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BY: Dr Jonathan Scharf
Have you ever been blinded by someone’s artificially white, perfect smile? In the 1980s and early ’90s, with the advent of in-office whitening as well as at-home whitening kits, there was no such thing as “too white” when it came to teeth.
These days, however, I’ve noticed the current in-demand style is a beautiful but more natural smile -- not just in colour, but also in shape and size. It’s easy to get such a smile with veneers, which are wafer-thin coatings made of porcelain, ceramic or another bonding material that is permanently affixed to the front of teeth. But before you sign up, here are the top two considerations I advise you to think about:
Learn to appreciate imperfection. One of the newest cosmetic improvements is what we’re calling “couture veneers,” which are crafted with subtle variations in colour, as well as a blend of transparency and opacity -- creating teeth that look real and alive. We also texturise the surface of each tooth slightly to break up the light for a more natural look. It’s all about looking youthful -- and less about perfection.
Dr Jonathan Scharf is the former president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. This is his first article appearing in Oral Care and Health Daily (Australia & New Zealand).
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