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Part II - Enhancing Your Beauty With Veneers

Part II - Enhancing Your Beauty With Veneers

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Cosmetic Dentistry is NOT Just Whitening

Surveys have shown that most people believe cosmetic dentistry means whitening the teeth. The truth is, dentists are capable of doing much more to enhance patients' smiles and make their teeth and gums more attractive. Teeth whitening can benefit patients that already have beautiful, healthy, and straight teeth. However, it is not the most appropriate treatment for aged, cracked, chipped, or crooked teeth. The treatment can whiten worn teeth, but most patients will not be satisfied with the results. The same is true with orthodontic procedures, or braces. Braces can straighten teeth, but they can't fix worn, cracked, misshapen, or discolored teeth.

Although cosmetic dentistry is not just for Hollywood celebrities anymore, we can look to Hollywood to see why Halle Berry has the most desirable smile, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). It also appears as though every Oscar-winning actress since Meryl Streep has had cosmetic dentistry. The cosmetic dentistry procedure that many celebrities undergo is the placement of veneers. Cosmetic dentists that have the talent and the training to place veneers normally perform the treatment. So, why doesn't everyone get veneers?

Veneers

Most boomers now realize that whitening 50-year-old teeth just makes older, worn teeth whiter, but doesn't really give you that "wow" smile. The "smile makeover," as it is sometimes called, involves enhancing one's smile with veneers. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the outside surface of the teeth to give patients a fresher, straighter, whiter, and sexier smile. At one time, veneers were commonly used on celebrities and the uber-rich. Today, veneers are available to all patients, and they can create dramatic improvements in appearance, help you maintain youthfulness, and even increase your sex appeal! That's right, 95 percent of those surveyed by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry believed that a smile makeover created more sex appeal!

So why do so many patients avoid getting a smile makeover? According to surveys, it is due to fear of drilling away healthy teeth and, of course, the cost. Part III and part IV of this article reviews the dental drill and the cost of cosmetic dentistry. Check back later this week to read the rest of this article.

Chicago cosmetic dentist Ivan Valcarenghi offers a range of treatments to our patients, including porcelain veneers.

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