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.

Tom Cruise

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

5 Things you didn’t know about veneers

Veneers can eliminate gaps, correct chips, make teeth look straighter, and create a vibrant smile that turns heads. Best of all, they can transform your smile quickly, so you don’t need to wait months or years for results. Most people have some familiarity with this versatile aspect of cosmetic dentistry, but we’ve come up with five things you’ve probably never heard.

Atlanta veneers

1) They Can Be Very Thin

Dr. King is one of 47 elite dentists in the world who has attained the status of “fellow” with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). She utilizes Pearls, her own perfected version of ultra-thin veneers, to enhance smiles. Because of this, very little tooth structure is removed, and the tooth remains structurally sound.

2) They Can Be Strong

Most people have heard a horror story about someone who repeatedly lost or broke their restorations. Sadly, this is usually the result of seeing an unskilled dentist for complex cosmetic restorations. While you may want to take care to protect your new smile, restorations performed by Dr. King are incredibly durable.

3) They Can Last More than a Decade

Over time, the shape of your face may change and your gum line can start to recede, but it can take a decade or more for this to happen. When you have a highly trained dentist who takes great pride in their work, you can rest assured that the smile you’ve invested in will be long-lasting.

4) They’re Stain-Resistant

Most of the time, veneers are made of porcelain, which doesn’t absorb stains from coffee, nicotine, wine, or other vices. This is in stark contrast from both natural teeth, which may need whitening treatments to retain their luster, and from resins, which can discolor over time.

5) They Can Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

Though thin, these wonderful restorations also work to shield your teeth from the elements. If you felt zings from hot or cold foods before, they’ll have better insulation after treatment.

Debra Gray King, DDS, FAACDDr. King’s beautiful smile makeovers are so well-known that she has earned a reputation in the industry and has a long list of celebrity clientele. If you’re interested in dramatically enhancing your smile quickly, Dr. King can help. She begins all smile makeovers with a consultation, in which she performs a full assessment, explains your options, and shows you what you can expect to achieve. To get started on the path to your gorgeous smile, schedule your consultation today.

3 Reasons Your Porcelain Veneers Changed Colors

When people visit a dentist who is not accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, or AACD, the results are a mixed bag. Unlike Dr. King, who is one of 13 fellows worldwide, these general dentists and even cosmetic dentists, often lack the extra training and skill necessary to create beautiful smiles with porcelain veneers. One of the most common complaints after leaving the dental office is that the shade of the porcelain veneers looks different or darker. The truth is, they almost never change color, but sometimes they look like they have. If you’re experiencing chameleon teeth, it’s probably caused by one of these three things.

1. Your Natural Teeth Changed Colors

Tooth whitening will make a smile pop, but it’s important to allow time between the end of a whitening treatment and the start of restorative treatment to allow the color to stabilize. When enough time doesn’t pass between, or a patient continues to whiten after restorations are placed, the natural teeth look brighter than the restorations.

discolored veneers

2. The Dentist Used a Hemostatic Agent

Sometimes medications are used to stop gums from bleeding during treatment. While the medication is helpful, it can cause dark spots to show through under porcelain veneers if it’s not completely cleaned off.

3. The Color of the Natural Tooth is Showing Through

Most people want a brilliant and white smile, and they work with their doctor to select a vibrant shade. Although it’s possible to camouflage a darker tooth below or lighten it before treatment, many dentists and ceramists lack the skill to do so, or they fail to give an accurate representation of tooth color before the porcelain veneers are placed. In any case, the finished cosmeticDebra Gray King, DDS, FAACD work looks duller or darker than the patient expected it to.

There’s only one way to correct the color of porcelain veneers, and that’s to have them redone. While dentists should strive to improve their work when a patient is unhappy with the results, many of them simply aren’t capable of producing the beautiful smiles people expect no matter how many times they attempt to redo it. It’s best to start with a dentist who is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, but you can still get a smile you’re proud to show, even if you visit one after seeing another dentist. The Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry works with accredited ceramicists who custom create the shade and shape of the veneers. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. King and learn how she can design the smile you’ve always dreamed of.