Whether we admit it or not, most people can’t resist checking out photos of celebrities in their natural state. (I know I can’t.)

Cheesy as it sounds, it’s comforting to know that without an armada of stylists and makeup artists, all those glamour gals and guys look just as ordinary as the rest of us.

But typically one of the biggest transformations the glossy-mag crowd has gone through doesn’t involve choosing the right hair chop or picking the most flattering frock. Instead, it involves getting a set of porcelain veneers that turn their ho-hum smiles into the megawatt grins known to the whole world.

How to Look like a Celebrity? Hint: It Starts with Your Teeth

Tom Cruise, Victoria Beckham and Nicolas Cage are just some examples of celebs who’ve jumped from waiting tables to the A List in-part thanks to their perfectly designed smiles.

One of the key steps in creating the stars’ red-carpet smiles are porcelain veneers. They are thin, handcrafted veneers that transform discoloured or fractured teeth into a natural, uniform smile.

Veneers have been around since 1928, when a California dentist called Charles Pincus started using them to pretty up actors’ teeth. No wonder a close up-ready smile that’s been created by using multiple veneers is still called a Hollywood makeover.

If you’re looking to start a career in Tinseltown, a multiple-veneer makeover may be just the right ticket for you. However, amazing results can be achieved with just multiple porcelain veneers. They make the teeth look whiter, straighter and more evenly coloured, as well as offer a translucency that mimics the light absorption of natural teeth.

In a relatively simple procedure, the veneers are bonded to the front surface of your teeth, leaving an appearance and feel identical to natural teeth. Because the veneers are matched with your existing tooth colour and shape, they look exactly like real teeth, only more uniform in appearance.

When the underlying tooth is strong and healthy, a porcelain veneer is a more conservative alternative to a crown. Porcelain veneers are less likely to stain than a composite veneer and, with a life span of more than 10 years, it’s more durable.

So even if you don’t have the acting skills of George Clooney or the lungs of Katy Perry, with just a little wizardry (expert clinical skill) from your trusted dentist, your smile can be just as ready for high definition.

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