When Virginia first moved to NYC, she had been avoiding white shirts for many years. A well-meaning observer told her when she was just a teen that she shouldn’t wear white shirts because her teeth weren’t white. She has wanted to improve her smile ever since, but the process of getting veneers seemed so big and scary to her. She finally took the leap with NYC dentist Dr. Tabib in 2021 and is so pleased that she did! That fateful comment decades ago shaped how Virginia felt about her teeth and a little bit of how she saw herself in the world. She always felt that successful public-facing people needed to have perfect smiles and that she did not. It hindered her confidence and gave her a sense that she was missing something essential. Aside from feeling that the color of her teeth was holding her back, Virginia also had a diastema, or gap, between her front incisors. She received tooth bonding in her 30s to close the diastema and felt a little bit better about her smile, but she remained unhappy with the color of her teeth, which had become darker over time. When Virginia relocated to NYC, it was time to find a new dentist. Right away, she found NYC Smile Design. Dr. Tabib has been Virginia’s dentist for 20 years now. Over those two decades, she came to trust him, but she was still unsure about veneers. Each time she came in for her annual exams, they’d talk about it. She’d say, “Should I do the veneers this year?” They’d discuss whether to keep or lose the gap, he’d advise her, and she would get on with her busy life. This went on for 15 years.