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By Arbor Hills Dental
September 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
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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.”

By ARBOR HILLS DENTAL
September 21, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: porcelain veneers   veneers  

Very few individuals, yes, this includes celebrities with flawless smiles, are born with perfect teeth. In fact, those picture-perfect smiles have, in most cases, been cosmetically improved.

Porcelain veneers are a minimally-invasive and simple treatment our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Angela Toy, here at Arbor Hills Dental in Newberg, OR, utilizes for improving less-than flawless grins. The slim porcelain shells can conceal all kinds of flaws to improve your teeth’s appearance and, in turn, your overall look.

Mask Cosmetic Flaws and Gaps

Fabricated correctly, porcelain veneers will fit over your front teeth’s surfaces to conceal imperfections like gaps, stains, chips, and oddly-shaped teeth. They can be customized to match your real teeth’s color for that perfectly natural look. The porcelain shells can cover one or several of your teeth.

Make Your Smile Bright and White

Professional bleaching is a practical solution for lots of people. However, not all people respond well to bleaching. For instance, if your stains are a result of excess fluoride during childhood or medications, teeth whitening won’t work for those stains.

Porcelain veneers, however, could mask these stains. They’re likewise more resistant to staining than your teeth’s natural enamel, ensuring that they remain whiter for longer. Just make sure to come in for your routine checkups and cleanings with your cosmetic dentist in Newberg, OR, to help prolong the life of your veneers.

Conceal Chips and Cracks

Besides enhancing your smile, porcelain veneers likewise offer extra resilience and strength. If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, veneers can give you an additional protection layer that could help in preventing further damage.

However, it’s vital to note that although they can fix various imperfections, if you have a severely damaged tooth, your cosmetic dentist may recommend a more suitable treatment like a dental implant or crown to improve your affected tooth’s function and appearance.

Get a Straighter Smile Without Orthodontic Treatment

If you have some minor crookedness, you can resolve this without orthodontics. Since porcelain veneers go over your teeth, they can hide minor crookedness and make your teeth look straight. However, if your teeth’s placement impacts your oral health and/or bite, orthodontic treatment may be more appropriate for your needs.

Find Out How Porcelain Veneers Can Help Your Smile. Reach Out to Us

Call (503) 538-2143 to schedule an evaluation with your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Angela Toy, here at Arbor Hills Dental in Newberg, OR.

By ARBOR HILLS DENTAL
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

For a successful way to make your smile more beautiful, choose veneers from a Newberg, OR, family dentist. Dr. Angela Toy of Arbor Hillsveneers Dental can repair tooth alignment, shape, and color. If you feel that your teeth could use some improvements, porcelain veneers may be the answer for you. Our dentist, Dr. Toy, is experienced in examining patients and deciding whether or not this cosmetic dentistry procedure is a viable one for your oral health.

More About Veneers

Veneers are thin coverings that go over a patient’s existing teeth.They are so thin, no one will be able to notice their existence. They are made to be wafer thin of a strong material that can substitute the natural tooth enamel. When the veneers are bonded to the teeth by our Newberg family dentist, they create a natural, beautiful smile. The porcelain material doesn’t stain like tooth enamel typically does, which is advantageous for someone wanting to improve their tooth color too.

The process of installing veneers on the surface of your teeth entails the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel from your natural teeth. This will allow veneers to look more natural. In addition to looking natural, you also have the opportunity to see what your custom-made veneers will look like before Dr. Toy places them on your teeth.

Ultimately, veneers can improve size, shape and color as well as spacing and alignment of teeth. For those with significantly misaligned teeth or a large gap, however, veneers may not be a good option and orthodontics may be a better option. These veneers are custom made for each patient from molds taken of their particular teeth. Veneers should be cared for in the same way as natural teeth, with a regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing.

To learn more about veneers from our Newberg, OR, family dentist, Dr. Toy, call to schedule an appointment today at 503-538-2143.

By Arbor Hills Dental
January 16, 2017
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.