Some people may be under the impression that Hollywood movie stars and other celebrities were just fortunate enough to be born with perfectly beautiful teeth. But the fact of the matter is, many movie star mouths have been helped by the wonders of dental veneers!
In fact, just as an interesting aside, the very existence of dental veneers is linked back to Hollywood: Veneers were invented in 1928 by a dentist who was commissioned to change the appearance of an actor’s teeth for a film.
So, what exactly are dental veneers, anyway?
Dental veneers are thin layers or shells made from tooth-colored materials — porcelain at our office — that are custom-designed to fit over the front surface of a tooth, similar to the way false nails fit onto fingernails. In some instances, a naturally colored composite material is used, rather than porcelain.
A veneer is a cosmetic dental treatment that is used to improve the aesthetic appearance of a tooth that has been badly discolored or damaged through decay or injury. They are popular for their effectiveness in making imperfect teeth look healthy and natural again.
Veneers aren’t meant to only restore the appearance of an imperfect tooth; in some cases, dental veneers help to provide some protection for a tooth that’s vulnerable to damage.
The placing of dental veneers is typically an irreversible process, because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth in order to accommodate the shell, without making the tooth look or feel too bulky.
Porcelain veneers are used to correct slightly crooked teeth; to restore teeth that are broken, chipped, worn, or fractured; to close large spaces between teeth; to improve the appearance of irregularly shaped teeth; or to whiten teeth that are severely stained or discolored.
If you have dental veneers, your dentist may recommend that you avoid certain foods and beverages that may stain or discolor your veneers. Red wine, coffee and tea are three infamous, veneer-staining beverages, for example.
So, if you’ve been meaning to improve your smile, we encourage you to call our office at 503.877.1844 to discuss how dental veneers could help you smile more confidently!