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By Eby Dental Care
January 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   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.”

By Eby Dental Care
December 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: 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?.”

By Eby Dental Care
May 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

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.

By Eby Dental Care
November 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

How dental veneers from your Okemos, MI dentist can improve your smile

With all the hype and popularity, chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of dental veneers. Veneers can be a fantastic option for so veneersmany people looking to revamp and transform their smiles. Head over to the office of our Okemos, MI dentist Dr. Eric Eby to find out more about dental veneers and whether they are right for you.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are thin shells that are made from a durable, tooth-colored material and designed to adhere to the front of your teeth to hide common dental flaws like discolorations, misalignments, worn and uneven teeth, as well as chips and cracks. Veneers can be a great way to brighten discolored or stained teeth that can’t be treated with teeth whitening. It can also straighten smiles, improve the shape of your teeth and even lengthen teeth.

What types of dental veneers do I have to choose from?

Veneers are traditionally made from porcelain since they reflect light in much the same way that natural tooth enamel does and they are stain resistant, though sometimes veneers can also be made from composite resin (the same material used to fill a cavity).

If you choose to get traditional dental veneers, then some tooth preparation is required. This means that we will need to remove some tooth enamel to make room for the veneers. While this is completely painless, once enamel has been removed the process is not reversible.

Are you ready to find out whether your smile is ideal for dental veneers? If so, then it’s time you made a call to Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI, to learn more. We would be happy to schedule a consultation to see whether these cosmetic restorations could give you the smile of your dreams.

By Eby Dental Care
July 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Always wanted to get a smile makeover? Well, now you can with dental veneers.

It’s amazing how many people want to change their smiles. Even if the problem is just aesthetic it can take quite the toll on your veneersself-esteem. So if you are worried about how your smile looks and want to change this once and for all then you are in luck. Our Okemos, MI dentist Dr. Eric Eby can offer porcelain veneers to revamp your smile.

What are veneers and what can they do?

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are adhered to the front surface of your teeth using a special dental adhesive. Their main purpose is to change the overall appearance of your smile to give you a more attractive look. Dental veneers are a great way to hide minor to moderate dental flaws including:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Stains and other discolorations
  • Misshapenness or malformations
  • Spacing between teeth
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Minor overlapping
  • Teeth that are too small or short

Veneers can be a great way to achieve a straighter smile without the need for orthodontics. However, it is important to note that dental veneers won’t be able to change a smile that is badly out of alignment. You also must have enough healthy tooth enamel for the veneers to properly attach.

How are dental veneers placed?

Once your Okemos cosmetic dentist has determined that porcelain veneers are right for you, you’ll get your perfect smile over the course of two to three visits. Here are the steps involved in getting your new smile:

Step 1: You’ll go through a thorough consultation to make sure veneers are right for you.

Step 2: Your teeth will be prepared for your new restorations. This requires some enamel to be removed, which is painless. However, once enamel is removed it can’t be reversed.

Step 3: Impressions are taken of your teeth and sent to a lab. The lab will then begin making your veneers. While your veneers are being made we may choose to put temporary veneers over your teeth.

Step 4: You’ll come back into our office to have your temporary veneers removed and your permanent ones adhered. A special resin is sandwiched between your veneers and your teeth and then a laser is used to harden the resin. Finally, we will polish the veneers so they look like the rest of your smile.

Ready to discover whether dental veneers are right for you? Then call our Okemos, MI dental office today and schedule your initial consultation. Turn to Eby Dental Care for all of your cosmetic, general and restorative dentistry needs.