3 Celebrities who Enhanced their Smiles with Veneers (and one who botched it)

As one of a select few number of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) fellows across the world, Dr. King sees many celebrity clients. A stunning smile isn’t just important for the red carpet; it can make or break a career. One of the fastest ways to a perfect smile is through veneers, though it does take an expert to make them look flawless and natural. Here’s a look at three celebs who have corrected their million-dollar grins through cosmetic dentistry. Take a close look, because one of them made a costly mistake, which we’ll reveal at the end.

1. Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is a mega-star, there’s no question about that. His teeth, on the other hand, needed quite a bit of help before Tom could take on the polished look he has today. In his earlier movies, it was quite obvious that he was battling with crooked and discolored teeth. Now, they’re dazzling, straight, and bright.

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2. Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff grew up in front of the camera and warmed our hearts as Lizzie McGuire. Truth be told, she did have nice teeth early on, but at some point she allegedly chipped one of her front teeth on a microphone. Ouch! As you can see in the later picture, her teeth now have a more uniform and vibrant appearance, in addition to correcting the chip.

Hilary Before & After

3. Keyshia Cole

Like many people, Keyshia Cole had a gap between her front teeth, called a diastema. She turned to veneers to correct it and the results are stunning. Now, she has a very glamorous smile, full of wider, brighter teeth.

So which of these three missed the mark with their cosmetic work?

If you look at any photo of Tom Cruise today, you’ll see the natural symmetry of his face was not honored when his cosmetic treatment was performed. Although we never treated him, it looks like his twisted tooth could have benefitted from orthodontics beforehand.

Everyone’s face has a line of symmetry down the center, and the front teeth lie on either side of it. With Tom, it’s very easy to see that his front right tooth is too far over to the left to look natural.

Veneers are wonderful and can instantly transform a smile. They’re effective whether you have crooked teeth a chipped tooth, gaps, or simply want a bright and uniform smile. However, it’s very important to have them done by an experienced cosmetic dentist, who can help you avoid cosmetic dentistry pitfalls and ensure that your smile is worthy of the red carpet. If you’d like to see how Dr. King can transform your smile, contact us today.

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Celebrity Smiles: before and after

4 Ways to a Straighter Smile

Having straight teeth is about much more than aethetics. When your pearly whites are aligned properly, it is easier to clean between them, and maintain your teeth and gums healthier. In recent times, Invisalign also looked into how people straight teeth are perceived, and the company discovered that it can impact everything from your job prospects to dating. Believe it or not, people may actually think you’re smarter if your teeth are straight. Whether you want a straighter smile for the sake of aesthetics, for the health benefits, or because you want to advance in your career, there are many routes you may take to get there.

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1) Braces

Traditional orthodontics, often referred to as braces, are what most people think of when they want straighter teeth. They’re typically made of stainless steel and consist of metal bands that wrap around teeth like a ring, and brackets that are cemented to the teeth, which work together with an arch wire that gradually pulls the teeth into their desired position. Depending on what other corrections are needed, such as adjusting the bite or rotating teeth, additional tools may be used.

2) Aligners

One of the newer orthodontic methods utilizes aligners. Instead of relying on bulky metal, a model of your ideal arch shape is used to create clear molds that fit over the top of your teeth. These molds, or aligners, are removable for meals and brushing, but must be worn the rest of the time. They are switched out every couple of weeks, to help guide your teeth into their ideal positions.

3) Invisalign

The best-known brand of aligners is Invisalign. The system relies on CAD/CAM technology to capture a digital image of your teeth and create the aligners. Many adults and teens favor Invisalign because it’s gentle and can be worn without the stigma of braces and it works very quickly.

4) Retainers

Your teeth have ligaments that work like rubber bands. They stretch during orthodontic treatment, and can try to pull your teeth back into their original places following any kind of orthodontic treatment, retainers help keep teeth from moving after treatment. Over time, the ligaments will tighten up again, and your teeth will do a better job of staying in place on their own. However, your teeth will still try to shift as you age and habits may affect their position as well. Additionally, retainers can be used independently to make small movements to teeth. During this phase, most people only wear their retainers at night, to maintain their straight teeth for life.

Debra Gray King, DDS, FAACD

Dr. King is one of 47 worldwide fellows of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and can create the gorgeous straight smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re interested in one of the methods discussed here, or would like to streamline the process with alternative treatments, Dr. King can help. To find out which methods are right for you, schedule a consultation today.

