Straight, white teeth are not just a symbol of youth, they’re a symbol of money and power. These days you’d be hard pressed to find a CEO or celebrity without a perfect smile. But if you look around, you’ll see that most people do have crooked smiles, and teeth that vary in color from white, to yellow. The good news is that veneers can give most anyone a much better smile.
The bad news is that veneers are costly (we’re talking many thousands of dollars, depending upon the work being done, and who is doing it). The decision to get permanent veneers requires thought, and then a significant investment of time, money, and some discomfort. More significantly, veneers require maintenance, since they don’t last forever. Also, in order to get veneers to fit perfectly, a patient’s teeth need to be ground down. That isn’t just major dental work, it means that once a person chooses the veneers, there’s no going back to “au natural.”
Since getting veneers is such a commitment, wouldn’t it be great if you could “test drive” a new smile? Now, you can! New York City dentist and Web MD consultant Dr. Steven E. Roth has invented a new procedure, called “CosmaLite,” which gives you the chance to try temporary veneers, without altering your teeth in a permanent way. There is no pain, no bleaching, no damage to your teeth. Best of all, this “test drive” costs just $700 and lasts up to a week. *you can apply that payment to the cost of permanent veneers if you decide that you want them. Another benefit of the temporary veneers is that if issues crop up during this process, the dentist can anticipate what they are, and make adjustments, before the patient is ready to get permanent veneers.
The procedure to get CosmaLite veneers is simple. The first office visit takes a 1/2 hour for digital photos of teeth, and then moulds are created (you simply bite into some “goo” and leave the imprint of your teeth). The second visit is to fit the acrylic veneers. A third visit is required to remove them if they are cemented in.
Dr. Roth has an easygoing manner, and he is an accomplished dentist that has been in practice for 19 years. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He is on staff at the Beth Israel Medical Center, and is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Equilibration Society, and the American Dental Association. .
If you read my articles, you know that I never write about something I haven’t experienced. Since prior commitments kept me from trying the CosmaLite veneers, I sent John Dunham, who had been seriously considering getting permanent veneers. John’s teeth are significantly yellow and stained, and he also has some uneven teeth and one that was slightly twisted in the front.
John’s before, during and after photos, are in the slideshow:
While some people may choose to wear the CosmaLite veneers for a special event, this is not really encouraged by Dr. Roth. The main reason to try them is to see how you would really look and feel with permanent dental work. John opted not to have the CosmaLite temporary veneers cemented into his mouth because he didn’t have the time to go back and get them removed. However, since they weren’t fitted securely, he had some trouble wearing them. Still, he was very satisfied with the procedure and the experience. ” When I looked in the mirror after Dr. Roth had inserted the temporary veneers, I really like dwhat I saw,” reported John. “However, in order to get permanent veneers, I would need to have significant cosmetic dentistry because I have broken teeth. Based on what Dr. Roth said, the work was out of my price range. I decided not to go ahead with the permanent veneers. But I really did appreciate the opportunity to see how they might look, and it gave me a much better perspective on what would be required, I found the process very useful. If money and time were not an issue, I would definitely get my mouth fixed” he added.
If you are thinking about getting permanent veneers, but want to try the temporary type first, or for more information on Dr. Steven Roth, please visit www.SmilesNY.com .SmilesNY is located at: 220 East 63rd Street, NY, NY 10065. Office phone: (212) 752-6537, cell: (917) 763-6942. For more information on the CosmaLite procedure, visit www.CosmaLite.com
*photos of Dr. Roth and John Dunham by Megan Baggott
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