Posts for tag: Veneers
You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that someone playing hockey, racing motocross or duking it out in an ultimate fighter match had a tooth knocked out. But acting in a movie? That's exactly what happened to Howie Mandel, well-known comedian and host of TV's America's Got Talent and Deal or No Deal. And not just any tooth, but one of his upper front teeth—with the other one heavily damaged in the process.
The accident occurred during the 1987 filming of Walk Like a Man in which Mandel played a young man raised by wolves. In one scene, a co-star was supposed to yank a bone from Howie's mouth. The actor, however, pulled the bone a second too early while Howie still had it clamped between his teeth. Mandel says you can see the tooth fly out of his mouth in the movie.
But trooper that he is, Mandel immediately had two crowns placed to restore the damaged teeth and went back to filming. The restoration was a good one, and all was well with his smile for the next few decades.
Until, that is, he began to notice a peculiar discoloration pattern. Years of coffee drinking had stained his other natural teeth, but not the two prosthetic (“false”) crowns in the middle of his smile. The two crowns, bright as ever, stuck out prominently from the rest of his teeth, giving him a distinctive look: “I looked like Bugs Bunny,” Mandel told Dear Doctor—Dentistry & Oral Health magazine.
His dentist, though, had a solution: dental veneers. These thin wafers of porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask slight imperfections like chipping, gaps or discoloration. Veneers are popular way to get an updated and more attractive smile. Each veneer is custom-shaped and color-matched to the individual tooth so that it blends seamlessly with the rest of the teeth.
One caveat, though: most veneers can look bulky if placed directly on the teeth. To accommodate this, traditional veneers require that some of the enamel be removed from your tooth so that the veneer does not add bulk when it is placed over the front-facing side of your tooth. This permanently alters the tooth and requires it have a restoration from then on.
In many instances, however, a “minimal prep” or “no-prep” veneer may be possible, where, as the names suggest, very little or even none of the tooth's surface needs to be reduced before the veneer is placed. The type of veneer that is recommended for you will depend on the condition of your enamel and the particular flaw you wish to correct.
Many dental patients opt for veneers because they can be used in a variety of cosmetic situations, including upgrades to previous dental work as Howie Mandel experienced. So if slight imperfections are putting a damper on your smile, veneers could be the answer.
If you would like more information about veneers and other cosmetic dental enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”
Many people choose to settle for a smile that is average or “just okay.” It may be nicely aligned, but it is off-color. It may be relatively smooth and nicely contoured, but there are unattractive spaces between the teeth. You do not have to settle for average when it comes to your smile, and you probably shouldn't when you consider the benefits of a smile upgrade. See a cosmetic dentist at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY to find out how much better your smile will look with veneers.
Why Veneers Are a Go-To Cosmetic Treatment
Veneers are the secret to most “Hollywood smiles.” Many of your favorite stars have these restorations installed to perfect the way that their teeth look on screen. Veneers are go-to cosmetic treatment because instead of trying to modify your existing teeth they effectively cover up the imperfections. The treatment can be completed inside of a month, and a smile that has been restored with veneers will last for 10 years or longer on average.
Your Veneer Installation Appointments
It only takes a few short appointments with your Chatham cosmetic dentist to get veneers. The first is a preparation visit, to get your teeth ready for the installation. Unlike dental crowns, you only have to have a bit of enamel removed from each front tooth for veneers. Impressions will also be taken at this appointment so that a dental technician can create accurate restorations. The second and final visit is a bonding appointment, where each veneer will be attached to each tooth using a special dental-grade cement.
The Best Smile You’ve Ever Had
It’s natural for your teeth to lose their color, shape, and general appeal over the years. Most people are simply not born with perfectly aligned and structured smiles. A veneer treatment can give you the best smile that you have ever had in your life. Consider the many benefits of having a truly amazing smile—it's a valuable investment in your self-esteem and appearance.
Veneers and Your Smile
No more waiting—it's time for you to present your best smile possible to the world with help from a skilled cosmetic dentist. Call (518) 392-5231 today for a veneer consultation with Dr. Riccobono at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY.
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.
Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.
Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.
To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.
We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.
In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.
When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.
If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”
What your cosmetic dentists in Chatham want you to know
Are you embarrassed by your smile? Do you smile less often because you are afraid of what people think of your teeth? Do you just want to have a more beautiful smile? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to create your new smile. The answer is porcelain veneers!
Porcelain veneers can cover most dental imperfections, giving you a celebrity-perfect smile. Dr. Domenic Riccobono and Dr. Vicki Cohn at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY want to help you discover how porcelain veneers can help your smile.
Your cosmetic dentists in Chatham want you to know about the versatility of porcelain veneers. They can cover many imperfections in your teeth including teeth that are:
- Severely cracked or chipped from overuse
- Excessively worn down from aging and uneven bite
- Badly damaged or broken from traumatic injury
- Darkly discolored or stained from drinking coffee, smoking or taking medications
- Unevenly spaced apart or gapped from genetics
When you choose porcelain veneers you are choosing a conservative dental treatment. That’s because your cosmetic dentists remove very little tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers.
Porcelain veneers look completely natural because they are made of beautiful, translucent porcelain. They reflect light just you’re your natural teeth. People will notice how much more beautiful your smile looks, but they won’t be able to tell why. Porcelain also resists staining, giving you a lifetime of dazzling beauty no matter what you eat or drink.
Think about porcelain veneers if you have a special event coming up like a reunion, wedding or important job interview. They are the perfect way to make a great impression. You should also consider porcelain veneers if you just want to look your best! Veneers can give you a whole new look.
Your smile is what people notice, and you want your smile to stand out! Let porcelain veneers cover your dental imperfections and renew your smile. It’s time to call the experts, Dr. Riccobono and Dr. Cohn, your cosmetic dentists at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY. Find out more about porcelain veneers by calling today!