Smile Design Manhattan
Lee Gause, DDS:
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Smile Design Manhattan
Lee Gause, DDS
New York, NY (Midtown West)













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: 10:30 am to 4:00 pm





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Marylou M. from Greenwich, CT (Source: Yelp)


So – it has been almost 2yrs now that I have been going to Smile Design on 57th St? I have had multiple dental issues that “no one else was able to resolve” let alone giving me hope that I did have options? You remained positive/encouraging and never wavered . Dr Gause has accomplished and surpassed my wildest of dreams when it comes to the appearance of my teeth/mouth/oral cavity. I actually clean my teeth twice (or more) a day for the full 5 minutes (or more) not because I have to but because I love looking at my teeth. I have invested in a good quality water/floss pik (as per your dental assistants advice) which is amazing. The dental assistants have been so patient with this ’70yo’ and I am forever grateful. You just have no idea what you have done for me – My only complaint? That I did not find you sooner – Just wonderful — Simply wonderful My son is seeing you now – Working on my ‘wonderful’ husband as I am writing this. Thank You 🙂

Christine Travis (Source: Google)


I found Dr. Gause through Instagram. I was searching for a cosmetic dentist to repair my front tooth which I had chipped many years ago. Bonding was no longer an option. I was adamant about wanting minimal work as I am very happy with my teeth. He did an incredible job creating a veneer that looks identical to my other teeth. He spent a great deal of time with me in each appointment and even suggested I visit the lab for a custom color match. The result was as close to perfect as I had hoped for! I highly recommend!!!

Sarah S. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


All these five star reviews are absolutely legit. I also went first on a Groupon, and was so impressed by the office, the staff and Dr. Gause that I decided to have all my work done there. I am having a lot of work done, and Janel worked with me to get as much of a discount as I possibly could through my insurance, the Groupon, and a payment plan with no interest. I had a tooth removed with the visiting dental surgeon, Dr. Dolman, and he was just fantastic. The procedure was quick, painless and easy, and he consistently checked on me to make sure I was doing okay and all my questions had been answered. Definitely my favorite Groupon purchase to date, and I will be recommending Dr. Gause’s office to everyone I know. The office is very high tech which makes for super easy x-rays and allows Dr. Gause to clearly explain to you what is going on. Everyone who works there rocks.

Cecilia Caines-Brown (Source: Google)


I finally met Dr. Gause and his team today for the first time and they are absolutely amazing! They made me feel so comfortable and so at ease. Hands down this is the best dental experience I have ever had from the initial first visit! May God continue to bless them all for their kindness and compassion towards their patients.

Susan N. Manhattan, NY (Source: Yelp)


I have been a loyant patient of Dr. Lee Gause’s for 2 years now. I have had lifelong conditions with my teeth and been in and out of bad dental offices and Lee is the only exception. Let’s start with how clean, well designed & welcoming his office is. All the rooms are equipped with the latest & greatest technology. There is great art to look at while you are in your appointment. The rooms are floor to ceiling glass so it feels really transparent. And all the staff are so friendly too! I’ve always been scared of filling cavities but when I went to get mine done today with Dr. Gause, I couldn’t believe how quick and pain free it was. It was absolutely pain free. It was incredible. My teeth has dramatically improved since I started coming to Dr. Gause and I think it’s also because I am always more than happy to make an appointment since the experience is always so pleasant. If I can give this clinic a 10 stars I would!!!

Jeff H. from New York, NY (Source: Yelp)


