What exactly are veneers?
I’ve heard about them, but need the details…
A veneer is a very thin, yet sturdy piece of porcelain (about the thickness of a contact lens) that adheres to the front of your tooth in order to improve the aesthetic appearance of the tooth.
While that may sound a little strange (covering your tooth enamel with a piece of porcelain) it provides absolutely stunning results for patients looking to improve their smile. We discuss in more detail below the steps involved in actually getting veneers.
Also, while every case is unique, most patients do not get just one veneer; 4-8 is the common number. At Shining Smiles, our Lost Mountain dentists and team will work with you, evaluate your needs, and provide recommendations based on what you need in order to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
What problems can porcelain veneers solve?
Porcelain veneers are a “top of the line” cosmetic procedure that can be used to eliminate a wide variety of issues including chipped, cracked, stained, or broken teeth. Also, if you have gaps in between your teeth, veneers can help to close those gaps.
Veneers are a purely cosmetic procedure, meaning that it is not a solution for patients who are in need of a full tooth restoration (this will more likely involve dental implants and crowns).
If you aren’t sure whether it’s porcelain veneers you need or a more complex restoration procedure like dental implants, our team will be happy to advise you on the best care.
What are the steps involved with getting veneers?
Getting veneers is a process, but it’s well worth it. The first step is to schedule your veneers consultation right here in Marietta. There’s no need to fight downtown traffic when you have a qualified, experienced veneers dentist right in your backyard!
You’ll have the opportunity to share with us the exact result you are looking to achieve, and then we’ll work together to develop a plan to make your dream smile a reality.
This is your chance to get to know us. There is absolutely no pressure, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you have regarding the procedure; nothing is off limits. We want you to be armed with the information you need to feel comfortable in choosing us for your veneers procedure.
If you decide that you want to move forward, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled where we will take images and impressions of your teeth and discuss next steps.
Since we believe in being upfront and honest with patients, we think it’s important to disclose that porcelain veneers are in irreversible procedure. Typically, patients will need tooth enamel removed, which will change the underlying look of the tooth.
If you choose veneers, impressions will also be taken and the patient will have the opportunity to make decisions about the size, shape, and shade of the veneers. While the veneers are being created in a dental lab, the patient will be provided with temporary veneers to cover the prepared teeth.
At a later appointment, the temporary veneers will be removed and the new veneers will be bonded to the fronts of the teeth.
Will it be painful?
There is no easy answer to this question. Some patients experience mild discomfort, while others report very little discomfort. Everyone reacts to pain differently so it’s really impossible to give you an exact answer.
That being said, it is not typically viewed by patients as a painful procedure.
Will they look natural? I don’t want Chiclets® (gum) teeth!
“I don’t want my veneers to look fake!” That may be the most common phrase we hear when patients come see us for their veneers consultation. Of course you want your veneers to be beautiful, but they also need to look natural and not “manufactured.”
At Shining Smiles, we work with you to develop the ideal size, shape, and color of your veneers so that your outcome is an incredible, natural-looking smile that you’ll be happy to show off.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Just like with everything else in life, the better you take care of your veneers, the longer they will last. Historically, porcelain veneers last anywhere from 10-20 years.
If you decide to get veneers at our practice in the Lost Mountain area, we will educate you on how to properly care for your veneers (it is very easy), so they will look great for many years to come.
Am I a good candidate for veneers? Time to find out!
If your teeth are chipped, cracked, stained or broken, and you do not have any underlying issues that would first require more extensive dental work, then you’re likely a great candidate for porcelain veneers.
That being said, the only way to know for sure is to schedule your veneers appointment at our office where we will be happy to address any questions you have regarding porcelain veneers.
At Shining Smiles, we’re about much more than “fixing your teeth.” Our ultimate goal is to ensure that our patients have more self-confidence based on the care we provide.
We’ve had many veneers patients who went from having a broken smile to having a beautiful smile that would rival any Hollywood actor or actress.
If you want to walk into a room and smile confidently instead of trying to hide your teeth, we’re here to help. Give our Marietta dental office a call today, or contact us right here on our website to schedule your consultation.