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Orthodontics, veneers and other cosmetic dental techniques can turn a less than perfect smile into a beautiful one—but not always very quickly. For example, porcelain veneers can take weeks from planning to installation, including the meticulous work of an outside dental lab to produce veneers that look natural as well as beautiful.
But you may be able to take advantage of another approach, one that often takes no more than a couple of dental visits. Called direct veneers, it's actually a process of bonding and sculpting life-like composite materials to teeth that are heavily stained, chipped or that contain tiny crevices called “craze lines.”
Unlike the similarly-named traditional method, direct veneers don't involve the creation of layered porcelain veneers fashioned by a dental lab. But this newer process is similar to the older one in that some of the enamel must be removed from the teeth in question to provide a suitable surface for the composite material to adhere. This alteration will be permanent, requiring a restorative covering on the treated teeth from then on.
Right before this preparation, though, a dentist typically makes an impression of the patient's mouth. This will be the basis for creating the procedural plan for the dental work, particularly a “trial smile” from similar composite material that can be applied to the patient's teeth before actual restoration work begins. This temporary application gives both patient and dentist an opportunity to visualize the final look, and make needed adjustments in color and shaping.
Once the work plan is finalized, the patient then returns for the actual restoration procedure. The dentist begins by applying and bonding the composite material to the prepared teeth. Then, using a drill and manual instruments, the dentist shapes and smooths the material into a tooth-like appearance that blends with other teeth. The procedure can take a few hours, but it can usually be completed during a single visit.
Although direct veneers may not last as long as porcelain veneers, the process is less costly and requires less time to complete. Direct veneers could be an economical solution for achieving a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on direct veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic with a firsthand patient account by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A New Smile With Direct Veneers.”
Want to feel confident showing off your smile whenever you want?
It probably isn’t too surprising to hear that people who have beautiful smiles are viewed as more successful, friendly and confident. If you’d like to be seen this way by your peers, but you have a smile that makes you feel anything but confident, then our McDonough, GA, cosmetic dentists Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Brent Johnson can help. We offer a full range of cosmetic services including dental veneers.
About Dental Veneers
These beautiful, porcelain layers are adhered directly to the front of a tooth in order to reshape, resize and improve the color of your smile. Whether you are looking to improve just a single tooth, a couple of teeth or your whole smile here in McDonough, GA, dental veneers can help.
Treating Your Imperfections
Most cosmetic dental issues can be hidden just by placing dental veneers over the front surface of your teeth, and veneers are usually placed on just the teeth that are visible when you smile. They can be used to hide discolorations and stains that are too severe for teeth whitening, and can even reshape teeth that are worn out, too short, misshapen or chipped.
Have a slightly off-kilter smile? Have a large gap between your front teeth that has you hiding your smile for the camera? Do you have slightly crooked teeth that make you self-conscious? If so, you may have considered braces but decided against it because you just didn’t want to fool with it as an adult. If so, know that veneers may be able to reshape your smile so that your teeth look more even and aligned. Veneers can even cover those unsightly gaps.
Remember, veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth, so any goals you have for treatment should be shared with your cosmetic dentist ahead of time during your consultation, so they can create veneers that address the issues you are looking to fix.
If you want to feel confident again in your smile and you think dental veneers could help you then call Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, today at (678) 583-0330 to schedule a consultation with our dental team.
How veneers from your McDonough, Georgia, dentist can help your smile
You may know someone with a great looking smile who has had dental veneer treatment, and now you may have some questions. You deserve to know the facts. Dr. Robert Brooks at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, offers veneers and other dental services to help your smile.
These are just a few of the commonly asked questions and answers about veneers:
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin laminates typically made of porcelain. These laminates are permanently cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth to hide minor and major cosmetic problems.
What cosmetic problems can porcelain veneers hide?
Veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dental treatments available. Porcelain veneers can hide:
- Small or large chips, cracks, fracture lines, loss of tooth structure, and other structural problems
- Early signs of aging like tooth wear, yellowing, erosion, and abrasion
- Defects like tooth discolorations, blotches, and stains from medications or lifestyle factors
- Gaps between your teeth, tooth rotation, and crowding
What are the advantages of veneers?
