Unhappy with Your Teeth? Veneers Will Recreate Your Smile!

By Dr. Thomas Martin

Twenty years ago, the television show Extreme Makeover aired on ABC. Unlike the Home Edition of the show, the original Extreme Makeover gave average-looking people an entirely new, unforgettable appearance.

From head to toe, the makeovers were indeed extreme. One element of the show became particularly popular, the smile makeover segment. Dr. Bill Dorfman, a cosmetic dentist, transformed the subject’s teeth, often with porcelain veneers (or teeth veneers). The result was stunning every time.

Extreme Makeover launched a new age in dentistry, one that catered to cosmetic appearance, in addition to the traditional focus on good oral health and balanced function. Esthetic dentistry formerly reserved for models and movie stars became available in every town in America. 

In the past 20 years, cosmetic dental materials have improved in appearance and durability. Today in Madison, Dr. Thomas Martin offers smile-transforming teeth veneers to older teens and adults of all ages. If you’re interested in veneers, you’re in the right place.

In today’s blog, you’ll learn all about teeth veneers. We’ll cover:

  • Why choose veneers?
  • The cosmetic dental consultation
  • How teeth veneers are made
  • Who’s a candidate for veneers
  • Alternative options
  • How to book your consultation

If you’d like to schedule a consultation to discuss teeth veneers with Dr. Martin, call Martin Dental Studio in Madison today at 615-865-2260. Read on to learn what will happen at your cosmetic consultation.

Why Choose Teeth Veneers?

Dental veneers have a projected lifespan of 20+ years because they’re crafted from layers of strong, semi-translucent porcelain. Layering the material creates not only a more durable result but also a finish that looks identical to natural tooth enamel. Veneers are tinted to blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth, as well.

Perhaps the singular biggest benefit of teeth veneers is that they correct a wide range of cosmetic dental flaws, including:

  • Dental stains
  • Chips
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Widely or unevenly spaced teeth
  • Minor dental overlaps

This means, with teeth veneers a person might avoid the need for crowns, bonding, contouring, and orthodontic braces. In an instant, veneers completely makeover a smile!

Caring for porcelain veneers entails nothing other than what you should be doing each day. Brush your teeth in the morning, then floss and brush before bed. Also visit Dr. Martin every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape.

Note that porcelain veneers stain more slowly than natural teeth, so they’ll remain pearly white for many years if you take good care of them. Veneers and other dental work will not respond to chemical teeth whitening. Many patients opt to have their natural teeth whitened prior to getting veneers. In the future, if natural teeth discolor, use professional whitening to bring them back to the shade of your veneers.

The Cosmetic Dental Consultation

When you visit Dr. Thomas Martin for a smile evaluation, be prepared to have a thorough discussion about what you like, dislike, and want from your smile makeover. Some patients show Dr. Martin photos of smiles they admire to aid in planning. Others review Dr. Martin’s before-and-after photos of teeth veneers patients to determine their preferences.

Dr. Martin will guide you every step of the way. Once he understands your goals and expectations, he’ll create a smile makeover plan exclusively for you. Before you leave the consultation, you will know the cost, timeline, and vision for your smile makeover.

How Teeth Veneers Are Made

At your clinical appointment following the initial consultation, Dr. Martin will prepare your teeth for veneers by removing some enamel. This important step will ensure your teeth veneers lay flat, in line with neighboring teeth for the most natural appearance.

Next, the dentist will take images and molds of your prepared teeth. These will provide a framework for a dental ceramist to handcraft each veneer with precision. The veneers must look fantastic, but they must also function properly for biting foods.

Dr. Martin will attach temporary teeth veneers on your prepared teeth. You’ll wear them until your final veneers arrive.

In a week or so, your new teeth veneers will be delivered to our office and you’ll return for the most exciting event of all! By the end of the appointment, your new smile will be a reality.

Dr. Martin will replace your temporary veneers with permanent restorations. Each veneer will be carefully placed onto the receiving tooth and bonded with strong dental cement. Once the veneers are attached, Dr. Martin will make adjustments as necessary. Next, the reveal!

When patients look into a hand mirror at their new smile, many laugh, cry, or shout at the amazing transformation. It’s an emotional experience to see a new version of yourself, more attractive than ever before–and for good reason!

Your new smile could change your life. Research shows that people with an attractive, white smile are considered more wealthy, intelligent, healthy, attractive, and even friendlier than other people. We also know from research that people with a white smile are more likely to be hired and paid more than those with dingy teeth. With your new smile, you can dream big and face life with confidence!

Who’s a Candidate for Teeth Veneers

Though most people with good oral and overall health are ideal candidates for teeth veneers, some patients don’t qualify for this treatment. Porcelain veneers are not advised if you:

  • Clench and grind your teeth (called bruxism)
  • Habitually chew your fingernails or ice
  • Have poor oral health (gum disease, decay, etc.)
  • Need structural support of front teeth (crowns)
  • Have significant orthodontic issues
  • Have insufficient enamel for bonding veneers to
  • Are a child or young teen whose teeth are not fully developed

Alternatives to Teeth Veneers

If Dr. Martin finds that veneers aren’t a good option for your case, he can recommend alternatives to achieve a similar result. Though it lasts about seven years instead of 20+, cosmetic bonding can deliver results similar to porcelain veneers. Bonding is very affordable and is performed in a single dental visit.

Patients for whom misalignment is an issue may fare better with inconspicuous orthodontics, like Invisalign clear aligners, lingual braces, or clear-bracket braces.

Book Your Consultation

If you live, work, or play in Madison, schedule your porcelain veneers consultation with Dr. Thomas Martin today. Call 615-865-2260 to reserve your appointment. Martin Dental Studio is located off 31E or 45 on Myatt Drive. We’re close to Cedarwood Courtyard, Archwood Acres Rio, Shepherd Hills, and Eastlawn.