Whether you’re getting ready for a first date, giving a major work presentation, or just riding the subway, it is natural to feel concerned about how your teeth look. After all, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. If your teeth are yellow, chipped, misaligned, or otherwise damaged, you might not feel so great about showing off your grin.
Fortunately, advances in dental technology and techniques have made it easier than ever to attain that smile that you’ll be excited to flash. In our state-of-the-art Great Neck and Briarwood facilities, Dr. Cohen’s team offers cutting edge treatments with care and diligence. You’ll quickly find that we have a passion for helping individuals leave our officers feeling healthy and beautiful.
Cosmetic Dentistry: Whitening
There are many causes for yellow or discolored teeth. If you regularly drink coffee or tea, smoke, it’s likely that your teeth will yellow over time. That’s because chemicals in these products can wear away your natural enamel and leave stains.
Although over-the-counter products, like whitening strips and paste, can be helpful, they are generally not as effective and do not last as long. In fact, more advanced cases of stained teeth require professional intervention. We pride ourselves on offering a variety of treatments for individuals to get whiter teeth through methods that complement their lifestyles.
For those who want quick results, our in-office whitening options may be your best option. This revolutionary tooth-whitening procedure uses the power of a laser to deliver safe, effective, and fast stain removal. The process takes just over an hour, so you can book an appointment and get back to your daily activities with a brighter smile.
With our in-office systems, teeth typically become six to ten shades whiter in just one application. If you’d rather work on your smile at home, we also offer take-home bleach kits. What could be better than whitening your teeth while watching T.V. or cooking dinner?
Cosmetic Dentistry: Veneers
For individuals who have tooth damage, veneers could be an ideal option. Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that are permanently bonded to the fronts of your teeth to improve their position, shade and shape. We use veneers on patients with crooked teeth, spacing issues, breaks and chips, and in certain cases with advanced stains. These blemishes can occur when your teeth wear down with age or if you have an accident that impacts your mouth. Once the veneer is in place, you can continue to live your life as usual. Best of all, veneers, when performed by an expert like Dr. Cohen, offer natural and long-lasting results so you can feel confident for years to come.
Another Option: Inlays, Onlays, and Crowns
If you’ve ever had a cavity, it was likely replaced with a filling. During this process, damaged tooth parts are removed and the remaining space is filled with a substance to keep your tooth in its proper shape. Depending on your age and when your cavity was filled, your filling may contain conventional silver filling. In addition, those old fillings might be wearing down or looking rough.
In such situations, inlays, onlays, and crowns can be extremely effective. The process of making an inlay/onlay involves removing the old, broken filling and decay, then preparing the tooth surface to the desired shape. Once fabricated in a lab, the inlay or onlay is fitted to the tooth like a jigsaw puzzle piece and bonded in place using special dental bonding cement.
The shape, size, color, and surface characteristics of a crown are closely matched to the surrounding teeth, offering a seamless and permanent restoration to a tooth. Ceramic crowns are prepared in a similar way and are used in place of traditional metal crowns. The advantage of this approach is both a more natural look and feel, as well as longevity. A crown can be used as a treatment for discolored fillings, to protect the physical integrity of the tooth after a root canal procedure, or to help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
Contact Cohen Dental Care for Your Cosmetic Dentistry Needs
We understand that the state of your smile is important to your physical and mental health. That’s why Dr. Cohen and his staff take cosmetic dentistry and your concerns seriously. If you want to chat about your options or see examples of before-and-after work, we’re here to help! Fill out the contact form to schedule an appointment.