Regular dentists and cosmetic dentists have different focuses when it comes to helping their patients, making each one better suited to specific patient needs than the other.
Regular dentists, or general dentists, focus on treating and preventing issues associated with discomfort or health. The most common preventative treatments they’ll perform can include routine exams and cleanings, as well as screening for oral cancer and fitting mouthguards.
They also perform restorative treatments that fix or ease issues such as fillings, extractions, root canals, gingivitis, and gum disease. Many dentists also do tooth whitening procedures.
On the other hand, cosmetic dentists are more focused on the appearance of teeth and how they play into a patient’s general appearance. As such, they primarily offer services like:
While cosmetic dentistry is not an officially recognized specialty, they undergo specific and extensive training to be adept at smile design. In many ways, cosmetic dentistry is both a science and an art. It takes a certain skill to not only safely help patients but also to visualize and create solutions for various cosmetic oral issues.
While dentists and cosmetic dentists are different, there can be some overlap in the services they offer depending on the goal of that service. For example, tooth bonding is technically a cosmetic procedure, but the same process is also used to fill cavities or repair a damaged tooth. Similarly, dentures do help with appearance as they fill the gaps in a smile, but they also help keep the mouth healthy by assisting with chewing, biting, and speaking. This distinction is important to note because whether or not a procedure is considered medically necessary may impact whether it is covered by insurance.
If you’re experiencing problems with your mouth or smile, which dentist should you see? Both types of dentists will have either a Doctor of Dental Medicine or Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, so you really can’t go wrong. Most patients start by going to a regular dentist to get a general idea of the problem and discuss possible solutions. If necessary, the dentist will refer the patient to a cosmetic dentist.
If you’re looking to improve your smile, Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help. Our team is dedicated to helping patients reclaim their confidence through a beautiful smile. Call a cosmetic dentist in Huntington, Long Island, today to schedule a one-on-one consultation.
Despite the surge in Delta variant COVID cases, many people are in the process of returning to the office or preparing to do so soon. It’s always great to see co-workers and clients in person after working remotely for so long. However, getting ready to go back to the office may also trigger anxiety for some people.
If you’re not happy with the appearance of your smile, for example, you might experience some butterflies in your stomach reminiscent of the first day back at school. Fortunately, there is an easy solution. Talk to a cosmetic dentist about having a smile makeover to give you the confidence you need as you return to the office.
For professionals, a smile is a great way to connect with clients and set the tone for the meeting. Yet, if your teeth are yellowish or dull, smiling might not be your favorite thing to do. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments because it provides rapid, dramatic results.
You have two main options for professional teeth whitening. You can opt for in-office teeth whitening, or you can choose the custom-made take-home trays. The in-office option provides the quickest results; you’ll walk out in less than an hour with your teeth several shades lighter.
If tooth discoloration isn’t your only issue, your cosmetic dentist might recommend porcelain veneers. They are effective at correcting a wide range of issues with the same treatment. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that your dentist will firmly bond to the visible sides of your tooth. They will look just like natural teeth, only more aesthetically appealing. Porcelain veneers can camouflage everything from discoloration and chips to gaps between teeth and other irregularities.
Dental veneers are long-lasting. If you take good care of them and do not grind your teeth, you can expect them to last up to 15 years. At this point, you’ll need to get them replaced.
Most people returning to the office after the pandemic are interested in quick fixes for their problematic smiles. Despite this, Invisalign has been surging in popularity during this time. Invisalign can correct a crooked smile much sooner than you might think. You could start to see improvements in a matter of weeks, and many Invisalign patients can complete their treatment in 12 months. So, although it’s not a quick fix, Invisalign can provide results much sooner than metal braces—and without that dreaded “metal mouth” look.
No matter what bothers you about your smile, our friendly team can help! We offer fully customized smile makeover plans to get you ready to return to the office in style. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer a full suite of services—from teeth whitening and veneers to Invisalign and so much more. Contact us today to request an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Huntington, Long Island.
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People often take their oral health for granted– until there is a problem. From minor toothaches to knocked-out teeth, there is a wide range of dental problems that may affect you at some point. It’s a good idea to learn what to do, especially since acting quickly may be essential for preserving your teeth.
