How to Spot a Fake Smile

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Shutterstock 16298365 HOW TO SPOT A FAKE

Dead Giveaway #1: Teeth that are flat and dull in color. “Teeth that are too opaque will give the ‘piano key’ or denture look,” Scottsdale, Az, cosmetic dentist Jason McCargar, DMD says.

How 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 to mask the original color.

Dead Giveaway #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.

How 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. 

Dead Giveaway #3: Gaps and small spaces that appear along the gumline between teeth. “Black holes by the gumline make the teeth look phony,” says Glenview, IL, cosmetic dentist William Cohen, DDS.

How 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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