Movie stars invest a lot of time and money in their smiles. In Hollywood, image and appearance are everything. A great smile and brilliant white teeth get noticed.
According to a variety of public surveys and polls, the celebrities with the best smile include:
- Jessica Alba
- Brad Pitt
- Julie Roberts
- Tom Cruise
- Bridget Moynahan
While most of us do not earn the multi-million dollar salaries and walk down the red carpet at the Emmys like these celebrities do, there are still safe, effective and affordable alternatives to have a white, bright and beautiful smile that helps you look your best and gets noticed. Here are a couple of options to consider:
Teeth can become stained by such things as tobacco use and drinking dark-colored beverages like coffee, cola and red wine. As we age, teeth naturally can become discolored and less brilliant as the enamel gets thinner.
Teeth whitening lighten teeth and helps remove stains and discolorations. It has become a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure to improve the appearance of teeth. Whitening is not a one-time action. It needs to be monitored and maintained to keep the desired color.
Before attempting any type of teeth whitening, a thorough check-up should be conducted by your dentist to make sure your teeth and gums are properly prepared for the whitening process. Once ready, your dentist will apply a whitening agent and develop a program to maintain the whitening to its fullest.
Porcelain veneers are a wafer-thin and rigid “skin” of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth. They are commonly used to improve the appearance of chipped, worn, misaligned, stained and discolored teeth as well as teeth that are oddly spaced.
As with teeth whitening, it’s important to have your teeth and gums checked and prepared by your dentist before applying porcelain veneers. When ready, one tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process.
Porcelain veneers offer a natural look and generally last between 5 to 10 years. The exact life of dental veneers depends a lot on your oral hygiene. Porcelain veneers still require a daily regime of brushing, rinsing with mouth wash and flossing along with regularly scheduled dental check-ups.
Discuss Options with Your Dentist
Your oral hygiene as well as your overall health and appearance should be important to your dentist. You should feel relaxed and comfortable telling your dentist how you want your teeth to appear. If you want your smile to look like one of the movie stars listed above, tell your dentist so he or she can discuss alternatives that are in the best interest of your health, your appearance and fit within your budget while giving you the results you desire.