You think celebrities were born with those pearly whites? Think again! Us mere mortals can also emulate their gummy greatness, with some dental tips and in-clinic 'to-save-for' lists, writes Emma Bangay.
But even some fancy floss work can’t bring celebrity-worthy brilliance to your smile. Porcelain Crowns, Veneers and Dental Implants are the most popular in-chair procedures for smiles, he notes, with many celebrities proving to be big fans.
Porcelain Crowns prove the perfect choice for restoring form and function to a damaged tooth as it replaces the entire external portion of the tooth from the gum level downwards.
Porcelain Veneers are wafer-thin, bespoke made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to fix the appearance of spaces, crookedness, stains and broken teeth.
Dental Implants are replacement tooth roots which provide a strong foundation for permanent and removable teeth that look completely natural.
A Gum Lift is where the gingiva (gum) is lifted to produce a more pleasing, less 'gummy' smile.
Who's smiling now?
Why are these celebrities smiling so brightly? Dr Finkelstein takes an educated guess:
- Celine Dion “appears to have had gingival re-contouring (gum lift) and veneers” notes Dr Finkelstein.
- Lindsay Lohan is a big fan of veneers which have successfully aligned and whitened her smaller, discoloured natural teeth.
- For Cheryl Cole, orthodontics and veneers or crowns seem the order of the day.
- Victoria Beckham may have undergone a gum lift also, even if it is widely underutilised!
- Katie Price’s enhancements extend to the smile, with veneers the obvious choice.
From home to Hollywood
If you want to get started on the best smile possible, here are 6 tips from Dr Finklestein:
1. Clean for kids
When the deciduous teeth are lost and the permanent teeth erupt, they quite often are darker than the milk or ‘baby’ teeth, explains Dr Finkelstein. “This is because of the enamel and dentine that are "denser" giving the teeth a darker appearance.” As children don't have the dexterity to clean properly themselves, a parent should brush their teeth at least once a day until the age of eleven years, he adds.
2. Be patient on bleaching
In-chair bleaching is brilliant for brightening smiles, but don’t tread this path until at least in your teens, cautions Dr Finkelstein. And even then, space out your visits – at least a year between – depending on your lifestyle and discoloration of teeth.
For at home whitening, Dr Finklestein recommends choosing a whitening mouth wash formulated with fluoride ”as this will help strengthen teeth while whitening at the same time. I always recommended LISTERINE.”
3. Manual versus electric
Either manual or electric toothbrushes are great, he notes. “It depends on your technique. If you aren't particularly dexterous an electric toothbrush is great, but that doesn't mean that you can just 'zip' around quickly. Time and technique is important with both methods.”
4. Paste or gel
“Toothpaste is quite a personal thing. I would say though that some of the pastes can be a little course or abrasive,” Dr Finkelstein highlights.
5. 'Chews' wisely
“Sugar-free chewing gum is fantastic,” Dr Finklestein enthuses, as chewing promotes saliva production, which is great for dislodging food and drink from the teeth.
6. The stainers
Anything that stains a white shirt will stain your teeth, the main culprits being coffee, tea and curries.