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5 Celebrities You Would Never Guess Have Had Cosmetic Dental Work

People can often be uncertain about having dental work done. They can feel embarrassed that they need cosmetic work. Or perhaps they are anxious about the procedure. Other people might be unsure if they want to pay for the work or if it’s necessary. One of the things that can help is seeing celebrities that have had similar work done. You can see the real-life of the procedure that you’re considering. It can make you feel more at ease to know that the people you admire or recognize have also had dental work done. It’s even more reassuring when you would never have guessed! Check out these celebrities with dental implants, dentures, and other false teeth.

Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks won the fifth season of American Idol and soon became a much-loved musician. You might have noticed his charming smile. But you probably never guessed that he has dental implants. Hicks had his two front teeth knocked out in a basketball game when he was in high school. So he has had false teeth for a long time. Thanks to his dad, who is a dentist, he was able to stop the bleeding long enough to finish playing!

Kathy Ireland

You might be surprised by how many models have dental implants. Kathy Ireland might be retired now, but she is still known for her looks. Kathy broke several teeth when she fell while playing with her kids. Unfortunately, Ireland broke her nose at the same time. Kathy was also lucky enough to have a family member to help, in the form of her husband who is a doctor. She has an implant and veneers to get her smile back. You might also be interested to know that Kathy finds going to the dentist very relaxing!

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley also relied on her smile for her career, which could have been affected in the 1990s. She was involved in a helicopter crash, which luckily everyone survived. However, one of her injuries was two broken teeth, which she had replaced with dental implants. Her two fractured molars were soon repaired by having implants put in.

Jim Carrey

Carrey doesn’t have a denture or implant, but he does have a cap on one of his front teeth. He has a chipped front tooth that he has had for a long time. Although Carrey had the tooth bonded many years ago, he sometimes removes it. For example, he took it off for his role in Dumb and Dumber for comedic effect.

George Clooney

Clooney has a full set of veneers that he had put on a few years ago. Although they give him sparkly white and even teeth, they aren’t just to make him look good. He has confessed that he grinds his teeth, which many other people do. Having veneers applied helps to fix issues this may have caused and prevent further damage.

Celebrities get dental work done all the time. While veneers tend to be the most popular choice, sometimes they choose other procedures too.

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So You Want Veneers? Let’s See if You’re Ready for Porcelain!

Today, there are a lot of different dental procedures to enhance your teeth. Moreover, you might be juggling with the idea of going for dental veneers. Veneers have become popular among celebrities in recent years, and they are quickly becoming popular among the public as well. If you are seriously thinking about getting them, you might want to know a little more about them first.

Dental veneers are very thin, customized laminates that cover the front of the teeth. They are designed to change the color, shape, or size of the teeth. The idea is to help improve the appearance of the teeth. There are different types of dental veneers you can get, but the most common and popular are porcelain. So, let’s see if you’re ready for porcelain veneers!

Why Do You Want Them?

The first thing you need to think about is why you want to get veneers. This might be the simplest part because any reasons for making changes to your teeth are often pretty straightforward. Most likely these changes deal with improving the color and appearance of your teeth. Now, suppose you’ve suffered from bad teeth your whole life. This might have led to bullying when you were younger, and damaged your confidence considerably. By getting porcelain veneers, you get to enjoy the benefits of great looking teeth, possibly for the first time. So, it’s most likely that you’re going to want them to help improve appearance and boost your self-esteem.

Benefits of Porcelain

It’s also important to look at the advantages of porcelain as a material and why it’s so good for veneers. Well, you have to think about the purpose that teeth serve. They are designed for eating, but also help to determine the way we look. So, you need to have a material that is strong and looks great. And the good news is that porcelain ticked both of these boxes. It is tooth-coloured which is always a good start, and can be made very thin. Veneers need to last a long time, so they have to be durable and attractive.

Can You Afford It?

Another thing you’re going to need to ask yourself is whether you can afford porcelain veneers. Any dental work you want you’re going to have to pay for. Additionally, the best work doesn’t come cheap these days. Therefore, you should do your research and figure out whether you can afford this. To be honest, porcelain veneers don’t come cheap, but they are well worth the cost. In general, you can expect to pay up to $2500 per tooth for porcelain veneers that will last 10+ years. Composite veneers are significantly cheaper but will also likely last half as long.

Now that you are in a better position to decide whether you’re ready for porcelain veneers, you now have a big decision to make, so you need to think carefully before making it. Veneers can have a hugely positive impact on your life, but they are also expensive, and you have to bear this in mind.

