Dr. Ken Magid: A smile makeover uses techniques such as bleaching, bonding, cosmetic contouring, and porcelain veneers to provide a beautiful and natural-looking smile. A smile makeover can correct unsightly spaces or broken-down teeth, and change the color of teeth darkened with age. Studies have shown that a beautiful smile can make you look over 15 years younger. To know if a smile makeover would benefit you, we can take a photograph and alter it to let you see what you would look like with a new smile.
Q: How do I know I will like my smile after a “makeover”?
Dr. Ken Magid: With our process, you will know what the final outcome will be before anything is done, and you have input and control over the final result. With just a photo sent to our lab, you can see your new smile and make any changes you would like. Once you decide you love the look of the new you, we create the makeover first on models and then in the temporary veneers you will wear during the process. You get to “try out” the new look in your own smile and get the opinion of your significant others. Once you love the look of these trial veneers, the porcelain veneers are created, and you leave with the smile you’ve always wanted. The only surprises are happy ones.
Q: Can I eat anything I want with veneers?
Dr. Ken Magid: Absolutely. Ribs, corn on the cob, apples, anything reasonable can be eaten with veneers. The one restriction is teeth are not tools! No opening bottles, tearing cloth, biting pens, and NO nail biting.
Q: How long do porcelain veneers last?
Dr. Ken Magid: We’ve got smile makeovers done with veneers that have been there for over 30 years, and they still look great. You can generally expect to get many years and often even a lifetime from this service. Porcelain veneers don’t stain or darken with age, and functionally they can restore and strengthen damaged teeth.
Q: What should I look for when choosing a cosmetic dentist:
Dr. Ken Magid: Here are the top 4 things to look for when choosing a cosmetic dentist. The first thing I always ask a new patient interested in cosmetic dentistry is, “What are you unhappy about with your smile?” It is important to know what someone wants to change before presenting new smile options. Through advanced technology and computerized cosmetic makeovers, we can completely alter your smile in as little as 2 visits. If you are thinking about choosing a cosmetic dentist to enhance your smile, it is important to know what to look for, and the right questions to ask.
- Check Credentials: What are the dentists credentials in aesthetics? Thoroughly research their credentials before choosing a cosmetic dentist. As a baseline, they should be published on aesthetics and should frequently lecture on aesthetics. They should also be teaching aesthetics at a university level.
- Know Their Process: Have a thorough understanding of the cosmetic dentists process for smile makeovers. For example, does the patient have control of the process, or does the doctor? Does the patient know in advance what they will look like? With our digital cosmetic makeovers, patients can see what their smile will look like and get input from friends and family. This is critical to ensuring your level of success with a smile makeover. You should know in advance you will be happy with the result. Our motto is, no unpleasant surprises!
- Ceramist: Be sure to thoroughly research who the ceramist is. For example, are you working with a high-level ceramist or a commercial lab? You won’t get the same results with aesthetic ceramics, and they will look opaque.
- Ask to see a Veneer: Veneers should not be monochromatic. Be sure to ask to see what an actual veneer will look like. Just like fine china is translucent at the edge, so are veneers. The color comes from within.
Dr. Kenneth Magid, DDS, FICD, is Assistant Director of Honors Esthetics and Associate Professor of International Esthetics at NYU College of Dentistry and teaches other dentists from around the world the techniques and artistry of creating beautiful smiles Dr. Magid, DDS, FICD and Dr. Magid-Katz, DMD have created the beautiful smiles for numerous TV and magazine makeovers, celebrities, and your Westchester County neighbors.