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What are Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and colour) by your dentist. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. They function and look just like your normal tooth enamel.

Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile.  They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. Well fitted veneers tend to be very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile. Furthermore they don’t stain or discolour like enamel.

Reasons for porcelain veneers:

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile
  • Crooked or stained teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Severely discoloured or stained teeth
  • Teeth that are too small or large
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces
  • Worn or chipped teeth

What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure.  The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (colour) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond.  Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions for veneers.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers. If your bite is very heavy or uneven the dentist may suggest wearing a night splint.

Call Reva Dental on 056 776 3786 to schedule your appointment. You may be eligible for a free check-up; see www.revadental.ie

Best Celebrity Smile Makeovers

The A-List in Hollywood is filled with beautiful people – and the ‘Hollywood smile’ is famous around the world as an essential facet of red carpet beauty. If you look through magazines you will see regular reference to the best celebrity smile makeovers, showing amazing cosmetic dental work. However while many celebrities have had extensive dental work, many appearing in those lists have only had minor changes made to their teeth.

The important thing to remember is that a good dentist will know what will work: and that in many cases a small change can make a BIG difference. Our dental professionals here at Crescent Dental have taken a look at some well-known celebs to see what kind of work may have transformed their smiles!

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One of the best examples of a celebrity smile makeover is Tom Cruise. In his early career he didn’t exactly have the movie star smile and  by his own admission this came between him and certain film roles. Tom suffered from overcrowding and his teeth were quite badly misaligned. Some basic cleaning procedures, a few veneers and a few months of invisible braces ensure a now bright happy and confident smile. If you suffer from overcrowding, 6 month braces are a fantastic and time-effective option that you should consider to improve your smile.

zacZacEfron is another celeb who has had some wonderful results with cosmetic dentistry. As a teenager he had a gap between his two front teeth, now they are perfectly aligned. He had Invisible braces which helped to pull his teeth together and give him a more ‘adult’ smile. Tooth whitening was also used to help brighten up Zac’s new smile.

 

 

victoriaVictoria Beckham had a fantastic celebrity smile makeover. Her teeth were crooked and she had a gap at the front of her teeth. Victoria looks like she has had some porcelain veneers on her front smile line and some tooth whitening sessions to brighten up her smile.

 

 

georgeGeorge Clooney has always been a big hit with the ladies but his smile was far from perfect many moons ago! A chronic teeth grinding habit (bruxism) left George with tiny stubs for teeth. Porcelain veneers were used to lengthen the teeth that Clooney had ground down and gum-lasering was carried out to expose more of his natural teeth.

 

 

cherylCheryl Cole had quite crooked teeth and she had pointed incisors that were quite fang-like. Her teeth were straightened and the ‘fangs’ were reshaped to give her a more beautiful smile. Whitening was also carried out on her stained teeth and she now has some dazzling white porcelain veneers to give her that perfect Hollywood smile.

For all of the non-celebs among us, teeth cleaning and whitening can dramatically change your smile. Techniques like cosmetic bonding and 6 month braces can really change your whole looks and the costs are a lower than you might expect nowadays as cosmetic dentistry is becoming more common. Talking to a good dentist will help you find the most effective way of getting that perfect smile you are looking for!

5 Things Your Smile Says About You…

Feeling happy? Go ahead and smile — but know that you may be telling others more about yourself than you think.

The meaning of a smile changes depending on the social context, studies show. Some smiles bring benefits, but others reveal hidden weakness. Humans smile more depending on who they’re talking to, and those smiles can hint at their futures.

Without further ado, here are five things your smile tells others about you.

1. Will your marriage last?

Wedded bliss may be linked to an easy grin. According to a study published in 2009 in the journal Motivation and Emotion, the way people smile in old photographs predicts their later success in marriage.

In one study, psychologists rated people’s college yearbook photos for smile intensity (muscle stretching around the mouth and eyes). They found that none of the biggest grinners divorced later in life. In comparison, 25% of the most straight-faced experienced divorce.

A second study of childhood photos of people over age 65 found a similar link. Among those with the biggest smiles in the childhood pictures, 11 percent later experienced divorce, compared with 31 percent of the least smiley.

A bigger smile may reflect a happy-go-lucky approach to life, the researchers reported. Or bigger smiles may attract a happier partner, and lead to a happier relationship.

2. How fertile are you?

A healthy smile can reflect your overall health, multiple studies show. For women, smiles can even reveal fertility.

Women with gum disease take an average of two months longer to conceive than women without, according to research published in 2009 in the US Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Gum disease is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, respiratory disease and kidney disease. The link appears related to increased inflammation that accompanies gum disease, the researchers found.

3. How much earning power do you have?

A teenager’s grin can predict how much cash he or she will rake in as an adult. According to a study published in 2012 in the journal Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences, happy teens earned 10 percent more income than average at age 29, while gloomy adolescents earned 30 percent less than average at that age.

Happiness is likely linked with fewer worries and less stress, study researchers reported. Less worry means more mental space to focus on job-related tasks.

4. How powerful are you?

Smiles aren’t just about happiness. They’re also a sign of social status. A 1998 study in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that high-powered people, as well as people interacting with others of equal power, smiled when they felt happy.

In contrast, people with less social power than the person they were interacting with smiled regardless of their own emotions.

The findings suggest that powerful people have the privilege of smiling when they please, whereas those with less power are obligated to smile in order to ingratiate themselves.

5. How good a fighter are you?

The link between smiles and power holds in the physical realm, as well. In one study, professional mixed martial arts fighters who grinned in photographs taken the day before a match were more likely to lose than fighters who presented a tough mug for the camera.

Fighting is about dominance, and smiles may inadvertently signal that a person is less dominant, hostile or aggressive, researchers reported online Jan. 28, 2013, in the journal Emotion.

Even untrained observers caught on to the message in the smiles, the same study found. People viewed a fighter as more trustworthy and agreeable, but less aggressive and less physically dominant, if they saw him smiling versus posing with a neutral expression.

The takeaway? Smiles grease the social wheels in most situations, and happiness is usually a boon. But if you’re going head-to-head in a contest of dominance, put your game face on.

(via Huffington Post)