Say Goodbye To “Fake” Teeth and Say Hello To the Smile of Your Dreams Thanks to Daniel Zabaleta of Sonrisa Italiana

It’s time to make ugly teeth a thing of the past. Dr. Daniel Zabaleta and his #SecretVeneers have got you covered. Here’s how you can get a perfect smile that’ll look even better than your original one.

Standard veneers are commonly known as thin cap layers that are placed on the forefront of a person’s natural tooth and are usually made out of porcelain or a form of dental ceramics. The cosmetic procedure is a common fix for people who may have several crooked, stained, or uneven teeth, as the end result aims to achieve even shape, size, and alignment for a natural-looking smile. The procedure can also correct gaps, fractures, and minor alignment problems, depending on the case at hand.

However, the problem most patients have with veneers stems from the common misconception that they’ll end up looking fake or they’ll damage the patient’s natural teeth. Thankfully, world-renowned Colombian dentist, Dr. Daniel Zabaleta, has answered a few commonly asked questions about the modernized procedure, and in turn, has offered a clear, concise, and easy solution to an unwanted smile. The answer? Secret Veneers!

What are Secret Veneers?

“Secret Veneers” are porcelain veneers that are applied with a special layer-by-layer coloring and positioning technique, which results in a three-dimensional tooth that mimics that of a natural one. It can be done on a single tooth or the entirety of a patient’s mouth. Dr. Zabaleta, who happens to be one of the world’s top specialists for this technique, shares that, in the case of single teeth procedures, he aims to create a result that matches a patient’s already existing teeth. Since each cap is meticulously customized, every veneer is different depending on the patient’s mouth. “It comes down to looking at the patient’s face and seeing what works and flows the best,” he says. He calls his holistic approach, “honest aesthetics”.

How can I identify if I’m a good candidate for Secret Veneers?

Dr. Zabaleta insists that patients wanting the procedure should check in with their dentist first to verify that they have no underlying issues like cavities. X-rays may also be taken in order to confirm that the structure of the tooth (or teeth) is healthy enough for the procedure to take place. For example, if a patient’s teeth are too misaligned and they cannot be fixed with veneers, the patient may need to use braces or clear aligners prior to the cosmetic procedure. “In order for the cosmetic procedure to be done correctly, we need the teeth to be in okay-to-good condition,” Dr. Zabaleta says. “That way, when the veneers go on, they will keep their ideal composition for as long as possible, which we hope is for a lifetime.”

How do I care for my Secret Veneers? Do I ever need to get them replaced?

Usually, Secret Veneers do not require replacement if they are cared for properly after installation. Proper maintenance, however, includes routine trips to the dentist every 6 months, bi-annual cleanings, and daily routine dental care such as brushing your teeth and flossing. In essence, make sure to do everything you usually would to take care of your natural teeth.

Are they painful?

They are not painful to install, nor should you feel any severe discomfort after a few days following the procedure.

Will they damage my natural teeth?

No, they will not damage your teeth so long as they are properly maintained. We will also not shave down your teeth in preparation for the veneer installation.

How much does it cost?

The procedure in the United States can cost you anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000, depending on the dentist. However, Dr. Zabaleta’s practice in Colombia quotes around $9,000 for the entirety of the procedure, including pre-op and post-op care.

Who is Dr. Zabaleta?

Dr. Daniel Zabaleta is the #1 Dentist in Colombia, as well as one of the top international dentists in the world, commonly recognized for his work with cosmetic procedures in dentistry including “Secret Veneers”. He is the lead doctor and surgeon at his award-winning dental office, Sonrisa Italiana, which is located in Barranquilla, Colombia. He holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Fundación Universitaria San Martín and completed his general practice residency at Hospital Eduardo Arrendondo in Colombia. He holds three internationally recognized post-graduate degrees in Cosmetic Dentistry and Prosthodontics, as well as several certificates. Dr. Zabaleta has received numerous prestigious awards, but the most important by far has been the “Orden de la Democracia Simón Bolívar” (Order of the Democracy of Simón Bolívar) from the Republic of Colombia, which recognizes activities of outstanding merit that contribute to the strengthening of economic, social, and cultural order worldwide. In his 16 years of experience, he has performed over 50,000 successful procedures and has installed over 20,000 total veneers. He is also an international lecturer and seminar leader.

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