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By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
January 20, 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.

April 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you ever wish you had perfect teeth? Although some people come by the ideal smile naturally, many of us could use a little help. cosmetic dentistryThanks to cosmetic dentistry, you can correct those little imperfections that make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Sacramento, CA dentists, Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano, share information on several popular cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Teeth whitening

When your teeth are dull or yellow, the last thing you want to do is smile. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to lighten and brighten your smile. Although you'll find plenty of teeth whitening products in the drugstore, those store-bought kits aren't as effective as professional teeth whitening services. In most cases, your teeth will be three- to eight-shades whiter after a one-hour treatment at your Sacramento dentist's office.

Porcelain veneers

When whitening doesn't get your teeth quite white enough, it's time to consider porcelain veneers. Veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are applied to the front surfaces of your teeth. Since you can pick any shade you want, you control the final result.

Veneers aren't just appropriate for whitening, but are also used to cover a variety of imperfections. They can be used on one tooth or all of them. Dentists frequently use them to conceal:

  • Gaps
  • Chips or broken teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Worn or eroded teeth

Crowns or Bridges

Crowns slip over your teeth, encasing them completely. They're a good choice if you need to stabilize a fragile, broken or damaged tooth, want to cover up a discoloration or hide a short tooth. Crowns are made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, ceramic and gold.

Bridges consist of two crowns on either side of one or more false teeth. They're used to replace lost teeth and are constructed with porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Composite Bonding

Composite resin bonding offers an excellent way to repair or hide small defects in your teeth, such as chips, discolorations or gaps. The flexible putty-like material is shaped to cover the area, then cured and hardened with a special light.

Dental Implants

When you want a permanent solution to tooth loss, dental implants are the perfect option. The titanium implant bonds with bone in your jawbone and actually becomes a permanent part of your jaw. It supports a crown above the gum line that looks and acts just like a natural tooth.

Are you concerned about a cosmetic dental issue? Call Drs. DiMariano, your Sacramento, CA dentists, at (916) 929-3898 to schedule an appointment. Transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry!

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
February 27, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Many Hollywood luminaries use porcelain veneers to enhance their smiles. Take actress and singer Hilary Duff, who, according to People magazine, had veneers placed on her two front teeth after chipping them on a microphone during what must have been an extremely energetic performance.

Well, you don't have to be a Hollywood star to benefit from a smile enhanced with porcelain veneers. If you have small chips, cracks, slight tooth rotations or minor spacing problems, veneers may be able to give you back your smile — or an even better one.

The word “veneer” refers to a super-thin covering, and in dentistry a veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that replaces your natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is the material of choice because of its strength, translucency, and ability to resist erosion.

In the right hands, dental porcelain can mimic tooth enamel perfectly. To make veneers, a skilled dental technician will mix porcelain powder (in a shade specified by the dentist) with water and then fire the material in an oven like pottery; the porcelain is built up in layers for a truly lifelike effect.

Before a veneer is bonded to a tooth, often we need to remove a tiny bit of the tooth's existing enamel so that the final effect will not be too bulky. The procedure is virtually painless and can be completed in as little as two visits. Because enamel is removed, this particular cosmetic treatment is not reversible. Sometimes veneers can be added directly onto the tooth surface without any tooth reduction and therefore are reversible if used in this way.

Once you have veneers, please keep in mind that while extremely strong, porcelain veneers are not indestructible; you won't want to do things like crunch ice or break nuts open with your teeth. And if you are a teeth-grinder, you should wear a nightguard to protect your beautiful new smile. With proper care, your veneers will last 20 years or more.

If you would like more information about porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Smile Design Enhanced With Porcelain Veneers.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time For Change.”

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
January 07, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

If you've ever looked through a magazine and viewed the perfectly aligned white smiles of celebrities and models, you may be already familiar with the look of porcelain veneers. To achieve a picture-perfect smile, many Hollywood stars choose porcelain veneers (thin-layers of porcelain) that are bonded to the front of teeth allowing for the alteration of tooth position, shape, size and color. By fixing imperfections, as well as whitening them, veneers offer celebrities a perfect smile that, when maintained properly, can last for several decades.

Evaluation: If porcelain veneers sound appealing, our office can help you decide if you're a good candidate for them. We will ensure you have sufficient tooth structure, that your teeth are in more or less a normal position, and that symmetrical gum contours are present, allowing for proper “framing” of the teeth, necessary for a beautiful smile.

The Process: Once it's been determined that you're a good candidate for veneers, our office will begin a smile analysis using computer imaging to digitally replicate your smile and then fabricate a mock-up smile made of tooth-colored wax. We will work with you to determine the right color and shade for your veneers. You can choose the brightest, whitest “Hollywood smile” or opt for a more natural color and enhanced look.

Next Steps: After your initial appointment, it typically takes the laboratory one week to fabricate your porcelain veneers. The insertion of your veneers can be done with or without a local anesthetic. We will place the veneers on your teeth with a light-sensitive resin, which sets with the use of a white light, effectively bonding them to your teeth. While you may initially experience some tooth sensitivity to hot or cold, this will disappear after a few days. Maintaining your perfect smile requires simple brushing and flossing techniques and routine check ups.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss any questions you may have regarding porcelain veneers. Read more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Smile Design, Enhanced by Porcelain Veneers.”