Posts for tag: veneers

By Mission Hill Dental
September 20, 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 Mission Hill Dental
May 13, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
YourTeensTeethMayNotBeReadyforVeneers

Teenagers can have the same smile-disrupting tooth flaws as adults. But not all cosmetic treatments available to adults are appropriate for teenagers—at least not until they get a little older. Dental veneers fall into that category.

A veneer is a thin porcelain shell custom-made by a dental lab, and bonded by a dentist to the face of a tooth to mask chips, stains, gaps or other imperfections. Because they're less invasive than other measures, veneers are highly popular as a cosmetic dental solution. They do, however, usually require some enamel removal so that they'll appear more natural.

This enamel removal typically won't impact an adult tooth other than it permanently requires it to have veneers or other restorations after alteration. But there is a risk of damage to a teenager's tooth, which hasn't fully developed.

Adolescent teeth usually have a larger pulp chamber (filled with an intricate network of nerves and blood vessels) than adult teeth. And because the enamel and dentin layers may not yet be fully developed, the pulp is much nearer to the tooth's surface.

We must be very careful then in removing enamel and dentin for veneers or we may penetrate the pulp and risk damaging it. Alternatively, there is the possibility of no-prep veneers which are very conservative but often are unable to be done because of the need to often remove tooth structure to make the veneers look natural.

Another cosmetic problem can occur if we place veneers on a patient's teeth whose jaws and mouth structures are still growing. Eventually, the gums could recede and an unsightly gap form between the veneer and the adjacent natural tooth.

Fortunately, there are other techniques we can use to improve a tooth's appearance. Mild chipping can be repaired by bonding composite resin material to the tooth. Some forms of staining may be overcome with teeth whitening. These and other methods can address a teenager's smile appearance until their teeth are mature enough for veneers.

Whether or not a tooth is ready for veneers will depend on its level of development, something that can often be ascertained with x-rays or other diagnostic methods. And if a tooth has already undergone a root canal treatment, there isn't as much concern. In the meantime, though, it may be better for your teen to wait on veneers and try other techniques to enhance their smile.

If you would like more information on dental restoration for teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Veneers for Teenagers.”

By Mission Hill Dental
January 27, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: porcelain veneers   veneers  

Tooth imperfections don't have to keep you from smiling. Porcelain veneers, one of the restorations offered by your New Braunfels, TX, dentist, Dr. Horacio Lucero of Mission Hill Dental, will renew your smile.

How porcelain veneers conceal flaws

Originally invented to make the smiles of Hollywood actors and actresses more appealing, porcelain veneers can help anyone improve his or her appearance today. Each tooth-shaped shell is made of porcelain, a material that reflects light the same way as tooth enamel.

Although each veneer is only about as thick as a fingernail, the restorations provide excellent coverage for a variety of flaws. Porcelain veneers are cemented to the fronts of teeth only and don't require major changes to your teeth. In fact, your dentist may only have to remove a tiny amount of dental enamel for a perfect fit.

Who can benefit from veneers

If your teeth and gums are healthy and in good condition, porcelain veneers may be a good choice for you. Should your dentist notice any issues with your teeth or gums, you may need treatment before you can proceed with the veneer process.

Do you have a tiny, yet distracting, chip on the bottom of a tooth? Adding a veneer to the tooth will keep the chip out of sight. Veneers also conceal shallow cracks and other minor damage and make bumpy teeth look smoother.

When a slight gap between your front teeth makes you reluctant to smile, veneers offer a simple solution. They're an excellent choice for small gaps, although orthodontic treatment might be needed if you have large gaps.

Veneers can also give you a bright, white Hollywood smile. During your visit to the New Braunfels dental office, you'll get to choose from many shades of white to create your new smile. The restorations can also be used to hide a few discolored teeth.

Are you unhappy with the shape or length of a tooth? Veneers extend short teeth and improve the appearance of crooked, twisted, pointed, or other oddly shaped teeth.

Upgrade your smile with porcelain veneers! Call your dentist in New Braunfels, TX, Dr. Horacio Lucero of Mission Hill Dental, at (830) 625-7322 to schedule your appointment.

By Mission Hill Dental
December 20, 2019
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 Mission Hill Dental
May 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Veneers offer several benefits and can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Veneers can be used to conceal a variety of cosmetic veneersimperfections, such as chips or cracks in teeth. The size, shape, and color of veneers are all customized for a perfect fit and match. At Mission Hill Dental, Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard are your dentists for veneers in New Braunfels, TX.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are wafer-thin covers placed on the front of teeth to cover up various flaws, such as chips, cracks, or stains. Veneers can improve the appearance of problem teeth by smoothing out uneven surfaces, closing gaps between teeth, and concealing stains, discolorations, cracks, or chips. Veneers can even correct the shape of teeth that are crooked or misshaped. Veneers are made of porcelain, which closely resembles tooth enamel so they look completely natural. They are also color-matched to the surrounding teeth for the most natural look possible.

Benefits of Veneers

The benefits of veneers are numerous. Placing veneers on the teeth is a simple process and, once in place, the veneers will not come loose or fall off. The many benefits of veneers include:

  • Easily placed on the teeth
  • Look and function like natural teeth
  • Cover up stains and discolorations
  • Repair teeth that are chipped or cracked
  • Reshaped misshaped teeth
  • Minimize gaps between teeth
  • Smooth uneven surfaces on teeth

You can completely transform your smile with veneers. For veneers in New Braunfels, TX schedule an appointment with Dr. Lucero or Dr. Willard by calling Mission Hill Dental at (830) 625-7322.