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.”
Porcelain veneers provide a simple way to freshen up your smile. They are attached to the front surface of teeth to conceal various cosmetic flaws, such as discolorations, chips, or cracks. In addition to giving you a flawless new smile, porcelain veneers look and function just like natural teeth. Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette, the experienced dentists at Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA, offer porcelain veneers to transform your smile.
The Veneers Process
Porcelain veneers are thin laminates placed over the front surface of flawed teeth to give them a new look. Each veneer is custom made so it fits in place perfectly. Veneers can be made from various materials, but porcelain is a popular choice because it looks so much like natural tooth enamel. Custom porcelain veneers readily blend in with the rest of your smile and look completely natural.
The process of getting porcelain veneers involves an initial consultation, followed by two dental appointments. The first appointment involves having the front of your teeth filed down slightly to make space for the veneers. Doing this ensures the veneers will sit flush with the surrounding teeth and not stick out or feel bulky. After the teeth are filed down a bit, an impression or mold will be made of your teeth. The impression is then sent to a dental lab where veneers will be custom made for you.
Once they’re ready, you’ll return to our dental office in Cohasset, MA, to have your porcelain veneers permanently cemented to the teeth. Imperfections, such as chipped or crooked teeth, will be completely concealed. All anyone will notice is your new, flawless smile.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
There are numerous benefits to freshening up your smile with porcelain veneers. They are versatile and can improve the appearance of teeth with a wide range of issues, such as:
- Stains or discolorations
- Chipped areas or cracks
- Slight gaps between teeth
- Oddly-shaped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Short teeth
Another benefit of porcelain veneers is that they look completely natural. They function like regular teeth, as well. Since the veneers are cemented in place, you can enjoy a variety of foods without any worry that the veneers will come loose.
We can help you transform your smile with porcelain veneers. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas or Dr. Chenette to learn more about improving the appearance of your teeth with porcelain veneers by calling Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA, at (781) 383-9393.
Between the final game of the World Series in late October and spring training in February, major league baseball players work on their skills preparing for the new season. Reporters on a Zoom call to the New York Yankees' training camp wanted to know what star outfielder Aaron Judge had been doing along those lines. But when he smiled, their interest turned elsewhere: What had Aaron Judge done to his teeth?
Already with 120 homers after only five seasons, Judge is a top player with the Yankees. His smile, however, has been less than spectacular. Besides a noticeable gap between his top front teeth (which were also more prominent than the rest of his teeth), Judge also had a chipped tooth injury on a batting helmet in 2017 during a home plate celebration for a fellow player's walk-off home run.
But now Judge's teeth look even, with no chip and no gap. So, what did the Yankee slugger have done?
He hasn't quite said, but it looks as though he received a “smile makeover” with porcelain veneers, one of the best ways to turn dental “ugly ducklings” into “beautiful swans.” And what's even better is that veneers aren't limited to superstar athletes or performers—if you have teeth with a few moderate dental flaws, veneers could also change your smile.
As the name implies, veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, cracks, discolorations or slight gaps between teeth. They may even help even out disproportionately sized teeth. Veneers are custom-made by dental technicians based on a patient's particular tooth dimensions and color.
Like other cosmetic techniques, veneers are a blend of technology and artistry. They're made of a durable form of dental porcelain that can withstand biting forces (within reason, though—you'd want to avoid biting down on ice or a hard piece of food with veneered teeth). They're also carefully colored so that they blend seamlessly with your other teeth. With the right artistic touch, we can make them look as natural as possible.
Although porcelain veneers can accommodate a wide range of dental defects, they may not be suitable for more severe flaws. After examining your teeth, we'll let you know if you're a good candidate for veneers or if you should consider another restoration. Chances are, though, veneers could be your way to achieve what Aaron Judge did—a home run smile.
If you would like more information about porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before.”
Teenagers can have the same smile-disrupting tooth flaws as adults. But not all cosmetic treatments available to adults are appropriate for teenagers—at least not until they get a little older. Dental veneers fall into that category.
