Technology.® These micropulses exert far less force than a power toothbrush. The process is guided by your orthodontist.

Faster tooth movement may decrease the duration of your orthodontic treatment with fixed braces or clear aligners such as Invisalign and Invisalign Teen®. It may also help to make your orthodontics more comfortable.

Who Is eligible?

Most patients who already have braces or aligners and who have a healthy bone structure are candidates for AcceleDent. If you are considering getting your teeth straightened but don’t know what treatment plan is best, come in for a consultation. We’ll give you an assessment of your oral and facial functions, photographs of the interior of your mouth, X-rays and dental impressions to determine your bite and prepare models for the teeth.

Benefits of AcceleDent

  • Shortened time to straighten teeth—up to half the time!
  • Less discomfort (some even like the feeling)
  • Fewer orthodontics visits overall, as treatment time will be lessened
  • Reduced chance of calcification (calcium deposits on your teeth).

60-day guarantee refund

AcceleDent is currently running a 60-day money back satisfaction guarantee. If you are not happy with AcceleDent or your progress, bring it back for a full refund. 

Let’s get you on the fast track for an amazing smile. With locations in Mill Basin, Brooklyn; Forest Hills and Rosedale, Queens; and Cedarhurst, Long Island, we are at your service— and convenience. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for orthodontics and/or AcceleDent. For a faster response, call us at 718-275-3200.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can you guess who is behind these famous smiles?

Can you guess who is behind these famous smiles?

Guess 5 correctly to receive $500 off Invisalign and Invisalign Teen®

Few things disarm others more than a winning smile. Here’s our roundup of some of today’s most famous smiles. Can you guess whose they are?

Since our goal is to increase the smile power across Brooklyn, Forest Hills, Rosedale and Cedarhurst, we will give you a $500 discount on your Invisalign and Invisalign Teen® treatment (America’s favorite teeth straightening method) if you make at least five correct guesses from the eight below.

Simply email your answers (1 through 8) to doctor@doctorinvisalign.com by Friday, September 2, 2016. If you guess five correctly we’ll notify you to schedule your FREE consultation.

Simply match these names: Will Smith, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Rhianna, Julia Roberts, Miley Cyrus, President Obama, Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge)

 

With these photos:

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TaylorSwift

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Are you ready to have an amazing smile? Send us an email with your answers above (numbered 1 through 8), and with five correct answers you will be awarded $500 off your Invisalign Treatment.

Email doctor@doctorinvisalign.com today!

About Amazing Smiles: Established in 1980 , Amazing Smiles Orthodontics is a leading provider of Invisalign for adults, as well as Invisalign Teen™ for young adults. As a Top 1% provider nationwide, we’re your first choice in clear braces. With our state-of-the-art technology and friendly, efficient service, we make it easy for you to get the smile you’ve always wanted. Dr. Irving Eckstein and Dr. Azariy Yusupov have more than 40 years of combined orthodontics experience. With offices in Forest Hills, Rosedale, Cedarhurst and Brooklyn, we are conveniently located and ready to serve.

About Invisalign: Invisalign Teen is a smart choice for young people who want straighter teeth and a nicer smile— but who don’t want the clunky appearance and other restrictions that can come with metal braces. Invisalign® consists of clear, removable aligners that are tailor-made for teens. Each set of aligners is replaced with a new set every two weeks. Gradually teeth begin moving in place. Invisalign can effectively treat mild to severe issues, including overbites and underbites, teeth overcrowding and gaps between teeth. At Amazing Smiles Orthodontics, we can treat most people requesting Invisalign, teens and/or adults.

Invisalign is considerably less obtrusive and noticeable than metal braces. Also, the aligners are generally more comfortable and less irritating than metal wires and brackets. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you can also play sports without worrying if you get hit in the mouth— which can cause real damage to braces. Also, there are no food restrictions with Invisalign since you can remove the aligners before eating; just be sure to immediately replace them when finished. The removable aligners also make it easy to brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.

