Posts for tag: Veneers
It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.
This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.
Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.
If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.
More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.
Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.
Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.
Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.
As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.
If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”
Orthodontics, veneers and other cosmetic dental techniques can turn a less than perfect smile into a beautiful one—but not always very quickly. For example, porcelain veneers can take weeks from planning to installation, including the meticulous work of an outside dental lab to produce veneers that look natural as well as beautiful.
But you may be able to take advantage of another approach, one that often takes no more than a couple of dental visits. Called direct veneers, it's actually a process of bonding and sculpting life-like composite materials to teeth that are heavily stained, chipped or that contain tiny crevices called “craze lines.”
Unlike the similarly-named traditional method, direct veneers don't involve the creation of layered porcelain veneers fashioned by a dental lab. But this newer process is similar to the older one in that some of the enamel must be removed from the teeth in question to provide a suitable surface for the composite material to adhere. This alteration will be permanent, requiring a restorative covering on the treated teeth from then on.
Right before this preparation, though, a dentist typically makes an impression of the patient's mouth. This will be the basis for creating the procedural plan for the dental work, particularly a “trial smile” from similar composite material that can be applied to the patient's teeth before actual restoration work begins. This temporary application gives both patient and dentist an opportunity to visualize the final look, and make needed adjustments in color and shaping.
Once the work plan is finalized, the patient then returns for the actual restoration procedure. The dentist begins by applying and bonding the composite material to the prepared teeth. Then, using a drill and manual instruments, the dentist shapes and smooths the material into a tooth-like appearance that blends with other teeth. The procedure can take a few hours, but it can usually be completed during a single visit.
Although direct veneers may not last as long as porcelain veneers, the process is less costly and requires less time to complete. Direct veneers could be an economical solution for achieving a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on direct veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic with a firsthand patient account by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A New Smile With Direct 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.”
Are worn, slightly crooked, stained, or chipped teeth affecting your smile and negatively impacting your self-confidence? Here at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, NC, you can turn to dental veneers to effectively mask cosmetic imperfections and procure a beautiful appearance. Led by Dr. Geetha Sripathi, read on to learn what this popular treatment can do for you.
The Benefits of Dental Veeners
Veneers can be utilized for concealing gaps, crooked teeth, cracks, chips, and stubborn stains that teeth whitening can’t quite fix. Using advanced materials and techniques, dentists can craft veneers that are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth. These materials, most notably, dental-grade porcelain, are capable of mimicking the natural light-reflecting properties of the enamel of real teeth and can be easily color-matched to your specific preference.
In addition, while every person’s results will differ based on their specific concerns and goals, generally, you can expect to achieve a more youthful-looking, balanced, and radiant smile. Dental veneers are likewise remarkably durable, and with proper maintenance, can last more than 10 years.
Are Veneers Right for Me?
During a consultation at our Morrisville office, your dentist will take into account the following factors when determining your eligibility for dental veneers:
The Degree of Misalignment
While veneers can easily hide minor misalignment and small gaps, orthodontic treatment may be recommended for people with severely misaligned teeth.
The Condition of the Enamel
For veneer treatment, you need to have a certain level of tooth enamel because your dentist will need to slightly resurface your teeth before placing your restorations. However, don't worry—most people qualify for treatment, and if there is an issue, we can work with you to make your smile eligible.
Teeth grinding or bruxism involves grinding and clenching teeth, which could damage the veneers. Depending on the severity of bruxism, the dentist may require the patient to wear an oral appliance to safeguard the veneers or recommend treating the condition first before applying veneers.
Interested? Give Us a Call
Veneers offer dramatic, yet natural-looking results that can give you a stunning smile for many years to come. Schedule a consultation with your dentist, Dr. Geetha Sripathi in Morrisville, NC, to discuss this treatment option. Dial (919) 388-0137 today.
What your dentist in Morrisville wants you to know
Have you been thinking about enhancing your smile? Perhaps you’ve seen someone with a great looking smile, and you want one too? Well, now you have a smile that gets noticed, thanks to porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are the go-to treatment to create a dazzling smile. Dr. Geetha Sripathi at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, NC wants to introduce you to the magic of porcelain veneers and what they can do for your smile.
Porcelain veneers are a unique cosmetic dental treatment. They are thin sheaths of dazzling porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. When you choose porcelain veneers to enhance your smile, you can count on these important benefits:
- Natural appearance, because porcelain in translucent and reflects light, just like your natural teeth
- Easy maintenance, because porcelain doesn’t pick up stains like natural teeth do
- Retaining tooth structure, because very minimal to no tooth surface is removed, just enough to accommodate the veneer thickness
- Long-lasting results, because with proper care, your porcelain veneers can give you a lifetime of fantastic smiles
Porcelain veneers can improve your smile by covering unsightly, but all-too-common dental issues like these:
- Broken, cracked or fractured teeth
- Worn-down, yellowing, aging teeth
- Gapped apart or overlapped teeth
Porcelain veneer treatment usually requires two to three appointments including an initial veneer consultation appointment which is the perfect opportunity for you to discuss your expectations and how you want your smile to look.
This is followed by a tooth preparation appointment, during which tiny amounts of tooth structure may be removed, and models are taken of your teeth. These models are sent off to a dental laboratory where your veneers are made.
The final appointment occurs after your new veneers are sent from the dental laboratory. Your new veneers are permanently cemented and you have a new smile!
To learn more detailed information about veneers, please visit the Veneers page in the Services section of the Elite Smiles website at http://www.elitesmilesnc.com/library/75/Veneers.html
You can achieve a beautiful new smile that is uniquely yours, thanks to porcelain veneers. If you don’t like the smile nature and your genetics gave you, improve it with porcelain veneers! To find out more about this exciting cosmetic dental treatment call Dr. Sripathi at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, NC today!