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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.”
Find out if you could be the ideal candidate for this popular cosmetic restoration.
It’s amazing the many ways in which cosmetic dentistry can improve and enhance the appearance of your smile. In fact, more and more people are turning to a cosmetic restoration known as a dental veneer to hide common smile imperfections. Our Seymour, IN, dentists Dr. Matthew Pierce, Dr. Haley Doose, and Dr. Douglas Gardner are here to help you get your dream smile with dental veneers.
Tell Me About Dental Veneers
Veneers are very thin porcelain restorations that are adhered to the front surface of one or more teeth to alter and enhance the shape, size, or color of your smile. While most people get a full set of veneers, this restoration can also be placed on a single flawed tooth.
Just like fake fingernails can cosmetically improve the appearance of your nails and your hands, veneers can do the same for a single tooth and your whole smile. After all, having a beautiful smile can certainly provide major aesthetic benefits and boost your self-esteem.
You may be ideal for veneers if you want to correct:
- Stains and discolorations
- Chips, cracks, fractures, and breaks
- Spaces between teeth
- Misshapen or asymmetrical teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Crooked or twisted teeth
If there is a cosmetic flaw that you want to hide then chances are good that dental veneers can do this.
Good Candidates for Dental Veneers
If you want a smile that is whiter, straighter, or more symmetrical then chances are good that veneers can help. Before getting veneers, our Seymour, IN, dentist will need to examine your smile to determine two things:
- That your smile is healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry
- That the problems you want to treat can be addressed with dental veneers
It’s also important to know that to get veneers we will need to shave off a very small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for the veneers. While this shouldn’t cause any discomfort, removing enamel is permanent. This means that your veneers are a lifelong restoration and can’t be reversed.
Are you living with a less-than-perfect smile that you think could benefit from dental veneers? If so, the dentists at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, are here to help. Call (812) 522-8608 to learn more.
If you're looking for a cosmetic enhancement with a “light” touch, you can't beat dental veneers. These custom-made wafers of dental porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or gaps, revitalizing your smile.
But with traditional veneers, a minimal impact doesn't mean no impact at all. Although they're quite thin—often a millimeter or less—they can still look bulky when bonded to unprepared teeth. Dentists usually remove a small amount of surface enamel to help them appear more natural.
The alteration itself is painless, and only the bare minimum of enamel is removed. Even so, the alteration is permanent—the tooth will require a veneer or other form of restoration from then on. But a new kind of veneer may make it possible to avoid any enamel removal, or much less. These no-prep or minimal-prep veneers are even thinner, between 0.3 and 0.5 millimeters.
With these ultra-thin veneers, your dentist may only perform a little minor enamel re-shaping, particularly the sides of the teeth, to ensure a good fit. As thin as they are—akin to that of a contact lens—no-prep veneers can be bonded to the teeth surface without the need for fitting them under the gum line.
No-prep veneers are ideal for people with smaller than normal teeth, or that appear smaller due to other facial features. This also includes teeth that have worn down from age or teeth grinding, or those that are misshapen in some way. They also work well with people who have a narrow smile where less teeth than normal are visible in the “smile zone.”
They can also be used with patients who have oversized or prominent teeth, but it may still require some enamel removal. The only qualification for anyone receiving ultrathin veneers is that their enamel is in reasonably good health.
Because there's little to no alteration of the teeth, no-prep veneers can be reversed. Removing them, though, is no easy task, so you'll still need to think long-term before obtaining one. All in all, though, no-prep veneers in the right setting can still transform your smile without much permanent change to your teeth.
If you would like more information on no-prep veneers, 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”
Veneers from your dentists in Seymour, IN, can help your smile
Nearly everyone has a little issue about their smiles they’d like to fix. Now, thanks to a state-of-the-art dental procedure called veneers, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted. Dental veneers can rejuvenate your smile, and give you back your self-confidence. Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, provide dental veneers that can give you an outstanding smile.
Dental veneers are typically made of sparkling porcelain. They are thin laminates which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain is a light-reflective material that closely resembles natural tooth enamel, so you know your new veneers will look completely natural, and stunningly beautiful.
Veneers are versatile too! They can correct many common aesthetic issues including:
- Tooth wear due to grinding or clenching
- Yellowing and dullness from an aging smile
- Chipping or cracking due to trauma
- Fracture lines and areas of broken tooth structure
Veneers are even versatile enough to cosmetically reduce the look of alignment problems like tooth rotation, gaps between teeth, and tooth overlap. Imagine having a straighter looking smile, without the orthodontics! Your dentist will determine whether your alignment issues can be cosmetically hidden with veneers, or if orthodontic treatment is a better choice for you.
Dental veneers made of porcelain look natural and beautiful, but they have other benefits too. Veneer treatment is conservative, because your dentist removes little to no tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Porcelain is also stain-resistant, so your new veneers will stay looking beautiful for years.
You can rejuvenate your smile. The answer is porcelain veneers! To find out more about this amazing cosmetic dentistry service and how it can help your smile, call Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, at (812) 522-8608 right now!
Do you have damaged teeth? Small spacing problems and a hairline crack on a front tooth make you too self-conscious to smile. Have you explored porcelain veneers? Placed by your dentists, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, veneers disguise flaws while also normalizing tooth size and shape. They can make you proud of your smile!
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain custom-shaped to fit over the front side of teeth which have defects such as stains, chips, cracks, odd shape, surface pitting, and more. Your dentist in Seymour may place veneers to cover gaps and mild misalignments, too, eliminating the need for more invasive crown treatment or orthodontic procedures.
The ceramic used in veneers is truly revolutionary. It is highly durable and faithfully imitates natural tooth enamel in color, translucency, and texture. In other words, porcelain veneers are lifelike in form and function. Plus, with today's fabrication techniques and bonding cements, dentists such as Dr. Pierce and Dr. Severe produce smile enhancements which are truly transformative.
Are you a candidate for veneers?
Many adults are candidates as long as their teeth and gums are healthy and they practice diligent oral hygiene. Your dentist will examine your mouth to ensure your oral health, as you must be free of decay and gum disease. Also, he'll discuss with you the changes you desire and if veneers can achieve them. Together, you'll arrive at a treatment plan which the doctor will send to the dental lab, along with accurate oral impressions.
At the lab, a skilled technician will fabricate the veneers one by one, adjusting the size, fit, color, and bite according to a three-dimensional model of your mouth. At the office, your dentist first will try-on your veneers with water or other liquid, to achieve the best fit and alignment. For final placement, he uses a special etching liquid to prepare the enamel and a colored bonding cement to bond the veneers in place.
A better smile for life
You should know that treatment with porcelain veneers requires minor tooth resurfacing. In other words, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from each tooth so the veneers seat correctly and function well within your mouth. As such, once you wear porcelain veneers, you always will. Most high-quality veneers last a decade or so with gentle use (don't chew ice!) and proper at-home and in-office hygiene.
A total makeover
Used by themselves or as part of a complete smile makeover, porcelain veneers strengthen and beautify teeth beyond what patients imagine. If you'd like to have your best smile ever, please contact Jackson County Dental for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Great smile changes are possible, and porcelain veneers could be just what you need. Call us at (812) 522-8608. We have early morning hours to fit into your busy schedule.