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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.”
If you're looking for a cosmetic enhancement with a “light” touch, you can't beat dental veneers. These custom-made wafers of dental porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or gaps, revitalizing your smile.
But with traditional veneers, a minimal impact doesn't mean no impact at all. Although they're quite thin—often a millimeter or less—they can still look bulky when bonded to unprepared teeth. Dentists usually remove a small amount of surface enamel to help them appear more natural.
The alteration itself is painless, and only the bare minimum of enamel is removed. Even so, the alteration is permanent—the tooth will require a veneer or other form of restoration from then on. But a new kind of veneer may make it possible to avoid any enamel removal, or much less. These no-prep or minimal-prep veneers are even thinner, between 0.3 and 0.5 millimeters.
With these ultra-thin veneers, your dentist may only perform a little minor enamel re-shaping, particularly the sides of the teeth, to ensure a good fit. As thin as they are—akin to that of a contact lens—no-prep veneers can be bonded to the teeth surface without the need for fitting them under the gum line.
No-prep veneers are ideal for people with smaller than normal teeth, or that appear smaller due to other facial features. This also includes teeth that have worn down from age or teeth grinding, or those that are misshapen in some way. They also work well with people who have a narrow smile where less teeth than normal are visible in the “smile zone.”
They can also be used with patients who have oversized or prominent teeth, but it may still require some enamel removal. The only qualification for anyone receiving ultrathin veneers is that their enamel is in reasonably good health.
Because there's little to no alteration of the teeth, no-prep veneers can be reversed. Removing them, though, is no easy task, so you'll still need to think long-term before obtaining one. All in all, though, no-prep veneers in the right setting can still transform your smile without much permanent change to your teeth.
If you would like more information on no-prep 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”
How porcelain veneers from your dentist in Cincinnati, OH, can give you an outstanding smile
Are you hiding your smile because of damage, stains, or uneven, chipped tooth edges? If so, it’s time for you to rejuvenate your smile with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can give you the smile you deserve, quicker and easier than you’ve ever thought possible. Dr. Janette A. Williams at Montgomery Dental Care in Cincinnati, OH, offers porcelain veneer treatment to give you an outstanding smile.
What veneers can do for you
Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dental treatments available today because they can hide a number of minor and major flaws, including:
- Stains, blotches, and discolorations from lifestyle habits or genetics
- Chipped, worn down tooth edges due to grinding, aging, or wear-and-tear
- Cracks, fracture lines, or areas of broken tooth structure from trauma or an injury
Porcelain veneers can even minimize the appearance of gaps between your teeth by cosmetically making teeth appear closer together. Veneers can also minimize the appearance of overlapping or rotated teeth by cosmetically making teeth appear straighter.
Another major benefit of porcelain veneers is that they are a conservative treatment. This is because your dentist removes little-to-no tooth structure to apply them—just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers.
When you choose porcelain veneers, you are choosing a lifetime of beautiful smiles because porcelain is stain-resistant, allowing your porcelain veneers to stay looking new for years.
Your porcelain veneer treatment will require between two and three appointments to complete, including a consultation appointment. During the first visit, your teeth will be prepared for the veneers, and then models are taken of your teeth. These models are sent to a dental laboratory where skilled dental artisans create your new veneers. Once Dr. Williams receives your new veneers, a cementation appointment will be scheduled and the veneers will be permanently bonded on to your teeth
Interested? Give us a call
To learn more about porcelain veneers and our other cosmetic services, call your dentist, Dr. Janette A. Williams of Montgomery Dental Care in Cincinnati, OH, at (513) 793-5703. Call today!
How cosmetic dentistry procedures from your dentist in Cincinnati, Ohio can enhance your smile.
If your smile needs a little bit of renewed vitality, you need to discover the world of cosmetic dentistry. With so many cosmetic dentistry options to choose from, there is a procedure that is sure to enhance your smile. Dr. Janette Williams at Montgomery Dental Care in Cincinnati, Ohio offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options to give you your best smile.
Cosmetic dentistry offers procedures to make your smile more beautiful. If nature didn’t give you a wonderful smile, cosmetic dentistry can change that. Let’s take a look at just a few of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services:
Professional teeth whitening, which is an excellent choice to enhance a dull, aging, yellowing smile; you can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades, and your great results can last for years! Professional teeth whitening products are the safe way to get rid of dark stains and give you a more brilliant, younger-looking smile. The in-office treatment takes only about an hour.
Cosmetic bonding and recontouring, which is the perfect option to repair teeth that are chipped, eroded, worn-down, or broken; bonding uses composite, a liquid material that your dentist can match to the color of your teeth. The composite is sculpted into place and hardened with a blue light. Your bonding treatment will look completely natural and give you a whole, beautiful smile. Bonding is often combined with recontouring to balance out an uneven smile by reshaping jagged, uneven edges of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers, which are a superb choice to hide minor and major areas of tooth damage; they are a versatile, conservative dental treatment and can hide problems like these:
- Chipped, worn-down, or eroded teeth
- Cracked, fractured, or broken teeth
- Blotchy, discolored, or stained teeth
They can even hide some alignment issues including minimizing gaps between your teeth, reducing the appearance of overlapped teeth, and minimizing the look of crowding. Porcelain veneers look completely natural because porcelain is light-reflective and closely resembles tooth enamel. Porcelain is stain-resistant too, so your new veneers will stay looking beautiful for years.
These are just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry options available for you to consider. To find out more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile, call Dr. Janette Williams at Montgomery Dental Care in Cincinnati, Ohio today.
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.”