Posts for tag: veneers

By Newmarket Dentistry
June 09, 2017
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 Newmarket Dentistry
April 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Your hair has been professionally cut and colored, you use the best skin care products and your outfits are always impeccable. Why not veneersgive this same attention to your teeth? If you have cosmetic flaws in your smile, veneers from Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok of Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, Ontario, can help your smile match the rest of you! Wondering if veneers would work for you? You've come to the right place!

What are veneers?

If you've ever seen acrylic artificial nails, you'll have a basic idea of what veneers are and how they function. They are very thin and translucent sections of porcelain that have been carefully designed in a laboratory to look exactly like the front of the teeth that are visible when you smile. Each veneer is attached to the natural corresponding tooth to cover up flaws, give a renewed color, shape and size to damaged teeth.

How can veneers help me?

Not many people are lucky enough to have perfectly white, straight, even teeth. Most of us have a few flaws that we'd like to fix. Veneers are the most versatile way to repair these problems, as they conceal any and all surface problems like stains, chips or cracks. They also even out a crooked smile by covering up overlaps and gaps. It's amazing how veneers from your Newmarket dentist combine the best of all cosmetic procedures in one wafer-thin piece of porcelain!

Am I a candidate for veneers?

If your teeth have healthy enamel and are free from decay or gum disease, you're likely a great candidate for veneers! Dr. Lee-Shanok evaluates each of his patients' dental health before deciding on any cosmetic procedure, and any potential problems will be treated first.

If you're ready to give yourself a picture-perfect smile, contact Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, Ontario, and ask to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee-Shanok about veneers!

By Newmarket Dentistry
February 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Discover how veneers can turn an unattractive smile around for life.

There is a reason so many people are turning to their Newmarket, ON dentist, Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok, for dental veneers. Is it time you Veneersdid the same? Find out the many benefits that getting veneers will afford your smile.

There are so many issues that can affect your teeth’s aesthetics. Fortunately, dental veneers can be used to solve many dental issues, including:

An uneven smile: Are you a vicious tooth grinder or jaw clencher? Then expect to wear down certain teeth a little faster than others. This can lead to an uneven and misshapen smile. If you are looking to get all your teeth back to the same size, it’s time to talk to your cosmetic dentist in Newmarket about getting veneers.

Misalignment: A crooked, overlapping or gaping smile can leave anyone feeling self-conscious. While you could wear braces for up to a year or more to get the results you need, you could also just get a brand new and more aligned smile with dental veneers. In just three visits to our office, you could have a smile that is perfectly straight without ever needing braces.

Worn teeth: Even if you don’t clench your jaw or grind your teeth, it’s normal for teeth to wear down over time. This can cause teeth to become weaker or discolored. Even certain medications like antibiotics can cause severe tooth stains that teeth whitening won’t be able to remove. If you are looking to give your smile more durability while also instantly brightening it then veneers could be the best option for you.

Other dental imperfections: Small issues like cracks and chips in your teeth may not cause functional problems for your teeth, but they can still take a toll on your smile’s appearance. If you want to hide these problem areas for good, veneers can do the trick!

Do you want to see if you are truly a candidate for dental veneers? Then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with your general dentist in Newmarket, ON. Turn to Newmarket Dentistry for all of your general, cosmetic and restorative dental needs.

By Newmarket Dentistry
August 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Are your teeth crooked, gapped, discolored or misshapen? If so, you may feel like you have to live with a less than perfect smile forever. Thankfully, nothing could be further from the truth. When you visit your dentist at Newmarket Dentistry, Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok, for Veneersveneers, you can get a brand new smile you will love to show off in no time!

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that your Newmarket dentist will attach right to the front of your teeth. Because veneers cover the visible portion of your teeth, any dental imperfections are covered up quickly and easily, leaving you with a beautiful, picture perfect smile instead.

What are the Benefits of Veneers?

Veneers offer a number of benefits that make them well worth looking into. Not only are they a fairly quick option, especially when compared to procedures such as dental implants or braces, they are a very versatile option as well. Veneers can be used to treat a wide number of dental imperfections, including crooked teeth, gapped teeth, misshapen teeth and tooth discoloration.

What is the Procedure for Getting Veneers?

As soon as you decide that veneers are right for you, the first step you will want to take is to call your dentist at Newmarket Dentistry to set up an appointment. At this appointment, Dr. Lee-Shanok will take x-rays of your teeth, examine your teeth and assess your overall oral health. If Dr. Lee-Shanok determines you are a good candidate for veneers, he will then shave your teeth slightly to make room for the new veneers and take impressions to send off to the lab.

Once your new veneers are ready, he will check the color, fit and shape to make sure the veneers are a good match. If they are, he will attach the new veneers to the front of your teeth with a special cement and light. If not, he will make adjustments as needed until the veneers look and feel great.

Whether your teeth are crooked, crowded, misshapen, discolored or all of the above, achieving the beautiful smile you've been dreaming of may just be quicker and easier than you know. Call Dr. Lee-Shanok at Newmarket Dentistry to find out how a couple of visits to your dentist may completely change your smile for the better. You'll be glad you did.

By Newmarket Dentistry
August 21, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to know if this is the right treatment plan for you. If you’ve been coveting a smile makeover without all the invasive treatments, you may have already sifted through a list of cosmetic procedures online to find one that works for you. Veneers Before & After
You want more than a tweak but you don’t want to do anything drastic or life altering. That’s why your cosmetic dentist is happy to offer dental veneers—thin shells that go on the front of your teeth to fix life’s little imperfections. It’s non-invasive, can drastically improve your smile, and it doesn’t make you spend hours in a dental chair. As with any procedure, we need to make sure you’re a good candidate. So how do you know if you have the right smile for dental veneers? Here are some ways to find out:

What are you trying to correct?

Since getting dental veneers isn’t an extensive treatment, it can’t change all problems the way we would like. Here are the dental issues that dental veneers can improve:
  • Misshapen or crooked teeth
  • Severely stained teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down and have chips or cracks
  • Mild misalignment that affects the line of your smile
If any of these smile situations sound like you, dental veneers could be in your future. However there’s still a little more that needs to be done before we deem you treatment-ready!

Dental Veneer Evaluation

No dental procedure would be possible without your cosmetic dentist giving your smile a thorough examination to make sure the treatment will be a success. After all, why would you want to go through a dental procedure if it’s not going to get to the root of your problem? That’s why we make sure your smile is just right before we recommend veneers (or any treatment for that matter). We may deem you a good candidate if,
  • Your teeth are otherwise healthy and there are no cavities
  • You don’t have gum disease (and your gums are healthy)
  • You aren’t a teeth grinder
  • Your bite is properly aligned
  • You have enough tooth enamel to support the veneers post-preparation.
When we mention post-preparation, we are talking about the process of shaving some of your enamel down to make room for your veneers. We want to know that after we remove a tiny bit of enamel your tooth will still be strong enough to fully support your veneers.
Sure you could read everything you can find online about dental veneers. You could even ask friends or family members who have them; however, the best way to find out if porcelain veneers are the right choice for your smile is to come in for a consultation. If you’re ready to take the next step, then call our office and setup a consultation appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!