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HowMLBStarAaronJudgeChangedHisSmileandHowYouCanToo

Between the final game of the World Series in late October and spring training in February, major league baseball players work on their skills preparing for the new season. Reporters on a Zoom call to the New York Yankees' training camp wanted to know what star outfielder Aaron Judge had been doing along those lines. But when he smiled, their interest turned elsewhere: What had Aaron Judge done to his teeth?

Already with 120 homers after only five seasons, Judge is a top player with the Yankees. His smile, however, has been less than spectacular. Besides a noticeable gap between his top front teeth (which were also more prominent than the rest of his teeth), Judge also had a chipped tooth injury on a batting helmet in 2017 during a home plate celebration for a fellow player's walk-off home run.

But now Judge's teeth look even, with no chip and no gap. So, what did the Yankee slugger have done?

He hasn't quite said, but it looks as though he received a “smile makeover” with porcelain veneers, one of the best ways to turn dental “ugly ducklings” into “beautiful swans.” And what's even better is that veneers aren't limited to superstar athletes or performers—if you have teeth with a few moderate dental flaws, veneers could also change your smile.

As the name implies, veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, cracks, discolorations or slight gaps between teeth. They may even help even out disproportionately sized teeth. Veneers are custom-made by dental technicians based on a patient's particular tooth dimensions and color.

Like other cosmetic techniques, veneers are a blend of technology and artistry. They're made of a durable form of dental porcelain that can withstand biting forces (within reason, though—you'd want to avoid biting down on ice or a hard piece of food with veneered teeth). They're also carefully colored so that they blend seamlessly with your other teeth. With the right artistic touch, we can make them look as natural as possible.

Although porcelain veneers can accommodate a wide range of dental defects, they may not be suitable for more severe flaws. After examining your teeth, we'll let you know if you're a good candidate for veneers or if you should consider another restoration. Chances are, though, veneers could be your way to achieve what Aaron Judge did—a home run smile.

If you would like more information about porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before.”

AGTsSimonCowellUpdatesHisSmileWithVeneersandSoCanYou

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 Signature Smiles, LLC
November 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Dental veneers employ a simple and effective method to correct any tooth issues and transform your smile. They are comprised of wafer-thin sheaths that be bonded to the outer surface of the front teeth to cover stains and flaws and correct gaps and misalignment. They are made of porcelain and are strong and long-lasting. They are also resistant to stains. Dr. Carmela LaFalce is a dentist at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ. She specializes in cosmetic dentistry including veneers.

What Type of Issues Can Veneers Correct?
Toms River, NJ dental patients can use porcelain dental veneers to correct the following dental problems:

  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Teeth with chips or cracks
  • Teeth that are too small or too large
  • Misshapen teeth

If you have teeth that are already worn due to grinding or acid reflux, dental veneers can also be used to strengthen your teeth and restore them to their natural shape and size.

Veneers are Built to Last
Porcelain veneers are very durable and designed to last for 10-15 years, which gives them a longer lifespan than composite fillings. This means that veneers will give you peace of mind knowing that your smile will last for years to come. Just like your natural teeth, the better care your take of veneers, the longer they will last.
 

Cleaning and Maintenance is Easy
Keeping your veneers in good shape is as simple as caring for your natural teeth. Just remember to brush at least twice daily and to floss at least once each day. You don’t have to change your normal oral hygiene routine.
 

Getting Veneers is Simple
Have veneers fitted is a quick and easy process. Typically, it takes just a few brief visits to your dentist and about four weeks to complete the whole process from your initial examination and having impressions of your teeth taken, to have your permanent veneers fitted.

If you would like to find out more about how you could benefit from dental veneers, call Dr. LaFalce today at (732) 244-4114 to request an appointment.

By Signature Smiles, LLC
December 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
HowVeneersRestoredHowieMandelsWinningSmile

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!



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

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