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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.”
Cosmetic dentistry has been described as both an art and a science, with several procedures that can improve both the function and aesthetics of damaged teeth. Whether your teeth could use a professional whitening treatment or you have gaps and spaces between your teeth, there are several options available to makeover your smile in a just a few office visits to the dentist. The dentists at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman, and Dr. Maria Hodas, offer cosmetic and general dentistry services for the entire family.
Get the Smile You Want with Cosmetic Dentistry Alexandria, VA
Cosmetic dental procedures deal with more than surface improvements to your teeth. In addition to aesthetic improvements, cosmetic procedures can strengthen and improve the function of your teeth. Some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures available for common problems like stains and discolorations, chips and cracks, gaps and spaces, and missing teeth include:
- Professional teeth whitening treatments
- Crowns and bridgework
- Dental implants
- Cosmetic bonding
- Porcelain veneers
What Cosmetic Dentistry Can Do For You
Many people spend years or even decades living with dental issues that can often be improved in one or two short office visits to the dentist. From the effects of diet and lifestyle, the natural aging process, to accidents or genetic issues, even healthy teeth can become dull and unattractive over time despite your best efforts. You can also choose to make cosmetic improvements to your smile if you are just unhappy with the size, shape or color of your teeth. Studies have shown that whiter teeth can make you look younger and make a much better first impression in social and professional situations. Cosmetic dentistry can pick up where genetics and your own oral hygiene habits and oral health leave off.
Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Alexandria, VA
For more information about your cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact Gibberman Dental by calling 703-823-6616 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.
If you have ever seen someone’s smile transformed by veneers, you are probably aware of their obvious results. Find out more about the benefits of dental veneers and how they can help your smile with Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman, and Dr. Maria Hodas at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA.
What are dental veneers?
Made from porcelain, dental veneers are a true game-changer when it comes to overhauling the appearance of your smile. These dental restorations fit over the front of your teeth to completely change their appearance into the smile of your dreams. Though veneers can change the length, shape, width, and color of your teeth, they are also often used to subtly correct a single tooth to blend better into your smile. Thanks to their versatility, porcelain veneers can provide a variety of results depending on your preferences and expectations.
Can veneers help my smile?
A good candidate for porcelain veneers is, first and foremost, in good dental health with no signs of teeth decay or gum disease. Your dentist must first correct these types of issues before they place any veneers onto your teeth. Additionally, a good candidate should have a strong at-home oral care routine paired with a commitment to seeing their dentist twice a year for preventative care visits and professional dental cleanings.
The Benefits of Dental Veneers in Alexandria, VA
The most obvious benefit of dental veneers is the results they provide. Veneers also allow patients to tailor their results to their particular wishes and needs since each veneer is carefully custom made in a dental laboratory. In some cases, veneers can help patients who have misaligned, overcrowded, or undercrowded teeth avoid orthodontic treatment. Consulting with your dentist is the best way to see how veneers can benefit you and your smile.
For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman, and Dr. Maria Hodas at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA. Call (703) 823-6616 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Your smile says a lot about you and how you feel. The quality of your smile can make a difference in your social and professional life. A survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that 92 percent of people think a beautiful smile is a crucial social asset. When you get veneers at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA you can finally smile again, confidently, knowing that others will see whiter, straighter and more perfectly shaped teeth.
How Are Veneers Placed?
Veneers are only about as thin as a contact lens, but they are still very effective at hiding major tooth imperfections. First, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed from the front of your tooth to make room for the veneer. Impressions are made of your teeth and in a follow-up appointment, the veneers are cemented in place with a dental-grade bonding agent. After a bit of shaping and polishing, your veneer looks just like a new tooth—white, smooth and nicely contoured.
How Long Will Your New Smile Last?
The more you care for your smile, the longer it will last. Veneers can last up to 20 years or longer if you follow your Alexandria dentist’s care guidelines and visit regularly for professional cleanings. Since the veneer is dependent on the health of the tooth behind it, it’s important that you make every effort to keep your tooth free from infection, decay or gum disease.
Other Veneer Benefits
Veneers are usually made of a very resilient material called porcelain. This material is difficult to damage and resists staining, so it will continue to look white when you smile and feel smooth when you run your tongue over the surface.
Now that you’re more familiar with veneers, it’s time to consult a cosmetic dentist about them. Call Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman and Dr. Maria Hodas at Gibberman Dental at 703-823-6616 today to set a date and time for a dental evaluation.
Many people are unsatisfied with the appearance of their smile. They spend years trying to hide it, feeling uncomfortable every time their teeth show. But there’s no need to live like this for years on end. Veneers can permanently alter the appearance of your smile to give you the gorgeous teeth you’ve always dreamed of.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are simply a covering for your teeth, custom-made in the shape and color you desire. These thin shells are bonded to your teeth for a permanently improved appearance.
Veneers can improve the look of teeth that are:
- Worn down
- Too short or long
- Rough or ridged
- Yellow or stained
- Slightly crooked
- Oddly spaced
Veneers can be made to match the shade of your other teeth for a natural look, or they can be a brilliant shade of white that won’t fade. They’re an ideal choice to give you a brighter smile when traditional whitening treatments aren’t enough.
They will cover up chips, gaps, and grooves for a more aesthetically pleasing smile. They’re also a top choice for patients with mildly crooked teeth since it can help your teeth appear straighter without the need for extensive orthodontic treatment.
There are two types of veneers:
- Porcelain veneers create a lifelike appearance, are stain-resistant, and require only minimal tooth structure to be removed before placement. However, they are more expensive and will need to be completely replaced if they get chipped or broken.
- Composite resin veneers are more affordable, can usually be placed in one appointment, and are easy to touch up if needed. However, they require a bit more tooth structure to be removed and may not look as natural.
Your Alexandria cosmetic dentist will talk with you about your wishes and needs to help you decide what type of veneer is best.
Have you always wished for a straighter, smoother, whiter smile? Talk with your dentist to find out if veneers could give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. For veneers in Alexandria, VA, call Gibberman Dental at 703-823-6616 or request your appointment now.