 

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Free X-rays, $500 Discount and Other Reasons to Straighten Your Teeth This Summer

Free X-rays, $500 Discount and Other Reasons to Straighten Your Teeth This Summer

If you’ve been thinking about getting your teeth straightened and your smile optimized, there is no better time than summer—meaning right NOW— to finally do it. Consider our top 5 reasons to stop procrastinating and see your favorite orthodontist for a consultation:

  1. Time of “transformation” for students. For students between school years, there’s simply no better time to “transform” than during the summer. You have the time, the space, and freedom to grow into the next best version of yourself. It’s the time students are most likely to change their look, their wardrobe and their mindset. It’s also the best time to straighten your teeth—  whether it’s through Invisalign Teen, The Damon System or other options.
  1. Time of “self care” for adults. Things slow down just enough in the summertime to catch your breath and sink into yourself, your needs, your wants. Just as it is for teens, summer is the most popular time to “beautify,” get in shape and get your looks on track again, especially if you’ve been too frazzled with a demanding schedule earlier in the year.
  1. Best time to develop a new “habit.” It’s easier to adopt new habits and go for treatments when you feel less rushed and pressured. Most people have a more relaxed schedule in the summer and are better able to get used to wearing aligners and appliances that help with bite modification (also known as ‘Interceptive Treatment Phase 1).
  1. Exclusive summertime special: Free consultation and x-rays at any Amazing Smiles location to determine if Invisalign or the Damon System is right for you.
  1. Exclusive summertime discount: $500 off Invisalign or the Damon System for you or your child when you start treatment before Monday, September 5, 2016 (Labor Day)

Schedule your FREE consultation and x-rays today

With our state-of-the-art technology, you are assured of the most comfortable and efficient processes available. As Super Elite Top 1% Invisalign providers, we also have the distinction of being recognized for our expertise throughout the industry.

Start the summer off right; schedule your free orthodontic consultation today. With offices in Mill Basin, Brooklyn; Forest Hills and Rosedale, Queens; and Cedarhurst, Long Island, we are conveniently located near you.

Call 718-275-3200 and let’s kick off this summer properly.

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Invisalign Teen and Invisalign Discount: Giving Mom two reasons to smile this Mother’s Day

Invisalign Teen and Invisalign Discount:  Giving Mom two reasons to smile this Mother’s Day

As an orthodontist, I meet a lot of moms who bring their kids in for Invisalign Teen treatments and consultations, or who themselves are getting their teeth straightened. Many confide that when their child doesn’t feel good about his or her appearance it affects every other area of their lives— which is what ultimately leads them to my office.

They tell me they want their kids to have a strong sense of self-esteem and not be attached to what others think and say about them; yet, as mothers, they bear witness to some unfortunate realities such as teen bullying and hearing that their children have been taunted for looking different, not fitting in, or having low confidence.

This is consistent with mounting research I have seen over the years. For example, in a study recently released by Align Technologies (makers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen), over two thousand mothers where interviewed about whether their teens have it “tougher” than they did growing up. Resoundingly they said yes, with 64% saying it’s more challenging for them to feel safe at school, and 61% saying they are more likely to have to deal with bullies.

So this Mother’s Day I want to give moms across Brooklyn, Cedarhurst, Forest Hills and Rosedale one less thing to worry about. Amazing Smiles is offering Invisalgin Teen at an affordable, discounted price with $500 off when you commit to a treatment plan for your teen from now until June 1, 2016. And $750 off of Invisalign for mothers who wish to get their teeth straightened as well. No need to worry about quality of care either; our office is a Top 1% “Elite Status” Invisalign and Clear Braces provider.

Invisalign Teen is one of the easiest, most convenient and discrete ways to straighten teeth. The clear aligners are even removable for prom photos, spare rib eating or high contact sports. And with our state-of-the-art technology, you’re assured of the most comfortable and efficient processes available. With offices in Mill Basin, Brooklyn; Forest Hills and Rosedale, Queens; and Cedarhurst, Long Island, we are conveniently located.

