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What is the Difference between Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry?

There are many different types of dentistry - orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and cosmetic and restorative dentistry, just to name a few. And some of them can be easily confused - like cosmetic and restorative dentistry. However, there are some key differences between them and the procedures that are performed. Whatever your dental needs are, you should know what kind of dentistry best suits you.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is the practice of improving the overall appearance of a patient’s mouth, teeth, and smile. Cosmetic dentistry is not essential to the functioning of your teeth, mouth, and jaw. Dr. Liberman and Great Neck Family Dentist offer many different procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

Porcelain Veneers are for patients who want to improve the appearance of their teeth. Porcelain Veneers can help patients correct chips, discoloration, or misalignment in their teeth. The porcelain veneer will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.

Invisalign is a popular alternative to a traditional orthodontic approach, like braces. Invisalign is great for patients who want to straighten out their teeth but do not want to wear braces. The transparent trays are a much more comfortable alternative to braces.

Teeth Whitening is a delicate process in which a patient will gradually whiten their own teeth. The patient will be outfitted with a take-home kit, which they will gradually apply to their teeth over the course of two weeks.

What is Restorative Dentistry?

Unlike Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry is necessary. Without the proper interventions, the patient can have significat pain and difficulty in everyday movements - such as chewing food, speaking, or brushing their teeth. Here are some procedures that Great Neck Family Dentist can offer you.

Dental Crowns and Bridges are used to protect or repair broken teeth. In addition, they can also be used after an extensive procedure like a root canal, which will help protect the area that is healing.

Dental Fillings are used to replace parts of a tooth that have been lost due to a cavity or other trauma. At Great Neck Family Dentist, Dr. Liberman will use a filling that matches the color of your enamel, so you do not need to worry about any inconsistencies in the color of your teeth.

Dental Implants are small titanium posts that are used to secure dental crowns or bridges, which replace a tooth. Dr. Liberman uses durable material that is guaranteed to have durable, long-lasting results.

The Difference Between Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

The major difference between cosmetic and restorative dentistry is that cosmetic dentistry is mainly optional, unlike restorative dentistry. If a patient does not receive the proper treatment in a scenario where restorative dentistry is required, there will be extreme amounts of discomfort and pain.

At Great Neck Family Dentist, Dr. Julie Liberman and her team have the experience and expertise to help patients receive the quality dental care that they need. If you need cosmetic, restorative, or a dentist for the whole family, come pay a visit to Great Neck Family Dentist.

Finding The Right Dentist For Anxiety Patients Leads To Better Oral Health

Many people experience anxiety around going to the doctor or to a new dentist. And they may have good reasons to be anxious: they may have had bad experiences, or since the COVID-19 Pandemic, may be reluctant to get back into the routine of going to a dentist. However, if you are an anxious patient, do not let that stop you from receiving quality dental treatment! Not all dental practices are created equal, so look around to see what each dentist office offers - some may be more inviting to an anxious patient than others.

Look for a Family Practice

Particular dentists can offer patients different services and different styles of treatment. For whatever your needs are, it is important to consider what exactly you are looking for in a dentist. A dentist for anxiety patients would provide a comforting atmosphere and exude a compassionate demeanor. And these are exactly the strengths of a family dentist. A family dentist has to be flexible, patient, and compassionate with his or her patients. A family dentist has experience working with a variety of patients - from old to young, from unruly to impatient and restless. If you are anxious about returning to the dentist, you want to make sure that you are in a supportive environment. You want someone with the right experience, and there is not anyone who is better suited for the job than a family dentist.

Patient Testimonials

To better understand what a dentist has to offer you, and if they are well-suited for working with anxious patients, then check out the dentist’s testimonials. Dr. Liberman of Great Neck Family Dentist has received glowing reviews and testimonials, especially from reluctant and anxious patients. One patient wrote that Dr. Liberman made her x-rays and her visit “free from anxiety”. This same patient “always dreaded going to the dentist” but, under Dr. Liberman’s care, she felt confident and comfortable. The patient even went on to recommend Dr. Liberman to a friend! Dr. Liberman has received glowing reviews from patients as young as three and four, and patients much older. One patient exclaimed that, after thirty-five years, he finally found the dentist that fit his needs and preferences! Throughout all of Dr. Liberman’s testimonials is a common thread: Dr. LIberman is patient, compassionate, and always has her patients best interest at heart.

Dr. Liberman and her team at Great Neck Family Dentist understand how anxious one can be in a medical setting, such as a dentist or doctor’s office. In fact, Dr. Liberman and her team take pride in how inclusive their practice is. By providing a variety of services and serving a variety of ages, Dr. Liberman demonstrates her commitment to providing an inclusive practice. If you are in the Great Neck or Nassau County Area, please pay a visit to Dr. Liberman! It is okay if you are anxious or nervous to see a new dentist - don’t let those nerves get in the way of quality dental treatment!

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Never been happier with a dentist before! The professionalism, individual care, sparkling clean office, and the range of services are amazing. Highly recommended! 

-Dave K., From a Yelp Review
Merrick, NY