If you are thinking about transforming your smile, there are several options available today thanks to advancements in dentistry. If you are in search of a red carpet worthy smile in Ellijay, veneers are very effective in restoring the normal appearance of your smile when teeth are chipped or broken. Veneers can also correct minor misalignments, giving you the smile you have always desired
. When your smile needs that extra boost in appearance, contact our dentist in Ellijay, GA to learn more about this cosmetic procedure. In the mean time, lets take a closer look at types of veneers and the procedure so you know what to expect.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Composite Resin Veneers
Made from a special bonding material, composite veneers require the artistic skill of the dentist to shape and mold the composite resin to the desired shape of your tooth. Once this has been done, a special light is used to cure or set the resin. Composite bonding is a much quicker alternative to porcelain veneers, but they do not last as long and are more susceptible to staining with food and drinks. Replacement of composite veneers may be needed every couple of years.
Composite tends to be an ideal solution for teeth with small chips and cracks in them or to fill a tiny gap. For more severe cases with large gaps or for a smile makeover, porcelain veneers provide the ideal solution. Porcelain veneers are a beautiful way to correct stained, chipped, or crooked teeth. By placing glass-like ceramic porcelain on the surface of teeth, dentists can provide patients with bright, straight, and natural looking smiles.
The Veneers Procedure
A local anesthetic will first be administered and some patients may wish to be sedated during the procedure if they suffer from dental anxiety. Once you are fully numb, your teeth or tooth will be prepared for the veneer. A small portion of your natural tooth structure is removed, equivalent to the thickness of the veneer that will sit on top of your tooth.
Once your tooth or teeth have been prepared, an impression or mold of your teeth is taken using a special alginate. The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory that will fabricate your new veneers to the dentist’s exact specification. If your dentist has an in-office lab, your veneers can often be placed on one easy visit. As soon as the veneers are fabricated, they will be placed on your teeth and adjusted to give the ideal look before they are permanently placed onto the front surface of your teeth.
Before having any treatment, it is important that our dentist in Ellijay understands what you want from the treatment. Dental veneers are not for everyone, but with proper consultation from our office we can create an appropriate treatment for restoring your smile.