A knocked-out tooth is also referred to as an “avulsed tooth.” This common problem is often the result of a sports injury (particularly hockey), a fall, a motor vehicle accident, or an act of violence. It is possible to save a knocked-out tooth, but you must take specific steps right away and get to the dentist within an hour. They may be able to re-implant and save the natural tooth if you take the following steps:
If the tooth cannot be saved, a cosmetic dentist could perform a dental implant procedure instead to replace the tooth with a synthetic one.
Crowns should not ordinarily become loose on their own. If yours does, it may be because of teeth clenching and grinding, physical trauma, or poor oral hygiene. If the tooth is merely loose and is not ready to fall out, call your dentist’s office for further guidance. In the meantime, try to avoid making it worse. For example, chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
If the crown does fall out, retrieve it, clean it, and then apply temporary dental cement to fix it back into place. Note that over-the-counter dental cement is not a long-term solution; you will need to go to your dentist promptly.
Toothaches are among the most common dental complaints. They can be caused by a variety of issues, such as an abscess, cavity, or even food debris lodged between the teeth. If you think the latter is the issue– first, swish with water, and then gently floss the tooth to see if you can remove it. If that doesn’t relieve your toothache, it’s time to see your dentist. You may need a filling, a root canal, and a crown, or another treatment.
You can find the help you need at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We treat a full range of emergency dental issues, from chipped teeth and damaged dentures to jaw pain and knocked-out teeth, as well as problems of a less urgent nature. Call our cosmetic dentist in Huntington, Long Island at 631.212.8161, and we’ll fit you in as soon as possible.
Please note that our office is currently open for all types of dental appointments. We follow strict COVID protocols as recommended by the CDC and the American Dental Association (ADA). Thank you for wearing a mask at our office.
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Tooth decay is a common problem that, if left unchecked, can eventually lead to tooth loss. The good news is that it’s preventable, treatable, and reversible – though be sure to see your dentist as soon as possible if you think you’re developing tooth decay.
Although it’s often thought that tooth decay primarily affects children, the truth is that anyone who has a natural tooth can potentially develop cavities, also known as dental caries.
To understand the reversal and treatment of tooth decay, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of how a cavity develops. Every time you eat or drink foods with sugars or starches, these substances feed the bacteria in your mouth. As the bacteria feast on food debris, they produce acids as a byproduct. The acids attack the enamel, which is the hard, outer layer of each tooth. Consuming foods that are acidic further helps to soften the enamel.
As a result, the enamel loses minerals. This is known as demineralization. If an area of the enamel loses minerals that are not replenished, the tooth develops a white spot. This is the earliest indicator of tooth decay.
If the decay is allowed to progress unchecked, the enamel’s demineralization worsens, and a cavity forms. A cavity is a hole in the tooth. Eventually, the damage can reach the inner layers of the tooth, causing significant problems.
It’s possible to reverse tooth decay when it’s in the earliest stage. This is when the white spot appears, but the hole hasn’t formed yet. It’s possible to remineralize the tooth and protect it against cavity formation. To do this, your teeth need fluoride from sources such as fluoride-fortified water, toothpaste, and mouth rinse. Always make sure the oral care products you use carry the ADA seal and contain fluoride.
If you aren’t getting enough fluoride from oral care products and your drinking water, your dentist may recommend fluoride treatments, which are applied in the office. Alternatively, your dentist might prescribe fluoride tablets.
If the decay isn’t reversed in the earliest stages and a cavity forms, that cavity will need to be filled by a dentist. Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort. Then, the decayed matter will be drilled out. The hole will be filled with a strong material, such as composite resin. Lastly, your dentist will shape and polish the filling and ensure that it doesn’t alter your bite pattern.
Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is pleased to offer emergency dental services to patients with tooth pain from cavities and other causes. We also provide tooth-colored fillings, which are aesthetically superior to metal fillings.
If you believe you might be developing a cavity or you’re experiencing any unusual symptoms related to your oral health, please schedule an appointment promptly. Rapid treatment can often keep oral health problems from getting worse. Call our office in Huntington, Long Island, today.
Our dental practice is taking all recommended COVID-19 safety protocols as determined by the ADA, CDC, and State of New York. We are currently open for all appointments.
