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What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
Find out how dental veneers could save your smile.
Your smile is an important asset that makes up a large part of your appearance. So, what does your smile say about you? If you are dealing with certain flaws then it may affect how confident you feel in your smile. Find out how one of our Mississauga cosmetic dentists can help you achieve the perfect smile with veneers.
At first glance, a thin shell made from porcelain may not seem like it could completely transform your smile but you’d be amazed how just by applying the veneers over the front of your teeth we can change the color, shape or size, or just hide certain imperfections. Find out what problems veneers can fix:
Color: There are so many things that can affect your smile from smoking to the foods you eat. While external stains can easily be treated with professional whitening not all stains can be. If you have internal stains or stains that are so severe that even whitening isn’t cutting it then it might be time to consider getting porcelain veneers in Mississauga.
Shape: Veneers are custom-made to give your smile the size and shape you want. Whether you are dealing with unsightly chips or cracks or you have teeth that are too small for your mouth, veneers can easily be applied to reshape your smile and cover these common imperfections.
Alignment: It’s very rare to have a perfectly straight smile unless you are one of those lucky few (or you’ve already worn braces), but if you have minor crowding or gaps between teeth and think orthodontics is the only option, think again! Veneers can cover these gaps and make minor corrections to the alignment of your smile.
There are so many people that can benefit from what veneers can offer and you could, too! If you are dealing with cosmetic flaws then you could be an ideal candidate for veneers. But find out for yourself by scheduling an appointment with our Mississauga dental team at Mississauga Dental Arts. Call us today and let us know you are interested in dental veneers.
Your otherwise beautiful smile has one noticeable flaw — one or more of your teeth are deeply discolored or stained. More than likely this staining is deep within the teeth, what we refer to as intrinsic staining. There are a number of reasons this can occur — from fillings or use of antibiotics, for example — and our first approach should be to attempt a whitening technique.
However, if that doesn't produce the desired result, porcelain laminate veneers are another option you might consider. Veneers are made of dental porcelain, a bio-compatible material that can be shaped and colored to closely match neighboring teeth. After a minimal amount of tooth reduction (removal of some of the enamel from the tooth surface) to prepare for the laminate, the veneers are then permanently bonded to the tooth surface and cover the discolored natural tooth. Besides changing the appearance of discolored or stained teeth, veneers can also be used to correct other imperfections such as chipped or misshapen teeth.
Patients, however, have a common question: how long will the veneers last? With proper care, veneers can last anywhere from seven years to more than twenty years. It's possible, though, to damage them — for example, you can break them if you bite down on something that goes beyond the porcelain's tolerance range, such as cracking nut shells with your teeth (not a good idea even for natural teeth!). You should also keep in mind that veneers are composed of inert, non-living material and are attached and surrounded by living gum tissue that can change over time. This process may eventually alter your appearance to the point that the veneer may need to be removed and reapplied to improve the look of your smile.
If a veneer is damaged, all is not necessarily lost. It may be possible to re-bond a loosened veneer or repair a chipped area. The worst case is replacement of the veneer altogether. Chances are, though, this will only happen after the veneer has already served you — and your smile — for many years.
If you would like more information on porcelain laminate veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”