Porcelain Veneers in Atlanta GA [Buckhead, Alpharetta / Roswell]
A porcelain veneer is an extremely thin shell of porcelain that bonds to the front of a tooth (enamel). At Atlanta Dental Spa, our cosmetic dentists use veneers to change the shape, color. size and symmetry of the teeth and smile. In cosmetic dentistry, porcelain is the material of choice because it replicates human enamel the most naturally. At Atlanta Dental Spa, we use 3 types of porcelain systems: Empress, Emax, and Feldspathic Porcelain (as well as variations of our No-Prep / minimal prep options like Ultraveneers and Durathins). These systems are recognized as the superior porcelain systems available in cosmetic dentistry today, and these are the systems our skilled dentists have used in all of their award-winning cases. In the right hands, each system is capable of achieving equally beautiful results, and an Atlanta cosmetic dentist will help decide which is best suited for you.
Who is a candidate for porcelain veneers?
If you have teeth, chances are you are a candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are ideal for people who want to improve their smile. Popular reasons include worn teeth, uneven teeth, discolored teeth, crooked teeth, chipped/broken teeth, or a desire to have a gorgeous smile. Porcelain veneers are a conservative treatment, and can improve the color, shape, symmetry and overall appearance of your smile. Porcelain veneers are not just for elective purposes. While they are the “gold standard” treatment for improving your smile, they are also used to replace old mercury fillings, fix cracked and broken teeth, and replace enamel that has been worn down over time. Many people come to Atlanta Dental Spa to fix broken and unhealthy teeth. And because we have so much skill and experience using porcelain veneers, our patients get their teeth fixed AND a major smile improvement as an added benefit. Look at this example below:
Many people spend years disliking their smile. They are embarrassed to smile for pictures, and they cover their mouths when laughing. Sometimes people misjudge a person as unfriendly just because the person doesn’t smile very much. Sometimes a person is so self-conscious of his or her smile that he or she feels they can’t interview for certain jobs even though they are highly educated and qualified. Some grandparents don’t want to show their teeth when they smile at their grandchildren because they are afraid of looking unattractive to a child they love so much. Obviously, cosmetic dentistry using porcelain veneers can be life-changing for many individuals. It is our privilege at Atlanta Dental Spa to be involved with thousands of these dramatic life-changing smile-makeovers.
What steps are involved in getting porcelain veneers?
At Atlanta Dental Spa, we have transformed thousands of smiles, placed tens of thousands of porcelain veneers, all using the needed art, skill, science and experience to make sure every case is a perfect ten. Our doctors have a combined experience of over 65 years (between all 5 docs). We have taken this experience and created systematic methods, so that every case runs smoothly every time. This system starts with a simple phrase: We “begin with the end in mind”.
Step1: The Consultation Visit – “The Interview”
In this first visit, YOU will interview US. We will take digital images of your teeth/smile and discuss your goals for your smile. Your pictures are displayed in a private environment on a high-def LCD display. Our dentists are experienced listeners. They spend time with you looking at your photographs and listening what you say about your smile/teeth. You will also have the opportunity to look at our books filled from cover to cover with smiles WE have created for OUR patients here at Atlanta Dental Spa. You will see hundreds of examples of our own cosmetic dentistry work, while you discuss with the experts the things you want for your smile. Our cosmetic dentists and our team have the experience to understand what it is you are looking for. Rather than dictating to you what they want you to have, they listen to what YOU want. From custom treatment plans of just 2 porcelain veneers, to plans for full-mouth recovery/restoration of 28 teeth (see full-mouth rehabilitation), you will receive a personalized treatment plan that will best achieve your goals. Our dentists and team will guide you in the details…and by the time this appointment is finished, our doctors will have created a formula that is ready to give you exactly the smile you want (and even more than you could imagine!).
