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By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
May 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Find out how dental veneers could finally turn your smile’s appearance around for the better.veneers

Do you envy the Hollywood stars and their beautiful smiles? Do you wish your smile was as perfect as theirs? What if we told you that it’s completely possible to have this same beautiful smile and you don’t even have to go to Hollywood to get it? Our East Ellijay, GA, cosmetic dentists are here to tell you why dental veneers might just be the best cosmetic treatment you could ask for.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are designed to cover the front of one or more teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. Whether you want to alter the overall shape or size of your teeth or you want to get a whiter smile, this thin, tooth-colored restoration may be the easiest way to get the results you want and to achieve that Hollywood smile.

In order to get traditional veneers, we will need to prepare your teeth first. This is where our East Ellijay, GA, dentists will remove less than one millimeter of enamel from the front of your teeth so that there is enough room to bond the veneers. Once this is complete, we will take molds of your mouth. A lab will use these molds to create veneers that will perfectly cover your teeth and give you the look that you want. Once your veneers are ready, you will come back into our office so that we can bond them to your smile.

Am I a good candidate for veneers?

You could be a great candidate for dental veneers if you have teeth that are discolored, misshapen, chipped or cracked. Any issues that affect the appearance of your smile may easily be improved with dental veneers. Do you have a slightly misaligned smile? Do you have small gaps between teeth that you want to close? Veneers can make smiles appear straighter without the need for braces. If you want to change the shape, size or color of one or more teeth then it’s time to chat with us about getting veneers.

If you are interested in getting cosmetic dentistry in East Ellijay, GA, then it’s time you called us to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to help you determine whether dental veneers or other treatment options could finally give you the smile you’ve been looking for. Call East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
September 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

You want your new veneers to last, so it’s important to know exactly how to care for them!

You finally achieved the smile you’ve dreamed about by getting dental veneers from our Ellijay, GA dental team, but now that you have these beautiful restorations you may be wondering the do’s and don’ts of caring for them. Here are some helpful hints from East EllijayVeneers Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for how to keep your veneers healthy and looking their best for years to come.

As always, we make sure that we use the best quality materials possible to give you a cosmetic restoration that will look just like natural teeth. Of course, there are certain things you should be aware of to make sure you maintain your beautiful veneers:


While porcelain is a very strong and resilient material it doesn’t mean that it can’t become damaged. Very hard foods like ice or hard candy should be avoided to prevent breaking your veneers.


It’s now more important than ever to keep up with those six-month dental cleanings. During these visits our Ellijay dentists can examine your veneers to make sure that they look good and are intact. By catching chips, cracks or other problems early we can repair the issue easily.

Oral Care

While it might seem that you should treat veneers differently, you actually don’t need to at all. This means you can continue to brush and floss just like they were natural teeth. Of course, you’ll always want to opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste that won’t scratch or wear away at the porcelain.


While veneers can last many years, there are certain issues that we see over time that veneer wearers should be aware of. For one, sometimes extreme biting forces can damage veneers, so avoid teeth grinding, jaw clenching, using your teeth as tools and nail biting. If a veneers breaks it will need to be replaced right away.

Turn to the Ellijay, GA dentists that will provide the best dental care for the whole family. Call East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule you or a loved one’s next appointment.

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
May 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Porcelain veneers represent one of the best values in cosmetic dentistry, capable of radically changing a person’s smile with little tooth surface preparation. Still, the small amount of tooth enamel usually removed to accommodate them will permanently alter the affected teeth, to the point they will require a veneer or other restoration from then on.

The traditional veneer has remarkable versatility for solving a number of minor cosmetic problems, correcting mild tooth positioning problems and replacing lost or damaged enamel. But to avoid an unnatural bulky appearance, a portion of the tooth enamel must be permanently removed to accommodate them.

In recent years, though, a new concept known as “prepless veneers” has emerged in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Understandably, this new, “drill-free” veneer application has caused a lot of debate among dentists and patients alike, with concerns of bulky, overly-contoured teeth resulting from the technique. But the concept is growing as many well-regarded dentists have incorporated both minimal prep and prepless veneers into their service offerings.

The prepless veneer offers a cosmetic solution that doesn’t alter the tooth permanently. Using techniques such as feathering, which tapers and blends the veneer seamlessly with the tooth at the gum line, we can avoid an unnatural appearance while offering patients a much less invasive outcome.

The main disadvantage of prepless veneers at this time is that they’re not appropriate in every case. In fact, careful patient selection is a key to a successful outcome. For example, relatively large teeth or teeth positioned too far forward don’t work well with an added layer of thickness.

If, on the other hand, you have small, short or worn teeth, or teeth overshadowed by your lips — just to name a few likely scenarios — then you may benefit immensely from prepless veneers without permanent alteration to your teeth. A detailed examination is your first step to finding out if this new technique could provide you with a less-invasive smile makeover.

If you would like more information on drill-free porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers without the Drill.”

By East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
December 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  
Veneers ImageIf 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.