The Boutique Difference
Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry works with one of the most technologically advanced labs in Atlanta to produce beautiful custom designed veneers for our patients can even "Test drive" their smile before committing to treatment. We utilize 3D digital scanners to take detailed images of your teeth, allowing us to design a smile based off of the natural structures of your mouth and face. As a result, we are able to deliver the best fit with the most natural esthetics.
At Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry you can “try-in” your new smile before committing to treatment.
We know that committing to a smile makeover can be a little overwhelming. However, after meeting with one of our cosmetic specialists, you can design your own smile just how you imagined. Our smile experts at our local lab are able to make a thin shell that fits right over your own teeth so you can see what your veneers can look like before you commit to treatment…cool right?
Dental Veneers: What to expect before, during and after
The process of getting veneers will usually be spread out over a few different appointments:
1. The first appointment in getting dental veneers will be a consultation at our office. The dental assistant will take a series of x-rays and impressions. You can discuss the type of smile design that you are looking to achieve with Dr. Amara. We want to know exactly what you like and dislike about your current smile and what you want to change. After we have discussed your treatment plan you can either design your “try-in” shell or schedule your prep date.
2. At this appointment you will receive a “try in” shell of the veneers that you have designed with one of our smile experts. (Some patients skip this step and go right into the prepping) This step is best if you want to see a preview of your new smile before committing to treatment. The removable shell will fit right over your teeth. At this step after you try in your shell, you can discuss with your dentist if there are any changes you would like to make to the design, shape or color of your veneers.
3. The prepping stage – At this appointment, your dentist will begin prepping your teeth to get them ready for your veneers. Veneers fit right over your natural teeth so your teeth will need some adjustments before placing the veneer. The dental assistant will then take some new impressions of your prepped teeth. You will leave our office with temporary veneers while your final veneers are being designed at our cosmetic dental lab. It usually takes about 3-4 weeks before your final veneers are ready to seat.
4. After 3-4 weeks the final veneers will be finished. Your dentist will then seat the veneer with permanent cement. You will also be fitted with a night guard for extra protection so you don’t damage your veneers in your sleep.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a type of medical-grade ceramic shell that covers the front surface of the natural teeth. Dental veneers offer an immediate transformation for a patient’s smile. Dental veneers are custom made specifically for each patient to ensure a perfect fit.
Our dentists can use dental veneers for numerous cosmetic corrections, from orthodontic adjustments to teeth whitening. Due to their lifelike and natural appearance, and their multitude of uses, porcelain veneers are the most popular treatment options at Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry.
Why is Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry the best place for your smile transformation?
At Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry we have the most innovative and up to date technology. We are one of the few offices in Atlanta to have Digital Smile Design. Digital Smile Design is an innovative treatment planning center that allows you to see what your smile could look like before you commit to treatment.
Interested in a smile makeover?
If you are looking to enhance your current smile, porcelain veneers may be the best solution for you. Veneers provide a natural cosmetic alteration to the front teeth. The placement of veneers is minimally invasive and highly effective. Veneers can help correct misshapen, maligned, or discolored teeth.
frequently asked questions
How long do veneers last?
Porcelain veneers last 10-15 years on average but the lifespan has many factors, such as oral hygiene, lifestyle, quality of material, and maintenance.
Are veneers painful?
No, the process of preparing the teeth for veneers usually required an anesthetic shot to numb the tooth and surrounding tissue so that the process is more comfortable.
Can I whiten my veneers?
Veneers cannot be whitened; they are usually a ceramic material where the shade stays the same for their lifespan.
Are veneers expensive?
The cost varies depending on the number of veneers needed, the type of veneer or any additional procedures required for the process. Generally, porcelain veneers can range from $1500-$2500 per tooth.
Do I need to replace porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers do need to be replaced after their lifespan.
How do porcelain veneers adhere to the natural teeth?
Veneers are bonded to the outer portion of the natural tooth, ideally the enamel with dental bonding protocols that are very strong.
What are the different types of veneers?
There are porcelain and composite veneers. Porcelain veneers last longer and are more of an investment.
Can I pick the color or my veneers?
The color of veneers is typically matched to the other color of the natural teeth to make the most natural look.
How many veneers do I need?
This varies by what the goals of the treatment are. It can be anywhere from 1-14 but typically 2,4, or 8-10 veneers are used for the best outcome.
Do my natural teeth have to be shaved down for veneers?
