Patient Questions

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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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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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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Should I Choose Porcelain Veneers or Crowns to Restore Worn Teeth?

As we age, teeth can become gradually worn and shortened due to friction from normal use. For some, harmful teeth grinding and clenching, along with damaging habits like nail-biting and chewing on ice, can hasten noticeable dental wear at an earlier age. Worn teeth pose both a structural and aesthetic challenge for many of Dr. Michael Kosdon’s patients who are interested in restoring their smiles. Typically, he suggests either porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns as effective solutions for strengthening and…

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Can I Lighten the Shade of My Porcelain Crowns?

If you are not satisfied with the shade of your all-porcelain crowns when they return from the ceramist’s dental lab, it’s possible make color adjustments without making an entirely new set of restorations. Since ceramic crowns are color-stable, they cannot be bleached with whitening methods and must be sent back to the ceramist. At the lab, the process used to change the shade of your crowns will depend on the way they were initially fabricated. As cosmetic dentist, Michael Kosdon,…

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How Do I Pick the Right Color Porcelain Veneers?

Selecting the proper color for your porcelain veneers can feel like a big decision; however, it is a process that an experienced cosmetic dentist like Michael Kosdon, DDS can easily walk you through. Before deciding on the right shade of veneer, Dr. Kosdon will want to discuss the condition of your teeth, what you’d like to change about the color of your smile, and the final results you’d like to achieve. Depending on the current hue of your teeth and…

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Can I Get a “Hollywood Smile” with Porcelain Veneers?

Most movie stars and media personalities with perfect-looking smiles have high-quality porcelain veneers. When designed and applied by an expert cosmetic dentist, veneers can create an amazing smile that lasts for decades with proper care. Porcelain veneers are very versatile and can conceal a wide variety of aesthetic concerns, while achieving dramatic improvements in several aspects of your smile. Veneers can: Straighten minor tooth misalignment Whiten and brighten your smile Close gaps between teeth Elongate short or worn teeth Reshape…

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