We always make your overall dental health the number-one concern when it’s time to visit our dental office for a checkup. However, that doesn’t mean you aren’t necessarily feeling self-conscious about your smile’s appearance. If you have misshapen teeth or wish they were a few shades brighter, Dr. G is here to help! We offer many cosmetic treatments at NU Dental Staten Island that will make it easy to show your smile off to the world. To start the process, give our dental office a call to discuss your options for cosmetic dentistry in Staten Island, NY!
Veneers are ultra-thin ceramic shells that bond to the front area of your teeth, allowing them to hide cracks, stains, and other cosmetic imperfections. It’s common for veneers to be made from composite resin, but our dental office prefers to use porcelain. Not only is porcelain longer-lasting than composite, but it’s also very stain-resistant. One of the biggest advantages of porcelain veneers is they can hide multiple issues at the same time, meaning you can achieve a smile makeover with just one treatment!
Metal-Free Dental Restorations
If teeth need to be repaired, you shouldn’t have to choose between a durable and long-lasting solution and one that actually blends in with your smile. We offer ceramic crowns that are both lifelike, designed to match your existing shade of enamel, and remain reliable for many years to come, including when chewing and biting your favorite foods day after day. Whether your teeth are damaged or weakened, ceramic crowns can be used as both a restorative and cosmetic treatment.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Got a minor chip on your tooth or small gap that you’d prefer to cover? We can easily do so using a tooth-colored composite resin, which can be molded and shaded to blend in with your existing teeth exactly. This procedure, known as cosmetic bonding, is one of the fastest and most affordable methods for improving your smile’s appearance. Unlike other treatments that require multiple visits, including porcelain veneers and dental crowns, cosmetic bonding can be completed in a single appointment.
To remove stains from the surface and deeper layers of enamel as well as brighten your teeth by multiple shades, NU Dental Staten Island uses Ultradent whitening products. With them, we can provide results that are more reliable than what you’d find with store-bought whitening options. While these may be appropriate for some surface stains, the results don’t last very long. At our dental office, we can perform a whitening procedure that produces results in as little as one hour. Alternatively, those who’d prefer to manage treatment at home can do so easily with take-home options.
While teeth are often the focus in cosmetic dentistry, the gums can affect your appearance as well. If you have an excessive amount of gum tissue, your teeth can appear small or stubby whenever you try to show off your smile. To resolve this, we gently and carefully reshape the gum line, removing any unnecessary tissue through a process known as gum recontouring. At our dental office, we utilize a soft tissue laser, minimizing the amount of bleeding that occurs and lowering the healing period following treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions – Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry can do more than just give you a smile worthy of the red carpet; it can have lasting results on your confidence, self-esteem, and overall quality of life. Still, chances are you have some questions for your dentist before you go through with any of the services described above. We’ll be happy to answer your questions during your appointment. In the meantime, we recommend that you read through the FAQ section below.
Does dental insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?
Generally speaking, dental insurance does not cover elective procedures like cosmetic dentistry, especially when they are only used for aesthetic purposes. However, there may be exceptions. For example, a ceramic dental crown may improve the appearance of your tooth while also providing restorative benefits, so it may qualify for partial coverage. We welcome all dental insurance plans and offer in-network savings with many of the most popular providers.
For those without insurance, third-party financing through CareCredit could be just the thing you need. It allows you to break up the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly payments, many of which have low to no interest. We also have an in-house dental membership plan as an alternative to traditional insurance. For a flat annual fee, you’ll receive discounts on most services (including cosmetic dentistry) as well as a certain number of checkups and cleanings a year.
I want to fix my smile, but I don’t know where to start. What should I do?
When you know that you want a better-looking smile, it can be intimidating trying to figure out how to begin. The good news is that no matter how you wish to improve your pearly whites, the first step is the same – just schedule a consultation with Dr. G. During this visit, he’ll help you discover your smile goals and develop tangible steps to achieve them.
How do I choose a cosmetic dentist?
Trying to find the right cosmetic dentist can be daunting. Oftentimes, though, it can be as simple as doing an online search for a “cosmetic dentist near me.” The dentist’s website is a great place to start. You can read the dentist’s bio page to learn more about them and explore the services they offer. It’s also a good idea to choose a dentist with cosmetic training. Luckily, Dr. G has dedicated countless hours to this area of dentistry through his membership in the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
Do I need orthodontic treatment?
If your teeth are noticeably crooked, crowded, or unevenly spaced, you might benefit from orthodontic treatment. Not only are straight teeth often considered more attractive, but they’re also easier to brush and floss. Getting your teeth straightened can prevent the buildup of plaque that contributes to cavities and gum disease.
These days, you can attain a straight smile without wearing awkward, uncomfortable metal braces. At NU Dental Staten Island, we offer far more discreet orthodontic services. Whether you choose Invisalign or Dr. G’s own brand of clear aligners, called NU Smile Aligners, you’ll achieve results more quickly. Plus, no one should even be able to tell that you’re wearing them!