Step2: The Wax-Up “The Blueprint” for your case
Once we have established the cosmetic plan for your smile, we make impressions/models of your mouth/teeth and send these records, along with detailed “how to” instructions to a Master Ceramist. We choose the best ceramist in the country for your specific plan. And we communicate with this master ceramist so that he or she can understand the specifics about how to wax up your case. The ceramist will mount your models on a chewing machine/simulator, and place wax on the teeth to mimic what the porcelain veneers will look like in your case. This “wax-up blueprint” will also allow us to make sure that the porcelain restoration swill function in you mouth. At Atlanta Dental Spa we are concerned not only about your smile looking fabulous, but we also want the results to last a long time. This Wax-up serves 2 purposes: 1) It allows you and the doctor to preview the end result BEFORE we ever start working in your mouth; and 2) The wax-up serves as a template from which we will design your temporary veneers. Your temporaries will look beautiful, and they allow you to “test drive” your new smile.
We use the wax-up at your preparation appointment. This is usually your second appointment (after the consult). At this appointment we numb and prepare your teeth if needed (see no-numbing, no-drilling veneers), and make records/models on which the actual porcelain veneers are made. We place your high-aesthetic temporaries, and send your case for the master ceramist to create your custom porcelain veneers.
Step3: Porcelain Veneers Delivery – “The Seat Appointment”
At this point you will have been wearing your temporaries for a few weeks…test driving them. At the seat appointment, we remove the temporaries, try in the porcelain to make sure it’s perfect (and we show you to make sure you love the results) before bonding in the porcelain restorations. After bonding the porcelain veneers in place, we equilibrate (align the forces in) your bite. And, if needed, make impressions to make a protective guard for night time wear.
How do I care for Porcelain veneers? Do they stain? Can I still floss between them?
Porcelain veneers should look and feel as natural as teeth. This means you can brush, floss, and eat all of the foods you love. Atlanta Dental Spa veneers will not stain nearly as quickly as your natural teeth did. And we have specialized polishing agents that your experienced aesthetic hygienists will use when you have your teeth professionally cleaned. This will ensure that your porcelain veneers will remain as shiny and new as they were on the day they were bonded in place.
If you have additional questions, please call Atlanta Dental Spa at our Atlanta spa, 404-816-2230, or at our Roswell (Alpharetta) spa, 770-998-3838, and schedule a consultation with our highly skilled team. We are passionate about what we do and we LOVE to talk about it. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve the smile you have always wanted and deserve.
Video Script Hi, I’m Dr. Peter Boulden with Atlanta Dental Spa. Today I want to talk about a question I get very often, which is, “What is porcelain veneer?” Essentially what a porcelain veneer is is a very thin sheet of porcelain that is fabricated custom for your tooth that’s very, very thin on the order of about .3 millimeters or in some cases .2 millimeters. The materials nowadays that we use at Atlanta Dental Spa are exceedingly strong, exceedingly beautiful. In the end, it just allows for more conservative dentistry. So a great analogy for just thinking about what a porcelain veneer is is think about kind of a contact lens for your tooth. Here I have in my hand kind of a sample porcelain veneer. It’s kind of hard at this level to show the thinness, but a cool property of a porcelain veneer is that it allows light through, meaning it’s translucent. So it allows the transmission of light through. So that actually makes veneers look very, very natural. You don’t have the line above the gum that people always talk about. That line is actually from metal being underneath crowns. So you won’t experience that. Veneers are designed to replicate nature as perfectly as possible. It’s the best material that we have. So essentially going back to that analogy, what a porcelain veneer is essentially it’s a contact lens that fits over the top of the tooth and that is then bonded through adhesive dentistry protocols, bonded to the tooth. You can expect it to last in normal wear and tear. You can expect it to last anywhere from 15 to 20 years with proper hygiene and managing any bite issues you may have, meaning bruxing or clenching or grinding; you’d have to have a night guard. Once you manage that, you can expect the longevity of your veneer to be exceedingly long. So you’ll get a lot of enjoyment from your porcelain veneers. So that’s kind of it in a nutshell. What a porcelain veneer is, again, kind of just a little thin contact lens preparation that goes right over the tooth. It changes the length, changes the shape, can change the contours, can change the color. Do you think you might be a candidate for porcelain veneers or think that might accomplish the goals that you’re looking for? I invite you to come in for a consultation. Let’s talk about your goals and see where that goes from there. Look forward to meeting you soon.
