You should feel great about your smile!
Cosmetic dentistry, while not officially recognized as a specialty within the field, provides a range of treatment options for enhancing the aesthetics of your smile. It is also one of the more popular dental services that Dr. Richard Sousa offers. A good cosmetic dentist with training and experience also ensures that a cosmetic procedure is performed on a stable and healthy oral foundation.
Dr. Sousa spends time with our patients, evaluating the fit and function of the bite in addition to the overall appearance of your smile. Addressing any underlying dental problems that could compromise the integrity of your results is the key to lasting dentistry and a smile that feels as good as it looks.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services:
Smile Design: Thorough Planning, Excellent Results
East Hills Dental Associates is your dental home for personalized smile makeovers that are completed using our Smile Design process for the most natural-looking results possible. Dr. Sousa works closely with each patient to provide a chance to see how your smile can look with the right treatments for your dental health and cosmetic goals, helping you to understand your options before any treatments have begun.
Tooth-to-tooth relationships as well as the functional requirements of every aspect of your mouth, teeth & smile need to be evaluated and taken into consideration for your treatment plan. Once we consider the fundamentals we look at things like the gum line, tooth form, size, and color. The dentist will consider a range of treatments and your complete makeover may include one or several procedures, depending on your unique situation.
- Digital photography: Dr. Souas will take high-resolution from all angles and use them in the evaluation of your facial structure.
- Wax mock-up: Dr. Sousa will create a wax model of your new smile so that you can visualize how the recommended treatments will impact your appearance.
Our in-house dental lab is where we make most of our custom dental restorations, under the care of Dr. Sousa who is a trained Master Ceramist. The attention to detail and consistency of care our patients receive as they transform their smile is unique and lays the foundation for an end result that will withstand the test of time and support long-term oral health.
Does insurance pay for cosmetic dentistry?
The answer depends on the type of insurance you have and the specific procedure. Many insurance plans will cover some forms of cosmetic dentistry. For instance, your insurance may cover a dental crown if they deem it medically necessary. However, most policies do not provide coverage for purely aesthetic procedures such as teeth whitening or reshaping.
How long do professional teeth whitening services last?
The length that professional teeth whitening lasts depends on several factors, including the type of bleaching product and how well you follow post-treatment instructions. Professional treatments typically last for a few months but you can extend with good oral hygiene habits and regular touch-up treatments. At-home kits such as whitening strips or gels may last up to six months if used properly.
Do porcelain veneers ever fall off?
Porcelain veneers are durable and generally last for several years with proper care. However, they can chip or fall off if you do not properly maintain them or if excessive force occurs. You must follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions to enjoy your restorations for many years.
Is tooth bonding a permanent solution?
Not really. Tooth bonding is a semi-permanent solution. While it can last several years with proper care, it may need repair or replacement periodically due to wear and tear. It is essential to follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions to ensure the longevity of your tooth bonding and reduce the risk of staining that may require replacement.
Who is a candidate for gum contouring?
Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that helps reshape the gum line to create a more even and aesthetically pleasing smile. Candidates for this procedure include an uneven gum line, excessive gingival tissue covering part of their teeth, or a “gummy” smile due to excess tissue.
Who is a good candidate for no-prep veneers?
No-prep veneers are a type of porcelain restoration that can improve the appearance of your teeth without requiring any alteration to the existing tooth structure. Candidates for this procedure should be in good oral health with no active gum disease or decay and proper home healthcare habits.
Schedule An Appointment
Ready to feel great about your smile again? Schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Sousa to learn about cosmetic dentistry in the East Hills, NY, and Roslyn Heights, NY area. East Hills Dental Associates welcomes new patients from many local communities and provides individualized dental care in a warm, compassionate environment. Contact us at (516) 253-6873 or request an appointment online.