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By Randall Furman DDS
February 01, 2020
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.

By Randall Furman DDS
September 12, 2013
Category: Veneers
Tags: Veneers  

For some people beautiful smiles are not born, they are made. virginia beach veneersThis is the case when my patients select Virginia Beach veneers to cover damaged, discolored or uneven smiles. This includes if you have a gap in between your teeth or if you have a broken tooth.

Think of veneers as tooth-colored shells that are applied as a covering over imperfect teeth. Veneers are made from either porcelain or porcelain laminates, which are tough materials that closely resemble your own healthy teeth -- or the healthy teeth you have always dreamed of.

If you are contemplating changing your smile with veneers, call our Virginia Beach dentist practice to schedule a veneers consultation. At this consultation, I can discuss your options regarding veneers and your smile. This is the time for you to share what you don’t like about your smile and how you hope veneers may be able to improve it. While I can correct many cosmetic dental issues with veneers, I cannot correct all concerns. The veneers consultation allows me to help you establish realistic expectations for just how beautiful your smile can be.

If you select Virginia Beach veneers as a dental option for you, the process can require several trips to our office. Because you do not want veneers to appear too bulky over your tooth, I must prepare your tooth for the veneer by trimming off a small amount of dental enamel must be removed. This amount is usually very small or less than a millimeter. After applying a special light-cured glue, I apply the veneers over your teeth.

A significant amount of artistry exists in applying Virginia Beach veneers because once the veneers are applied I can further shape them to perfect a smile that is uniquely yours. The results are often nothing short of amazing -- a white, even smile.

To schedule a free consultation to learn more about veneers, call our Virginia Beach dentist office at (757) 468-4684. I'd love to meet with you to find out if veneers are for you.