Superstar Smile: Dr. Apa Reveals His Veneer Dos and Don’ts

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If you’re after a couple of tips and tricks to getting a superstar smile, then look no further than Dr. Michael Apa. His number is on the speed dial of countless celebrities including Huda Kattan and Chloë Sevigny, and he’s the go-to guy for creating perfect but natural-looking teeth. Dr. Apa and his team specialize in creating flawless veneers, so who better to discuss the treatment with? Read on to find out what veneers are all about, and the things you need to know if you’re considering getting them or looking after them already.

What Exactly Are Veneers?

“Veneers are wafer-thin covers of ceramic that go over your teeth. They can mask any imperfections such as their color, shape, or even position. If designed properly, veneers can change your smile to create the desired effect of a perfect/imperfect look. Facially, this new smile can balance out asymmetries and create overall “beauty” in each patient. They act and feel like real teeth – patients will forget they have them after they settle in!”

Why Do People Choose to Get Them?

“To enhance the look of their smile as, by using veneers, you can change the shape, color, and overall position of your smile and even affect how the skin around the lower third of the face looks. You can add support to the lips and cheeks, and even reduce frown lines if properly diagnosed and executed.”

Does the Treatment Hurt?

“It’s virtually painless and done under local anesthesia. The process consists of two main appointments, and you’re done within two weeks.”

How Long Do They Last?

“Veneers should last between 15 to 20 years, depending on how you take care of your smile. Regular hygiene appointments every three to four months are mandatory to maintain healthy gums and oral health.”

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Dr. Apa's Veneer Dos and Don'ts

“The very first step to a better smile is finding the right doctor (or dentist as they call us), someone who can evaluate your needs and choose the best option. If that happens to be veneers or a smile makeover, there are some things to note.”

Do go with a doctor you trust. It’s a process. It’s filled with a little pain, discomfort, healing time, temporary phases, and final phases. Some patients think that when they get up from the chair, it’ll be done and feel perfect – and in dentistry, that’s just not the case.

Do trust your dentist, and let them take care of you until the end of the procedure. Jumping from one dentist to another for second opinions etc. can lead to spiraling down a rabbit hole.

Do look closely at your temporary veneers and make any changes then and there! It’s not going to magically get better in the permanents. The temporaries are the design phase of the process, so if you’re not happy,  make sure your dentist knows how to improve them. Communication is key.

Do wear a night guard! The thing that destroys people’s teeth the fastest is grinding and clenching, especially when you get new teeth or veneers. You’re going to want to protect your investment, so wear a night guard.

Do stay on top of them! You should be getting professional cleaning done every three to four months whilst following a strict at-home care regimen. The better you take care of them, the better they will take care of you.

Don’t go crazy when it comes to choosing color. Tell your dentist what you want and, more importantly, what you don’t want. With that information, they should be able to guide you to getting the right color for you.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.apaaesthetic.ae or call (+971) 4 709 1000.

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