While veneers have been in existence since 1928, they have only recently gained popularity in the last couple of decades. Dental veneers were invented by a California Dentist, Dr. Charles Pincus. The invention of veneers came about when actors elicited Dr. Charles’ help to enhance their smiles during filming. During this time (the 1910s and the 1960s), Hollywood was beaming with success. So much so that this period is appropriately dubbed the “Golden Age of Hollywood.” Among the many stars to have come out of the Golden Age, Dr. Charles was undoubtedly one of them. This “Dentist to the Stars” is the man behind the “Hollywood Smile” as we know it today. He worked with big Hollywood names like James Dean, Walt Disney, Joan Crawford, Shirley Temple, and many more. In our latest blog, we give you a comprehensive guide to all things veneers.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are an excellent option for people seeking a picture-perfect smile. Dental veneers are custom-made shells that adhere to your natural teeth. They are made with ultra-thin materials that resemble natural dental enamel. Dental veneers are created and cemented to your teeth, manipulating and enhancing their color, shape, and size. They come in two types of materials: porcelain and composite. Dental veneers can be used to correct a wide array of dental cosmetic issues such as:
- Stained teeth
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
Caring for veneers is simple and includes brushing and flossing as you would with your natural teeth. Each set of veneers is customized and fitted to each patient according to their needs and budget.
Composite Dental Veneers
Composite Veneers are an excellent choice for patients with budget considerations. Composite veneers are minimally-invasive coverings made of composite resin material. There are two types of composite veneers, indirect and direct. Indirect composite materials are concocted in a dish, while direct composite is made and applied directly on your tooth. Composite veneers are popular not only because they are a more cost-effective option but also because getting them is quick and easy. While composite veneers are great at emulating natural teeth, be mindful as they can also stain like natural teeth. Composite veneers can last anywhere from four to eight years. Their longevity will primarily depend on how well you care for them.
Porcelain Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers offer patients the best natural-looking smile. Porcelain veneers are made from thin shells of ceramic that provide the same translucent appearance as natural teeth. They are incredibly durable and are made to last up to ten years. Unlike composite veneers, porcelain veneers take a bit of extra time to customize and be properly fitted to your teeth.
Dental Veneers Process
The process of getting dental veneers is relatively straightforward. The first step in getting veneers is meeting your dentist for a consultation. During this visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and go over the entire process. There are three main stages in getting veneers: preparation, bonding, and final adjustments. In the preparation stage, your dentist will prepare your teeth for proper dental veneer application. This stage will differ depending on the type of veneers you choose. In the bonding stage, your dentist will make minor adjustments to ensure your veneers are correctly fitted, and once satisfied with the adjustments, will begin adhering them to your teeth. In the final adjustment stage, your dentist will do a quick dental check and clean-up of any residue left after the process.
Looking to get the Hollywood Smile?
While veneers were initially made for Hollywood stars, advancements in the dental community have made them more streamlined and easier to obtain. If you’re looking to enhance your smile, dental veneers may just be the way to go. Get your Hollywood smile with our help and expertise at Dental Arts San Diego. Call us at (619) 444-1001, or click here to schedule an appointment. We are located at 707 Arnele Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020.