Schedule a consultation to learn more and reserve your discounted treatment plan. Just mention code word: BLOG. Call 718-275-3200.

Helping a child feel better about their smile and gain confidence in his or her appearance is no small thing, I can assure you. And, giving a mother one less thing to worry about is one of my greatest pleasures.

 

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What’s your smile style? Let’s shoot for amazing.

What’s your smile style? Let’s shoot for amazing.

In our last blog, we covered the power of a smile. Today I want to share some interesting facts about smiling, and my own observations about the ‘smile styles’ I see around Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island.

Through the years, I’ve come across fascinating studies— including how the width and style of a person’s smile in old school photos is a predictor of how happy that person will be in their marriage.* Or, how the length of a teenager’s grin correlates to how much money he or she will earn in the future. There was even one study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (1988) that revealed something of a different nature: that those of privilege and power smiled the widest, but only when they felt like smiling; while those with “less social power” smiled less intensely, but more often out of cultural upbringing and obligation.

Interesting, right?

All of this begs the question: What is your smile style?

It’s fun to think about, so I’ve compiled a short list of the most popular styles that I see on a daily basis. Each one of them is beautiful in their own way— but only when they are genuine.

Hollywood Confident

Think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman or Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Full, wide, luminous— 100% confident. If you have the potential for this kind of smile but are refraining because your teeth are crooked, come into our office immediately!

Happy-Go-Lucky

This is more like Tom Hanks than Tom Cruise. More Rachel McAdams girl-next-door, than a sexy starlet. It comes with a free spirited, good-will-for-all attitude. The world can use more smiles like this one. I can help.

‘I’ve Got a Secret’ 

Mysterious and alluring. While minimal teeth show during this type of smile, it is perhaps the most intriguing of all. If this is your smile style, you may not need straighter teeth —but wouldn’t it be nice to have them just incase you are tickled?

The Optimist

Wide-eyed with bright ideas, your smile is contagious. It radiates hope, casting a spell on those around while extinguishing the doubt and pessimism of others. We all want to see more of these smiles around New York, right?

Sly Devil (Bad Boy/Girl)

Dangerous! This means trouble. This is the ex-boyfriend or girlfriend who every instinct told you to avoid… but they were too charming and charismatic to resist. Similar to the ‘I’ve got a secret smile,’ not a lot of teeth show— but when they do, don’t risk breaking the spell with crooked teeth.

Doctor Invisalign to the rescue!

How often you smile is most directly related to how happy you are and how confident you feel about your smile and your teeth. While I’m not looking to alter your smile style, I can help you optimize it to your best advantage. As an experienced orthodontist and top provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, I’ll help you uncover your most amazing smile. So schedule an appointment today, and let’s see if we agree on your signature smile style : )

With locations in Mill Basin, Brooklyn; Forest Hills and Rosedale, Queens; and Cedarhurst, Long Island, we are at your service— and convenience. Contact us today to schedule a consult with Dr Azariy. Or, for a faster response, call us at 718-275-3200.

* April 5 issue of the journal Motivation and Emotion, April 5, 2009

 

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The power of your smile— in business, romance and life

The power of your smile— in business, romance and life

Every salesperson knows that whether you’re in person or on the phone with a client, you’ll have increased success if you’re smiling. Smiling makes you look better and helps you project more positive energy overall. It’s where that phrase comes from— “smile in your voice.” A smile transcends your appearance. It’s like fairy dust. It’s hard to not like someone who is genuinely smiling at you, or who seems to be smiling all of the time. Let the smiles take over your Life Smiles Dentistry.

I have read studies stating that in the long run smiling can affect your health, your social life and even your outlook. There was a famous study published by Psychologist Robert Zajonic in the late 1980s that concluded people feel better after they make the smiling facial expression, even if it’s contrived.

Plus it’s reciprocal— the more you smile, the more you feel good, the more good you attract, the more you have to smile about. It’s fair to say that the quality of your life can be measured in part by how much you smile.

