Posts for tag: Veneers

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
July 01, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers   crowns  
HowGeorgeClooneyMadeOverHisSmileandHowYouCanToo

Since his breakout role as Dr. Doug Ross in the 90's TV drama ER, George Clooney has enjoyed a blockbuster career as an award-winning actor, director and producer. He's still going strong, as seen in the recent film The Midnight Sky, which Clooney directed and starred in. This sci-fi drama set a record as the most-watched movie on Netflix for the first five days after its late December release. And although now well into middle age, Clooney still possesses a winsome charm epitomized by his devil-may-care smile.

But he didn't always have his enigmatic grin. Early on, his struggles pursuing his burgeoning acting career triggered a stressful habit of grinding his teeth. This took a toll, as his teeth began to look worn and yellowed, giving his smile—and him—a prematurely aged appearance.

Clooney's not alone. For many of us, our fast-paced lives have created undue stress that we struggle to manage. This pent-up stress has to go somewhere, and for a number of individuals it's expressed through involuntary grinding or gritting of the teeth. This may not only lead to serious dental problems, but it can also diminish an otherwise attractive smile.

There are ways to minimize teeth grinding, the most important of which is to address the underlying stress fueling the habit. It's possible to get a handle on stress through professional counseling, biofeedback therapy, meditation or other relaxation techniques. You can also reduce the habit's effects with a custom-made oral device that prevents the teeth from making solid contact during a grinding episode.

But what if teeth grinding has already taken a toll on your teeth making them look worn down? Do what Clooney did—put a new “face” on your teeth with dental veneers. These thin layers of porcelain are bonded to teeth to mask all sorts of blemishes, including chips, heavy staining and, yes, teeth that appear shortened due to accelerated wearing. And they're custom-designed and fashioned to blend seamlessly with other teeth to transform your smile. Although they're not indestructible, they're quite durable and can last for years.

Veneers can correct many mild to moderate dental defects, but if your teeth are in worse shape, porcelain crowns may be the answer. A crown, which bonds to a prepared tooth to completely cover it, allows you the advantage of keeping your natural tooth while still enhancing its appearance.

Although different in degree, both veneers and crowns require permanently altering the teeth, such that they will require a dental restoration from then on. But if you're looking for an effective way to transform your worn or otherwise distressed teeth into a beautiful smile, it's a sound investment.

Just like George Clooney, your smile is an important part of who you are. We can help you make it as appealing as possible with veneers or other dental enhancements. Call us today to get started on the path to a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers and other smile enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”

YouMayNotNeedPermanentToothAlterationWithTheseUltra-ThinVeneers

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.”

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
December 31, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Find out why people are turning to veneers to craft their winning smiles.

For many, the idea of having a perfect smile might seem like just a pipe dream. From discolorations and misshapen teeth to worn-down teeth and misaligned smiles, any of these common problems can leave someone feeling self-conscious; however, our Farmington, MI, dentist Dr. Stephen Harris is helping people replace self-consciousness with confidence thanks to dental veneers.

Here are the top benefits of dental veneers:

Veneers offer a simple way to repair cosmetic flaws

The dental veneers that our Farmington, MI, dentist offers are made from specialty porcelain that mimics the look of real tooth enamel. Each veneer is also custom-made to cover the front surface of your teeth to hide a wide range of cosmetic imperfections such as chips, cracks, discolorations, and gaps between teeth. They offer a quick, non-invasive way to enhance your entire smile.

Veneers are a permanent solution

Looking for a long-term solution to enhance and improve the shape, size, color, or overall appearance of your teeth? If so, dental veneers are a great option. These medical-grade porcelain shells are permanently bonded to your teeth where they can resist both stains and cavities. With the proper care, your veneers can last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.

Caring for veneers is simple

Veneers also don’t require any special care or treatment. The way you care for your smile now is exactly how you are going to care for your veneers. You will still need to brush twice a day and floss every day, and you will still need to visit our dental team here in Farmington, MI, for regular checkups, but that’s all!

