Porcelain crowns


What are porcelain crowns? 

Porcelain crowns are used to completely cover a weakened, broken down, or endodontically treated tooth above the gum line to protect it. These crowns are colored and shaped to match your own teeth, and can look and feel almost exactly like a natural tooth. Today’s dental crowns are created to reflect light much in the same way your natural teeth do, giving your smile a natural, healthy look.

Crowns are a dental restoration procedure that fully cover over the portion of a tooth that lies above the gum line, when cemented into place. This is in comparison to fillings, which fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth. Because dental crowns cover the entire visible surface area of a tooth, a dental crown basically becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.

Crowns can be formed out of porcelain (a sort of dental ceramic), Zirconia (see below), a type of metal (a gold or other metal), or a combination of both.

Crowns can restored damaged teeth and are natural looking

At New York Family Dental Arts we can restore your smile with high quality dental crowns or bridges.

These porcelain crowns and bridges can give you a natural-looking smile that feels and looks great.

What technology is used to create the crowns

Our colored ceramic crowns are the best way to restore, rebuild, and remodel broken teeth and we use advanced scanning technology to create 3-D virtual models of your teeth. This woks better instead of messy impressions. Then the imprssions are sent to the lab, where a milling unit machine creates a precise and custom-fitting crown that will eventually be bonded to the existing tooth. The end result are crowns that look and feel just like a natural tooth, but are stronger and more secure.
Is a porcelain crown the same as a cap?

Porcelain Crowns are also known as a cap. The crowns  or ‘caps’ are a cosmetic restoration used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Often these crowns are used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay.

How is the porcelain crown placed? 

The crown is cemented onto an existing tooth that usually covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.

Beautiful, permanent crowns can transform your smile

The lab that we use creates our beautiful crowns that help us  creates permanent, natural-looking crowns for you that are made of the highest quality materials.

You may need a crown because of:

Extensive tooth decay

Large metal or tooth-colored fillings, that weaken the remaining tooth

Broken or cracked teeth

A tooth that has had root canal therapy and has damaged structure

A misaligned or misshaped tooth

Teeth that have large fillings that are breaking down and cannot be refilled

However sometimes a crown is not the optimum solution and other dental procedures such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding are more appropriate.

Whatever way, Dr. Vaiman and Dr. Kessler will give you their reccomendation.,

When is an onlay used? Is it the same as a crown?

An onlay or partial crown is needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.

Will my crowns be visible? Will people know it is a crown?

For years, people that have had dental crowns put in have had to deal with the unsightly grey line along their gums that results from porcelain-fused to metal crowns. Sometimes the line would actually turn black, marring your smile forever.

There are new technologies available however that make this a thing of the past! Zirconia crowns helps you eliminate the dreaded black line. Zirconia is an extremely strong material with properties similar to ceramic porcelain, only stronger.

Zirconia crowns will withstand many times the amount of pressure that can be generated in your mouth, all without the metal line and a great seal. Zirconia is so strong it is used for hip replacements now! 

In what situations is a dental crown needed? 

Dr. Vaiman or Dr. Kessler  would recommend a dental crown for a number of different reasons. However, the reason will usually be one of the following three basic categories:

To restore a tooth to its original shape

– To strengthen a tooth

– To improve the appearance of a tooth.

Porcelain dental crowns are one of the best ways to restore your teeth and create a perfect smile! Dr. Vaiman and Dr. Kessler  use  porcelain dental crowns because they look and function like your original teeth.

Both Dr. Vaiman and Dr. Kessler  have crafted and placed thousands of dental crowns and bridges over the years.  With more than 40 years combined  experience between both dentist in tooth reconstruction, they make sure that if you need a crown or a bridge, it fits perfectly.

Crowns and bridges are extremely durable, giving you a natural  comfortable bite, and it is color-matched to look and feel like your natural tooth.

If you would like to discuss having one or some of your teeth replaced with a dental crown or dental crowns then please contact us at New York Family Dental Arts for a free consultation. 

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Vaiman or Dr. Kessler please  call us at (212) 628-3300 or click here to request an appointment online.




Implant crowns


In Upper East Side losing teeth is detrimental to overall oral health, and can lead to severe health problems. The most effective way to replace missing teeth is with implants and implant crowns. Dental implants function as real teeth, replacing missing teeth without the need for bridges or dentures. With this technology, you no longer have to be self-conscious about unsightly gaps or spaces!


Teeth whitening – Upper East Side

Looking for teeth whitening on the Upper East side? The good news is that we have a new method of teeth whitening that allows for you to whiten your teeth in around 32 to 40 mins. In our practice we recently introduced the GLO Science Teeth Whitening System and it produces astounding results. 