I’ve always been a dreamer, and I dream BIG. I can also screw up on a BIG scale, and when it came to taking care of my teeth by way of regular cleanings, I flunked out, and miserably so. Periodontitis/Gum disease and procrastination resulted in my receiving rather troubling news, once I finally made it to the dentist…Plaque had eaten away at my bone mass. My treatment plan: 10 extractions, Yes, TEN, and Implants. Although I had confidence in my wife’s (excellent) dentist, I wanted a second opinion. Enter Dr. Lee Gause of Smile Design Manhattan, to whom I was referred as result of conversing (ok, crying my dental blues) on the shoulder of a neighborhood clothier. Two Saturdays later, I nervously arrived at my appointment, somberly accepting that most of my upper teeth were being removed, consoled by the fact that a customized temporary bridge would be in place when I awoke, and quite impressed that several titanium posts would also be implanted. Estimated surgery time: 2.5 hours. As fate would decree, I had lost so much bone mass that Bone Grafting was deemed necessary, (unless I wanted dentures, which was NOT an option) and my surgery stretched into 4.5 hours. Once awake enough to walk, Gause took my arm in fraternal fashion and led me to the waiting area where I dozed on my wife’s shoulder for about 20 minutes, and to my home I went. The 11:00 song (I’m a theater and opera performer): WHO EVER HEARD OF GOING THROUGH A PROCEDURE THAT EXTENSIVE, AND ONLY NEEDING 2 600mg Ibuprofen, AND GOING TO WORK THE NEXT DAY, PAIN-FREE? I DID!! And of course, my following appointment didn’t come quickly enough, as I HAD to know what kind of wizardry Gause and his brilliant oral surgeon partner, Dr. Spencer Howard were practicing. Dr. Gause explained that the longer the human body endures trauma, the more painful the process, including painful recovery. I liked his analogy of touching a hot pot handle. If one bear-handedly grabs a pot handle, instinct makes us drop it (and the food it contains) without thinking. Or, hold onto it and risk a second degree burn. Who does THAT?! Dr. Howard practices along that principle: Less time, Less pain. He removed my 10 teeth in a matter of mere minutes! There wasn’t even any noticeable swelling. Incredible!! To make a solid believer out of me, Dr. Gause showed me a video of Howard removing 4 IMPACTED WISDOM TEETH at a speed resembling how long it takes to remove food particle with a toothpick. 12 months later, I have a smile that rivals ANY porcelain veneer. I’m not bragging. It’s simply the truth. Can it get any better? Absolutely, because Gause and his team are some of the most caring and relationship-oriented folk you will ever encounter. Genuine sweetness and consummate professionalism. What a combo.

Ivan James (Source: Google)


Very clean bright atmosphere, Social distancing at its best with very competent staff ,Procedure was explained in entirety by both assistant and the doctor Process was as you would expect getting your teeth done with minimum amount of pain I took one set of the painkillers and surprisingly woke up with no pain no bleeding so in all my experience was very good cheers Dr. Gause

Rajesh Rajagopal (Source: Google)


I have known Dr. Gause for 11 years now, he has been phenomenal, I have done deep cleaning, crown, veneers, root canal, bleaching and never left the office short of confidence or unsatisfied. Kudos to him and and his dentists, I sincerely recommend, your smile is in good hands. He is a great individual and has a passion for modern dentistry and keeps working on to surpass his own achievements. (I wish there were 10 stars)

J J. from New York, NY (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Gause and his team are absolutely amazing. I’ve had a life long fear of the dentist and Dr. Gause and his team did a great job of putting me at ease. Their treatment coordinator on staff is very knowledgeable and helped me to understand how to navigate my dental insurance with the treatment plan they gave me. Their oral surgeon is friendly, fast and the tooth extraction I had was actually painless – I couldn’t believe it. Thank you Dr. Gause and team! And shout out to Thatiane, the best dental hygienist ever! Obrigada Thatiane! For once in my life, I’ve found a great dental practice and I will always come back!

N P. from Near North Side, Chicago, IL (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been seeing Smile Design since moving to NYC 3 1/2 years ago. I’ve recently inquired about getting an oral appliance mouth guard for sleep apnea and I can’t say enough great things about this office and their process. They made is as painless as possible by dealing with the insurance themselves and keeping in touch with me regarding the timeline. I always get the true sense that it’s about the patients well-being.

Grady Spivey (Source: Google)


Dr Lee Gause and Smile Design Manhattan give the best service and make you feel like a valued customer. They changed the experience of dentistry for me, from one being painful and uncomfortable, to pleasant and safe. From the moment you walk in the office their front desk is super warm and welcoming. All smiles and professionalism, top notch treatment. The best dental experience of my life. Will never let anyone touch my sensitive mouth ever but Smile Design. I have a beautiful smile now and they recently performed a surgery removing an extra impacted tooth that was infected and it has healed as if it never happened. Smile Design Manhattan and Dr.Lee Gause The Best!

Einor C. from Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I went to Smile Design Manhattan for a checkup, cleaning, and X-rays. The receptionists were extremely nice and helpful. The dental hygienist, Gazelle (I’m probably misspelling her name, sorry!) was absolutely fantastic. I have super sensitive teeth and gums but I couldn’t feel anything and she did such a wonderful job, it looked like I had my teeth whitened. She also really took the time to go through proper oral hygiene habits with me. Both Gazelle and Dr Lee Gause were professional, pleasant, and thorough. I warmly recommend.

