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Between the final game of the World Series in late October and spring training in February, major league baseball players work on their skills preparing for the new season. Reporters on a Zoom call to the New York Yankees' training camp wanted to know what star outfielder Aaron Judge had been doing along those lines. But when he smiled, their interest turned elsewhere: What had Aaron Judge done to his teeth?

Already with 120 homers after only five seasons, Judge is a top player with the Yankees. His smile, however, has been less than spectacular. Besides a noticeable gap between his top front teeth (which were also more prominent than the rest of his teeth), Judge also had a chipped tooth injury on a batting helmet in 2017 during a home plate celebration for a fellow player's walk-off home run.

But now Judge's teeth look even, with no chip and no gap. So, what did the Yankee slugger have done?

He hasn't quite said, but it looks as though he received a “smile makeover” with porcelain veneers, one of the best ways to turn dental “ugly ducklings” into “beautiful swans.” And what's even better is that veneers aren't limited to superstar athletes or performers—if you have teeth with a few moderate dental flaws, veneers could also change your smile.

As the name implies, veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, cracks, discolorations or slight gaps between teeth. They may even help even out disproportionately sized teeth. Veneers are custom-made by dental technicians based on a patient's particular tooth dimensions and color.

Like other cosmetic techniques, veneers are a blend of technology and artistry. They're made of a durable form of dental porcelain that can withstand biting forces (within reason, though—you'd want to avoid biting down on ice or a hard piece of food with veneered teeth). They're also carefully colored so that they blend seamlessly with your other teeth. With the right artistic touch, we can make them look as natural as possible.

Although porcelain veneers can accommodate a wide range of dental defects, they may not be suitable for more severe flaws. After examining your teeth, we'll let you know if you're a good candidate for veneers or if you should consider another restoration. Chances are, though, veneers could be your way to achieve what Aaron Judge did—a home run smile.

If you would like more information about porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before.”

By P Steven Wainess DDS
January 11, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Your dream smile is waiting. Are you ready?

A smile is as unique as your fingerprints; therefore, why should you receive the same cosmetic dentistry as someone else? Here in St. Clair Shores, MI, our dentist Dr. Steven Wainess believes that you should have a perfectly designed smile and one way to do that is through dental veneers. Wondering how dental veneers can give you the smile you’ve always wanted?

Hide Flaws

We know that nothing is more important than hiding imperfections; after all, why else are you looking to get dental veneers? Veneers offer an amazing way to revamp and even makeover your smile. Veneers are not a one-size-fits-all approach to cosmetic dentistry; our cosmetic dentistry team here in St. Clair Shores, MI, will fabricate veneers just for your smile, and your smile alone.

Veneers can easily:

  • Hide discolorations and widespread stains
  • Cover gaps between teeth
  • Improve the shape and size of misshapen or oddly shaped teeth
  • Improve the texture of pitted teeth
  • Straighten out slightly crooked or misaligned smiles
  • Elongate short, stubby teeth

Choose the Appropriate Color

Since our porcelain veneers are designed just for you, this also means that we will need to find the perfect shade of porcelain that won’t be too white but also won’t look dull. “Natural” is the name of the game when it comes to creating your veneers. Whether you are looking to improve the shape of your entire smile or you just want to hide imperfections in a couple of teeth, veneers may be the ideal solution for you.

Find a Cosmetic Expert

Dr. Wainess has been crafting beautiful and natural-looking smiles here in St. Clair Shores, MI, for adults looking to hide imperfections and to achieve beautiful smiles for more than 20 years. He provides perfectly designed, ultra-thin porcelain veneers that look natural. He and his team pride themselves on making life easier for patients by giving them smiles they can truly feel confident with.

Dental veneers can help you get the perfect smile. Call our St. Clair Shores, MI, family dentist and his team at (586) 293-1515 to learn more and to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for veneers.

By P Steven Wainess DDS
July 27, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   celebrity smiles  

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 P Steven Wainess DDS
August 02, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: veneers  

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.

By P. Steven Wainess, DDS
October 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Almost everyone desires an attractive, bright, straight set of teeth because your smile is one of the first things people see when they greet veneersyou. 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.

Why Veneers?
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.