While I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the new season of True Blood next Sunday, I also can’t help but wish the show’s star, Anna Paquin, would return with a new set of fangs! It’s true that an unusual smile can add character to your face, but discolored, misshapen teeth can also add years to it.
Here’s everything you need for a smile to die for.
If you’re picturing a smile that’s made out of Chiclets, stop right there! Today’s dental technology has made veneers thinner and more like the real thing than ever before. Also called porcelain laminates, they are the gold standard for completely revamping your smile into pure perfection. There are several brands on the market including Lumineers, DaVinci, and Empress.
Veneers are made of porcelain and are on average about 1/2 a millimeter thick (about the same as a fingernail). These two traits are the reason that they make such a stunning transformation in your mouth. The porcelain resists stains (always looking pearly white!) and is thin enough to let light through which gives that super shiny, but very realistic appearance. They come in several difference shades (from dull to blinding bright), and in a handful of different shapes, so it’s always easy to get the look you’re after.
After customizing your shade and shape, your cosmetic dentist will bond them directly on to your teeth. The process generally takes 2-3 visits. On your first visit, your cosmetic dentist will take a mold of your teeth, and then gently reduce the surface of your teeth to make room for the overlaying veneer. You’ll leave the office that day with temporary veneers in place, and you’ll come back for the final fitting when the porcelain models are finished, which usually takes a week or two . You might need another visit for finishing touches, but for the most part, that should be it!
As with any cosmetic procedure, do your research on which doctor you decide to see. A trained cosmetic dentist not only has their dental degree, but is also skilled in the art of creating a beautiful smile. This is a specialty and is not the time to bargain hunt! Veneers are a great way to fix misshapen or stained teeth, but they are somewhat fragile, and can’t be subbed for missing teeth altogether. Their only downside is that they do cost a pretty penny ($1200-2000 per tooth), so save up before you go in for your appointment, and take care of them after you make the investment. You brush and floss just like you normally would, but you have to be a little careful about biting into very hard foods like unripe fruits, nuts, and ice cubes.
If you have a chipped tooth or a gap to fill in, then you might consider cosmetic bonding. With this method of smile shaping, a synthetic resin or composite is applied directly to the tooth, shaped, and then bonded using a special light source. In general, this requires little to no tooth reduction and works well on smaller areas of repair.
You’ll still want to seek out a cosmetic dentist to perfect the aesthetics of your smile, but this is generally a less involved process than veneers. Although it’s less costly than laminates, the material used tends to be more opaque and is not as stain resistant as porcelain, so you’ll need to weigh the pros and cons for yourself. Overall, it’s a less involved procedure, it’s far less expensive, but it has plenty of limitations in terms of the results you can achieve.
We think Sookie Stackhouse would look smokin’ with a mouth full of porcelain! She could even opt for some custom canines to really knock ’em dead. Whether you’re looking to change a chip or to go for the full Hollywood glamour grin, be smart! Research your dentist, don’t be cheap, and remember to smile!
What are your secrets for a sexy smile?
Karin Ruiz Social Media Coordinator MAS Media / Manhattan Aesthetic Surgery www.ManhattanAestheticSurgery.com
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