Posts for tag: veneers

By Advance Family Dental Care
June 02, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
HowVeneersRestoredHowieMandelsWinningSmile

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 Advance Family Dental Care
February 18, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
VeneersMayNotBetheBestOptionforYourTeenagersTeeth

Just like adults, teenagers experience chipped, stained or disfigured teeth. And during a life stage where issues with appearance can be acutely painful, these defects call out for a solution.

And, there is one: porcelain veneers. These thin wafers of custom-made porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to cover dental flaws. They’re one of the least invasive—and most affordable—methods for smile enhancement.

There is one caveat, though: The affected teeth will most likely need alteration. Veneers can look bulky when bonded directly to teeth, so we compensate for this by removing some of the surface enamel. This changes the tooth permanently, to the point that it will always require a veneer or some other form of restoration.

But although this may be a minor issue for an adult, it could pose a problem for a teenager. That’s because the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, is larger in a younger adolescent tooth than in an older adult tooth. Because of its size, it’s closer to the tooth’s surface. During enamel reduction for veneers on a young tooth, this could lead to inadvertent nerve damage. If that happens, the tooth may need a root canal treatment to preserve it.

If the adolescent tooth needing a “facelift” has already been root canaled or sustained significant structural damage, then altering it for veneers may not be too concerning. Likewise, if the teeth are smaller than normal, the bulkiness of a veneer may actually improve appearance and not require alteration. We’ll need to examine a young patient first before making any recommendations.

There are also alternatives to veneers for improving smile appearance. Enamel staining could be enhanced temporarily with teeth whitening. Small chips can be repaired with bonded dental material, or in skilled hands be used to “build” a veneer one layer at a time with no enamel reduction. Although not as durable as regular veneers, these bonding techniques could buy time until the tooth is more mature for veneers.

Whichever path we take, there are effective ways to transform a teenager’s flawed tooth. And that can make for an even better smile.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teenagers, 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 “Veneers for Teenagers.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
June 04, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Unhappy with your smile's appearance? Then you need to learn about veneers! Dental veneers transform problem teeth by concealing veneersimperfections and giving them a flawless new look. Whether you have a tooth that is stained, chipped, or oddly shaped, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi of Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, can address your concerns with the help of veneers!

 

What are Veneers?

Dental veneers are paper-thin covers that are placed over the front surface of flawed teeth. Once in place, a veneer looks like part of the natural tooth and can be used to conceal a wide range of cosmetic concerns, including stains and discolorations. Veneers are permanently bonded to the front surface of teeth so there is no worry about them coming off. Additionally, each veneer's color, size, and shape are all customized for the perfect fit and most natural look possible. During a consultation, your Naperville dentist can help you decide if veneers are the right choice for you.

 

Benefits of Veneers

Veneers offer numerous benefits, the most prominent of which is how they can completely transform your smile by giving imperfect teeth a flawless new look. Some of the cosmetic concerns that can be addressed by this treatment include:

  • Chips and cracks in teeth
  • Stains and discolorations
  • Rough or uneven tooth surfaces
  • Misshapen or oddly shaped teeth
  • Small spaces or gaps between teeth

Additional benefits of veneers include their functionality and longevity. Veneers function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to use them to safely and easily bite and chew foods. They are also durable and can last indefinitely with proper care. Furthermore, veneers are easy to care for and can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth. Scheduling regular dental checkups can also help keep your veneers in good shape, for during these appointments a dentist can examine the veneers to ensure that they are holding up properly.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

The time is right to improve your smile with veneers. To learn more about how veneers can help you achieve the smile you desire, schedule an appointment with Dr. Zomorrodi, your Naperville dentist, by calling Advance Family Dental Care at (630) 358-9899!

By Advance Family Dental Care
October 01, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   Damaged Teeth  

Porcelain VeneersVeneers are versatile in that they allow your cosmetic dentist to uniquely craft your smile to fit your face and personality. They are a way to fix the outer appearance of your teeth when other common treatments, like bleaching or bonding, don't help. Learn more about the versatility of veneers when you visit Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, for a cosmetic consultation.

Veneer Treatment
Some dental imperfections are irreversible and can't be repaired by simply realigning a tooth or applying a whitener. For example, some patients have lost too much dental enamel over time for bonding to help. Others have deeply ingrained dental staining that doesn’t respond to even the strongest bleaching products. In these cases, the solution may be to simply cover the imperfections with a uniform set of veneers. They are wafer-like dental devices that are individually bonded to the front of the teeth after a small amount of enamel is removed. 

Veneer Versatility
Because veneers are custom designed and made by your Naperville, IL, cosmetic dentist, they allow you to completely change your smile. Short, chipped, rough-edged teeth are magically changed into longer, fuller, whiter, well-contoured teeth that are perfectly aligned. You get a second chance at a smile that you can feel proud of, and all it takes is a few weeks.

Veneer Care
The way you care for your new smile will determine how long it continues to look good after a cosmetic veneer treatment. Observe these veneer and tooth care tips to keep your smile in good condition for as along as possible:

  • Brushing the veneer and tooth surfaces (front and back) thoroughly after meals will help keep them clean and firmly attached.
  • Protect your gum health with regular flossing and professional cleanings (root planing around the gumline if necessary).
  • Preserve the integrity of the veneer devices by wearing a protective mouth guard if you clench or grind involuntarily.

Call for Veneers
Veneers can produce magical results for your smile no matter how imperfect your teeth look at the moment. Call (630) 358-9899 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, a cosmetic dentist helping patients makeover their smiles in Naperville, IL.

By Advance Family Dental Care
August 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
VivicasVeneerstheMakingofaHollywoodSmile

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.



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