 Attaining your perfect smile is important to us in Upper East Side, so we offer both in-office and at-home whitening options! Get rid of stains on your own time, wherever it is most convenient for you.


In-Office Teeth Whitening Process in Upper East Side

The process of in-office teeth whitening is simple. First, one of our NYC dentists will photograph your teeth in order to help monitor the progress of the whitening. Next, your teeth will be cleaned to remove any existing stains and bacteria and provide a clean base. After this, the actual whitening process begins; one of our dentists will first apply a protective substance to the gums, followed by the whitening agent, activated by laser light. The entire process typically takes between 30 and 90 minutes, and may require up to three appointments depending on your desired level of whiteness. The overall result is a brighter, whiter smile!

Why do we do teeth whitening and why do our teeth stain?

 In a lifetime, we will consume many things that can dull the whiteness of our smiles. Fortunately, teeth whitening has become a popular method for brightening the tooth enamel and contributing to a smile’s overall appearance.

If you are looking for teeth whitening on the Upper East Side then we have the perfect solution to solve any problems that you may have with yellowing teeth or staining. 

Why our teeth stain?

Unfortunately  the whiteness of our smiles fades over time. This can be due to age but normally is due to the effects of certain food, drinks and habits over time.   Anything from drinking coffee to having  red pasta sauce causes our teeth to stain. . Combined with smoking and drinking red wine this a combination that leads to staining and unfortunately can  cause your smile to fade.  Thankfully at New York Family Dental Arts we are proud to present the  latest technology that has been introduced into Modern Dental practices – GLO Science Teeth Whitening System and we are proud to have it. 


GLO Science Teeth Whitening System creates teeth whitening with  long lasting results and allows patients to continue the teeth whitening process at home allowing you to maintain your white smile.  GLO Science Teeth Whitening System has been found to dramatically improve the whiteness of your teeth in just one office visit to our Upper East Side Dental Office

GLO-Science use Glo Illuminating Heat Technology™, a patented method used in over 4000 dental offices worldwide. 

How long does teeth whitening take with  GLO Science Teeth Whitening System?

The GLO Science Teeth Whitening System takes anywhere between 32 -40 mins. The results are stunning and has helped many  patients remove wine stains, coffee stains, smoking stains and many types of discolorations that have caused their smile to fade over the years. The result is a beautiful healthier looking smile  that can take years off your looks and can whiten your teeth by up to six shades. 

What causes our teeth become discolored steamed and yellow?

The discoloration of our  teeth can be caused by many different factors, but  the main causes are the use of tobacco and food  products like coffee, dark berries, red wine, red pasta sauce, and some spicy foods. Overtime these foods which can be highly acidic can contribute to discoloration in an individual’s teeth.  This happens by temporarily softening  the tooth enamel which allows stains  to penetrate the tooth surface more easily.  However some individuals are more prone to yellowing of the teeth. In some cases being ill or taking certain medications can also cause tooth discoloration, due to tetracycline staining . However it can also be caused by poor hygiene. 

How long does the Glo science Pro Whitening System take? 

The simple in office procedure with the GLO Science Teeth Whitening System allows you to have a whiter smile by up to 6 shades within around 40 minutes. The results are always astounding and many patients say it improves their self confidence and their ability to smile. 


Why do we use GLO Science Teeth Whitening System compared to other well known brands?

At New York Family Dental Arts we have  tried a number of different teeth  whitening systems over the years and we found that the GLO Science Teeth Whitening System delivers the  best result. It is different from other teeth whitening methods due to the patented unique brush tip that allows for the whitening gel to be delivered in a precise application. This allows us to target the  teeth in a unique way therefore we do not need any impressions or messy trays. 

How does the Glo science Pro Whitening  System work?

The process for whitening your teeth using GLO Science Teeth Whitening System works  in two different components.  The first part of teeth whitening  will be performed at our east side dental office. The process will take about 30 mins.  Afterwards you will be allowed to take home a kit that allows you to perform periodic maintenance – this will help keep your smile bright and white and allows you to maintain it. 

Why does New York Family Dental Arts prefer the Glo Science Pro Whitening  System  and what makes it unique? 

The GLO Science Teeth Whitening System works by the use of hydrogen peroxide, an effective and safe active ingredient that can vaporize the stain molecules, by converting double carbon bonds into single carbon bonds.

GLO Science Teeth Whitening System offered  in the USA uses a patented GLO device technology that combines a optimal safe level of gentle warming heat  that causes  accelerated whitening results without sensitivity. Therefore patients don’t  feel the pain that can be felt with other whitening products. This is one of the main reasons we chose the GLO Science Teeth Whitening System.

