Category: Dental Implants Resources

Do You Need a CT Scan for Dental Implants?

11 Sep 2020 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

Oral surgeons take an oath, pledging to provide the best possible care to their patients. Computerized Tomography scans reveal the underlying structure of the face – including the muscles, blood vessels, lymph nodes, and nerves – to ensure minimal discomfort and maximum results. By comparison, a standard dental x-ray will only show the bony structures of the face such as the jaw, nasal cavity, and sinuses. In order to achieve the highest level of care, YES – you should have a CT scan prior to receiving your dental implants.

How are CT scans used in dental implant surgery?

CT scans provide important information for planning and placement purposes, such as:

  • Is the patient a good candidate for this particular tooth replacement solution?
  • Is the underlying bone of good depth, quality, and quantity sufficient to hold the implant in place?
  • Where are the closest nerves and pain receptors in the mouth?
  • What is the best way to reach the area, so the surgery is the least invasive?

Three-dimensional tomography allows us to map out the tooth extraction and replacement before you’re in the room with us, which saves a considerable amount of time. We see how to avoid nerves, major arteries, and blood vessels to minimize pain and the risk of adverse bleeding. This careful consideration also allows us to avoid imbalances that lead to dental wear or complete prosthesis failure in the long-term.

CT scans allow oral surgeons to make the best possible decision regarding the feasibility and safety of dental implants. In some cases, the underlying jaw bone structure looks robust on an x-ray, but ends up being so thin that a bone graft is necessary for long-term success. In other cases, the x-ray may make it appear as if the patient is not a good candidate for dental implants because of lack of bone thickness when, in reality, the bone depth is sufficient.

Learn more about the benefits of dental implants

Most vendors can have you in and out for a CT scan in no time at all. Rocky Point Dentistry is fully open and welcoming patients for all procedures, including cosmetic dentistry like oral implants. We are taking all prescribed safety precautions when seeing patients and are happy to address any COVID-19-related concerns you may have about your procedure.

Schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss cosmetic options with our experienced Long Island dentists.

Do Dental Implants Look Real?

26 Aug 2020 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

This is one of the most common questions we receive about implants, and the answer is simply, yes! Dental implants are undoubtedly the most natural-looking option for replacing missing teeth. Not only do dental implants look real, but they feel real as well.

Thanks to fantastic advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are new materials and technologies which allow dental implants to match your natural teeth, flawlessly.

Dental Implant Materials

The point of dental implants is to create a permanent solution for a lost tooth that is undetectable once installed. This is achieved by the use of high-quality materials that match the color and consistency of natural teeth.

Titanium Root

The most common material used for the root portion of a dental implant is titanium. What makes this the ideal material is its extreme strength, and that it bonds well with bone.

The titanium rod is placed into your jaw bone to act as a root for the new tooth. The fake tooth will then extend out of your gums, just like a natural tooth. This is part of what makes dental implants look so real.

Porcelain Crown

Porcelain is one of the most common materials used in dental implants. It is not used in the implant itself, but as the cap for the implant, i.e., the part that you see.

Porcelain is the perfect material to use for fake teeth, as it mimics the slightly reflective surface of natural teeth. The shade of the porcelain is also completely customizable. Your dentist will match the color of the fake tooth to the rest of your teeth, so the implant will be seamlessly incorporated into your smile.

The color of porcelain cannot be altered once made, however, which is why some people choose to do teeth whitening before they get their crown installed.

Porcelain can also be formed into any shape necessary. We can match the shape of your other teeth, including any aspects of your smile that are unique to you.

Other reasons why porcelain is the best choice for implant crowns:

  • It is extremely durable
  • It is completely customizable
  • It is stain resistant
  • It is affordable
  • Gums tolerate porcelain well

Book Your Free Consultation for a Dental Implant

Here at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, your smile is our area of expertise. We want to help you feel confident and beautiful, starting with your oral care. Call today to schedule an appointment to discuss whether dental implants are the right smile solution for you.

