Have you heard of porcelain veneers? These tooth-shaped shells are designed to mold to the fronts of your teeth and create one seamless, superficial smile. At Dentistry of Nashville, Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming have helped treat many patients using porcelain veneers. But many patients in Nashville, TN don’t know about the glamorous origins of this unique treatment. Let’s take a look at how porcelain veneers came to be and what they are today.
Invention of the Hollywood Veneer
Let’s step back in time to the late 1920s. Motion pictures have evolved to include sound, and soon required actors to not only look and act, but to speak as well in the films. While Hollywood was gathering actors from across the country, some of these actors had teeth that left a lot to be desired. Years of poor oral health care reflected poorly on these actors, and Hollywood was left scratching their heads about what to do.
Enter Dr. Charles Pincus, a local dentist and graduate of the University of Southern California Dental School. He was called in by a group of Hollywood greats, such as makeup artists the Westmore brothers, to help find a way to make their actors’ smiles look more appealing. Dr. Pincus ended inventing the first “Hollywood Veneer”: a tooth cap that covered only the front of their teeth, and had to be removed while eating or sleeping.
Thanks to Dr. Pincus, Hollywood legends such as Shirley Temple, Walt Disney, James Dean, Joan Crawford, Bob Hope, and Barbara Stanwyck (among many others), had access to flawless-looking smiles with his temporary veneer caps. Dr. Pincus passed away in 1986, but the legacy he began has evolved into a unique treatment that almost any patient has access to.
Porcelain Dental Veneers Today
Today porcelain dental veneers are no longer just temporary. They can last for many, many years, thanks to advanced technology and access to more durable materials.
Patients around Nashville, TN have used porcelain veneers for a variety of cosmetic dentistry reasons. Here are the most common cosmetic conditions that porcelain veneers can cover up effectively:
- Wide gaps between teeth
- Cracks or chips in teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Crooked teeth
Choose Dentistry of Nashville for Veneers
At Dentistry of Nashville, our goal is to ensure that our patients are satisfied with the look and feel of their smile. Many patients have had accidents where they chipped their teeth, or had too many glasses of wine that stained their teeth over time. Porcelain dental veneers are a quick and non-surgical way to brighten up any smile, free of flaws.
The process is typically split into two sessions. The first session is when any reduction in enamel takes place (if needed). You’ll be supplied with a temporary veneer while your true veneer is being created. During the second session, your veneer will be applied using a special dental cement that bonds it to the tooth. Thus, your veneer will last you for many years to come. You can care for it like any other tooth, and it will also allow you to speak and eat normally.
Interested in Veneers? Call Us!
Much different from old Hollywood days, our porcelain veneers are more durable and last longer than those veneers of the past. They also aren’t just for cosmetic issues; patients who speak or eat awkwardly because of their damaged teeth can find relief with porcelain veneers. If this treatment sounds like what you need, then contact us today at Dentistry of Nashville to learn more about how you can qualify for this treatment. We’d be happy to schedule a consultation with Drs. Elam, Fleming, and Vaughan as well.