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Get A More Photogenic Smile With These Cosmetic Dental Procedures

With high-quality cameras now on smartphones, group pictures and selfies can be taken anywhere at any time. So there’s more pressure than ever to be camera-ready all day every day. Having a beautiful and photogenic smile is something many of us want. As well as practising good oral care, there are other things you can do to achieve an incredible this. Here are some excellent cosmetic dental procedure you might want to consider that can help you get a photo-worthy smile.

Teeth Whitening

If your teeth are discoloured, you’re never going to have the photogenic smile you desire. It’s usually caused by drinks such as wine and coffee or by smoking cigarettes. These can cause stains and make your teeth look dull. Thankfully, it’s not something you have to live with. Teeth whitening reduces and removes the stains and leaves you with pearly-white teeth instead. While you can buy home whitening kits from most drug stores, they won’t give you the same amazing results. It can be done quickly and give you brighter and healthier looking teeth instantly. When your teeth look this perfectly white, you’ll want to do nothing but smile from now on. Always have a consultation with your dentist before having this procedure to find out more.

Porcelain Veneers

If you’re self-conscious about misshapen teeth or have gaps, porcelain veneers could give you your confidence back. These custom-made shells are designed to fit directly on top of your existing teeth. Veneers can improve the look of your teeth by enhancing their shape, colour and alignment with instant results. Meaning you can start taking amazing selfies moments after they have been fitted. You can talk to your dentist during your consultation about the look you want to create. You can then consider the available options you have until you find ones that suit. If you’ve shied away from photos in the past due to your teeth concerns, this is the perfect solution.

Bonding

If your teeth are gappy, chipped or stained, the last thing you want to do is show it off in photographs. Bonding is a dental procedure that can be done in one session to correct many aesthetic issues. It can remove staining on teeth, close gaps and reshape teeth that have been chipped. This procedure uses a tooth-colored bonding material that is applied directly to the tooth. It is then shaped and set into place using a blue curing light. The quick transformation will be phenomenal and boost your self-confidence no end. If you have one or multiple issues with your teeth, this could be a life- changing procedure you should consider. Arrange an appointment with your dentist to see whether bonding is suitable for you.

As well as trying these procedures, why not also try practising smiling at home in front of a mirror. Stand up straight and think about something funny for a more naturally confident and less forced effect. It shouldn’t take long for you to find your perfect angle that shows your smile off in the best way possible.

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Updated Guidelines for Dental Restoration Care

At the end of 2015, The American College of Prosthodontics (ACP) published new guidelines regarding the care and maintenance of dental restorations. These guidelines covered restorations supported by dental implants and those supported by natural teeth. The new guidelines don’t contain anything surprising, but it’s important to understand the reasoning behind any oral health recommendations.

Long-standing recommendations

The updated recommendations from the ACP uphold what’s been the standard of dental restoration care for a while. The ACP still recommends visits to the dentists every six months for inspection, care and maintenance of dental restorations including dental implants, porcelain veneers and dental crowns. The guidelines encourage dentists to clean natural teeth and restorations thoroughly and with the correct tools to avoid potential damage to restorations.

At home recommendations from the ACP encourage people to follow good oral hygiene practices including twice daily brushing, flossing at least once a day and using any supplement methods necessary to remove food debris and plaque from the gum line and between teeth. Patients with complex and multiple restorations on natural teeth that surround or support a removable restoration, the ACP suggests using chlorhexidine rinses, high fluoride toothpaste and the addition of triclosan antibiotic when necessary.

The need for additional study

One of the biggest revelations from the ACP’s 2015 guidelines was that only a few of the current clinical care recommendations have good, science-based support. In clinical care guidelines, the quality of evidence receives ratings that range from A to D; with A being the best score. The ACP issued a “D” rating for a majority of the guidelines because they’re extrapolated from or based on lower-quality evidence. The recommendations that received an “A” rating from ACP include thorough dental exams, brushing and flossing twice a day and the guidelines for complex and multiple dental restorations. Despite the “lower quality” evidence, it’s still advisable to follow the existing care recommendations as they’re based accurately on existing evidence. Additional study and research will yield better information and help create recommendations that receive a higher rating from the ACP.

The best place to receive recommendations that pertain to your specific dental restorations is from a qualified dental professional. At Creative Dental, we have extensive experience with many forms of dental restorations and understand the proper care and maintenance required to help those restorations last without the need for replacement or removal. Contact us today to discuss ways to improve and protect your smile.

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Dental Bonding Versus Porcelain Veneers

When you’re considering cosmetic improvements to your smile, there are several options available, but the most popular and common treatments are bonding or veneers. Bonding and veneers both have the ability to change and improve the appearance of your smile in just a few visits, but there are differences between them that you must consider before proceeding.

