Veneers – Dallas, GA
Give Your Smile a Flawless Appearance
Some teeth become stained due to poor oral hygiene habits. Some are slightly damaged thanks to minor trauma to the mouth. And some just naturally look misshapen or suffer from some other sort of imperfection. There are many different reasons why you might feel insecure about your smile, but fortunately there’s a way to correct all of the cosmetic flaws on your teeth at once. Here at Distinctive Dentistry, Dr. Bobby Shirley can use veneers to dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth and help you customize a beautiful new grin.
What are Dental Veneers?
Veneers offer a minimally invasive way to make multiple cosmetic corrections simultaneously. Each veneer is very thin and made out of a material that mimics the color and light-reflective properties of enamel. When a veneer is applied to your tooth, it will completely cover any dark spots, cracks, and other issues. They can also close gaps or make the teeth appear straighter without orthodontic treatment.
Note that you don’t always need to get veneers for all of your teeth. Some people only need one or two for specific teeth that are particularly damaged. On the other hand, if you’re thinking of transforming your entire smile, then you might need a veneer for every visible tooth. When Dr. Shirley is examining your teeth during your initial consultation, he can narrow down the number of veneers required based on your needs and smile goals.
The Process of Getting Veneers
Your first visit will be spent determining whether or not veneers are the best option for making the changes you want. We can then schedule an appointment for the first phase of the treatment, during which the teeth will be prepared to receive veneers. To do this, we will have to take away a small amount of enamel. Note that the veneer will only cover the front of the tooth, so less enamel will have to be removed compared to the preparations made before placing a dental crown. Once the teeth are ready, we can take digital impressions of your mouth. A dental lab will use these impressions to create your fully personalized veneers, which can take a couple of weeks. You’ll wear temporary veneers until we’re ready to call you back to our office to attach the permanent ones.
The Benefits of Veneers
Since veneers are able to make multiple corrections at once, they let you improve your entire smile in just a couple of visits. The materials used to make veneers are very durable and can last for decades with minimal maintenance. They are also quite easy to customize and can be shaded in order to seamlessly blend in with the other teeth. If veneers are made out of porcelain, then you can also enjoy the benefits of having a stain-resistant smile; porcelain isn’t as porous as natural enamel, so staining agents like red wine and coffee cannot discolor it as easily.
Understanding the Cost of Veneers
If you want to learn all about the cost of veneers in Dallas, GA, one of the best things to do is schedule a consultation with our team. From there, we can learn about your smile goals, conduct an oral exam, and provide you with an estimate of the price. If you want to learn more before your appointment or simply want to know more about the factors that impact the cost, then keep reading!
Cost VS Cosmetic Dentistry: What's Right For Me?
Since each smile is unique, no two treatment plans are identical. Before sharing the price, our Dallas, GA dentist will first need to decide which treatment (or combination of treatments) is best for you. Here are a few of the most popular services:
- Braces – When it comes to addressing misalignment, braces are incredibly effective. Of course, they aren’t the only option. Veneers can also address spaced-out or slightly crooked teeth. Since they can address other imperfections (like discoloration and chips) simultaneously, they may be the best option for your smile and your wallet.
- Teeth Whitening – Professional teeth whitening is one of the best ways to blast away stubborn stains. If the discoloration is permanent, however, then veneers may be a more suitable solution. Plus, the results can last significantly longer. While teeth whitening can last for six months, veneers can last for 15+ years!
- Direct Bonding – Direct bonding is similar to veneers in that it can address multiple dental imperfections at once, including stains and mishappen teeth. Since it’s more suitable for minor flaws and only lasts for a few years at a time, it’s not ideal for everyone.
- Veneers – Veneers in Dallas, GA certainly require a higher upfront investment than direct bonding or teeth whitening, but the longevity alone makes them well worth it. Plus, they can correct chips, stains, cracks, and more in as little as two visits. So, veneers benefit your time, your wallet, and your smile!
How to Make Veneers Affordable
If you’re interested in veneers but think they’re too expensive, don’t worry – our team can help. We’re proud to offer our patients another option: an in-house membership plan. Joining means essential preventive care (like cleanings, X-rays, and exams) is completely covered. Plus, you get access to valuable discounts on restorative and cosmetic dentistry in Dallas, GA! If you have any questions or need some assistance navigating the financial aspects of your care, don’t hesitate to let us know. Our team is here to help!
What is it like to get veneers? What normally happens during the process? And what can you expect afterward? During your initial consultation, our team will be happy to answer these questions for you while addressing any other concerns you might have. We want you to feel confident before you start the process of creating your new smile! Below, we’ve answered some of the questions we’ve heard most often when it comes to veneers.
Are Veneers Permanent?
The process of getting veneers is considered irreversible. Small amounts of enamel are filed away so that the veneers fit properly; since enamel can’t grow back, teeth that receive veneers will always need to be covered by a restoration of some kind.
That said, the veneers themselves are not considered permanent. They will eventually need to be replaced, usually after about 10 or 15 years. Fortunately, you can help them last as long as possible by:
- Brushing and flossing regularly.
- Breaking bad habits that can wear down or break veneers, like nail-biting.
- Wearing a mouthguard while playing sports.
- Visiting your dentist every six months so that they can check on the state of your veneers.
Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?
When you’re wearing temporary veneers, you’ll need to stay away from raw fruits and vegetables, ice, certain candies, and other hard foods. You should also avoid anything sticky that might pull your temporary veneers off your teeth.
Once your permanent veneers have been placed, you’ll be able to eat virtually anything you want again, although you still need to be careful around hard foods. Also, if your teeth seem to be sensitive after the treatment, you’ll want to avoid hot or cold foods and beverages until your mouth has recovered.
Is It Painful to Get Veneers?
We will numb your mouth at the beginning of the procedure, so you shouldn’t feel any discomfort while we’re placing your veneers. As for after the procedure, it often depends on how many veneers are used. People who get four or fewer veneers generally experience little to no post-operative pain. Meanwhile, those who receive eight or more veneers might notice some soreness in the gums and jaw for a few days. Usually, over-the-counter painkillers can help you stay comfortable while your mouth is recovering. Call us immediately if your pain seems to get worse.
Is There Anyone Who Shouldn’t Get Veneers?
Veneers are not recommended if:
- The tooth or teeth in question are suffering from decay. Covering cavities with veneers will only make them harder to treat.
- You have severe gum disease. Swollen or bleeding gums can interfere with our ability to take accurate impressions, and as a result your veneers likely won’t have the correct fit. There’s also a risk of the gums receding and exposing the edge of the veneer.
- You are suffering from bruxism. Habitual grinding and clenching of the teeth could wear down your veneers over time and even cause them to break.