We are also taking into consideration the current pandemic, and since we have reopened, we have implemented extra safety procedures. Extensive sanitary measures are in place, along with required personal protective equipment (PPE) for our staff, and the use of single-use tools and products whenever possible.

We kindly ask that you inform us of any possible COVID-19 symptoms that you find yourself with before your appointment. We will work with you to reschedule your appointment and make sure you stay on track to get the beautiful smile you deserve.

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What Are Dental Implants Made Of?

2 Apr 2020 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

implant materialsFor many years, the only option for people with missing teeth was dentures. Unfortunately, there were a lot of issues and health problems associated with them. This is why so many people are now turning to modern dental implants. They are anchored directly into the jawbone, just like the root of a natural tooth. This enables them to support the bone density of the jaw. In addition, they are as functional and aesthetically beautiful as natural teeth.

If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you may be wondering what they are made from. Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry will be happy to answer all of your questions during your consultation. Still, you can find some general information below.

Dental implant materials throughout history

It might surprise you to learn that dental implants are not a new innovation. The oldest known dental implants were discovered in China, dating back to about 4,000 years ago. The ancient Chinese used carved bamboo pegs, which were tapped into the empty socket where a natural tooth used to be.

Archaeologists have also discovered ancient dental implants in Egypt. These were made from precious metals. And in Honduras, the lower jaw of a young Mayan woman was found. It featured three missing incisor teeth made of pieces of shell. These remains date back to about 600 AD.

As time passed, attempts at making dental implants became more sophisticated. During the 19th century, attempts were made to create implants out of gold. However, it was determined that this caused severe inflammation in the mouth. Various other materials were attempted, including silver and corrugated porcelain. Ultimately, they all failed because the body rejected these materials.

Modern-day dental implants

Today, dentists have access to materials that will integrate with the jawbone itself, successfully creating a new, functional smile. In 1952, Dr. Branemark conducted an experiment that involved placing a piece of titanium in the femur of a rabbit. When he later tried to remove the titanium, he couldn’t—the metal had fused to the bone. This was the breakthrough that implant dentists needed.

During the subsequent years, the technique of using titanium has improved significantly. Today, they are made from high-grade titanium alloy, just like hip and knee implants. They are shaped like a screw, enabling them to be more securely anchored inside the jawbone.

On top of this implant, which is entirely hidden inside the jawbone, the dentist will place an abutment. It is usually made from titanium as well but may sometimes be made from zirconia or gold. Then, a porcelain crown is attached. This is the visible part of the implant—it looks exactly like a natural tooth.

Schedule your dental implant consult on Long Island

When you’ve decided that the time is right to treat yourself to a beautiful new smile, you can schedule a consult at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot have extensive training and experience placing dental implants.

In fact, we even offer the revolutionary All-on-4, All-on-6, and same-day dental implant procedures. Contact us to request a one-on-one consultation with our dental implant team in Rocky Point, Long Island.


Additional Resources:

  1. MedicineNet, Dental Implants Procedure, Types, Problems, and Cost,
  2. American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Types of implants and techniques,


Why Are Dental Implants So Popular?

20 Feb 2020 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

lady with dental implantsDental implants have become an increasingly popular tooth replacement option for many reasons. An estimated 3 million U.S. adults have opted to restore their smiles with implants, reports the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and this figure is only expected to grow in the coming years.

Tooth implants prevent bone loss

Why are tooth implants the preferred choice for millions of people? For one, this is the only restorative method that prevents bone loss.  This means that when you get a dental implant, you are helping to preserve your natural jawbone and maintain facial structure that would eventually change when bone tissue begins to deteriorate.

Implants have a proven success rate

Compared to other tooth restorations, implants are much more successful over the long-term. A crown, for example, has an 80 percent likelihood of lasting for just 10 years. Dentures need to be replaced every 5-8 years. Dental bridges have a maximum lifespan of 12 years. Implants, on the other hand, can last 20-25 years, when fitted properly by a cosmetic dentist. Moreover, they have a success rate of 95 – 98 percent.

