As a lifelong musical theater performer, Dr. Shepherd is well aware of the power of a showstopping smile — on the stage and on the silver screen. But here at Uptown Dental Associates, we know that you don’t have to be an entertainer to benefit from a gorgeous grin.
Even if you’re not an actor, how much of your life is a performance of some sort or another? As Shakespeare so famously wrote in As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.”
When you interview, you are auditioning for a job. When you meet someone for the first time, you — whether you mean to or not — are making judgements about that person, and vice-versa.
And whether you are on a first date or in the running for a life-changing new position, one thing that will come across clearly: your self-esteem, or lack of it.
Are you self-conscious about your smile? Does it have blemishes, stains, or other issues that you would like to hide? Cosmetic dentistry may be about aesthetics, but it is not superficial. An attractive smile and the easy confidence that goes along with it has the potential to pay off handsomely in your social and professional life.
Born in Hollywood
Have you ever noticed that movie stars and other entertainers almost always have perfectly straight, white teeth? They aren’t all genetically blessed. The fact is that dental veneers are big business amongst the Hollywood set. Of all the cosmetic dental procedures available, veneers offer some of the most dramatic and long-lasting results.
Did you know that dental veneers were actually created for movie actors? Back in the late 1920s or early 1930s, a Los Angeles dentist named Charles Pincus invented the first sets of veneers. In those days, many actors had smiles that were decaying, crooked, or otherwise unattractive. So Dr. Pincus crafted veneers to fit over their teeth. While these first efforts did their job of making the teeth look good on screen, they were temporary and not meant to last past filming. Even little Shirley Temple wore veneers. That’s why you never see her with missing teeth in photos!
What Do Veneers Fix?
The beauty of veneers is that they fix a multitude of dental problems with just one procedure.
- Discolored or stained teeth — even flaws that are resistant to teeth whitening treatments. (For example, discoloration due to decay, antibiotics, or excessive fluoride.)
- Teeth that are worn down, uneven, chipped, or broken.
- Teeth that are crooked or have minor cosmetic alignment issues.
- Teeth with unsightly gaps between them.
The Veneers Process
When you come in for your consultation at Uptown Dental Associates, we will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth to make sure you are an appropriate candidate for dental veneers. We will discuss your particular issues, your smile goals, and your budget in order to come up with a treatment plan. While some patients need and want just one or two teeth covered, others want a veneer on every visible tooth.
Because we want our patients to have options, we offer four types of dental veneers.
Traditional porcelain veneers are durable and exceedingly lifelike on the teeth. To prepare your teeth for their placement, we must remove a small layer of enamel. This process is not painful and may be done under local anesthesia. Once your custom veneers have been manufactured at a lab, we will be able to adhere them to your teeth using a special light-cured adhesive.
Lumineers are a special brand of veneer that are as thin as a contact lens. Thanks to their thinness, we will not need to remove as much enamel from your teeth in order for them to fit properly. The overall process also tends to be quicker — typically two visits.
e.max dental veneers are another excellent product to make your smile shine!
We also offer prepless veneers. As the name suggests, these require no removal of tooth enamel or changes to the tooth structure in order to be placed. Because of this, the process is faster and easier. Unlike other types, prepless veneers may be removed down the road with no harm done.
With proper care, your veneers can last decades.