SOURCE: Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry of NY

March 07, 2012 05:09 ET

Queens, NY Prosthodontist Says Smile Makeovers Can Improve Confidence

QUEENS, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 7, 2012) - Dr. Melani Kapetanakos, a prosthodontist in Queens, NY, says patients at her practice are now looking for aesthetic dental enhancements to carry them into the spring with confidence and vitality. By combining targeted dental procedures into a comprehensive smile makeover, Dr. Kapetanakos says cosmetic dentistry can offer effective, high-quality results to patients looking to brighten their smile and enhance their appearance as a refreshing start to the new year despite the current period of financial uncertainty.

According to a recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), 99.7% of Americans believe a smile to be an important social asset, while 74% believe an unattractive smile could potentially harm their chances of career success. At her New York Prosthodontic practice, Dr. Kapetanakos claims many patients are looking to aesthetic enhancements in the new year and into spring to combat the tough economic times and subsequent competitive job market. By making changes to their dental structure and appearance through a smile makeover in Queens, she says her patients are hoping to improve the likelihood of finding gainful employment and improving confidence by starting the year with a brighter smile.

Combining several aesthetic procedures from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers in New York, Dr. Kapetanakos maintains that a smile makeover is designed to correct multiple imperfections in a person's smile through a single procedure. She states porcelain veneers, a wafer-thin laminate adhered to the surface of teeth, can help fix chipped, stained, or poorly aligned teeth. Dr. Kapetanakos adds that a procedure such as teeth whitening can remove deep stains caused by coffee or tobacco and restore the whiteness of teeth up to ten shades with long-lasting results. She adds that other procedures often included in a smile makeover are dental implants or crowns.

Regardless of whether patients are looking for a single aesthetic procedure or a full mouth rehabilitation, Dr. Kapetanakos says thanks to progressive advancements in dental procedures, patients now have the opportunity to improve their self-confidence for the new year, an attribute she says can lead to career success and a more positive outlook on life. She adds that as more patients become aware of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, she hopes the field will continue to develop even further towards the highest quality results and patient comfort. Dr. Kapetanakos says as patients strive to feel more comfortable in their work and social environment, she urges them to seek out an experienced and qualified dentist before undergoing any procedure.

About Melani Kapetanakos, DDS

As a specialist in prosthodontics, a field of dentistry focusing on restorative treatment procedures such as dentures, bridges, crowns, veneers, and others, Dr. Melani Kapetanakos received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University. She completed a one-year General Practice Residency at Staten Island University Hospital, after which she was accepted into the post-graduate program for advanced education in prosthodontics at New York University. Dr. Kapetanakos was awarded the Panadent award and the Adisman Boot Award for clinical excellence during her residency. She has also completed extensive training in dental implants as an Implant Fellow at New York University in addition to advanced aesthetic training in the field of Aesthetic Dentistry and Veneers at the Rosenthal Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Kapetanakos is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontists, and several other professional organizations. She is certified to administer BOTOX® Cosmetic, Restylane®, Perlane®, and Juvederm®. Dr. Kapetanakos has also volunteered her time in various dental outreach programs to Guatemala and Jamaica in order to serve those who do not have access to dental care.

Located at 38-39 Bell Blvd. Suite 250 in Bayside, NY, Dr. Kapetanakos' practice can be contacted at (718) 428-7474. She can also be reached online via the website or

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