Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
August 18, 2019
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Discover your options and open yourself up to the possibility of a brand new smile.Cosmetic Dentistry

Our Forest Hills, NY, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz, wants you to be proud of your smile. After all, smiling has a host of wonderful benefits. Of course, if little cracks, discolorations, gaps in your smile, or other cosmetic problems are keeping you from the smile you want then it’s time to talk to us. Here’s what cosmetic dentistry could do to change your smile for the better:

  • Remove stains and discolorations
  • Cover gaps between teeth
  • Lengthen or alter the shape or size of a tooth
  • Improve gum evenness and symmetry
  • Achieve a straighter smile
  • Improve the strength and resiliency of your teeth
  • Prevent damage in the future
  • Improve your appearance and boost confidence

As you can see, cosmetic dentistry offers a lot of fantastic benefits. It’s amazing how a smile riddled with stains, chips, or misalignments can negatively impact the way you feel. It can also affect our professional and personal lives. Luckily, our Forest Hills dentist is ready to sit down with you and create the perfect treatment plan that will give you the results you have been looking for.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

Here are some of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments we offer:

Teeth Whitening

Dealing with dull, yellow teeth thanks to years of smoking or coffee drinking? Don’t worry; we can help. Professional in-office teeth whitening can quickly and easily brighten teeth up to five shades or more in about one hour.

Composite Bonding

Minor chips, cracks, discolorations, and even gaps between teeth can be covered with the same tooth-colored material that we use to fill a tooth. This composite resin is matched to the shade of your tooth and then placed, shaped, and then hardened in place with a dental laser. The process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the tooth that’s being treated.

Dental Veneers

If you are dealing with more moderate cosmetic flaws that bonding or teeth whitening can’t handle, then we may recommend getting veneers. After all, these thin porcelain shells are able to completely transform a smile when they are bonded to the front of your teeth. They can even give you a straighter smile without needing braces.

Dental Implants

Lost a permanent tooth? Why not choose the next best thing to a real tooth. An implant is a metal post that acts just like natural tooth roots and is surgically placed into the jawbone to become a permanent foundation from which to support a false tooth. Implants can last the rest of your life with the proper care and maintenance.

Do you have questions about getting cosmetic dentistry in Forest Hills, NY? Are you ready to take the next step and schedule a consultation with us? If so, don’t hesitate to call our office and let us know that you want to discuss the best way to get your dream smile.

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Millions of Americans are quietly unhappy with the way their teeth look. No matter how long you’ve been living with dental imperfections, veneersveneers can help improve your teeth and make your smile look like you’ve never seen it before. Creating a brand new smile with veneers is an art—it involves shaping, contouring, and coloring it to perfection. See Dr. Richard Lestz, a cosmetic dentist practicing in Forest Hills, NY, for a veneer consultation.

Veneers: A Popular Cosmetic Solution
Veneers are a solution for patients who are tired of seeing dull, discolored, worn out teeth when they look in the mirror. Many of the people you see with near-perfect smiles weren’t born with them—they actually have veneers covering their original teeth. Veneers were originally used by Hollywood stars, as early as the 1920s. They’re now popular with patients from all walks of life, including socialites, business professionals, and people who are planning major events.

Benefits of Choosing Veneers
Your Forest Hills cosmetic dentist may offer you more than one option for fixing up your smile, but here are some reasons why you might want to opt for veneers:

- There’s a short wait time for veneers—your teeth will look better after just a few weeks.
- Today’s veneers are made of porcelain, which is extremely resilient, durable, and attractive. Expect them to last 10 years or more.
- Your dentist has the ability to make veneers look extremely natural so that others won’t realize that you have coverings over your teeth.

A Smile Improvement and More...
Your smile can look 10 times better after a veneer treatment. It can also improve other facets of your life. A smile survey published by Kelton Research found that most Americans associate a beautiful smile with youth, health, success, and even trustworthiness. Veneers are an investment in your present and your future.

Awaken Your Smile, Renew Your Confidence
You may be surprised by how much a smile makeover with veneers can change your life for the better. Call (718) 544-9100 today to ask a friendly staff member for a consultation with Dr. Lestz, a skilled cosmetic dentist in Forest Hills, NY.