They look like your own teeth

Appearance is important, and dental implants are designed to mimic the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth. You can smile with confidence. Nobody will know that you have permanent replacement teeth.

Improved comfort

Getting an implant is akin to getting a new tooth. The metal posts fuse with your jawbone and become a part of you so that eating and speaking are more comfortable. You can laugh and eat the foods you crave without worry that your teeth will slip out of place like you might with dentures.

Implants are convenient

Implants don’t require special care. For the most part, you brush and floss, and see your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning. Since implants are not removable, you don’t have to deal with adhesives. Plus, the custom-made crowns of the implants are resistant to decay. In other words, they can never get cavities.

Stronger bite force

The titanium post of a dental implant fuses with your jawbone so that it is securely anchored in place, not sitting on top of your gums. This provides the same kind of bite force as you would have with real teeth.

Customized to patient needs

Tooth loss can affect people of all ages, and whether caused by periodontal disease, lifestyle habits, or injury, you can restore your smile and self-esteem with Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. Our skilled team can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch in just a couple of visits. Some patients may be candidates for the All on 4® technique that provides a beautiful new smile in one day!

Are dental implants right for you?

Wondering if dental implants are the right solution for you? Take the first step by calling our Rocky Point practice today. At Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we strive to give all of our patients a healthy, beautiful smile and look forward to discussing your goals. Reach out today to request a free dental implant consultation in Suffolk County.

Additional Resources:

  1., Dental Implants
  2., Implants
  3. AAID, Implants: Who can benefit?


What Are the Best Alternatives to Dentures?

13 Dec 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

Dentures are a cost-effective solution for replacing a full arch of missing teeth. And while they restore function and some degree of confidence, many people feel self-conscious wearing dentures, afraid the false teeth will slip out of place when chewing or speaking. Properly fitted dentures can still create pressure sores, be a constant source of discomfort, and cause noticeable changes in speech patterns.

Fortunately, dentures are not the only option for restoring your smile. Whether you have a few missing teeth or need to replace both upper and lower arches, there are great alternatives available at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dental Implants – the best denture alternative

The biggest problem with dentures is not in their appearance or functionality. It’s the fact that they do not address bone loss. After losing one or multiple teeth, the underlying jaw bone begins to recede and deteriorate. Over the years, this produces a sunken facial appearance that can make you look much older.

The easiest way to stop bone loss is by recreating the roots of missing teeth, which is exactly what a dental implant does. Dental implants are securely anchored with small titanium posts that fuse with the bone. This post stimulates the bone tissue, keeping it healthy and alive.

After osseointegration has taken place, custom-made crowns are then affixed to the top of the screws, giving patients a beautiful, new smile. Unlike dentures, which need to be replaced every 5-7 years, implants can last a lifetime when properly cared for.

Dental implants can restore a single lost tooth, or several missing teeth scattered throughout the mouth. For patients who need an entire smile makeover, the All-on-4 protocol is a fantastic solution.  Also known as “same day implants,” this treatment requires just four implants to support a full arch of replacement teeth.

Tooth-supported bridge

Another alternative to dentures is a fixed bridge that is supported by your natural teeth. This may be recommended for people who are only missing one or a couple of adjacent teeth.

With a tooth-supported fixed bridge, the anchor teeth are prepped for a crown, and a pontic bridges the gap. The pontic can be made from different materials, but porcelain generally lends a more natural-looking appearance.


Overdentures are generally used in patients who are missing most of their teeth. This modality offers more stability compared to traditional dentures because they are held in place with dental implants, rather than adhesives. Overdentures make chewing and talking more comfortable, and most patients find them aesthetically superior to regular dentures.

Ask a Long Island dentist about your options

If you have lost some teeth, but don’t want the drawbacks and hassles of dentures, give Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry a call. Our Suffolk County cosmetic dentists can review the best tooth replacement options that fit your lifestyle, preferences, and budget.

To schedule a complimentary consultation, please call our Rocky Point, NY office or send us a message online.

