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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.
Find out how long you can expect your beautiful new smile to last and what you can do to prolong its life.
It’s the New Year and maybe you’ve been thinking that it’s time to finally give your smile a makeover that will last. For those looking to make permanent changes to their smile, dental veneers may be high on the list. Find out more about getting dental veneers from your Fort Worth dentists Dr. Brad McConnell and Dr. Brooks Stevens and how long your new smile will last you.
What are dental veneers?
There is a reason dental veneers have grown in popularity over the last few years. These thin, translucent shells are placed over the front of your teeth by your dentist in Fort Worth, TX to improve your smile’s overall appearance. You can get a whiter, straighter smile in just two visits when you opt for porcelain veneers.
How long can veneers last?
Once you get your veneers you’ll want to do whatever you can to ensure that they last. Veneers are made from porcelain so they do offer resilience that is comparable to natural teeth. However, there are certain habits that can affect the health and lifespan of your veneers. Bad habits like nail biting, teeth grinding, jaw clenching and using teeth as tools can shorten the life of your veneers. That’s why this treatment isn’t always the best option for all patients.
You will also want to maintain good oral hygiene. Teeth that are decaying and smiles that have gum disease won’t be able to get dental veneers. But by brushing and flossing each day, continuing to see your general dentist in Fort Worth every six months for routine exams and nixing bad habits you could enjoy your veneers for up to twenty years or more.
Dental veneers have been improving countless smiles. Let’s find out just how veneers could give you the smile you want. Turn to your Fort Worth, TX cosmetic dentists at Harris Parkway Dental to transform your smile for the better.
If your teeth are stained and discolored, misshapen or too small, porcelain veneers may be just the opportunity to treat yourself to a beautiful smile that can last for decades. They may be used to restore a single tooth that is broken or stained, or many teeth that are worn or discolored. If you have small teeth with gaps between them, veneers can close the spaces.
Porcelain laminate veneers are thin layers of dental restorative material that are bonded onto your teeth. With porcelain laminate veneers you can change a tooth's shape, size, and color. They require a minimal amount of tooth preparation (reduction of enamel on the original tooth) and are a great way to help you have a beautiful smile now and for decades to come.
They can last from seven to twenty years or more. Part of what determines their exact longevity is the health of your mouth. Gum tissues may deteriorate and the gum line may shrink back away from the roots of your teeth. So brushing, flossing, and other good dental habits are important in maintaining your investment in your smile.
Veneers don't require special treatment, and you can eat nearly anything with them. Keep in mind one precaution, however. Porcelain, like glass, can break with too much stress. This means that biting something that applies a strong twisting movement to your teeth may cause the veneers to shatter. If you grind your teeth at night you may need to wear a night guard to protect your veneers. It doesn't happen often, but if a veneer detaches it can usually be rebonded to the tooth.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about porcelain veneers and see if they are right for you to enhance or change your smile. You can also learn more about veneers by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: How long will your porcelain veneers last?”