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How Do I Get Rid of Tetracycline Stains on My Teeth?

For those who don’t know, tetracycline is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. When the teeth are exposed to tetracycline during development as a child, we now know that tetracycline can bind to calcium and cause moderate to severe tooth discoloration in adulthood. The stains can be a variety of shades—gray, brown, or yellow—and unfortunately, this type of tooth discoloration is essentially permanent. Due to the nature of the stains, neither over-the-counter nor professional-grade teeth whitening…

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Can Porcelain Veneers Give Me a Bigger Smile?

When a patient desires a “bigger smile”, it usually means they could benefit from a wider arch of upper front teeth and/or somewhat larger teeth. For individuals like these, cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS often suggests porcelain veneers as an effective solution for changing the appearance of: A narrow smile Small teeth Worn teeth Uneven teeth Crowded and/or misaligned teeth Transforming the front upper teeth into a big, beautiful smile can be as simple as placing eight porcelain veneers. Dr….

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Is There a Solution for Excess Gum Tissue?

Thankfully, there is an effective, state-of-the-art solution for correcting the appearance of excess gum (gingival) tissue. Gum recontouring with a dental laser allows NYC cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS to precisely sculpt the gumline for an improved gum-to-tooth ratio. When compared to older methods of gum recontouring which required manual excision of gum tissue, modern laser gum lift techniques can offer several important benefits: Minimally invasive Requires only local anesthetic Faster treatment and healing Improved comfort during and after treatment…

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Can I Whiten Discoloration Between My Porcelain Veneers?

Patients who develop stains or discoloration between teeth enhanced with porcelain veneers may be inclined to think professional teeth whitening treatments or over-the-counter bleaching products can solve their dilemma. Unfortunately, these options do not provide the results they are looking for. Because of the unique nature of these stains, New York City cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS recommends a different solution—visit a skilled dental hygienist who can perform a special polishing treatment designed to address stains between teeth! On our…

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Is it Possible to Fix My Asymmetrical Smile?

  An asymmetrical smile can be caused by a variety of factors—teeth, musculature, and jaw position can all play a role in creating the appearance of smile imbalance. When the teeth are primarily to blame, New York City cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS believes that porcelain veneers are often the best way to achieve a more harmonious smile. Dr. Kosdon explains that it is common for teeth to be longer on one side of the mouth—usually, the affected side is…

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Should I Choose Composite or Porcelain Veneers?

Choosing between porcelain and composite veneers is a decision you should make together with an experienced cosmetic dentist. The right material for you will depend on a variety of preferences that your cosmetic dentist can help you explore. To assist patients who are considering veneers, New York City cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS has written a full-length blog posted on our sister website that compares porcelain veneers and composite veneers (read the full content of this blog article). In almost…

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Are Minimal-Prep Dental Veneers Right for Me?

Dental veneers come in a variety of types, and many patients are interested in those that require as little alteration to their existing teeth as possible. In some cases, a tooth that is being fitted for a porcelain veneer must be altered to a certain degree in order to provide the best possible functional and aesthetic result. These alterations generally involve the removal of a relatively small amount of enamel and modifying the tooth in such a way that it…

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Closing Gaps Between Teeth with Porcelain Veneers

One of the more common questions patients ask New York City cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS is: “What is the best way to close a gap between my two front teeth?” While Dr. Kosdon offers both porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding services, his preference is typically to use porcelain veneers to conceal gaps for patients who are good candidates. There are several reasons for this choice, and Dr. Kosdon explains why in one of his latest blogs on our sister…

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How to Properly Care for Porcelain Veneers

When high-quality porcelain veneers are properly cared for, they can last for decades. Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS receives lots of questions from patients, and even individuals online, seeking advice about the best ways to care for veneers. First off, it is important to know what type of veneers you have or are planning to get. If your veneers are made from 100% porcelain ceramic, which is very similar to enamel, they are likely very resistant to staining,…

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How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

While it is a common belief that porcelain veneers last between 10 and 15 years, the truth is that today’s high-quality porcelain veneers have the potential to last for multiple decades. New York City cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS explains that when porcelain veneers are designed, fabricated, and placed in keeping with the highest standards in aesthetic dentistry, the results can withstand the test of time. Proper care and protection are also critical for maximizing the lifespan of veneers. Though…

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