As an orthodontist, I can tell you firsthand how lives are transformed by an improved smile. When I say “improved,” I mean that patients say they feel more confident about their appearance so they are prone to smile wider and smile more often— revealing teeth they are proud to show off.

But what if you don’t like the way you look when you smile? What if you’re not happy with your teeth so you’ve gotten in the habit of restraining your smile… not allowing full-on unencumbered happiness to take over your face?

How might this inhibition be affecting your life?

It’s hard to say exactly, but I would venture to guess that holding back from smiling would significantly affect your life. Google ‘relation between smiling and happiness’ and read the results. You may also find that Ron Gutman makes a compelling case in his Ted Talk titled “The Hidden Power of Smiling.”

With all that said, is there anything you don’t like about your smile? Are your teeth discolored or crooked? Are they too long or too short? Too much gum… or too little? Nowadays, pretty much anything you don’t like can be altered by a dentist, periodontist or an orthodontist like myself.

It is my greatest pleasure as a professional when I’m able to give my patients straight teeth worth smiling about. There is nothing more pleasing when they come in at the end of treatment and say, “I can’t stop smiling.” For me, that’s what it’s all about. That’s when I know I’ve helped to improve more than their looks, but their quality of life as well.

Best time for an amazing smile? Right now.

If you’ve been wanting to have your teeth straightened— or if there is anything about your smile that you don’t love, come in for a FREE CONSULTATION. You’ve never had more or better treatment options, including Invisalgin— the “invisible, removable braces” that have taken the world by storm.

Amazing Smiles Orthodontics is a leading provider of Invisalgin for adults as well as Invisalign Teen™ braces. As a Super Elite Top 1% Invisalign Provider, we also have the distinction of being recognized for our expertise nationwide.

Don’t hold back another smile; schedule your FREE Invisalign consultation today at the office most convenient to you in Mill Basin, Brooklyn; Forest Hills and Rosedale, Queens; and Cedarhurst, Long Island:

Call 718-275-3200.

Our promise to you? Teeth worth smiling about.

 

 

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At the Leading Edge: Our Invisalign Elite practice proudly uses the iTero Scanner

At the Leading Edge: Our Invisalign Elite practice proudly uses the iTero Scanner

Christmas came early for us this year. Already in the Elite class Invisalign providers worldwide, Dr. Eckstein and I gifted ourselves with the iTero Scanner [Think car affeciando getting a Tesla Model S]. This sophisticated technology provides high precision digital scanning, which offers an unparalleled Invisalign patient experience. It also makes orthodontics a whole lot easier and more fun.

The iTero eliminates the need for those awkward, uncomfortable dental impressions. With a literal stroke of a wand we are able to scan all details of the gums, teeth and bite with stunning precision. Not only does this give us a more accurate digital impression, the Invisalign Outcome Simulator shows patients how their teeth will look at the end of the treatment process! How cool is that?

According to an Invisalign® study, patients had seven times fewer fit issues when aligners were created by iTero as opposed to traditional dental impressions. This precision accuracy also reduces the likelihood of having to come back to the office if the impression was off. It also saves treatment time up front, as we can send the scan to the lab with the click of a button (rather than having to ship impressions back and forth).

The iTero Scanner represents a tremendous step forward in digital dentistry. We are so proud to be able to offer Invisalign patients this level of leading-edge technology.

If you’ve been thinking about straighten your teeth and turning up your smile, there has never been a better time to see us about Invisalign.

Make 2016 a year worth smiling about

With our state-of-the-art technology, patients are assured of the most comfortable and efficient processes available. As Super Elite Top 1% Invisalign providers, we also have the distinction of being recognized for our expertise.

Start the year off right; schedule your Invisalign consultation today. With offices in Mill Basin, Brooklyn; Forest Hills and Rosedale, Queens; and Cedarhurst, Long Island, we are conveniently located.

Call 718-275-3200.