Video Script Hi, I’m Dr. Peter Boulden with Atlanta Dental Spa, and today I want to answer a question, “What is a smile makeover?” You may have heard the term “smile makeover” thrown around from TV shows like “The Swan” or “Extreme Makeover”, or something like that. But essentially a smile makeover is anything that accomplishes a pretty big, comprehensive change in your smile. Maybe it’s two veneers. Maybe it’s ten. I have to tell you, on average, when I do a smile makeover it is about eight veneers on average. So typically that’s what it takes to change someone’s smile. That change is really based on kind of looking at someone’s smile from the pictures that we take in your consultation. So you and I would go through and say, “What’s it going to take to make you completely happy? Don’t want to do more, don’t want to do less, but we really want to make you completely happy with your new smile.” So in doing a smile makeover we can change the color, the shape, the contours, all sorts of things on a very comprehensive level as opposed to just doing one here and one there. We kind of address a lot of things all at once so that we have a big master vision for where we want to be. So the master vision is accomplished by doing something pretty cool that we do differently than a lot of dental offices, and that’s basically taking a set of impressions to do what’s called a diagnostic wax-up. So bear with me for one second. If you ever had impressions done at the dental office, here’s essentially what happens. Taking a set of impressions, let’s just assume, this is your before teeth hypothetically. Basically, we take a set of impressions. Then, from that we get stone models. These stone models are then sent to my ceramist, who then mounts them on a chewing simulator that replicates your bite, your upper and lower teeth. When I send it to him, I also send a prescription for him that indicates, “Here’s what I want the teeth to look like, X, Y, and Z from the smile catalogs that we have.” So in the consultation you and I will go through and look at, “Here are some smiles we want to go through. We want it more square. Do we want more round? Do we want longer teeth? Do we want, etc., etc.?” So we’ll go through stuff and kind of identify what works for you based on facial structure, facial shape, all sorts of things. At Atlanta Dental Spa since we do so much of it, we’re really good at kind of guiding you in the right direction of where you want to be or end up just because we do it so much. So once we get the diagnostic wax-up done, essentially what we get back is something that looks like this. So you can choose to come in and preview this just to make sure we’re on the same page. But essentially, we go from kind of a before and an after, and this is before anything is ever done to you, meaning, you’ve never come in. You haven’t been numb. We haven’t done any dental procedures on you yet. It’s really just to establish the game plan and the end result, hypothetically, before we’ve ever done anything. So it gets everyone on the same page, same vision if you will. Kind of begin with the end in mind. So once we have the diagnostic wax-up and everyone gives the thumbs up, we then transition to the appointment where we actually do the procedure. That procedure will consist of getting you numb, getting you comfortable. Obviously, with a name like Atlanta Dental Spa you can imagine your comfort is a huge priority for us. Maybe people put a movie in, watch some TV, etc., etc., and then actually do the procedure, removing old fillings, removing decay, removing old crowns, contouring teeth where we need to. At the end of the procedure, I’ll then revert back to using the wax-up or a mold of this wax-up, and then insert that mold into your mouth so that you’ll walk out that same day with temporaries that have the look and the feel, generally, of what your permanents are going to look like. When I say generally, what I mean is generally we may tweak them over the course of three or four weeks because that’s how long it takes to get your permanents fabricated. So you get to essentially test drive the new look and the feel of your temporaries, or your new teeth. The cool thing about that is that in the test drive process we can tweak things so that you don’t come to your appointment three weeks later and have all this anxiety and saying, “Gosh, I hope things are going to look good. I hope things…” You know they’re going to look good because it’s been predicated on the steps we’ve done before. So that’s why we do it a little bit differently. We take a little more time to ensure success. We ensure that everyone is completely happy. That’s essentially how a smile makeover works. Like I said, then three weeks later you come in. We try in the porcelain veneers, make sure you give a thumbs up, and then bond them in. So that’s kind of it, in a nutshell, what a smile makeover is all about. If you think you might be a candidate for a smile makeover or think this may be something that you want to talk about, I invite you to come in for a consultation. Let’s discuss it and see if it works for you. I look forward to meeting you soon.