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.
There are plenty of online review sites that detail consumer experiences with cosmetic teeth in areas such as:
- Appearance – Veneers look completely natural. Manufactured cosmetic teeth do not.
- Permanence – Veneers become part of your smile, so you look great 24/7/365. Cosmetic teeth cannot be worn while eating or during sleep.
- Comfort – Veneers don’t pinch or rub. Cosmetic teeth are “one-size-fits-most” or come in a few general sizes and smile styles.
- Safety – Cosmetic teeth can damage your own teeth. Veneers have no negative impact on adjacent dentition.
- Durability – With good home hygiene, porcelain veneers last many years. They are a cost-effective, long-term investment in your self-esteem.
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.