If you’ve ever considered getting veneers a thin wafer of porcelain or zirconia that is permanently bonded to a tooth to mask its color, shape, or position in the mouth — read this first to understand the full experience, courtesy of Carlos Granados, DDS, a cosmetic dentist from Colombia and professor at NYU.
You need to go to someone incredible to get fantastic results
This is an aesthetic procedure but it’s also a serious dental procedure, so you’re going to want to see the cosmetic dentist’s work to make sure they’re good and that you like their style. Also, make sure you approve of their before and after, and that you’re able to see their work 10 years later and still like it.
Veneers aren’t a must, but they are an option
Anyone can benefit from getting veneers if they don’t like the looks of their teeth or overall smile, but Dr. Granados mainly sees people who want to correct an issue. For example, he has patients who don’t want to undergo braces (again!) yet still have crooked teeth, others who don’t like the color of their teeth and want to whiten them permanently, and some patients who have chipped front teeth or who’ve simply had thicker porcelain veneers done in the past and want a less noticeable look.
One smile does not fit everyone
“Patients comes in with an idea of what they don’t like about their teeth, and then my job is to take what they don’t like and actually make it work for them.” FYI: Unlike hairstyles, you can’t just take a picture of a patient into his or someone else’s office and say I want her exact smile, please! because what works for her face won’t work for yours.
Imperfections = perfection
Dr. Granados doesn’t believe in making teeth look perfect; instead, he wants to maintain the character of your smile, while enhancing it. He also doesn’t want his dental work to be noticeable (aka no chiclet-looking teeth!); he wants people to look at his patients and think I feel like they didn’t something, but I can’t tell what it is.
You don’t have to veneer all of your teeth
You can do one tooth (let’s say you tripped and fell when you were little and now it has a gray cast to it) or your entire set of teeth (it just depends on your needs and budget). “If people ask me to do just their front teeth, there are parameters I have to respect though,” he says. “For example, I only did four on the top front, because the rest of her smile was already in a good place, so I was able to fit those four veneers in perfectly like a puzzle piece.”
If you’re planning on getting lip injections (or any type of plastic surgery), tell your dentist about it before getting veneers
“Any other work done to the face throws off everything I take into account when I’m looking at my patients,” he says. Side note: If you get lip injections, whether or not you getting veneers, it can cast a shadow over your teeth, making them appear gray, he adds.
The color of a veneer is a really tricky thing
“People always want their teeth to look natural and white,” he says. “But your teeth are either yellow-white or gray-white by nature, but everyone wants white-white. So, the trick is making their smile white without making their teeth appear dense, opaque, and fake.” To find the perfect shade, he mainly looks at a person’s skin tone to make a customized decision, which he relays to his team of ceramists. “But I always paint the temporary veneers the shade I’m thinking, so the patient can envision it beforehand, ” he adds.
After you discuss your veneer wants and needs, temporary versions are made
To make sure you’re going to like what you just discussed with your dentist, a mold of your teeth is taken and temporary veneers are then made out of a liquid composite. Think of it as a blueprint for your teeth. Dr. Granados specifically sculpts what your new smile will look like so that he can take pictures of you for you to see and decide whether or not you’d like to move forward. They won’t be as shiny as the porcelain veneer and are a little bulkier, but don’t worry, they’re only… temporary.
You can either get partial (they don’t cover your entire tooth) or full (they cover your entire tooth) veneers
Every case is different, you can either have the porcelain put right on top of your teeth, based on your needs or, at the very most, you’ll need .5 millimeters of reduction for a full-coverage veneer.
Getting veneers in the United States can cost up to $4,000 a tooth, but elsewhere in the country, they can range from $1,000 to $4,000. However, abroad dentistry can cost even 400$ to 500$ per tooth, we are talking 80% less then in the USA, those countries are Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, among others.