Three Ways to Spot a Fake Smile

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Just because you weren’t born with a perfect smile doesn’t mean you can’t have one. You can upgrade to a beautiful smile with veneers. Just make sure to achieve a natural look by avoiding these top three dead giveaways of a fake smile:

1. Teeth that are flat and dull in color.
“Teeth that are too opaque will give the ‘piano key’ or denture look,” says Scottsdale, AZ cosmetic dentist Jason D. McCargar, DMD. To avoid it, whiten your teeth before you get veneers. The brighter your smile is to start with, the less opaque the veneers have to be the mask the original color.

2. Red, inflamed gums.
Poorly placed veneers can lead to gum inflammation, redness and bleeding. Chronic puffiness can be a sign that veneers were rushed after gum contouring. To avoid it, give the gums at least six weeks to heal from gum-contouring procedures to ensure that new, mature gums have fully grown in before getting veneers says New York cosmetic dentist, Timothy Chase, DMD

3. Gaps and small spaces that appear along the gum line between teeth.
Black holes by the gum line make the teeth look phony,” says Glenview, IL, cosmetic dentist William Cohen, DDS. To avoid it, get a thorough exam before getting veneers to make sure your gums are healthy enough to refrain from receding and exposing spaces between your teeth. If your veneers are going to fill in old gaps, get a “trial smile” to make sure those spaces will be completely covered. 

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