Posts for tag: veneers

By Cohrs Family Dentistry
February 21, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Veneers could help you take back your smile by masking stains, cracks, chips, minor gaps, and slight misalignment. If you’ve ever felt embarrassed or very self-conscious about your teeth, it might be time to visit us here at our Portage, MI, practice. Read on to find out about the benefits of veneers and why our dentist, Dr. Keith Cohrs, recommends this popular cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Hide Stains, Misalignment, Chips, Gaps, and Cracks in Your Smile with Veneers

Generally speaking, veneers, whether made of porcelain or composite resin, are capable of concealing minor cosmetic concerns that show up when you’re speaking or smiling. These concerns include tiny gaps between teeth, chips, cracks, discoloration that professional teeth whitening can’t treat, and insignificant misalignment.

Prevent Further Stains with Dental Veneers

When you have veneers, they’re what will come in contact with all the drinks and foods you consume, so you prevent further staining on your natural teeth. Likewise, veneers, particularly ones that are crafted from porcelain, have excellent stain-resistant properties than the enamel of real teeth.

Veneers Won’t Require Extensive Enamel Removal

While your teeth’s natural enamel is quite sturdy, once it erodes or wears away, you can’t get it back. Thankfully, veneers will only require the removal of a very thin layer of enamel, just enough for your front teeth’s surfaces to accommodate them comfortably.

Dental Veneers Offer a Quick Way to Fix Your Smile

Generally speaking, the entire process will only take two visits to our practice here in Portage, MI. During the first appointment, your dentist will buff a small amount of enamel from your front teeth’s surface to make it more adherent and make space for the veneers. Your dentist will likewise take impressions of your prepared teeth and then send it to a lab where your veneers will be fabricated. Meanwhile, your dentist will fit you with temporary veneers to safeguard your teeth. During your next appointment, your dentist will bond the veneers to your teeth and make some modifications if necessary to ensure that they feel and look like real teeth.

Veneers are Very Low Maintenance

Although veneers are extremely sturdy and resistant to stains, you will still have to brush your teeth and floss every single day to ensure that they remain in excellent condition for many years to come. You should also visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings and routine checkups. This very easy maintenance routine will significantly help in extending the life of your veneers.

Want to See If Dental Veneers are Right for You?

Don’t hesitate to arrange a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Keith Cohrs, here at our practice in Portage, MI. You can reach us by calling (269) 382-3125 or requesting an appointment schedule online through our scheduling coordinator.

By Cohrs Family Dentistry
December 14, 2019
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 Cohrs Family Dentistry
March 02, 2017
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.