Dedicated to providing the highest standards in cosmetic and general dentistry.

  • Cosmetic and general dentistry in the heart of Queens.

    Expert dentistry in
    Forest Hills-Queens.

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We are both a family dental practice and a dental implant center and can complete all neccessary treatment under one roof. 

Welcome to the office of Richard Lestz, DDS, a renowned cosmetic and restorative dentist in Forest Hills, Queens who for 35 years has helped thousands of patients restore missing teeth and create beautiful smiles. Our office is dedicated to providing dentistry using the latest technology and unparalleled skill. We provide gentle restorative and aesthetic dentistry in a contemporary, soothing environment.

Confidence about your smile can affect how you feel about yourself personally and professionally. Dr. Lestz is a skilled professional that has been educated at leading dental schools and pursues continuing education under dental experts from around the world in order to sensitively provide care for your smile. Flexible hours allow our patients to easily schedule an appointment around work or children. If you are unhappy with your smile then we are happy to offer a complimentary consultation whereby Dr. Lestz will examine and give you an idea as to what procedure he may employ in order to restore the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. It is possible that Dr. Lestz may have to employ a number of different procedures it the same time to give you the perfect smile. This may involve teeth whitening, dental crowns to repair chipped or damaged teeth and dental veneers. In some cases it may be a case for full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Lestz is also one of the few surgeons in the NYC area that can perform the 'Teeth in a Day' procedure - a process whereby an endentulous patient (one missing all dentition) or a patient missing a number of teeth may be given teeth whithin a day with the proper planning, a CT scan and the correct patient - they may be able to walk out of the office with a full set of prosthetic teeth. Give us a call for more information about how we can provide you or a loved with a new smile and teeth that last a lifetime.

The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to give you a fabulous smile! This is done by analyzing every aspect of your smile, then correcting any problems.

Terrific smiles have several things in common:

    • Straight teeth.
    • Teeth are evenly spaced with no gaps.
    • Teeth are white, without stains.
    • The top teeth show when you smile, but not the gums.
    • The edges of the top teeth smoothly follow the curve of the lower lip.

Teeth are white, without stains. The top teeth show when you smile, but not the gums. The gum line is smooth. The edges of the top teeth smoothly follow the curve of the lower lip. 

There are cosmetic procedures to make any of these corrections, so even if you weren't born with a beautiful smile, you can still have one!
Did you know that the statistics in the U.S. are quite astounding as to how many individuals are not happy with their smile.

  • 76% of people don't feel confident to smile in a photograph
  • 48% of people make judgements about people by the look of their smile
  • 7% of people think it helps psychologically
  • 67% of people think it helps romantically

A common term used in cosmetic dentistry today is the 'smile makeover'. But what does 'Smile Makeover' actually mean' ? A smile makeover refers to any combination of cosmetic dental procedures that enhances the beauty and appearance of the smile, correcting almost any problem. These can be problems such as:

  • Crooked teeth - These can be straightened
  • Chipped or broken teeth - Can be repaired using crowns
  • The top teeth show when you smile, but not the gums.
  • The edges of the top teeth smoothly follow the curve of the lower lip.
  • Gaps between teeth - These can be closed
  • Stained ordiscolored - These teeth can be whitened

The result? A smile that is straight, white and even. Smile makeovers are typically created with the use of porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns and/or porcelain onlays. Veneers are thin shells of fired porcelain that are placed on the front surfaces of the teeth. Offering a natural look and feel, veneers allow the cosmetic dentist to dramatically change the length, width, color and shape of a tooth. Restoring teeth to their natural beauty, veneers also resist staining, creating an enduring white, bright straight smile. Porcelain crowns and onlays offer the same advantages. Dr. Lestz is commited to employing a number of dental processes during the process of creating a perfect smile for a patient.
If you are interested in finding out what we can do for your smile then give us a call on 718-544-9100. If you are looking for a teeth cleaning in Queens then we offer teeth cleanings for $175.00 including exam, cleaning and x-rays. We also provide dental implants, dental crowns, Invisalign, dental bridges, porcelain veneers and all forms of cosmetic dentistry. If you are looking for an emergency dentist in Queens then we provide treatment for all dental emergencies. We look forward to treating you as a patient and in discussing with you how we can create for you a beautiful smile

Understanding how facial symmetry plays a part in creating a beautiful and symmetrical smile

During the process of creating a patient’s smile and before he even starts, Dr. Richard Lestz believes that by paying attention to a patient’s facial symmetry we can construct a more beautiful smile. “These lines are proportional and symmetrical”, he explains. Faces that we consider to be beautiful, or ideal fit into these lines. When teeth are crooked or missing altogether, there is a loss of bone or supporting structures, which may cause the shape of the face to collapse inward and vertically. By cosmetically reconstructing the teeth and their supporting structures, we can achieve a more healthy, esthetic and youthful appearance.

