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David A. Allick, DDS
A Hollywood Smile In One Month
White Flint Dental Associates
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A Hollywood Smile In One Month

You communicate to the world with your smile. Why be embarrassed or ashamed with crooked, chipped or stained teeth when porcelain veneers are available to give you a “Hollywood Smile”? They're safe, long lasting and can transform your smile in just a month.
Veneers are formed porcelain shells that are used to create a new front surface to a tooth. They are thin sculpted pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that fit over the front of the teeth and are the premier standard of care in cosmetic dentistry. Permanently bonded to the front surface of a tooth, they can make a dramatic, immediate difference to one's smile and overall facial appearance.
There is a real blend of art and science behind aesthetic dentistry. All veneers are not created equal. Your cosmetic dentist should have extensive training in the colors, line angles, shapes, thickness, translucency, occlusion, and many other factors that are prescribed to a laboratory. Veneers should be custom-designed to fit your face, smile, gender and personality. Done correctly, they look and feel like real teeth.
Veneers are made from a thin shell of porcelain and are permanently bonded to the teeth. Dental ceramists fabricate the veneers from impressions and color mapping specifications. Each veneer is custom-designed to fit naturally and comfortably over each tooth and are designed to look like beautiful, natural teeth.
Veneers can be used to correct the size, shape, color and alignment of teeth. So if your smile suffers from teeth that are stained, crooked or malformed for any reason (cracks, chips, fractures, spaces, smoking or tetracycline stains, etc.), then you may be a great candidate for porcelain veneers. You can now get straighter teeth without the hassle and time orthodontic braces require. And get the shape, length and degree of whiteness you want. Best of all, porcelain veneers don't stain.
But what many people don't realize is that the shape of veneers in combination with occlusal adjustments, such as opening the bite, can also have profound impact on the entire face. This can result in giving the appearance of a face-lift or elimination of wrinkles without any plastic surgery.
The results are not only extremely impressive but can be accomplished in a relatively short period. You can usually get the smile of your dreams in a couple of visits. At the first veneer appointment, your teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and you will walk out of the office with custom temporary veneers. In the second appointment, the veneers will be permanently seated. Imagine getting a new smile within one month one that actually fits your face and personality and gives you the confidence to express the real you.
Porcelain veneers are also a perfect alternative to braces for many adults. Veneers can correct the shape of teeth that are not aligned correctly, have gaps and spaces. Older patients, who have always wanted straighter teeth but no desire to undergo years of treatment with braces, usually love this new technique. Instead of mouths and years in braces, crooked teeth can usually be corrected in as little as two weeks with veneers.
There are no hard and fast rules about how long porcelain veneers will last. While you can certainly expect your veneers to last many years (some patients have had then for 20 or more years), it is unrealistic to expect them to last forever. With good home care and by exercising good judgment, it seems likely that a porcelain veneer could last well in excess of 10 to 15 years.

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