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DENTAL VENEERS – THE ORIGINAL ‘HOLLYWOOD SMILE’

AzMeltAdmin - December 6, 2018

How veneers were originally used, and their benefits for Formby, Liverpool and Merseyside patients today.

Cosmetic dentistry in the UK is relatively new to many people, especially compared to the US where it has been common practice for many years.
An increasing number of patients from throughout the Merseyside area are using the cosmetic treatments available at Azure Dental in order to give themselves a smile they could only otherwise dream of.

The ‘Hollywood’ smile

In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, Hollywood films were becoming increasingly popular, with more and more people going to the cinema to see the latest films. Increasingly many of the films included romantic scenes where a close up was required of the ‘Stars of the Day’ such as Rudolph Valentino.
At this time, most actors and actresses both smoked and drank fairly heavily, long before the time came where health concerns were noted. It wasn’t uncommon for their teeth to be badly stained and far from attractive. This could certainly spoil a smile that took up a large part of the cinema screen!
To address this, a dentist called Charles Pincus was asked to design a way of improving the appearance of an actor’s smile. To do this, he created dental veneers that were used to mask the stained surface of the actor’s teeth.

Modern day veneers

Unsurprisingly, early veneers were likely to have been cumbersome and served no long-term purpose, being used specifically to address this issue. As with any invention that offers benefits, veneer materials and techniques have been refined and improved. We are now able to provide patients of Azure Dental with porcelain veneers that both look and feel entirely natural.
Porcelain veneers now offer hope to patients who have, for various reasons, visible teeth that are either very badly stained or may also have small chips or cracks that spoil their smile. These problems can now be corrected through cosmetic dental treatments such as composite or porcelain veneers.

Long lasting veneers

Although the procedure does involve the removal of a fine layer of the damaged enamel, to be replaced with a composite or porcelain veneer; this is a relatively straightforward procedure and many of our Formby/ Liverpool patients have benefitted from it. Whilst a teeth whitening procedure may be suitable for many who have discoloured teeth, it is good to know that veneers are an option when that particular treatment will no longer produce effective results; especially for teeth with wear and tear damage from grinding or discolouration from previous trauma to the teeth.

If you would like a modern day ‘Hollywood smile’ or would simply like to discuss how you can improve the way that your teeth look with our experienced team, please call Azure Dental on 01704 871743 to arrange your appointment.

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