Have you ever been mesmerized by a stunning smile? Whether it’s an actor, a news anchor, or someone you know, it’s hard not to wonder how someone manages to have such perfectly gorgeous teeth.
The secret to owning a dazzling “Hollywood smile” is really no secret at all. If you have numerous smile imperfections, the best—and most popular—cosmetic dentistry option for an impressive smile is porcelain veneers.
If you dream of a beautiful smile you are proud to show off, Dr. Alex Hawkins and his experienced team at Hawkins Family Dentistry can help you achieve your dream.
Unlike dental crowns, which cover the entire tooth, veneers are ultra-thin porcelain shells that cover the front surface (visible part) of your tooth.
Because they are porcelain, the light-reflection and translucence mimic natural teeth. The shells can be color-matched to your natural teeth, or you can request a whiter shade for a brighter smile. Moreover, the veneers are customized to fit your teeth and face shape.
All these factors combine to give you a completely natural-looking yet beautiful smile.
Depending on your cosmetic issues and the number of teeth involved, we can place one veneer or as many as you desire.
While porcelain veneers don’t actually “fix” your issues, they do hide them.
Because they cover the visible part of your teeth, they offer a one-fix solution to many cosmetic tooth issues, resulting in a dramatic smile transformation.
Some of the issues veneers can cover include:
Aside from the dramatic enhancement of your smile, veneers offer several other meaningful advantages.
For instance, since they only cover the front surface of your tooth, they require much less tooth preparation than dental crowns. This means less removal of tooth enamel, preserving more of your natural tooth.
Other advantages include:
The first step involves a thorough oral examination. Since veneers are only cosmetic, restorative dentistry needs must be taken care of first. For instance, if you have tooth decay, you will first need a filling before proceeding with veneers.
If you are deemed a healthy candidate, Dr. Hawkins will find out what issues you are unhappy with, discuss your smile goals, and fully explain what you can expect. He will also perform an analysis of your face and smile so he can determine the shape and shade of your veneers. This analysis may include imaging.
Next, Dr. Hawkins will prepare your teeth. The placement of veneers requires removing a small amount of tooth enamel so they will fit properly. You will then have impressions made of your teeth. Finally, you will receive temporary veneers to wear while the lab fabricates your permanent veneers.
We will send your records, impressions, and any imaging performed to the dental lab. They will customize your veneers and send them back to our office.
At that point, you will return for another visit. Dr. Hawkins will check the fit and appearance of each veneer. When satisfied, he will cement the veneers to your teeth, giving you an instantly dazzling smile.
If you are unhappy with your smile, Dr. Hawkins offers multiple cosmetic treatment options to enhance your appearance and confidence. Since veneers can cover many issues, this one treatment can take the place of several treatments, including cosmetic bonding, teeth whitening, dental crowns, and orthodontics.
Find out if you are a candidate for a gorgeous new smile you can be proud of. Call 804-897-9800 today to schedule your appointment.