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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.”
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.”
Would your teeth be more attractive without chips, discolorations or other flaws? Adding veneers to problem teeth can make imperfections disappear. The restorations offered by your Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Scott Stone, provide a simple way to enhance your smile.
Veneers conceal flaws
Veneers hide imperfections in the fronts of your teeth. The tooth-shaped shells are made from an impression of your mouth and are attached to your teeth with dental cement. Veneers don't require extensive preparation or major changes to your tooth structure. In fact, your Lansing, MI, dentist will only need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel to ensure that your veneers fit comfortably.
Veneers offer smile-changing benefits
Uniform teeth are an important component of a perfect smile, yet many of us have a few teeth that look a little out of place. Veneers change the appearance of oddly shaped, crooked, twisted or too short teeth, making the teeth blend in with the rest of your smile.
It's hard to overlook a discolored tooth no matter how hard you try. In fact, the tooth may be the first thing you notice when you look in the mirror. Fortunately, discolorations disappear from view once a veneer is added.
Veneers can be made to match the current shade of your teeth or can be used to whiten your entire smile. If you're looking for a long-lasting whitening option, there's no better choice than veneers. The restorations are stain-resistant and won't become dull or yellow if you consume coffee, tea, wine, cola, berries or other darkly pigmented foods and beverages.
Orthodontic treatment isn't always needed to close the spaces between your teeth. Veneers can hide slight gaps, instantly transforming your smile. Although you may need braces if your gaps are large, many gaps can be successfully concealed with veneers.
Biting on hard objects or years of wear and tear can eventually cause small chips or cracks in your tooth enamel. Veneers conceal the damage and also hide other imperfections that may affect the appearance of your tooth enamel, such as uneven surfaces, pits or bumps.
Are you ready to revitalize your smile with dental veneers? Call your Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Scott Stone, at (517) 482-5546 to schedule an appointment.
Though many cosmetic dental issues have specific procedures designed to help individual problems, such as using teeth whitening to brighten a dull smile or dental bonding to repair a chipped tooth, there are few all-encompassing procedures to truly overhaul your smile. With their ability to completely change the appearance of a tooth, porcelain dental veneers are a powerful cosmetic dentistry tool. Find out more about dental veneers and what they can do for your smile with Dr. Scott Stone at Smile by Stone in Lansing, MI.
What can porcelain dental veneers do for me?
Thanks to their materials, porcelain veneers are highly versatile, allowing you to change the shape, width, length, and color of your tooth. Porcelain is easily color-matched to your surrounding natural teeth and shares similar light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth, ensuring that your veneers blend into your existing teeth seamlessly and become a natural addition to your smile.
Am I a candidate for dental veneers?
A good candidate for dental veneers has a great at-home oral care routine consisting of brushing at least twice daily and flossing once alongside regular visits to their dentist twice a year for routine examinations and cleanings. Additionally, candidates should be free from teeth decay and gum disease and should tend to these issues before considering porcelain veneers.
What can I expect from the procedure for dental veneers?
The procedure for veneers will require at least two dental visits with about two weeks in between. During the wait time between appointments, a dental laboratory will customize each veneer individually. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the teeth to receive the veneers and take an impression of your mouth. The dental laboratory uses this impression to design your veneers. Your second appointment is reserved for fitting and permanently attaching the final veneers to your teeth. Your dentist may suggest wearing temporary veneers over your prepared teeth to protect them until your dentist places the final restorations.
Porcelain Dental Veneers in Lansing, MI
For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Scott Stone at Smile by Stone in Lansing, MI. Call (517) 482-5546 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Stone today!
How veneers from your Lansing, Michigan dentist can improve your smile
If you have a smile that doesn’t look great, you deserve better! It’s time to think about a dental treatment that can change the way you feel about your smile; it’s called dental veneer treatment! It’s time to meet Dr. Scott Stone at Smile by Stone in Lansing, Michigan. He wants to introduce you to dental veneers, the treatment that can improve your smile and your life!
Dental veneers are thin sheaths of plastic or porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They are the go-to treatment to fix many cosmetic issues you may have with your teeth. These are just some of the reasons why people choose dental veneers:
- To hide breaks, cracks or other damage
- To fill out chipped, excessively worn teeth
- To cosmetically close gaps between teeth
- To cosmetically change the alignment of overlapped teeth
- To hide heavy stains or discolorations from lifestyle habits or medications
If you choose porcelain for your veneers, porcelain reflects light, just like your natural teeth. Porcelain is naturally stain-resistant which means you can enjoy a dazzling white smile even if you smoke or drink coffee!
Depending on whether you choose plastic or porcelain for your veneers, you will typically require between 2 and 3 appointments; a consultation appointment, tooth preparation appointment, and then a final appointment to cement your new veneers. You can have a brilliant new smile, just in time for an important event like a reunion or a wedding.
To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Stone’s patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at http://smilebystone.com/lansing-dentist-smile-gallery
If you are living with a less-than-perfect smile, veneers can help you achieve a smile you can be proud of. Thanks to dental veneers, cosmetic flaws in your smile can be past history. Don’t wait to get your new smile. Call Dr. Scott Stone at Smile by Stone in Lansing, Michigan today!