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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.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
December 22, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Veneers  

Find out what dental problems could signal that it’s time to consider getting veneers in Andover.

No one has the perfect smile; however, we put a lot of stock in a nice set of teeth. In fact, this is often the first feature we notice upon meeting someone and it can affect our professional, personal and dating life. Therefore, it might seem important for you to maintain a healthy smile. But what if you have dental flaws that are keeping you from the smile you want? No problem! Your Andover dentist offers a variety of cosmetic procedures including dental veneers to give you the smile you want.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain shells that permanently adhere to the front of teeth to cover up aesthetic dental flaws. To begin the process, we first remove a small part of your tooth’s healthy enamel. Then we match the veneer color to the rest of your smile to give you a natural-looking new smile. Lastly, we will apply a special cement between your tooth and the veneer and then use a light beam to adhere the veneers to your teeth.

What problems do dental veneers in Andover fix?

Dental veneers can be used to treat a variety of different problems:

  • To cover severe stains
  • To hide visible chips or cracks
  • To hide crooked, overcrowded or misshapen teeth
  • To close gaps between teeth

If you have any of these problems, then dental veneers could help!

When should I consider getting dental veneers in Andover?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I feel self-conscious about my smile?
  • Do flaws in my teeth cause me to smile less or spend less time in public?
  • Do I feel less confident talking to people because of my smile?
  • Do I want to improve my smile?
  • Do I suffer from one of the aforementioned dental problems?
  • Will my dental insurance cover the cost of my veneers?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it might be the perfect time to consider getting dental veneers.

Who shouldn’t get dental veneers?

Since we have to shave down some of your natural tooth’s enamel this procedure is not reversible, so you may not want to opt for dental veneers if you think you may not want your new smile later on. Also, those who have a habit of using their teeth as tools (e.g. opening bags with teeth; biting nails) are more likely to damage their veneers.

If you are interested in dental veneers in Andover, then give our office a call. We will first schedule a consultation to make sure veneers are right for you. Once we deem you an ideal candidate for treatment we can finally give you the new smile you’ve been wanting.