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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.”
Find out why more and more people are turning to dental veneers to get perfect smiles.
Unhappy with the state of your smile? If you weren’t born with the ideal smile—and let’s face it, most people aren’t—our Bethesda, MD, cosmetic dentist, Dr. John Kelly, and his team can help craft and create the set of teeth that you’ve always wanted with the help of dental veneers.
These durable pieces of porcelain are custom-made and bonded to the front of your teeth to transform the overall shape, size, color, and alignment of your smile
Here are just some problems that can be greatly improved with this cosmetic treatment:
Gaps between teeth and misalignment problems
Veneers can be specially made to cover gaps between teeth. These porcelain shells may even be able to make teeth appear straighter. While braces are the only way to straighten teeth and fix more serious malocclusions such as overbites and crookedness, minor issues may be addressed with veneers.
Deep, dark stains
While most stains respond to professional teeth whitening, internal discolorations caused by medication, medical problems, or certain dental disorders may not respond as effectively to teeth whitening. Fortunately, we can work with you to choose the appropriate shade of porcelain to give you a whiter smile while also covering those unsightly stains.
Do certain teeth stick out from the rest of your smile because they are bigger or oddly shaped? If so, veneers can alter the shape and size of your teeth so they look more like one another. The goal with cosmetic dentistry is to be able to provide patients with a more symmetrical smile, and veneers can do just that.
Interested? Give us a call
Do you want to learn more about how our dentist in Bethesda, MD, can transform your smile with dental veneers? If you said “yes” then call Bethesda Row Dental today at (301) 657-3220 to schedule an initial consultation.
It can be hard to deal with cosmetically flawed teeth—chips, cracks, and discolorations are all on display for the world to see, which can understandably make you feel a little self-conscious in social situations. Fortunately, porcelain veneers, offered by your Bethesda, MD, dentist, Dr. John Kelley, provide a simple, effective solution for your tooth flaws!
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that fit over the fronts of your teeth. They're made of porcelain, a durable, translucent material that looks very much like tooth enamel.
How are porcelain veneers applied to my teeth?
Before you can receive veneers, your Bethesda dentist removes a very small amount of enamel from the fronts of your teeth before making an impression of your mouth. These molds are then sent to a dental lab, where your new veneers will be constructed. During this one-to-two week waiting period, you may wear temporary veneers
Once your porcelain veneers are ready, your dentist will evaluate their fit and make a few small adjustments if necessary. When you and your dentist are satisfied with the fit, he'll use dental cement to attach the veneers to the fronts of your teeth.
What types of flaws can veneers conceal?
Almost any type of imperfection that affects the fronts of your teeth can be hidden under a porcelain veneer. The restorations are an excellent choice if you have any bumpy, chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth. They can also be used to eliminate slight gaps between teeth, extend tooth length, or even change tooth shape.
Would you like a movie star-white smile? Veneers are often used to whiten teeth and can offer longer lasting results than with teeth whitening treatment.
Will my veneers look stained after a few years?
Veneers are very stain resistant. You can continue to enjoy coffee, tea, cola, or wine without worrying about stains when you wear them.
Do veneers require special care?
Brushing and flossing will keep your veneers looking new. Although veneers are tough, they can still chip or break if you are using your teeth to open packages, gnaw on ice cubes, or eat hard nuts.
Interested? Give us a call
Renew your smile with porcelain veneers! Call your Bethesda, MD, dentist, Dr. John Kelley, at (301) 657-3220 to schedule an appointment.
Having a beautiful, well-aligned smile is a physical attribute that has many benefits for your social and professional life. One of the most requested cosmetic treatments at Bethesda Row Dental in Bethesda, MD, is veneers. These attractive dental restorations are usually added when a patient wants a full smile makeover. Find out what veneers can do for your smile, your overall appearance, and your self-confidence.
How Are Veneers Crafted?
Typically, the front six to eight teeth are covered by veneers (sometimes both the top and bottom rows). The shape and size of each veneer is determined by a dental impression that is taken at your initial appointment. A dental technician uses the impression of your teeth to form each veneer out of white porcelain material. The result is a transparent, wafer-like device that is very lightweight and will be attached to the front of each tooth. A dental cement, which is the ideal shade for your smile, is used to bond each veneer, then they are contoured to a natural shape. Your Bethesda, MD, dentist will provide you with a temporary wax “model” for how your teeth will look.
What Veneers Can Do for You
Patients prefer veneers because they can make a remarkable difference in the appearance of your teeth in a short period of time. When a patient wants a full smile makeover, veneers are usually involved in the process. Veneers help protect your teeth, even if the enamel is soft or eroded from years of acidic foods or bruxism (grinding).
Are Veneers Your Ideal Solution?
As long as your teeth are healthy and in generally good condition on the interior, there’s a good chance that porcelain veneers will be a good solution for you. They will hold, beautifying your smile, for 10 years or longer with good dental care, which includes flossing, having your teeth checked, and treated regularly for signs of gum disease.
Get a Dentist’s Opinion
Contact Bethesda Row Dental in Bethesda, MD, to determine if you can benefit from having veneers installed. Call (301) 657-3220 today for a cosmetic consultation with Dr. John Kelly, a family dentist who is committed to helping you get the healthy smile you desire.
Could you benefit from veneers by your Bethesda, MD, dentist, Dr. John Kelly?
Veneers are wafer-thin coverings that are placed on the teeth's surface to act as strong substitutes for tooth enamel. Veneers create a natural-looking surface when bonded to the surface of your teeth. Veneers, like natural tooth enamel, are tough and translucent, however, they do not stain like natural teeth.
More About Porcelain Veneers
Veneers beautify your smile by providing good tooth color, shape, and proper alignment. Veneers can improve any of the following characteristics:
Color: Teeth become stained by foods and drinks, smoking, chewing tobacco and aging.
Alignment & Spacing: Veneers can close small gaps between teeth and/or make minor adjustments to correct tooth alignment.
Size & Shape: Teeth become worn down from teeth grinding habits and naturally irregular-shaped teeth.
Dental Veneers Process
- First, visit Dr. John Kelly's Bethesda office to discuss what you don't like about your teeth discuss and whether veneers can solve the issue
- Once you and your doctor have agreed upon a plan, your dentist will remove small amounts of enamel off the surfaces of your teeth
- Next, your dentist will create a mold of your teeth and send it to a laboratory to create veneers
- You'll then receive a temporary set of veneers while your permanent set is being manufactured
- Finally, your permanent veneers are cemented onto your teeth.
Are veneers for everyone?
Veneers aren't always the answer. You may need other treatment options because veneers can't be used to:
- Correct severely misaligned teeth
- Close large dental gaps
- Extreme tooth decay and decay
- Severe trauma due to an accident or tooth grinding
If you are interested in a new smile with veneers, call your Bethesda, MD, dentist's office today to learn more at (301) 657-3220! With dental veneers, you can rejuvenate your smile and get to living your best life!