 Additional Resources: 

  1. AAID, Implants versus dentures and bridges
  2. Healthline, False Teeth: What You Should Know

Dental Implant vs Dental Bridge: Which Is Right for You?

9 Dec 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

People with one or more missing teeth often suffer from a reduced quality of life. It can be more difficult to articulate words properly, eat foods you enjoy, and smile without feeling self-conscious. There are a few different options for restoring an incomplete smile, including dental implants and dental bridges. Each option offers compelling advantages, so talk to a cosmetic dentist to determine which choice will work best for you.

About dental bridges

A dental bridge literally bridges the gap in one’s smile. This oral appliance consists of two crowns, which are placed on the natural teeth on either side of the gap. These two crowns hold a replacement, prosthetic tooth in between them. This replacement tooth is called a pontic. Dental bridges can be fixed in place, meaning they are not removable. You will care for the crowns and the pontic just as you would care for your natural teeth. It’s also possible to have a removable dental bridge. It requires somewhat more care, but it can be a more affordable choice.

About dental implants

While dental bridges are a great choice for many patients, you may want a more permanent solution. A dental implant is the closest you can get to replacing the gap in your smile with a real tooth. The cosmetic dentist will implant a titanium implant directly into the jawbone. Titanium is a remarkable material that has the ability to fuse tightly with the bone, allowing for a secure, permanent fit. An abutment is fitted on top of the implant. The abutment holds the crown in place, which is the only visible part of the implant. It looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

Which choice is best for you?

Only you and your dentist can determine whether a bridge or an implant would be best for you. One of the factors to consider is your budget. Bridges are a more affordable option than implants. However, bear in mind they aren’t likely to last as long, which means you’ll need a replacement. In addition, a dental bridge requires the removal of some of the enamel on the adjacent teeth in order to fit the crowns. On the other hand, the process to acquire a dental bridge is much shorter than for an implant. Plus, you won’t need surgery.

Dental implants do require surgery, and you should be fully informed of the potential complications before undergoing any surgery. An effective way to reduce the risk of complications is to choose a dentist who specializes in implant surgery, such as the team at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dental implants also offer plenty of advantages, like security, longevity, and aesthetic appeal. Plus, it won’t affect the adjacent teeth and it will help preserve your jawbone density.

Schedule a consult in Suffolk County, Long Island

The best way to determine which option is best for you is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. During your consult, you and the dentist will discuss which choice is best for your oral health, lifestyle, preferences, and budget. At our dental clinic in Suffolk County, LI, we provide a full suite of cosmetic dentistry and smile restoration services, from dental bridges and implants to teeth whitening and veneers. Schedule an appointment today by calling today.

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How Much Space Is Needed for a Dental Implant?

22 Nov 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

Dental implants are an excellent option for people who have one or more missing teeth. In fact, they are widely preferred over dentures, since dentures are removable, difficult to keep clean, and have a tendency to loosen when speaking and eating. In contrast, dental implants are a permanent solution. The implant post is placed directly in the jawbone, providing a secure connection for the natural-looking crown that’s placed on top. However, before determining whether a person is a good candidate for a dental implant, the dentist must determine whether there is enough space between teeth.

How much space is needed?

The standard size for a dental implant is three millimeters. There needs to be a minimum of 1.5 mm on each side of the prosthetic tooth, between the prosthetic and the natural, adjacent teeth. This means that the minimum width required to place an implant is 6mm.

It’s very important to follow these standard guidelines. When they are ignored, there is an increased risk of dental implant failure. That means the implant will have to be removed. Fortunately, if there isn’t enough space in the gap for a dental implant to be placed, the cosmetic dentist may recommend some options.

What if I don’t have room for a dental implant?

Everyone’s situation is a little different. The best course of action is to see a specialist in dental implants. A dental implant expert can evaluate your particular situation and determine what the right treatment method is. For some people, orthodontic treatment is a good option.

Your dentist may recommend that you get Invisalign aligners. Invisalign will gently shift your teeth away from the gap where the implant will go. This can create enough space to place the dental implant. Invisalign aligners are completely clear, making them the perfect choice for adult patients who wish to avoid the “metal mouth” look of traditional braces.

