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By Miswak Dentistry
June 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
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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 Miswak Dentistry
January 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
VeneersMayNotBetheBestOptionforYourTeenagersTeeth

Just like adults, teenagers experience chipped, stained or disfigured teeth. And during a life stage where issues with appearance can be acutely painful, these defects call out for a solution.

And, there is one: porcelain veneers. These thin wafers of custom-made porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to cover dental flaws. They’re one of the least invasive—and most affordable—methods for smile enhancement.

There is one caveat, though: The affected teeth will most likely need alteration. Veneers can look bulky when bonded directly to teeth, so we compensate for this by removing some of the surface enamel. This changes the tooth permanently, to the point that it will always require a veneer or some other form of restoration.

But although this may be a minor issue for an adult, it could pose a problem for a teenager. That’s because the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, is larger in a younger adolescent tooth than in an older adult tooth. Because of its size, it’s closer to the tooth’s surface. During enamel reduction for veneers on a young tooth, this could lead to inadvertent nerve damage. If that happens, the tooth may need a root canal treatment to preserve it.

If the adolescent tooth needing a “facelift” has already been root canaled or sustained significant structural damage, then altering it for veneers may not be too concerning. Likewise, if the teeth are smaller than normal, the bulkiness of a veneer may actually improve appearance and not require alteration. We’ll need to examine a young patient first before making any recommendations.

There are also alternatives to veneers for improving smile appearance. Enamel staining could be enhanced temporarily with teeth whitening. Small chips can be repaired with bonded dental material, or in skilled hands be used to “build” a veneer one layer at a time with no enamel reduction. Although not as durable as regular veneers, these bonding techniques could buy time until the tooth is more mature for veneers.

Whichever path we take, there are effective ways to transform a teenager’s flawed tooth. And that can make for an even better smile.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Veneers for Teenagers.”

By Miswak Dentistry
October 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Improving your smile may seem like a hopeless effort, especially if the imperfections in your smile seem to outweigh the beautiful parts. veneersHowever, with dental veneers, you can repair imperfections, correct small misalignments, and even restore the color of your teeth in just a few dental appointments. Find out more about dental veneers with Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry in Ukranian Village in Chicago, IL.

Am I a candidate for veneers? 
A good candidate for veneers is in excellent dental health and understands the importance of an at-home dental routine paired with bi-annual dental examinations and professional cleanings. Though keeping your veneers healthy is the same process, proper dental hygiene becomes more important than ever when it comes to extending the life of dental veneers or other restorations. In addition to keeping your smile healthy and clean, a good candidate for veneers should be free from teeth decay or gum disease.

What can veneers repair in my smile? 
Think of a veneer as a super-thin shell which fits over the face of your tooth, masking its flaws and covering the whole tooth to give it a new appearance in one fell swoop. With this method, veneers can help improve the appearance of a tooth with several problems, including:

  • chips
  • cracks
  • yellowed appearance
  • discolorations or stains
  • slight misalignments
  • slight overcrowding
  • small gaps

Dental Veneers in Chicago, IL 
If you think you could benefit from dental veneers, you should consult with your dentist to determine if this is the best treatment for your smile. The process will require several dental visits and at least two weeks for a dental laboratory to custom make your veneers. Your dentist may place temporary veneers to protect your teeth in the meantime. Your dentist will also prepare your teeth prior to placing the veneers. This process involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the teeth to make room for the dental veneer.

For more information on dental veneers, please consider a consultation with Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry in Ukranian Village in Chicago, IL. Call (773) 661-0330 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Riyal and the staff at Miswak Dentistry today!

By Miswak Dentistry
December 31, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
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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.

By Miswak Dentistry
November 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Find out what dental issues veneers can easily fix.

When we have smile imperfections that cause embarrassment, it can be difficult to feel confident in our appearance. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry can be the answer to most patients’ dental needs. When patients hear the words cosmetic dentistry they may think it’s invasive, time-consuming and too expensive, but it doesn’t have to be that way at all. Find out how your Ukrainian Village dentist Dr. Tariq Riyal Veneers can give you the smile you want with veneers.

What are veneers?

Dental veneers may not look like much, but these thin shells of porcelain are cemented to the front surface of your teeth to cover over common flaws and give you a smile that looks healthier and more ideal without looking fake or unnatural.

In order to obtain this perfect smile without the veneers looking bulky, your dentist in Chicago, IL will need to shave down a very small amount of tooth enamel. This will give us the space we need to apply your beautiful new dental restorations. This does mean that you’ll have veneers for the rest of your life but the enamel we remove is so small that it’s completely painless and won’t even require anesthesia.

What dental problems can veneers treat?

Veneers really are quite versatile when it comes to how they can be used. If you are dealing with any of these flaws then you may be able to benefit from porcelain veneers:

  • Discolorations
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth

Are you looking to get a brighter smile but suffer from stains that whitening just won’t treat? Do you want to get a straighter, more even smile without needing to wear braces for almost a year? Then in only two visits, let dental veneers give you the smile you want without going through long orthodontic treatments or other cosmetic options that won’t end up giving you the results you need. Find out just how far veneers can take your smile.

Let Miswak Dentistry give you the smile you deserve. Call our office to schedule a consultation and find out if veneers are right for you.



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