Veneers may strengthen teeth

Because veneers provide teeth with an additional layer of tough, durable porcelain this cosmetic treatment also has the ability to increase the strength and durability of your teeth. This is particularly good news for someone who may be dealing with worn or sensitive teeth.

If you are ready to schedule an in-office consultation with our Farmington, MI, cosmetic dentist to find out if veneers are right for you, call us today at (248) 478-4755.

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
February 21, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

A gorgeous set of teeth is a precious asset but if even one tooth is damaged, misshapen, crooked, or discolored, it can easily prevent your smile from reaching its full potential. Fortunately, here at the Farmington, MI, office of your dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, dental veneers can be used to conceal these defects and enhance your smile. Read on to learn more about what this treatment can do for you.

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, porcelain-crafted shells that are securely attached to the front of your smile to enhance its shape, shade, and overall look. These days, most people opt for porcelain veneers because they offer light-reflective and translucent properties that are very similar to the enamel of natural teeth.

Although veneers have been around for decades, newer application techniques and materials have modernized this cosmetic dental procedure. This makes it one of the most practical and effective cosmetic treatments in the world.

Prepping The Teeth for Dental Veneers

To begin this process, your teeth will undergo a preparation treatment in which some enamel is removed to allow your teeth to accommodate the veneers. Next, your dentist will take impressions of your prepared teeth and send them to a dental lab where the veneers themselves will be crafted.

Placing The Dental Veneers

Once your dental veneers have been fabricated, the next step is to bond them to the front surface of the teeth. Your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and applied with a special gel that will make them more adherent. Once this is completed, your veneers will be attached using a joining agent to secure them in place. This will create a sturdy physical bond that creates a flawless unit between your veneers and your teeth surface.

Choosing The Material for Your Veneers

When figuring out which materials to use for your veneers, take note that different materials serve different purposes. You can trust your Farmington dentist to determine the best material that will give you the best results possible. That being said, in certain cases, the material’s durability will be the deciding factor, while in others, the material’s ability to conceal very dark stains will be more important.

Interested in Restoring Your Smile with Veneers?

Arrange an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, DDS, PC, to learn how veneers can address your specific smile woes. Dial (248) 478-4755 to get in touch with our Farmington, MI, office.

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
May 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Porcelain veneers, offered by your Farmington, MI, dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, provide a simple solution for many cosmetic dental issues.veneers

What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are only attached to the fronts of your teeth, the area where imperfections are most noticeable. The fingernail-thin shells are crafted from an impression of your mouth. In most cases, your Farmington dentist will need to remove a thin layer of enamel to ensure the best fit.

How can veneers improve my smile?

Veneers are an excellent option if you're concerned about one or two discolored teeth or want to brighten your entire smile. The restorations are available in many shades and can match the color of surrounding teeth or whiten your smile. In fact, veneers are often the reason that celebrities have such white teeth. The restorations are very resistant to stains.

Wear and tear can take a toll on your body and your smile. Unfortunately, even minor imperfections, like chips or cracks, can be very noticeable. Veneers conceal flaws between a thin layer of porcelain, improving the appearance of your smile.

Do you dislike the shape of a few of your teeth? Even one oddly shaped tooth can be distracting. Veneers improve the shape of problem teeth and make your entire smile look more uniform.

Short teeth can benefit from veneers too. If your teeth have become a little worn down because you grind or clench them while you sleep, you may be a perfect candidate for veneers. Of course, once you receive your veneers, you'll want to wear a nightguard to prevent damage to your restorations or your teeth.

Even slight gaps between your teeth can make you want to hide your teeth. Luckily, veneers cover those annoying spaces. (Large gaps may require orthodontic treatment.)

Are you ready to transform your smile with porcelain veneers? Call your Farmington, MI, dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, at (248) 478-4755 to schedule an appointment.



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