Q: My dentist wants to do porcelain veneers on me, but I am afraid of how the work will turn out. What if I don’t like it?
A: I know a patient who years ago felt the same way about getting a face lift and a breast lift. To preview her work, she read an article in Cosmo Magazine that showed her how to take scotch tape and pull her face tight, behind her ears and lift her breast up towards her neck. (Or was it duct tape?) She liked the look so much, she skipped the surgery and now just uses 3M clear shipping tape every morning.
Previewing Your New Look with Porcelain Veneers Using SNAP Smile Stimulation
There is actually a product at a local fabric store that is used for bra-less dresses for a similar purpose. (How do I know this? My late father in-law was in the bra business. The man knew bras like Bill Gates new a computer.
You can get an idea of how you will look by using SNAP Smile Simulation software, if your dentist has it. The latest version just came out. We take a picture of your smiling face and manipulate the image with various smile images superimposed on top of your existing teeth. We can control the degree of lightness as well. The images are real cases of veneers and crowns; not just computer generated animated images.
The best west way to see how you are going to look, although you must be committed to the work, is the creation of your temporaries. These are the acrylic veneers or crowns that I place on the teeth which you can critique during the three weeks you are wearing them while the lab is making your final work. This test drive and give allows you (and your mates) a chance to choose the final shade and shape to communicate to the ceramist.
If you just want to see the possibilities of how awesome you can look, give us a call to do a SNAP smile simulation just for you. (Don’t use any Scotch tape or Liquid Paper on your teeth for a temporary fix!)
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.