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What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
If you feel as though your smile is dull, damaged or generally not up to par, you may have looked into porcelain veneers. These versatile dental restorations can accomplish many tasks, from subtly tweaking your smile’s imperfections to renewing an entire arch of teeth to straighten, even and whiten them. Learn more about porcelain veneers with Dr. H. David Allick at White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD.
What can veneers do for me?
Dentists use dental veneers to improve the appearance of imperfections in the teeth. The veneer itself fits over the front of the tooth and covers the imperfections, providing a completely new appearance. The new appearance can be subtle or dramatic, depending on your preferences. Dentists often use dental veneers to treat issues like:
- chipped teeth
- cracked teeth
- yellowed teeth
- discolored teeth
- slightly misaligned teeth
- slight overcrowding
- slight under crowding
What can I expect from my veneers?
Porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years with the proper care. The procedure is permanent and irreversible and patients should understand that a committed oral care routine is necessary to keep their veneers healthy. Before placing your veneers, your dentist will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from their surfaces. This roughens the surface of the tooth to help the bond between the veneer and the tooth and makes room for the veneer to fit against the tooth naturally.
Porcelain Veneers in Rockville, MD
If you decide veneers are the right dental procedure for you, regular dental examinations and cleanings alongside a strong at-home oral care routine will become more important than ever. Your at-home routine should consist of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. Seeing your dentist for bi-annual checkup appointments will help them catch dental issues like tooth decay early while at their most treatable stages. Additionally, regular dental cleanings will keep both your veneers and natural teeth healthy and free of bacteria and plaque.
For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Allick at White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD. Call (301) 881-6666 to schedule your consultation for veneers today!
Porcelain veneers are excellent for restoring otherwise sound teeth that are stained, chipped or slightly misaligned. But the question for many is, are they long-lasting?
Just as the term is used in building construction, a dental veneer is a thin covering of material that’s bonded to the outside of a tooth to conceal blemishes. Very thin layers of dental porcelain (a form of hardened glass colored to match a patient’s natural teeth) are created by a dental lab technician to achieve the preferred shape and size of the patient’s tooth. Unlike crowns or other restorations, veneers require very little tooth preparation to accommodate them.
As to their longevity: if cared for properly, a veneer could last for twenty years or more. While the veneer itself isn’t subject to the effects of dental disease, the tooth and the gums that support it are. Shrinking gum tissues as a result of periodontal (gum) disease, for example, could have a negative effect on the veneered tooth and subsequently the veneer. It’s important, then, that you properly practice daily brushing and flossing, along with keeping up regular office cleanings and checkups.
There’s one other important consideration: while porcelain veneers can withstand normal biting forces, if they’re subjected beyond their tolerance they could shatter. You should be careful not to subject your veneered teeth to an abnormal biting force, such as biting down on an extremely hard object. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, wearing a night guard can minimize the force created from the grinding.
It’s possible to repair and re-bond a loose or slightly chipped veneer. In some cases, though, severe damage may require a replacement. Still, by using common sense about what you bite down on and taking proper care of your teeth and gums, you can minimize the chances of damage and enjoy many years of a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: How Long will Your Porcelain Veneers Last?.”