These Teeth Transformations Will Blow Your Mind

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There are two types of people in the world: those who schedule their cleanings a year out, and those who consider a trip to the dentist the highest form of torture. For the former set, we have good news: Dentists are having a moment on Instagram right now. And their posts are as voyeuristic and oddly satisfying as those pimple popping videos you probably also enjoy.
Celebrity cosmetic dentists like Michael Apa, MD, and Victoria Veytsman, MD, regularly post smile transformations to their Instagram pages, which collectively have nearly 200K followers. There's gum lifts, realignment, crown replacements, full veneers — basically all the words you're terrified to hear in the office, but love looking at online. "I think there are more people interested in doing their teeth than most people assume," says Dr. Apa. "When you can give people the before-and-afters — something digestible — it's so perfect for Instagram. You draw someone in and show them the possibilities."
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But these makeovers are deeper than just aesthetics. "My assistant and I always say that we wish there was a fly on the wall for some of these conversations," says Dr. Veytsman, who sometimes includes her patients' emotional stories in her captions. "We call it mental dental — we talk about everything. We don't just look at a patient's smile. We look at their whole life."
Let's make one thing clear: There's no such thing as a "perfect" smile. Gaps, chips, crooked teeth — it's all what makes you you. But for those who choose to enhance what they've got — or just love getting lost in a rabbit hole of before-and-afters — the transformations ahead are for you.
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Whitening
For some, in-office whitening is enough to make a dramatic difference. Check out this subtle shade change by Dr. Apa. (He has an at-home whitening kit that delivers similar results.)
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Veneers
"With the use of porcelain veneers, we can give the smile that was intended without looking 'done,'" Dr. Apa says. "Designing the new smile properly, we can make it undetectable."
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"Maintenance is all about keeping up with professional dental visits and good hygiene," Dr. Apa instructs. "If you show up regularly for cleanings and practice good home care, the work should last for 15 to 20 years."
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That good home care consists of brushing, flossing and using a good oral rinse two times a day, according to Dr. Apa. He also recommends his Apa Beauty Clean White Sonic Toothbrush.
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Dr. Apa gave this patient a gum lift (a procedure that reshapes gum tissue with either a knife or a laser) and veneers to get him to the smile he wanted.
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After veneers, Dr. Apa usually brings his clients in for cleanings at least three times a year — in addition to brushing, flossing, and using a whitening gel every day.
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No Prep Veneers

"I created a technique to place extremely thin shells of porcelain on the teeth that can change the shape, position and color without the need to drill down the natural tooth structure," Sam Saleh, MD, says. "We literally get patients traveling from all over the world for this treatment."
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Braces
If the patient just wants to straighten his or her teeth, that's where realignment with braces or Invisalign comes in. (Dr. Apa also gave this woman veneers)
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Bonding
After this patient slipped and fell, Dr. Veytsman fixed the chip with composite bonding (meaning, she used enamel-colored resin to make that front tooth more even).
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Crowns
Porcelain crowns, which is porcelain that wraps around the tooth all the way, contributed to this dramatic transformation.
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Gum Contouring
Yes, gum contouring is a thing. But unlike the makeup technique, this is done with a laser to mold the gums, according to Dr. Apa.
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All Of The Above
This transformation required a combination of gum contouring, inlays, and veneers.
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"People often come in with old dentistry to get fixed. This woman had crowns, veneers, and bonding for 11 years [that] was not taken care of," Dr. Apa reveals.
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Dr. Apa used his magic to fix this wipeout. "The guy with his teeth broken? That was a surfing accident," he said. "He fell, the surfboard went up, and he smashed his teeth. I see lots of cases like that in the summer."
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