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You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.
Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.
Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.
To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.
We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.
In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.
When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.
If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers.”
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.
While you'd like to improve the appearance of your teeth, you're reluctant to undergo something as extensive as dental crowns. You want to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible. Dr. Noorendin Nurani and his professional colleagues at the Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry agree. That's why they offer a refinishing alternative in their Lawrenceville GA office. Called porcelain veneers, this cosmetic treatment disguises flaws such as chips, cracks and stains, yet leaves most of your tooth enamel in place.
What are porcelain veneers?
Some people call them dental laminates because they are thin, translucent pieces of fine ceramic directly bonded to the front of selected healthy teeth. Veneers in Lawrenceville cover cosmetic flaws such as uneven tooth length, small gaps, crowding and more. In fact, the changes can be so dramatic that veneers are nicknamed "instant orthodontics."
Who can get porcelain veneers?
Many adults and older teens can if the dentist determines that their teeth and gums are healthy and if the flaws truly may be addressed with veneers. Additionally, patients need sufficient enamel for veneer placement and understand that this aesthetic treatment is permanent.
In other words, once an individual has veneers, he or she always will have veneers because the procedure involves removal of a small amount of tooth enamel. This resurfacing allows the dentist to place the laminates properly. Enamel reduction ensures a secure bond and accurate fit, too.
What is the process like?
It takes a few appointments at the Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry. They involve:
- Exam, X-rays, oral impressions
- Discussion of patient expectations and the dentist's recommendations
- Enamel resurfacing and placement of temporary veneers
- Removal of temporary veneers and bonding of permanent ones
- Adjustment of veneers for proper bite and fit
Caring for your new smile
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that porcelain veneers are durable, long-lasting and stain resistant. However, patients should care for them in the same way that they care for their untreated teeth:
- Limit staining dietary choices, such as coffee and curry
- Stop smoking
- Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush, and floss daily
- Get six-month cleanings and exams at Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry
Expect veneers in Lawrenceville to last 10 to even 20 years, and you'll get compliments, too, because your smile aesthetics will change so dramatically.
A smile makeover
Find your dream smile at the Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA. Whether you need porcelain veneers, restorations such as fillings, or tooth replacement services, your teeth and gums will thrive under the kind and practiced eyes of our professional team. If you'd like more information about porcelain veneers or other treatment options, please contact the office at (770) 995-1957 for a consultation.
Are you interested in getting dental veneers but feel like you need to learn a bit more first? We can help!
Are you feeling frustrated with the look of your smile? Are imperfections all you see when you look in the mirror? If you’ve said “yes”, then it might be time to talk to one of our Lawrenceville, GA, cosmetic dentists about dental veneers. Not sure what dental veneers are? Don’t worry; we’re here to explain.
Ever wished there was something that you could place over your teeth to improve how they look? Well, your wish has been granted. Dental veneers are made from a tooth-colored material (often porcelain) that is bonded to the front of your teeth to hide a myriad of imperfections. Hate those stains caused by trauma to your tooth or smoking for years? If teeth whitening isn’t cutting it, then it might be time to talk to our Lawrenceville dentists about getting veneers to instantly brighten your smile.
Even though cracks and chips may not affect how your teeth function, they certainly can put quite the damper on how your smile looks. Don’t worry; veneers can also hide these issues, as well as improve the shape of your teeth. Whether teeth grinding has worn down enamel or some teeth just aren’t the same length as the rest, veneers can even out your smile so that teeth are all the same shape and size.
Do you hate that your front teeth overlap one another? Have one tooth that is just a little bit crooked? You may assume that you’d have to wear braces in order to get the results you want, but if you don’t want to wait months to fix these problems, let dental veneers tackle it. Veneers can easily cover gaps between teeth, as well as offer a straighter smile for more minor misalignments.
Of course, before getting veneers it’s important to know that there is some tooth preparation required if you choose traditional veneers. Even though veneers are thin, we will still need to shave off some enamel from the front of your teeth so that veneers don’t look bulky or awkward when applied. While this preparation is minimal and doesn’t hurt, it’s important to note that enamel doesn’t grow back. Once enamel has been removed, your new restorations are for life.
Let the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA, provide you with the dental care your smile needs to look its best. If you want to know if your teeth could benefit from dental veneers, give us a call today.
Giving your smile a whole new look has never been easier. Dental veneers are a great dental treatment option for patients looking to renovate their smile while maintaining their natural teeth. The professionals at Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA, are well versed in the veneer process and can offer helpful, professional insight in who the best candidates are.
Understanding Dental Veneers
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are custom made to match each patient’s teeth in terms of shape, size, length, etc. A Lawrenceville veneers specialist, such as Dr. Nooredin Nurani, Dr. Hannah Oh, Dr. Ravikath Ravik or Dr. Michelle Paterson, will adhere these veneers to the surface of your teeth. Veneers are mostly used to mask any discoloration, chips or cracks on a patient’s natural teeth, and are used to adjust the length, shape and color of the teeth.
Am I A Candidate for Veneers?
The best candidates are those who fit the following criteria:
- They have severe stains: Teeth whitening can help with mild discoloration, but dental veneers are the best at masking more severe ones.
- They have minor imperfections: This means they have small cracks or chips that make veneers a great and successful treatment option.
- They are in good oral health: This is important because veneers will only be successful on those with healthy gums and teeth.
- They have adequate tooth enamel: This is important as dental veneers adhere directly to enamel and if a patient doesn’t have enough, they won’t have a good surface to adhere to.
Schedule a Consultation with a Specialist
With the help Dr. Nurani, Dr. Oh, Dr. Ravik and Dr. Paterson, you can decide whether or not dental veneers will work for your dream smile. To schedule a comprehensive consultation today, call the Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA at (770) 995-1957.