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Cosmetic Dentistry NYC Q & A 
by Kate Brayman, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry NYC Q & A by Kate Brayman, DDS

Dr. Kate Brayman is recognized for her expertise in aesthetic dentistry, her attention to artistic results, and her gentle approach to dental care. If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth, don’t hesitate to contact Kate Brayman DDS in New York City. She offers a full range of cosmetic procedures, from whitening and straightening to veneers and dentures.

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What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry (or aesthetic dentistry) is dentistry that is executed with a mission to bring about a positive transformation to your overall smile and teeth. It is centrally premised on enhancing the color, shape, size, position and overall aesthetics of your teeth and smile. 

Compared to general or restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry is less focused on functionality and more on the appearance of your smile. However, general and restorative procedures are sometimes required as it is important to have a strong foundation on which to develop your cosmetic dentistry goals. An esthetic dentist must see to it that all cosmetic dental procedures are complementing the overall oral health of the patient. 

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t just for the celebrity elite. There’s a wide range of pricing and procedures available today to allow millions of people get their dream smile that they desire. Aesthetically enhancing your smile can bring about a dramatic shift in your overall image. Even the tiniest of improvements through dental cosmetics can significantly enhance your confidence, self-esteem and quality of life.

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Why is cosmetic dentistry important?

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth. You may immediately think of wanting whiter teeth or filling in a gap between your two front teeth. No matter what change comes to mind, the bottom line is this: Your smile is one of the most transformative features on your face, and teeth significantly impact your overall appearance.

A smile reflects your emotions and evokes emotions in others. Smiles are an important aspect of nonverbal communication, which affects the way you interact with others. Imagine going through life never really smiling because you were embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is important for your self confidence and overall ability to enjoy life.

What do New York City cosmetic dentists do?

A New York cosmetic dentist can help you discover suitable and constructive cosmetic dentistry options to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Given the fact that your smile is one of the most eminent features of your face and personality, having discolored, damaged and crooked teeth affects the image you project about yourself to others. 

In addition, an impaired smile due to chipped or damaged teeth may further reduce your ability to carry out basic life functions like speaking or eating. This further results in an overall diminished quality of life whereby you are unable to enjoy life to its fullest potential.

Through advanced cosmetic dental techniques, surgery, treatments and procedures, an esthetic dentist can improve your overall smile in the following ways:

Replacing missing teeth

Beyond the physical appearance of your smile, your teeth are also crucial to your maintenance of good overall health. As a result, a missing tooth or missing multiple teeth can diminish your ability to perform daily life functions such as chewing food or speaking.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research suggests that around 92% of people between the ages of 20 and 64 have had dental caries. Thankfully, modern advancements in dentistry allow top cosmetic dentists in New York City to offer patients several tooth replacement options. 

Restoring damaged teeth

If you notice cracked, chipped, broken or damaged teeth, you should consult your dentist right away to ensure you avoid aggravating the condition. Chipped or damaged teeth comprise the bulk of dental injuries. Symptoms range from chronic tooth pain when biting or chewing food or sudden bursts of pain in highly hot or cold temperatures. 

Chipped or cracked teeth are repaired by restoring the damaged part of the tooth enamel. Most NYC cosmetic dentists will use cosmetic dentistry procedures like dental bonding or porcelain veneers to repair the damage and restore the appearance of your teeth. The quicker your diagnosis and treatment, the better the results.

Teeth reshaping

Minor flaws and blemishes like slightly intersecting or unevenly shaped teeth or overly pointed cuspids are usually treated with a little tooth reshaping.

Tooth reshaping, also called dental contouring, is an aesthetic dental procedure that removes tiny amounts of enamel (the outer covering of your teeth) in order to alter the appearance, length or surface area of your teeth. This treatment is often combined with dental bonding, which is a cosmetic dental treatment that utilizes teeth-colored composite resin to sculpt and shape the teeth. 

Tooth reshaping and dental contouring performed by NYC cosmetic dentists are ideal for individuals requiring minor modifications or repairs to improve the appearance of their smile. The treatment is simple and painless. However, dental reshaping and contouring are not ideal for those patients with more complex and aggravated dental conditions like tooth decay, requiring root canals or those with unhealthy gums.

Professional teeth whitening

Are you unhappy with your smile and wished that your smile had more sparkle to it? Then you are not the only one who feels as such. Thousands of New Yorkers and people from around the world get their teeth professionally whitened every year.

Stains on your teeth are inescapable. Whether through medication, poor hygiene, smoking or other lifestyle and food choices, tooth discoloration is normal as the stains gradually build up over the years. At our Manhattan dental clinic, we offer Zoom teeth whitening in a single 45-minute session. With our professional teeth whitening services in New York City, you get longer-lasting results with minimal risks as you are under the supervision of a specialized Greenwich Village cosmetic dentist who will keep a close eye on potential side-effects.

Straightening out-of-alignment and asymmetrical teeth

Asymmetrical teeth are not merely an image issue, but can also pose serious health issues. It is more difficult to brush and floss teeth that are crooked. In time, this leads to the decay of your teeth and various forms of gum disease. Many people believe orthodontists to be the only ones within the world of dentistry who can fix crooked teeth. But did you know that cosmetic dentists can also straighten misaligned and crooked teeth?

