Q&A Topic: Veneers, Cosmetic Makeovers and Smile Enhancement
Kenneth Magid, DDS, FICD
Q: What is a smile makeover and how do I know if it would help me?
A: A smile makeover uses techniques such as bleaching, bonding, cosmetic contouring, and porcelain veneers to provide a beautiful and natural-looking smile. A smile makeover can correct unsightly spaces or broken-down teeth, and change the color of teeth darkened with age. Studies have shown that a beautiful smile can make you look over 15 years younger. To know if a smile makeover would benefit you, we can take a photograph and alter it to let you see what you would look like with a new smile.
Q: How do I know I will like my smile after a “makeover”?
A: With our process, you will know what the final outcome will be before anything is done, and you have input and control over the final result. With just a photo sent to our lab, you can see your new smile and make any changes you would like. Once you decide you love the look of the new you, we create the makeover first on models and then in the temporary veneers you will wear during the process. You get to “try out” the new look in your own smile and get the opinion of your significant others. Once you love the look of these trial veneers, the porcelain veneers are created, and you leave with the smile you’ve always wanted. The only surprises are happy ones.
Q: Does every makeover require 8, 10 or 20 veneers?
A: Not at all. In some cases, a tremendous improvement can be made with some minimal cosmetic contouring of the natural teeth and bleaching or two veneers.
Q: Can I eat anything I want with veneers?
A: Absolutely. Ribs, corn on the cob, apples, anything reasonable can be eaten with veneers. The one restriction is teeth are not tools! No opening bottles, tearing cloth, biting pens, and NO nail biting.
Q: How long do porcelain veneers last?
A: We’ve got smile makeovers done with veneers that have been there for over 30 years, and they still look great. You can generally expect to get many years and often even a lifetime from this service. Porcelain veneers don’t stain or darken with age, and functionally they can restore and strengthen damaged teeth.
Dr. Kenneth Magid lectures to dentists throughout the U.S. and Canada and has published numerous articles and chapters, as well as appearing on television and radio to discuss high technology and cosmetic dentistry. He is an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Honors Esthetics and Director of Laser Dentistry at prestigious NYU College of Dentistry and has been selected for fellowship in the International College of Dentists, dentistry’s highest honor, afforded to less than 4 percent of the dentists worldwide.
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