The preparation of the teeth for veneers is very minimal. The goal is to prepare as little of the tooth as possible to stay in the outer enamel of the tooth.
How long does the process take?
The process is usually 3 appointments, the first being a record gathering including photos, impressions, discussions. The second is the preparation day where the teeth are prepared for the veneers. The third is the final veneer delivery day. This all takes about 6 weeks.
Are veneers permanent?
Porcelain veneers are permanent, but they have a lifespan and eventually need to be replaced. The patient or the dentist can take the veneers on and off without cutting them off.
Am I a good candidate for veneers?
To see if a patient is a good candidate for veneers, an in-person assessment must be complete with an exam, photos, and a personalized discussion to go over the patient’s goals.
Will my veneers look natural?
The goal of veneers is to match the existing teeth and have a natural tooth appearance.
frequently asked questions
How does teeth whitening work?
A bleaching agent is applied directly to your teeth for in office whitening or in a tray for at home whitening. This agent usually contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which break down and remove the stains.
What is the best solution to whiten teeth?
A take home carbamide peroxide gel that is used in custom trays is the best way to whiten teeth.
How long does in-office teeth whitening take?
In office whitening using opalescence BOOST is 3 rounds of 20 minutes with a total of 1 hour
Should I get a dental cleaning before or after teeth whitening?
A dental cleaning should be done before teeth whitening.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
Teeth whitening should not hurt, but it does sometimes cause some sensitivity that is not permanent.
Will teeth whitening damage my enamel?
Teeth whitening does not damage enamel.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
Teeth whitening costs vary by office but can range from 500-750 depending on the treatment.
Do I have to do anything special after teeth whitening?
Post operative instructions after teeth whitening include not drinking any liquids that can stain a white t-shirt for a few days and it is sometimes advised to use sensitivity toothpaste following teeth whitening
Will teeth whitening work on crowns and bridges?
Teeth whitening does not work on crowns or bridges, only natural teeth.
How do I make a teeth whitening appointment?
Call the dental office to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening, as long as a dental cleaning has been completed in the last 6 months.
frequently asked questions
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a type of clear aligners used for orthodontics.
Do I need to wear Invisalign all day every day?
Invisalign clear aligners are instructed to be worn 22 hours per day and only taken out to eat.
Traditional braces vs. Invisalign
Traditional braces have bands and wires while Invisalign has invisible attachments to the teeth with clear trays.
How long does Invisalign take to work?
The treatment time for Invisalign varies by complexity of the case but can take anywhere from 2 months - a year on average for simple cases.
How much does Invisalign cost? Are there payment plans?
Invisalign costs 5000$ this includes all of the appointments along the way, any x rays, the whitening for the duration of the Invisalign as well as the retainers at the end of treatment.
How long do I need to wear each tray for?
Each tray is worn for about a week unless described otherwise by your doctor.
frequently asked questions
What is Digital Smile Design?
Digital Smile Design, or DSD, is planning a patient's smile makeover digitally. It combines principles of esthetics, facial analysis, and computer technology to create a customized treatment plan that can be visually communicated with the patient.
Can any dentist provide digital smile design?
Not every dentist can provide digital smile design, or DSD. Dentists trained with digital smile design techniques are best for providing digital smile design.
How should I prepare for the first digital smile design consultation?
Come prepared with your goals and expectations for the dentist and a face ready for some photos!
What if I don’t like the way my teeth look like in the mock-up?
The mockup is used to gather information on where we could possibly go with your teeth, it is not the final teeth. So, the mockup is used to guide the patient and the dentist to formulate a good end result. Changes can be made, and this is the time to make changes before anything permanent is done.
frequently asked questions
Who is a candidate for dental bonding?
Good candidates are patients with good oral hygiene, cracked or chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, discolored or irregularly shaped teeth.
What dental issues can dental bonding fix?
Dental bonding is commonly used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, close gaps between teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, or alter the shape and size of teeth.
Is Dental bonding permanent?
Yes; however, it's important to note that dental bonding may not be as durable or long-lasting as other options like porcelain veneers or crowns, and it may require periodic maintenance or replacement over time.
What is the process of dental bonding?
Preparation of the tooth structure, if any, bonding material application, shaping and molding, bonding, curing, and finishing touches - this can be done in one visit.
Can dental bonding make my teeth look longer?
Yes, dental bonding can change the shape or shade of teeth, this includes the length.