Larchmont, NY Dentist
Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
2039 Palmer Ave. Suite #101
Larchmont, NY 10538
(914) 834-9534

NYC Office
(212) 986-2287
20 E. 46th St. Suite 1300
New York City, NY 10017
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Posts for: May, 2017

By Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
May 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:

"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"

And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:

“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”

Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.

For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.

While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.

Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.

Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.

By Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
May 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Do you feel as though your tired smile could use a boost as far as the way it looks? If so, dental veneers can help you whiten, straighten or even completely overhaul your smile in just a few dental appointments. But how do veneers work? Are veneers right for you? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Joel Levy with practices in Larchmont and New York City, NY.

What is a dental veneer? 
A dental veneer is a porcelain dental restoration which fits over the surface of a tooth. The veneer hides the tooth’s imperfections, creating a totally new look. A dental laboratory customizes each veneer based on an impression of your mouth taken by your dentist. This ensures the most natural look possible and allows your dentist to design your veneer in such a way it blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth.

What can veneers do for me? 
Dental veneers’ main goal is to repair imperfections in your smile. Veneers focus more on the aesthetics of your smile than its functionality, aiming to improve the look of your smile above all else. Some of the main uses for dental veneers include aesthetic dental issues things such as:

  • chipped teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • uneven tooth length
  • slight misalignments
  • slight under or overcrowding issues


Dental Veneers in Larchmont and New York City, NY 
A good candidate for dental veneers is in good dental health. Patients should have no signs of existing tooth decay or gum disease. Your dentist will need to resolve these issues before placing veneers. Additionally, patients should have realistic expectations for their results and understand that veneers are a permanent, irreversible procedure. Patients should also have a strong at-home dental care routine to keep their veneers healthy and clean between bi-annual dental examinations and cleanings.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Levy at one of the locations in Larchmont and New York City, NY. Call (914) 834-9534 to schedule your appointment at the Larchmont location or (212) 986-2287 to schedule your appointment at the New York City location today!


Most children's permanent teeth erupt on a fairly predictable schedule. Sometimes, though, one or more teeth might not develop as they should — or at all.

These absent teeth pose functional problems for chewing and hygiene, which can affect long-term dental health. But they can also have a disruptive effect on an otherwise attractive smile if the missing teeth are the upper lateral incisors in the most visible part of the smile.

You normally find this pair of teeth on either side of the upper central incisors (the two front-most teeth). On the other side of the lateral incisors are the canine or eye teeth, known for their pointed appearance. Without the lateral incisors, the canines tend to drift into the space next to the central incisors. This can produce an odd appearance even a layperson will notice: only four teeth where there should be six!

It's possible to correct this abnormality, but it will take time and expense. The first step is usually to move the teeth in the upper jaw with braces to their correct position. This puts teeth where they should be and also opens space between the canines and central incisors so we can eventually replace the missing teeth with dental implants.

But the key to all this is timing. It's usually appropriate to undertake tooth movement with braces during late childhood or adolescence. But implants shouldn't be installed until the person's jaw fully matures, usually in early adulthood. An implant placed before then could eventually become misaligned.

To accommodate the time between bite correction and implant placement, the patient can wear a retainer appliance that will keep the newly created space open. We can also attach artificial teeth to the retainer to camouflage the empty space.

It usually takes a team of a family dentist, an orthodontist and a surgeon to see this kind of “smile makeover” project through, possibly over several years. But the gains in better aesthetics and health are well worth the time and expense.

If you would like more information on replacing non-developing teeth, 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 “When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow.”