On this week’s edition of #TheDoctorIsIn, we stopped by our friends at East Village Dental Center to chat with dentist Matthew Huasserman. If you’re not familiar with #TheDoctorIsIn series, it’s a weekly Instagram Story series aired on Fridays where we ask Slingshot Health doctors and healthcare professionals your user-submitted questions. Be sure to check-in at the beginning of each week to see who we’re interviewing. DM us your questions in advance and you might see your question featured in the interview!
Dr. Matthew Hausserman: Hello, my name is Dr. Matthew Hausserman. I’m a general dentist practicing at the East Village Dental Center. We are the most comprehensive dental practice in the East Village.
Caroline: So we get a lot of questions about Invisalign. What are the benefits and drawbacks of Invisalign?
Dr. Matthew Hausserman: The benefits of Invisalign are that they’re clear aligners and they’re very discreet. The drawbacks to Invisalign are compliance, you have to wear them for 24 hours a day.
Caroline: So we’ve been seeing a lot of subway ads for companies like Smiles Direct Club. What do you think about these companies that are Invisalign-esque
Dr. Matthew Hausserman: Companies like Smiles Direct Club, they oversimplify the process. You won’t be able to get the results like you would under a dental professional.
Caroline: Another question we get is that there are lots of tools for flossing. Traditional floss, floss picks, water picks, what is your take on them?
Dr. Matthew Hausserman: I would recommend floss or floss picks. They’re pretty much the same thing, you just have to make sure that you’re using them correctly.
Dr. Matthew Hausserman: To properly floss, you want to place the floss in between the two teeth. Then you want to pull the floss towards one tooth so you fully contour the tooth and then you want to slide up and down. After you’re done cleaning the one tooth, then you want to pull the floss to the adjacent tooth and do the same thing. Slide up and down to fully clean the tooth. Pull the floss out of the contact and move to the next tooth.
Caroline: So how do dental whitening strips compare to in-office whitening?
Dr. Matthew Hausserman: In-office whitening offers faster and better results.
Caroline: Before we leave, what’s special about the East Village Dental Center?
Dr. Matthew Hausserman: We’re unique in that we are very technologically advanced. We’re a fully digital practice and we can also do same-day crowns. We can design and fabricate the crown in the same visit. We’re also a multi-specialty practice so patients don’t have to be referred out. We handle most treatment in-house. We have a periodontist and an endodontist on staff.
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