In the second in our series of Smile Makeover Analysis, we take a look at Neville Longbottom, the nerd turned hero from Harry Potter. Yes. That is Neville (or Matthew Lewis the actor who played him).
If you’ve ever looked at celebrities and felt envious of their smiles, you can take comfort in knowing that many of them weren’t born with bright, straight, flawless teeth. As with most of the Harry Potter cast, we have 'known' Matthew since he was a child. His voyage through puberty has not been easy.
Celebrities are human just like everybody else. When they want to improve their smile, they need to see a dentist. From minor gaps and chips to more noticeable work like full veneers and dentures, famous people have taken steps to putting the best version of themselves forward.
Supposedly, Matthew always wanted to have his teeth done but the film studio urged him to postpone cosmetic dental work until the movies were finished and they would pay for it. Sounds like a good deal but I imagine keeping the pubescent goofy look for an extra few years wasn't easy.
A lot of Matthew's 'transformation' is simply growing up. He was like a puppy with big paws just waiting to grow into himself. It didn't help that the Harry Potter franchise also used a bit of Cinematic voodoo to make him look goofy long after he had outgrown the ugly duckling phase (a scientific dental term '',). Lewis had to wear false yellow teeth, shoes two sizes too large and prosthetics behind his ears to make them stick out. Regardless of special effects it is obvious that Matthew's teeth needed a little work.
There are plenty of people, like the twenty-something actor, who put off orthodontic treatment until after their teen years for one reason or another. Often, money is an issue. It can be tough for parents with a few teenagers, all with the same genetic teeth, to afford the work needed to straighten out their children's smile.
As an adult, If you're wondering whether there's still time to get orthodontic work done, then take heart — it's never too late to straighten your teeth. Today, an estimated twenty percent of orthodontic patients are adults. Compliance with the orthodontic program (meaning thorough regular brushing and flossing, wearing elastics, etc.) is often less of an issue with adults than with teens. Plus, there are some options that can help ensure your orthodontic appliances will fit in with a more mature image.
Matthew is on record as saying he wore his braces for 6 months. I would say the reward was well worth the effort.
Analysis - Estimate Cost €4930
Matthew didn't really need a lot done to get a great result. As well as Orthodontics to move the lateral incisors into position and close the gap between his front teeth, he obviously had his teeth whitened. His teeth have that perfect veneer look but he is on record as saying they are his own teeth and he has no veneers. It looks to us like he had a composite fillings on his front teeth to enhance them and give him that smooth even look.
Ceramic braces are the treatment of choice for many sports stars and celebrities as they are less noticeable than traditional all metal braces. They work similarly, exerting a gentle force that slowly moves the teeth into better positions.
They are less obvious because instead of having brackets made of metal, this style of braces uses a high-tech ceramic material to attach the archwire to the teeth. The brackets blend right in with the natural shade of the tooth, so all you can see from a distance is the thin metal wire. That makes them a great orthodontic option for image-conscious celebs (like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill, who both wore them) — as well as anyone who may be concerned that traditional metal braces don’t fit in with their “look”.
White Fillings (Composites)
Aesthetically composites offer a huge advantage, since we can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
Composites are not only used to restore decayed areas, but are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Following preparation, we place the composite in layers, using a light specialized to harden each layer. When the process is finished, we will shape the composite to fit the tooth. We then polish the composite to prevent staining and early wear. It takes us about 10-20 minutes longer to place a composite than a silver filling. Placement time depends on the size and location of the cavity-the larger the size, the longer it will take.
Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Whitening is not a one-time procedure. It will need to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter color.
Treatment from Mint Dental & Specialist Partners
- Whitening €300 - 2 weeks. See here for detailed info on Whitening from Mint Dental
- Orthodontics (Ceramic Braces) - 6 months. €4,000 moving the teeth.
- White Filings €630 (7) €90 each - same day.
- Total Cost €4930