Sometimes, not having sufficient space between the natural teeth isn’t the only problem for patients. There might be other reasons why you aren’t a great candidate for dental implants. If that’s the case, you might consider getting a bridge instead. A dental bridge will fill the gap in your smile with a completely natural-looking prosthetic. However, it won’t be secured within the jawbone the way a dental implant would be.

Schedule a consultation in Suffolk County

While these are general guidelines for the spacing requirements of dental implants, it’s important to remember that everyone’s mouth is unique. The only way to determine what the best option for you is to consult a specialist in dental implants. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot have years of experience working with patients with missing teeth. We may be able to help you even if you’ve previously been told that your mouth has space too small for dental implants.

We also offer sedation dentistry services to ensure your complete comfort during your dental implant procedure in Suffolk County. Call our office in Rocky Point, Long Island to request a one-on-one consultation.

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How Soon After Tooth Extraction Can I Have an Implant?

31 Oct 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

One of the largest concerns that patients have before receiving dental implants is just how long they will have to wait to have their permanent teeth put into place after having their damaged teeth extracted. The thought of having an empty smile can feel overwhelming and embarrassing. However, this isn’t really anything you should be worried about. For whatever amount of time you will need to wait before sporting your permanent smile (if you have to wait at all), there are always temporary solutions to save you from embarrassment.

How soon can I have implants after tooth extraction?

The average wait time between extraction and installing the implant can vary greatly from patient to patient and is something that should be discussed before beginning any procedure. This is because each case is different. Some patients may have suffered from dramatic bone loss in the jaw, which can require bone grafting—a procedure that takes time to do and heal. Other patients may have few complications (even if they have experienced a reduction in bone density in their jaw) and can be eligible to have their implants installed immediately.

Even if your implants require waiting, you can be provided with temporary dentures or caps in the meantime. Plus, the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term frustrations.

Same-day Dental Implants

With more than 3 million Americans receiving dental implants each year, there have been constant improvements to the procedures and technologies available. Now, many patients are able to receive their permanent implants the exact same day as their extractions—meaning you’ll walk in with damaged teeth and walk out smiling from ear to ear.

The smile you deserve is just around the corner!

Whether you can receive same-day dental implants or need to wait days or weeks before having permanent teeth put in place, the smile you deserve is just around the corner! Once your new, natural-looking teeth are in place, they are there for the long haul. Permanent dental implants will give you decades of smiling selfies, eating meals out with friends, kissing your partner, and loving the way you look.

If you have been contemplating dental implants, schedule a consultation with LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today. We’ll discuss the realities of the procedure and build you a personalized treatment plan so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Can You Replace All of Your Teeth With Implants?

11 Oct 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

When teeth are missing, it can be painful, uncomfortable, and inconvenient. Everything from old age, disease, improper care, and unexpected accidents can lead to unsightly missing teeth.

When a mouth has absent teeth, proper oral function can be limited. A person’s speech and ability to chew are often impacted, and self-confidence is also likely suffering.

Yet beyond those noticeable changes, there also can be imperceptible challenges. The digestive quality of food can decrease, causing more internal health problems in the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, such as increased inflammation, and decreased immunity and absorption of nutrients.

Additionally, when roots and gums are exposed, bacteria can enter the bloodstream through damages in the inner lining of blood vessels, leading to a number of further illness or disease.

When deciding on a treatment plan for missing teeth that is best for you, a Huntington, Long Island dental professional at LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry can help you understand what’s right for your oral health.

Full mouth implants

In some cases, when multiple teeth are missing, a dental professional will recommend same-day dental implants for the entire mouth. This could include between six to eight replacements in the upper jaw, and another four to six implants in the lower jaw.

