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By Advanced Dental Concepts
November 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  

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 Advanced Dental Concepts
March 16, 2018
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 Advanced Dental Concepts
May 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Are you interested in finding out how dental veneers can improve your smile?veneers

There are many ways in which to give your smile a makeover when you turn to our Andover, MA, dentist Dr. Richard Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts; however, when people want a smile that would rival the rich and famous, then they often choose dental veneers. Fortunately, you don’t need the bank account of the rich and famous in order to get this new smile. Dental veneers can and will breathe new life back into your smile in just three visits.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are thin translucent shells often made from porcelain. Each veneer is tailor-made to fit your tooth, so you’ll always get a veneer that offers a realistic and comfortable fit. The translucency of the porcelain also mimics the way natural teeth reflect light, so when you smile no one will be able to tell that you have veneers.

What dental issues are veneers ideal for?

Veneers are a wonderful option for most people looking to make minor-to-moderate cosmetic enhancements to their smile. In essence, veneers are used to change the size, shape or color of one or more teeth. Whenever you choose to makeover your entire smile or you just want one veneer to fix an embarrassing tooth, Dr. Richard D. Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts, our Andover cosmetic dentist, has you covered.

You may be right for dental veneers if:

  • You want to hide discolorations and stains that teeth whitening can’t address
  • You want to close up those uneven gaps between teeth
  • You want to hide cracks, chips and fractures
  • You have minor crookedness or crowding and want a straighter smile
  • You have worn-down teeth due to teeth grinding
  • You have a malformed or misshapen tooth

How do you get dental veneers?

Here are the steps involved in getting your new restoration:

Consultation: Before you can undergo any cosmetic dentistry procedure, we need to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for treatment. We also want to discuss your treatment goals to make sure that you will get the results you want through veneers.

Preparation: Before veneers can be placed, we will need to shave off some enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for your veneers. Since veneers are thin, enamel removal is minimal. Once the teeth are prepped, we will take molds of your teeth from which to construct your veneers.

Placement: Once your veneers have been constructed, it’s time to have the final fitting before bonding them to the front of your teeth.

Dr. Richard D. Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA, is ready to give you the smile you’ve always wanted, so let’s find out if veneers can offer the results you’re looking for. Call us today to learn more.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Where there’s an Oscar-winning celebrity smile, chances are there's also a little help from cosmetic dentistry. When it comes down to what makes for a beautiful, healthy smile, there are a few key characteristics that every killer smile has in common.

What’s in a (Celebrity) Caliber Smile?

When designing the perfect smile with a set of veneers, your expert dentist in Andover will work with a few metrics. At Advanced Dental VeneersConcepts, the ideal smile comes down to three things:

  • Color
  • Shape and Size
  • Spacing and Alignment

While the ideal smile may come down to a few basic characteristics, no two smiles will ever be alike. Perhaps you feel you might shine your brightest as a Nina Dobrev, but your Andover dentist might decide that you’re actually more of an Alyssa Milano.

As with any cosmetic enhancement, the trick to getting the best outcome from a set of veneers at Advanced Dental Concepts is to make the teeth look as natural as possible (remember Ross in the black light episode from Friends)? Whitening or reshaping the teeth too far beyond their natural shape, color, and positioning in the mouth could make your smile look more freakish than fab.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Investing in smile enhancement with veneers in Andover will not only improve the appearance and quality of your smile, it can be an instant boost in confidence and self esteem. Everything from our professional to personal relationships are affected not only by how we look, but how we present ourselves to our friends and colleagues.

Ready to rock your star inspired teeth? Some of the many celebrities reported to have enhanced their smiles with porcelain veneers include:

  • Jessica Simpson
  • Hilary Duff
  • Tom Cruise
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Brad Pitt
  • Heidi Klum
  • Bon Jovi
  • Cindy Crawford
  • Halle Berry
  • Denzel Washington
  • Naomi Campbell
  • Alessandra Ambrosio

If you would like more information on getting porcelain veneers in Andover, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Veneers  

Even people with healthy smiles can be dissatisfied with how their mouths appear. When teeth are stained, discolored, misshapen, cracked, chipped, or have gaps or other minor misalignments, individuals hide their smiles and have difficulty speaking and laughing in public.

If this sounds familiar, explore the cosmetic and restorative choice known as dental veneers. A skilled cosmetic dentist is the best person to evaluate an individual's health and cosmetic needs and to discuss solutions. They can help the individual decide if they are a candidate for dental veneers and how they can improve the look of the patient's teeth.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers, also called porcelain veneers or dental laminates, are very thin, tooth-colored pieces of porcelain which are glued to the front surfaces of teeth to improve their appearance and to strengthen them. The dentist uses a special adhesive to permanently place the veneer over the front side of the tooth. The result is a tooth that is has a natural color, pleasing and appropriate shape, and is more resilient. With routine dental check-ups and cleanings, plus proper brushing and flossing, dental veneers last for years.

What is the procedure like?

1. First, the dentist will discuss what the patient's goals and options are.

2. He will preform an oral exam and take x-rays or do other types of imaging to see if veneers will work.

3. With the decision made to apply veneers, the dentist does some preparation work by removing a very small amount of material from the front side of the tooth or teeth. This is painless and prepares the surface to accept the porcelain veneer. With some very thin veneers, little or no preparation may be necessary.

4. The dentist will take impressions and send them to a lab so the veneers can be custom fabricated.

5. At the next appointment, the dentist will prepare the teeth by cleaning and polishing their natural surfaces. After lightly abrading the teeth, he will use a special bonding adhesive to glue on the veneers. A hardening light completes the bonding process.

5. Finally, the treated teeth are shaped and adjusted. The dentist checks the bite to ensure the teeth are closing together properly. In a re-check visit, the dentist looks at how well teeth and gums are dealing with the veneers.

What are the signs that you may want dental veneers?

If you are self-conscious about a smile that stained from coffee, tea and cigarettes or if nature has equipped you with teeth that have gaps or are overlapping, you may want to explore the option of dental veneers. In addition, the shape of teeth can change over time, especially if an individual has excessive wear due to grinding. Dental laminates can address this, too.

As a practitioner who is highly experienced in all aspects of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, Richard Hapgood DDS can evaluate whether dental veneers are right for you. Call his friendly staff for an appointment at his Andover, Maryland office: 978-475-2431.