The Hollywood smile is an ideal of the perfect mouth. Teeth are white, straight, and even; women’s teeth have a rounded profile while men tend toward squared. The tradition dates to the golden age of Hollywood cinema, roughly the four decades ending in 1969.
It’s no surprise that the Hollywood smile is a cinematic invention. Teeth are naturally ivory or off-white in color, and few people are blessed with perfectly spaced and even teeth. You may hear stories of stars who have their teeth “capped.” This most often refers to dental veneers.
We take cosmetic procedures seriously at RR Dentistry in Georgetown, Texas, because a healthy smile is more than just being free of cavities and gum disease. You’re at your best when you love the look of your teeth, too.
That’s why we offer our patients two approaches to veneers, one of which is sure to be right for you. You don’t need to be a movie star to enjoy a celebrity smile.
The benefits of veneers
Regardless of the type of veneers you choose at RR Dentistry, they offer the same range of benefits. Both traditional veneers and Lumineers® can correct a number of cosmetic variances that keep your smile from being all it can be.
Perhaps the most obvious of these is brilliant and uniform brightness. With veneers, you’re not limited to the color of your natural teeth, and veneers can give you a brighter white than even a dental office whitening treatment.
Other improvements veneers can offer include:
- Covering and reinforcing chipped or cracked teeth
- Covering gaps between teeth
- Correcting minor misalignments
- Changing the size or shape of teeth
- Fixing a “gummy smile”
Veneers may be able to replace several other dental procedures, making them ideal for patients with a variety of smile features they hope to change.
Veneers cover the front-facing, visible surfaces of teeth, unlike crowns which completely surround a tooth above the gumline. Conventional veneers are often made from porcelain, a material that closely mimics the appearance of natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers require some modification to the surfaces of your natural teeth to make room for the porcelain. We mill away some natural tooth enamel and take impressions of your teeth before sending these to our lab, where each veneer is custom-made for your smile.
We may need to fit you with temporary veneers while waiting for the permanent set, which usually takes one to two weeks. Once these come back from the lab, we cement them in place and your celebrity smile is ready to share with the world.
At RR Dentistry, we often recommend low-prep Lumineers veneers. With their ultra-thin porcelain design, we can fit Lumineers with little or no removal of tooth enamel. Unlike traditional veneers, we may be able to remove these veneers so you can revert back to your natural teeth. Conventional veneers require replacement at the end of their lifespan.
Lumineers have some limitations, so not everyone is a candidate, but they’re easy to place, and they generally don’t require anesthetics or the placement of temporary veneers.
Find out more by speaking with our smile experts at RR Dentistry. You can book a consultation by phone or online. Start the process that leads to your celebrity smile today.