Bonding

For dental bonding, the dentist applies a tooth-colored resin to individual teeth that matches the color of surrounding teeth for a natural appearance. Bonding can lengthen teeth, repair chips or cracks, brighten discolored teeth, correct imperfections, and cover and protect exposed tooth roots. A dentist can complete a bonding procedure in a single visit, which is a great convenience. A drawback of bonding is that treated teeth don’t have the same translucency and light reflective properties as natural teeth, but when compared to veneers, they’re the more affordable option.

Porcelain Veneers

For porcelain veneers, the dentist places thin porcelain shells on top of the tooth or teeth and placement usually takes two appointments. During the first visit, the dentist removes enough tooth enamel to fit the veneer precisely and at the second visit 2-3 weeks later, the dentist places the veneers designed by the lab specifically for your mouth. When you leave after the first visit, the dentist provides temporary attachments that give the appearance of natural teeth and then removes them at the second visit for placement of the final veneers. The dentist applies the veneers with a strong dental adhesive and checks your bite to make sure everything has proper alignment. Veneers reflect light like natural teeth, have natural luminosity and often have greater durability than bonding, but they do cost more than bonding.

Special care of bonding and veneers

Veneers and bonding both require special care because they’re not as strong and durable as natural teeth. Dentists advise against chewing on hard objects like pens or ice because this can cause chips or displacement. With proper care, including regular oral hygiene and dental visits, bonding and veneers can last for many years.

Some of the biggest benefits of bonding, veneers and other forms of cosmetic dentistry include improved self-confidence, enhanced appearance and the increased willingness to smile. These benefits make the investment worthwhile for many patients.

When you’re considering dental bonding or porcelain veneers, contact Creative Dental for a professional consultation that brings you one step closer to your dream of a healthy, beautiful smile.

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Porcelain Veneers: Get a Hollywood-Style Smile

 

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A Hollywood perfect smile isn’t something only celebrities, singers, and other famous figures can achieve. You too can achieve that winning smile of natural-looking, properly proportioned teeth with the help of dental veneers. Dental veneers are also referred to as dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers and consist of customized, wafer-thin shells of tooth-colored materials. Veneers cover the front surface of your teeth to affect the appearance of your smile positively. With veneers, the shell is bonded to your teeth and in many cases cause no permanent change to their shape, size, color or length.

There are two main types of veneers, porcelain or resin, and while porcelain better resists stains and more accurately mimic natural teeth, resin veneers’ thinner nature requires less tooth surface removal before placement. When you’re considering veneers, discuss the options with your dental professional before deciding on the best solution.

When to consider Veneers

Dental veneers address some cosmetic dental issues including teeth that are worn, chipped, broken, uneven, misaligned, misshapen or have gaps. Veneers can also treat teeth that are discolored from medications, root canal treatment, or large resin fillings.

Dental Veneer procedure

During the initial consultation with your dentist, he or she examines your teeth to make sure veneers are a suitable solution to the tooth problems you want to be fixed. X-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth sometimes happen during the first visit. A preliminary “mock-up” of the veneers is made on a model to ensure a predictable, esthetic result. If it’s decided that veneers will work for you, the dentist removes a predetermined amount of enamel approximately the thickness of the veneer, usually about ½ mm, from the tooth surface, which may or may not require the use of local anesthetic for numbing. Your dentist then creates an impression or model of your tooth or teeth and sends it to a dental lab to create your customized veneer. A highly skilled lab technician will fabricate a veneer that is truly a work of art. The lab usually takes 1-2 weeks to complete the veneers and send them to your dentist. Once your dentist has the veneers, you visit so the dentist can adjust the veneers until they fit your teeth perfectly before bonding them to your teeth permanently. You may need a follow-up visit a few weeks later to examine the gums, bite, and function of the veneers.

Advantages of Veneers

Along with improving the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers look natural, resist stains, and are well tolerated by gum tissue. Porcelain veneers can make dark teeth appear whiter, thanks to the color choices available. Veneers require less shaping than crowns and are a more conservative approach to alter a tooth’s size, shape, and color,

Disadvantages of Veneers

Unfortunately, porcelain veneers aren’t a suitable choice for everyone, especially those with teeth that are very prone to decay, weakened teeth, weak enamel, or active gum disease. Even for real veneer candidates, their drawbacks include:

  • They are not reversible
  • Removal of enamel can cause sensitivity, usually temporary
  • Color can’t be altered once placed; whitening won’t change color
  • More costly than composite resin bonding
  • Teeth can still experience decay

Ensuring life of Veneers

With proper professional care, including good oral hygiene practices at home, porcelain veneers can last for many years before requiring replacement.

If you’re considering porcelain veneers or any aspect of cosmetic dentistry, contact our offices to set up a consultation and find out if you’re a good candidate for this cosmetic dental procedure.

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