Helen T. from New York, NY (Source: Yelp)


A groupon deal got me in the door for a cleaning and a whitening. It was a two-part appointment and after the second one, I was ready to sign-up for my 6th month cleaning and stick with Dr. Lee. It’s refreshing to have a dentist office sport iPads and a flashy office but underneath be extremely friendly, professional and good at what they do. Props to all of the staff!

S R. from Manhattan, NY (Source: Yelp)


Could not speak more highly of the Smile Design practice. The cavity filling procedures were seamless and my recovery was super quick. Dr. Gause is by far the best and most professional dentist I’ve ever had. A huge thank you to the Smile Design Manhattan team for cleaning up the grill!

Pazel M. from New York, NY (Source: Yelp)


Smile Design was the most amazing dental experience I have ever had in my life. Discovered them via Groupon. The office is in a converted art gallery space and is bright & clean. The staff is extremely professional, and incredibly attractive. Many times I feel rushed out of the dentist’s office as they are generally busy and have other clients; not so here the cleaning was thorough. Dr. Gause & his team are amazing. If/when I get health insurance I would love to visit them again.

Sabine Mesias (Source: Google)


Words cannot express how Dr. Lee Gause not only transformed my smile but also gave me confidence that is unmatched! From the time that I stepped into his office he reassured me with the entire process that will be done, the office staff is so attentive and professional. I never met a dentist before that was so passionate with his work and the outcomes that come along with it. His work is exceptional! Thank you to the entire team for all of your hard work!

Lisa McFadden (Source: Google)


From the first inquiry call to leaving with my new crown, each and every person on Dr. Gauce’s team was warm, pleasant, helpful and informative. Dr. Gauce was very nice and professional. I appreciated the consultation to discuss options before committing to the services. I never felt rushed and noticed the COVID protocols in place, including the air sanitizers, face guards, etc… As a new patient, that could’ve been a deal breaker. I love to laugh and already notice that I’m not trying to hide my tooth. I’m so grateful to Dr. Gauce and his team. It looks beautiful!

Laura Abadsantos-Rogers (Source: Google)


Dr Gause is a kind & gentle person, who is generous with his time to make you understand whats needed for the optimum health of your mouth and your teeth. Its important to him that you are happy with the options you ultimately decide for a healthy and best looking teeth. He will be one of the best dentist you have chosen at this stage of your life.

Charms Callender (Source: Google)


If you’re not going to Smile Design Manhattan for your oral health then what are you really doing? This is one of THE best dental offices in NY. I’ve gone to many dentists over the years and since I’ve found Dr. Gause, I am not disappointed. The office is always neat and clean and everyone is friendly and professional. The level of work they perform is unmatched.

Trevor R. from Manhattan, New York, NY (Source: Yelp)


I had a really good experience with smile design. Dr. Lee Gause and his team made me feel very comfortable and at ease. Dr Lee was very honest about my smile and what he thought the best steps were for me to take. The staff is very caring and professional. They check in after each visit to make sure your doing ok. I will continue to come to smile design for many years to come. Thanks Smile Design and Team 🙂

Mary J. from Dauphin, PA (Source: Yelp)


I was in NYC for my sisters wedding and desperately needed my teeth cleaned my regular dentist couldn’t fit me in before my sisters wedding and I called this place since they had great reviews and spoke to the receptionist named Chelsea she was super sweet and helpful! They fit me in at a time that worked for me and made sure that all my billing and insurance was done correctly which I was nervous about since it was my first time there and out of state. I was nervous to get my teeth cleaned while I was pregnant because of all the gum issues you can have but the warm welcome and knowledge that Chelsea gave to me about getting your teeth cleaned put me at ease. I had a wonderful experience and zero pain! I definitely recommend this place!

Victoria Fortune (Source: Facebook)


Smile Design Manhattan represents the epitome of excellence all across the board. Everyone works as such an amazing team and were so attentive to all of my needs. I’d been having excruciating wisdom teeth related pains, and was in for a consultation the next day and had my procedure a few days later. Thankful for Dr. Gause’s professionalism and continued dedication to assuring that his patients have teeth that are healthy and a smile ready for the world to see! I write this with high recommendation. 5 stars

Laura Blum (Source: Google)


Simply put, Dr. Lee Gause is a superlative dentist. Not only is he a brilliant practicioner with the hands of a Michelangelo and the tech tools of a Musk, he lavishes his patients with sincere caring and all the time they need to discuss their optimal treatment. Easily the best dentist I’ve ever had. A true medical Merlin.

