Porcelain Veneers
Atlanta Dental Spa Will Change Your Life By Changing Your Smile

What is a Porcelain Veneer?

Veneers 101
You can think of a porcelain veneer a lot like a contact lens, but for your teeth! Porcelain veneers are extremely thin (03.mm, about the thickness of a business card) sheets of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your tooth. Porcelain is the material of choice because it most naturally replicates human enamel. They are used to change the shape, color, size, and symmetry of the teeth and smile. Please browse our Before & After page to see our patient’s dramatic transformations.


Translucent, Natural Looking Veneers at Atlanta Dental Spa

Natural Looking Veneers (Dr. Creasman)
Atlanta Dental Spa uses three types of porcelain systems; Empress, Emax, and Feldspathic Porcelain. We also offer variations of No-Prep veneers like Ultraveneers and Durathins. The actual term used is biocompatible lithium disilicate glass ceramic – quite a mouthful! These are recognized as the most superior systems available in cosmetic dentistry, and these are the materials our skilled dentists have used in all of their award-winning cases. Here are examples of different Emax ingot options. Opal 1 and 2 are on the left, No Prep Veneer ingots are on the right. Dr. Boulden actually has the Opal ingot in his own mouth! Look at the veneers on a black background, don’t they look incredible?
Porcelain veneer examples - opal 1 and opal 2 Opal 1 on the left. Opal 2 on the right
What no prep veneers look like - emax ingots No Prep Veneers made from eMax
Will my Veneers look Fake?
In the right hands, each system is capable of giving you equally beautiful results, and we can help decide which is best suited for you. The porcelain systems we have today are technologically much different than they were in the past. You may have seen veneers that remind you of Chiclets. That look is indicative of old-school dentistry, where very opaque and monochromatic porcelain was used, OR it was a porcelain crown fused to metal. With that system there is actually metal underneath and the lab will use chalk-white opaquer to try and cover up the metal, then bake on the porcelain. At Atlanta Dental Spa we see no need to use metal in dentistry, especially when it comes to making your teeth look great!
The advanced technology we have today produces veneers that are:

Actual final veneer done by Atlanta Dental spa

  • Stronger
  • More translucent, like your natural teeth
  • Super thin
  • The best option for creating a beautiful, natural smile!
Almost everyone is a candidate for porcelain veneers. They’re ideal for people who want to improve their smile, particularly if you have crooked, worn, chipped, or broken teeth. We can close spaces or gaps and even repair accidents and incidents of trauma. Three great smile transformations - veneers by Atlanta Dental Spa Many people spend years disliking their smile. They’re embarrassed to smile for pictures and cover their mouths when they laugh. Some people even get labeled as unfriendly because they don’t smile often, when really they're self-conscious about their teeth. This can even be a career impediment for people who are so self-conscious that it’s difficult to interview for a job, even if they’re highly educated and qualified. We’ve worked with grandparents who don’t want to smile at their grandchildren because they’re scared of making a bad impression, even with the people they love so much. Getting 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! Veneers are a conservative treatment and can improve the color, shape, symmetry, and overall appearance of your smile. They’re not just for elective purposes, either. While they are the gold standard for giving you a gorgeous smile, they’re also used to replace old mercury fillings, fix cracked and broken teeth, and to replace enamel that has been worn down over time. Veneers are not solely cosmetic, they can also be used to correct dental problems. Our doctors have so much skill and experience with porcelain veneers that our patients get their teeth fixed AND get a major smile improvement! Before & After image of a great porcelain veneer transformation by Atlanta Dental Spa The benefits of having a perfect smile are limitless. Atlanta Dental Spa patients who have had veneers done in the past often wish they'd had them done sooner! The benefits are huge. Think about how many times a day you interact with people. What are they seeing first? Your smile. Imagine having a smile you feel GREAT about showing off!

