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Dorit Kemsley isn't shy. Best known to fans as an outspoken and sometimes outrageous cast member of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kemsley is never reticent about “mixing it up” with fellow castmates or their significant others. Recently, though, she confessed to something that left her less than confident: her smile.
Kemsley has been self-conscious about her smile because her teeth looked noticeably short, worn down from an unconscious habit of grinding her teeth. Although teeth grinding is more common among children (who normally grow out of it by adolescence), it can persist into adulthood, usually from difficulties managing high stress (a likely component in the fashion designer/reality show star's busy life).
Stress-induced teeth grinding can occur during waking hours or, more likely, during deep sleep. The accumulating, long-term effects from the habit can lead not only to worn teeth but to weakened gum support, a high risk of tooth fracture or jaw pain and dysfunction.
So, how do you know if you grind your teeth, especially if it's only happening at night? Typical signs include sore jaws after awaking from sleep, increased tooth pain or sensitivity or, like Kemsley, a noticeable difference in your tooth length. Your family or sleeping partner may also complain about the “skin-crawling” noise you make during the night.
There are ways to lessen the effects of teeth grinding. The first step is to have us verify the underlying cause for the habit. If it's tension from stress, then you might reduce the habit's occurrences by learning better stress management or relaxation techniques through individual counseling, group support or biofeedback therapy. We can also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night or through the day that reduces the force generated during teeth grinding.
And if you've already experienced accelerated tooth wear like Kemsley with a resultant “small teeth” smile, you might pursue the same solution as the RHOBH star: dental veneers. These thin, life-like wafers of porcelain are custom-made to mask imperfections like chips, staining, slight tooth gaps and, yes, worn teeth.
Veneers are often less expensive and invasive than other cosmetic techniques, yet they can have a transformative effect, as Kemsley's Instagram followers have seen. In conjunction with other dental treatments needed to repair any underlying damage caused by a grinding habit, veneers are an effective fix for the smile you present to the world.
If you suspect you may have a grinding habit, see us for a complete examination. From there, we'll help you protect your teeth and your smile.
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
While you'd like to improve the appearance of your teeth, you're reluctant to undergo something as extensive as dental crowns. You want to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible. Dr. Noorendin Nurani and his professional colleagues at the Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry agree. That's why they offer a refinishing alternative in their Lawrenceville GA office. Called porcelain veneers, this cosmetic treatment disguises flaws such as chips, cracks and stains, yet leaves most of your tooth enamel in place.
What are porcelain veneers?
Some people call them dental laminates because they are thin, translucent pieces of fine ceramic directly bonded to the front of selected healthy teeth. Veneers in Lawrenceville cover cosmetic flaws such as uneven tooth length, small gaps, crowding and more. In fact, the changes can be so dramatic that veneers are nicknamed "instant orthodontics."
Who can get porcelain veneers?
Many adults and older teens can if the dentist determines that their teeth and gums are healthy and if the flaws truly may be addressed with veneers. Additionally, patients need sufficient enamel for veneer placement and understand that this aesthetic treatment is permanent.
In other words, once an individual has veneers, he or she always will have veneers because the procedure involves removal of a small amount of tooth enamel. This resurfacing allows the dentist to place the laminates properly. Enamel reduction ensures a secure bond and accurate fit, too.
What is the process like?
It takes a few appointments at the Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry. They involve:
- Exam, X-rays, oral impressions
- Discussion of patient expectations and the dentist's recommendations
- Enamel resurfacing and placement of temporary veneers
- Removal of temporary veneers and bonding of permanent ones
- Adjustment of veneers for proper bite and fit
Caring for your new smile
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that porcelain veneers are durable, long-lasting and stain resistant. However, patients should care for them in the same way that they care for their untreated teeth:
- Limit staining dietary choices, such as coffee and curry
- Stop smoking
- Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush, and floss daily
- Get six-month cleanings and exams at Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry
Expect veneers in Lawrenceville to last 10 to even 20 years, and you'll get compliments, too, because your smile aesthetics will change so dramatically.
A smile makeover
Find your dream smile at the Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA. Whether you need porcelain veneers, restorations such as fillings, or tooth replacement services, your teeth and gums will thrive under the kind and practiced eyes of our professional team. If you'd like more information about porcelain veneers or other treatment options, please contact the office at (770) 995-1957 for a consultation.
Are you interested in getting dental veneers but feel like you need to learn a bit more first? We can help!
Are you feeling frustrated with the look of your smile? Are imperfections all you see when you look in the mirror? If you’ve said “yes”, then it might be time to talk to one of our Lawrenceville, GA, cosmetic dentists about dental veneers. Not sure what dental veneers are? Don’t worry; we’re here to explain.
Ever wished there was something that you could place over your teeth to improve how they look? Well, your wish has been granted. Dental veneers are made from a tooth-colored material (often porcelain) that is bonded to the front of your teeth to hide a myriad of imperfections. Hate those stains caused by trauma to your tooth or smoking for years? If teeth whitening isn’t cutting it, then it might be time to talk to our Lawrenceville dentists about getting veneers to instantly brighten your smile.
Even though cracks and chips may not affect how your teeth function, they certainly can put quite the damper on how your smile looks. Don’t worry; veneers can also hide these issues, as well as improve the shape of your teeth. Whether teeth grinding has worn down enamel or some teeth just aren’t the same length as the rest, veneers can even out your smile so that teeth are all the same shape and size.
Do you hate that your front teeth overlap one another? Have one tooth that is just a little bit crooked? You may assume that you’d have to wear braces in order to get the results you want, but if you don’t want to wait months to fix these problems, let dental veneers tackle it. Veneers can easily cover gaps between teeth, as well as offer a straighter smile for more minor misalignments.
Of course, before getting veneers it’s important to know that there is some tooth preparation required if you choose traditional veneers. Even though veneers are thin, we will still need to shave off some enamel from the front of your teeth so that veneers don’t look bulky or awkward when applied. While this preparation is minimal and doesn’t hurt, it’s important to note that enamel doesn’t grow back. Once enamel has been removed, your new restorations are for life.
Let the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA, provide you with the dental care your smile needs to look its best. If you want to know if your teeth could benefit from dental veneers, give us a call today.
Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.
Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.
The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.
In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.
To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.
Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.
If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.
If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, 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.”