Posts for tag: 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.
Get the smile you’ve always wanted with a little help from cosmetic dentistry.
We know that nothing feels better than being confident in your appearance and your smile has a lot to do with how confident you feel. So, if certain dental imperfections are keeping you from smiling as often as you should then it’s time our Winston Salem, NC, cosmetic dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta helped you rediscover the power of a beautiful smile.
The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance and improve the overall color, shape, size and even alignment of one or more teeth. It’s amazing just how much our smile impacts our overall appearance, and cosmetic dentistry can help with everything from minor aesthetic adjustments to full makeovers. Our Winston Salem, NC, dentist can help you determine which cosmetic treatment or treatments will offer your smile the most benefit.
Common Cosmetic Dentistry Options
There are some treatment options that are more commonly desired than others, but all have their place, purpose and benefits in the dental world (it really just depends on what you are hoping to achieve). The most popular types of cosmetic dentistry include:
- Teeth whitening
- Dental bonding
- Tooth contouring
- Dental veneers
- Dental implants (both restorative and cosmetic)
Do you want a whiter smile?
Professional teeth whitening will be able to get your smile several shades whiter in about one hour. Patients often turn to teeth whitening when they are dealing with more widespread and visible yellowing that at-home whitening toothpastes and treatments just can’t handle. If you have a special event or occasion coming up and you’re on a time crunch, professional teeth whitening can help you get that dazzling smile in no time.
Do you want to hide cracks, chips and other imperfections?
You have options. A lot will depend on the extent of these flaws. Small imperfections can often be smoothed away through tooth contouring (in which we shave very small amounts of enamel off the tooth to reshape it) or by applying dental bonding resin over these areas.
More drastic imperfections may require help from dental veneers, thin porcelain shells that cover the front surface of a tooth. Getting veneers is certainly more of a process than dental bonding or tooth reshaping but it can be worth it for someone who wants to get a flawless smile.
Do you want to replace a missing tooth?
Even though cosmetic dentistry is used to enhance your smile not to restore it, a dental implant is unique because it also is the closest thing you can get to a real tooth. It both functions and looks like a real tooth, providing a host of cosmetic and well as restorative benefits to the wearer.
Are you ready to chat about your cosmetic dentistry options here in Winston Salem, NC? If so, call Dr. Perrotta’s office today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with us.
Thanks to innovative cosmetic dentistry treatments, you don't have to accept a smile that's less than perfect. Winston Salem, NC, dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta explains how teeth whitening, veneers or one-day crowns can transform your smile.
It may have taken a few years for your teeth to have become dull or stained, but your smile can be renewed in as little as one hour when you visit Dr. Perrotta's Salem office for teeth whitening treatment. Teeth whitening is ever effective at removing extrinsic stains, the stains that affect the enamel of your teeth.
Hydrogen peroxide gel bleaches stains from your teeth quickly and safely. Although hydrogen peroxide is also the effective ingredient in many over-the-counter whitening kits, the dentist uses stronger concentrations that produce quicker results. Depending on the condition of your teeth, you may see a three to eight shade difference after your treatment.
Dental veneers are one of the most popular and versatile cosmetic dentistry options available today. The thin porcelain shells conceal imperfections but are equally effective in closing small gaps, lengthening teeth and hiding discolored areas. Veneers are a good choice if you want to change the look of your smile, but don't want to undergo any complicated dental procedures. Since veneers are only attached to the fronts of teeth, preparation for them is simple and just requires the buffing of your teeth to make a lasting impression. Veneers are available in many shades of white and are attached using dental cement.
Getting a crown used to involve making two trips to the dental office. During the first visit, your tooth is filed and an impression is made of your mouth. After the visit, you went home and waited a few weeks for the dental laboratory to finish your new crown. When you choose CEREC one-day crowns, you'll only need one visit. Dr. Perrotta uses the CEREC system's CAD/CAM software to design your crown, then mills it in her office, eliminating the need for a dental laboratory.
Could you benefit from one of these cosmetic dentistry treatments? Call Winston Salem, NC, dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta at (336) 760-9258 to schedule your appointment.
When prepared and bonded correctly, porcelain veneers should not break or fall off. Accidents happen, however, and it is possible for them to come off, leaving you in need of the cosmetic dentistry expertise from Denise A. Perrotta, D.M.D. in Winston-Salem, NC.
Whether your veneers pop off on their own or they are damaged due to some type of trauma, you will need to respond appropriately to quickly restore your smile and reduce your risk of complications. Here are the four steps you should take.
1. Remove any Loose Pieces
First, remove any loose pieces that are in your mouth. Do not remove pieces that are still attached; simply remove pieces that have come all the way loose. Be careful not to swallow, drop or lose any pieces or to cut your hands or mouth in the process.
2. Examine the Damage
Next, examine the pieces in your hand and in your mouth. Are your veneers broken or did they just pop off intact? Are there any sharp edges that could cut your mouth? Do you have all of the pieces, or are some missing? You will need this information when you call to set up an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Perrotta in Winston-Salem, NC.
3. Protect Your Mouth
If the part of your veneer still attached to your teeth has any rough or sharp edges, you will want to cover them up to avoid cutting your mouth. Do this with white dental wax, a bit of gauze or even a mouth guard or night guard if that is all you have on hand. Be sure to also put any loose veneer pieces somewhere safe so you can bring them in with you when you visit Dr. Perrotta in Winston-Salem, NC.
4. Visit Dr. Perrotta for Treatment
Lastly, as soon as you have assessed the area and taken steps to keep from cutting your mouth, be sure to call Dr. Perrotta right away to set up an appointment for treatment. If your veneer is still intact, she can likely just reattach it. If your veneers are lost or broken, however, you will need to have the remaining pieces removed, a new set of veneers created in a lab, and the replacements attached.
Replacing lost or broken veneers can be time-consuming and inconvenient, but it can be done. If your veneers are broken or missing or if they have simply popped off intact, call cosmetic dentist Dr. Perrotta right away to schedule an emergency dental appointment. She will have you looking better in no time!