Top rated veneers dentist in Hoover / Birmingham, Alabama
Dr. Buchanan is a top rated veneers dentist in Hoover / Birmingham. He has the experience & credentials you should look for when selecting a new dentist for your cosmetic dental procedure with veneers.
Dr. Buchanan was recently published in the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry and also holds the prestigious Fellowship Award from the Academy of General Dentistry. Only 6% of General Dentists in the USA & Canada have earned their AGD Fellowship.
Dr. Buchanan Discusses The Virtual Smile Makeover In-Home Consultation on Talk of Alabama, ABC 33/40
If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What can I do to improve my smile?” then a Virtual Smile Makeover has been created just for you. See what you would look like with a new set of veneers in advance of your visit. Simply submit photos of yourself here at this link and Dr. Buchanan will send you an email explaining your options, sharing similar case examples, and going over the cost for treatment.
Porcelain Veneer Pricing:
Porcelain veneer fee $1275 and composite veneer fee $375
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.
Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. Dr. Buchanan places veneers routinely and designs each case individually to match and enhance characteristics already present in each patient’s teeth.
Will they look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. We will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life, and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.
Before & After Photos of Veneers
The Porcelain Veneer Process
Porcelain veneers give the dentist and the ceramist the most control over the changes in the smile. The size, shape, position, and color of the teeth can all be manipulated to meet your expectations. But, how does all this work? Read on for a detailed overview of the porcelain veneer process…
1. Treatment Plan and Smile Design
The first step is listening to your concerns and developing a plan. The most important part of our initial consultation is discussing what you don’t like about your smile. Then, we can discuss the corrections we can make. We take a series of photographs and then impressions of the teeth which will aid us in developing the perfect smile for you. We look at the symmetry of the teeth and gums. Are the gums aligned? Is there too much gum tissue that shows in the smile? Are the teeth too wide? Too short? Is crowding present, or are there spaces between the teeth? Is the smile narrow or broad? All of these areas (and many more) are evaluated when your treatment plan is being formulated.
But, we don’t just look at the teeth. A smile is only made beautiful if it coincides to the entire face and ultimately to the whole person. Is your face oval, long, round, heart-shaped, or square? This also determines what smile design is best for you.
The next step is to look at different smile designs to see what you like. This is done after we have determined which smiles would work best with your facial shape, your lip structure, and your jaw form. Do you like square teeth? Or more rounded? Pointed canines or more oval? All of this is done so that YOU get the exact result that YOU want.
2. Wax Template
After we have compiled all of our records, formulated our treatment plan, and determined which smile design works best, it’s now time to relay this information to our ceramist to create a wax guide of our desired outcome. With the wax guide, you can actually see your new smile on the model before we actually begin the procedure. This guide will be used as the template for your temporary veneers.
3. Preparation of the Teeth and Placement of Temporary Veneers
With our porcelain veneers, we use a minimal preparation technique. Minimal preparation means that only the necessary tooth structure is removed, which will be replaced by porcelain. This is usually only about 0.3 – 0.5 mm and the goal is to stay within the enamel of the tooth. We use reduction guides to ensure that the removal of tooth structure is uniform and as minimal as possible. An impression is taken of the preparations from which our ceramist will fabricate your porcelain veneers. Temporary veneers are made from the wax guide and are then bonded to the teeth. You can now see what your new smile will look like!
We know that it is difficult for you to try to plan your smile based off of pictures and models, so we use the temporary veneers as a “trial smile” so that the porcelain veneers are exactly what you want. This is the great advantage that cosmetic dentistry has over plastic surgery – you get to actually see the result and make changes before the process is complete and permanent. We can make any changes necessary to the temporary veneers. We can make them longer, shorter, wider, more rounded — anything! So, you leave with the temporary veneers and we urge you to critique them and make a list of any changes you would like to see made. Then, we schedule you to come back to the office in a few days and make any needed adjustments. When you are happy, we take an impression and our ceramist will use this as a guide when making the porcelain veneers. This way, YOU get exactly what YOU want – no surprises!
4. Place Porcelain Veneers
All of the plans and preparations are finished, and all that is left is to place the porcelain veneers. You now have the smile of your dreams! And, it was made to fit YOU and it was exactly what YOU wanted!