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By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
April 26, 2019
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 John Sartorio, D.M.D.
January 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   crowns  

With its life-like color and texture, dental porcelain can restore a smile marred by decayed or damaged teeth. This durable ceramic material not only matches the varieties of individual tooth colors and hues, its translucence mimics the appearance of natural teeth. But perhaps its greatest benefit is its adaptability for use in a number of different applications, particularly veneers and crowns.

Veneers are thin layers of dental porcelain laminated together and permanently bonded to cover the visible outer side of a tooth to improve its appearance. Crowns, on the other hand, are “caps” of dental porcelain designed to completely cover a defective tooth.

Veneers and crowns share a number of similarities. Both can alter the color and shape of teeth, although crowns are used when more extensive tooth structure has been damaged. They’re also “irreversible,” meaning the tooth must be altered in such a way that it will always require a veneer or crown, though on some occasions a veneer can require no removal of tooth structure and can be reversible.

They do, however, have some differences as to the type of situation they address. Veneers are generally used where the affected teeth have a poor appearance (chipped, malformed or stained, for example) but are still structurally healthy. And although they do generally require some removal of tooth enamel to accommodate them (to minimize a “bulky” appearance), the reduction is much less than for a crown.

Crowns, on the other hand, restore teeth that have lost significant structure from disease, injury, stress-related grinding habits or the wearing effects of aging. Since they must contain enough mass to stand up to the normal biting forces a tooth must endure, a significant amount of the original tooth structure must be removed to accommodate them.

Which application we use will depend upon a thorough examination of your teeth. Once we’ve determined their condition and what you need, we can then recommend the best application for your situation. But regardless of whether we install a veneer or crown, using dental porcelain can help achieve an end result that’s truly life-changing — a new, younger-looking smile.

If you would like more information on dental porcelain restorations, 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 Crowns & Veneers.”

By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
June 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Porcelain veneers will give you that perfect smile you've always wanted. Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made shells that fit over the teeth veneerschanging their length, shape, and size. Dr. John Sartorio in Pittsburgh, PA offers state-of-the-art veneers to his patients. Here are five extraordinary benefits of porcelain veneers.

#1- Fix Gapped Teeth

Have gaps in your smile? Your Pittsburgh dentist can fix the gaps in your smile through the use of porcelain veneers. They fit snugly over the surface of your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile.

#2- Restore Chipped Teeth

If your tooth is chipped, a porcelain veneer can make it look healthy and whole again. A veneer covers the whole front of the tooth with a thicker section to replace the chipped part of the tooth.

#3- Cover Crooked Teeth

Crooked smile? You may not need braces to fix your crooked teeth. Dentists use porcelain veneers as a solution for crooked teeth. This approach is much quicker than orthodontic treatment—and allows you to improve tooth color and shape at the same time.

#4- Look Years Younger

It's no secret that your teeth play an important role in defining how old or young you look. If you want to look younger, getting porcelain veneers is a great place to start. Porcelain veneers will restore your smile and make you look younger instantly.

#5- Whiten Your Smile

You don't have to live with stained teeth. Porcelain veneers can give you a whiter, brighter smile. Dark beverages and foods do not stain veneers as they do natural teeth because unlike the enamel on your teeth, porcelain is not porous. Nothing is more rejuvenating than a beautiful, white smile. 

Millions of adults around the world have improved their smiles with porcelain veneers. Perhaps, it's time you joined them? Call Dr. Sartorio's dental office at (412) 831-8700 to schedule a dental consultation in Pittsburgh, PA. It's never too late for a beautiful smile.

By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
January 07, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Veneers  

I Have Dental Veneers, Now How Do I Take Care of Them? The Do’s and Don’ts of Porcelain Veneer Care.

You smile at yourself in the mirror, and now a gorgeous set of sparkling porcelain veneers smile back at you. The color and shape of veneersthem are perfect, and you might be wondering how to keep them perfect. You want to know how to take care of them.

Porcelain veneers, like those placed by John Sartorio, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are strong, but there are still some things you don’t want to do, in order to keep them in perfect shape. When you have porcelain veneers, it’s important to remember:

  • Don’t use them as tools- don’t use your teeth to open bags or tear things
  • Don’t bite into hard foods like apples or candy, and don’t chew ice or bite your fingernails
  • Don’t play contact sports without wearing a mouthguard

If you grind your teeth at night, this is very hard on your teeth, and extremely hard on veneers, so make an appointment with Dr. Sartorio immediately to be fitted with a night guard.

Veneers should be treated just like you would treat your normal teeth. For proper care of porcelain veneers, you should remember to:

  • Brush and floss daily to protect your gums and your teeth from periodontal disease and decay
  • Consider getting a sonic toothbrush- vibrating toothbrushes are very effective for daily oral care
  • Visit Dr. Sartorio regularly so he can check your veneers for any problems
  • Get regular dental cleanings- your hygienist will examine your gums for any signs of irritation or infection, and will polish your veneers with a mild, non-abrasive paste.

You’ve made the perfect choice with dental veneers, and you’ve made a commitment to yourself to look your very best. You owe it to yourself to maintain your veneers so you can get the most from your investment.

If you want to know more about caring for your veneers or you want to have them checked out by an expert, stop in and visit Dr. John Sartorio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, your partner in dental veneers. He is there to help you keep your dazzling smile. Call today!

By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
August 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Porcelain veneers can correct the color, shape and alignment of your teeth, giving you a perfect smile. 

Regardless of what's affecting your smile, cosmetic dentistry now offers natural-looking and comfortable restorations to make your teethVeneers beautiful and healthy again. For a dramatic change, Dr. John Sartorio, your Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania cosmetic dentist, often suggests veneers. When these wafer-thin porcelain restorations are placed over your existing teeth, a new, flawless look emerges. Here are a few of the ways that veneers from your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist can upgrade your smile.

Are your teeth discolored?
Whitening is another cosmetic dentistry procedure; in fact, it's the most popular. Unfortunately, there are certain situations that the bleaching agents cannot treat. For instance, some adults who took tetracycline antibiotics in childhood may have permanent gray stains on their teeth. These are typically resistant to whitening. Receded gums can leave portions of the tooth's root exposed; this area does not respond to whitening agents. If you have any existing dental work, like crowns or fillings, they will stay the same color after the rest of your teeth have been whitened. These are all common reasons that your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist uses veneers to give your teeth a realistic and consistent color.

Are your teeth unevenly shaped?
Teeth can wear down over time or sustain chips that change their shape. Permanent teeth may grow in abnormally in length or shape. Veneers from Dr. John Sartorio in Pittsburgh can rectify all of these problems. With veneers layered on top of the existing teeth, each tooth will be symmetrical to its neighbors while still maintaining a natural look.

Are your teeth crooked?

In many cases, veneers can correct alignment problems. Overlapping and small gaps between them can be covered in this way. Orthodontics are typically used for more severe alignment problems; your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist can evaluate your situation and determine the best treatment.

Veneers can give you a beautiful smile and can last more than a decade with proper maintenance. If you're wondering about this revolutionary smile makeover, contact Dr. John Sartorio, your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist, to learn more!