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If you're looking for a cosmetic enhancement with a “light” touch, you can't beat dental veneers. These custom-made wafers of dental porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or gaps, revitalizing your smile.

But with traditional veneers, a minimal impact doesn't mean no impact at all. Although they're quite thin—often a millimeter or less—they can still look bulky when bonded to unprepared teeth. Dentists usually remove a small amount of surface enamel to help them appear more natural.

The alteration itself is painless, and only the bare minimum of enamel is removed. Even so, the alteration is permanent—the tooth will require a veneer or other form of restoration from then on. But a new kind of veneer may make it possible to avoid any enamel removal, or much less. These no-prep or minimal-prep veneers are even thinner, between 0.3 and 0.5 millimeters.

With these ultra-thin veneers, your dentist may only perform a little minor enamel re-shaping, particularly the sides of the teeth, to ensure a good fit. As thin as they are—akin to that of a contact lens—no-prep veneers can be bonded to the teeth surface without the need for fitting them under the gum line.

No-prep veneers are ideal for people with smaller than normal teeth, or that appear smaller due to other facial features. This also includes teeth that have worn down from age or teeth grinding, or those that are misshapen in some way. They also work well with people who have a narrow smile where less teeth than normal are visible in the “smile zone.”

They can also be used with patients who have oversized or prominent teeth, but it may still require some enamel removal. The only qualification for anyone receiving ultrathin veneers is that their enamel is in reasonably good health.

Because there's little to no alteration of the teeth, no-prep veneers can be reversed. Removing them, though, is no easy task, so you'll still need to think long-term before obtaining one. All in all, though, no-prep veneers in the right setting can still transform your smile without much permanent change to your teeth.

If you would like more information on no-prep veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”


Since his breakout role as Dr. Doug Ross in the 90's TV drama ER, George Clooney has enjoyed a blockbuster career as an award-winning actor, director and producer. He's still going strong, as seen in the recent film The Midnight Sky, which Clooney directed and starred in. This sci-fi drama set a record as the most-watched movie on Netflix for the first five days after its late December release. And although now well into middle age, Clooney still possesses a winsome charm epitomized by his devil-may-care smile.

But he didn't always have his enigmatic grin. Early on, his struggles pursuing his burgeoning acting career triggered a stressful habit of grinding his teeth. This took a toll, as his teeth began to look worn and yellowed, giving his smile—and him—a prematurely aged appearance.

Clooney's not alone. For many of us, our fast-paced lives have created undue stress that we struggle to manage. This pent-up stress has to go somewhere, and for a number of individuals it's expressed through involuntary grinding or gritting of the teeth. This may not only lead to serious dental problems, but it can also diminish an otherwise attractive smile.

There are ways to minimize teeth grinding, the most important of which is to address the underlying stress fueling the habit. It's possible to get a handle on stress through professional counseling, biofeedback therapy, meditation or other relaxation techniques. You can also reduce the habit's effects with a custom-made oral device that prevents the teeth from making solid contact during a grinding episode.

But what if teeth grinding has already taken a toll on your teeth making them look worn down? Do what Clooney did—put a new “face” on your teeth with dental veneers. These thin layers of porcelain are bonded to teeth to mask all sorts of blemishes, including chips, heavy staining and, yes, teeth that appear shortened due to accelerated wearing. And they're custom-designed and fashioned to blend seamlessly with other teeth to transform your smile. Although they're not indestructible, they're quite durable and can last for years.

Veneers can correct many mild to moderate dental defects, but if your teeth are in worse shape, porcelain crowns may be the answer. A crown, which bonds to a prepared tooth to completely cover it, allows you the advantage of keeping your natural tooth while still enhancing its appearance.

Although different in degree, both veneers and crowns require permanently altering the teeth, such that they will require a dental restoration from then on. But if you're looking for an effective way to transform your worn or otherwise distressed teeth into a beautiful smile, it's a sound investment.

Just like George Clooney, your smile is an important part of who you are. We can help you make it as appealing as possible with veneers or other dental enhancements. Call us today to get started on the path to a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers and other smile enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”

By AT Dental, PC
February 25, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Do you find that your smile isn’t like it used to be? Perhaps it has lost its radiance or has visible chips and cracks? If your answer is yes, you may be able to fix your pearly whites with porcelain veneers. An extremely versatile and multitasking cosmetic dentistry treatment, our dentist Dr. Tu Nguyen at AT Dental, PC in Lawrenceville, GA offers porcelain veneers to freshen up your smile. Find out how veneers can transform your smile.

Conceal Minor Cosmetic Flaws

Do cracks and chips in your front teeth detract from your smile? Porcelain veneers can easily hide them. Aside from concealing these imperfections, the porcelain veneers will also help protect the affected tooth and prevent it from cracking or chipping further. Do note though that your dentist will need to evaluate the extent of the chips or cracks to ensure that they don’t have any damage that could weaken the affected teeth if not treated prior to placing the veneers.

