Veneers – Atlanta, GA
Rejuvenate Your Smile with Lifelike Veneers
Your teeth are important for more than just speaking and chewing-- they also play a major role in maintaining and boosting your self-esteem. If you don’t like how they look, you can often find yourself hiding your smile in pictures or during everyday conversations. It may seem like you have no choice but to live with the insecurities from their flaws, but you do have an effective option. Dr. Jane C. Puskas can transform your confidence with an attractive smile. With porcelain veneers, you can get the drastic results that you want using a minimally invasive procedure.
Why Choose Jane C. Puskas, DMD for Veneers?
- Versatile, Customized Cosmetic Treatment
- Dental Savings Plan Available
- Experienced Cosmetic Dentist
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth to cover imperfections to give them a shapelier and more proportionate appearance. They are quite versatile, allowing them to be used to correct several flaws.
Often, many choose veneers to achieve a brighter, whiter smile by covering dark tooth discoloration. They can also be used to cover chips and cracks or to give abnormally shaped teeth a more attractive appearance, especially those that are shorter than average. In some cases, they can even be used as an alternative to traditional braces by making the teeth appear straighter.
The Process of Getting Veneers
In most cases, if you have healthy underlying teeth, you are a candidate for the procedure. After performing an initial consultation , your cosmetic dentist in Buckhead, Dr. Puskas, will create a customized treatment plan to improve your smile. We will begin by cleaning your teeth and removing a small portion of enamel. This is necessary to ensure that the restorations sit flush with your natural teeth. We then take impressions, which are used to create your veneers with precision and accuracy in a dental lab.
While you wait for your new veneers to be ready, we will attach temporary ones. In about two weeks, you will return to our office to have your permanent ones bonded in place. You will walk out of your appointment with a dazzling, confident smile with results that will last.
The Benefits of Veneers
Dental veneers in Buckhead offer a wide array of benefits that patients will be able to enjoy, including:
- A lifespan of up to 20 years with routine maintenance
- Easy to care for
- Natural, lifelike appearance
- Versatile to repair minor or major dental imperfections
- Durable and stain-resistant when made from porcelain
- Beautiful results within as few as two appointments
- Cost-effective cosmetic treatment
Maintaining Your Dental Veneers
With the right aftercare, your new smile will last for an average of 10 years before needing to be replaced. To protect its longevity, it is best to brush and floss your teeth using nonabrasive products. In addition, avoid any habits that may cause the veneers to chip or crack, like using your teeth as tools. Do not forget to schedule an appointment with us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Understanding the Cost of Veneers
Even if you want veneers, their price might worry you. That’s a fair concern – the shells won’t help if they exceed your budget. Fortunately, our office can walk you through the treatment’s financial details. In particular, we’ll explain the cost of veneers and our other cosmetic services at your consultation. You can then decide on affordable care that’ll beautify your grin! If you’d like to learn more, just keep reading or call us for details.
Cost vs. Cosmetic Dentistry: What’s Right for Me?
While Dr. Puskas and her team offer excellent veneers, they do have other cosmetic options. Each of these procedures, furthermore, has a different price and effect. It’d thus be wise to compare them before settling on anything. By doing so, you’ll ensure treatment meets your needs. That said, consider the services below:
- At-Home Teeth Whitening – At-home whitening relies on oral trays you wear from home. By doing so for a set time each day, you’ll see visible results within a few weeks. In exchange for this longer treatment time, the cost is lower than for in-office options.
- In-Office Laser Whitening – With this option, we use high-grade whitening gel and a special laser to amplify the teeth whitening process. It’s also fast enough that it only takes one appointment. However, this treatment only affects tooth color and has a moderate price.
- Tooth-Colored Fillings – Unlike amalgam types, tooth-colored fillings blend with your smile seamlessly. They thus protect teeth and improve your looks. Best of all, they usually aren’t that expensive.
- Porcelain Veneers – Veneers are thin, porcelain shells placed on the fronts of teeth. Their function is to hide various smile flaws – chips, cracks, stains, dental misalignment, etc. Due to their high versatility, though, the shells can be a tad pricy.
- Invisalign® Clear Aligners – Invisalign uses clear plastic trays to align your smile gradually and effectively. At the same time, it’s a sizable investment – treatment can cost several thousand dollars.
How to Make Veneers Affordable
In truth, dental insurance usually won’t cover veneers. Most plans view the shells as cosmetic and medically unnecessary. Still, there are occasional exceptions; some policies will cover veneers if they protect damaged teeth. It’s a good idea, then, to confirm your benefits before treatment. Our staff will happily assist if you need help with that step.
Alternatively, there are ways besides insurance to make veneers affordable. We at Dr. Puskas’ office, for instance, offer flexible financing for our patients. That way, you can cover a procedure’s cost with installments over time. Veneers wouldn’t have to “break the bank” anymore.
As you can see, our office will work with you on making veneers budget-friendly. Therefore, go ahead and book a consultation visit to our office!
Is It Painful to Get Veneers?
You’ll be happy to hear that your mouth will be numbed when you receive veneers, so pain isn’t something you should be concerned about at all! That said, it’s not unheard of for patients to feel some mild discomfort after their veneers have been placed. Some patients experience what’s referred to as “bonding sensitivity” which is characterized by sharp pain when biting into something hot or cold. However, this sensitivity is normally temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and saltwater rinses.
Are Veneers Permanent?
In short, veneers are not technically permanent. Their average lifespan is around 10 or so years, depending on the patient’s oral health and habits. Whether they become worn, damaged, tarnished, or fall off, they’ll eventually need to be replaced. However, the process for receiving veneers is considered irreversible, since a small amount of enamel needs to be removed from teeth that are being treated. This ensures that the veneers lay flush and blend in with your natural smile once they’ve been placed, meaning that teeth treated in this manner will always need to be covered with veneers for their protection.
Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?
After receiving your veneers, you’ll still need to show some caution when it comes to your diet. Prior to getting your permanent veneers, temporary ones will be bonded to your teeth, which serve as a “test drive” of sorts. These veneers are meant to protect your prepped teeth while your permanent veneers are being fabricated; however, they come with some important dietary restrictions. You need to be mindful of particularly hard or crunchy foods, as well as sticky foods that might damage or dislodge your veneers. It’s also wise to avoid foods and drinks that are known to cause staining. Once your permanent veneers have been placed, you’ll be able to enjoy most foods again, but it’s still sensible to show caution. You should also be mindful of your alcohol consumption, as these beverages can actually weaken the bonding material holding your veneers in place.
Is There Anyone Who Shouldn’t Get Veneers?
As great as veneers are, they’re not for everyone; the only way to determine if they’re a viable solution for your smile is to come see us for a consultation! You should not get veneers if the tooth in question has a cavity or is otherwise suffering from decay, as the problem would likely worsen underneath the veneers. Gum disease can also interfere with the veneers process, as can bruxism. In any case, existing oral health issues that might compromise your veneers will need to be treated accordingly before moving forward with the process.