If you are not happy with the color, shape, or condition of your teeth, dental veneers offer a faster, less-intrusive solution than crowns, braces, or other more involved dental work. Veneers are simply thin layers of either porcelain or a composite material that are custom-designed to fit over your existing teeth, giving you a smile you’ll be proud to show off.
In our practice we recommend porcelain veneers for most applications since they offer superior aesthetics, strength, and longevity. There are many variations of porcelain that can be used and with the help of our award winning laboratory and certified technicians we are able to choose the best blends of porcelain to get the outcome we want.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
These pieces of porcelain are about as thick as a contact lens and are carefully crafted by adding one layer of porcelain at a time to achieve the ultimate shape, shade, and look desired. Like an artist working on a masterpiece, stains and shading are used to make the perfect veneer for each of our patient’s teeth. This material is cured for an incredible hardness. With appropriate maintenance and routine care we expect that veneers will last 10-20 years.
By cementing them on carefully to your teeth we completely change the facade of your teeth and address any cosmetic or functional problems.
Why Consider Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a popular choice for people whose teeth have become stained over time by beverages or nicotine. They are also commonly used to hide other imperfections like chipped teeth, misaligned or misshapen teeth, teeth that have been worn down over time, or teeth that aren’t spaced evenly.
Porcelain veneers are designed to be both attractive and durable, providing a strength that is similar to the natural enamel of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can last between 10-20 years.
If you are not happy with your smile today, you are probably self-conscious about smiling or laughing in front of others. Getting veneers for teeth can improve your self-confidence, because you won’t be embarrassed of your smile anymore and you will want to show it off at every opportunity.
Understanding the Process
With any patient who is interested in cosmetic procedures we go through the process of designing your new smile. If porcelain veneers are a part of the treatment plan we are able to typically accomplish this in two visits after the final smile design game plan is finalized by the dentist and patient.
In most cases, the process of getting porcelain veneers takes no more than two appointments. Your veneers will be custom-designed to fit your mouth by our skilled dentists and their team of certified cosmetic dental technicians that specialize in this process.
First Porcelain Veneer Appointment – Preparation
In your first appointment, the tooth (or teeth) where you are considering veneers will be cleaned, and your dentist will work with you to determine the appropriate shade for your veneers. Because the veneers themselves are a thin material that will go on top of your teeth, your dentist will remove a thin layer of your teeth’s enamel to make room for the veneers. This can vary depending on the level of staining, damage, and misalignment.
Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to send to the lab that will create the veneers. The dentist will also place a temporary veneer on your teeth until your custom-made veneers can be placed. This will be the first preview of what is to come with the final custom porcelain veneer.
Second Porcelain Veneer Appointment – Placing Your Custom Veneers
When your custom veneers are ready, your dentist will remove the temporary veneers, clean the area, and you will try on the veneers. Once we have confirmed that the aesthetics meet your expectations we will prepare to permanently cement them on to your teeth. After the cementation process we test the function, fit, and durability of the porcelain veneers.
At all times it will be our focus to make sure you are absolutely comfortable so that this process is pain-free and enjoyable.
Choose Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for Veneers
If you are considering veneers, you owe it to yourself to contact Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to learn more. Making an appointment with us is easy. Simply call 404-400-0400 or reach out online. We will be happy to meet with you and asses your dental situation to find out if porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic dentistry option for you.