Neal Feinberg (Source: Google)


If I could give Lee Gause six stars I would. This is the best dentist I’ve ever seen: professional, meticulous, and a very cool guy also. Four years ago Lee gave me new veneers. It changed my entire smile and gave me new confidence (look at my profile pic – he gave me that smile!) Today even during a national health crisis he squeezed me in on a moment’s notice to see me for a dental emergency because I was in pain. That’s how much he cares. He fixed the problem instantly (and affordably). At every step of the way in dealing with his office you are treated with respect and courtesy, valued as a person, and handled with superb efficiency. Also, with billing, appointments, and finances he is always fair and ethical. This is truly how a business should be run. I give him and his entire dental practice an A+

Natalia L. from New York, NY (Source: Yelp)


Zoe was my hygienist and really put some work into cleaning my teeth. I wouldn’t say it felt particularly therapeutic but my teeth have never felt cleaner! I love that Dr Gause is concerned about my smile and how white my teeth are because while I want healthy teeth I want a good smile too! I left with a better and whiter smile Tony at the front desk was very friendly too All in all a good experience for the dreaded dentist visit

Tatiana S. from Manhattan, NY (Source: Yelp)


this place is great! Came here for a cleaning, my hygienist was fantastic. I was nervous (the dentist has never been a favorite doctor of mine) and she walked me through every noise I would hear and everything she was doing during the cleaning. Afterwards, Dr. Lee came in to review my x rays, he was thorough and walked me through the X-rays and specific teeth he was monitoring. Great experience! They were slightly backed up when I arrived for my appointment, but everyone was really communicative and apologetic for the delay.

Dayzondra G. from Manhattan, New York, NY (Source: Yelp)


Wow so many great things to say about this establishment. First, the staff is super nice and so informative. When I was getting my teeth cleaned I was told what was going on every step of the way. I’m use to dentist just going in my mouth very rough not caring to be gentle that i actually thought that was part of the dentist experience. It also was very clean and not a messy job at all. The whole time I felt very comfortable. They went above and beyond by also telling me how to improve my overall oral health. My biggest problem is I don’t floss enough which didn’t surprise me. In general this was the best teeth cleaning experience I’ve ever had by far. My teeth have never felt so smooth. I’m so excited to go back for my teeth whitening appointment!

Tay H. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Smile Design Manhattan is definitely the best dentistry practice that I’ve been to in my life – and having lived in five different states over the past two decades, I’ve seen my share of dentists. I was a patient here for about three years and saw Dr. Lee Gause every six months for a cleaning. I also had one cavity filled here, a chipped tooth repaired, and in-office whitening. All of the services that I received were excellent; the doctor himself as well as his staff are extremely pleasant, professional, and knowledgeable; they don’t try to up-sell you on services; and the office is beautiful and very relaxing. They also offer Saturday appointments once a month, which is huge. I think there are two things that impressed me most about this practice. (1) Dr. Gause doesn’t try to push products and services on you that you don’t really need. I became fixated on one of my front teeth being a bit more forward than the other – something that no one else seems to notice – but when I suggested Invisalign to him to “correct” this, he told me that it would be a waste of my money and that my teeth look great now. He didn’t jump on my insecurity bandwagon just to get a couple thousand dollars from me. (2) Dr. Gause and his team are very thorough, they explain exactly what you’re doing wrong and right with your teeth, and give you friendly / non-judgmental advice about how to improve your oral hygiene. And, sort of back to my first point, when Dr. Gause suggested trying a Sonicare toothbrush to improve the plaque on my lower teeth, he didn’t even mention buying it from him. He agreed that I could probably just get it on Amazon. P.S. Dr. Gause was on a Bravo reality dating show, so if you’re a single lady, you may want to look nice for your appointments 😉

Bp F (Source: Google)


Smile Design is far and away the best dental practice I have ever used. Cutting edge and state of the art facility with well-educated and highly trained practitioners will greet you every time. A truly efficient and well-run organization led by Dr. Gause. You feel the difference from the first examination and will never look elsewhere for your dental needs.

