Are cosmetic teeth an alternative to veneers? Los Angeles dentist explains


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An internet search on “cosmetic teeth” returns dozens of results ranging in price from less than twenty dollars to nearly one hundred. The descriptions can be convincing, describing as these novelty clip-on teeth covers as “instant veneers” or “temporary veneers.” Don’t be fooled by clever marketing. Cosmetic teeth have almost nothing in common with dental veneers designed and placed by Los Angeles dentist, Dr. Don Mungcal.

Comparing cosmetic teeth to veneers

Cosmetic teeth come in one or a few basic sizes. You soften the appliance in warm water and trim it to fit with a box cutter or nail file. Some versions have a thermoplastic layer that conforms to the shape of your teeth, presumably holding the device in place. Beverages stain cosmetic teeth, and you can’t eat with them in. Even kissing is not recommended! Cosmetic teeth can also cause harm to your natural dentition.

On the other hand, with dental veneers, your smile looks great 24/7/365. These shells of strong, translucent porcelain are designed and fabricated to fit individual teeth. They hide stubborn discoloration, improve shape and size of teeth, and visually correct misalignment. Veneers are cemented into place, so you eat, drink, and smooch naturally. They resist stains to look bright and attractive for many years, with normal good oral hygiene.

Read the reviews

Before spending your hard-earned money on cosmetic teeth, take time to do your homework, Los Angeles! Of the 249 consumer reviews on Amazon, about 59 percent gave this product just one star. Comments include:
  • What a waste of money for these cheap plastic no bending teeth.
  • Something better suited for Halloween.
  • Hurts the gum line really bad!

Visit the Testimonials page on this website ( to see what real patients have to say about Dr. Mungcal’s experience, expertise, and results with porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments. Then call (213) 863-9464 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mungcal.

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The staff here on its own deserves the five stars. Everyone is so friendly and take there time to get to know you as a patient. There very easy to work with on what’s best for you in the long run with insurance and dental care. On top of them making you feel comfortable, you can tell that they actually care about you and your dental health. The parking is also super easy and they validate so you don’t have to pay. I’d highly recommend coming here!
I am so glad I came to Downtown Dental. From the moment I walked into the office I was met with a smile and a warm welcome. During my first visit, a dental plan was made for me and they got to work right away. I have never experienced such attention to detail and such excellent customer service at a dental office. During my root canal procedure and fillings everyone was extremely helpful and constantly making sure I was comfortable. Since then, I am encouraging everyone to check out Downtown Dental, they really are amazing.
Best experience I have ever had in 40 plus years of Dentist visits. Crazy friendly people, every last one of them. Such a pleasant experience. If you need a Dentist this is the place to go. The Doctor is awesome as well.
This place has been my dentist my whole life and I won't consider going anywhere else. Everyone is nice and accommodating and the doctor knows his stuff. I just had pinhole gum rejuvenation surgery and the results are awesome. The staff really looks out for your best interest and the doctor will assure you have a great smile...pain free too..
If your looking for a Dental office that does good quality and precise work . With care and a gentle touch . then Downtown Dental is the place for you ! I got an extraction here and they made me feel comfortable and always checked to see how I was feeling and doing ! Dr. Mungcal is easily one of the best dentist in LA.
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