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By Elite Smiles
March 05, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  
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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.”

By Elite Smiles
February 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Veneers   Teeth  

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

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.

By Elite Smiles
February 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

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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!

By Elite Smiles
May 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Dentistry has been around in some form for thousands of years. Like most areas of medicine and health, the field has seen some veneersgroundbreaking developments in the last few decades. That said, tooth loss and cosmetic dental damage are still a significant problem that can drastically affect quality of life, as well as oral and even general health in some cases. The good news is that there are a number of durable and affordable options available to fix virtually every dental problem under the sun. Whether you are suffering from chipped, cracked, unevenly spaced, or stained and discolored teeth, a healthy and attractive smile is not out of reach. Dr. Geetha Sripathi, a dentist in Morrisville, NC, recommends dental veneers to fix many of the most common cosmetic and restorative dental issues.

Get a New Smile with Dental Veneers in Morrisville, NC

Dental veneers are used to reshape and resize chipped or uneven teeth, fix small gaps, and to cover permanent stains and discolorations. They are the perfect solution for damage that is noticeable enough to affect your smile, but not significant enough to warrant orthodontic treatment or dental crowns. Made of a thin layer of porcelain that is custom designed to match the texture and desired shade of the natural teeth, veneers are bonded onto the surface of the teeth, and can last for a decade or much longer in many cases. Depending on the size and shape of your teeth and the issue being corrected, a thin layer of enamel may need to be removed in order to accommodate the veneer, but the step may not be necessary for every patient.

Once in place, veneers can be cared for and maintained just like your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing, limiting the consumption of food and drinks known to stain teeth, avoiding tobacco, and making regular dentist appointments for a check up and professional dental cleaning.

Find a Dentist in Morrisville, NC

Whether you are just suffering from a few chips and cracks, or are in need of a major smile makeover, dental veneers can help to transform and improve your smile. For more information, contact Elite Smiles by calling 919-388-0137 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sripathi today.

By Elite Smiles
April 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  
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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.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.