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By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   celebrity smiles  
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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 Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
November 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Smiling has never been easier thanks to veneers.

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When you smile in the mirror, are you happy with what you see? Most people have at least one flaw in their teeth that they'd like to get rid of; a lot of us have two or three issues. Whether it's crookedness, discoloration, gaps, or chips, porcelain veneers can completely eliminate your cosmetic dental issues, leaving you with a gorgeous smile. If you're wondering about veneers, Dr. Kenneth Sharp, of Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX, has answered some common questions here.

What are veneers?

Veneers start out as a block of porcelain that is milled down into a tooth-shaped section that is about the width of a dime. Laboratory technicians then buff, shine and paint each veneer to the exact specifications made by your McKinney dentist. When your veneers are finished, they are affixed to the front of your teeth using a special bonding cement and your new smile is complete!

Who gets veneers?

Even though veneers are the dental restoration of choice for the best and brightest in Hollywood, your dentist assures his patients that they're not just for celebrities. Almost anyone who is looking to improve one or more flaws in their teeth can benefit from veneers. Having an attractive smile boosts confidence and provides an excellent first impression; this can be especially beneficial for those whose careers require a lot of "meeting and greeting."

Can I remove my veneers?

Veneers require your dentist to buff away some of the enamel on the front of the teeth in order to ensure a natural fit and proper adherence. For this reason, porcelain veneers are a permanent commitment. Dr. Sharp can discuss with you all of the cosmetic dentistry options available at Stonebridge Ranch Smiles.

Excited to learn more about veneers? We're excited to tell you! Contacted Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX, and ask to set up a veneers consultation with Dr. Sharp.

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
September 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Find out if dental veneers could give you your most ideal smile.

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Are you suffering from severe dental stains that can’t just be easily erased with professional teeth whitening? If you have internal stains then you know all too well how challenging it is to get rid of them. Find out how your McKinney, TX dentist Dr. Kenneth Sharp could give you that brighter smile with dental veneers.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are thin shells that are adhered to the front of your teeth to change the shape, color or look of your smile. They are only applied to teeth found in the aesthetic zone, or teeth that you see when a person smiles. Typically made of porcelain, veneers offer a translucency that mimics that of natural teeth, so no one will be able to tell that you have them!

What issues do dental veneers address?

Dental veneers are truly a great option for many patients looking to alter their smile and hide certain dental flaws. Your McKinney, TX dentist will often recommend veneers if you have any of these problems:

  • Internal stains and discolorations
  • Chips and cracks
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Minor overlapping

Since teeth whitening won’t work on your internal, or intrinsic, stains, the best way to hide them is with veneers. As veneers cover the entire front surface of the tooth, all others will see is a brighter, whiter smile.

Veneers can also be used to elongate certain teeth and hide gummy smiles, as well as give you a straighter smile, fixing minimal crookedness without braces.

What should I expect when I get dental veneers from my McKinney dentist?


After we’ve deemed you an appropriate candidate for veneers, the first step involves some tooth preparation. This simply means that we will shave a small amount of enamel off of your teeth—about ½ millimeter—so the veneers don’t look bulky when placed on your teeth. This process doesn’t hurt, and won’t require anesthesia or pain medications to complete.

Next, we will decide on the proper veneer shade for your teeth and take impressions of your smile. This information will be sent to a lab, where they will custom-make your veneers specific to your smile. In the meantime, you will be fitted with temporary veneers.

Once your veneers are complete, you will come back for your second visit. We will adhere your veneers to the front of your teeth with a special resin, and then harden it with a special dental light. In two visits, you can have a smile that is stain-free and vibrant.

Interested in getting dental veneers? The next step is to schedule a consultation with your McKinney family dentist at Stonebridge Ranch Smiles to make sure you are right for this procedure. Call us today!


With the advancement of dental techniques and materials over recent years, the technologies used in cosmetic dental procedures have made great strides. Cosmetic dentistry has become a more common occurrence among dental patients because newer technologies have made the procedures easier and more affordable than ever before. Here is a sample of some types of cosmetic dentistry that are commonly performed at StoneBridge Ranch Smiles:

Tooth Whitening - Tooth whitening is probably one of the most common of all cosmetic dental procedures because it is so easy to accomplish and most patients can benefit from the procedure. The simple teeth whitening procedure involves a bleaching process that can be done in the office, or there are custom fitted tooth whitening kits that can be used at home.

Veneers - Dental veneers can offer patients with chipped or cracked teeth a beautiful smile in just a few short visits. The veneers consist of a thin layer of porcelain composite material that is permanently bonded to the front of tooth.

Composite Bonding - Composite bonding works in a similar fashion to dental veneers by covering up unsightly chips, cracks or discolored teeth. The difference is in the application. While veneers are molded over teeth, formed in a dental lab and then bonded to the tooth, composite bonding works by filling in the areas of the tooth that need to be repaired and then sculpting the composite material into shape to blend with the surrounding tooth.

Inlays and Onlays - Inlays and onlays are similar to composite resin fillings, except that rather than the composite material being placed into the tooth and then molded into place, a mold of the tooth is taken and the inlay or onlay is then created in a dental lab. This provides an opportunity for larger areas to be filled and the resulting filling is durable and permanently bonded into place.

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping - This procedure repairs small areas on a tooth by removing tooth enamel with a dental instrument to even out the teeth, smooth them out and polish them up. This is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to enhance a patient's smile.

Cosmetic dentistry can give you a smile that you will love to share with others. Whether you need a minor repair or some major dental work in order to create that perfect smile, the advances in cosmetic dental procedures can provide just what you need to look your best.