How to Choose the Best Cosmetic Dentist on Long Island

At Koeppel Dental Group – A Dental365 Company, one of our greatest goals is to invest in a brighter smile and healthier future for all our patients; to support and embolden patients in their journey of selecting the best cosmetic dentist on Long Island to match their wants and needs. Dr. Koeppel and the Doctor’s of Koeppel Dental Group – A Dental365 Company encourage you, the consumer, to do the necessary research when choosing the best cosmetic dentist, here on Long Island — because it is not a decision you want to make lightly.

Throughout Dr. Koeppel’s years of practice and commitment to patient care, he has comprised a brief guide, entailing five factors that will help deliver dental success. Below are suggestions you can utilize to select the best cosmetic dentist, that is right for you.

1-Starting Your Search for the Best Cosmetic Dentist on Long Island

Today, there are so many dentists who claim to specialize in cosmetic dentistry, that it can be quite difficult as a consumer to choose an authentic and trustworthy cosmetic dentist, here on Long Island. The decision you make is crucial because it will determine the outcome of your smile and how long that smile result will last — you only have one set of teeth, and they are nothing to gamble with.

Choosing a cosmetic dentist is an investment on your part. When choosing the right dentist to perform the best cosmetic dentistry on Long Island for you, it’s essential to choose an expert you can trust, and a cosmetic dentist who has the skills and team in place to carry out all your expectations flawlessly for years to come. Not all cosmetic dentists are the same; each professional and ceramist has their own unique abilities, as defined by their experiential and inherent artistry.


A patient’s experience will benefit in several ways when deciding on cosmetic dentistry, through improving their overall health, confidence, well-being, and refining their look and appearance. Some primary benefits to choosing cosmetic dentistry include:

  1. Restored Function
  2. Strength & Durability
  3. Improved Health
  4. Refined Smile
  5. Discretion & Natural-Look of Prosthetics/Teeth
  6. Self-Esteem and Overall Well-Being- Looking Good – Feeling Good
  7. Improved confidence in social settings
  8. Improved confidence in the business world

These primary benefits also serve as a checklist for what you’re looking for, when selecting a cosmetic dentist; make sure the professional you’re considering can provide these benefits by listing them as your wants and needs when first meeting them, and after a thorough exam, and only then how they can deliver that criteria.

Today, dentists offer cosmetic services more than ever, and choosing the right cosmetic dentist in the field of cosmetic dentistry can be challenging. Patients should never compromise their choice in the professional who will be serving in creating their smile design. When choosing a cosmetic dentist on Long Island, one must keep in mind, that they are beginning a new relationship that is meaningful and is part of a life-changing transformation. Choose carefully. Koeppel Dental Group – A Dental365 Company is proud of our smile transformations and take great pride in the relationships we have built over the years.

2. Review Professional Awards, Formal & Continuing Education and “Board-Certified”.

When choosing a cosmetic dentist on Long Island, some of the most important things to pay mind to are expert ability, education and dedication to excellence. This will help ensure a satisfactory outcome of your cosmetic experience, as well produce a natural-looking smile that contributes to your overall confidence. Transforming your smile is a life-changing event, so it is crucial that your dentist has expert ability, education, and experience together, enables him or her to achieve the results you expect.

A cosmetic dentist MUST maintain effective professional continuing education. Their training standard MUST be up-to-date on the latest procedures and technological advancements. Not only will this yield outstanding results and delivery of service, but you can rest confident that your procedures will be completed in a safe and predictable manner. Your safety is always a top priority to a great cosmetic dentist on Long Island.

You want a cosmetic dentist who has dedicated their life, soul, and passion to be the best in their specialized field — a professional who is accountable. Also, check to see what others are saying! Look at reviews from actual patients online. The best cosmetic dentists will also have patients that you will be able to contact to discuss their experience, as well as awards and recognition from his or her peers.

“…. I went for a consultation with Dr. Koeppel, then two more consultations at “celebrity dentists” in Manhattan. My instincts told me to go back to Dr. Koeppel. He is definitely a perfectionist and extremely passionate about his work. The end result is that Dr. Koeppel made my smile look absolutely spectacular and I feel great! If you are looking to perfect your smile, go see Dr. Koeppel“.
Review from Alison B., Google

When dental implants are a part of your smile design, the skill and knowledge of an oral surgeon is a most welcome requisite (for example). In becoming “board-certified”, an oral surgeon must go above and beyond the minimal standard of training by way of extra education, as well must pass a rigorous test to prove it. The basic premise of board-certification is a good one, for it evidences they have committed themselves to undergoing a vast amount of training on top of the normal requirements of dental surgical training. Board-certified oral surgeons will perform complex procedures more accurately and safely.

Here at Koeppel Dental Group, we have developed and maintain our team of professionals who combine these very credentials with years of experience and compassion. Our team collectively works onsite, and tailors’ complex procedures and implant reconstruction to forecast success in a smile design that is both beautiful, and functional.
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3. Make a List and Communicate Your Goals.