The Porcelain Veneer Process

How Does The Smile Transformation Process Work?
Atlanta Dental Spa has transformed thousands of smiles and placed tens of thousands of veneers. We use science, experience, skill, and art to make sure every case is a perfect 10! Our doctors have over 65 years experience combined and they’ve created systematic methods so every case runs smoothly – every time. We begin with the end in mind – a gorgeous smile!

Step 1 The Interview & Consultation

The first step in the porcelain veneer process is for you to come in for a consultation and discuss your options. This is your chance to interview us, and for us to show you what's possible! We’ll take digital images of your teeth and smile, and we’ll talk about your objectives, whether it’s closing spaces, straightening, whitening, etc. Your pictures are displayed in a private environment on a high-definition LCD display. Our dentists are experienced listeners. They will spend time with you looking at your photographs and listening to what you have to say about your smile. This is where artistry comes into play. We’ll show you pictures of amazing smiles to see what appeals to you and we’ll offer guidance for which smile might best match the shape and contours of your face. You’ll see hundreds of examples of our own cosmetic dentistry work. Our entire team is dedicated to understanding what you are looking for. We offer custom treatment plans for treatment of all scope, whether it's only two porcelain veneers, or a full-mouth restoration of 28 teeth. You’ll receive a personalized treatment plan for best achieving your goals and we’ll walk you through the details. By the time this appointment is finished our doctors will have created the formula that will give you EXACTLY the smile you want, and more than you might have thought possible!

Step 2 Your Blueprint

Once we’ve established the cosmetic plan for your smile we make impressions (models) of your mouth and teeth. These are sent with detailed instructions to a Master Ceramist. We choose the best ceramists in the country, based on your specific plan. We communicate with them every step of the way to give you the results you want. The ceramist will mount your models on a chewing simulator machine and place wax on the teeth to mimic what your veneers will look like. This “wax-up” blueprint ensures the restorations will function properly in your mouth. Atlanta Dental Spa is concerned not only about your smile looking fabulous, but we also want the results to be functionally long-lasting! The wax-up serves two purposes: 1) It allows you and the doctor to preview the end result BEFORE we ever start working in your mouth, and 2) provides a template from which we will design your temporary veneers. The wax-up gives us a great starting point for forming your temporaries in the most conservative way possible. Your temporaries will look beautiful, and they allow you to test drive your new smile.

Step 3 The Preparation Appointment & Your Temporaries!

Following the wax-up, we’re ready to proceed with the actual dental procedure. We’ll do any necessary contouring of the tooth, ensuring that we’re being as conservative as possible. We’ll numb and prepare your teeth to make models on which the actual veneers are made. The contouring will vary based on our wax-up blueprint. We often do combination cases, where some teeth receive contouring and others are left untouched. For example, if we have a case with ten veneers there might be some teeth for which we do traditional veneer preparation and others we may be able to handle with a “no-prep” process. At Atlanta Dental Spa we don’t grind teeth down to nubs – OUCH! This approach is WAY TOO AGGRESSIVE. Being conservative with tooth reduction requires more skill by the dentists so we’re proud to be among the elite class who are dedicated to providing the BEST results for you.

10 Temporary veneers. Don't be afraid of what you temporaries will look like at Atlanta Dental Spa 🙂

After we have contoured your teeth we will fit you with the dental temporaries that have been created from your wax-up. The wax-up is your road map, and the temporaries are your test drive. You’re almost at the finish line! This test drive gives us the opportunity to make modifications, whether functional or cosmetic. We can make adjustments if they’re too long, too short, too round, etc. You’ll get to identify those changes as we move toward fabricating your permanent veneers with our master ceramist. You’ll wear the temporaries for about three weeks, giving you ample time for alterations. Check out our informative videos below for more details about the process with temporaries.
Dental Temporaries: Facts, Strength, Purpose
What to Expect with Temporaries
Caring for Your Dental Temporaries

4 Delivery: The “Seat” Appointment

The final step is the bonding and placement of your beautiful porcelain veneers. Congratulations, this is the big day! You will have been wearing your temporaries for a few weeks, test driving everything about them. At this seat appointment we remove the temporaries, try in the finished porcelain to make sure it is perfect and to make sure you LOVE the results. We then permanently bond in the porcelain restorations. We’ll equilibrate your bite, meaning we align all forces so you have perfectly natural movement. If needed, we’ll make impressions for a protective guard for night time wear. The process is now complete!

