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By David G. Feeney, DDS
September 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  
HowMLBStarAaronJudgeChangedHisSmileandHowYouCanToo

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 David G. Feeney, DDS
January 14, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  
HowVeneersRestoredHowieMandelsWinningSmile

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 David G. Feeney, DDS
September 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Our smiles say a lot about us, and if you are dealing with problems such as discolorations, chips, cracks, or uneven teeth, then you may feel less than confident overall about revealing your smile. Having a beautiful smile can boost both your appearance and overall confidence, and our Matthews, NC, cosmetic dentist, Dr. David Feeney, has just the thing to help you cover imperfections and achieve the perfect smile.

About Dental Veneers

Veneers are thin shells made from highly translucent porcelain material that is made to mirror the look of tooth enamel. Each veneer is custom-made and based on an impression taken by our Matthews, NC, cosmetic dentist. These veneers are bonded to the front surface of your teeth using a special dental resin, which is then hardened into place using dental resin.

The advantage to dental veneers is that these restorations can easily transform and alter your smile for the better. They might be right for you if you are looking for a dental restoration that can cover,

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Chipped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Malformed or oddly shaped teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Teeth that are slightly crooked or crowded

Veneers can completely change the shape, size, color, and alignment of your smile without having to undergo invasive dental treatments or without extensive tooth preparation. Veneers can often be placed in only two visits, making them an easy and painless solution to give your smile the makeover that it needs.

Furthermore, veneers require very little tooth preparation, meaning that our dentist removes little-to-no enamel from your smile before placing the restorations. The process is minimally invasive and often can be performed without anesthesia.

Benefits of Dental Veneers

Along with hiding a myriad of dental imperfections, dental veneers from our Matthews office offer a host of additional benefits, including:

  • A reduction in tooth sensitivity
  • Stain-resistance
  • A strengthening of teeth worn down by teeth grinding
  • Youthful appearance
  • An improvement in the shape and symmetry of your face
  • A boost in confidence

Interested? Give Us a Call

If you are interested in undergoing a smile makeover, call our Matthews, NC, dental practice today at (704) 847-1000 to find out if veneers are the right cosmetic dentistry option for you.