Cosmetic Dentistry can refer to anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. The reverse is true when speaking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give you the smile you are looking for.
Many of the procedures performed at a dental office have both functional and cosmetic benefits. This page focuses purely on the procedures that are cosmetic. Other than not being happy with their appearance, the overall health of the teeth and gums are in good shape. The more functional procedures that also offer cosmetic benefits are implants, crowns and bridges, dentures,and bonding.
We are aware that people often feel embarrassed to smile due to bad or damaged teeth. We know how they have to hide their once-charming smile and take an evasive measure in front of the people they know. With porcelain veneers, we can correct color and shape or perform a complete smile makeover.
Both Dr. Lee and Steven Wasserman have extensive experience repairing smiles with porcelain veneers to bring back charm and confidence of their patients. Veneers are a solution for teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, have small holes or pits, misshapen or crooked, or for the correction of unwanted or uneven spaces. Unlike crowns, veneers usually don’t require the dentist to remove much of the existing tooth.
Veneers are very thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain or plastic that are glued over the front of your teeth with little or no anesthesia needed. Veneers won’t stain, making them a popular solution for many people seeking a low maintenance. Strong and very durable, veneers last from ten to fifteen years, and will be customized in a color to provide a natural looking smile.
What can you expect when getting Veneers?
During your initial consultation, be sure to let your cosmetic dentist know that you will want to “try in” your veneers with temporary cement that is the same color cement as will be used for the permanent attachment. You will probably want to look at your veneers in natural light in addition to the office light. A mold is taken of the teeth, from which the permanent veneers are modeled after. A “temporary veneer” will be placed and worn until your permanent veneers are ready. If you notice any discomfort or have suggestions for specific changes, now is the time to let you dentist know so they can apply these changes to the permanent veneer. Once final, the color cannot be changed after the veneers are adhered to your teeth. Before placing the veneers in your mouth, the teeth are cleansed with chemicals, and a glue is set between the veneer and your tooth. Finally, a light beam is used to harden the glue/cement.
Whitening and Bleaching
We provide whitening & bleaching treatment to those patients who look to get a brighter and radiant smile. The treatment is helpful in cases where the teeth have discolored or stained. Now getting brighter and whiter teeth has become easy, as all you need to do is book an appointment with our office.
If we determine that teeth whitening is a good option for you, in-office whitening will give you almost immediate results. In-office teeth whitening or bleaching usually consists of the dentist applying a layer of protective gel over the gums, where they meet the teeth. We use bleaching to lighten both the upper and lower teeth to bring back your healthy smile.
Whether the discoloration has been caused by staining, aging or chemical harm, our bleaching treatment will help in the majority of cases. Low cost and ongoing bleaching treatments are available at our office which will save you money that would otherwise be spent testing a variety of other solutions that typically yield poorer results.
Depending on the health of your teeth and the reason for the discoloration, teeth whitening or bleaching may not be best option for everyone. If the discoloration or stains on your teeth will not respond well to whitening, your we will suggest other options that are better suited for you.
Snap On Smile is a great product for those looking to makeover their smile without undergoing extensive dental procedures. It works exactly like it sounds, a new set of “teeth” are created that are placed over your current teeth by snapping them in place. You can have a beautiful new smile in just two quick and painless visits to our office.
Snap-On Smile is a great option for patients with stained, chipped, cracked, crooked, or missing teeth. On your first visit with us you will pick the shade and style of your smile. We will then take an impression of your teeth so the Snap-On Smile can be properly fitted. The Snap-On Smile is then made with a light, durable resin to create a strong yet thin set of snap on teeth. In about three weeks you will return for your next visit where your new smile will be waiting! The Snap-On Smile will be placed onto your current teeth and you will leave the office with a bright new smile. No drilling, no extractions, no whitening chemicals are necessary – the whole process is quick, easy, and painless.
Your friends and family will be amazed by your transformation. You will be able to eat and drink with your Snap-On Smile, and caring for it is very easy. We will supply you with a cleaning solution during your final appointment. It can also be easily removed to clean your natural teeth, to participate in sporting events, or before you go to sleep. With proper care your Snap-On Smile can last from 3-5 years. If you have any questions about Snap-On Smile or would like to schedule a consultation please give our office a call. Remember, you are only two short, painless visits away from a beautiful new smile.
Wasserman Family Dental is conveniently located at 17111 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY.
We offer checkups, emergency dental care, and welcome new clients.