When you choose veneers, you will enjoy conservative treatment because your dentist removes little to no tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Your veneers will look just like natural tooth structure because porcelain is light-reflective, just like tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers stay beautiful too, because porcelain resists stains, even if you smoke or drink coffee.
Find out more
For more detailed information about dental veneers, please visit the Veneers section on the Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry website at https://www.brooks-dentistry.com/veneers.html
You and your smile can benefit from the magic of dental veneers. You can replace a boring, dull, damaged smile with a smile that makes a statement and reflects who you are. To find out more about what dental veneers can do for you, or to get started, call Dr. Brooks at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, at (678) 583-0330 today!
The dentists in McDonough, GA, know their patients want to have better-looking smiles, but sometimes the cost can be too high. For that reason, Dr. Robert Brooks offers dental veneers.
What are veneers used for?
Veneers are used to resurface an individual's teeth if they're stained, mishappened, crooked, chipped, irregularly shaped, or overcrowded.
When you come into your dentist's McDonough, GA, office, your doctor will examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. If Dr. Robert Brooks decides that veneers can work for you, then any underlying issues, like cavities, will need to be resolved first. Afterwards, your doctor will take impressions of your teeth then send them to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you.
When your veneers finally arrive, your dentist will remove enamel from the surface of your teeth and then cement veneers to replace the enamel that has been removed. Removing enamel is an irreversible process and, because veneers are made out of thin porcelain or plastic, you won't feel like your teeth are protruding. On the contrary, they will feel smooth, even and properly aligned with the rest of your teeth.
Other advantages, besides concealing the faults mentioned above, is that the procedure doesn't need very much anesthesia. Also, veneers have an impressive color stability which makes them highly resistant to staining. So you'll be able to sip your tea or coffee without any worries.
How to care for veneers?
Porcelain veneers are strong, but it's important to take proper care of them. Brushing and flossing are essential. Brush twice a day and floss at least once before bed. In addition to your daily dental regimen, don't skip your bi-yearly exam with your doctor.
For more information on veneers, contact your dentists in McDonough, GA, by calling (678) 583-0330. Dr. Robert Brooks will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!
Discover how your smile’s appearance could greatly benefit from dental veneers.
Whether it’s a movie star or a sibling, there is probably someone in your life whose smile is so perfect that you can’t help but both envy and admire them. Of course, you don’t have to sit around green with envy. Our McDonough, GA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Robert Brooks can also help you achieve the perfect smile with porcelain veneers.
What are veneers?
Veneers are contact lens-thin porcelain shells that are made to look like natural tooth enamel. Each shell is custom made to fit over a tooth, so whether you decide to improve the appearance of one or all of your teeth, getting dental veneers can help.
What should I know about dental veneers before I get them?
Our McDonough, GA, dentist believes it’s important that every patient understands the full treatment process before they choose any cosmetic or restorative dentistry. Before getting dental veneers you should understand these things,
- Traditional veneers are only applied to the front of your teeth but some tooth enamel will need to be removed prior to placing them.
- Since only about 0.5mm of enamel will be removed this can usually be done with local anesthetic. Of course, once enamel has been removed, it will not grow back so it’s important that you understand that veneers are meant for life.
- Veneers can last up to 10 years or more before needing to be replaced. Brush and floss them daily and treat them just like natural teeth. Keep up with your professional dental cleanings to make sure your veneers remain healthy.
- Veneers are made from porcelain so they are stain-resistant; however, over time the resin may start to darken if you consume a lot of staining foods and drinks. Limit these items from your diet.
- Some tooth sensitivity is normal for a couple days after enamel has been removed and veneers have been placed. This sensitivity should go away after a few days.
- Talk to your dentist about whether no-prep veneers are an option. Unlike traditional veneers, no-prep veneers are very thin and won’t require enamel to be removed prior to application.
- Jaw clenchers, nail-biters and teeth grinders are more likely to damage dental veneers. Talk to us about ways to stop these behaviors to protect the integrity of your restorations.
Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, is here to give you the smile you’ve always wished you had. Don’t wait any longer to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you.