Amanda Donaldson (Source: Google)


I absolutely love Dr. G and the Smile Design Manhattan Team! I’ve been a client since 2010 and its the best decision I’ve made. They provide the best care ever. They are all warm, welcoming, informative, they answer all your questions and provide impeccable service. My hygienist Zorianna, is the best ever! I have never look forward to going to the dentist until now. She provides me with a beautiful, clean smile, but also a bonding experience! She is so personable!

Cynthia M. from Brooklyn, NY (Source: Yelp)


I typically have a fear of any kind of dental work. After avoiding going to the dentist for far too many years, I finally bought a Groupon and went to Dr. Gause. Immediately surprised at how wonderful the office and staff were. Very friendly, very professional, and went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and address any concerns I had. The hygienist was great and no nonsense; she told me exactly what I should do to maximize my dental health. Dr. Gause was helpful and knowledgeable. I now have a new dentist and – moreover – am no longer afraid of dental work!

Greg B. from Manhattan, NY (Source: Yelp)


You are in good hands with this place.  The facilities are modern and easy to find. Dr. Gause and his staff are prompt, professional and flexible when it comes to taking care of business.  The location is perfect to stop by during a lunch break if you work nearby.  I completed an Invisalign program with Smile Design and well as scheduled cleanings and couldn’t be happier with the service.  They made sense of my insurance coverage and everything always worked out smoothly.

Lance L. from Astoria, NY (Source: Yelp)


After reading the extremely positive reviews, I was unsure if they were actually true. However, after a friend recommended Dr. Gause and doing some research, I decided to give Smile Design a chance. I decided to visit Dr. Gause recently to receive a second opinion because another dentist urged me to have five fillings replaced, a periodontist consultation due to gum recession, and orthodontia work. When I made my appointment with Smile Design in mid-August, I explained that the purpose of the visit was to receive a second opinion based upon a dentist visit I had a week earlier. I sent a digital copy of my X-rays from the previous dentist and asked if they would be sufficient, as my insurance wouldn’t cover a second set of X-rays. Dr. Gause returned my call and left a message at 9:30 PM explaining that my X-rays were too small to read but that another set of X-rays would be taken free of charge. I was quite impressed that my call was returned the same day (and at that time) and that I wouldn’t be charged for the X-rays that would be taken in his office. During my appointment, I met with Dr. Robert Gause (Dr. Lee Gause’s brother). He was warm, personable, and knowledgeable. He explained that I did not need any fillings replaced and that it was not necessary to see a periodontist as my gum recession was very mild. He mentioned that I should consider Invisalign and explained what would happen if I did not have any orthodontia; however, he did not by any means push me to get it like my former dentist. Another dentist confirmed Dr. Gause’s recommendations. I was very pleased and actually impressed by the patient-centeredness I saw. Additionally, only necessary and appropriate treatments were recommended. My previous dental hygienist (at my former dentist’s office) recommended that I have a teeth cleaning in 3.5 months–right before the end of the year. Teeth cleanings are recommended every 6 months and the only reason why it was recommended was because it was an opportunity for the dental practice to bill my dental insurance and earn some more money before the end of the year. When I saw Dr. Gause just a week later in mid-August, I said I was interested in having my teeth cleaned in the future. He said that I should schedule the cleaning in 5-6 months (which would be in early 2012). To me, this was important as it showed that he recommended only what was necessary and appropriate–not what would earn the practice more money. Also to note is the office manager, Janel. She is extremely friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. The office is very modern, too. Smile Design focuses on the needs of the patient, and it is a extremely well-run business. I would highly recommend this dental practice.

Shawn Bell (Source: Google)


Where do i begin?? Lets start with personable. Dr G is thorough, and well-knowledged. I was very comfortable in the office which was quite impeccable. This is a state of the art office with kindness from the moment you walk through the door. My procedure was explained prior to it happening so there were no surprises. I couldnt believe how easy it went. Very pleased customer

Nisha J. from Manhattan, NY (Source: Yelp)


I have had a fear of dentists for quite some time and did not visit one for years until I was stricken by unimaginable pain one day. A coworker suggested I visit Dr. Gause, and I scheduled an appointment for later that day. It was early evening when I got into the office and Doc told me I needed a root canal. I assumed he would give me some pain meds and tell me to come back in the A.M. for the procedure, but he stayed until well after 7 to give me the root canal that day. His behavior, I now know, was not unique, but indicative of the mentality of all those at Smile Design. They are always pleasant and accommodating. Visiting the dentist is not on my list of favorite activities, but it is no longer the dreaded experience that it has been for many years. I’d definitely recommend them.