Maybe it’s someone on TV. Maybe it’s a co-worker. Maybe it’s one of your best friends. Regardless of who it is, there’s probably someone in your life who you look at and think,
“How in the world do they have such perfect teeth?”
While some people are certainly more fortunate than others in regards to dental health, an attractive, natural-looking smile is something that no one should be without. After all, a bright, attractive smile will increase your self-confidence and help reinforce a positive self image every morning when you wake up and look in the mirror.
At Bragg Dental, Dr. Jennifer Sherwood Bragg and Dr. Kara Keel Moody are masters at crafting exceptional smile makeovers and giving their patients the smiles of their dreams in the process.
One of the main components of a successful smile makeover is porcelain veneers. If you’re not quite sure what a veneer is yet, don’t worry. In this article we’re going to give you detailed information on porcelain veneers so that you can determine for yourself if porcelain veneers may be an option you want to consider to improve your smile.
Of course, we encourage anyone in or around the Cumming, GA area who is considering a smile makeover to contact us today in order to schedule your complimentary consultation.
What are veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain (about the thickness of a contact lens) that are applied to the front of your teeth with strong, dental-grade adhesive cement. Typically, patients will get veneers on the teeth that show when they smile, and as part of a smile makeover, porcelain crowns are also often applied (more on this later).
One of the misconceptions many people have about veneers is that they are bulky and will give you the appearance of having “fake teeth.” While that could happen if the procedure is not handled correctly, an experienced cosmetic dentist will match your veneers to the natural shape and color that works best for your smile.
In fact, most people will not be able to determine that you have veneers; they’ll just notice your breathtaking new smile!
A few details on the porcelain veneers procedure
Achieving the smile of your dreams with porcelain veneers is a team effort— a partnership between yourself and our dentists. You’ll need to explain the main areas you are looking to fix so we can understand your priorities.
As far as the actual procedure goes, there are a few things you need to know:
Porcelain veneers are irreversible. The prep work required for a successful veneers procedure involves removing tooth enamel from the tooth’s surface. Before we are able to successfully place veneers, we must alter the shape of your natural teeth.
Veneers are placed over your natural tooth enamel using a dental-grade cement adhesive. Once the veneer is placed on your tooth, it can then be carefully shaped so it gives you the exact look you want.
Veneers typically require 2-3 visits to our office. We take great pride in giving our patients the perfect smile, and we settle for nothing less than perfection. This cannot be accomplished in a single visit.
Veneers typically last around 10 years, provided they are cared for correctly. Imagine having a beautiful, natural-looking smile for the next 10 years of your life!
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant. While we encourage you to avoid smoking and consuming dark beverages, porcelain veneers are stain resistant if cared for appropriately.
Now that you know a little more about veneers, let’s take a look at whether or not you are an ideal candidate for a smile makeover with porcelain veneers.
Who is a likely candidate for veneers?
Dental veneers can fix a wide variety of problems, primarily helping people who are not satisfied with the color, shape, or length of their natural teeth. In fact, here are a few questions we frequently hear from patients:
“I smoked for years and have brown, stained teeth. Are veneers right for me?”
“I haven’t taken care of my teeth the way I should, and I drank a lot of dark beverages (cola, etc.) in my life. Can veneers help me?”
“My teeth are worn down from years of grinding (bruxism). Will veneers help to restore my smile?”
“I have several teeth that are chipped or cracked. Are veneers the right procedure for me?”
“I have never liked the shape of my teeth. Will veneers help to change the shape and give me a better smile?”
While visiting our office for your complimentary veneers consultation is the first step in any treatment plan, based on our experience, porcelain veneers are likely a great fit for you if one of the questions above is a concern of yours.
So if you have experienced any of the above dental problems, you’re likely a great candidate for porcelain veneers!
What other services complement veneers?
Porcelain crowns, dental implants, bridges, and other similar procedures may be used to complement your veneers and complete your smile makeover.
Porcelain veneers are typically only applied to the front teeth, so other restorative procedures are often integrated into the smile makeover to improve your overall dental health and well-being.
Are you ready to bring your smile makeover to life?
Our cosmetic dentists can help you achieve the smile and self-confidence you are looking for with a complete smile makeover. You don’t have to go through life being self-conscious about your smile, and you certainly don’t have to go through life envious of other people’s smiles.
It’s time to make a decision. Are you going to click off this page, think to yourself, “Nice article,” yet do nothing?
Or are you realizing that now is the time to seriously consider porcelain veneers, and that the first step is to schedule a consultation at our office. So what are you waiting for? Contact our office today!