Posts for tag: veneers

By DiPiero Family Dental, LLC
December 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
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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.

Want to improve your smile’s appearance? Your Akron, OH dentist can help!

Whether summer is inspiring you to boost your look or you just have a whim, cosmetic dentistry is often one great and easy way to cosmetic dentistryrevamp your appearance. While you may dream of getting a smile like one of your Hollywood favorites, you may feel like that smile is out of reach, but you’ll be happy to hear that your Akron cosmetic dentist Dr. Jennifer DiPiero can give you a better-looking smile no matter what your budget or needs are.

Here are some smile options to consider:

Teeth Whitening

Sure, you could grab that whitening kit from the drugstore, but you may only see minimal results after weeks of use. If you need to get a visibly brighter smile before a big occasion, then it’s time you turned to us for help. Our in-office whitening system can get smiles several shades whiter in just one hour, while our at-home system will offer you the convenience of professional whitening right in the comfort of your own home.

Dental Bonding

Not all dental flaws require serious cosmetic procedures to correct them. If you are dealing with small gaps between teeth, discolorations, or minor chips and cracks then dental bonding might be the right treatment for you.

During this non-invasive procedure, our Akron family dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin over the areas to be treated. This resin can be molded and shaped over the tooth and then hardened painlessly with a laser to cover imperfections for several years. The best part of dental bonding is that it doesn’t require anesthesia or needles!

Porcelain Veneers

Do you really want to get that Hollywood smile? Then it might be time to find out if dental veneers are right for your needs. These thin tooth-colored shells are adhered to the front of your teeth to cover more noticeable imperfections that dental bonding won’t be able to treat. While some veneers do require some tooth enamel removal prior to application, there are some veneers that are so thin that no tooth prep is even required.

Tooth Replacement Options

Losing a tooth can be stressful and scary. Fortunately, you have many options from which to choose. Dentures are good if you have significant tooth loss and are looking for a quick and inexpensive option. Those looking to replace some teeth, but still have healthy surrounding teeth can benefit from dental bridges, which can replace one or more missing teeth in a row.

However, patients looking for a long-term restoration should consider the pros and cons of getting dental implants. The implant bonds permanently with bone and tissue and is designed to secure a dental crown in place. Several implants can also be used to replace more than one tooth.

Have questions about getting cosmetic dentistry in Akron? Want to discuss your treatment options? Then there has never been a better time to call DiPiero Family Dental.