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By By Cumberland Pointe Dental
February 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: veneers  

Unhappy with the state of your smile? Here at Cumberland Pointe Dental in Noblesville, IN, Dr. Jaclyn Ridder uses thin, tooth-colored porcelain veneers to transform the flawed teeth of patients. Bonded to the front side of selected teeth, veneers, or no-prep Lumineers, disguise defects and reveal the look of your dreams—read on to learn more!

What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers, or dental laminates, are a very popular aesthetic dental treatment. Custom-fabricated from fine ceramic or porcelain, these thin shells are bonded to the front of defective, but healthy, teeth, covering stains, chips, pits, minor tooth rotations, uneven tooth size, and more.

Traditional veneers require minor tooth enamel reduction so the laminates have sufficient space in your mouth for proper fit and oral function. This minimal buffing, along with oral impressions, occurs during your first appointment at our Noblesville office. Following these steps, you will wear temporary veneers until your next visit when Dr. Ridder installs the permanent ones with a cement she can adjust for thickness and color. A hardening light cures the bonding material, creating an incredibly strong foundation.

Maintaining porcelain veneers

Veneers reinforce tooth structure without the extensive enamel reduction and expense of porcelain crowns. Veneers also last for up to ten years, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and are easy to care for. Simply brush twice daily, floss to keep your gums healthy, and see your dentist every six months for your usual exam and cleaning.

Get ready

Here comes your new smile from your friends at Cumberland Pointe Dental in Noblesville, IN. Porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign aligners, and other featured cosmetic treatments truly transform smiles and self-confidence. Call our office team for a consultation with Dr. Jaclyn Ridder, and she'll show you what's possible for you. Phone (317) 770-4783 today.

By Cumberland Pointe Dental
February 16, 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.”