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One thing most Hollywood A-listers have in common is a perfect photo-ready smile. Even those who didn’t start out with perfect teeth, often invest in their smile after their careers take off. (Hint: Tom Cruise and Chris Rock.) Many A-listers admit to choosing veneers to improve their smile. Most likely you’ve seen celebrities and other people with veneers and didn’t even know it. That’s because veneers are one of the most natural looking cosmetic improvements you can make to your smile. Let’s face it, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. A great smile can bolster your self-esteem. People might not know what’s different but you will. Luckily, you don’t have to be a Hollywood star to get veneers.


What is a veneer?

A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth’s surface from damage.


What are veneers used for?

Though veneers can be used to fix cavities and broken teeth they are most commonly used for the cosmetic improvement of healthy teeth. An improved smile can bolster your self-esteem. Dentists can use veneers for an impressive number of cosmetic corrections, ranging from teeth whitening to orthodontic adjustments improving teeth that are chipped, discoloured, or even crooked, or for discoloured fillings.


How are veneers made?

Individually crafted for each patient, veneers are made from advanced material that closely resembles the appearance of natural dental enamel— usually porcelain or cement resin—and are formulated in a dental lab. The technician uses a mold made of your teeth to create the perfect set of veneers for you which will be fixed to the teeth later on. Thanks to their lifelike appearance and wide array of functions, porcelain veneers rank among the most trusted and popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry.


What’s the difference between porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers?

Porcelain veneers are stronger and generally last longer than composite resin veneers and do not change colour or stain. A composite veneer may be directly placed in the mouth, or fabricated by a dental laboratory, and bonded to the tooth using a resin cement. A porcelain veneer may only be created in a lab and then applied.


How are porcelain veneers applied?

In most cases, a thin layer of the enamel from your teeth is removed to make room for the veneers. Afterwards, a mold will be made of your teeth, to ensure a custom fit. Temporary veneers may be placed on the portion of the tooth that was removed until your permanent ones are ready. On your next visit, your dentist removes the temporary veneers and puts a mild chemical on your teeth to make them a little rough. This helps the porcelain veneers stick to your teeth better. The porcelain veneers are then glued to your teeth one by one, using composite resin cement. The cement is matched to your teeth shade or if doing all teeth may be whiter for a natural look. Veneers are used to make the smile look more uniform, to fix chips, change the shade of teeth and improve your smile.


Who can get veneers?

Veneers are suitable for most of us. However according to the Canadian Dental Association, “Not everyone is a good candidate for veneers.” Here are some reasons they cite as to why your dentist may suggest alternative treatments to porcelain veneers:

  • If a tooth has decay or is in an area that has periodontal disease (gum disease) these problems must be addressed first.
  • If a tooth has little enamel left, a veneer will not stick to it properly.
  • If too much of the tooth is missing, a crown may be another option.
  • If a person grinds or clenches his or her teeth. This habit can chip or break porcelain veneers.


What Else Should I Know?

Veneers can improve your smile and are a popular cosmetic treatment. However; it can be a permanent solution. Treatment may involve removing part of the enamel to make room before a veneer can be placed. In that instance the treatment can’t be reversed since part of the enamel has been removed. Advancements in veneers are continuous and enamel removal may not always be necessary. Discuss your options with your dentist before the procedure.


Our experts make the difference

It’s important to see a qualified dental professional like one of the experts at our clinics to ensure the proper placement and sealing of your veneers. Stains and cavities can form below the veneer if they aren’t properly placed and sealed. If a cavity forms beneath a veneer then it must be replaced. This is why it’s important to visit a qualified dentist—like one of our experts—with experience in applying veneers.


Fun facts:

According to more entertainment, the following celebrities have admitted to improving their smiles with veneers: Tom Cruise, Chris Rock, Fifty Cent, Hilary Duff, and Jim Carrey to name a few. Visit the link for the rest of the names on the list and to see before and after pictures.

Interested in improving your smile? Have questions? Contact one of our offices today or make an appointment.