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

6 Reasons to Smile

A study covered by the Telegraph revealed an interesting find; people with dazzling smiles are genuinely happier than those who face dental woes. Researchers took it a step further and discovered that people with imperfect smiles tend to have lower self-esteem and those with partials and dentures actually have more stress in their lives than people with a full set of chompers. If an imperfection is keeping your from smiling proudly, cosmetic dentistry can boost your confidence, and give you even more reasons to smile.

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1) Teeth Whitening

For many people, teeth whitening can be a direct gateway to a stunning smile. It’s a non-invasive way to give your smile a pop, and might be the only form of cosmetic dentistry you’ll need if you already have a healthy mouth and straight teeth. It’s also a great starting point if you’re considering other treatments.

2) Gum Lifts

Sometimes a gummy smile can detract from its overall vibrancy. Gum lifts are a simple in-office procedure that recontours the gums so your natural smile can shine. Simply removing a millimeter or two of excess tissue is enough to make a person’s whole appearance look different.

3) Veneers

When people want a total smile makeover, they usually turn to veneers. They provide a uniform appearance, remove unsightly gaps, and correct chips and discoloration. It’s a beautiful and functional solution that will give you a perfect Hollywood smile, without having to wait for orthodontics to work.

4) Bonding

Cosmetic bonding can achieve some of the goals that veneers can, but only the affected portion of the tooth receives coverage. If you’d like to use bonding to correct a chip or gap, you may wish to have whitening done first, so that the bonding can be shaded the same vibrant white to match.

5) Invisalign

Nowadays, most adults and teens prefer Invisalign to traditional braces when they’d like to straighten their teeth. The clear aligners don’t carry the same stigma as braces do, and they aren’t noticeable at a conversational distance. Moreover, the process is gentler on the teeth, so it’s more comfortable as well.

6) Cleanings

Although not classified as cosmetic dentistry, a healthy mouth is the first step to having a beautiful smile. By maintaining your oral health with cleanings and professional exams, your teeth will be brighter, your gums will be healthier, and you’ll get to keep your natural teeth longer.

Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry offers comprehensive care, starting with preventative exams and cleanings.  Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

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.

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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.

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.