Has a celebrity’s flawless smile ever mesmerized you to the point of distraction? Instead of focusing on their acting ability, sports skills, or musical talent, you find yourself wondering how anyone’s teeth could be so perfect.
But what if we told you there was a simple and economical cosmetic dentistry solution that can effectively conceal a range of common aesthetic concerns to give you a quintessential celebrity smile? There is, and it’s called veneers.
After an initial dental exam and consultation, Dr. Maria-Teresa Ioannou and our expert team at Vida Dental Spa can transform your smile with custom-crafted veneers in just two quick visits. Here’s what makes these thin porcelain shells such a versatile coverup.
You may be surprised to learn that California dentist Dr. Charles Pincus — the cosmetic specialist who gave Hollywood actors a fast and easy way to attain the perfect smile — invented veneers almost a century ago.
Fast-forward to today, advanced dental materials and techniques have made modern veneers more versatile, natural-looking, and durable than ever before. Also called laminates, veneers offer a comprehensive solution to many common cosmetic concerns.
The design of these custom-fitted porcelain (ceramic) shells looks just like natural teeth — only better. When they’re permanently bonded to the fronts of your teeth, you no longer see:
Instead, you see a flawlessly fresh smile you can’t wait to share. If you have numerous aesthetic dental issues you’d like to conceal, veneers are an appealing, cost-effective, and long-lasting solution.
As with any cosmetic treatment at Vida Dental Spa, the first step in getting veneers is having a comprehensive dental exam and consultation. During this visit, we evaluate your oral health, review your cosmetic concerns, and discuss your treatment goals.
Once we determine that veneers are the best solution for your cosmetic goals, we move on to smile design or the process of planning each necessary cosmetic correction and selecting the perfect shade of white for your veneers. Then, getting your veneers takes two relatively quick and painless dental visits.
During your first visit, we prepare your teeth to receive veneers, which involves lightly buffing the front sides of your teeth to remove about half a millimeter of enamel, making space for each ultra-thin veneer. We also etch the enamel to promote a tighter bond between the veneer and your teeth.
Although this preparatory process isn’t usually too uncomfortable for the average patient, local anesthesia makes it painless — even if you have sensitive enamel.
Next, we create an impression of each prepared tooth so a technician can fabricate your custom veneers in a specialized dental lab. Finally, we apply a set of temporary veneers to protect your teeth and maintain your smile between appointments.
It can take up to a week for your veneers to arrive from the lab. Once we receive them, your second office visit has them fitted and secured. This involves setting each veneer in place to check its appearance and ensure an exact fit. If needed, we make minor fit and color adjustments on the spot.
The next and final step in the process is to secure each veneer to its respective tooth, one by one, using a thin layer of dental cement and a special light to set the bond. Because they’re permanently bonded to your enamel, veneers are exceptionally strong and durable.
By effectively concealing multiple aesthetic dental issues at once, veneers offer a complete cosmetic correction that transforms your smile in an instant. Even better, they look like natural teeth and people notice your smile — not your dental work.
With proper care, your veneers may last up to 10 years (and maybe longer) before they need replacing. To prolong the life of your celebrity smile, brush and floss thoroughly every day, keep up with twice-yearly dental cleanings and exams, and never use your teeth as tools.
Are you ready to transform your smile with veneers? We can help. Call or click online to book an appointment at Vida Dental Spa in Whitestone, New York, today.