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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 Luker Dental Care
August 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

A great smile gives you confidence, so when you have chipped, uneven or stained teeth, it can make you hesitant to show off your grin.

If your teeth are making you self-conscious, it's time to consider veneers from Luker Dental Care in Springfield IL. Dental veneers cover any imperfections in your smile, giving you beautiful and fully functional teeth. Make your appointment today with Dr. John Luker.

What are veneers?
Veneers are strong but thin coverings for your natural teeth, custom-sized to fit your mouth perfectly. To craft your veneers, your dentist at our Springfield IL office will use a mold of your teeth to create the best size and shape for a natural look, comfortable fit, and full functionality. Veneers are cemented in place using a strong adhesive, so you won't need to worry about them shifting or becoming detached.

What can veneers fix about my smile?

Veneers cover any gaps, cracks, or damage on your teeth, giving you a straight and flawless smile. Dental issues such as unevenness, chips, severe staining, or visible decay will be concealed.

Veneers have the added benefit of repelling stains from food and beverages like coffee and red wine, meaning your smile will look whiter and brighter.

With veneers from our Springfield IL office, you might also find it easier to eat and brush your teeth, with the cumbersome spaces or damaged surfaces affecting your smile remedied.

How do I care for dental veneers?

Dental veneers are cared for just as you would your natural teeth. You will need to brush thoroughly, floss, and visit our Springfield IL office for regular deep cleanings and exams. While veneers are strong, they can be damaged, so you should avoid biting hard objects or eating especially sticky foods.

Get ready to flash your smile again with the help of veneers. Call Dr. John Luker of Luker Dental Care in Springfield IL today at 217-546-8330.

January 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Get the smile you’ve always wanted in just two trips to the dentist’s office.

With the start of a New Year, many people start thinking of ways to revamp their appearances and improve their confidence. If you are dealing with discolored, misshapen or slightly crooked teeth then you may be wondering how our Springfield, IL dentist Dr. John Luker can help. Luker Dental Care offers a wide range of cosmetic options, and one of the most popular options is dental veneers.

What are dental veneers?

A veneer is a custom-fitted shell often made from porcelain that covers the front of your teeth and creates a new outer surface for the tooth that improves its appearance while also hiding the tooth’s flaws. Veneers are bonded directly to the front of the tooth to cover imperfections and also to alter the overall length, shape, color and alignment of your teeth.

What are some of the ways that veneers can improve smiles?

Just by bonding these thin porcelain shells to your teeth our Springfield dentist can enhance your look permanently so that you finally have the smile you’ve always wanted. Here are just some of the ways veneers can fix your smile,

Close up gaps

If you find that there are small gaps between teeth, particularly front teeth, then you may feel a little self-conscious about smiling. While you might assume that the only option is braces, you’ll be happy to hear that veneers can cover up gaps to make your smile appear more aligned without ever needing orthodontic treatment.

Get a more radiant smile

Internal stains may be caused by certain medications such as antibiotics or exposure to too much fluoride. Whatever the case may be, veneers can provide you with the whiter smile you want.

Hide cracks, chips and other imperfections

While teeth are very durable even injury or eating very hard foods can lead to chips and cracks. If the crack or chip is superficial enough that it isn’t actually impacting the health and functionality of the tooth then a veneer can be used to hide these imperfections while also providing an added layer of support for the tooth. Veneers even have the ability to alter the shape and size of misshapen or worn teeth.

Are you ready to reap the benefits of a beautiful smile? If you want to learn more about veneers and whether they are right for you then call Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL, at (217) 546-8330 to schedule a consultation.

By Luker Dental Care
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain VeneersDo you feel comfortable with how your smile looks? If the answer is no, you could join the millions of Americans who have improved their personal appearance and self-confidence with lifelike porcelain veneers. Also called dental laminates, these translucent shells of high-grade ceramic completely camouflage laws in tooth enamel so you look and feel great. At Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL your dentist, Dr. John Luker, can give you all the details on this outstanding cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Porcelain veneers freshen up smiles

Tooth-shaped and naturally colored, porcelain veneers disguise defects which detract from your smile appearance. Because your Springfield dentist bonds them permanently in place, veneers add a good measure of resiliency as well.

Common dental flaws addressed by laminates include:

  • Deep stains from fluorosis (excessive fluoride exposure), tobacco or some prescription drugs
  • Discoloration from oral trauma or root canal therapy
  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Craze lines
  • Pitting
  • Small gaps and mild crowding
  • Odd shape and size

In general, veneers transform healthy but flawed, teeth. Dr. Luker customizes veneers so they compliment a patients facial features, smile width and more.
Can you receive porcelain veneers?
You and Dr. Luker will decide what cosmetic services would benefit your smile. Both your teeth and your gums must be healthy to receive veneers.
In addition, you must be willing to undergo some minor enamel resurfacing which allows for proper placement and fit of your veneers. This simple process needs only local anesthetic.
Finally, if you conscientiously take care of your teeth--brushing twice a day and flossing daily as the American Dental Association recommends--you'll do well with veneers. Of course, six-month cleanings and examinations at Luker Dental Care extends veneer life, too. Most quality porcelain veneers stay in place and look true to life for 10 to 20 years, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Change your smile for the better
Come to Luker Dental Care for your personalized cosmetic dentistry consultation. Learn your options for a renewed smile, and be sure to ask about stunning porcelain veneers. Phone the office at (217) 546-8330.

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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.