Have you ever watched a movie, and instead of focusing on the plot or scintillating dialogue, you find yourself fixated on how perfect the actors’ teeth are? When the credits are rolling at the end, you realize you spent the last hour and a half jealous of their perfect teeth and how yours are not perfect.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow capture just a little of that star power with your smile? And while dreaming, why not make it easy and with a price tag that doesn’t require landing the lead in a blockbuster movie? Spoiler alert! Cosmetic dentistry, known as veneers, is all that and much more, says our own Ginger Rome, DDS, at The Dentists at North Cypress in Houston, Texas.
Ironically, veneers can trace their roots back to the early days of Hollywood when legendary actors like James Dean, Judy Garland, and Shirley Temple had their less-than-perfect smiles fixed by California dentist Charles L. Pincus, DDS.
Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain or composite resin shells, which your dental provider bonds to the front of a tooth’s surface to cover up damaged teeth or flaws. Veneers might be the most versatile tool for transforming smiles, addressing a wide range of issues, such as:
Hollywood makeup artists have nothing on dental providers who make smile imperfections a thing of the past.
Two appointments away from your celebrity smile
Remarkably, only two to three appointments get your celebrity smile. During the initial appointment, your provider performs a dental exam, completes a professional cleaning, and takes digital X-rays to map out your treatment plan. Next, your dentist administers a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable while preparing for your veneers.
Specifically, your dental provider shaves or removes a tiny layer of enamel – about 0.5mm or less. This process accommodates the veneer to fit seamlessly and comfortably and not interfere with your bite. Once your affected tooth gets prepped, your dentist takes digital impressions then sends this data to a dental laboratory that fabricates your custom-made veneers.
Your provider fits you with temporary veneers while waiting for the permanent ones to return from the dental lab. Your veneers are ready from the lab in two to three weeks, and then you return to the office for your last appointment. During this visit, your dental provider bonds the veneers to your teeth and makes any minor adjustments for fit. Now, you are ready to dazzle your audience with your celebrity smile.
Making your dental imperfections disappear quick enough to be at your 20th class reunion is possible with veneers, which consist of materials that mimic the pearly white characteristic of your natural teeth and are color-matched. You almost forget which teeth are veneers and which are your natural ones. No worries, if you don’t tell, we won't either.
But unlike those glamorous celebrities, veneers aren’t merely about stunning looks. Value and durability play much more than a supporting role. With vigilant at-home oral care and making your regular dental checkups and professional cleaning appointments, your dental veneers can last 15 years or more.
If you’re ready to capture your celebrity smile and want to learn if veneers are right for you, contact The Dentists at North Cypress in Houston, Texas. Make your appointment by calling or scheduling an appointment online today.