What is the next step if I am looking for teeth whitening?

To schedule an appointment for teeth whitening  with Dr Alex Vaiman or Dr. Irina Kessler call us at (212) 628-3300 or click on the appointment button above to request an appointment online.


At-Home Teeth Whitening Process

In addition to our in-office treatments in Upper East Side, New York dental practice also offers at-home teeth whitening treatments. Our dentists can take custom impressions of your teeth in order to create a mouthpiece that you can fill with whitening gel right at home!

Dental bridges

Dental Bridges are natural-looking tooth replacements that help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. Fixed dental bridges are cemented to the existing teeth and do not come out. Removable dental bridges can be taken out.

A dental bridge bridge is a fixed dental restoration that dentists  use that allow them to replace  one or more missing teeth. This allows them to  join an artificial tooth properly to adjacent teeth or dental implants in the form of an implant denture. 

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a replacement option for a lost tooth. The ‘bridge’ is so-called because it adheres to the teeth on either side of the space left from the missing tooth, to create a seamless connector covering the gap. This is a cosmetic dental prosthesis requiring minimal invasive treatment to attach. It is a permanent, fixed dental prosthetic, that stays in place and is not removed for cleaning and brushing.

     Loosing a tooth can be a  worrying experience to anyone as well as  to your dental well-being. It is a fact that when you lose a tooth there is as much as twenty-five percent of the bone around the area of the lost tooth that will recede within a year of the loss.  Unfortunately without something being done, the bone can continues to recede.

The areas around the teeth can also  be a breeding ground  for micro organisms and a gathering location for food particles. The distance bewteen your teeth can additionally allow present teeth to grow out of position over time.



The process of filling these gaps is crucial for your dental well-being as well as preserving your  smile. At New York Family Dental Arts, we recommend dental bridges as a procedure for patients that have missing teeth and are not willing to do dental implants.

For patients that are willing  to replace two or more sequential teeth, the use of a dental bridge can be an acceptable and beneficial way to replace them. For those that require a more substantial or robust aesthetic we reccomend an implant denture which is another type of bridge.  

  Your dental bridge will help to retain a proper smile, will help your teeth  and gums from bacteria, prevent  meal particles from gathering and allow  you a full smile you can be proud of.


There are many types of  additional bridges. There are  cantilever bridges,  Maryland bounded bridges and partial denture bridges. Traditional dental bridges are the most common and involve making a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth. Cantilever dental bridges are the least common and are used for when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. Finally, Maryland bonded bridges are made of porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal, which are bonded to your existing teeth. As you can see, whatever the issue, our dentists Dr Alex Vaiman and Dr. Irina Kessler have a dental bridge for you.

Are dental bridges durable?

Dental bridges are very durable, as they can last 5 to 15 years and even longer. Like dental implants, if you practice good oral hygiene, dental bridges should last longer. With proper care, they typically last over 10 years. It is especially important to practice good oral hygiene since the success of the dental bridge depends on the foundation offered by the surrounding teeth.

Therefore, you must keep your teeth healthy and strong by brushing and flossing daily. It is also advised to follow a balanced diet to prevent cavities and tooth decay, as well as see our NYC or Westchester dentists for check-ups regularly.

Is a bridge better than a denture? 

Dentures are an excellent, affordable option for those who like the appearance of a full set of attractive teeth, and the convenience of being able to remove for cleaning. Dentures can replace one missing tooth, multiple teeth, up to a full set top and bottom.

A bridge has the capability to replace one, or multiple teeth, depending on the number of teeth and their location in the gum. Dental bridges can successfully replace several teeth, so long as there are enough natural teeth remaining, to anchor the bridges to.

When deciding between a bridge and dentures, factors for consideration include the patient’s ability to brush and floss teeth effectively. For patients with restricted movement in their upper body, or limited dexterity in their hands, or who need assistance with personal care, dentures are usually a suitable option and easy to maintain.

Patients with no difficulty maintaining a brushing and flossing routine, and enjoy the confidence of a fixed bridge, often opt for a permanent bridge solution.

How is a dental bridge fixed in place?

A dental bridge is crafted in a laboratory, to replace and where there is scope, improve on the original tooth. The teeth flanking the space the bridge is filling will be filed slightly, to create a prepared surface for the ceramic bridge to adhere to. These teeth serve as the abutments for the dental bridge.

While a permanent ceramic bridge is being fabricated in the lab, and the teeth adapted to accommodate the new fixture, a temporary bridge will be fitted in place to cover the area and conceal ongoing work.

Are there drawbacks to having a dental bridge?

