FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a thin porcelain shell
bonded on top of the natural tooth.
It is approximately a half millimeter
thick, roughly the same as a baby’s
fingernail. The natural tooth requires
minimal preparation—sometimes none
at all. With a veneer there’s no dark line
above the tooth, which is often the case
with a crown. A crown—or cap—covers
the entire tooth and reduces it to a
peg. Preparation for veneers is more
conservative than for crowns and requires
a less invasive procedure. For all of these
reasons, veneers are the treatment of
choice at Rosenthal Apa Group.

How long do porcelain
veneers last—and will they
stain like natural teeth?

Veneers should last from 10 to 15 years,
sometimes longer. They’re significantly
more resistant to stain and discoloration
and, unlike your natural teeth, maintain
their brightness and luster for many years.

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What is a Smile Makeover?

A Smile Makeover is a change in the lower
third of a patient’s face. By widening the
smile and building out the teeth (perhaps
by lengthening them, adding more
anatomy and translucency) using veneers,
we can create a more dynamic smile that
in some cases slightly fills out the lips and
provides the patient with a fuller, more
youthful appearance. It is similar to a
facelift from the nose down—without the
scalpel.

What is the time commitment
for a Smile Makeover?

Generally, it takes two visits, 7–10 days
apart, with a short 20-minute follow-up
to apply finishing touches like contouring
and polishing.

Does the Smile Makeover look
natural?

Yes, a Smile Makeover will look totally
natural and be undetectable—friends
will simply think you returned from a
vacation looking refreshed. Often, lips
begin to sag over time and lose their
elasticity. Because their primary support
comes from the teeth, by widening and
lengthening those teeth, lips appear more
youthful. Based on the patient’s age, skin
tone, and gender, teeth color and shape
are selected to enhance the appearance
from the nose down. The procedure is
non-invasive and the result looks natural.