THE MAKING OF A SMILE

Dr. Michael Apa takes you inside the design & planning of a cosmetic smile lift.
See the transformation from the first to final appointment.
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Dr. Apa fits a temporary smile to the patient. He then minimally
shapes and fits their teeth for the temporary veneers they will
wear for just under a week. This unique step allows patients to
test drive their new, improved smile.
Dr. Apa creates permanent veneers for the patient. After wearing the
temporary smile, the patient returns to provide feedback on the look and
fit of their veneers. Using this feedback, a master ceramist makes a new
mold before creating the final veneers.
Dr. Apa fits the patient with the permanent veneers. At this time, he
removes the temporary veneers and the patient receives their new,
permanent smile.
During this final re-contouring appointment, Dr. Apa applies the finishing
touches to the patient’s new smile. It occurs one to two days after the
veneers are fitted.
Veneers, if treated properly, should look and feel great for up to 15 years
after their placement. Most patients forget they have them after a month
or so because facial muscles adapt to the new teeth and make them look
more natural than the day they were put in.