A dental bridge will provide an attractive and very secure substitute for teeth that have been damaged, knocked out, or lost through decay. They look identical (or better) than natural teeth, and feel smooth and comfortable in the mouth. A dental bridge is an incredibly strong and resilient piece of fixed dental apparatus, capable of lasting around 15 years. After that time, it is possible you will see some deterioration of its appearance, and start to again consider your tooth replacement choices, or a new bridge.

The crucial difference between a dental bridge and a dental implant is that the bridge uses neighboring teeth as an anchor, while the implant is surgically embedded in the jawbone. Because of this, a bridge will not prevent shrinkage of the bone around the area, while an implant can retain the bone’s density and form. Once an implant is in place, the patient can have a good degree of confidence that it will last a lifetime, whereas a bridge is likely to require revision or renewal at some stage in the patient’s life.


Is an implant better than a bridge?

A dental implant is the superior tooth replacement, though some patients are not ready for a lengthy treatment plan, requiring surgical work and considerable recovery time. A dental bridge can be crafted and fitted in a relatively short time frame, and last for many years. Patients, who later decide on implants, sometimes opt for a bridge first. 

Can I have tooth whitening or Invisalign with a dental bridge? 

Tooth whitening products will not lift the color of a dental bridge, however it may be possible to receive this treatment before fitting your bridge, so that your bridge is matched to your lightened shade.

Invisalign is sometimes possible with a dental bridge, though you will require a dental exam and assessment to determine the teeth’s position before embarking on a course of straightening aligners.

How much is a dental bridge?

Dental bridges are bespoke, high quality, ceramic replacement teeth. Because they are custom made, they vary from one patient to another. Depending upon the reasons for having a bridge, you may require treatment to prepare your mouth for the bridge. Before fitting a permanent, fixed bridge, any decay, infection, or tartar build up, will be addressed and treatment completed before the final bridge is secured in place. Throughout treatment, a temporary bridge or denture will be provided, to ensure your smile is flawless and reveals no ongoing dental work.

Important facts about dental bridges

An ill-fitting bridge can causes tooth decay formation underneath  the dental  crown. Your abutment teeth will have to be compromised to accommodate the dental crowns during the preparation of your dental bridge. The restoration will  collapse if your abutment teeth do not have the strength.

  There are alternatives to a dental bridge

A Maryland bridge is a more cautious approach to dentistry  in the use of a dental bridge, as it does not use abutments.

Implant-supported bridge.

This type of bridge is clipped and held into place by dental implants.

Dental implants are superior to dental bridges. They are fixed to the jawbone through the osseo-intergration process and behave like permanent teeth.

Permanent or fixed bridges are administered by each of two, by connecting the manufactured or artificial enamel straight to the abutment teeth or inserting crowns on the abutment enamel. Detachable bridges are adhered to the teeth by exactitude connections or with metal clasps.

In case you are missing at least one teeth, you might know about their significance to your appearance and dental wellbeing. Your teeth cooperate for some everyday capacities from talking to eating. With missing teeth it is hard to do these things. Missing can and ought to be supplanted. Fixed scaffolds are an incredible method to reestablish your dental wellbeing and appearance.

What exactly is a dental bridge or fixed partial denture?

A bridge (fixed fractional dental replacement) is a gadget which fills the hole where the teeth are missing. Fixed bridges are secured into place and must be evacuated by a dental expert. Removable extensions or bridges, as the name infers, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed extensions offer more strength than their detachable partners.

Why do I need a dental bridge?

You may be misisng a few front teeth and your are reluctant to have dental implants placed.

Expanded danger of gum illness has demonstrated to be one of the most exceedingly awful reactions of missing teeth and can be limited with a bridge.

Lost teeth can cause speech disarrays as they are utilized to make a significant number of the sounds we use to talk plainly.

What materials are used for dental bridges?

Bridges can be developed from gold composites, non-valuable compounds, porcelain, or a blend of these materials. Porcelain is frequently clung to either valuable or non-valuable metal.

How do I take care of my bridge?

A severe routine of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and encompassing teeth clean. This is of basic significance as the bridge depends the neighboring teeth for help. 

What is the next step if I am looking for a dental bridge?

The next step is to make an appointment to see Dr Alex Vaiman  or  Dr. Irina Kessler and they will discuss the suitability of a bridge as opposed to other treatments as an alternative. Once they are convinced that you are a candidate for a dental bridge they will propose a treatment planm and begin the process of creating a dental bridge for you.

To schedule an appointment with Dr Alex Vaiman  or  Dr. Irina Kessler call us at (212) 628-3300 or click on the appointment button above to request an appointment online.


