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By Mark A. Peterson DMD, PA
March 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

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.

By Mark A. Peterson DMD, PA
October 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Find out how many different smile issues porcelain veneers can improve.

We all want a perfect smile, but sometimes that isn’t always possible. Sometimes crunching down on hard foods can leave us with small veneerschips or cracks in our teeth. Sometimes taking antibiotics or other medications leave us with discolorations that teeth whitening can’t treat. If you are less-than-satisfied with your smile, it’s time to talk to our Sebastian, FL dentist, Dr. Mark Peterson, about what dental veneers could do for you.

Dental veneers are thin, translucent shells of porcelain that are designed to fit over the front of your tooth to improve the color, shape, length or size of a tooth or teeth. Veneers are only applied to teeth in the aesthetic zone, or teeth that are visible when you smile.

What makes veneers such a great cosmetic option for many people in Sebastian is that they can be used to address many dental defects such as:

  • Chips, cracks or broken teeth
  • Misshapen, malformed, worn or uneven teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Minor crowding or overlapping

As you can see, veneers can really be versatile when it comes to what issues they can address. Veneers can make your smile look brighter, more uniformed and even straighter. This is a great option for people looking to get a brighter smile but for whom teeth whitening won’t work. Unfortunately, internal stains won’t respond to teeth whitening but they can easily be hidden with dental veneers.

Dental veneers can also cover teeth that are overlapping, teeth that are a touch crooked and spacing issues to achieve a straighter smile. Most of the time people assume that the only way to straighter teeth is through orthodontics. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes getting porcelain veneers is all it takes to get the straighter, more even smile you want.

If you are ready to find out whether you are a perfect candidate for dental veneers then it’s time you turned to Sebastian River Dentistry in Sebastian, FL for all of your general and cosmetic needs.