A cosmetic dentist is one who has taken additional training in procedures which are designed to improve the smile of his or her patient. There are some cosmetic dentists who focus exclusively on these options but in many cases the cosmetic dentist is also the same individual you will see for routine dental care such as cleanings and fillings. Although New York cosmetic dentistry is a specialty in itself, the dentist who performs the work, no different than general or family dentists, are concerned with the patients overall oral health. If your teeth are not healthy cosmetic procedures will not have the same positive impact.


There are a number of procedures that can be performed by a cosmetic dentist; these procedures range from the most common which are teeth whitening and color matched fillings to veneers, crowns, dental implants and others. In most cases the cosmetic procedures are elective and are not a medical necessity but as they enhance the smile and reinforce the self-confidence of the patient many people consider itto be a very worthwhile undertaking.

Think of New York cosmetic dentistry as “smile design.” The dentist works closely with the patient, understanding what it is that he or she desires in the way of looks and feel. Although regular visits to the dentist and routine treatments are extremely important to overall dental health, the teeth will never look perfect if they are not healthy to begin with. Cosmetic treatments are more oriented toward the patient than the patient’s health. In the case of those dentists who offer both general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, this can prove to be an ideal combination for the patient as the dentist is completely aware of the background and history.

The costs for cosmetic dental procedures vary depending on the procedure and the extent of the work as well as the locale of the dentist. A reasonably simple tooth whitening procedure can be accomplished in a single setting, it is even possible to purchase a whitening kit from the dentist and perform the procedure at home. If tooth whitening using gels or bleach does not give the desired results then the New York cosmetic dentist will most likely suggest that the teeth be fitted with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers not only whiten the teeth to whatever degree the patient wants, if there are small imperfections such as gaps between the teeth, edge chips or surface cracks, they too will be eliminated.

New York cosmetic dentistry includes bleaching, porcelain and composite veneers, Invisalign® aligners, crowns, bridges and more. You are invited to contact Dr. Sharam Shekib at New York Cosmetic Dentistry & Smile Makeovers to discuss how you can redesign your smile