Patient Questions

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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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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Can Porcelain Veneers or Crowns Restore My Worn Teeth?

Whether your teeth are worn due to the natural aging process or years of teeth grinding and clenching, cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS can design a comprehensive treatment plan for rejuvenating your smile. Most often, either porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns can be used to reinforce tooth structure, lengthen the teeth, and create a healthier, more proportionate appearance. The causes of your worn teeth will play an important role in determining the details of your treatment plan. It is important…

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Can I Whiten My Porcelain Crowns Before Placement?

Some patients desire a change in the color of their all-porcelain crowns after our cosmetic dentist, Michael Kosdon, DDS temporarily cements them in place for a trial period of wear. Typically, these particular cases involve all-ceramic restorations designed for the most visible front teeth. When an adjustment in hue is requested, Dr. Kosdon can send the crowns back to his Master Ceramist for some slight alterations that match the patient’s revised cosmetic goals. On our sister website, Dr. Kosdon has…

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What Shade Should I Pick for My Porcelain Veneers?

During the smile design process, patients are asked to choose the color they prefer for their custom porcelain veneers. Our cosmetic dentist, Michael Kosdon, DDS, typically suggests color options that fit with the overall aesthetic goals and facial characteristics of the patient to help make the decision easier. If you are interested in learning more about how Dr. Kosdon can help you determine the proper color for you veneers, we invite you to read a full blog on this topic…

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Can Porcelain Veneers Create a “Hollywood Smile”?

Are you interested in achieving a smile makeover that gives you a “Hollywood Smile”? Using high-quality, custom-designed porcelain veneers, Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS creates stunning smile transformations. Perfecting the shape, size, shade, spacing, and alignment of teeth can often be accomplished within the span of two visits.   The popularity of porcelain veneers has increased dramatically over the last few years, thanks in part to the many actors, models, recording artists, and even sports stars who have…

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