When you see celebs hitting the red carpet, there’s one thing they all have in common—that jaw-dropping, mega-watt smile. But not all celebs are born with perfectly aligned, twinkling teeth. Many seek out the skills of cosmetic dentists to perfect their smile by investing in porcelain veneers.
While some of Hollywood’s hottest stars have veneers, it’s often hard to tell who has opened wide for the perfect smile. If done correctly, veneers can be completely indistinguishable from natural teeth even if you are looking very closely.
What exactly are they? “Veneers are thin porcelain coverings that fit over your teeth in order to change the shape of the teeth to a more desired color and/or shape,” explains Dr. Elliot Koschitzki, a cosmetic dentist in Rocky Point, NY. “The veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth and are non-removable. Think of artificial acrylic nails; they are very similar in idea.”
If you want to get a celebrity smile, veneers may be the way to go, as the results can be life-changing. “Very often our patients can get pretty emotional when my assistant hands over a mirror at the end of the appointment,” says Dr. Elliot. “We like to keep a box of tissues nearby!”
Considering veneers? Here, Dr. Elliot answers a few FAQs:
What’s involved with getting veneers?
“Typically your first visit would be a discussion between you and your cosmetic dentist so that you can fine-tune a customized treatment plan that works for you. At that point, a mold of your current teeth would be taken and sent to a dental technician who specializes in cosmetics for a customized mockup of the proposed veneers. The mock-up allows you and your doctor to visualize what your final smile will look like. At that point, treatment can begin, which typically involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the front of the teeth that are getting veneers. A temporary that mimics the final version will then be placed over the teeth so you can be comfortable while the technician is fabricating your veneers. The final veneers, when completed, are permanently bonded to your teeth.”
My dentist told me that in order to close the space between my two front teeth I need to have six veneers. Why do I need so many?
“Very often when teeth are spread out too much, or the opposite—teeth are too crowded—you will need additional veneers to create a more harmonious smile. Otherwise you will have two ridiculously wide teeth in the front that are trying to meet in order to close the space. No one comes into my office looking for the Bugs Bunny look.”
How long do veneers last, and what type of maintenance is involved?
“If done correctly, veneers should last 20 years or more. The most common reason for replacing veneers is a large cavity in the tooth supporting the veneer. In most cases this is easily preventable with daily home care and frequent checkups.”
Dr. Elliot Koschitzki, D.D.S. graduated with honors from New York University Dental School and went on to complete a three-year Fellowship in Oral Implantology and Biomaterials at Brookdale University Hospital where he served as Chief Resident of the program. Dr. Elliot currently works full-time alongside Dr. Nick Augenbaum in their Dental Implant and Cosmetics practice on the North Shore of Long Island. For more information, visit RockyPointDentistry.com