Patient Questions

What Porcelain Veneers Shade & Translucency is Ideal for Me?

Patients who do a lot of research on porcelain veneers before coming to Dr. Michael Kosdon’s NYC cosmetic dentistry office can sometimes jump ahead to specific questions about which material they should pick, what color their veneers should be, how translucent their veneers will look, and other aesthetic inquiries. For Dr. Kosdon, questions like these are best answered after he has had the opportunity to complete a dental exam, discuss areas of concern, perform a cosmetic evaluation, and develop a…

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Do My Front Teeth Need New Fillings or Porcelain Crowns?

When visible front teeth end up with multiple fillings that require replacement, it may be wise to consider custom porcelain crowns that can provide lasting strength, protection, and aesthetic enhancement. There are many benefits that porcelain crowns can offer patients with this type of dental challenge: Porcelain crowns can whiten the appearance of visible teeth with dark metal fillings. Crowns designed by our cosmetic dentist—Dr. Michael Kosdon—are created with shade-matched, stain-resistant ceramic material that blends with your surrounding teeth. High-quality…

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How Do I Whiten My Discolored Veneers?

If your veneers have yellowed or discolored since they were placed, the problem is likely the material the veneers are made of. While high-quality porcelain veneers are colorfast and stain-resistant, composite resin veneers—which are made of a durable plastic material rather than ceramic—can change color as they age. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to “whiten” the appearance of composite veneers. For individuals struggling with discolored veneers, our New York City cosmetic dentist—Michael Kosdon, DDS—recommends replacing your composite…

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How Do I Whiten My Discolored Veneers?

If your veneers have yellowed or discolored since they were placed, the problem is likely the material the veneers are made of. While high-quality porcelain veneers are colorfast and stain-resistant, composite resin veneers—which are made of a durable plastic material rather than ceramic—can change color as they age. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to “whiten” the appearance of composite veneers. For individuals struggling with discolored veneers, our New York City cosmetic dentist—Michael Kosdon, DDS—recommends replacing your composite…

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How to Choose a Dentist for Porcelain Veneers

Whether you are interested in porcelain veneers for a complete smile makeover or want to make a specific improvement to the appearance of your smile, choosing the right dentist for your procedure is the key to achieving satisfying results. Furthermore, high-quality veneers and superior dental work are not inexpensive, which makes it necessary to invest a significant amount of trust in the dentist you decide on. Cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS has an established reputation for excellence and has been…

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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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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 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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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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