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Sparkle! Get Your Smile On

by JC Alvarez
Tuesday Nov 8, 2011

Nothing says "healthy" like a set of pearly white teeth; nothing makes a better first impression. In which case, what could be better than to sparkle up the holiday season with your own redesigned smile?

For Drs. Anthony Vocaturo and Donald P. Lapine - or "The Smile Designers" as their patients have appropriately come to refer to them - a flawless smile is truly priceless. The two aren't only in the business of perfecting that grin. They understand that in many cases they are providing their clientele with a whole new and invigorated lease on life.

"It's been proven," Dr. Anthony Vocaturo tells us, "that you increase someone's self-esteem when you improve on a smile." It's not a passing cosmetic trend that has only recently been gaining steady momentum - the significance of proper oral hygiene and regular visits to a dentist is beneficial in the prevention of serious chronic diseases, including heart disease and the prevention certain cancers.

From their practice in Bayonne (situated in a posh, renovated single-family home), the dental technicians have found the key strokes to dealing with all of those unwarranted fears most patients may have developed about previous visits to the dentist.

"A visit to the dentist shouldn't be frightening or painful," Vocaturo confides. Although by his sheer presence, he can come off as a rather imposing figure, this chopper bike aficionado is most tenderly concerned about providing his clients with a unique and comfortable experience. "Our practice is very different - very laid back," Vocaturo describes. "Everyone at our office is really friendly and upbeat."

A-List Service.

And with the celebrity clientele to which the two distinctly cater - celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz visits the team regularly, as does pageant winner Miss USA Alyssa Campanella. Local NYC TV host and hottie Pedro Andrade trusts no one else with his winning gleam, and the iconic pop artist and music legend Blondie wouldn’t trust anyone else with her rapturous image. But you don’t have to be an A-lister to get the red carpet treatment.

With a warm established environment, Dr. Donald P. Lapine, the second half of this dynamic dental duo, wanted to concentrate on redefining a patient’s visit to the dentist office. "We wanted to change what patient’s remember about visiting a dentist."

On their premises, the doctors provide not only the most sophisticated and gentle applications to provide patients with the most state-of-the-art and painless dental procedures, but their facility also combines the comforts of an excellent day spa expanding on their patient’s visit by providing massages, light lunches and any number of additional amenities. "We’re improving on the experience," Lapine continues, "to really make our clients comfortable when they visit us," especially considering that often times a visit to the dentist can involve a commitment to several hours depending on the complexity of the procedure involved.

Moving their offices out from the concrete jungles of Manhattan to the suburbs, the doctors have been able to provide this elite experience to all of their patients.

"We can provide a car service, and can even in certain circumstances make airline reservations." All in a concentric effort to provide today’s fast-paced and upwardly moving urban professional with few excuses for missing a visit to their office.

Nothing To Fear...

"We do all types of work, from common procedures, to cases that dentists don’t even want to touch," Vocaturo says. They’ve also certainly cornered the market on advanced dentistry and cosmetic reconstruction, incorporating the most modern approach to today’s most routine visit. "The current trends continue to promote advanced laser dentistry," Lapine explains. This more advanced approach is used for everything from whitening the tooth surface, moving of the gum line, to performing oral surgeries.

And with several contemporary options to redesign their patients smile, the "Smile Designers" are able to customize their services to suit every individual case. "We do veneers most often" adds Lapine, "because they are the quickest, most conservative - most predictable way to change a person’s smile. Traditional veneers require a small amount of reduction in tooth structure - however, certain cases qualify for no prep veneers which requires no reduction at all."  This has definitely been one of the hottest breakthroughs in cosmetic dentistry in recent years. 

"Most procedures have become fairly simple and painless," Lapine insists. "That is why people seek us out for smile makeovers. We know which procedures to recommend and when to recommend them." You can be certain that the doctors take great effort to present all options to their patients, presenting every option in order to truly make an informed decision.  

The Smile Designers leave more than an indelible mark across their patients faces. They’ve also dedicated themselves to battling breast cancer through Smile Pink, a charity they’ve established to battle breast cancer. "Both of our lives have been affected by this disease," Vocaturo reveals, "so we came up with this idea that supports the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation." With a unique and innovative approach to modern dentistry, winning personalities that are certain to capture the hearts of their patients everywhere, these two dedicated dentists are ready to enhance the profile and reputations of dentists across the country as well as create a million dollar smile to remember!

For more information you can visit Cosmetic & Wellness Center of New York/New Jersey at njcosmeticdentist.comor call (877) 50-SMILE for a consultation.

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".


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