Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC
Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei is a top dentist specializing in general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry including smile makeovers, invisalign braces, dental implants and more.

When Should You Whiten Your Teeth?

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Teeth whitening is a simple way to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. If you’re considering whitening your teeth, when it is the right time to get the procedure done? Here is what you need to know.

If you don’t have a specific event that you want brighter teeth for, then you can get your teeth whitening any time your dentist determines that you don’t have any oral health issues that could interfere with your results. If you are whitening your teeth for an occasion, the timing depends on the whitening technique you use. In-office whitening treatments deliver whiter teeth in just one hour, so you can improve your smile on the same day as your event. For at-home whitening, you’ll need two weeks to achieve the whiter smile you want.

Take the first step towards a whiter smile today by making an appointment with Dr. Michael J. Wei. At our dental office, we offer comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry in Manhattan to help you get the healthy, gorgeous smile you want. To schedule your visit, call (212) 982-4080.

Signs That Veneers Are Right for You

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Porcelain veneers are thin, wafer-like shells that are attached to the tops of your teeth to change their appearance. They can be used to address a number of cosmetic concerns, from staining to spacing issues, and can be placed in a simple, painless procedure. Are porcelain veneers an option for you? Here are some of signs that you could benefit from talking about veneers with your cosmetic dentist.

You have severe staining.
Teeth whitening treatments are effective at removing most surface staining, but if your teeth stains are deeper, whitening treatments likely won’t help. This kind of severe teeth staining is usually a side effect of certain medications, excessive fluoride exposure during childhood, or a tooth trauma. Porcelain veneers can be attached to the teeth to cover up these stains, so that all anyone sees when you smile is the white surface of the veneer.

You have spacing or shape issues.
If your teeth are spaced too far apart, or if you have some teeth that are a different size or shape than others, porcelain veneers can give your smile a more uniform appearance. For mild spacing issues, veneers can be sized to help teeth meet. For shape issues, your cosmetic dentist can construct your veneers in such a way as to make all of your teeth appear the same shape and size.

You have chips or cracks.
Although dental bonding may be used to fix chips and cracks, many patients prefer the results they get with veneers. Much like with severely stained teeth, veneers can be attached to teeth surfaces to cover up any chips or cracks are impacting the look of your smile. Once the veneer is in place, there is no need to pursue other treatments to fix this kind of tooth damage.

If you’re concerned about cosmetic issues with your teeth, make an appointment with Dr. Michael J Wei at his dentist office in Manhattan. Dr. Wei can discuss your concerns and determine if veneers are right for you or if you could benefit from the more extensive treatment of a smile makeover. Make your appointment today by calling (212) 982-4080.

The Benefits of a Smile Makeover

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Are discolored and damaged teeth holding you back from showing off your smile? If so, you could benefit from a smile makeover. During a smile makeover, your dentist works with you to choose cosmetic dentistry procedures to address the aesthetic issues you have with your smile, such as porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants. If you are considering talking to your dentist about a smile makeover, here are some of the benefits you could experience.

Better Self-Esteem
When you don’t love your smile, you’re likely to spend a great deal of time trying to hide it from other people. This can make you less confident in your professional life, especially if you lead meetings or do sales work, and it can impact your social life. When you’re forcing yourself not to smile, you could be giving the impression that you’re not friendly, no matter how vivacious your personality is on the inside. When you reclaim your smile with a makeover, you also reclaim your self-confidence and can get back to embracing life completely.

Better Oral Health
Cosmetic dentistry treatments don’t directly address any health-related dental concerns, but that doesn’t mean they can’t affect your oral health. People who get smile makeovers feel a boost in pride in their smiles, which usually makes them more committed to caring for their teeth. Simply feeling better about your smile makes you more conscientious about brushing, flossing, and following the other advice of your dentist. If your smile makeover included treatments for misalignments, then it could also be easier to clean all teeth surfaces after your makeover.

Better Smile
At the root of any smile makeover is a better smile. After your makeover, your teeth will be whiter, straighter, and more uniform in size. Your smile will look healthier and will stay that way with little maintenance. Most smile makeover treatments will last indefinitely with good oral hygiene.

Dr. Michael J. Wei is experienced in smile makeovers and can help you get a smile you will love. Make an appointment at our dental office in Manhattan today by calling (212) 982-4080.

Before and After | Smile Makeover by Cosmetic NYC Dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei

Smile Makeover NYCKerry presented to us with very short fractured teeth that were also stained and not proportional. She wanted a fuller, whiter, and straighter smile. We were able to achieve this by giving her 10 porcelain veneers. She has a beautiful result now and all her family, friends, and co-workers are always complimenting her on her new smile. She says this was definitely a worthwhile investment.


  • Damaged Fractured Teeth
  • Discolored Teeth
  • Reverse Smile
  • Short Small Teeth
  • Teeth Not Proportional
  • Uneven Smile


  • Laser Gum Reshaping
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Smile Makeover

Handling Your Child's Loose Tooth

If your child has a loose tooth, is it best to let nature take its course or pull it out yourself? Although it’s always best to check with your dentist before handling a loose tooth if you’re not sure of the process, it is usually safe to remove your child’s tooth, if he or she will let you.

Watch this video to learn more about pulling your child’s wiggly baby tooth. Some kids want parents to help them pull, in which case, gently squeezing the tooth with a tissue should remove it safely. Other kids prefer to let the tooth fall out on its own, which is fine with most dentists as well.

If you’re looking for dentist in Manhattan for your family, choose Dr. Michael J Wei. Our dentist office provides comprehensive care, including cosmetic treatments. Make an appointment today by calling (212) 982-4080.

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