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The loss of one’s permanent teeth is a serious and widespread problem. In the U.S. alone, about 120 million people are missing at least one permanent tooth, and about 36 million people have lost all of their teeth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. The loss of even one natural tooth can lead to significant consequences. Not only does it negatively affect one’s self-confidence and appearance, but it can also lead to health problems, such as poor nutrition and the degeneration of the jawbone.
Fortunately, there are multiple options for replacing missing teeth. Visit a cosmetic dentist to discover which treatment option is the best fit for your needs and preferences.
Modern dentures are far stronger, more convenient, and more aesthetically pleasing than the dentures of past decades. Plus, many people choose this option for replacing their missing teeth because getting traditional dentures doesn’t require surgery. As such, it’s an affordable option.
If you have a full arch of missing teeth, you’ll need a complete denture on that arch. Those with just one or a few teeth missing will need a partial. They may be removable or fixed. The removable ones are held in place with clips, whereas fixed are permanently adhered with the remaining natural teeth as anchors.
Another type of smile restoration to consider is the dental bridge. Dental bridges quite literally bridge the gap that missing teeth create in a smile. If you have one or more missing teeth, and this gap is flanked by remaining natural teeth, then a dental bridge might be a good option for you.
There are two main types of bridges: fixed and removable. Removable bridges are more affordable. To fit a removable bridge, the cosmetic dentist will create a pontic, or crown, which is fitted into the gap. It’s held in place with clips that affix to the natural teeth adjacent to the gap. The process to fit a fixed bridge is a bit more involved. The dentist will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the adjacent natural teeth to fit crowns over them– they anchor the bridge permanently.
Dental implants are often the preferred option for patients. They provide a permanent, natural-looking solution. Dental implants consist of a titanium post, which is anchored within the jawbone. Atop the post sits an abutment, which holds the artificial crown in place. Because dental implants are anchored within the jawbone itself, they help preserve bone mass and prevent osteoporosis.
Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or an entire arch of missing teeth. If you have multiple missing teeth, it may not be necessary to place an implant post for all of them. The All-On-4 technique, for example, can replace an entire arch of missing teeth with just four implants.
The best option for replacing your missing teeth depends on your lifestyle, preferences, and the state of your oral health. You can schedule a one-on-one consultation with the smile restoration experts in Huntington, Long Island, to find out which option is best for you. Call Long Island Implant and Cosmetic today.
Please note that we are currently open for all appointments, including consults for dental implants in Huntington, Long Island. Our entire team is taking the strictest precautions to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community. Thank you for following our COVID-19 protocols while you’re in our office.
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Everyone knows that a person’s smile is among the first things other people will notice. Smiling is clearly important to socialization in our culture. According to the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96% of people believe that a smile is crucial for a person’s appearance and attractiveness. Furthermore, research indicates that it makes a person appear more intelligent, happy, and successful. But what exactly is it about a person’s smile that is most noticeable?
One of the first things a person will notice about you is the color of your teeth. If your teeth are a dingy yellow or brownish color, you may create an undesirable first impression. You might also try not to smile much at all, giving the impression that you aren’t a friendly or approachable person.
Fortunately, transforming your teeth into a brilliantly white smile is as easy as scheduling a cosmetic dentistry visit. Of course, there are whitening products available over the counter. However, these aren’t very effective, and they take a long time to produce any visible results. Instead, opt for professional teeth whitening. Your dentist can get your teeth several shades lighter in under one hour.
In addition to the shade of your smile, the alignment of your teeth is crucial for forming a favorable first impression. If you have crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth, or your upper and lower jaws just don’t fit together quite right– it can be a source of embarrassment. That’s why so many adults these days are choosing to undergo Invisalign treatment.
Your cosmetic dentist can fit you for custom-made Invisalign aligners. Since they’re made from clear materials, no one will be able to tell you’re wearing them. Plus, you could see visible improvements in as little as three months. On average, most people only need 12 to 18 months in total to achieve optimum results.