Cerec Crowns

Revolutionary system that allows your dentist to design, create and fit a new crown, veneer, onlay or inlay in a single visit. This procedure would normally take up to three weeks.

The multi-instrument CEREC 3 system consists of an infrared digital camera, a computer with 3-D imaging software, and a milling unit with diamond blades for quick, precise, and highly detailed construction of restorations. Developed by Sirona® Dental Systems, CEREC 3 is the third model of CEREC, representing marked improvements in design and function over previous models.

normal fashion before fitting a crown or a veneer. At this point, instead of using dental putty to take an impression of your tooth, he or she will take a digital picture using the CEREC 3 camera. Using CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, the CEREC 3 software converts this picture to a 3-D virtual model of your prepared tooth. This image is used as a guide to design your new restoration.

Once your dentist is happy with the virtual tooth, the data is sent to an on-site CEREC 3 milling unit, which fabricates your new tooth from a high-quality ceramic block. These blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colors and are selected to match your surrounding teeth. The process usually takes less than 20 minutes.

After the milling is finished, your dentist will polish the filling or crown and bond it into place in your mouth.

Benefits of CEREC Technology

There are several advantages to CEREC 3 restorations over conventional laboratory-made restorations:

  • Single-Appointment Dental Care – With CEREC, you only need to visit the dentist once, instead of the usual two or three visits required with conventional restoration procedures.
  • Complete Control by Your Dentist – Since the restoration is designed and fabricated from start to finish by your dentist, he or she has complete control over how it will look and fit. By contrast, a crown made in a laboratory is under the control of a technician who has never seen the patient.
  • No Temporary Restorations – Conventional restoration procedures require you to wear temporary restorations while the laboratory makes your new restoration. Temporary restorations can fall off or cause other problems. CEREC 3 eliminates this inconvenience.
  • Fine Materials – CEREC 3 uses strong, tooth-colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. Not only do they look like the rest of your teeth, these materials closely match the composition of your natural tooth structure, allowing you to eat hot and cold foods without worrying about your tooth cracking from the extreme temperatures.


The notorious perception of root canals is that they are extremely painful and uncomfortable. However, this is often not the case; the procedure is relatively simple and can be accomplished in one to three office visits. Root canals repair damage to the soft core of the tooth (the pulp) by removing the damaged pulp, cleaning and sealing off the root canal, and binding a crown to the tooth to ensure it remains strong. Most importantly, root canals prevent tooth loss, saving your smile!

Saving your teeth from extraction

When a tooth’s pulp is damaged, it needs to be removed before the bacteria breaks down and begins to multiply. Decay, large fillings, or cracked or chipped teeth can cause this damage. Without a root canal to aid in this pulp removal, the bacteria can cause an infection and even lead to more serious health problems. Such problems are extremely harmful to overall health, and may include swelling of the neck, face, or head, bone loss around the lip of the tooth’s root, and even drainage issues from the root. Symptoms of these problems can include toothaches, heightened sensitivity to extreme temperatures, discoloration, and gum swelling. If you experience any of these symptoms, we advise you to make a dental appointment immediately to see if a root canal is necessary.

Is root canal therapy painful?

If examination shows that you do need a root canal, you may have questions or concerns about the procedure and what to expect afterwards. We believe that open dialect with our patients is crucial, so we make sure to take the time to explain the procedure and inform the patient of everything they need to know. Despite the widespread fear of root canals, we ensure our patients that any pain associated with the procedure is minimal, and can be easily managed with over the counter pain medication such as Advil. Any pain is extremely temporary, and the majority of patients are able to resume their normal routines the next day. Having an over 95% success rate, root canals performed on teeth last a lifetime!

Composite fillings

We don’t often consider the appearance of our back teeth, however, they are equally as important as those in the front. Back teeth are especially noticeable when we talk and laugh, exposing dark, unsightly spots that can distract from an otherwise perfect smile. Since traditional, silver fillings have been shown to weaken teeth over time, our office uses composite fillings, which are made of bonded resin and specially designed to match the color of natural teeth. Composite fillings are bonded directly to the teeth, so they actually work to restore teeth to their original, maximal strength. Since composites support tooth structure, they also aid in preventing breakage. This extra coverage also insulates the tooth, preventing sensitivity to extremely hot or cold temperatures. Additionally, they can be used to improve the overall appearance of your smile simply, by covering small decayed areas, or replacing current, outdated fillings.

Like most dental procedures, it is important to be mindful of the aftercare of composite fillings. After the procedure, patients may experience slight sensitivity. It is also important to note that the shade of the filling may change slightly with different, staining foods or beverages. However, with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, composite fillings should last years and continue to look great.