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Experience the Benefits of Digital Impressions

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Most patients who have visited a dentist have had their impressions taken. Typically, your dentist will fill a plastic tray with squishy putty and insert the tray into your mouth for several uncomfortable minutes as it slowly molds to your teeth. While effective, the experience is often unpleasant.

Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel understand how uneasy the whole process can be, especially if you have a sensitive gag reflex or have difficulty sitting still. For this reason, we have added a TRIOS 3Shape® digital scanner to the many advanced tools and technology we use at our Queens, NY, practice. Our doctors can use this system to plan and design your treatment without the mess of traditional impressions.

About Our Office

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Dr. Degel explains what makes the Astoria Dental Group unique. We are convenient to Manhattan and to the train, as we are just a couple of blocks down from the N train right on Broadway. We have a wonderful reception area, the latest technology, and an on-site lab which can help speed up the dental process for our patients. Watch this clip and see what else sets us apart!


Digital vs. Traditional Impressions

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There are many benefits to digital impressions over traditional impressions. These include:

Increased accuracy

The 3Shape system is outfitted with motion detection, which allows us to get an accurate impression even if you move during your scan.

Greater comfort

Most patients can agree that traditional putty impressions are messy and uncomfortable, especially if you have a sensitive gag reflex. Meanwhile, The TRIOS 3Shape wand is relatively slim and glides effortlessly across your smile.

More efficient scanning

There is very little preparation necessary when gathering digital impressions, while traditional impressions can take some time to prepare

Expedited treatment time

Most dentists send your impressions to an offsite lab where your restoration will be created. In contrast, Astoria Dental Group is equipped with an on-site lab to streamline your treatment from start to finish.

Many patients prefer digital impressions because of their increased comfort and efficient technique.

How We Use TRIOS 3Shape

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We will typically use digital impressions to plan treatments such as:

Mouthguards for sleep apnea
Take-home trays for teeth whitening
Trays for Invisalign®
Dental crowns
Dental bridges
Porcelain veneers
Inlays and onlays

When taking your impressions, one of our dentists or technicians will scan the inside of your mouth with the 3Shape’s smooth, sterile, wand-like handpiece. The wand is wireless, allowing us to navigate your intraoral cavity without the added difficulty of clunky wires.

3Shape is able to scan your entire mouth at a remarkable speed, shortening your overall treatment time. Once we have finished scanning your smile, we will upload the images onto a monitor. We can create a 3-D reconstruction of your smile from angles that are only possible with digital impressions.

In most cases, we can design your restoration before your very eyes. We can then upload this design directly to our on-site computer-aided design and manufacturing units. Digitizing your impressions allows us to speed up our workflow and provide you with same-day treatment in many cases.

Experience Our Technology Firsthand

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Our digital intraoral scanner is one of the many advanced technologies offered at Astoria Dental Group. We are constantly advancing our tools to provide a more comfortable, efficient, and life-changing experience for our patients. To learn more about the tools and technique we use at our practice, call us at (718) 571-8680 or fill out an online contact form.

Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors

Our cosmetic dentists Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel provide world-class dental care in a caring and friendly environment. Residents in Queens, Long Island, and throughout NYC trust them to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Clifford Degel, DDS

With over 35 years of experience helping patients maintain, restore, and revitalize their smiles, Dr. Clifford Degel is considered a top dentist in Queens. Dr. Degel is known for exquisite cosmetic and restorative dentistry work at his state-of the-art, full service practice, Astoria Dental Group.

Carmen Every-Degel, DDS

Recognized as a top Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Every-Degel provides dramatic transformations with the discreet, convenient system, along with various cosmetic treatments such as smile makeovers and other procedures designed to deliver a brighter, more brilliant smile.

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john marsh
May 20, 2024
Excellent care and very friendly staff! Excellent dentist!!
Tom K
May 3, 2024
Dr Degel and his entire staff provide the most enjoyable dental experience from the moment you walk in the door to your last rinse. I highly recommend The Smile Dr.
Hector Beltran
April 29, 2024
Truly an awesome experience! It’s been 28 years, and I’ll continue to come here for a good reason. They care about me, my health and more importantly my pocket. I strongly recommend them! ❤️
Veronica Delgado
February 25, 2024
Throughout my life, my dental journey has been difficult, painful, and has caused me a lot of anxiety. I am very happy to have found Astoria Dental Group – everyone has been so kind and have taken the time to explain everything to me thoroughly and make sure I am comfortable. Dr. Degel is absolutely wonderful. I know I’m putting my teeth in the right hands and I will soon have my dream smile!
Ahmed Allam
December 9, 2023
Astoria’s finest! The team here is exceptional – a warm and welcoming staff coupled with highly professional dentists, a husband-and-wife duo who each dedicate three days a week. Their flexibility in scheduling and acceptance of various insurances make it hassle-free. I’ve been a loyal client for years, personally attended to by Dr. Carmen. She’s not only super nice but also patiently listens, possesses extensive knowledge, and most importantly, operates with utmost integrity – you can trust them without a doubt.
James Venuti
September 15, 2023
Nice office, very fast and professional, great Doctors and the gentle hygienists are wonderful!
Shelly Valherzrosa
August 12, 2023
I’m in pain but I love how they doing me thank u so much the best dentist thank u
Michael Belasco
June 9, 2023
After much research for a “good” dentist in Manhattan, I found Astoria dental group, been a loyal patient for years their expertise & state of the art approach friendly, competent staff, I would highly recommend.

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