If you are a celebrity then you are constantly on show. In addition, the glare of catwalk lights for models, cameras and movie studio lighting are not kind to tired faces! Make up will hide the late nights but no cosmetic has been found, yet, to transform discoloured teeth into white gleaming smiles.
So, to look good in front of the press and to look great for their fans; most Hollywood stars and big shots want a whiter smile. There is also a certain amount of pressure to maintain a youthful look in Hollywood and white, even teeth is often seen as a sign of youth.
Hollywood has a long history of “improving” movie stars’ appearance to conform to an ideal of beauty, men and women alike. While there has been something of a backlash against the whole youth ideal there is still plenty of business in Hollywood for cosmetic dentists. In fact, the general public have in some ways benefitted from this. More effective and efficient ways to enhance the whiteness of people’s teeth have been driven by the A list’s desire to look beautiful. These techniques are now available to most people at a more affordable price than ten years ago.
Top of the popularity chart in teeth procedures is still teeth whitening. Evidence of poor diet and late nights smoking and drinking can be seen very clearly on teeth and removing that evidence is big business.
New procedures are developed every year and teeth whitening products are now available for home use as a result of developments in cosmetic dentistry.
Favoured procedures in Hollywood
Bleaching away the brown and yellow extrinsic stains on teeth is still the most common procedure and available to all, regardless of star status, but subject to funds in your bank!
Stains that are intrinsic are harder to remove and so, veneers are very popular to, literally, cover up those stains. Intrinsic stains can be the result of too much fluoride, antibiotics and general aging of the teeth. Some laser treatments have reported success in removing these stains and Hollywood cosmetic dentists continue to develop new methods to deal with both extrinsic and intrinsic staining.
Next on the popularity list is straightening crooked teeth to give an even smile. This can be achieved by a combination of crowns, veneers, bonding and contouring, depending on the nature of the uneven teeth. It has become fashionable for models to keep a small gap in their teeth which previously would have been covered up. The idea is that the smile looks more natural as a row of perfectly straight brilliant white teeth can look a bit artificial.
Nowadays, although advertisements for teeth whitening products often refer to a Hollywood smile, more and more people are whitening their teeth to achieve a natural look rather than an over dazzling artificial whiteness.