The Hollywood Smile is available in the UK for patients who desire a gorgeous, stunning smile. Enhancing natural beauty and facial expression, Hollywood Smiles can meet the needs of people desiring a cosmetic makeover and those with misaligned and discoloured teeth.
Also available for UK patients are designer smiles and "Trial Smiles", allowing the individual to decide on the ideal shape, size and shade of veneers. Individuals are involved in the design of their smile through the use of shade guides and model impressions.
More and more people are requesting the Hollywood Smile, and veneer shades BL2 and BL1 are often the most popular choices. Individuals can enjoy exploring how best to enhance their beauty and smiles with cosmetic dentistry and facial options.
The first step is to contact the dentist for an assessment of your oral health, teeth condition and suitability for a Hollywood Smile. Issues such as severe malocclusion, irregular bite and teeth grinding may require orthodontic treatment, which is available at our clinic.
In some cases individuals may benefit from teeth whitening and invisible brace treatment, such as Invisalign. Before the process of cosmetic dentistry care, teeth will need to be cleaned and free of any infection.
Patients with tooth decay and gum disease may need appropriate treatment first, to ensure that teeth are healthy before the fitting of veneers. Teeth with stains or discolouration can also be masked with porcelain veneers, as can teeth that are chipped or cracked.
Once oral health is assessed and the patient has chosen to proceed with a Hollywood smile, smile design options will be provided and patients can try beforehand with the "Trial Smile". This allows clients to see what their new smile will look like before any work is done, to ensure complete satisfaction with your choices.
Impressions and images will be taken of oral and facial dimensions, after which these measurements will be used by dental lab technicians to create your custom-made "Trial Smile". If you would like to change a certain aspect of your new smile, such as the shape or colour of dental veneers, this is quite simple to do.
Once you have chosen your designer smile features and veneers, teeth preparation begins while your designer porcelain veneers are being made.
Teeth preparation involves whitening your teeth if needed, so they all match the shade of the selected veneer. Minimal tooth preparation, such as removal of tooth tissue, is also necessary, but the dentist will make sure the experience is as pain-free as possible.
Temporary veneers are fitted to match your smile design, enabling patients to feel and see what to expect from your new Hollywood Smile veneers.
If you are glad to proceed with your choice of porcelain veneers, highly skilled technicians will create custom-made porcelain veneers within a week. You will be notified when they are ready and invited to the practice for fitting.
The veneers are bonded to the front surface of the teeth with dental cement resin, for a secure and comfortable fit. When you walk out of the clinic, you will have a Hollywood Smile that you can show off to the world.
Patients are invited back to the practice within a week to ten days, in order to monitor the condition of oral health, bite function and ensure happiness with the new veneers. Any questions can also be asked during this time and adjustments made.
The number of teeth you choose to have fitted with porcelain veneers will depend on those visible when smiling and how many you can afford to include in your designer smile. Individuals usually opt for front teeth veneers on the upper arch, covering about six to eight teeth.
Others prefer to have eight upper and lower front teeth bonded with porcelain veneers. Choices are likely to depend on tooth shape, symmetry, oral-facial proportions and uniformity. Qualified and experienced clinicians will be able to offer advice on your decision.
Caring for your Hollywood smile involves the usual dental hygiene routine, such as daily flossing and brushing, which you would use to care for natural teeth. Regular six month visits to the dentist should also be maintained.
The condition of the veneers will be assessed annually to ensure they look and feel their best. When you first receive your porcelain veneers for final fitting, the clinician will provide advice on their care, such as avoiding certain activities which can lead to fractures or de-bonding. Care should be taken when biting solid, hard foods and partaking in contact sports.
Bonded veneers, although secure, are not as sturdy as your natural tooth structure. The clinician may recommend wearing a night guard to protect veneers from potential teeth grinding.
There are some risks associated with veneers in that they can fracture, alter in shade or de-bond. Depending on how much tooth preparation is carried out, the natural underlying tooth structure can also become sensitive.
The dentist will advise patients on the risks inherent with veneers during an initial consultation. In more complex cases of tooth misalignment, invisible braces like Invisalign may be a more appropriate option to prevent the need for excess tooth preparation.
After having your final veneers fitted you cannot have the procedure reversed. The same applies to the Hollywood Smile, so considering veneer replacement costs and affordability is important when choosing porcelain veneers.
Depending on the white shade of the veneers chosen, it may be the case that your existing tooth colour does not match. Teeth whitening may be needed beforehand to enhance your smile.
Should you want an alternative option to a Hollywood Smile or if your oral health condition requires a different treatment, there is a great range of alternative smile makeover options to choose from. These include invisible braces, composite bonding, teeth whitening, tooth contouring and Lumineers.
Invisible braces like Invisalign are an ideal alternative to the Hollywood smile, suitable for patients with misaligned teeth in need of a teeth straightening solution.
Chipped, fractured, worn and unevenly spaced teeth are easily restored with composite bonding techniques. Tooth shape is sculpted into the perfect shape and shade, and involves no tooth preparation. Tooth shape can also be improved through tooth contouring.
Discoloured and stained teeth can be brightened for that white, healthy look, using teeth whitening procedures such as Zoom!, Power Teeth Whitening or clinician-supervised Home Teeth Whitening.
Lumineers are a dental and cosmetic solution for closing gaps between teeth and creating a uniform look where teeth are unevenly spaced. Treatment may require some tooth preparation and may not be an appropriate option for people with complex orthodontic prescriptions.
The Hollywood Smile is created with porcelain veneers, which last for approximately ten years if dental and manufacturer guidelines are followed. Caring for veneers involves normal dental hygiene maintenance and annual checks to enhance their lifespan.
Hollywood Smiles article for further reading.