Depending on the degree of crookedness and your overall smile image goals, you can achieve a perfect smile in one or more treatments. Our cosmetic dentists in Manhattan offer Invisalign, porcelain veneers and full smile makeovers to help you fix and straighten crooked teeth.

Closing gaps in teeth

You may have taken great care of your teeth over the years. You’ve brushed and flossed, kept them clean and white, and for the most part, you’re proud of your smile. The only problem is, there is a gradually widening void right in the middle of your smile: in the middle of your two front incisors. Luckily, such an inconsistency doesn’t have to be permanent. We have aesthetic dental treatments available for “gapped teeth” and setting them back together carries both cosmetic and health benefits for your smile.

Such a space between any of your teeth is formally known as a “diastema”. Depending on the extent of these “gaps” in your teeth, there are several options available for patients looking to bridge such gaps. At our Gold Coast dental clinic in Lower Fifth Avenue, we offer services like dental bonding and veneers to help you close gaps in your teeth.

While not an exhaustive and comprehensive list, the above points are a general overview of what top cosmetic dentists in New York City do to help their patients achieve the smile they desire.

How to find a good cosmetic dentist in Manhattan?

If you are seeking a good Manhattan cosmetic dentist, it is important that you take time to do your research to ensure you find a credible fit who will help you get the best results that meet your expectations. You need to weigh several factors in discovering the true fit that will work best for you. This includes (but not limited to) inquiring your trusted sources for cosmetic dentist referrals in NYC, checking the practitioners’ online reputation and testimonials on sites like Google, Yelp and Zocdoc, and verifying their professional dental accreditations and affiliations (like with AACD). 

Once you are satisfied with your initial due diligence and have managed to zero in on a few NYC cosmetic dentists who you sense to be a good fit, ultimately, it is crucial you schedule consultations with them. Speak to your cosmetic dentist about your smile vision, specify what you want and we hope that you will eventually find the clarity and internal validation required to select someone ideal to serve your needs.

We have over 900 positive patient reviews and testimonials across Zocdoc, Google and Yelp. If you want to schedule a consultation to explore a mutual fit, you can schedule one here

While there are several yardsticks upon which you can pick your preferred New York City cosmetic dentist, for many patients it boils down to convenience and cost. You must take caution while choosing cosmetic dentists offering the cheapest services. Cosmetic dentistry is like fine art. It requires time and skill and generally costs more than general dentistry. We will be happy to work with you to find the best cosmetic dental treatment options in your budget and present financing options where needed. 

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What types of NYC cosmetic dentistry procedures does Dr. Brayman perform?

New York City Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Dr. Brayman offers a full range of cosmetic dental procedures, so don’t hesitate to contact her office in Greenwich Village NYC for a consultation if you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth. Some of the most common cosmetic procedures performed include:

Full smile makeover: Dr. Brayman offers the option to have multiple procedures performed at one time. A full smile makeover, or mouth reconstruction, takes care of aesthetic and functional dental needs. It may include any of the cosmetic procedures, as well as dental implants, bridges, and partial or full dentures.

Why should I choose Dr. Kate Brayman for cosmetic dentistry in New York?

Dr. Brayman received advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, with a specialization in porcelain veneers and dental implants. Her training combined with her years of experience add up to a well-qualified cosmetic dentist you can rely on to deliver the smile you want.

Our office is equipped with the latest dental technology, which is important for the best results. But technology alone won’t do the job. To get the appearance you desire, you need a dentist with an artistic bent. Dr. Brayman has a genuine artist’s eye thanks to years spent as an avid painter.

Dr. Brayman goes out of her way to relieve any stress you might have about dental procedures. From the soothing environment to more tangible services like massage dental chairs and painless computerized injections, every aspect of your visit focuses on your comfort.

How much does cosmetic dentistry cost in NYC? (Prices / Fees?)

Dr. Brayman offers a full range of cosmetic dental procedures. We have listed a range of price estimates below with suitable links for more information. 

  • Teeth whitening: $375 – 500

  • Porcelain veneers: $2,000 – $2,400 (per tooth)

  • Dental bonding (cosmetic):  $300 – $650 (per tooth)

  • Porcelain crowns:  $1,800 – $2,400 (per tooth)

  • Porcelain inlays/onlays:  $850 – $1,300 (per tooth)

  • Invisalign: $3,500 – $8,000 (depending on your individual case). Invisalign Express 5 cases can be as low as $1,500.

  • Gummy smile correction:  $475 – $3,500 (depending on the number of teeth)

  • Full smile makeover: $10,000 – $100,000 (depending on your individual case)

If you feel your budget falls within this category and would like to come in for a consultation or if you would like further information to discuss what is feasible to your specific cosmetic dentistry goals, call us today. (212) 505-0295

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Are your NYC cosmetic dentistry treatments covered by my dental insurance?

Every insurance plan works differently. Some plans may have extended major coverage and may cover portion of your cosmetic treatment. Many plans have Ortho coverage, which might cover portion of your Invisalign treatment.

At Kate Brayman DDS, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list below of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. Please note we do not participate with DMO/HMO insurance.

Kate Brayman, DDS
20 5th Ave Suite 1C, New York, NY 10011
(212) 505-0295

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