A lot of people admire actors for their artistic talents; however, many times, these celebrities are appreciated even more for their brilliant teeth. You may be shocked to find out that a lot of these ideal-looking smiles are actually the result of cosmetic procedures. If you have always wished for teeth that get attention for good reasons, dental veneers can make your dreams come true.

Viola Davis shows off her celebrity smile at an event

How It Works

Dental veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are affixed over natural teeth to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Besides looking totally natural, veneers are also highly resistant to stains, making them the perfect option for actors and other celebrities, as well as for ordinary people who just don’t like the appearance of their natural teeth. Numerous celebrities have used dental veneers to correct unattractive smiles which could have held them back in their careers. To get an idea of just how big a difference these cosmetic procedures can make, look at the following before and after photos.

It typically takes three visits to get veneers placed. First, we will have a consultation where we talk about your cosmetic goals and whether veneers are a good choice to help you achieve them. If you decide to go forward with veneers, we will schedule your second visit.

At your second visit, we will finalize the design of your new smile. You can decide exactly how much you want to change your appearance: are you looking for a splashy change or a subtle improvement? Then we will prepare your teeth by removing some enamel from them to make room for the veneers. This keeps the veneers from looking too bulky or creating ledges that can trap food and bacteria, contributing to tooth decay at their edges. We will take impressions of your teeth and send these to our dental lab where they will make your veneers. You will leave our office wearing temporary veneers that look good, but aren’t as durable as the final veneers.

When your veneers are ready, we will remove your temporaries before checking the fit and appearance of your final veneers. If you like the appearance of your veneers, we will bond them in place.

The entire process takes less than a month from start to finish.

What Makes a Good Candidate?

Dental veneers can improve just about any smile; however, they are especially ideal for anyone who suffers from the following:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked, misaligned or oddly-shaped teeth

In addition, you should be committed to good oral hygiene. Veneers don’t require special care, but if you want them to last, you have to treat them just as you would treat teeth you want to keep for life. This means brushing and flossing as recommended, chewing only food, and not using your teeth as tools. If you have bruxism, we will recommend a bite guard.

Taking Care of Your New Smile

The vast majority of patients are delighted with the look of their veneers; however, to maintain that attractive look, you must take good care of them. This means avoiding very hard or crunchy foods, while maintaining consistent dental checkups. That being said, because dental veneers offer impressive durability, most people never experience any sort of problems, especially when they get their procedures from a talented and experienced cosmetic dentist, such as Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins.

To find out how you can finally get the smile you’ve been dreaming of call Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics at (509) 532-1111 today.