Open and direct communication is one of the primary ways to make sure you are getting the smile and results you expect, not what the cosmetic dentist thinks you need. Is it a Hollywood smile makeover, or do you want your teeth to be enhanced or natural, when the treatment is finished? Maybe you want a perfect smile dentist? Be sure that you are spending time discussing your goals, what you want, as well as what you do not want. A competent cosmetic dentist will observe, evaluate and qualify a patient both physically and emotionally, instilling trust and will deliver just what the patient expects — success. Their education and commitment to patient care ensures that you, your health, and safety — are top priority.

The best cosmetic dentists take the time to listen to you! Compassionate and understanding cosmetic dentists will not judge you or your smile, but will instead act as your partner in achieving the smile you’ve always wanted.

4. View Past & Current Dental Work.

A confident and accomplished cosmetic dentist will have a patient gallery of “high quality before and after” photos for you to view. Utilization of their professional and artistic eye will show their ability to create realism that looks great and lasting a over time. The professional also ensures all procedures performed are meritorious to their patient’s individualized treatment plan and smile life design. This gallery helps to demonstrate their aptitude to form an understanding of the patient’s needs and desires — and accomplish them. Request to see some patients that have similar goals to yours. You want to be able to see the quality of cosmetic dentistry before committing to treatment. See our smile transformations in our photo gallery


“Both my word and service are very important to me. I never promise what I can’t deliver. I have dedicated myself to the highest standards of cosmetic dentistry — and never forget the human element. I am always humbled when a patient has chosen us for a smile make over.” — Dr. Ira Koeppel, Symposium

5. Ensure the Dentist Uses the Best Dental Laboratories Available.

In addition to being a great cosmetic dentist on Long Island, great labs and master ceramists are crucial to the outcome. The dental team MUST understand the color (chroma, hue, and value) and morphology (texture) of the teeth for enhanced aesthetics. Without this, a smile can lack luster and be underwhelming. The best cosmetic makeovers exude warmth and refract light (like facets on a diamond) for a gleaming smile that will take your breath away. Your smile needs to blend in with your complexion and your facial esthetic dimensions, so your teeth do not look misplaced.

The dentist and lab technician will work hand in hand to exceed your expectations. You want to make sure the cosmetic dentist has a long relationship and rapport with their master ceramist. Be sure that you spend your time choosing a cosmetic dentist wisely. Unlike a bad haircut, your teeth will not grow back to what they looked like before your cosmetic dentistry! When your cosmetic dental work is executed properly, it will result in a beautiful smile that makes you feel great, look younger and last a very long time.

For over 25 years throughout all of Long Island, such as Suffolk County, Brookhaven, Commack, Smithtown, Port Jefferson, Miller Place, Setauket, East Setauket and Stony Brook, cosmetic dentist Dr. Ira Koeppel, Long Island Smile Makeover Dentist has successfully practiced cosmetic and laser-assisted cosmetic dentistry that includes full arch reconstruction and dental implant surgery. He has developed and maintained a team of specialists to achieve his goal of delivering the best possible surgical and restorative outcomes.

Dr. Koeppel’s distinct interests and passion for the applications of technologies in makeover dentistry allows for his artistic skills and cosmetic results to be unparalleled. He has dedicated himself to the highest standards of the art of cosmetic dentistry — and he prides his practice in never forgetting the human element. He is a favorite among local and regional dental organizations, such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), for his lectures on current concepts in restorative dentistry. Dr. Koeppel was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for “Outstanding Leadership Qualities”, from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (New York Chapter). He has served as President of the organization in 2000, thereafter has been a member for over 25 years.

Dedicated to providing the best results possible, Dr. Koeppel is always continuing his education and completing new training on current procedures and dental advancements. Some of our doctors’ advanced trainings in progressive cosmetic dentistry are, “Advanced Full Arch Implant Techniques, “A Simple, Predictable, and Esthetic Approach to Implant Restorations”, “PAC LIVE, Las Vegas Institute, and “Digital Driven Dentistry – Success with Implants”.

One of the goals in cosmetic dentistry is to improve a patient’s self-image, and he takes great pride in working in accomplishing this purpose. Koeppel Dental Group – A Dental365 Company provides the patient with a very positive experience with as little inconvenience and worry as possible. We are experienced professionals, who strive to the highest standards available.

A beautiful smile is a symbol of overall health and well-being. It can create a younger look and a great feeling. Your teeth can be your best accessory for a happy, rewarding and successful life. We know that a great smile goes far beyond cosmetics. We offer a full range of cosmetic services for helping you achieve your lifetime dream of a beautiful smile.

“Our promise to you is to exchange in abundance and exceed your expectations – WHERE COMPASSION MEETS QUALITY!”
— Koeppel Dental Group – A Dental365 Company

Please visit with Dr. Koeppel and his team, and meet his highly accomplished and gifted dental group.

If you have a question, please visit the Ask the Dentist page. Or would like a complimentary Cosmetic Smile Make Over Consultation, call 631-689-1800 or fill the out form on this link, or text us at 631-689-1800.

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