Enhance your beautiful smile with quality, natural-looking porcelain veneers in Alpharetta, GA
Bella Hanono Family Dentistry appreciates that you’ve already got a great foundation for a stunning smile: your natural teeth. The cosmetic treatments available at our office in Alpharetta, GA, including porcelain veneers, merely build upon that foundation. We will confirm that your natural teeth and gums are in top shape, however, before moving forward with treatment. If active disease or decay is present, Dr. Hanono will need to resolve those conditions. You may also be an appropriate candidate for alternative treatments, such as partial or full-coverage crowns that restore both the appearance and the function and health of your natural teeth.
Veneers that enhance your teeth, naturally
All dental offices look at procedures through various lenses. At our practice, you benefit from a perspective that doesn’t get caught up with your perceived flaws. Rather, we see the characteristics that can be enhanced to create your most uniquely beautiful smile. Our techniques and plans are never “standardized.” We account for your one-of-a-kind anatomical features, as well as your personal preferences. This is important because your veneers never look “too white,” “too big,” or “too fake” for your smile and facial aesthetics. While there is no treatment process quite like yours, all of our patients should largely expect the below steps when getting their veneers:
- The consultation –As mentioned, we’ll examine your teeth and gums to make sure that they’re healthy. We will also discuss your goals for treatment. Veneers may be used to disguise chips, small fractures, gaps, and other minor spacing concerns, and very dark stains or deep discoloration. Additionally, our lab can fabricate veneers to cover up an irregularly-shaped or irregularly-sized tooth. Depending on what we find during your exam, alternative treatments may be suggested such as orthodontic systems, restorations like crowns, or powerful professional teeth whitening. If you have habits that can shorten the lifespan of your veneers, we’ll also discuss ways to address those damaging behaviors; for instance, night-guards are oral appliances that may be worn during rest to protect dental-work from damaged caused by sleep bruxism (teeth grinding).
- Diagnostics and planning – If we determine that you are a good candidate for veneers, information about the tooth (or teeth) to be treated is collected. We’ll also take impressions or models of your tooth and surrounding teeth. These impressions are used by our lab ceramists to make your precision veneers. We’ll discuss specific features of your veneers, such as their color. If you want to “whiten” your teeth while also correcting other concerns, we’ll explore options for bleaching your teeth prior to treatment. We want to make sure that even the smallest details are discussed. So, that you are happy with every aspect of your veneered teeth.
- Preparation – The natural teeth that will receive veneers must be “prepared” to “accept” these thin layers of porcelain. A very small sliver of natural enamel is removed, about the thickness of a contact lens or fingernail. Because the tooth is reduced so conservatively, the procedure is generally well-tolerated. If sensitivity is a concern, we can discuss options to enhance comfort throughout treatment. Furthermore, by altering the tooth in such a modest manner, the veneer itself is very thin. It fits perfectly on top of the prepared enamel. This feature of the process assures your veneers don’t project too much, and that they look and feel natural. Often, temporaries or provisional veneers are placed to protect the prepared site while your permanent veneers are being made by our lab partners.
- Fabrication and placement – Once your permanent veneers have been made and arrive at our office, you’ll return so that they can be placed. The temporaries are removed, and the veneer is applied to the natural tooth. If everything looks and feels great, Dr. Hanono bonds or cements the veneer into place. So, it is secure and even strengthens the natural tooth for lasting durability and health.