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HowGeorgeClooneyMadeOverHisSmileandHowYouCanToo

Since his breakout role as Dr. Doug Ross in the 90's TV drama ER, George Clooney has enjoyed a blockbuster career as an award-winning actor, director and producer. He's still going strong, as seen in the recent film The Midnight Sky, which Clooney directed and starred in. This sci-fi drama set a record as the most-watched movie on Netflix for the first five days after its late December release. And although now well into middle age, Clooney still possesses a winsome charm epitomized by his devil-may-care smile.

But he didn't always have his enigmatic grin. Early on, his struggles pursuing his burgeoning acting career triggered a stressful habit of grinding his teeth. This took a toll, as his teeth began to look worn and yellowed, giving his smile—and him—a prematurely aged appearance.

Clooney's not alone. For many of us, our fast-paced lives have created undue stress that we struggle to manage. This pent-up stress has to go somewhere, and for a number of individuals it's expressed through involuntary grinding or gritting of the teeth. This may not only lead to serious dental problems, but it can also diminish an otherwise attractive smile.

There are ways to minimize teeth grinding, the most important of which is to address the underlying stress fueling the habit. It's possible to get a handle on stress through professional counseling, biofeedback therapy, meditation or other relaxation techniques. You can also reduce the habit's effects with a custom-made oral device that prevents the teeth from making solid contact during a grinding episode.

But what if teeth grinding has already taken a toll on your teeth making them look worn down? Do what Clooney did—put a new “face” on your teeth with dental veneers. These thin layers of porcelain are bonded to teeth to mask all sorts of blemishes, including chips, heavy staining and, yes, teeth that appear shortened due to accelerated wearing. And they're custom-designed and fashioned to blend seamlessly with other teeth to transform your smile. Although they're not indestructible, they're quite durable and can last for years.

Veneers can correct many mild to moderate dental defects, but if your teeth are in worse shape, porcelain crowns may be the answer. A crown, which bonds to a prepared tooth to completely cover it, allows you the advantage of keeping your natural tooth while still enhancing its appearance.

Although different in degree, both veneers and crowns require permanently altering the teeth, such that they will require a dental restoration from then on. But if you're looking for an effective way to transform your worn or otherwise distressed teeth into a beautiful smile, it's a sound investment.

Just like George Clooney, your smile is an important part of who you are. We can help you make it as appealing as possible with veneers or other dental enhancements. Call us today to get started on the path to a more attractive smile.

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

By EDWIN YEE
December 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental Porcelain VeneersEven a healthy smile can use a little cosmetic improvement at some point. From stains and discolorations to chips, cracks, and spacing, everything from your dietary and lifestyle habits to unexpected accidents can cause functional and cosmetic damage. Dental veneers are one of the quickest, most effective and minimally invasive options available to improve a damaged smile. Dr. Edwin Yee, a dentist in Pensacola, FL, offers a range of dentistry options to help you look and feel your best under any circumstances.

Dental Veneers in Pensacola, FL

Veneers are made of a thin layer of porcelain which is bonded directly onto the surface of the tooth and adjusted to change to the size, shape, and color. A very thin layer of enamel may have to be shaved in order to ensure a smooth and natural looking fit for the veneer.

Porcelain veneers are a good cosmetic option for some of the following common dental problems:

  • Permanent stains and discolorations that can't be removed with surface teeth whitening treatments (also known as intrinsic stains, which develop at the dentin layer inside the tooth)
  • Mild to moderate chips and cracks
  • Gaps and spacing issues (if you have bite or alignment issues you may need orthodontic treatment)
  • Lengthen or reshape damaged or cosmetically unattractive teeth
  • Reinforce a tooth that has fractured or been treated with root canal therapy

With good oral hygiene and regular preventive dental care, veneers typically last for five to ten years, often much longer. Once in place, veneers are cared for just like natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing and a dental exam and professional cleaning every six months.

Find a Dentist in Pensacola, FL

For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact our office by calling (850) 479-3355 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yee today.

By Dr. Edwin Yee
February 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

A beautiful smile can be a very powerful thing—especially when you have a very active social life and career. It's a calling card that you veneersoffer each time you meet and greet someone. It makes people feel more comfortable and relaxed in your presence. Why not show off your very best possible smile with the help of dental veneers. Dr. Edwin Yee can fix up your smile using this in-demand cosmetic treatment at his Pensacola, FL office.

What Makes a Smile Beautiful?
An American Dental Association study found that most people believe a nice looking smile is the most attractive physical trait that a person can have. Here are some of the features that make a smile look beautiful:

- The right shade (usually a soft, white eggshell color).
- The ideal shape (smoothly contoured around the edges).
- The optimal spacing (all teeth positioned close together).
- Uniform size (each tooth is similar in height and width).

Veneers Will Give You That Ideal Smile
Because veneers can be designed to exact specifications by your Pensacola, FL dentist, they can give you the beautiful and natural looking set of teeth that you’ve been looking for. Each one is the perfect size, color, and shape to fit your unique smile. Veneers only require a small amount of space on the top of each tooth, so much of your natural tooth enamel is preserved.

Show Off Your Best Smile for Years
After you see your new smile, you can relax knowing that it will look that way for many years. Some people are able to maintain their veneers for 10 years or longer before another treatment. Your natural teeth will also stay strong during that period since they're protected by durable porcelain material. To extend the life of your veneers, avoid biting down on hard objects with them and keep them free from plaque buildup.

Come in for a Veneer Consultation
Your “best smile possible” starts with a consultation at Dr. Edwin Yee's dentist office in Pensacola, FL. Call (850) 479-3355 today to schedule an appointment to discuss veneers in more detail.