Hide Unsightly Stains

Whether you have badly stained or slightly yellowing teeth, veneers can easily cover them. This is especially true for stains and discolorations from specific medications or health issues, as these don’t respond to professional teeth whitening. In addition, since they’re bonded right onto your teeth’s front surface, they will also serve to protect the teeth underneath from further staining.

Fix Teeth with an Awkward Shape or Size

If you have teeth that are too pointy, narrow, short, or otherwise awkward-looking, veneers can mask those as well. Your dentist in Lawrenceville, GA, will figure out the most appropriate shape and size for you and have the porcelain veneers crafted to give you a perfectly symmetrical smile.

Cover Minor Misalignment

In some cases, minor crookedness doesn’t need to be corrected with orthodontic treatment. For instance, if you have just one misaligned tooth or a couple of crooked teeth that don’t are not really causing problems for your bite, then your dentist may recommend veneers instead of orthodontic treatment such as braces.

Curious to Find Out What Porcelain Veneers Can Do For You?

Whether you’re looking to correct a tiny cosmetic flaw or several, porcelain veneers just might be the solution you’re looking for. Call At Dental, PC, at Lawrenceville, GA, to schedule your visit with Dr. Tu Nguyen today. Dial (770) 277-0774 for further details.

By AT Dental, PC
February 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Just like adults, teenagers experience chipped, stained or disfigured teeth. And during a life stage where issues with appearance can be acutely painful, these defects call out for a solution.

And, there is one: porcelain veneers. These thin wafers of custom-made porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to cover dental flaws. They’re one of the least invasive—and most affordable—methods for smile enhancement.

There is one caveat, though: The affected teeth will most likely need alteration. Veneers can look bulky when bonded directly to teeth, so we compensate for this by removing some of the surface enamel. This changes the tooth permanently, to the point that it will always require a veneer or some other form of restoration.

But although this may be a minor issue for an adult, it could pose a problem for a teenager. That’s because the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, is larger in a younger adolescent tooth than in an older adult tooth. Because of its size, it’s closer to the tooth’s surface. During enamel reduction for veneers on a young tooth, this could lead to inadvertent nerve damage. If that happens, the tooth may need a root canal treatment to preserve it.

If the adolescent tooth needing a “facelift” has already been root canaled or sustained significant structural damage, then altering it for veneers may not be too concerning. Likewise, if the teeth are smaller than normal, the bulkiness of a veneer may actually improve appearance and not require alteration. We’ll need to examine a young patient first before making any recommendations.

There are also alternatives to veneers for improving smile appearance. Enamel staining could be enhanced temporarily with teeth whitening. Small chips can be repaired with bonded dental material, or in skilled hands be used to “build” a veneer one layer at a time with no enamel reduction. Although not as durable as regular veneers, these bonding techniques could buy time until the tooth is more mature for veneers.

Whichever path we take, there are effective ways to transform a teenager’s flawed tooth. And that can make for an even better smile.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Veneers for Teenagers.”

By AT Dental, PC
July 24, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Veneers are a quick, cost-friendly procedure for anyone suffering from severe stains caused by years of smoking, chewing tobacco, chipped or cracked teeth caused by physical injuries, or accidents, or simply stained and/or yellowed teeth. Dr. Tu Nguyen in Lawrenceville, GA, offers veneers for people who want to re-invent their smile.

What are veneers?

Dental veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells custom-designed for every person who gets them. The dentist bonds the shells to the front surface of teeth that need to be hidden. Veneers are supposed to look just like your natural teeth. They match the color, size, and shape of your other natural teeth so no one even notices you're wearing them. Veneers fix imperfections such as:

  • Uneven or worn teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minimal crookedness
  • Misshapen or overlapping teeth

Not everyone is a good candidate for veneers. Severe gaps and overcrowdedness may need more extreme interventions, like braces.

If you are a good candidate, the veneers selected for you will match the rest of your teeth, are made of stain-free, durable porcelain. One of the many advantages of veneers is the minimal dental preparation required before applying veneers.

The Procedure:

Before applying the porcelain veneers, your Lawrenceville dentist removes a small amount of tooth enamel from each tooth's surface. This is an irreversible process, so make sure you discuss this with your dentist before the procedure. d, usually less than a millimeter. This removal gives space for veneers to comfortably bond to the surface of your teeth, avoiding protrusions and allowing a better fit.

Your dentist uses light-sensitive resin and a special dental light to adhere the veneers and cement them onto the surface of your natural teeth.


Are you interested in veneers? If you think this procedure can help you and would like to learn more, make sure to call AT Dental in Lawrenceville, GA, at (770) 277-0774 for more information!

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