On television and in the movies, an ultra-bright “Hollywood-smile” is essential. Have you ever watched a favorite film on Netflix only to wonder if the editing made the teeth so perfect and gleaming? Movie magic can work plenty of wonders, but it cannot change smiles. Dental professionals play that role! And had it not been for one dentist’s use of glue and tooth-shaped layers of porcelain, the standard for bright and beautiful smiles might not have been set quite so high.
Read on as your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, discusses placement of porcelain veneers and the treatment’s rise to prominence. Want to look like a star? Feel free to contact us by calling (847) 234-0517 to request a porcelain veneers consultation.
Porcelain Veneers’ Hollywood History
Amazing actors did not always have amazing teeth, especially in the time before orthodontics and early dental intervention became mainstream. However, audiences wanted to see what they always crave: Actors who looked perfect, right down to their smiles. To give them what they wanted, entertainment industry professionals turned to dentistry. In the 1930s, dentist Charles Pincus introduced an excellent trick to temporarily enhance movie stars’ smiles. Pincus would take thin strips of tooth-shaped porcelain and glue them onto the not-so-perfect teeth of the Depression-era actors. This provided a quick fix for crooked, gapped smiles and satisfied the public’s desires.
Over the years, this process was perfected so that veneers became much more than just a temporary fix. After all, who would want to give up a dream smile when they realized how beautiful it could look? Therefore, dental professionals worked to make porcelain veneers feel comfortable and have the translucence of natural tooth enamel. Now, dentists can achieve incredible results by recommending porcelain veneers to many patients. And the outcomes are lasting and attractive. In fact, thanks to their durability and their striking resemblance to natural tooth enamel, the porcelain veneer is a bastion of dental restoration and smile enhancement today.
Minimum-Preparation and No-Preparation Veneer Systems
Although Pincus’ quick-fix veneers took very little time to attach, his early veneers were far from permanent solutions to imperfect teeth. Until recently, an extensive amount of natural tooth preparation (reduction of enamel) was necessary prior to affixing permanent veneers.
Now, technological advancements allow cosmetic dentists to place porcelain veneers with minimal, if any, tooth preparation. Chicago cosmetic dentist Dr. Fondriest has teamed with world-renown ceramist Matt Roberts, CDT, to introduce the “Minimum-Preparation,” and “No-Preparation” veneer systems. Not sure about the difference between the types of porcelain veneers? Below is a quick explanation of each:
- No-Preparation Veneers: With the rise of ultra-thin porcelain laminates (0.2mm as opposed to the more traditional 0.5mm sizes), veneers can oftentimes be added directly to a tooth with no preparation. Because they’re so very thin, they look natural, not bulky and fake.
- Minimum-Preparation Veneers: With low-preparation or minimal-prep veneers, very little tooth reduction is required prior to affixing a veneer.
With proper care, stain-resistant, custom-made porcelain veneers can endure decades and still look fabulous.
Not a Movie Star? You Can Still Receive Porcelain Veneers.
Porcelain veneers are surprisingly common today. You probably know people in your personal or work life who have them. When properly placed and artistically customized, porcelain veneers blend in seamlessly with your smile. Only you will know your secret!
Dr. Fondriest can help you determine if you are a prime candidate to receive porcelain veneers. In general, candidacy favors patients who present one or more of the following conditions:
- Slightly crooked teeth: Teeth that are only a bit rotated can be made to look straighter, especially with traditional porcelain veneers. Minimum-preparation and no-prep porcelain veneers may also be an option depending upon the degree of rotation.
- Gaps between the teeth: Have a gap between one or more of your front teeth? Porcelain veneers can be created to close the gaps and give you a smile without wide divisions between teeth.
- Discolored teeth: Sometimes, teeth become stained or discolored and cannot be whitened, even with safe, professional teeth whitening treatments. In these cases, porcelain veneers may be used to cover the teeth and bring the smile back into balance.
- Chipped or broken teeth: Did a trauma years ago end in a chipped or broken tooth? As long as your natural tooth is structurally stable, you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers.
- Decayed teeth: Although you will need to address any areas of decay before receiving porcelain veneers, you can change the appearance of teeth that have been significantly blemished by decay.
- Crowded teeth: Slight overlaps between teeth can also be addressed with the right types of porcelain veneers. In some cases, patients who thought they would need orthodontics can skip braces with placement of porcelain veneers.
Enjoy the Star-Quality Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
Whether you have aspirations of becoming a Hollywood star or social media influencer, or you simply want to feel more confident when you smile, consider porcelain veneers for all their benefits. Proper placement of porcelain veneers can afford many advantages:
- Improved self-esteem: When your smile earns you compliments all the time, you cannot help but feel a self-esteem boost.
- Improved dental hygiene: After working with Dr. Fondriest to receive porcelain veneers, many patients become more invested in keeping their teeth and gums as healthy and beautiful as possible.
- Less reliance on orthodontics: Have you always worried that you would need to wait for braces to work to get a straight smile? Porcelain veneers can help you fast-track your way to Hollywood level perfect pearly whites!
- Improved diction: Patients accustomed to having gaps in their teeth may find that their ability to crisply make certain sounds is easier after porcelain veneers placement.
- Long-term results: When cared for as recommended, porcelain veneers can last up to 10 years before they need to be removed or replaced.
- Potentially no change to natural teeth: If you choose no-prep porcelain veneers, Dr. Fondriest will not have to make any major changes to your tooth enamel. This makes no-prep porcelain veneers a reversible treatment option.
Schedule An Appointment Today
If you have questions about porcelain veneers, or you would like to find out if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers in the north Chicago region, contact Lake Forest Dental Arts to set up a consultation with Dr. Fondriest. Call our Lake Forest dentist office at 847-234-0517. Our practice mostly serves the Chicago metropolitan area including the North Shore and Northwest suburbs, but we often get patients from all over the United States.