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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.”
With veneers, you have a versatile way to improve your smile and make it look wonderful for years to come. If you are interested in rejuvenating your smile, Dr. P. Steven Wainess, your dentist here in St. Clair Shores, MI, can examine your smile and see if you could benefit from this popular cosmetic treatment. Read on to learn more!
Why Patients Choose Veneers
Veneers are one of the top cosmetic dentistry treatments available today when it comes to full smile restoration. Patients choose veneers not only because of the dramatic positive results that they deliver, but also for the fact that treatment only takes a short period of time as compared to other solutions. For example, braces require two to three years of waiting, while veneers can be installed in under a month.
Versatility and Convenience with Veneers
Modern-day veneers are able to blend seamlessly into your smile for a beautiful and natural appearance. This is because your St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist chooses an ideal shade based on your facial features and existing teeth. Each veneer is very light and delicate in appearance, yet sturdy and durable in function. Once installed, they can be contoured and polished by your dentist in order to create the perfect look.
Keep Your Veneers Strong
Although veneers are strong because of their porcelain construction, they do still need regular maintenance. Here are a few tips for taking care of your smile when you have veneers:
- Monitor the surfaces of your veneers to ensure that they are free from film and plaque. Brushing and flossing daily is the best countermeasure.
- Avoid chewing and biting into hot or hard foods with your front teeth when you have veneers.
- Wear a custom mouth guard at night and during the day to keep your teeth protected from the possibility of damage.
Placing a High Value on Your Smile
Want to improve your look? Call Dr. P Steven Wainess at (586) 293-1515 to schedule a visit at his office in St. Clair Shores, MI.
Almost everyone desires an attractive, bright, straight set of teeth because your smile is one of the first things people see when they greet you. Veneers may be the solution that will change your smile into one that rivals that of Hollywood stars. This popular cosmetic treatment is available at the office of Dr. Steven Wainess in St. Clair Shores, MI.
A Delta Dental survey found that nearly half of Americans consider an attractive smile to be the most important physical feature, and 64 percent believe it can make you more successful. Many seek cosmetic dentistry to improve their teeth, but not every patient can benefit from treatments like Invisalign or tooth whitening. Veneers will improve the smile of just about any patient as long as their teeth and gums are in good health.
Can Veneers Help You?
If your teeth and gums are free from dental disease, veneers may be just right for you. They help you by shoring up your smile and covering teeth that are poorly sized, eroded, dark in color, or chipped. In a relatively short period of time and after a few appointments with your St. Clair Shores dentist, you can have a whole new look. If you are missing one or more teeth, an additional treatment like dental implants may be required to complete your smile.
Does It Take Long to Get Veneers?
If you have an important social or business event coming up and want a better-looking smile before the big day, veneers may be your best bet. The process of getting veneers will take about a month and will be well worth the wait. The first visit is for preparation and impressions; the second is for applying the veneers and adjusting them as needed. Many people are able to maintain this nicer looking smile for up to 20 years.
Give Your Teeth a Makeover with Veneers
Let Dr. Wainess in St. Clair Shores, MI makeover your smile with veneers and other cosmetic treatments. Call 586-293-1515 today to schedule an appointment.