Making Summer Break Plans? Put a Smile Makeover on Your To-Do List

School might still be wrapping up for most students, but it isn’t too early to start thinking about the next school year. Specifically, how to update your look for the fall. Instead of settling for a different hair color or a new wardrobe, consider making a fashion statement with your smile. A warm, welcoming smile speaks volumes about your personality and can set you apart from the crowd. New York students of all ages can turn to Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry for a customized treatment plan that may include teeth whitening, dental bonding, and metal filling removal and replacement.

Get a brilliantly white smile in just one visit

If you want rapid results that you can enjoy during summer vacation and back-to-school season, it’s hard to beat professional teeth whitening. Just one visit can remove stubborn discoloration and dramatically whiten your smile. The over-the-counter whitening products you’ll find at the supermarket simply can’t compare to professional-grade treatments. Your cosmetic dentist can use whitening gel that is enhanced with light therapy, or you can receive custom-made trays to use at home.

Maintain your brilliant smile by brushing after consuming heavily pigmented foods and beverages, and by using whitening toothpaste as recommended by your dentist.

Fix minor chips with dental bonding

Teeth are quite strong, but they can get chipped from time to time. If a chipped tooth is detracting from the beauty of your smile, your summer vacation is the perfect opportunity to get it fixed. Dental bonding can effectively fill in the chips, and it only takes one visit.

Prevent future chips by treating your teeth gently. Don’t chew on ice, pencil erasers, or other non-food objects. If you play sports, always wear a mouthguard. And if you tend to grind your teeth during your sleep, talk to your dentist about wearing a custom nightguard.

Get rid of that “metal mouth” look

Metal fillings are definitely a dated look, but you can return to school in the fall without that embarrassing “metal mouth” look. Talk to your cosmetic dentist about getting those silver amalgam fillings removed. He can replace them during the same visit with composite material instead. This composite material can be custom-shaded to flawlessly blend in with your beautiful smile.

Start straightening your teeth for a flawless smile

Teeth straightening isn’t generally thought of as a quick process, but if you only have a minor malocclusion, it’s possible to make significant progress during your summer vacation. Your dentist may recommend Invisalign, which can effectively straighten your teeth without detracting from your smile. When you return to school in the fall, you’ll probably still be wearing your clear plastic aligners. However, no one will be able to tell the difference—and in no time at all, you’ll have a beautifully straight smile.

When you become a patient of Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, you’ll receive the expert dental care you need and the personalized approach you deserve. We provide customized cosmetic dentistry treatment plans based on your comprehensive oral examination, cosmetic concerns, and preferences. Call our cosmetic dentistry office on Long Island at (631) 296-0588 to request your one-on-one consult.

More on getting a summer smile makeover:

  1. WebMD, Teeth Whitening, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/teeth-whitening-topic-overview#1
  2. Invisalign, Teens, https://www.invisalign.com/braces-for-adults-and-teens/teens

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Jacky Gale

1 Month to a Brand New Smile

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Invisalign, dental implants, and similar dentistry treatments are effective ways of improving your smile. But what if you don’t want to wait a long time to reap the benefits of cosmetic dentistry? If you’ve just received a last-minute wedding invitation, you’ve realized that you urgently need a beach vacation, or you’re ready to hit the dating scene, it’s time to make an appointment with a cosmetic dentist to discuss your quick smile makeover options.

“Many of our patients come to us with the intention of getting a rapid smile makeover,” says Dr. Elliot Koschitzki of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. “There are plenty of options to choose from, but not every choice is right for every patient.”

Dr. Elliot goes on to note that, during a one-on-one consult, patients are encouraged to discuss their specific concerns before receiving a set of customized treatment recommendations.

When pearly whites are no longer white

You’ve undoubtedly seen a plethora of teeth whitening products at the supermarket, ranging from special toothpaste to trays to strips. But do any of these really work? According to Dr. Nick Augenbaum of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, “Over-the-counter teeth whitening products can help reduce discoloration, but they work very slowly, are ineffective against deeper stains, and frequently cause gum irritation and tooth sensitivity.”

Instead, Dr. Nick suggests an in-office treatment that uses a professional-grade bleaching agent activated by a laser. You’ll see a brilliantly white smile after just one appointment. Plus, your dentist will take measures to protect your gums and teeth to prevent unwanted side effects.

When old fillings are still visible

Amalgam fillings were standard years ago, but they have significant drawbacks. The metal is clearly visible when the mouth is open, which substantially detracts from one’s appearance. Plus, many people have concerns about the potential health risks of these old fillings. Fortunately, just one trip to a cosmetic dentistry clinic can have you saying goodbye to your old metal fillings. Instead, your dentist can add a composite material to reshape the tooth. The shade of this new filling blends in seamlessly with your teeth for a flawless smile.

When there are multiple problems that you wish to hide

Even if you have more extensive, multiple issues with your smile, you can still get the beautiful, healthy look you want in one month or less—but you shouldn’t wait to make an appointment. Porcelain veneers effectively camouflage stubborn stains, uneven teeth, gaps between teeth, and chipped teeth. This cosmetic dentistry treatment requires a couple of visits. During your first appointment, you’ll have an impression made of your smile. This is sent to a lab, where your custom veneers will be fabricated for you. After a couple of weeks, you’ll return to the dental office for your brand new smile.

Get your custom smile makeover in Long Island

At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick specialize in helping our patients look as young as they feel. We offer customizable smile makeover options for patients who need rapid results, including laser teeth whitening, amalgam filling replacement, and durable porcelain veneers. Get a prompt appointment by calling our Suffolk County clinic today.

Additional “smile makeover” resources

  1. Colgate, Is Laser Teeth Whitening an Option for You? http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/article/is-laser-teeth-whitening-an-option-for-you-0914
  2. WebMD, Dental Health and Veneers, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/veneers#1

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Jacky Gale