Facial symmetry refers to the balance and proportion of the different features on your face, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. Research has shown that people tend to perceive symmetrical faces as more attractive and desirable.

When it comes to your smile, attention to facial symmetry can help improve its overall appearance. For example, if you have teeth that are crooked or misaligned, this can throw off the symmetry of your smile and make it appear less attractive. By straightening your teeth through orthodontic treatment or by replacing teeth using dental implants, you can improve the symmetry of your smile thereby enhancing the overall appearance of your entire face.

Similarly, if you have missing teeth, this can also affect the symmetry of your smile. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants, bridges, or dentures can help restore the balance and proportion of your smile and improve its overall symmetry.

Finally, paying attention to the symmetry of your lips and mouth when you smile can also have an impact on how attractive your smile appears. For example, if your lips are uneven or your mouth is crooked, this can detract from the symmetry of your smile. Working with a cosmetic dentist like Dr. Richard Lestz to correct these issues can help you achieve a more balanced and symmetrical smile.

At the office of Richard Lestz, DDS we offer all cosmetic procedures including dental implantsdental crownsdental bridgesporcelain veneersteeth whitening, and all on 4 dental implants and all on 5 dental implants.He is also able to perform the 'teeth in a day' procedure for certain patients.

Single Tooth Dental Implants

We offer single tooth dental implants: suitable for patients missing a front tooth or molar.


dental implants

All-on-5 dental implants can be placed on upper or lower arches and can completely replace missing teeth.



For those that are looking for the perfect smile, veneers are the solution. They can hide chipped or stained teeth.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction  involves a number of process that we perform to restore your original smile.

Periodontal Reconstruction

From the treatment of gingivitis to it's more advanced stage of periodontitis we can repair the periodontium and restore your health through carefully managing your gums.

 Smile Makeover

A popular procedure we perform is the smile makoeve ,  itcan involve multiple procedures or 2 or with amazing results.

Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

While each dentist employs a different set of technologies to help him, here are some common ones that you may encounter:

    If you answer yes to any of the following statements, you are a candidate for a smile makeover:

    • I dislike the appearance of my smile.
    • My teeth are crooked.
    • My teeth are uneven.
    • My teeth are chipped or broken.
    • I have missing teeth.
    • I have unsightly gaps between my teeth.
    • I'm embarrassed to smile.
    • My smile is keeping me from fulfilling my personal and professional life.
    • My teeth are stained and discolored.
    • I have grown a mustache or beard to cover my smile.

    If your smile is making you unhappy then it might be time to do something about it. Fortunately the advice is free, so If you make an appointment with Anna the receptionist and office manager we will give you a free consultation and we will give you an idea just what exactly we can do to improve your smile. We look forward to treating you as a patient. 


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    What Patients Say About Dr. Richard Lestz

    Dr. Lestz is very professional, caring and has a great sense of humor. I would not change Dr. Lestz for any other dentist. His assistants Anna and Mable
    are great, knowledgeable and caring.

    by A.F., Google Reviews ( Read More Reviews)

    Meet Our DENTIST and OUR TEAM  

    Dr. Richard Lestz has been in practice for over 25 years in Forest Hills, Queens and is dedicated to providing the highest standards in general and cosmetic dentistry. Anna is his office manager and answers all questions pertaining to treatments and appointments.

    Richard Lestz, DDS

    Practice Owner | Cosmetic and General Dentist | over 25 years experience

    Mable - Dental Hygienist

    Hygienist | over 20 years experience



    Here Dr. Lestz discusses implants, the 'teeth-in-a-day' procedure and when second opinions are needed for root canal treatments.

    Dental Implants - The process

    Richard Lestz, DDS has over 25 years experience treating patients. Here he discusses the process of placing dental implants - a procedure that he has been doing for over 25 years.

    Dental Implants - The Process

    So Your Dentist Says You Need A Root Canal?

    Dr. Lestz gives his advice on root canals and giving second opinions.

    Root Canal Second Opinions

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