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A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.

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Newsflash: Veneers Don't Have To Look Fake

Siiri Puro

You've probably seen pictures of celebrities with absolutely pure, white teeth. Perhaps you've thought to yourself, "there's no way those are real." Chances are, they weren't -- they were probably veneers. Celebrities often have bright white veneers attached to the front of their teeth in order to give them a more stunning appearance. However, this has led to the common misconception that veneers have to look fake and unnatural, and that's just not the case. Here's a closer look.

Veneers can be made in any color.

When you visit your dentist for a consultation regarding veneers, one of the things they will discuss with you is the shade of veneers you want. They can show you various colors and you can hold them up to your face and decide what looks good with your skin tone. Another good approach is to look at the color of your natural teeth, and then think of how you want the color of your veneers to compare. Do you want your teeth to be about five shades whiter? Ask your dentist to show you that color so you can confirm it looks okay. Maybe you want to go eight shades lighter. Ask them to show you that shade, too.

Once you've decided on a color, your dentist will add that color choice to the info they send to the lab. The lab will custom-make your veneers in that exact shade, whether the shade is stark white or a more natural cream.

Veneers camouflage an array of dental problems.

Because celebrities' veneers are often so white, you might assume they got them to hide stains. Some of them might have veneers for this reason, but veneers are capable of hiding so much more.

Veneer can hide a chipped tooth that would be tough for your dentist to fix. They can camouflage minor alignment issues, and they can even make your teeth look larger or wider. If you have a small gap between your teeth, veneers may be able to close the gap.

Veneers are easy to wear.

No, these are not one of those painful, punishing things celebrities do in spite of the struggle. Veneers are pretty easy to wear, whether you are an actress or a post officer. Your dentist will attach them to your teeth with a little cement, which is painless. You may have a little sensitivity for a few days after the veneers are applied, but this will soon fade. You can continue to eat almost all foods, save the crunchiest ones like ice chips and hard candy.

Veneers do not have to be bright white, and they are not just for celebrities. Talk to your dentist to learn more about the benefits veneers may offer you.