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By Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center
April 13, 2020
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 M. James Fagan, MS, DMD
April 11, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry   Veneers  
cosmetic dentistry How many times have you walked past something at the mall or store and were tempted to buy it? How many times did you talk yourself out of it purchasing the item because you might run across something better? It’s tough making decisions when it comes down to financial necessity. Dr. Fagan’s North Atlanta cosmetic dentistry, Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center, offers the top treatments, so you know you won’t regret a dental decision, especially veneer placement (link to cosmetic page).

Tried and True Restorative System

Ivoclar Vivadent introduced IPS Empress System years ago, and it has remained one of the most popular restorative systems for veneer placement. It boasts 20 years of clinical experience with leucite glass ceramic, so IPS “empresses” with high quality esthetics and function.

What’s so great about IPS Empress?

 It’s top-grade optical properties redirect light, scattering it naturally across your teeth. This balances out your teeth’s shade, which creates a natural appearance.
Similar to other modern veneer materials, IPS Empress System strength values at 160 MPa.
And don’t forget—veneers are a great cover for a chipped, cracked or discolored tooth. Veneers even fix minor misalignment and spacing issues.

Check out our new patient special Internet offer (link to specials page)

Have you said “yes” to IPS Empress? If you are a new patient, you can take advantage of our special Internet offer. The special offers includes the following package:
·      Full dental exam
·      Cosmetic evaluation
·      X-Rays
After an evaluation, Dr. Fagan can discuss the best cosmetic treatment options available for your dental case, including veneers.
To schedule an appointment with implant and cosmetic dentist in North Atlanta, Dr. Fagan, call our office at (404) 255-5006. We look forward to chatting with you!