It’s easy to see why so many people want a perfect ‘Hollywood’ smile; beautiful straight white teeth that are perfectly in proportion with the rest of the face. Extensive smile makeovers can include fitting crowns, veneers, or some type of orthodontic brace to straighten the smile. However, the real key to a Hollywood smile is the shade of the teeth, whilst it can look a little unnatural to have blinding white teeth, most people would prefer a pearly white dentition as opposed to stained or discoloured teeth.
The Hollywood smile teeth whitening procedure is a simple, painless treatment that will leave your teeth whiter and brighter, allowing you to show off your smile without worrying. If you’re unhappy with your teeth, book an appointment at Pearl Dental Clinic and their highly qualified dentists will give you that Hollywood smile you’ve always wanted.
Although your teeth are made of some of the hardest materials in the body, they are not completely indestructible. Sugary foods and fizzy drinks will break down the enamel and discolour the teeth, other bad habits like smoking and drinking too much coffee or red wine, will also contribute to staining. Even the passage of time will have some effect on the colour of your teeth; as we age, the pores in the surface enamel of the tooth become weaker and are not able to fight off harsh elements as well as they used to.
Zoom teeth whitening is a form of laser teeth whitening – although it is actually a light that is used during the procedure and not a laser – it activates with a gel that is placed on the teeth, and can lighten them by eight shades or more. It’s not possible to predict exactly how the teeth will look after the whitening has taken place, because this varies depending on what state they were in originally and of course everyone’s body is different, not all teeth will react in the same way. Your dentist will be able to advise you on how far the treatment can take you and will probably warn you not to expect miracles – although zoom teeth whitening is known to be far more effective than home treatments and whitening toothpastes, it does in an hour what neither of these can do after many days of use. This is because of the curing light that is used to activate the gel and break through the stains, DIY kits don’t include this.
A major advantage to teeth whitening is that it’s pain-free and it is a very safe, well-practiced procedure. There’s no risk to fillings or tooth enamel but most patients will feel a little teeth sensitivity afterwards – although it is advisable to avoid extremely hot or cold food and drink for about a day afterwards. After the whitening is completed, you should see immediate results, which could last for up to two years – with proper care. If you just can’t say no to a cup of coffee or a cigarette, it’s likely that your teeth will start to dull over time, but if you look after your smile, it will stay brighter for longer. Some people will also return to the clinic after twelve months or so, to have the process repeated to keep their teeth looking their whitest.
Almost all people who are not happy with their discoloured teeth can benefit from teeth whitening, even those who previously thought their problem was too severe. It is particularly useful for people who have struggled to clean between braces and don’t feel confident with the outcome. Despite this treatments versatility, it’s not recommended for pregnant women or those who are nursing, or for patients who are currently undergoing extensive dental work.
For those patients that feel teeth whitening is a temporary solution and wish to have a more permanent Hollywood smile, there is also the option of having porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers improve the colour and shape of teeth and allow patients to have the whitest tooth colour that they wish to have for their teeth. Also patients can choose from many different styles of veneers such as Hollywood style, youthful style, natural style,… Porcelain veneers usually involve removing a small amount of tooth enamel to allow room for the veneer to be bonded to the tooth underneath it. Its worth noting that todays high strength ultra-thin veneers such as Emax veneers involve far less tooth removal compared to the traditional 1980’s feldspathic porcelain veneers.
No tooth preparation veneers such as Lumineers or e.max veneers are also becoming more popular and maybe suitable for some patients. Porcelain veneers transform patients smiles quickly to a perfect smile and on average last around 10 years. They do however need daily flossing and good oral hygiene in order to prolong their lifespan. If you are considering having porcelain veneers or Lumineers we strongly advise investing in a trial smile so that you can see beforehand how your teeth will look at the end of your Hollywood smile makeover. This allows you to make changes to your final smile in the planning stages rather than leaving it to the end.
Composite bonding is also increasingly being used to improve smiles without any tooth preparation. Composite bonding can be carried out in a single visit and can close gaps between teeth or add length to short teeth and along with cosmetic tooth re-contouring it can reshape teeth and improve patients smiles. Composite bonding is usually far cheaper than porcelain veneers but on average lasts around 3-5 years. The major disadvantage of composite bonding or composite veneers as they are known is that they can stain more easily than porcelain veneers but on other hand its far easier to repair composite bonding than porcelain veneers.
For patients who suffer from crooked teeth, another option to achieve a Hollywood smile could be invisible braces such as Invisalign. Invisalign straightens crooked teeth and with the help of teeth whitening and composite bonding allows the colour and shape of the teeth to be also improved. Although Invisalign treatment usually takes a few months to complete, it does allow teeth to be straightened without removing their outside enamel as involved with porcelain veneers. Having Invisalign, teeth whitening and composite bonding is a way of achieving a Hollywood smile with minimal damage to the original tooth tissue.