Have you noticed your favorite celebrity suddenly appears younger, more beautiful and has begun to smile wider, but you can’t quite put your finger on what’s changed? Are you suddenly mesmerized by a friend’s bright and glistening teeth? Are you feeling self-conscious about your own smile, and often wish it were whiter and that your teeth were a different shape?

The answer to all three situations may be a total smile makeover, supported primarily by porcelain veneers. But what are veneers, and how can they help you appear younger and completely transform the look of your face, as well as your confidence?


Porcelain Veneers: A Misnomer

While veneers used to be made exclusively from porcelain, most veneers today are made from a composite material which includes ceramic. That’s because this composite material looks more like a genuine tooth, is more difficult to stain and is much hardier than the somewhat delicate traditional porcelain veneer.

Here at Anchorage Smiles, our expert cosmetic dentists use DURAthin veneers. For patients who are good candidates for DURAthin veneers, this type of veneer is ideal because it does not require the drilling that traditional veneers do, which means we don’t need to damage your natural tooth in the same way as necessary for traditional veneers.

The veneer process is relatively simple: your dentist will prepare the tooth or teeth to be covered, match the veneer material to your preferred tooth size, shape and color, and bond the veneer directly to your natural tooth or teeth. The process typically includes removing some enamel on your natural tooth and roughening your natural tooth to encourage a stronger bond with the veneer, but it’s a quick, easy, and usually painless outpatient procedure, and you’ll be able to resume life as normal following your veneer procedure.

How Do Veneers Change My Appearance?

If you’ve wondered how someone with short, discolored, chipped or gapped teeth can somehow turn up suddenly with long, white and full teeth, you’re not alone. Many of our patients assume that, in order to get a dramatic or worthwhile smile makeover, one needs to remove their natural teeth and replace them with implants. That’s not true. In fact, we would almost never remove a healthy tooth just to replace it with an implant; our goal is to save as much of your natural tooth as possible.

Veneers can fix the appearance of your teeth if they’re chipped, discolored, short, worn, crooked or have gaps between them just by installing a correctly shaped veneer over top of the tooth. Lengthening your teeth with a veneer can pull your skin tauter, restoring the appearance of loose skin and making you look younger. Long and bright teeth are also associated with youth and health.

Get the Look You Want

If your teeth are short, discolored, worn, or have gaps between them and you’re ready to look younger and feel more confident, DURAthin veneers can be your answer. Here at Anchorage Smiles, you can completely change your look by choosing a veneer-based smile makeover.

To look younger and smile brighter after your next dental visit, schedule an appointment with Anchorage Smiles in Alaska by calling (907) 349-0022 or send us an email today.