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By Signature Smiles, LLC
December 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
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You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that someone playing hockey, racing motocross or duking it out in an ultimate fighter match had a tooth knocked out. But acting in a movie? That's exactly what happened to Howie Mandel, well-known comedian and host of TV's America's Got Talent and Deal or No Deal. And not just any tooth, but one of his upper front teeth—with the other one heavily damaged in the process.

The accident occurred during the 1987 filming of Walk Like a Man in which Mandel played a young man raised by wolves. In one scene, a co-star was supposed to yank a bone from Howie's mouth. The actor, however, pulled the bone a second too early while Howie still had it clamped between his teeth. Mandel says you can see the tooth fly out of his mouth in the movie.

But trooper that he is, Mandel immediately had two crowns placed to restore the damaged teeth and went back to filming. The restoration was a good one, and all was well with his smile for the next few decades.

Until, that is, he began to notice a peculiar discoloration pattern. Years of coffee drinking had stained his other natural teeth, but not the two prosthetic (“false”) crowns in the middle of his smile. The two crowns, bright as ever, stuck out prominently from the rest of his teeth, giving him a distinctive look: “I looked like Bugs Bunny,” Mandel told Dear Doctor—Dentistry & Oral Health magazine.

His dentist, though, had a solution: dental veneers. These thin wafers of porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask slight imperfections like chipping, gaps or discoloration. Veneers are popular way to get an updated and more attractive smile. Each veneer is custom-shaped and color-matched to the individual tooth so that it blends seamlessly with the rest of the teeth.

One caveat, though: most veneers can look bulky if placed directly on the teeth. To accommodate this, traditional veneers require that some of the enamel be removed from your tooth so that the veneer does not add bulk when it is placed over the front-facing side of your tooth. This permanently alters the tooth and requires it have a restoration from then on.

In many instances, however, a “minimal prep” or “no-prep” veneer may be possible, where, as the names suggest, very little or even none of the tooth's surface needs to be reduced before the veneer is placed. The type of veneer that is recommended for you will depend on the condition of your enamel and the particular flaw you wish to correct.

Many dental patients opt for veneers because they can be used in a variety of cosmetic situations, including upgrades to previous dental work as Howie Mandel experienced. So if slight imperfections are putting a damper on your smile, veneers could be the answer.

If you would like more information about veneers and other cosmetic dental enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”

By Signature Smiles, LLC
April 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

How veneers from your dentist in Toms River, New Jersey, can help your smile

If you are sick of having dull or damaged teeth, you're in luck! Veneers from Dr. Carmela LaFalce's office in Toms River, NJ, can rejuvenate veneersyour look and restore your smile's beauty! Read on to learn how.

 

More about Veneers

Dental veneers are thin laminates of beautiful porcelain which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain is a natural-looking material that reflects light and looks just like tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers give your smile a natural beauty that is uniquely yours.

When you choose porcelain veneers to renew your smile, you can count on:

  • A beautiful appearance, because veneers can hide many major and minor flaws to give your smile a celebrity-perfect look
  • Quick results, because you can have a new, stunning smile in two to three appointments, and sometimes, even in just one visits thanks to CEREC (Ceramic Reconstruction) technology
  • Conservative treatment, because Dr. LaFalce removes little to no tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers
  • Long-term beauty, because porcelain repels stains, even if you smoke or drink coffee, allowing your veneers to stay beautiful for years

Veneers are a popular treatment, designed to cover up many of the flaws that may be bothering you about your smile. Veneers can:

  • Hide damage and broken tooth structure from injury or trauma
  • Hide discolorations and stains from genetics, medications, or lifestyle
  • Close up gaps between teeth due to genetics
  • Hide the look of tooth overlap from poor tooth positioning and crowding
  • Chips, or abrasion due to aging, everyday wear-and-tear, or bad habits

To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. LaFalce’s patients, please visit the Smile Gallery section of the website at https://www.signature-smiles.biz/photo-gallery.html

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

If you want to renew your look, dental veneers are the right choice to make. Get started on your great new smile by calling Dr. Carmela LaFalce at Signature Smiles in Toms River, N. Dial (732) 244-4114 today!

By Signature Smiles, LLC
October 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental VeneersNot everyone is blessed with a perfectly aligned, sized, and colored smile by nature, but cosmetic dentistry can help. Veneers are the ideal cosmetic solution for patients who want their teeth to look as perfect as possible. Your dentist can show you what veneers can do for your smile. Learn more about veneers ahead of your appointment at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ.

