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Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
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Larchmont, NY 10538
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By Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Healthy SmileVeneers are wafter-thin coverings made of porcelain that go over another surface. Veneers are strong and replace natural tooth enamel. When your New York City and Larchmont, NY, dentist bonds veneers to your natural teeth. Like natural tooth enamel, veneers are translucent and tough, but don't stain like tooth enamel does.

Veneers are thin which is means you don't have to worry about your teeth protruding. Your New York City and Larchmont , NY, doctor removes some enamel from the surface of your teeth to prevent the protrusion, but this process is permanent.

Here are some frequently asked questions:

What are some limitations of porcelain veneers?

Veneers are not a good option if your teeth are significantly misaligned. In that case, orthodontic treatment may be necessary. Veneers may not be the best option if you suffer from severe dental trauma and decay.

What are some of the advantages of veneers?

  • Size and Shape: Some people are born with irregularly-shaped teeth, pointed ends, or too small. Teeth are also worn down over time due to teeth-grinding (bruxism). Whatever the reason is, you can make custom veneers that'll have the shape and size that'll give you a great smile.
     
  • Alignment and Spacing: Sometimes people have gaps between their teeth that need closing. If you have minor gaps and misaligned, slightly crooked teeth, veneers can help conceal those issues, while providing teeth with a beautiful color and shape.

What do you need to do in order to care for your veneers?

  • Gently brush and floss your teeth every day.
  • Regular checkups at the dental office.
  • Don't exert too much pressure on veneers.
  • Use custom-made night guard to protect veneers.

Are you in need of a consultation?

If you want a smile makeover, call your doctor at (212) 986-2287 for the office in New York City, NY, and (914) 834-9534 for the office in Larchmont, NY, to learn more about veneers!

By Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
March 01, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
BaseballsFranciscoLindorShinesasMrSmile

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 Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
January 20, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
SpiceUpYourTeeth

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Cosmetic DentistryHow porcelain veneers from your dentist in Larchmont, New York can renew your smile.

Is your smile the best it can be, or does it need some improvement? There are many different dental procedures that can improve your smile, but to give you an outstanding smile, you should consider porcelain veneers! Dr. Joel Levy wants to introduce you to porcelain veneers, the way to a celebrity-perfect smile. He has two convenient office locations in Larchmont and New York City, NY to serve your dental needs.

Porcelain veneers are thin laminates of sparkling porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They can help you show off your best possible smile by hiding aesthetic issues like these:

  • Chips and tooth wear due to aging or damaging habits
  • Cracks and fracture lines due to trauma or injury
  • Broken teeth from an accident involving your face
  • Gaps between teeth or tooth overlap due to genetics
  • Dark, heavy stains from smoking or other lifestyle habits
  • Blotchy, uneven tooth color due to medications or genetics

When you choose porcelain veneers, you are choosing a state-of-the-art dental treatment which provides:

  • A naturally beautiful appearance; porcelain reflects light just like your natural teeth, so your new veneers will enhance your smile naturally.
  • An easy care result; porcelain is stain-resistant so your new veneers will stay beautiful for years.
  • Conservative treatment; your dentist removes minimal to no tooth structure, just enough to compensate for the veneer thickness.

Your new veneers will require 2 to 3 appointments, beginning with a consultation appointment. Veneers allow you to have a completely new smile within just a few weeks. The quick turn-around time makes porcelain veneers an excellent choice if you have a special event coming up and you want to show off your best possible smile.

You don’t have to settle for the smile nature gave you. Now you can improve your smile quickly and easily thanks to porcelain veneers. All you have to do to get started is pick up the phone and call Dr. Joel Levy, with offices in Larchmont, New York, and New York City. Call today!

By Joel F. Levy D.D.S.
November 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
LookingGoodfortheHolidays

The holidays are a time for getting together with family and friends from near and far. The memories you make at these joyful celebrations are the ones you’ll treasure forever, but it can be hard to show good cheer if you’re not happy with the way your teeth look. If you’re keeping that grin under wraps, we may be able to perk up your smile with some quick and economical in-office treatments.

A professional teeth cleaning is one of the best values in dental care. In just minutes, we can remove the buildup of hardened tartar that can make your teeth look dull and yellowed. Tartar can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease—two kinds of trouble you don’t need! While you’re in the office, you will also have a thorough exam that could prevent minor issues like small cavities and bleeding gums from becoming more serious dental problems. When you leave, your teeth will look and feel sparkly clean.

If your smile doesn’t look as bright as you’d like, ask about teeth whitening treatments. In-office whitening is a safe and effective way to lighten your teeth up to 10 shades in a single visit! If you have more time, you can get similar results from a take-home kit that we can provide—one that’s custom-made just for you.

Are chips or cracks making your teeth look less than perfect? Cosmetic bonding could be the answer. Translucent, tooth-colored bonding material can be applied to your teeth to repair minor cracks, chips or spacing irregularities. This in-office procedure usually requires just one visit and can make a dramatic difference in your smile.

So as holiday celebrations draw near, why not give yourself a reason to smile? Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth cleaning, teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding could give your smile some holiday sparkle! You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”