“No Pictures, Please!” Paparazzi-Ready Smiles

shrewsbury-celebrity-smilesIf you watch movies, read entertainment blogs, or peruse fashion magazines, you could be forgiven for thinking that some people–most people, even–are just born with beautiful smiles. It’s an illusion, of course, as even the brightest stars sometimes need help from their dentist. Dr. Todd Pizzi and the talented team at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury go behind the scenes to reveal which stars have doctored their smiles.

A-List Cosmetic Treatment: Porcelain Veneers

The treatment: Each veneer consists of several ultra-thin layers of translucent dental ceramic applied to the surface of your tooth.

Why stars love it: The popularity of veneers stems from the ability to treat multiple minor cosmetic flaws in otherwise healthy teeth, including whitening-resistant stains and discoloration, chips, cracks, slight overlapping or crookedness, gaps, and the appearance of too-small teeth.

Where you’ve seen them: Actor Nicolas Cage, actress Eva Longoria, soccer star David Beckham, singer Victoria Beckham, model Alessandra Ambrosio

A-List Orthodontics: ClearCorrect, Invisalign, and Six Month Smiles

The treatment: ClearCorrect and Invisalign straightening systems use clear, durable aligners to coax errant teeth into place over several months. The aligners, which look similar to a clear athletic mouthguard, eliminate the need for the wires, brackets, and bands that come with traditional metal braces.

Why stars love it: Invisalign and ClearCorrect are all but invisible when worn, making them ideal for anyone who spends their time in the spotlight. It also explains why invisible braces are so popular among professionals, public figures, and even high-ranking executives.

Where you’ve seen them (or not–they are invisible!) Actress Katherine Heigl, singer Justin Bieber, tennis star Serena Williams, supermodel Gisele Bundchen

The treatment: Exerting low force, Six Month Smiles uses tooth-colored wires and clear brackets to straighten teeth.

Why stars love it: Although Six Month Smiles are not quite invisible when worn, they are significantly less conspicuous than metal braces. During the typical six-month treatment time, Six Month Smiles delivers straightening results comparable to invisible and traditional braces, which may take a year or longer to achieve the desired effect.

Where you’ve seen them: Actor Tom Cruise

A-List Enhancement: Teeth Whitening

The treatment: Several teeth whitening methods are available in the United States. Our Shrewsbury cosmetic dentist office offers the Kor Whitening Deep Bleaching System to brighten teeth by several shades over a two-week treatment period.

Why stars love it: Over-the-counter whitening methods are excellent for superficial surface stains, but professional intervention is needed to deliver whitening of teeth that have been discolored by tobacco use, poor hygiene, drinking coffee, or taking certain prescription medications. When performed by a dentist, teeth whitening is less likely to cause sensitivity, and results are more consistent.

Where you’ve seen it: Talk show host/mogul Oprah Winfrey, television personality Simon Cowell, actress Julia Roberts

Smile like a star. To learn more about reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry, or to schedule an appointment with our Shrewsbury, MA dentists, contact Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients living in Worcester, North and South Grafton, Boylston, Millbury, and the neighboring communities. You can also follow us on Facebook.