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It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.

This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.

Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.

If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.

More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.

Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.

Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.

Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.

As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By David J. Campbell DDS
September 16, 2019
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 David J. Campbell DDS
September 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   Damaged Teeth  

Dental VeneersWith a few exceptions, most people are not born with the smile they want. Even with good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to the dentist for preventive care, lifestyle factors like diet and the normal wear and tear of the aging process can lead to stains and discolorations and damage to the enamel. Porcelain veneers are a great option to correct common types of cosmetic damage and to change the size, shape, or color of your teeth for aesthetic purposes. Dr. David Campbell, a dentist in White Lake, MI, offers general and cosmetic dentistry services for children and adults.

A New and Improved Smile with Porcelain Veneers in White Lake, MI

Dental veneers are made from a translucent, razor thin layer of porcelain that is bonded directly onto the tooth. They are a minimally invasive option (a thin layer of tooth enamel may need to be removed in some cases to make room for the veneer) for cosmetic reshaping and common damage like moderate chips and cracks, stains and discolorations, spacing and gaps, and uneven teeth.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a great option for correcting mild to moderate cosmetic imperfections. They can transform your smile and can be completed in as little as two dental appointments. Whether you have specific damage like chips and cracks or would just like to make cosmetic improvements for aesthetics, veneers are one of the most versatile dental restorations available.

With consistent oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings (the American Dental Association recommends every six months), porcelain veneers can typically last for five to ten years, but often much longer.

Find a General Dentist in White Lake, MI

To learn more about the benefits of porcelain veneers and general dentistry services in White Lake, contact our office by calling (248) 887-8387 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Campbell today.

By David J. Campbell DDS
April 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

How veneers can enhance your look

Have you been living with a smile that is less-than-perfect, and teeth that are unsightly, chipped or stained? Do you wish you could veneerschange the shape of your teeth and your smile? Well, now you can! Dental veneers are the answer you’ve been waiting for. Dental veneers are the newest, state-of-the-art way to give you a beautiful, new smile. Dr. David Campbell in White Lake, Michigan, wants to help you investigate dental veneers and what they can do for you.

Dental Veneers are the perfect solution to rejuvenate your smile and correct your teeth if they are:

  • Uneven, with jagged edges from age-related wear
  • Discolored from medications like tetracycline
  • Darkly stained from drinking coffee or smoking
  • Broken or damaged from traumatic injury
  • Poorly spaced with gaps between your teeth

Veneers are thin sheaths of porcelain, created by skilled dental artisans in a dental laboratory. Dr. Campbell will prepare your teeth by removing a minimal amount of tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. When your new porcelain veneers come back from the laboratory, Dr. Campbell will permanently cement them to your teeth. The entire process takes between two and three visits, including the consultation appointment.

Porcelain veneers are an investment, and with proper care, they should last for years. A sonic or electric toothbrush can be used to keep your veneers looking good, and don’t forget to floss daily. It’s important not to use your teeth as tools for opening packages and tearing off tags. If you grind your teeth at night, Dr. Campbell can fit you with a custom nightguard to protect your new veneers and your teeth.

Dr. Campbell can help you on the way to a new, beautifully shaped smile you will be proud to show off. You deserve to look great and feel good about yourself, and it all starts with your smile. It’s time to visit Dr. David Campbell in White Lake, Michigan and see what dental veneers can do for you. Call today and get started on your fantastic smile with dental veneers!

By David J. Campbell DDS
November 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Dental veneers improve the appearance of your teeth and are a simple solution to hide gaps and discolored and crooked teeth. Because veneers are wafer thin, they can detach from the front of your teeth in certain circumstances. West Lake Dentist David J. Campbell DDS explains what you should do if you lose a veneer.Veneers

Save the veneer

Put the veneer in a safe place, if you still have it. Wrap it loosely in cotton or tissue, and put it in a hard plastic container. If it's in one piece, your dentist may be able to reattach it. Whether the veneer can be reattached will depend upon the reason it detached. If your dentist doesn't think he can successfully rebond the veneer, you will need a replacement.

Call your dentist

Although losing a veneer isn't a dental emergency, tell your dentist as soon as possible. He may want to look at your tooth before making a decision about the next steps. During your appointment, he can also remove any veneer fragments that remain on the tooth. If you need a new veneer, the sooner you inform your dentist, the sooner you'll have a replacement. It usually takes one to two weeks for the dental laboratory to make a new veneer.

Possible issues

You won't have any difficulty chewing or eating after you lose a veneer, although your tooth may be sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks. Because a small amount of enamel was removed to prepare the tooth for the enamel, the front of your tooth may feel rough. Buy dental wax and place it over the surface of the tooth if the rough surface irritates your mouth or you're bothered by sensitivity,

Avoiding future problems

Veneers can break or fall off for a variety of reasons, such as biting a hard object, biting your fingernails or clenching your teeth. Obviously, if your veneer fell off after you tried to open a package with your teeth, you'll probably decide that it's a better idea to use a pair of scissors next time. If clenching or grinding is a problem, your dentist may suggest that you wear a nightguard to protect your veneers.

Curious about veneers? David J. Campbell, DDS, your West Lake dentist, will answer all of your questions and let you know if veneers are the right option for you. Call him today at (248) 887-8387