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How Can I Treat Tetracycline Stains on My Teeth?

When children’s developing teeth are exposed to tetracycline—a common antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections—the result can be gray, brown, and/or yellow stains that significantly impact the appearance of the smile in adulthood. While there are some types of strong professional bleaching systems that claim to be able to correct tetracycline discoloration, the reality is that teeth whitening results are limited in these cases. For patients with this unique type of staining, Dr. Kosdon most often recommends porcelain veneers, a…

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Can I Get a Wider Smile with Porcelain Veneers?

According to cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS—who is renowned for his outstanding smile design techniques and smile makeover transformations—it is important to have the right proportion of top teeth showing when one smiles. Every smile and face is unique; however, it is common for the eight top front teeth to be visible in an “ideal” smile. If the upper pre-molars or canines are hidden behind the teeth in front of them (due to crowding, tooth size/shape, or, in some cases,…

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How Can I Improve the Appearance of Excess Gum Tissue?

Advancements in dental technology have developed new laser techniques for improving the appearance and health of gum (gingival) tissue. Using a specialized dental laser, Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS can potentially transform a “gummy smile” into a beautifully balanced gumline and smile. A custom laser gum lift procedure is designed to both eliminate excess tissue and lengthen the appearance of the teeth. Often, a laser gum lift is performed in combination with placement of porcelain veneers and/or crowns…

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How Can I Whiten Stains Between Teeth That Have Porcelain Veneers?

For some patients who receive porcelain veneers, staining can occur at the margins of the veneers, causing the appearance of discoloration between the teeth. This may happen for a couple of different reasons—either microleakage of bonding material used to cement the veneers to the front of teeth or visible tooth material along the border of the veneers. Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS advises individuals who experience staining not to use at-home bleaching kits or abrasive toothpastes to try…

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Can Porcelain Veneers Fix My Asymmetrical Smile?

Proper balance is an important component of a beautiful smile. Damage to the gums and/or worn teeth that are exaggerated on one side of the mouth can create the appearance of an asymmetrical smile. In these cases, teeth on one half of the mouth may look longer than the other, affecting the balance and proportion of your smile. Whether imbalance is caused by nighttime teeth grinding or an improper brushing technique that creates gum recession, Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Michael…

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What is the Difference Between Composite and Porcelain Veneers?

  While composite veneers can provide a quick, temporary cosmetic fix for chipped, damaged, gapped, or discolored teeth, high-quality porcelain veneers are always the right choice when you desire natural-looking, long-lasting results. Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS explains that there are many key differences between these two cosmetic options: Material: Composite resin is an artificial material, essentially a type of plastic, whereas porcelain is an organic natural glass material. Over time, composite veneers can become dull, stained, and…

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Am I a Candidate for Minimal- or No-Preparation Porcelain Veneers?

When it comes to just about any kind of dental care, many patients understandably want the most conservative treatment possible. This desire often extends to treatment with porcelain veneers, and fortunately, our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist strives to provide our patients with a conservative approach whenever possible. While some patients may inevitably need small alterations and modifications to their existing tooth structure before placement of a veneer, others may only need very little adjustment or no adjustment at all. In…

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Can I Close a Gap Between My Front Teeth with Two Veneers?

When you have a gap between your front two teeth, porcelain veneers may be used to provide an effective solution for improving the appearance of your smile. Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS, often recommends high-quality veneers to change the size, shape, color, and alignment of teeth with beautiful, long-lasting results. While cosmetic bonding may be an alternative option for closing gaps between teeth and concealing an array of other aesthetic imperfections, the composite material does not last as…

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Proper Care for Porcelain Veneers

Taking good care of your porcelain veneers, along with your overall dental health, can help keep them looking great long into the future. When properly maintained, high-quality porcelain veneers placed by an experienced cosmetic dentist, like Dr. Michael Kosdon, can last for decades. Because of his experience and expertise with porcelain veneers, Dr. Kosdon is often asked to describe what ideal upkeep entails. He does his best to educate his patients with easy-to-follow instructions for proper daily dental hygiene and…

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How Long Can Porcelain Veneers Really Last?

High-quality porcelain veneers placed by an experienced cosmetic dentist can last longer than you may think. Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS explains that patients often mistakenly believe veneers may only last 10 to 15 years before requiring replacement. Today’s state-of-the-art materials and techniques, combined with Dr. Kosdon’s expertise, can actually help individuals achieve results with porcelain veneers that may last for multiple decades with proper care. When veneers are designed, fabricated, and placed with the utmost attention to…

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