Your smile is often the first thing that others notice about you. When your smile, your teeth are one of the most prominent features. Imperfections in your teeth, no matter how minor, can significantly affect the appearance of your teeth, which can then have a major effect on your smile. North Atlanta Family Dentistry can help to improve the appearance of your teeth, and the quality of your smile, with veneers.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic treatment used to improve the appearance of teeth affected by any one of many different minor flaws. These flaws include:
Veneers are thin, shell-like restorations that are made to be bonded to the front surfaces of the affected teeth. They can completely transform the appearance of your teeth and your smile.
Materials for Veneers
Veneers are typically made from one of two materials, composite resin or porcelain. Both of these materials match the color of your real teeth, providing you with natural, beautiful results. While composite resin is more affordable, porcelain is often the material of choice. Porcelain provides more realistic results, not only matching the color of your teeth but reflecting light just like natural enamel. Porcelain is stronger than composite resin and has a longer lifespan. Where composite resin lasts about 7 to 10 years, porcelain veneers can last 15 years or more. Porcelain is also stain-resistant. Where composite resin is porous and can stain much like your natural teeth, porcelain can resist stains better than your actual teeth.
Placing Your Veneers
Placing veneers generally require two separate appointments. During your first appointment, we prepare the teeth that will be receiving veneers. This process requires that we remove a small portion of the enamel from the front surfaces of these teeth. Removing this small amount of enamel is important for the fit of your veneers. It is done under a local anesthetic, which ensures that you do not feel any discomfort.
Following the preparation of your teeth, an impression of your mouth is taken. The impression is sent to our dental lab, where it is used to design and create your custom veneers. Once they are complete, you return for your second appointment. At this appointment, we check to ensure that your veneers fit properly over your teeth, they look completely natural, and your bite is natural. If no adjustments are needed, we then bond your veneers into place on the front surfaces of your teeth. You leave the office with a beautiful new smile.
Benefits of Veneers
There are many benefits that are associated with veneers.
Veneers can completely transform the appearance of your smile by restoring a natural appearance to your smile. Call North Atlanta Family Dentistry at (470) 387-0500 today to learn more and schedule your consultation.
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