Patient Questions

Can Porcelain Veneers Lengthen Short Teeth?

Relatively healthy teeth that appear short or worn down can often be transformed with the placement of custom porcelain veneers. The porcelain veneers designed and placed by cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS are typically very thin shells of high-quality ceramic material. A veneer is bonded to the front side of each tooth to conceal its appearance and present a new facade that is longer and often more optimally shaped. The color and alignment of each tooth can also be improved…

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Should I Replace My Fillings or Get Porcelain Crowns?

When visible front teeth end up with multiple fillings that require replacement, it may be wise to consider custom porcelain crowns that can provide lasting strength, protection, and aesthetic enhancement. There are many benefits that porcelain crowns can offer patients with this type of dental challenge: Porcelain crowns can whiten the appearance of visible teeth with dark metal fillings. Crowns designed by our cosmetic dentist—Dr. Michael Kosdon—are created with shade-matched, stain-resistant ceramic material that blends with your surrounding teeth. High-quality…

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Can Porcelain Veneers Feel Like Natural Teeth?

When high-quality porcelain veneers are designed, fabricated, fitted, and placed by an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Michael Kosdon, you can anticipate results that both look and feel very natural. Every step of Dr. Kosdon’s smile transformation process is focused on ensuring that each individual receives porcelain veneers that are precisely suited to their dental needs, cosmetic goals, facial aesthetics, and lifestyle. On our sister website, we have posted an in-depth Patient Question & Answer blog on a similar topic:…

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What Shade and Translucency Should My Porcelain Veneers Be?

Patients who do a lot of research on porcelain veneers before coming to Dr. Michael Kosdon’s Beverly Hills cosmetic dentistry office can sometimes jump ahead to specific questions about which material they should pick, what color their veneers should be, how translucent their veneers will look, and other aesthetic inquiries. For Dr. Kosdon, questions like these are best answered after he has had the opportunity to complete a dental exam, discuss areas of concern, perform an cosmetic evaluation, and develop…

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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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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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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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