A veneer is a thin porcelain shell custom-made by a dental lab, and bonded by a dentist to the face of a tooth to mask chips, stains, gaps or other imperfections. Because they're less invasive than other measures, veneers are highly popular as a cosmetic dental solution. They do, however, usually require some enamel removal so that they'll appear more natural.
This enamel removal typically won't impact an adult tooth other than it permanently requires it to have veneers or other restorations after alteration. But there is a risk of damage to a teenager's tooth, which hasn't fully developed.
Adolescent teeth usually have a larger pulp chamber (filled with an intricate network of nerves and blood vessels) than adult teeth. And because the enamel and dentin layers may not yet be fully developed, the pulp is much nearer to the tooth's surface.
We must be very careful then in removing enamel and dentin for veneers or we may penetrate the pulp and risk damaging it. Alternatively, there is the possibility of no-prep veneers which are very conservative but often are unable to be done because of the need to often remove tooth structure to make the veneers look natural.
Another cosmetic problem can occur if we place veneers on a patient's teeth whose jaws and mouth structures are still growing. Eventually, the gums could recede and an unsightly gap form between the veneer and the adjacent natural tooth.
Fortunately, there are other techniques we can use to improve a tooth's appearance. Mild chipping can be repaired by bonding composite resin material to the tooth. Some forms of staining may be overcome with teeth whitening. These and other methods can address a teenager's smile appearance until their teeth are mature enough for veneers.
Whether or not a tooth is ready for veneers will depend on its level of development, something that can often be ascertained with x-rays or other diagnostic methods. And if a tooth has already undergone a root canal treatment, there isn't as much concern. In the meantime, though, it may be better for your teen to wait on veneers and try other techniques to enhance their smile.
If you would like more information on dental restoration 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.”
Porcelain veneers cover embarrassing smile flaws, giving you that long-desired beautiful smile. At Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA, our cosmetic dentists are Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette. They'll craft the veneers perfect for your smile zone.
What are porcelain veneers?
Tooth-shaped and realistic in color, veneers are thin wafers of ceramic, custom-made to bond to the front of teeth which have:
- Dark, stubborn stains unresponsive to professional teeth whitening
- Poor shape and size
- Narrow gaps
- Craze lines
Besides their cosmetic benefits, veneers reinforce enamel so that your teeth are as strong as they are beautiful.
Porcelain veneers bond directly to the cheek-side of your teeth after your cosmetic dentist removes some enamel to ensure correct bite and fit. The procedure takes place in our Cohasset office, and Dr. Thomas and Dr. Chenette use a trusted dental laboratory for veneer fabrication.
What veneers can do
Veneers can improve your smile aesthetics and self-confidence. They remake tooth shape and size, and they resist stains from tobacco, coffee, and foods, such as soy sauce and blackberries.
Also, because they require only a small amount of enamel removal (about 1/2 millimeters off the front side), they not as invasive as porcelain crowns. However, they last about as long (ten years or more) and require only your usual brushing, flossing, and in-office care at Cohasset Dental.
What veneers cannot do
Porcelain veneers are not the best choice for deeply worn, decayed, or restored teeth. Also, if you're a bruxer--someone who clenches and grinds his or her teeth--your veneers can chip, crack or even come off, says WebMD. So, you should ask your cosmetic dentist at Cohasset Dental about a bite guard or another option better suited to your dentition.
Also, veneers cannot improve your gum health. If you have sensitive or diseased gums, you have to deal with those issues first before considering veneers or any other cosmetic dentistry service.
Discover your options
At Cohasset Dental, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Kevin Thomas, and Dr. Aaron Chenette create stunning smiles with a variety of cosmetic treatments, including sparkling porcelain veneers.
Why not call their Cohasset, MA, office to learn more? All our cosmetic care plans include a careful qualifying exam. Call us at (781) 383-9393.