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If you are less than happy with your current smile, a Smile Makover may just be what you are looking for. Smile Makovers allow us to change not only your smile for the better, but more importantly, your life.

Did you know?…

  • 74 percent of Americans believe an unattractive smile can hurt your chance for professional success
  • When choosing a mate, the smile is one of the top three features chosen to evaluate beauty
  • Smiling causes the nervous system to produce a “cerebral morhphine”. This hormone makes you feel better.

Smile Makeovers involve many things, but most notable are the restorations we use for the teeth called Veneers. Veneers are seamless and undetectable when viewed from even inches away. Your new teeth do not stain, and, with good home care and routine dental visits, can last a lifetime. For more information about what veneers are, please review the Question and Answer section below.

Please view the animations on the Smile Makeover page to see examples of how this procedure has changed the lives of so many of our patients already.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are a thin, semi-translucent laminate permanently bonded to your teeth. While they’re not suitable for every patient, veneers are the most aesthetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions involving the front teeth,including:

  • Diastemas (spaces between teeth)
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Unsightly, stained, or washed-out fillings
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth that can’t be bleached
  • Crooked teeth Advantages and Benefits of Veneers

There are many benefits and advantages to having porcelain veneers placed on your front teeth:

  • The procedure takes only two appointments
  • A conservative amount of tooth structure is removed during the procedure
  • Veneers are the most biocompatible material you can use next to the gingiva
  • A healthy “natural” look is achieved; in fact, porcelain veneers are the most aesthetic restoration in dentistry.

How are Veneers different from Bonding or Crowns?

Bonding is a resin filling material that was used for several years to cover the front surface of teeth. Today, we generally use bonding only to fill in small surfaces or cavities and repair chips in teeth. A full crown is when a tooth has had root canal treatment, or when a substantial amount of the entire tooth structure (enamel) has been lost.

How are Porcelain Veneers done?

At the first appointment the teeth are prepared for the veneers and an impression is taken. This impression is then sent to a lab where each porcelain veneer is custom made to your specifications. Beautiful temporaries are fabricated to simulate your new smile so you can expect to leave the first appointment looking better than when you came in. Unlike any other cosmetic surgery procedure, your temporaries (prototype smile) allow you to evaluate what you like or don’t like about the smile design initially chosen. During this time, changes can be made so that your smile looks the best that in can and also looks the way you want it to. By wearing the prototype smile, you can see so many different things and really give your new look a thorough evaluation. Also, this allows not only yourself but your family and friends to help you make your new smile just what works best for you. With this technique there are no surprises, and the end result is nothing less than spectacular. At the second appointment the prototype smile is removed, and your final veneers are permanently adhered to the natural teeth.

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