The “red carpet” season is still upon us as the biggest of the stars will soon descend upon Hollywood to see who will come away with this year’s Oscars. Some people will be curious to see how their favourite performers or movie’s fair on this big night.

However, many people derive more pleasure seeing how the stars look on the red carpet…tuxedos and gowns flowing, smiling for the cameras! And what smiles they will have, particularly if they win!

At Rideau Dental Centre, we cannot promise you an Oscar victory! However, we are confident that we can provide you with an Oscar-worthy smile!

Last week, we talked about how whitening might be an option for some people. This week, we would like to consider the option of veneers.

Veneers are a thin, restorative material that is placed directly onto the surface of the teeth. They can be used to correct a variety of dental conditions including stains, discolouration, poor spacing, poorly shaped or crooked teeth, or teeth that have been chipped or damaged.

As always, you should discuss your own options with your dentist to determine if veneers are the right option for you. After all, they are purely a cosmetic option.

While veneers can be used to improve the appearance of crooked teeth, for instance, they may not improve the functional aspects associated with such a condition, such as a poor bite. Your dentist may recommend other alternatives if s/he believes they would be better for you. Also, people with unhealthy or weak teeth, inadequate amounts of enamel, who lack a stable bite or whose teeth are poorly aligned may not be the best candidates for veneers.

However, if your dentist recommends veneers as an option for you, the next decision you will have is what type of veneers. Veneers are usually made of either translucent porcelain or a form of composite resin. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Composite resins can be installed in one visit making the process more convenient in some instances.  However, the translucent quality of porcelain gives them a more natural appearance. Furthermore, they are less likely to become stained and tend to be more durable.

In fact, with proper care, you can expect porcelain veneers to last between 10 and 15 years, sometimes even longer. The key is to continue with good oral hygiene practices. There is nothing you need to do to take care of your veneer’s that is different from taking care of your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing is a must!

So if you think your smile is missing some of that red carpet flair, talk to your dentist to see if veneers might help you get it! You may not have photographers recording your every red carpet move, but you will have the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile. And flashing a confident smile is a healthy habit…and healthy habits lead to healthy lives.

Dr. Martin LaBoissonniere

Dental Surgeon