Want a Better Smile?
If you want a better-looking smile, you’re certainly not alone. An American Dental Association sponsored survey found that the majority of respondents value a glowing smile over all other cosmetic traits. Many people judge a smile by the shape of the teeth, the overall alignment (no gaps or overlapping teeth), and how white it looks. The ideal smile brightens up your face and highlights your complexion. All of these factors are considered when your dentist consults with you about veneers.

What Veneers Can Do
Veneers can completely restore the outer look of your front teeth (both the top and bottom rows). They are very thin, very light porcelain wafers that are applied to the teeth using a strong white dental bonding agent. They are tough, resilient, and look amazing. Your Toms River, NJ dentist can improve the shape of each veneer once they’re all in place so that they have natural contours. 

Short and Long-Term Benefits of Veneers
In the short-term, you will immediately experience the delight of being able to smile around others without holding back or hiding your teeth. If you have any major upcoming social events to attend, you can show off your new smile. One long-term benefit is that your front teeth will have a layer of protection from enamel erosion and biting forces, though you should ideally avoid exposing your veneers to tough foods and acidic beverages.

Schedule a Veneers Consult
You can have a whole new smile this year, and it only takes a matter of weeks and a couple of appointments with a cosmetic dentist. Call (732) 244-4114 today to consult Dr. Carmela LaFalce at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ about veneers.

By Signature Smiles, LLC
June 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
TransformYourSmilewithPorcelainVeneers

You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.

Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.

Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.

To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.

We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.

In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.

When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.

If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Signature Smiles, LLC
February 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Do you want stronger, more attractive teeth? Have small flaws impacted your smile aesthetics? Why not investigate a very popular veneerscosmetic dental treatment called porcelain veneers? Placed Dr. Carmela LaFalce in Toms River, NJ, veneers permanently strengthen and beautify teeth. Thousands of adults and older teens have veneers--maybe even someone you know personally. However, when they smile, all you see is a dazzling set of teeth.

No braces, no crowns

Dr. LaFalce's porcelain veneer treatments replace more extensive restorations such as dental crowns and orthodontic correction. In just a few visits to Signature Smiles, veneers can remake a smile by permanently covering the front sides of teeth which have:

  • Deep staining
  • Cracks, fissures, pits, and chips
  • Gaps
  • Mild crowding
  • Congenital problems with shape, size, and length

In fact, Dentistry Today says that veneers remake teeth so completely and quickly that patients are pleasantly surprised at the results.

Here's how it goes in Toms River

The steps to your new smile are simple:

1. Think about how you'd like to enhance your smile. Be realistic. Are you dissatisfied with tooth color, a gap between your front teeth or something else?

2. Contact Signature Smiles to arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. LaFalce.

3. Dr. LaFalce performs a complete oral exam, including digital imaging. She wants to make sure your mouth is free of decay, gum disease, and extensive restorative work.

4. Discuss a treatment plan and make your desires known to the doctor. She'll give you options and also take oral impressions.

5. At the next appointment, Dr. LaFalce removes a small amount of enamel from each tooth to be treated with veneers. This enamel resurfacing (about 1/2 mm) allows the veneers to fit and bite properly. The dentist also installs temporary veneers which you'll wear until the permanent ones are ready.

6. When you return to Signature Smiles, Dr. LaFalce will remove the temporary veneers and bond the new ones in place. She can vary the color of the bonding cement to achieve the right shade for the veneers. She also adjusts the bite and fit.

7. Expect some dental and/or gum sensitivity for a few days. This resolves quickly.

8. Brush and floss just as you normally do, and see Dr. LaFalce for follow-up per her instructions.

The lifespan of veneers

Porcelain veneers last 10, 15 and even 20 years. Just be careful not to eat hard candy, chew ice or open bottles with your teeth! If you clench or grind your teeth, ask Dr. LaFalce about a customized mouth guard to protect your smile.

Are you intrigued?

If you are, contact Signature Smiles for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. LaFalce in Toms River, NJ. She'll be happy to explore your cosmetic dentistry options and show you what veneers could do for your smile. Call today: (732) 244-4114.



Carmela LaFalce, DMD
Dentist - Toms River
616 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753

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