For quite a few decades, metal fillings were the gold standard in cavity treatments. And although metal fillings are durable, they are widely considered undesirable because of their appearance. When a person with these fillings opens their mouth, you can see where they’ve had work done. Fortunately, today there is another option. Talk to a cosmetic dentist about getting your mercury amalgam fillings removed and replaced with safe and durable fillings that match the natural shade of your teeth.
After reading the above, you may decide that it’s time for a smile makeover. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Our cosmetic dentist in Huntington, Long Island, will discuss your aesthetic goals with you, thoroughly examine your teeth, and recommend a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve a Hollywood smile.
Please note that we are currently open for all appointments, and we are taking strict precautions to protect our valued patients, staff, and community from the transmission of COVID-19.
Additional resources on cosmetic dentistry
1. American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Can a new smile make you appear more successful and intelligent? https://aacd.com/cmsproxy/236/files/Can%20a%20new%20smile%20make%20you%20appear%20more%20intelligent.pdf
2. Shape, Light Up Your Smile, https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/beauty-style/light-your-smile
This past year certainly didn’t turn out the way any of us had hoped. But the good news is that it’s almost over, and better things are on the horizon. Get ready to take on tomorrow and brighten your future with a smile makeover for 2021. During a consultation with a cosmetic dentist in Huntington, Long Island, you can discuss your concerns about your teeth and get personalized recommendations. Here’s a quick look at some of the most popular options.
Nothing epitomizes getting a fresh start in life– like a brilliant new smile. You can erase years of unsightly yellow or brown stains on your teeth with just one in-office tooth whitening appointment. The speed at which you’ll see results is one reason why professional whitening is such a popular option.
Cosmetic dentists have access to whitening ingredients that are far more potent than those found in over-the-counter products. Plus, your dentist can use a special light to activate the whitening agent, allowing it to fight those stains more effectively.
Another smile makeover option that is popular– due to its fast results– is veneers. Dental veneers are comprised of a very thin sheet of tooth-like material. Your dentist will apply them to the visible side of your teeth. The result is a beautiful Hollywood smile.
Although dental veneers provide rapid results, they do require two office visits. At the first visit, the dentist will determine whether you’re a good candidate for this treatment. If so, they’ll make impressions of your teeth and send those to an off-site lab.
Your dental veneers will be custom fabricated, especially for you. Your dentist will carefully shave away a tiny amount of enamel from the teeth to be treated before applying them at the next appointment. On average, veneers can last about 10 years. The better you care for them, the longer they will last.
With so much of the world connecting via high definition laptop cameras on Zoom, it’s more important than ever to have a beautifully straight smile. This coming year, invest in yourself with clear aligners from Invisalign. You’d be surprised at how affordable they are—and at how quickly you can begin seeing results. Many people can see a difference within a matter of weeks, and it may only take 12 to 18 months to see your final results.
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re all about new beginnings. Our friendly cosmetic dentists, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot, look forward to meeting you and discussing your smile makeover priorities. We’ll customize your treatment recommendations to suit your goals. Call our office in Huntington, LI at to schedule an appointment.
Finally, please note that we are currently open to all appointments. Each staff member follows strict COVID precautions to protect our valued patients and our community’s health and safety.
A great smile gives you confidence. If you are self-conscious– it can affect many aspects of your life. Remember that many other people are having the same problems as you. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can resolve this and give you the smile you have always wanted.
Here are some of the most common issues we can fix:
If you have always kept your mouth closed in photos due to poor tooth alignment, Invisalign will let you smile for the camera. You are never too old for Invisalign. Unlike traditional orthodonture, there are no wires involved, and the product’s name reflects the clear plastic aligners that move teeth into place over time.
Within a year to 16 months, the misalignment is corrected. Not every person with poor alignment is an Invisalign candidate, but most patients with this condition can benefit.
You do not have to live with yellow or brown teeth. Procedures for whitening teeth depend on how badly teeth are stained. Professional tooth bleaching brightens lightly stained teeth. You cannot get the same results from over-the-counter tooth whitening products.
An option for teeth stained superficially from smoking or drinking wine or caffeine products is enamel abrasion although this will not work on deep stains.
Bonding makes quick work of badly stained teeth. It also fills in any chips or small spaces.
