Patient Questions

How to Choose a Dentist for Porcelain Veneers

Any dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist and offer porcelain veneers—even if they haven’t had extensive training or experience! This fact makes it important to know what to look for when evaluating potential dentists to perform your porcelain veneers procedure. As a cosmetic dentist who has completed thousands of porcelain veneers cases and earned a reputation for creating outstanding smile transformations, Dr. Michael Kosdon understands first-hand what it takes to deliver beautiful, natural-looking, long-lasting results with veneers. In a…

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Porcelain Veneers or Dental Bonding for Natural-Looking Results?

If you have relatively good oral health and an aesthetic dental concern you want to address, chances are that either cosmetic dental bonding or porcelain veneers can provide the improvement you are looking for. For patients who desire a quick, economical solution that provides a somewhat “short-term” solution to correct a small ship, crack, discoloration, or gap, Dr. Michael Kosdon may recommend dental bonding. This treatment utilizes tooth-colored composite resin material (the same material used for tooth-colored fillings) to conceal…

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How Do I Whiten My Discolored Veneers?

No matter what kind of veneers you have, there is no way to whiten the color once they have been placed. It is important that you like the color of the veneers you choose initially, and our cosmetic dentist—Michael Kosdon, DDS—often recommends selecting a shade that is slightly whiter if you are unsure about the color you want to pick. To address the issue of stains and discoloration, porcelain veneers made from high-quality ceramic material should not change color. The…

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Can Porcelain Veneers Fix the Appearance of Short Teeth?

Short teeth can create the appearance of an irregular, disproportionate, or imbalanced-looking smile. Cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS frequently uses custom-designed porcelain veneers to lengthen short or worn teeth for improved smile aesthetics. Whether patients have one, a few, or an entire smile of short teeth, porcelain veneers can provide a beautiful, long-lasting solution. The key to Dr. Kosdon’s success with porcelain veneers lies in his comprehensive smile evaluation and design process, which precisely analyzes patients’ needs and goals to…

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Do My Front Teeth Need New Fillings or Porcelain Crowns?

All dental fillings, whether they are made of metal-amalgam or tooth-colored material, eventually require replacement (usually every two to ten years) and may not maintain a desirable appearance as they age. These issues are typically most pronounced when fillings are placed in the front teeth. Known as incisors, front teeth are the most visible part of any smile, and the presence of fillings can create a variety of aesthetic concerns and potential dental health issues: Dark discoloration Yellowing composite resin…

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Do Porcelain Veneers Feel Like Real Teeth?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that are designed to fit over the front portion of each tooth to change its appearance. Ideally, only a small amount of enamel is removed from teeth to accommodate the slender thickness of each veneer. The goal is to create a strong bond and seamless transition between the tooth body and the veneer, so that the result looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. New York City cosmetic dentist Michael…

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What Porcelain Veneers Shade & Translucency is Ideal for Me?

There is a world of options when it comes to customizing your porcelain veneers. From ceramic materials (like e.max® and feldspathic porcelain) to a wide range of colors, thicknesses, and translucencies—it’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you do not have the right cosmetic dentist to guide you through the process. Experienced New York City cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS has spent decades transforming smiles with porcelain veneers, and even has veneers himself! Over his career, Dr. Kosdon has developed his…

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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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