 

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Your Holiday Gift: $750 Invisalign Discount

Your Holiday Gift: $750 Invisalign Discount

Whether you want to gift yourself with a brighter smile or you wish to arrange it for someone you love this holiday season, the offices of Dr. Eckstein and Yusupov are offering a $750 discount off all Invisalign Teen and Invisalign treatment plans if you make a commitment by Thursday, December 31, 2015.

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen aligners have fast become the preferred way to straighten teeth. We use a series of virtually invisible and removable aligners that gradually straighten teeth over time. This comes with many benefits. It means you don’t have food restrictions or need to worry about playing sports or taking part in other activities since the aligners can be removed. The best part is, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are discrete— others hardly notice you’re even wearing them.

If you already know Invisalign is for you but money is tight right now, no need to worry. We offer a range of ways for you to take advantage of our limited-time $750 Invisalign discount offer. Payment methods include:

Interest-free Installment Payments. We are pleased to offer an interest-free monthly installment plan that comes directly from your checking account or major credit card: Visa®, Mastercard®, Discover® or American Express®.

Additional 5% off when you pay in full. If you are able to pay for the full course of treatment in advance, we are happy to extend an additional 5% courtesy discount to you.

Insurance / Flexible Spending Programs. Call our office to find out if we accept your specific insurance plan, and also for instructions on how to utilize funds from your flexible spending account (FSA) for payment of your Invisalign or Invisalign Teen treatment plan.

Third Party-Financing. Our office offers several private third-party financing options. Call us to learn more.

Highest quality provider

With our $750 Invisalign discount offer there’s no better time to sign up than now. And, with our Super Elite Top 1% Invisalign Provider ranking, there’s no better place to get your treatment than right here at our offices. We are committed to your 100% satisfaction and have the experience and track record to back it up. With locations in Mill Basin, Brooklyn; Forest Hills and Rosedale, Queens; and Cedarhurst, Long Island, we are conveniently located.

Start 2016 off right. Make it the year you straightened your teeth and brightened your smile. With this limited-time discount offer, now is the time to come see us.

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Teens, social media and straight teeth

Teens, social media and straight teeth

Here’s a question for all of the parents out there: What is the right age for your child to have a smart phone? And then, a smart phone stocked up with all of the social media apps?

It seems to me that the age to engage in social media is getting younger and younger. And with it has come increasing pressure to look good. A colleague recently told me that the average teen posts about 17 selfies per month. Oy!

And what does this have to do with orthodontics? Well, I’m here to tell you that all of this means that the street value of a great smile keeps increasing. Straight teeth and a killer smile rank high on the list for looking good on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, etc. and so forth. Even in real life, straight teeth and a great smile is useful (said with a hint of sarcasm). So get with it parents! Straight teeth helps teens feel confident and comfortable in a world where, increasingly, your smile is your social media signature.

Don’t take my word for it either.

A recent Teen Confidence survey conducted by Kelton and commissioned by the makers of Invisalign Teen® clear aligners has uncovered some dramatic statistics including this one: 70% of teens surveyed are not happy with their current smile. This is particularly true of those in the 13-14 age range than in 15-17 segment.

And here’s another surprising stat:

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What to do?

Fortunately teens have several options nowadays, with the two primary choices involving metal braces or Invisalign Teen® clear aligners. And between those two choices, there is a growing momentum to go “clear.” In fact the study also reveals that 81% of current wearers of Invisalign are satisfied with the look of their teeth vs 68% of those currently wearing metal braces.

Find out if Invisalign is the right fit for your teen

Schedule a consultation today. As Super Elite Top 1% Invisalign providers, Dr. Eckstein and myself have the distinction of being recognized for the highest expertise. With locations in Mill Basin, Brooklyn; Forest Hills and Rosedale, Queens; and Cedarhurst, Long Island, we are at your service— and convenience.

While it’s never been more important to have straight teeth and a Hollywood smile, it’s never been easier either. Come in and see us!

Contact us today to schedule a consult with Dr Azariy. Or, for a faster response, call us at 718-275-3200.

 

 

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