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By Malouf Family Dentistry
May 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Do you think all of your favorite celebrities achieved their red carpet status because they were lucky enough to be born with perfect looks and great talent? Well, the truth is that many celebrities achieve their picture­perfect smiles by getting veneers!

While most celebrities are pretty tight­lipped about whether or not they've had any dental work done, here are four celebrities that are rumored to have veneers. Visit your dentist, and you can achieve the same stunning transformation yourself!

1. Tom Cruise: Crooked Teeth

Looking back at old pictures of Tom Cruise, you'd be amazed to see how his smile has transformed over the years. From the severely crooked and gapped smile he had when he was a budding actor to the picture­perfect smile he has today, word has it that good veneer work created his famous smile!

2. Hillary Duff: Chipped and Discolored Teeth

Hillary Duff allegedly chipped a tooth while singing. Rather than simply repairing the chip, she appears to have chosen veneers instead. While the difference isn't drastic, if you compare her before and after pictures, you'll notice her teeth do appear both whiter and straighter. Her grin looks great, and your teeth can too!

3. Zac Efron: Gapped Teeth

Braces aren't the only option for people who want to fix the gaps in their teeth ­ veneers are a great choice as well. They are quick, painless and they can even be placed in as little as two office visits. Compared to his old smile, Zac Efron’s teeth are now whiter and more even than would be possible overnight with any procedure but veneers. Hence the belief that they’re responsible for the magical transformation that closed his gap!

4. George Clooney: Ground Teeth

Grinding your teeth doesn't only cause pain; it can cause your teeth to get shorter too, and this apparently affected George Clooney. Thankfully, veneers are an excellent way to quickly and easily lengthen the teeth for a red­carpet­ready smile.

Why live with a smile you aren't proud to show off? If your smile isn't as straight, white, perfectly aligned or perfectly proportioned as you'd like it to be, ­do something about it! Visit your local dentist for a brand new smile you'll have to see to believe.

September 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Could you be the ideal candidate for porcelain veneers? Well, it’s time to find out!

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way over the decades and can certainly transform smiles from drab to fab in no time. If you are veneersdealing with cracked, discolored teeth, or a host of other aesthetic issues, then it’s time you talked to our St. Clair Shores, MI dentist Dr. Sam Malouf about getting dental veneers.

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are custom made to look just like your teeth. Unlike dental crowns, these cosmetic restorations are only applied to the front portion of your teeth rather than over the entire crown of the tooth. Veneers are a great way to fix common dental flaws such as:

  • Stains and discolorations that are resistant to teeth whitening
  • Cracks and chips
  • Misshapen or malformed teeth
  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Uneven or worn teeth

In just a couple of visits our St. Clair Shores, MI cosmetic dentist can turn your crooked, discolored or uneven smile into a whiter and straighter one without needing to wear braces for months on end or requiring more extensive tooth preparation to get dental crowns.

Who should get dental veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a great option for someone who is dealing with any of the aesthetic issues above and is looking for a simple and effective way to hide these problems for good. Ideal candidates will also be adults who maintain good oral health and aren’t currently dealing with cavities or gum disease. Healthy individuals are always the best candidates for dental care.

Patients should also have enough healthy tooth enamel to support dental veneers. Patients who grind or clench their teeth may not be ideal for veneer treatment, as they may be more likely to damage their new smile. You should also be dedicated to keeping your veneers clean and healthy, just as you would natural teeth.

Malouf Family Dentistry is ready to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. If you are ready to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you then it’s time you called our St. Clair Shores, MI dental office to schedule your veneer consultation.

By Malouf Family Dentistry
April 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

There's no reason to feel self-conscious or embarrassed about your smile. Porcelain veneers offer an ideal way to hide those imperfections that make you want to give up smiling. Dr. Sam Malouf, your St. Clair Shores, MI dentist at Malouf Family Dentistry, explains how veneers can improve your smile.Veneers

Veneers are the solution to many cosmetic dental issues

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are attached to the fronts of your teeth. Because translucent porcelain looks very much like your natural tooth enamel, no one will ever know that you're wearing veneers. They're a good choice if you're concerned about:

  • Gaps: If you don't like the way your gaps look, or you're tired of constantly cleaning food from them, porcelain veneers are an ideal solution. They'll cover those small gaps and simplify your oral hygiene routine.
  • Discoloration: Root canal treatment, large fillings and tetracycline treatment can darken a tooth. When you cover the tooth with a veneer, the discoloration vanishes. Veneers can also be used to whiten your entire smile. Since veneers are very resistant to staining, they offer better long-term results than teeth whitening.
  • Chips and breaks: Chipped, broken teeth can be unattractive and uncomfortable. Veneers restore your smile and cover problem areas.
  • Oddly shaped teeth: Do you have a tooth that stands out from the rest? Maybe it's twisted, eroded or just a little too short. No matter what the problem, adding a veneer to the tooth will help it blend in with surrounding teeth.

The veneer process is simple

Filing the front surfaces of your teeth slightly is the first step in the process. Your St. Clair Shores dentist will remove a little enamel to make sure that your new veneers fit well without adding bulk to your teeth. After he files your teeth, he'll make an impression of them, which a dental laboratory will use to create your new veneers.

In a week or two, the veneers will be ready, and you'll return to the office. Your dentist will make any necessary adjustments and bond the veneers to your teeth with dental cement and a special curing light.

Are you ready to revitalize your smile with dental veneers? Call Dr. Malouf, your St. Clair Shores, MI dentist at Malouf Family Dentistry, at (586) 772-9020 and schedule an appointment today. Show off your smile with veneers!

By Malouf Family Dentistry
November 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Malouf Family Dentistry
September 21, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Spice Up Your Teeth

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”