Elevate Your Smile at Spaulding Dentistry
Our smiles have a profound effect on how we live our lives. If we feel uncomfortable about the way our teeth look, it can impact our self-confidence and how we interact with others. Thankfully, porcelain veneers are designed to be the perfect solution for covering various cosmetic imperfections including cracked, stained, or uneven teeth. They painlessly enhance your smile’s appearance, offering a comfortable, easy solution.
Say “goodbye” to your dental issues and say “hello” to your dream smile with porcelain veneers provided by our experienced dentist, Dr. Spaulding.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, or dental veneers, are durable cosmetic solutions that can conceal minor cosmetic imperfections like chips, cracks, or stains in your teeth. These thin, porcelain shells are affixed to the front surface of your teeth to mask these imperfections while creating a more complete, seamless smile.
Our cosmetic dentist can place any number of porcelain veneers to help rejuvenate your smile and give your self-confidence a boost. To learn whether or not veneers can help, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Spaulding.
How Can Porcelain Veneers Help?
Porcelain veneers are used to treat various dental issues and help cover or correct many cosmetic imperfections with your smile. Veneers may be the ideal treatment solution if your teeth are:
- Discolored, stained, or yellowed
- Spaced too far apart
- Cracked, chipped, or broken
- Misaligned or crooked
- Unevenly sized or shaped
Getting Your Veneers Placed
Creating Your Unique Porcelain Veneers
The porcelain veneer process usually requires two visits to our Decatur, GA office. The first step is meeting with Dr. Spaulding to explain what you’d like to improve about your smile. Together, we’ll determine if dental veneers are the right treatment option for you. This is also a great time to raise any concerns or ask questions you may have about the process. Dr. Spaulding and our expert team will then examine your oral health and color match your veneers to your natural smile.
The procedure is simple and virtually pain-free since we use a safe, reliable anesthetic. At your first appointment, our team at Spaulding Dentistry will prepare the teeth by buffing and shaping the surface. This is to create room for the veneer to rest in line with your natural teeth. A mold, or impression, of the teeth will be made and a shade (color) is then chosen by you and your dentist.
Permanent veneers can take a few days to create. In the meantime, Dr. Spaulding will place temporary veneers over your teeth.
Placing Your Porcelain Veneers
On your second visit, you’ll return to our Decatur office for your final appointment. We’ll remove your temporary veneers, clean your teeth, and bond your permanent veneers directly to the surface of your tooth. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer, while a special light is used to harden and set the bond.
You’ll receive detailed aftercare instructions for maintaining your dental veneers. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not completely permanent and need to be replaced eventually. However, they are very durable and will give you a beautiful smile that lasts for years to come. By brushing and flossing daily and scheduling regular dental checkups, you can support the long lifespan of your new veneers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced. To get the most out of your dental veneers, you must practice good dental hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing keep your mouth free of harmful bacteria, which can help extend the lifespan of your porcelain veneers.
We also recommend scheduling biannual appointments with our dentist in Decatur, GA for routine dental exams and cleanings. During these regular appointments, Dr. Spaulding will also evaluate your porcelain veneers to ensure everything is as it should be.
Receiving porcelain veneers is a painless process! Our dentist in Decatur will administer a local anesthetic before prepping your teeth and placing your veneers. You may feel some mild soreness when your anesthetic wears off after your procedure. However, any discomfort should subside within a few hours and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
If your veneer falls off or becomes damaged, do not attempt to fix or reattach it yourself. Call our Decatur, GA dental office immediately at (404) 634-5738 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. At your appointment, Dr. Spaulding will assess the damage and recommend reattachment or having a new veneer crafted.
One unique feature of porcelain veneers is their stain-resistant material. Because dental veneers are immune to stains, it also means they can’t be whitened. We recommend scheduling a tooth whitening treatment before having your porcelain veneers placed so they’ll match the new whiter shade of your teeth.
Take the First Step Towards a Stunning Smile
Are you ready to enhance the appearance of your smile? You’re closer than you think to camera-ready teeth that will always turn heads. Call our Decatur office at (404) 634-5738 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Spaulding today — our expert team will give you all the information you need. You can also fill out our online contact form and a staff member will get right back to you.