Reviewed by Dr. Sam Muslin | Last Updated on 05/21/2020
The patient said, “I have always wanted porcelain laminate veneers but when my friends got veneers done they looked terrible! They were too thick and too bulky and looked square”. She said that when she found this website, and saw a lot of people that had porcelain veneers that looked real and very natural, she decided to drive to Santa Monica even though it could take her several hours one way. She said, “If you can give me natural looking veneers and make my smile look great and not fake, then you are worth the long drive”.
There is no difference between porcelain laminates and veneers. Both terms describe the same cosmetic dentistry procedure. Both terms describe a veneer that is placed on the front side of the tooth to give the teeth a new whiter surface and better appearance. Unfortunately, most cosmetic dentists will grind down healthy teeth unnecessarily. Many patients have said that the dentist was very nice and said that very little tooth structure would be removed. But, the patient needed to be anesthetized (shots) and before they knew what was happening, their teeth were drilled down far more than they would have ever allowed. Dr. Muslin says, “If the dentist needs to numb you, chances are they will unnecessarily grind away too much healthy tooth structure”.
The patient said that she has always wanted straight teeth but her friends kept telling her that she had a good smile. “Everyone said I had a good smile and that there was no reason to have veneers”. But then, Dr. Muslin told me of the benefits of Face Lift Dentistry®
The patient wanted to look her best and felt that cosmetic dentistry could help her but the bad veneers done on her friends really kept her from getting porcelain laminate veneers for herself. She said, “Bad porcelain laminate veneers are everywhere and I just could not stand having bad porcelain laminates on my teeth”. “Some of these people with veneers look desperate”. Dr. Muslin explained that cosmetic dentistry is just “smile dentistry” which does nothing for your health. But, getting the overbite corrected can improve her entire face. Cosmetic dentistry only helps the patient look good when they are smiling but correcting a bad bite improves your health so you can feel better and look better.
Porcelain laminate veneers are cosmetic dentistry that works on giving the patient straight teeth. The goal of the porcelain laminates is to improve the patient’s smile. There are generally no health benefits to porcelain laminates as they are utilized for cosmetic purposes. But, she had worn down her teeth over the years and has lost facial support. Most people loose the length to their faces, as they grow older because their bite gets worn down.
Loss in facial length is why so many older people look their age. Older people look older because of their bite no matter what they do to their faces. Some patients get chin implants to help their sinking facial profile. Some patients get plastic surgery to help with sagging skin but the reason the patient looks old and their chin looks small is from loss of facial support from an overbite.
This patient did not want the "plastic face" or "fake face" appearance of plastic surgery. She was really excited when she learned about the Face Lift Dentistry® Method because she could have a younger face with fewer wrinkles and still look natural.
What if the patient could actually gain back all of the lost facial support? “The greatest health benefit for the patient is to optimize their bite to their face” according to Dr. Muslin. “The best way to look years younger permanently is with VENLAY® restorations using the Face Lift Dentistry® method because your facial profile, facial proportions, facial support and dental health will be idealized.
There is no other non-surgical method to looking your best and feeling your best that can match the benefits of this level of dental health care. Warning, it is expensive.
For those patients interested in the ultimate in health and appearance, Dr. Sam Muslin’s exclusive Face Lift Dentistry® is the treatment of choice. For that patient interested in cosmetic dentistry, the advantage that Dr. Muslin offers is that his work looks natural because he works on every single cosmetic dentistry case personally with his ceramist.
If you want more information, call the office to speak with one of the treatment coordinators. If you are flying in from another part of the United States or another country, we can help coordinate your trip to get as much done as possible in as little as one to two weeks. Please call for your appointment (310) 829 6796 or click on the contact button.