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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.
Improving your smile is as simple as adding a few porcelain veneers to your problem teeth. Dr. Ashley Lloyd, your Raleigh, NC dentist, explains how you can revitalize your smile with veneers.
Veneers are a simple, effective cosmetic dentistry option
Porcelain veneers provide an excellent way to change the appearance of your teeth. Veneers consist of thin porcelain shells that are only attached to the fronts of teeth. They're a good choice if one or more of your teeth are a little too round, square, pointy or just oddly shaped. Years of grinding your teeth can cause one or more of them to become shorter than surrounding teeth. Porcelain veneers restore length and improve the symmetry of your smile.
Do you have an unsightly chip on a tooth? Veneers cover imperfections and discolorations easily. They're equally effective at hiding a discoloration caused by a filling as they are brightening your entire smile. If you're unhappy with the results of teeth whitening, veneers offer a better option. Since porcelain veneers are available in an almost limitless array of shades, you can choose the exact shade of white you prefer.
Gaps between your teeth can make you feel self-conscious every time you smile. Veneers effectively hide spaces between teeth and look completely natural. If you have large gaps, orthodontic treatment may be a better option.
What can I expect during my porcelain veneer appointments in Raleigh?
Before you receive your permanent porcelain veneers, your dentist must slightly file the front surfaces of your teeth. Filing ensures that there are no fit issues with your veneers. After filing your teeth, she'll make an impression of your mouth, which will be used by the dental lab that will create your custom veneers. You'll be given a set of temporary veneers to wear until your permanent veneers are ready in just a few weeks. Once your new veneers arrive, you'll return to the office, where they'll be bonded to your teeth. In just two visits, you'll have a brand new smile.
Transform your smile with porcelain veneers! Call Dr. Lloyd, your Raleigh, NC dentist, at (919) 828-1001 to schedule an appointment to learn if veneers are a good choice for you.
You might have flipped through a celebrity gossip magazine and noticed an article about how porcelain veneers have given megastars their megawatt smiles. This isn't just Hollywood fantasy; at Dr. Ashley Lloyd's dental office in Raleigh, North Carolina, porcelain veneers are a reality for patients with a variety of cosmetic dental issues. Read on to learn more about what veneers can do for your smile:
Odd shapes and sizes
Some teeth are naturally shorter or longer than others. If teeth are rotated, they can also appear misshapen. This can make your smile line look craggy and uneven. Porcelain veneers make each tooth proportional to the ones next to it while still maintaining a natural appearance.
Chips and cracks
Chipping or cracking on the edges of teeth can happen for a variety of reasons: biting down too hard on something, a sports or automobile accident, or simply having weak enamel. Regardless of the cause, porcelain veneers from your Raleigh dentist completely conceal any breakage on your teeth. While the veneers are thin and translucent, they are designed to flawlessly obscure problems that might have kept you from fully smiling in the past.
Whitening treatments can make a huge difference in your smile, but sometimes teeth become discolored from the inside and do not respond to whitening treatments. This is often the case with people who took tetracycline antibiotics in early childhood; their teeth often look gray, beige or even blue-tinted. Those whose tooth roots are slightly exposed from gum recession may notice that the root area does not whiten even when the rest of the tooth does. Visible restorations also do not respond to the bleaching agents in whitening treatments. For these reasons, patients of Dr. Ashley Lloyd in Raleigh often turn to porcelain veneers, which give them the bright, white smile they've always dreamed about. The tint will be customized for each patient to ensure natural-looking and beautiful results.
Interested in learning more about how porcelain veneers can give you a movie star smile? Contact Dr. Ashley Lloyd, your dentist in Raleigh, North Carolina, to get more information!