If you tuned into the Academy Awards on March 4th like we did, you may have been dazzled by all the celebrities in their exquisite gowns, the heartfelt speeches, the golden statuettes. It’s always a night of glamour and a fascinating glimpse into Hollywood life. And perhaps you took notice of something else: with a few notable exceptions (we’re looking at you, Steve Buscemi and Ricky Gervais), celebrities, it seems, almost all have perfect — and we mean perfect — teeth.
Now, while movie stars may sometimes seem superhuman, they really are not. They are no more likely to have naturally flawless smiles than any other person. So what is the secret to their gorgeous grins? Many celebrities owe their beautiful pearly whites to dental veneers.
This transformative procedure is not just for the Hollywood elite, however. At Douglas A. Callow, DDS, we can fit you with porcelain veneers or ceramic e.max veneers right here at our Plymouth, MI dental office. Call 734-404-7336 today to schedule an appointment.
A Great Smile Is a Smart Investment
Giving yourself the gift of a great-looking smile is not vain or superficial. Think about it: when you meet someone, you look each other in the eye and, whether intentional or not, you make certain judgements about each other.
If you are embarrassed by your smile, you may develop the habit of smiling with your mouth closed or or come off as hesitant or shy. Your lack of self-esteem will be evident one way or another. And this could make the difference between getting the job or being passed over. Or going out on that second date or not.
Indeed, transforming your flawed smile will benefit your life in dramatic and tangible ways. It will make you a more confident person and even boost your earning potential.
A Star-Studded History
It’s really not much of a surprise that veneers are so popular with celebrities, given their history. They were actually invented in Hollywood by a dentist named Charles Pincus, who was tasked with making actors’ smiles look perfect on the silver screen. This was around 1930, when even movie stars commonly had severely decayed, crooked, and otherwise flawed teeth. Have you noticed that Shirley Temple never appeared to have missing teeth no matter her age? Well, she did lose her baby teeth like all kids, but the gaps in her grin were “fixed” with Dr. Pincus’s veneers. These original restorations were temporary, designed to last during the filming of a movie and then removed. It wasn’t until technological advancements in the 1980s made permanent bonding possible that veneers became a practical option for the general public.
Veneers Deliver Dramatic Results
Dental veneers are essentially facades — ultra-thin, enamel-colored sheaths that are permanently bonded to the fronts of your teeth. If you have just one blemished tooth, you may get a single veneer. If you want the full Hollywood treatment, you may get a full smile of them.
They cover up a variety of dental complaints, including:
- Cosmetic chips and cracks
- Worn-down teeth
- Stains, including deep discoloration not fixable with chemical whitening
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor misalignment problems
- Teeth that are irregularly shaped
At Douglas A. Callow, DDS, we offer two veneer options for your convenience. Traditional porcelain veneers and ceramic e.max veneers are both custom made from impressions of your mouth so they fit your teeth perfectly. They are both extremely durable and lifelike in appearance, perfectly mimicking the translucence of real teeth. They are precisely matched to the color of your enamel. Indeed, whether you choose porcelain or ceramic, they will look just like your real teeth, except straight, white, and luminous.
Dr. Callow will be happy to discuss the differences between e.max and traditional porcelain veneers with you, so you can make an informed, educated decision about which type will best fit your smile.
The Veneers Process
So you’ve decided you want to transform your smile with veneers. The first step is to call us to set up a consultation. You can expect the process to go something like this.
- Dr. Callow will carefully examine your teeth and may take X-rays to confirm that you are a good candidate for the procedure. He will discuss porcelain veneers and ceramic e.max veneers, the pros and cons of each, and help you come to a decision about which makes the most sense for you.
- In order to prepare your teeth for veneer placement, we will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of your teeth. Since this process affects the just the outer surface of the teeth, it should not be painful. But we do have local anesthetic and dental sedation if necessary. We believe in a conservative approach and taking off the minimal amount of enamel required to achieve a natural-looking result.
- We will take precise impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to our trusted dental lab, where your veneers will be manufactured.
- Once your beautiful veneers arrive at our office, we will have you come in to have them placed. The doctor will make sure that the color is an exact match and that the veneers fit perfectly on your teeth, trimming them as needed.
- The teeth receiving veneers will be cleaned, polished, and etched — a process that gives the enamel a rough surface and allows for a stronger bond.
- Using a special adhesive, we will attach each veneer to a tooth. The cement will be hardened, or “cured,” using a light. We will then remove excess adhesive and make final adjustments.
In most cases, you will need just two dental visits to get your stunning new smile.
Porcelain or ceramic veneers don’t require any special care. Like always, you should practice meticulous oral hygiene by brushing twice each day, flossing daily, and visiting us for a professional cleaning and exam every six months.
To book a consultation for dental veneers or any of the services at Douglas A. Callow, DDS, call our Plymouth, MI office at 734-404-7336. Or fill out our online form and we will get back to you promptly.