If you watched the Academy Awards, it might have seemed like Hollywood’s hottest stars all hit the genetic lottery. Did you see all those gorgeous smiles?!

But the truth is, many celebrities turn to cosmetic dentistry to make up for their smile shortcomings. And many of them request dental veneers, small pieces of material that conceal dental imperfections.

And if you find yourself wanting an Oscar-worthy smile, we’ve got some good news. Carmichael Dental Care can help you achieve the smile you’ve been longing for! Dental veneers are a cost-effective way to dramatically transform your smile, particularly if you have multiple dental insecurities you’re looking to address.

Read on to learn about the ways dental veneers can improve your smile. Then, if you’re looking for top-notch cosmetic dentistry in Montgomery, AL, give us a call at 334-600-1423 to schedule an appointment.


Dental Veneers 101


Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how dental veneers work, it’s helpful to know what they are. Dental veneers are small shells made of porcelain that are meticulously crafted to look like the forward-facing surfaces of your natural teeth. They’re bonded to problematic teeth that are distracting from an otherwise healthy smile.

Dental veneers can conceal:

  • Discoloration
  • Misshapenness
  • Minor cracks
  • Chips
  • Minor misalignment issues

While there are different types of dental veneers on the market, Carmichael Dental Care is proud to offer quality porcelain dental veneers exclusively. That’s because these high-end veneers are beautifully made, look convincingly like real teeth, are more durable, and are longer lasting than dental veneers made from composite materials.


The Dental Veneer Process


When you come to Carmichael Dental Care, we’ll first take plenty of time to talk with you about your smile goals and insecurities to make sure that dental veneers are the best way to get the results you’re looking for. Once we’ve determined that this cosmetic procedure is right for you, we’ll come up with a treatment plan. One of the best things about dental veneers is how versatile they are. You can place just one or get veneers placed on multiple teeth!

Then, we’ll then prepare the teeth. This involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel — the outermost layer of your teeth — so that the dental veneer will sit flush against the tooth and look natural. We’ll numb the area to ensure your comfort, but don’t worry. There are no nerve endings in enamel, so you shouldn’t feel much if anything.

Then, we’ll take some images and impressions of the prepared tooth (or teeth, if you’re getting more than one dental veneer). We’ll send this information to a trusted lab, which will make your dental veneers to your exact specifications.

Once the final product is shipped back, we’ll be ready to make final adjustments and bond the veneers to your teeth using dental cement and a special curing light. Afterward, you’ll walk out of the office with a smile that belongs on the red carpet!


A Comfortable Dental Veneer Procedure


On its own, the procedure required to get dental veneers is minimally invasive and relatively comfortable. Still, we’re able to further minimize stress and discomfort with our comfort amenities and dental sedation options. This is especially good for patients experiencing dental anxiety.

We offer the following:

  • “Laughing gas.” This mild form of sedation provides a somewhat euphoric effect.
  • Oral conscious sedation, which comes as a pill you take before your procedure
  • State-of-the-art technology to make treatment as precise and comfortable as possible
  • Pillows to support your head and neck
  • TVs and headphones to entertain you while we work

At Carmichael Dental Care, your comfort is our priority. If there’s anything you need to make your visit more enjoyable, just ask!


Paying For Your Dental Veneers


The cost of dental veneers can vary widely based on the specifics of your treatment. Because of that, we can’t really provide one ballpark figure to help you get an idea of the cost. The best way to find out is to come in for a consultation with Dr. Swartzentruber or Dr. Keahey. We work to provide a low-pressure environment where you can explore your options without stress.

We also believe that you shouldn’t suffer undue stress about paying for your dental work. That’s why Carmichael Dental Care has established a series of convenient payment options. This includes credit cards and many dental insurance plans.

But we also are happy to offer an in-house savings plan that can give you discounts on many of the services we provide. We also partner with Lending Club Patient Solutions to offer monthly payment plans.


Caring For Your Dental Veneers


Generally speaking, dental veneers are a breeze to care for. They don’t require much special care or attention. Just brush and floss as you regularly would. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush for two minutes each time. And don’t forget to floss once a day and visit your dentist roughly once every six months for routine checkups and cleanings.

The only thing you really have to worry about is avoiding habits and foods that could potentially dislodge or break your dental veneers. This includes chewing on pens and biting your nails. With proper care, dental veneers can last 15 years or more, but after that — or before if the veneers become damaged — they’ll have to be replaced.


Give Your Smile The Star Treatment


You deserve to feel great about your smile. If it’s been a while since you’ve been able to smile without hesitation, it’s time to explore your options in a comfortable setting.

Dr. Swartzentruber is dedicated to forming authentic relationships with patients and delivering quality results you’ll love! He has a track record of excellence both in his education and his professional career. He is currently a member of the Alabama Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

Call Carmichael Dental Care today at 334-600-1423 to schedule your initial consultation, or use our online form to request an appointment.