Teeth that are cracked, chipped, stained, or uneven can detract from an otherwise perfect smile. At the practice of Dr. Donald H. Ross in Atlanta, instant orthodontics, or porcelain veneers, can solve many of these dental issues. Dr. Ross performs a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures and will gladly assist any patient in achieving a healthy, beautiful smile. Unlike other procedures that are more time-intensive, instant orthodontics can vastly improve the look of a patient’s smile in only three visits. Read on to learn more about this exciting treatment plan!
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom shells of tooth-colored material that cover the front of the teeth. Veneers are an excellent dental option for patients looking to fix misaligned, chipped, cracked, or stained teeth. Veneers can dramatically alter the appearance of the tooth, and can be used to elongate teeth, close gaps between teeth, and improve the color of teeth that don’t respond to traditional whitening methods (due to discoloration caused by the use of certain medications, root canal treatments, and other issues). Porcelain veneers are customized to fit the shape of the patient’s mouth and the color of their natural teeth. This procedure is quick, efficient, pain-free, and it delivers maximum results.
What Is the Procedure Like?
Generally, the process of getting porcelain veneers requires three easy appointments with Dr. Ross.
- During the initial consultation, the entire process of getting porcelain veneers will be explained to the patient in detail, and any questions or concerns they might have will be addressed. A routine examination will be performed on the patient so Dr. Ross can ensure the patient is a good candidate for instant orthodontics. Sometimes he may need to take impressions or X-rays of the patient’s teeth and mouth. Once it has been determined that the patient is a good fit for this treatment, the second appointment will be scheduled.
- At the second appointment, Dr. Ross will remove about ½ millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface. He will numb the affected area (or areas) with a local anesthetic, ensuring that the patient won’t experience any discomfort. After trimming off the exterior enamel, the dentist will then take impressions or models of the patient’s mouth. These impressions will then be sent off to a laboratory, where a team of specialists will create custom porcelain veneers. It usually takes two to three weeks for the dentist to receive the finished veneers. The patient will wear temporary veneers during this waiting period, so they will maintain a “normal” aesthetic appearance.
- Once the veneers have been received, Dr. Ross will have the patient come in for a third appointment. Here, he will trim and polish each veneer as needed before permanently bonding them to the teeth. Veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth through the use of special bonding cement and a laser. After the bonding process has occurred, the dentist will further trim and polish the tooth the ideal aesthetic has been achieved.
Porcelain veneers can instantly beautify nearly any smile. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers is to schedule a consultation with the dentist. Contact Dr. Donald H. Ross today to get started on this exciting process!