These implants can help a person restore proper function, health, and aesthetics to his or her mouth without the long lead-time. Full-mouth implants will restore the strong bite support needed to protect against bone loss, preserve the integrity of your facial structure, and provide full function for chewing.  A full mouth treatment can also:

  • Provide better support and be more comfortable than dentures
  • Improve self-confidence and cosmetic appearance
  • Last for decades and reduce the need for bone grafts

Unlike traditional dental implants, which require several visits and between three to six months of preparation – the benefit of a same-day, full-mouth replacement allows all the surgical work, including the crowns, to be performed at once. Using the latest 3D technology, patients receive new teeth without multiple and costly trips to the dentist.

Process for full-mouth dental implants

Dental implant surgery, whether involving singular or multiple teeth, is a customized process and a Huntington, Long Island dental expert can advise you on the size, shape, and type to suit your needs.

With same-day implants, the crown is installed along with the surgery, helping to minimize overall recovery time from a multi-step process. Overall, the recovery time typically takes four weeks for initial progress and up to six months for a full recovery.

Since no two patients have the same mouth, the cost of full-mouth dental implants will also vary between patients.

What to do next

Interested in getting same-day dental implants in Huntington, Long Island? Award-winning dentists, Dr. Elliot Koschitzki and Dr. Nick Augenbaum, of Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, will consult with you and provide you with world-class and compassionate care. Contact us today to schedule your one-on-one initial consultation!

Additional resources:

  1. Scientific American: How bacteria sneak into your blood stream through your mouth,
  2. American Academy of Implant Dentistry: What Are Dental Implants,
  3. Mayo Clinic, Dental Implant Surgery,

How the Future of Dentistry Will Be Tech-Driven

13 Sep 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

New technology developments in the dental field mean that dentists are able to help patients achieve healthier, more natural-looking smiles. It also makes dental work more accessible than ever, lowering the cost and amount of time it takes to straighten, clean, correct, and replace teeth. Now, that’s something to smile about!

Check out the emerging technologies that are changing the face of dentistry:

3D Printing

These high-tech printers are benefiting a variety of industries, printing out custom jewelry, art pieces, car parts, and even medical prosthetics and equipment. It also has a future in dental work, allowing dental offices to make custom aligners, veneers, crowns, and even dentures in-house, cutting back on the time and costs it takes to send molds to private specialists. In the future, patients will be able to expect to complete their dental work, from molds to permanent fittings, all in one visit.

Digital Impressions

This technology is something that more and more dental offices are sinking their teeth into. For many years, dentists relied on wax or clay molds to take impressions of a patient’s tooth in order to create custom-fitted crowns, aligners, etc. New technology allows computers to take impressions of patients’ teeth and design and manufacture custom dental fittings. This technology is not only quicker but is also more accurate, leading to better fittings and less cracked casts.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays, a safer and more effective alternative to traditional x-rays, aren’t exactly new this technology is still worth mentioning. Digitally capturing interior images of your teeth allows dental staff to instantly examine the photos at higher quality, making appointments faster and helping to better spot potential dental problems. It also uses 90% less radiation than conventional x-ray methods, making it much safer for patients.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Robots

It may seem like a scene out of sci-fi movie, but soon your dental visits could involve sitting down to a robot powered with artificial intelligence to do things like cleanings, filling cavities, extractions, inserting crowns or caps, and other minimally-invasive dental procedures. It may not be as far off as you think, either. The technology already exists, with dental robots successfully performing these procedures in other parts of the world. It might not be too long until AI-powered dental technicians become the new normal.

Dental Implants

Patients needing to replace missing teeth no longer have to struggle with the embarrassment of removable dentures that slip out of place when out to eat or talking with friends. Patients can now take advantage of dental implants, a more recent technology on the dental scene, which is a permanent screw-in tooth replacement. Dental implants not only stay in place, but they look and feel more natural and are easier to care for than dentures.

Schedule a consultation

Recent and emerging dental technologies are helping more and more patients find relief from unsightly and unhealthy dental issues. Solutions that used to be expensive, timely, and even painful are now more accessible than ever. If you would like to smile with more confidence, contact LI Dentistry for a one-on-one consultation and see how an experienced dentist and new technology can correct your smile.

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