What is Hollywood Smile?
Hollywood smile is a term referring to the dental procedure of placing veneers on the frontal teeth. Placing porcelain or composite veneers on top of natural teeth can alter the aesthetic appearance of front teeth drastically and bring out a fabulous looking smile, known as a Hollywood smile. Veneers used to create Hollywood smile can alter the shape, size and color of the teeth at the same time.
Why Hollywood Smile?
The perfect set of teeth can brighten your face up and make a big difference by creating a beautiful smile. A beautiful looking set of teeth is not a dream anymore, as dental procedures has improved hugely during the years and dentists have various options for you and your teeth. The procedure of placing veneers to create a beautiful smile has become extremely popular in the recent years. If you want to smile like a Hollywood superstar, this is the procedure for you. Veneers are placed to change the teeth in a couple of different ways. They can be used to solve problems like:
Drastically discolored teeth: Teeth can become discolored and yellow looking due to different reasons like age, smoking or drinking certain beverages like coffee. Bleaches are sometimes used to whiten the teeth, but by using veneers, the discolored teeth is covered to hide any discoloration.
Teeth with gaps
Tooth decay and other oral and dental diseases can result in any of the abnormalities above to occur. Genetics can also have a huge effect on the shape and color of one’s teeth. Different methods are used to solve any of the problems mentioned above, but veneers can solve these problems at the same time during one procedure. Veneers are placed to create the perfect set of teeth and solve any type of abnormality or dissatisfaction you may have, creating horizontal and vertical symmetry, appropriate smile line, teeth gap and teeth shape. All of the imperfections are hidden by veneers placed on top of the teeth. This can create a beautiful Hollywood smile, boost self-confidence and self-image.
As an example, narrow and tall looking frontal teeth looks more beautiful on women as bulky and square looking frontal teeth looks more appropriate for men. Your dentist can change the shape and size of the veneers based on the flaws, your specific conditions and personal preferences.
Compared to crowns, veneers are a better option as they require less enamel to be removed when they are placed. However, if the crookedness is severe, crown may be the only option.
How do You Get a Hollywood Smile?
There are two different materials used for constructing the veneers. Porcelain and composite resin. Porcelain veneers cost more, are stronger and last longer than composite resin. They are also stain resistant and resemble natural teeth greatly. Composite resin on the other hand can be repaired easily and quickly, and they cost less. However, they are less resistant compared to porcelain veneers. Using porcelain veneers is much more common nowadays.
Before receiving the procedure, your dentist will discuss the procedure and its final results. You may have to get an X-ray to detect any oral problems before the procedure. You have to be a suitable candidate to receive veneers. A local injection is injected to numb the area and make you more comfortable during the procedure. Your dentist will firstly prepare the teeth for placing the veneers. He will shape the teeth accordingly and removes a thin layer from the enamel. Your dentist will make molds of every tooth receiving the enamel and based on these impressions, veneers are constructed and prepared in a lab within 2-4 weeks. The color shade of the teeth is based on your personal and your dentist professional opinion. During this period, you will have to wear temporary veneers. After the veneers are prepared, the dentist will thoroughly clean and disinfect your teeth to prevent bacteria or infection under the veneers before placing them. Then each tooth is grinded to a rougher texture. This will help the veneers to stick to the surface of the teeth. A dental cement is used to join the teeth and veneers together. UV light helps the cement harden. The built veneers are checked for the size and the color and are placed on top of your natural teeth.
Who Is A Good Candidate for Hollywood Smile?
Not every set of teeth is suitable for receiving veneers. Oral health and habit is crucial for receiving the procedure. Tooth decay, gum diseases, fillings, crowns, highly sensitive teeth and gum can become problematic in these cases, as they can worsen after the placement of the veneers.
In patients with lack of gum tissue, a gum graft is required before the procedure.
What to Do After Receiving Veneers?
There is almost no recovery process after the placement of veneers. In some cases the veneers may feel rough due to the residual cement which will go away with eating and brushing. Your dentist can also smooth them out if necessary.
The veneers should be taken care of just like natural teeth and oral hygiene is as important as ever. They do not need any special care but brushing and flossing regularly and using a mouthwash is highly recommended. They will last 7 to 15 years and can be fixed or replaced later on. To improve the lifetime of your veneers:
Do not chew hard objects
Do not use your teeth as tool
Do not chew with frontal teeth
Use a retainer at night if you grind your teeth together
Wear a mouth guard if you play sports like football and boxing