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By Advanced Dental Concepts
March 03, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Need a smile makeover? Here at Advanced Dental Concept in Andover, MA, your dentist, Dr. Richard Hopgood, uses porcelain veneers to correct a myriad of cosmetic problems such as stained, fractured, worn-down, crooked or gapped teeth. Read on to find out how this treatment can enhance your smile.

1. They can give you a celebrity smile - Porcelain veneers can give you the star-worthy smile you've always dreamed about. Porcelain veneers feel, look, and function in a natural fashion, thus allowing for a true smile makeover. You deserve a smile you truly love!

2. They can strengthen your teeth - Porcelain veneers can strengthen your weakened, damaged, or worn-down teeth, resisting any possible fracture due to their hardness. Once the porcelain veneers are bonded to your natural teeth, they are quite durable and long-lasting.

3. They can restore your broken teeth - Dental veneers are used to restore teeth that are fractured. If you have chipped or cracked teeth, dental veneers can cover them and restore their appearance and functionality. The dental veneer covers the front of the damaged tooth with a thicker section to replace the fractured part of the tooth.

4. They can fix your crooked teeth - For some people, having crooked teeth can affect their self-esteem and confidence. Fortunately, in some cases, dental veneers can straighten your smile without the need for more extensive orthodontic treatment. A consultation with your dentist can determine if this is a possibility.

5. They can whiten your smile - Over time, teeth become yellow and stained. Tobacco use, certain medications, and pigments from certain beverages can all cause stains on your teeth. Porcelain veneers can give you the bright-white smile you want instantly. Unlike tooth enamel, porcelain veneers resist dental stains very well.

Smile! Porcelain veneers will look gorgeous on you. To schedule a consultation with your dentist, call Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA, today by dialing (978) 475-2431.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
November 16, 2019
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 Advanced Dental Concepts
March 16, 2018
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.

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.