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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.”
You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.
Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.
Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.
To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.
We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.
In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.
When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.
If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers.”
Porcelain veneers are excellent for restoring otherwise sound teeth that are stained, chipped or slightly misaligned. But the question for many is, are they long-lasting?
Just as the term is used in building construction, a dental veneer is a thin covering of material that’s bonded to the outside of a tooth to conceal blemishes. Very thin layers of dental porcelain (a form of hardened glass colored to match a patient’s natural teeth) are created by a dental lab technician to achieve the preferred shape and size of the patient’s tooth. Unlike crowns or other restorations, veneers require very little tooth preparation to accommodate them.
As to their longevity: if cared for properly, a veneer could last for twenty years or more. While the veneer itself isn’t subject to the effects of dental disease, the tooth and the gums that support it are. Shrinking gum tissues as a result of periodontal (gum) disease, for example, could have a negative effect on the veneered tooth and subsequently the veneer. It’s important, then, that you properly practice daily brushing and flossing, along with keeping up regular office cleanings and checkups.
There’s one other important consideration: while porcelain veneers can withstand normal biting forces, if they’re subjected beyond their tolerance they could shatter. You should be careful not to subject your veneered teeth to an abnormal biting force, such as biting down on an extremely hard object. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, wearing a night guard can minimize the force created from the grinding.
It’s possible to repair and re-bond a loose or slightly chipped veneer. In some cases, though, severe damage may require a replacement. Still, by using common sense about what you bite down on and taking proper care of your teeth and gums, you can minimize the chances of damage and enjoy many years of a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers: How Long will Your Porcelain Veneers Last?.”
Prevention and restoration are just two aspects of care at Paul David Epstein DMD & Associates. The third pertains to the aesthetic features of your smile. Are your teeth well-shaped and aligned? Are stains or flaws detracting from your appearance and self-confidence? Dr. Epstein and his dedicated team create healthy teeth and gums that are truly beautiful and reveal the real you inside. Read below to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry options available at our Burlington, MA, office!
Your valuable smile
It helps you eat, speak, stay healthy and express how you feel and who you are. Frankly, if you hide it because of obvious flaws, you do yourself and your family, friends, and colleagues a disservice. Over the past three decades, cosmetic dentistry has developed into a popular and effective specialty which improves smile aesthetics and patient self-image. Dentists such as Dr. Paul David Epstein recognize the desires their patients have to look and feel their best, and so they offer innovative services which maximize the potential in each and every smile.
Dr. Epstein has developed a wealth of skills which remake damaged, chipped, discolored, uneven, and misshapen teeth. He has used his extensive expertise to benefit victims of domestic violence through the Give Back a Smile Program, and he understands how a beautiful smile can boost self-confidence and the ability to function well in the modern world.
A treatment plan
When you come to Dr. Epstein's office in Burlington, MA, for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, you will discuss potential changes in your smile aesthetics. You'll undergo a complete oral examination and digital X-rays to make sure your renewed image is based on good oral health.
Then, you and your dentist will agree upon a step by step plan to craft a smile that really works for you. Services may include:
- Professional teeth whitening, today's most popular cosmetic service
- Composite resin bonding, a one-visit service which adds a tooth-colored material to tooth structure to improve its shape and size
- Invisalign clear aligners, the discreet method of straightening crooked smiles
- Tooth-colored fillings to restore decay in a natural-looking way
- Porcelain veneers to cover the front of chipped, gapped, or cracked teeth
Find out more
That great smile is within your grasp at Paul David Epstein DMD & Associates. Let the cosmetic dentistry experts help you be the best you can be. Call today for your personalized consultation with Dr. Epstein: (781) 273-1152.
Are you dissatisfied with the color or shape of your teeth? How about those gaps or crowded teeth--do they make you want to hide your smile? Paul David Epstein D.M.D. and Associates in Burlington, MA offers a permanent way to disguise dental flaws. They're called porcelain veneers, or dental laminates. Customized and bonded to the front of teeth with chips, cracks, stains, pits, gaps and more, veneers are the minimally invasive way to remake your smile.
What are porcelain veneers?
They are a durable and natural-looking way to remake teeth flawed by stains too deep for professional whitening and chips too large for composite resin bonding. In other words, they cover a variety of smile defects.
Porcelain veneers in Burlington, MA are fabricated from a dental grade ceramic, color-matched to blend in with surrounding teeth. Dr. Epstein visually inspects and X-rays teeth to determine their suitability for veneers. Ideal candidates have mouths free from decay and gum disease.
The treatment process
Dr. Epstein and the patient talk through a treatment plan, agreeing upon the goals the individual wants to achieve and exactly what Dr. Epstein sees as realistic changes. This discussion is vital to the treatment process, and Dr. Epstein may even preview the patient's finished smile so he or she can see how it will change in terms of:
- Smoothing overcrowded teeth
- Spanning small gaps
- Covering chips, fine cracks, pits and other enamel defects
- Disguising dark stains
Then, the dentist takes impressions and removes a thin layer of enamel from the front of each tooth. This minimal resurfacing allows the veneers to bond in place and to fit within the individual's mouth. Also, the patient wears temporary veneers until the dentist installs the permanent ones.
Then, the dentist sends his instructions to a lab where a ceramist sculpts the veneers individually, according to a three-dimensional model of the patient's mouth. This ensures the porcelain veneers blend in with the rest of the patient's smile by way of color, shape and size.
On a return visit to Paul David Epstein D.M.D. & Associates, Dr. Epstein removes the temporary veneers and bonds the new ones in place. He uses an adhesive which can be varied in color so the laminates match neighboring teeth.
Adjusting to veneers
While there is an adjustment period with veneers, most patients report easily getting accustomed to them. Aftercare is simple, too. Just brush and floss and see Dr. Epstein semi-annually for a check-up and cleaning.
Additionally, it pays to be gentle with your porcelain veneers. While they do not decay or stain, they can chip (as can your natural teeth) if you chew extra-hard foods or non-foods such as pencil tops or plastic packaging.
Can we help your smile?
Dr. Epstein's mastery of restorative and cosmetic treatments helps his patients achieve outstanding smiles. For a consultation, contact his office for an appointment regarding porcelain veneers. Call (781) 273-1152.