A smile makeover with porcelain veneers can transform your teeth and improve your facial appearance. But are porcelain veneers the right solution for improving your smile? Consider five questions to ask yourself before asking your dentist for them.
- What Are My Smile Goals?
Make two lists—one for the things you like about your smile and a second list for the things you don’t like. Think about the improvements you want to be made and why. Your smile goals are the final results you want to see.
- Do I Understand How Porcelain Veneers Work?
Porcelain veneers are thin slivers of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your natural teeth. Usually, teeth are lightly etched to prepare them for the veneers so the results look natural, not bulky. The alternation of your natural teeth means that the porcelain veneers procedure is not reversible. Once you receive them, you can’t go back to your natural teeth. Some form of cosmetic dentistry will be required.
- What Are the Alternatives?
Whether or not there are alternatives depends on the condition of your teeth, the issues with them, and the desired results. At times porcelain crowns, cosmetic bonding, or teeth whitening might be options for results that will still look beautiful.
- Is My Dentist a Cosmetic Dentist?
A true cosmetic dentist has artistic talent. He or she will listen to your preferences, observe your personality, and examine your facial features to accurately create the smile you want. A cosmetic dentist includes your input in the smile design so the results look natural.
Additionally, a skilled cosmetic dentist has received post-graduate training in the art. He or she regularly participates in continuing training to remain current with the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry. At Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, our accredited cosmetic dentists have completed written and oral exams and submitted documentation and photos of patient cases to earn their accreditation status from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).
The before-and-after photos below of our patient are an example of the beautiful results you can expect with porcelain veneers.
- How Long Will Porcelain Veneers Last?
With proper care, your veneers can last 10 to 15 years. Ensure that your dental exams and cleanings are only completed by a dentist and hygienist who understand how to care for porcelain veneers.
Call us at 404-994-4509, or request an appointment online for a complimentary smile design consultation.