How This Dentist Crafts $80,000 Veneers For Celebrities | Beauty Explorers

How This Dentist Crafts $80,000 Veneers For Celebrities | Beauty Explorers

This is Michael Apa. He spends most of his days flying between New York, City and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He works on the smiles of Hollywood actors, reality-TV stars fashion models and even royals He’s most sought-after for his boutique porcelain veneers, which cost clients $4,000 a tooth and up to $80,000 for a full smile reconstruction. So, how did Apa become the world’s leading celebrity dentist and what makes his signature veneers so pricey

Michael Apa, So when I first started in cosmetic dentistry, one thing that was being taught was something called smile design, which was a golden proportion of the mouth and tooth form to create an ideal smile. And I think that’s where the term “ chicklets” and such came from is because everybody kind of had this cookie-cutter perfect smile.

Narrator According to Apa what makes a perfect smile is actually well an imperfect one, embracing the imperfections is key to Apa’s signature method, called Facial. Aesthetic Design Here he’s using Facial, Aesthetic Design to create a straighter, more confident smile for his client, Andrea
Andrea Ahern, I find that my teeth are a little uneven. They kind of slant this way, and I don’t like my gum line, and they’re uneven underneath Apa, Maybe four veneers on top four veneers on bottom And we would be able to straighten the teeth out, and we would also be able to use a laser where we would reshape some of the gum so that you wouldn’t see as much to make it more proportional to the rest of your teeth and your smile.

Narrator, The method uses a client’s, unique facial features to determine their most flattering smile. This personalized way of designing the smiles means no two are the same and is just the first reason why they’re so pricey
After the number and shape of veneers are decided, and the client undergoes any preliminary dental work like fillings or gum reshaping, Apa takes a mold of the client’s teeth.

The mold will be used to create a set of temporary inserts for the client to test-drive their new look.

Andrea, That is insane Apa, looks like big fake teeth, right, [ Andrea laughs], Andrea. That’s amazing!
Narrator, Once a client is happy with the results, their smile moves into the hands of Apa’s in-house team of master ceramicists. Having an in-house team at this skill level gives Apa full control over how each smile is made and is probably the biggest contributor to the teeth’s price tag Apa.

When you talk about this process, it’s almost like we’re creating individual jewelry for the teeth, and that is the level at which it’s crafted.

Narrator, The ceramicists shape the teeth out of a special blend of porcelain, applying it carefully layer by layer with attention to pigment, Apa The interesting part about white teeth. There’s really no such thing as white

It’s all a matter of value and opacity Narrator, while bright-white veneers may have four to five shades. Apa’S teeth use 17 to 20 different shades and opacities. The deepest pigments are layered toward the base of the gum, becoming gradually lighter and more translucent toward the tip.

The overall effect so closely mimics natural teeth that, when inserted, there’d, be no reason for the average person to believe the teeth are anything other than real. The custom teeth are typically ready in under a week, but those from out of town can get a new smile in as little as 24 hours.
The convenience is a major plus for his high-profile clients with jet-setting schedules. The bespoke level at which Apa’s veneers are designed isn’t the only reason they’re so expensive. It also comes down to the method in which they’re actually inserted.

At any other dentist’s office, Apa says a client can expect to set aside an entire day for an insert, But here it’s in and out in under two hours.
Part of what makes Apa’s process so quick is what he calls a minimally invasive approach Apa.

So, when we talk about being minimally invasive in someone’s mouth, it means cutting away as little tooth as possible and saving as much healthy tooth as possible. That, in turn, is what makes the veneers last longer, So the less invasive you are in the mouth, the stronger the bond of the porcelain to the natural tooth Narrator. This minimally invasive method is supposed to cause less pain and discomfort too.

Apa, I’m gonna lip-assist you because you’re really numb to Smile And now you can pull it up. Andrea, Oh my God, Apa Right!
Andrea, Oh, my God, Narrator With proper care clients can expect their designer smiles to last anywhere from 15 to 20 years.

Andrea, I feel extremely confident with my teeth now I’m smiling more in pictures. I just seem to be opening my mouth a lot more and not closing my lips.

It’s just life-changing.

 

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