3 Natural-Looking Ways to Fix a Broken Tooth

Almost everyone deals with a broken tooth at some point in time or another. Just a few years ago, Dentistry Today, a journal for dentists, referred to fractured teeth as an “epidemic,” because it has become so common. While lifestyle factors, such as clenching and grinding, have been suggested as causes for the surge, statistics aren’t important when you’ve got a broken tooth- especially if it hurts or looks unsightly. The good news is that they’re usually fairly easy to fix, and an expert cosmetic dentist, like Dr. King, can make them look perfectly natural using any of these three techniques.

1) Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is the simplest way to fix a broken tooth, and it’s effective when the damage is small-to-moderate. The same type of tooth-colored material that’s used on fillings applied and contoured, so it mimics the tooth’s original shape. It’s worth noting that not every dentist understands the nuances of tooth shades. There’s more to making it look natural than selecting the right color. An experienced cosmetic dentist will also pay special attention to the translucency, so the correction blends seamlessly into your smile.


2) Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can dramatically enhance an entire smile, repair cracked teeth, and reshape teeth. They’re an ideal choice if you’d like to repair more than one tooth, or want to brighten and correct cosmetic defects on several teeth. With porcelain veneers, a small amount of the face of the tooth is reduced, and a new porcelain face is specially-designed to cover it. The veneer essentially “hugs” the tooth, covering its front and sides, which makes it minimally-invasive and aesthetically pleasing.Slide24


3) CEREC Crowns

Sometimes the damage is so severe that dental bonding or a veneer cannot repair it, and the whole tooth needs to be built up and protected. Preparation for a CEREC crown is just like that of a traditional crown. The entire tooth is reshaped, so that a cap may be put over the top of it.  The cap looks just like a natural tooth, and it protects the original tooth below it. The big difference with CEREC crowns is that all the work can be done in a single visit, whereas traditional crowns are made by a dental lab, and patients have to wait weeks between preparation and permanent seating.

If you have a broken tooth, it’s well worth your time to seek out an expert cosmetic dentist to perform the repair. General dentists often focus on the mechanics, rather than creating a beautiful smile. Dr. King is one of 47 worldwide fellows accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and understands what it takes to perform these restorations in a way that’s both esthetically-pleasing and long-lasting. If you have a broken tooth and would like to find out what your options are, schedule a consultation with Dr. King today.

5 Reasons We Love Crowns in a Day (And You Will Too)

The “crown in a day” procedure has revolutionized dentistry. It’s often referred to by its trade-name, CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. At Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re smitten with the technology, and our patients are enjoying numerous benefits because we offer the service. Although there is much to love about the crown in a day procedure, here are five of the biggest reasons people are excited to have it done.

#1 You Don’t Have to Wait Two Weeks

Historically, the only way to have a crown made has been to send impressions to a lab and wait for the lab to create the restoration. The process is carried out by a technician or master ceramist, and it takes him about two weeks to make a single crown. It’s a lengthy process of layering porcelain, staining, and baking. With CEREC, your restoration starts off as a single block of ceramic material, which is then reshaped by a computer in the office.

#2 You Only Need One Appointment

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Because the machine is in the office and utilizes a streamlined process, it’s much quicker. The restoration is made on the same day the tooth is prepared, so you only need to schedule one appointment. While this is helpful for anyone with a busy life, it’s a huge benefit for those who travel to see the dentist.

#3 You Can Get a Massage While You Wait

Although the restoration is made fairly quickly, there is a little downtime while we wait for the mill to work its magic. Our office provides an array of spa services, including massage. Take advantage of one of our shorter complimentary massages by a licensed massage therapist, read, watch a movie, or just kick back and relax.

#4 CEREC Crowns are Beautiful

When the restoration is made in a lab, it falls upon the ceramist to ensure it looks natural and beautiful. In an office, the aesthetics are reliant upon the skill of the dentist alone. Dr. King is one on 13 worldwide fellows of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which has incredibly stringent guidelines for even basic accreditation. When you choose a dentist who has taken the additional training and has proven he or she has the skills necessary to be part of the AACD, you can rest assured the results will be stunning.

#5 You Can Skip Messy Impressions

Traditional crowns require impressions to be made using bulky trays and goopy material. CEREC utilizes CAD/CAM technology, so the impressions are digital.

There’s so much to love about CEREC. If you’d like to see if you’re a candidate for crown in a day, contact our office for a consultation today.