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It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.

This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.

Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.

If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.

More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.

Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.

Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.

Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.

As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Hoffmaster Dental
April 12, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that someone playing hockey, racing motocross or duking it out in an ultimate fighter match had a tooth knocked out. But acting in a movie? That's exactly what happened to Howie Mandel, well-known comedian and host of TV's America's Got Talent and Deal or No Deal. And not just any tooth, but one of his upper front teeth—with the other one heavily damaged in the process.

The accident occurred during the 1987 filming of Walk Like a Man in which Mandel played a young man raised by wolves. In one scene, a co-star was supposed to yank a bone from Howie's mouth. The actor, however, pulled the bone a second too early while Howie still had it clamped between his teeth. Mandel says you can see the tooth fly out of his mouth in the movie.

But trooper that he is, Mandel immediately had two crowns placed to restore the damaged teeth and went back to filming. The restoration was a good one, and all was well with his smile for the next few decades.

Until, that is, he began to notice a peculiar discoloration pattern. Years of coffee drinking had stained his other natural teeth, but not the two prosthetic (“false”) crowns in the middle of his smile. The two crowns, bright as ever, stuck out prominently from the rest of his teeth, giving him a distinctive look: “I looked like Bugs Bunny,” Mandel told Dear Doctor—Dentistry & Oral Health magazine.

His dentist, though, had a solution: dental veneers. These thin wafers of porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask slight imperfections like chipping, gaps or discoloration. Veneers are popular way to get an updated and more attractive smile. Each veneer is custom-shaped and color-matched to the individual tooth so that it blends seamlessly with the rest of the teeth.

One caveat, though: most veneers can look bulky if placed directly on the teeth. To accommodate this, traditional veneers require that some of the enamel be removed from your tooth so that the veneer does not add bulk when it is placed over the front-facing side of your tooth. This permanently alters the tooth and requires it have a restoration from then on.

In many instances, however, a “minimal prep” or “no-prep” veneer may be possible, where, as the names suggest, very little or even none of the tooth's surface needs to be reduced before the veneer is placed. The type of veneer that is recommended for you will depend on the condition of your enamel and the particular flaw you wish to correct.

Many dental patients opt for veneers because they can be used in a variety of cosmetic situations, including upgrades to previous dental work as Howie Mandel experienced. So if slight imperfections are putting a damper on your smile, veneers could be the answer.

If you would like more information about veneers and other cosmetic dental enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”

By Hoffmaster Dental
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Do you want a smile that makes you feel more confident? Veneers are the solution.

Who doesn’t want a smile they can be proud of? Unfortunately, most people are dealing with discolorations, chips, or crooked teeth that keep them from having the best possible smiles. If this sounds like you, our York, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster can provide you with dental veneers. These are customized porcelain shells that bond directly to the front of teeth to completely alter and enhance your smile for life. Ask the staff at Hoffmaster Dental about these services today!

When you have veneers, your entire outlook on life changes!

Here are just a few examples:

  • You feel more confident in your appearance.
  • You'll smile more often.
  • A vastly improved quality of life.
  • An improvement in your social life.
  • A stronger and more durable smile.
  • The reduction or elimination of tooth sensitivity caused by excessively worn teeth.
  • A stain-resistant, natural-looking smile that is also easy to care for and maintain.

Wondering whether dental veneers could be right for you?

Most healthy adults who are dealing with imperfections that affect the overall appearance of their smiles can benefit from turning to our York, PA, cosmetic dentist for veneers. Veneers are right for you if you are looking to mask these common dental flaws:

  • Discolorations and deep, internal stains.
  • Chipped and cracked teeth.
  • Spaces or gaps between teeth.
  • Slightly misaligned or crooked teeth.
  • Slight crowding or overlapping of teeth.
  • Excessively worn-down teeth.
  • Teeth that are too short, oddly shaped or malformed.

By bonding veneers directly to your teeth, we can instantly hide these problems. Our York, PA, dentist gives you a smile that is brighter, symmetrical, and straighter. Before getting dental veneers, we will need to examine your teeth to make sure that they are healthy enough to support veneers. Once teeth are prepped and impressions are taken, a dental lab will get to work creating your very own set of veneers. You will then come into the office so we can check the fit before bonding them permanently to your teeth. In a matter of weeks, you could finally have the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you are ready to get a new and improved smile with the help of dental veneers, you’ll need a cosmetic dentist dedicated to providing you with the individualized care you’re looking for in York, PA. Call Hoffmaster Dental today at (717) 846-9428 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Hoffmaster.

By Hoffmaster Dental
December 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Are you wondering what exactly dental veneers can do for the appearance of your smile?veneers

It’s almost the start of the New Year and, as you probably already know, most people start considering their New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps this year you’ve decided it’s time to improve the look of your smile. If you’ve dreamed of having a smile that rivals that of Hollywood stars, then our York, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster is here to tell you how veneers could help.

As you might be able to tell, these thin porcelain restorations are designed to look just like natural tooth enamel and when they are adhered to the front surface of one or more teeth they can greatly alter the shape, length, texture and even color of your smile.

You name the cosmetic flaw and chances are good that dental veneers can hide them. From stains and chips to gaps between teeth and minor crowding, there are so many dental issues of differing severities that dental veneers can improve.

Want a whiter smile but have deep stains that don’t seem to respond to professional teeth whitening? Do your front teeth overlap one another? Are there unsightly pits in the enamel of your teeth? If so, you’ve come to the right place because our York, PA, cosmetic dentist can easily mask all of these issues and more with this simple porcelain restoration.

How do I get veneers?

The first thing you will have to do is undergo a thorough examination. During your exam, we will also run X-rays to make sure that your teeth are strong enough and that there is enough healthy enamel to support veneers. If your oral health is great then chances are good that you’ll be a great candidate for veneers.

The next step is to prep your teeth and take impressions of them. Tooth preparation is minimal with this treatment, which is just one of the many reasons so many people turn to veneers. Instead of reshaping or removing a lot of enamel from your teeth we only have to remove trace amounts to make room for your veneers. The process is painless.

Impressions will also be taken so that we can create restorations that offer an exact fit over your teeth. Once your veneers have been created, you’ll come in one last time so that we can bond them to your teeth.

This is your year to finally have the smile you’ve always wanted. Let’s find out if dental veneers are right for you. Call Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, today to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We want to give you a smile you’ll be happy with for years to come.

By Hoffmaster Dental
June 23, 2017
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.