Any number of dental issues can make you feel as though your smile is sub-standard. If you are troubled by chipped, misaligned, broken or discolored teeth and you want to have your smile back the way it used to be, porcelain veneers could be the perfect solution.
You may also be considering crowns, but if the damage is such that a full restoration is not warranted, porcelain veneers can be considerably more cost-effective. This is because veneers don’t cover the whole tooth – just the front of the teeth. They can perform many of the same functions as crowns, in that they can alter the size, shape, length and color of your teeth, but they are a partial restoration and therefore less costly than crowns.
If you are considering porcelain veneers as a means of restoring your smile, you will first need to come and see us at Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta for a consultation. Your dentist will talk with you about the procedure, and if you decide that you want to proceed, you can begin on the very first visit.
First, your dentist will scrape off a very small amount of your tooth enamel in order to ensure that the veneers will bond correctly and not feel too big in your mouth. Then, he or she will take impressions of your teeth. Those impressions will then be sent to a lab that will manufacture your veneers.
Once the veneers come back from the lab, they will be ready to be fitted. Your dentist will place the veneers on your teeth, and probably make an adjustment or two to ensure that they fit correctly. Then they will be attached using a special bonding cement and a special light that works to ensure that they adhere properly. Finally, the dentist will check your bite and make any necessary final adjustments.
You will find that the procedure itself is painless (it will be done under local anesthesia), but because of the need to remove a bit of tooth enamel, your teeth could feel a little sensitive. In most cases, a toothpaste that is made especially for sensitive teeth (Sensodyne® is one popular brand) can ease the discomfort.
Porcelain veneers are completely indistinguishable from your own teeth in terms of appearance, and they will also feel totally natural. You will have no discomfort, your teeth will function properly, and you will look fabulous! Unless you want to tell people that you have had porcelain veneers installed, the work can be a secret between you and your dentist.
As far as caring for your veneers, all you have to do is brush and floss, which we hope is something that you already do in any case. Your veneers will not decay, but you still have to think about the underlying structure of your teeth. You want to make sure that there is no buildup of bacteria under your gum line that could cause disease and damage to your teeth. If your natural teeth fail, your veneers will loosen and become compromised.
You do not have to live with unsightly teeth. Call Old Milton Dental at 678-624-0370 today to arrange a consultation. Our office is conveniently located in the Alpharetta area, and we will be happy to talk with you about the benefits of porcelain veneers. You can also use the form on our Contact Us page to request an appointment.
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