Hollywood smiles have become increasingly popular over recent years. Many patients are now seeking to improve their smile in line with A-List celebrities. A Hollywood smile is seen as teeth that are white and well-aligned. Therefore, we are now offering a variety of aesthetic veneers in the shades BL1 and BL2 on the Vita Shade Guide.
1. We first assess your smile to see if your teeth and bite is suitable for porcelain veneers. People who have cross bites or suffer from severe tooth grinding are not usually the best candidates for porcelain veneers. Patients with these issues would be better suited to invisible braces to straighten their teeth. Followed by teeth whitening to improve their colour. Also, if a patient suffers from tooth decay or active gum disease these problems will need treating before starting cosmetic dentistry.
2. The option to have a trial smile completed will be offered to explore the most suitable designs before any treatment starts.
3. We then prepare the teeth for porcelain veneers and ensure that we only remove minimal tooth tissue. This will be completed under a local anaesthetic. Temporary veneers will be fitted while the permanent fixtures are made.
4. The porcelain veneers are then constructed by the laboratory and fitted on the patient’s approval.
This is up to you and depends on your budget and how many teeth show when you smile. Most people opt for 6 or 8 upper front teeth veneers, although a few people also have four upper front teeth. For perfect colour matching and tooth shape uniformity, some people opt to have 8 upper and 8 lower front teeth veneers.
Yes, you will need to floss daily, brush twice a day, and see a hygienist at least every 6 months. You will also need to see a dentist at least once a year to ensure that your teeth are kept in good condition. Once porcelain veneers are fitted, you should modify your diet and avoid eating hard or sticky foods or engaging in habits that could break the veneers. You may be asked by your cosmetic dentist to wear a soft nightguard at night to protect your veneers from fracture.
Yes, although dental veneers are very robust they can still debond, fracture, or stain. Also, teeth that have undergone enamel shaving could experience sensitivity.
If your teeth are misaligned, you could opt to have invisible braces such as Invisalign to straighten your teeth and improve your smile. Chipped, spaced, or worn teeth could have composite bonding applied to improve the shape of your teeth. Composite bonding does not usually involve any tooth tissue removal.
If teeth are small or have gaps between them then Lumineers may be a suitable option. Lumineers can often be completed without tooth preparation, however, they are not suitable for all smile makeover cases.
On average, with the proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers have an average lifespan of 10 years.