The canine teeth (aka eye teeth) flank the front incisors in a human’s mouth. Some people have pointy, prominent canines, making these teeth the perfect accessory when dressing like an immortal for Halloween. There was even a recent Japanese trend to make this fang-look permanent, not so people could resemble someone in Dracula’s family tree, but to be more attractive. In the U.S., however, unless you’re working an unusual job in Manhattan or are in favor of an undead cultural shift, many people who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their canine teeth choose porcelain veneers as a solution.
Don’t Bite the Dentist
Our Midtown Manhattan dental practice subscribes to the notion that if you want to alter your smile you must do it to suit yourself, not to satisfy a potential love interest or imitate a pop culture phenomenon. If you’re going to follow in the footsteps of any aesthetic trends, pursue the flawless smiles of celebrities, most often created using porcelain veneers.
Veneers are one of the most versatile and most durable cosmetic dentistry procedures. The incredibly thin porcelain shells used to cover the teeth are customized to each patient. They are personalized in size, shape, and color so they blend well with the enamel underneath and flatter your overall appearance. With veneers, you can lengthen short teeth, hide chips and superficial cracks, eliminate discoloration, and, yes, recreate your canine teeth to your liking.
Trick or Treat? Veneers or Lumineers?
Getting porcelain veneers is a life-changing event, giving you more confidence and helping others perceive you differently (in a good way). It’s important to understand the application method of veneers, however: The procedure alters your permanent teeth forever. Tooth enamel must be shaved off to make room for the veneers. There is no replacing tooth enamel once it has been lost.
If you are daunted by this kind of preparation for your smile makeover, Lumineers may be the right makeover option for you. Lumineers are a non-invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure that can do pretty much everything veneers can do but without damaging tooth enamel. In fact, Lumineers are sometimes referred to as “no-prep” veneers because extensive preparations are not necessary to make room for the Lumineers.
While both Lumineers and veneers both look natural, one major difference is that veneers tend to look a little more authentic. They reflect the light better, helping show the teeth and your smile in as flattering light as possible.
A New Smile on Your Timeline
The timeline of a porcelain veneer or Lumineers smile makeover can make some patients pause. It typically takes two visits to your New York City dentist for preparation, planning and application of the veneers. If you’re in a rush or are simply tired of waiting for a perfect smile anymore, there is the Cerinate one-hour porcelain veneers makeover.
One-hour veneers are made in the on-site dental lab immediately after measurements and impressions are taken of your teeth. That means you walk into your Manhattan cosmetic dentist’s office one morning and leave later that day with a new smile. The veneers are shaped precisely to fit your teeth – just like any other veneer treatment, simply done more efficiently, and just in time for Halloween.
Learn more about how to perfect your fangs, whether you need to brighten them up with a whitening treatment, remake them with veneers, or simply spruce them up with a regular exam and cleaning. Contact New York City cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei in Midtown Manhattan to make your appointment. Costumes optional.