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

How Long do Veneers Last?
With proper home care and a bite guard, veneers should last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. Like most things we have in life, the better we take care of them, the longer they will last. This doesn't mean that you're limited in the foods you eat, like corn on the cob or biting into an apple. Veneers should be an enhancement to your day-to-day, not a limitation.

How Does Caring for Veneers Differ from My Normal Routine?

How to Take Care of your Veneers
Porcelain veneers should look and feel as natural as your 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 would, and we have specialized polishing agents that your experienced Dental Hygienist will use when you have your teeth cleaned. This will ensure that your porcelain veneers remain as shiny and new as they were on the day you got them. Check out our recommendations for the best toothpastes.

Are Veneers Painful?

Are Veneers Painful?
The answer is no, yes, and maybe. It seems like a convoluted answer, but the amount of pain varies considerably, based on the amount of reduction to the tooth. Old-school dentists who cause a lot of destruction in the veneer process will cause quite a bit of pain. At Atlanta Dental Spa, we pride ourselves on being as conservative as possible, most of the time not reducing your original tooth further than within your enamel. That outer surface of your tooth doesn’t have any triggers of sensitivity so our patients don’t complaint about sensitivity with their veneers. Being conservative with our dentistry means your teeth don’t become sensitive, and you're preserving all your natural enamel.
Veneers FAQ Pain with Veneers? (Dr. Creasman)

 

Can I Whiten My Veneers?

Veneers FAQ Can I Whiten Veneers? (Dr. Creasman)
One of the best benefits of porcelain veneers is they provide a beautiful, white smile. Porcelain is a lot like fine china, in that it will not fade or wear over time. Veneers can be polished, but not whitened. If it looks like your veneers have discolored over time, chances are the tooth behind the veneer has changed, or you're seeing discoloration that has occurred between the veneer and the tooth. If you have concerns about your smile losing whiteness please contact us and we'll work through the various treatment options with you.

Are Veneers Expensive? Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Veneers?

Are Veneers Covered by Insurance?
We understand cost is a big concern when it comes to veneers. Typically, veneers are not covered by insurance. Unfortunately, insurance will usually only cover procedures that address things that are broken or damaged. In many cases, since veneers are cosmetic they aren’t covered. There are exceptions when insurance will cover veneers when the tooth (or teeth) previously had a crown or large filling that is now faulty. We can replace that faulty dentistry with the modern advantages of porcelain veneers as a component of redoing your whole smile.
The cost of a high-quality veneer at Atlanta Dental Spa is approximately $1500  -2000 per tooth. The cost depends on a number of factors like materials used, complexity of case, and your comprehensive treatment plan. Sometimes this causes sticker shock, but you have to weigh the inherent costs and benefits with choosing a provider who is dedicated to healthy, safe, beneficial, and cosmetically beautiful procedures. With cosmetic dentistry you absolutely get what you pay for. It’s not unheard of to see people hocking $800 veneers, and it’s unfortunate how many times we’ve had to remove those cheap veneers because they’re uncomfortable, not cosmetically pleasing, or just downright unhealthy. Additionally, a lot of the preparations for those cheap veneers have removed way too much tooth structure because of the skill level and education of that dentist. The old adage is true - you get what you pay for.
Veneers are NOT a Commodity! (Dr. Creasman)
Atlanta Dental Spa is committed to providing you with the absolute best in cosmetic dentistry. Give us a call, come in for a consultation, and we’ll be happy to talk with you about the opportunities for your smile!
FAQ’s About Veneers (Dr. Boulden & Dr. Creasman)