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Are cosmetic teeth a viable alternative to porcelain veneers? Dentist in Chicago compares

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Cosmetic teeth are popping up on TV and the internet. They are marketed as instant veneers, party teeth, or novelty teeth. In reality these gadgets bear no resemblance to quality cosmetic treatment from a reputable dentist. Dr. Theodore Siegel compares porcelain veneers to cosmetic teeth, to help patients in Chicago make informed decisions.

Similarities . . . kinda, sorta, not really

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain with the luster of healthy, natural tooth structure. They are precisely designed by a dentist and fabricated at a professional dental lab to fit over the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are bonded into place to disguise enamel imperfections, resistant stains, minor misalignment, or flaws in shape or size of teeth.

Cosmetic teeth are a mass produced entire arch that fits over your teeth. Some brands can be purchased online for less than $20, up to several hundred or thousand dollars. Technically, they do temporarily hide crooked, stained, broken, and missing teeth. That is about the only similarity to real dentistry.

Critical differences

There are plenty of online review sites that detail consumer experiences with cosmetic teeth in areas such as:

Do you want to “boil and bite” your smile and use a box knife to make adjustments? For alternatives to cosmetic teeth, call Big Smile Dental in Chicago at 773-772-8400.