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.”
As we live in what could be perceived as a perfectionist’s world, many are looking to be perfect. However, perfection isn’t as objective as it sounds, after all, your idea of perfection may differ from the person beside you. Another thing is that none of us, not even the hallowed celebrities were born perfect.
So what does a perfect smile mean and can you achieve it from having porcelain veneers? The answer would be yes, as evidenced by the numerous patients of Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson here at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT. Let’s take a look at what most people would consider as the characteristics of a perfect smile.
That is something that porcelain veneers can certainly give you as it can address the common problems of discoloration, staining, or yellowish teeth. The whiter teeth that veneers provide is different from the whitening treatments that you get from over-the-counter products or even your dentist. Porcelain veneers give you whiter teeth that will not fade or stain for many years, so they’re a worthy investment.
They’re a good option for those who want to continue to enjoy their coffee or red wine without worrying about staining. You can even opt for the shade of white that you want because the shells can be manufactured to any color you want. Of course, to get that perfect smile, your dentist here at Stamford, CT, will make sure that your porcelain veneers will blend in with your natural teeth.
A Smile That Fits You Perfectly
The perfect smile has to complement the color of your skin and the shape of your face. Veneers can be used to optimize your smile and make it look wider if necessary so that everything will look perfectly in place. By adding the veneers to the outside surface of the teeth, the width of your smile can be adjusted to make it look wider or narrower, whichever the case may be, to beautifully complement your face.
Veneers could likewise be manufactured to any shape or size so that they are customized exactly to your needs. You won’t have teeth that look either too small or too large. Everything in your mouth will appear perfectly measured and aligned.
Zero Gaps and Imperfections
Most of us have gaps and imperfections. In the search for the perfect smile, veneers can come to the rescue by closing these gaps and hiding those imperfections. The thin veneer shells are designed specifically to cosmetically cover those gaps and match the color of your natural teeth so everything would look flawless. The great thing with this procedure is that it can be applied to a single tooth or several teeth.
Ready to Have That Perfect Smile with Porcelain Veneers? Call Us
Book a visit with Dr. Irina Pogosian or Dr. Thomas Ohlson here at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, by dialing (203) 359-3296.
The dentists at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, know their patients want better-looking smiles. For that reason, Drs. Irina Pogosian and Thomas Ohlson suggest dental veneers.
Veneers resurface damaged teeth. They are made of thin porcelain or plastic, making them strong. They hide stained or discolored teeth due to poor hygiene, drinking coffee and tea, smoking, chewing tobacco, or even antibiotics containing tetracycline. Veneers can also fix misshapen teeth (crooked, worn or chipped, irregularly shaped, uneven surfaces and uneven spacing).
- Your Stamford, CT, dentist examines your teeth and assesses whether veneers are right for you.
- Any underlying issues, like cavities, are treated first.
- The dentist makes a model of your teeth and sends it away to a dental laboratory.
- A few weeks later, our office receives your custom veneers.
- When your veneers finally arrive, your dentist removes enamel off the surface of your teeth and cements them on.
Removing enamel is irreversible, so make sure you discuss whether or not veneers are the best option for you. Enamel removal prevents teeth from protruding and makes teeth feel smooth, even, and properly aligned.
Advantages of Veneers
Other than concealing dental flaws, veneers are a longer-lasting oral appliance that provides impressive color stability and is highly resistant to staining.
How to Properly Care for Veneers
To take proper care of your veneers, you need to brush twice a day and floss at least once before bed. This prevents plaque buildup, which leads to cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease.
Make sure you use mouthwash to eliminate acid-producing bacteria and drink plenty of water to wash away food debris.
For more information on veneers, contact your dentists at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, by calling (203) 359-3296. Drs. Irina Pogosian and Thomas Ohlson will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!
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.”
Need a smile makeover? Dental veneers are thin, ceramic shells that fit over the teeth, and they can change your smile for the better! Comprehensive Dental Group, located in Stamford, CT, offers a complete range of dental services. Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson of the Group are some of the finest dentists in Stamford, and the following information will help determine if you're a good candidate for veneers.
1. You want to whiten your smile.
Tooth staining affects people of all ages. There are several causes of tooth staining including poor dental hygiene, dark beverages and foods, tobacco use, certain medications, as well as several tooth enamel affecting diseases. Dental veneers can give you the bright white smile you've always wanted, and unlike your natural teeth, veneers resist stains remarkably well.
2. You want to close a tooth gap.
Diastemas are gaps between teeth, and they can form anywhere in the mouth. These spaces may be caused by missing teeth, under-sized teeth, or bad oral habits such as thumb-sucking. Dental veneers are routinely used to fix diastemas by being placed over your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile.
3. You want to restore a broken tooth.
Fracturing a tooth is an unfortunately common phenomenon, however, dental veneers can be used to restore these damaged teeth. Veneers can cover these injured teeth and restore their appearance and function. A dental veneer covers the front of the tooth with a thicker section to replace the broken parts.
4. You want to fix your crooked teeth.
For some people, having a crooked smile can affect their self-esteem and confidence. However, you may not need orthodontic treatment to fix your crooked teeth—dental veneers can straighten your teeth without the discomfort and hassle of braces. Veneers are effective in covering up dental flaws and giving people the appearance of a perfect smile.
5. You want to look years younger.
Your teeth play an important role in defining how old you look. If you want to look years younger, getting dental veneers is a good place to start. Veneers can enhance your smile and make you look younger instantly, which is the exact reason why it's such a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure among Hollywood celebrities!
Interested? Call our Stamford office today!
The best way to find out if you're a viable candidate for dental veneers is to consult with a dentist. Don't wait—call Comprehensive Dental Group at 203-359-3596 today to schedule a dental consultation in Stamford, CT. Dental veneers will do you and your smile a world of good!