If your teeth are broken, misshapen, or asymmetrical, dental veneers are probably the easiest solution for a beautiful smile. These thin porcelain shells fit over the tooth after it is filed down. Dental veneers look completely natural.
Dental veneers also correct staining that does not respond to other treatments.
Perhaps nothing ruins a smile more than missing teeth. However, missing teeth are more than a cosmetic issue. Failure to replace missing teeth leads to other problems, including shifts in adjacent teeth and further tooth loss or breakage.
Options for missing teeth replacement include implants and crowns with dental bridges. Implants, made of titanium, are anchored in the jawbone and eventually fuse with it. This process may take six months or more. The result, once the permanent crown is placed, is a strong and durable tooth.
Dental bridges “bridge the gap” between missing teeth and neighboring teeth. The process is less time-consuming than dental implants. Not everyone is a candidate for either implants or crowns. The dentist will determine the right procedure for you at the initial consultation.
We are open to patients once again for all procedures. Rest assured we take all prescribed safety precautions when seeing patients. Contact us today and schedule a one-on-one consultation with a cosmetic dentist on Long Island. Whatever the problem you have with your smile, we can help.
Tooth enamel is an integral part of your teeth. It is the thin outer layer that protects your tooth’s root and is the part that we see– it’s the part that bites, chews, and shines when you smile.
Enamel is very tough; in fact, it’s the strongest tissue in the human body. However, it can be damaged. Various types of food and drink can stain it. Coffee, red wine, tea, dark sodas, and smoking can all cause discoloration. More seriously, they can also cause decay.
Enamel loss happens when the acids and bacteria from certain foods are left sitting on your teeth’s surface. Sugar and starches can create bacteria that harm tooth enamel. Acids from coffee and fruit can also contribute to the loss.
Enamel can also be lost through injury to the tooth. Biting onto something hard can crack enamel, and clenching or grinding teeth can break the surface– potentially causing a fissure in the protective layering, allowing the acids and bacteria to attack the tooth rapidly.
Enamel covers the more sensitive, inner layer of the tooth called the dentin. Beneath that are the nerves and blood vessels. Cracked or damaged enamel can be extremely painful. This can cause excessive tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. If untreated, a loss of enamel almost guarantees a loss of teeth. It also means living with a painful, sensitive mouth.
Your tooth enamel can provide life-long protection, as long as you take good care of it. Unfortunately, the body cannot replenish this enamel itself, so it’s imperative to see a dentist if you fear enamel loss.
There are three main ways that dentists can fix enamel loss. These include dental bonding, veneers, and crowns.
If enamel loss is affecting you, contact us at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry for a one-on-one consultation. Our offices are open, and we’ve implemented stringent sanitation protocols. We’re happy to discuss your cosmetic dental options for enamel repair.
Humans come in all shapes and sizes, just like teeth. Your teeth might be a bit bigger than average, a condition called macrodontia, or they may be smaller than average– microdontia.
Microdontia can have a significant impact on your smile. Too-small teeth can create a childlike appearance or even affect other facial proportions. Luckily, several different cosmetic dentistry procedures can help fix undersized teeth from veneers and crowns to bonding and gum contouring. The treatment that is right for you and your teeth depends on your dental health, the underlying cause of your microdontia, and your budget.
There are a few different causes of microdontia. The most common cause is genetics. Just like some people are born with dimples, double-jointed elbows, freckles, or pointed ears, other people are just born with small teeth.
In other cases, the teeth are the normal size, but they are partially covered by extra gum tissue, creating the illusion of too-small teeth. There are also rare instances in which microdontia is caused by a congenital disorder called amelogenesis imperfect– though small teeth are not the only symptom.
There are different levels of microdontia, each indicating different severities of the condition:
There are many different treatment plans for microdontia, including:
Choosing the right treatment plan for your microdontia depends on the cause of your condition, as well as your smile goals, budget, and preferences. The expert dentists at Long Island and Cosmetic Dentistry can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that suits your needs. We are now open and welcoming patients for all procedures with all the state-mandated safety precautions. Call today to schedule a one-on-one consultation.
1. Healthline.com, What Causes Small Teeth? https://www.healthline.com/health/small-teeth
2. ScienceDirect.com, Microdontia, https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/microdontia
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