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
September 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let a yellow smile bring you down. Our dentist is here to help!tooth stains

Nothing is worse than smiling and knowing that your teeth are yellowing and dull. Don’t you want a brilliant smile that you can’t wait to show off? We thought so. Fortunately, getting rid of dental stains doesn’t have to be difficult. Our Forest Hills, NY, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz, offers up many ways that you might be able to get your stains under control and enjoy a brighter smile.

Brush Regularly

If you aren’t someone who brushes twice a day, like they are supposed to, then now is the time to start doing it. Brushing twice a day ensures that you remove all plaque and tartar buildup from teeth, plus with a little whitening toothpaste you can prevent the development of new dental stains.

Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks

If your teeth are prone to staining then you’ll want to consider changing your diet to accommodate your smile. This means staying away from dark foods and drinks, as well as sports drinks, coffee, wine and tea, which can quickly stain up your white smile. When you do consume these kinds of foods and drinks, just remember to brush your teeth immediately after to prevent stains from forming.

Try At-Home Kits

Some people only have minimal stains that aren’t very noticeable but certainly bother them. If this is the case, you may not need to undergo our powerful whitening system in order to achieve the results you want. Sometimes whitening kits from your local drugstore can offer the subtle changes you need.

Of course, you will need to follow the directions completely to make sure that you are getting the results you want. Some patients find that unsupervised teeth whitening makes them nervous and would rather come into our office. This is particularly a concern for those with teeth sensitivity, as this symptom can often get worse during whitening treatment.

Professional Teeth Whitening

This is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options our Forest Hills dentist offers. After all, there is no simpler way to get your smile several shades whiter in often just one visit. If you want to visibly change the color and radiance of your smile and you’re on a time crunch then it’s time to find out if professional in-office teeth whitening is the best approach for removing your dental stains.

And if the idea of sitting in the dentist chair for an hour doesn’t sound ideal, then don’t hesitate to ask us about our professional at-home whitening kits, which will offer beautiful, more even results than anything you’ll be able to purchase at your local drugstore. In a matter of a week or two, you’ll start to see a whiter smile.

If professional teeth whitening is what you’ve been looking for in Forest Hills, NY, then it’s time you called and scheduled a no-risk consultation. We will examine your smile and make sure you are right for this treatment.

By Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC
August 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

“Redesigning” a smile is a lot like remodeling a house: the technicalities of construction must blend seamlessly with what is perceived as elegant and beautiful. The first aspect — the proper materials and techniques to achieve a sound restoration — is absolutely crucial. But the aesthetic is just as important for assuring the final restoration evokes beauty and style.

Balancing these two aspects of a smile makeover requires thoughtful intent and planning. What may be pleasing aesthetically may not be technically feasible; but what may be technically sound may not have that sought-after “curb appeal.”

You and your dentist must work together to achieve the successful blending of these two aspects. That’s why it’s important for you to have full confidence in your dentist: that he or she is both technically skilled and experienced in cosmetic procedures and artistically aware of what will look best aesthetically.

The first step in your makeover is a thorough dental examination to determine the overall state of your oral health. With this “bigger picture,” your dentist will have a better understanding of what’s possible and practical for you and your situation. The exam may also reveal problems that should be treated first before any cosmetic work.

From there, you must communicate clearly to your dentist what you perceive as wrong with your smile and what you would like to have changed. While there are general principles of beauty best followed, your dental work could hypothetically take different paths depending on your desires and expectations. You might prefer a more “sexy” look or one that’s “sophisticated.” Or perhaps you only want subtle changes that still retain features expressing your individuality.

Ultimately, though, your expectations must line up with reality. Much like your house contractor, your dentist will advise you on what’s both practical and possible. And with their experience in smile enhancement, they can also help you determine what will look most attractive given your facial structure and features.

With this preliminary planning, you can be confident as the work proceeds that the end of the project will be both exciting and satisfying. And just as with your newly renovated home, you’ll be more than happy to share your smile with others.

If you would like more information on enhancing your smile through cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

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Richard H. Lestz DDS, PC

Forest Hills, NY Cosmetic Dentist
Richard H. Lestz D.D.S., P.C.
11045 Queens Blvd Ste 109
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 544-9100
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