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Veneers

Do misaligned, chipped, stained, or broken teeth keep you from smiling?

Veneers are thin but strong custom-made shells that can conceal dental imperfections, balancing and restoring your compromised smile.

Dr. Shannon Patterson of the Brookhaven Dental Center can renew your smile with high-quality veneers at our Brookhaven, MS, practice...

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Enhance the Appearance of Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

Even if you have excellent oral health, there may be aesthetic elements of your smile that you wish to change or improve. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic options offered at our practice, where we proudly provide dental care to patients from Brookhaven, Auburn, and all of Lincoln County, MS.

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What Exactly Is a Dental Veneer?

A veneer is a very thin but very strong shell that our dentist can adhere to the front surface of a compromised tooth, concealing imperfections and bringing symmetry to your bite.

Benefits of Dental Veneers

Immediate Results

Adults with misaligned or stained teeth can sport a new smile that's straighter and brighter immediately after dental veneers are placed. In contrast, whitening treatments and orthodontic appliances can take months or even years to show improvement.

Efficient Treatment

Dental veneers cover several cosmetic issues at once. If you have a tooth that is both chipped and stained, a single veneer can address both of these imperfections. 

Lifelike Appearance

The high-quality porcelain used to create our dental veneers reflects light just like tooth enamel does, so no one will know there are prosthetics in your smile.

Boosted Self-Confidence

When you leave Dr. Patterson's office after receiving veneers, you will feel more confident in your ability to make a great first impression thanks to your dazzling smile.

Instant Orthodontics

Porcelain veneers are comfortable and attractive, unlike the tight and unsightly metal braces that some dentists may recommend for minor misalignment. Because they can conceal gaps and slight crowding, dental veneers are often called "Instant Orthodontics."

Same-Day Veneers Thanks to Advanced Technology

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Dr. Patterson can give you the benefits of this cosmetic dentistry treatment in a single appointment using our advanced CEREC® technology. This digital imaging system takes precise impressions of your teeth and then sends the files to our in-house milling machine, which can produce your custom-made prosthetic in less than an hour. As a result, you could have your veneers created and placed during one convenient visit to our office in Brookhaven, MS.

Meet Dr. Patterson

Dr. Shannon P. Patterson has over 20 years of experience in dentistry. Brookhaven Dental Center's patients are our most important asset, and our team is dedicated to building long-lasting relationships with you and your family.

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Hannah Durkin

2020

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We drive from Natchez to Brookhaven to see Dr. Patterson. He does wonderful on my boyfriend's teeth. Dr. Patterson and his staff educate you before each procedure so you know exactly what is about to happen. The facility is high tech and they take pride in cleanliness. I highly recommend Brookhaven Dental Center.

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Alice Monroe

2015

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I've been going to Brookhaven Dental Center for several years and am very pleased with the care I receive there. The staff is always polite and cheerful. I have never had to wait past my scheduled appointment time to be seen. They are thorough and caring and I will continue to use this dental center for all my dental needs.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers?

You should qualify for dental veneers if you meet the following criteria:

  • Your misalignment is not serious enough to need orthodontia such as braces or aligners.
  • You don't have oral health issues like extensive tooth decay or diseases of the gums. 
  • You have sufficient tooth enamel to support a porcelain veneer.
  • You don't grind or clench your teeth at night. This can damage the porcelain restorations.
  • You brush and floss regularly and schedule regular check-ups with your dentist.

Traditional vs. Minimal-Prep Veneers

Dr. Patterson offers two types of veneers. He can discuss which kind will work best for you during your initial consultation.

Traditional

To place a traditional veneer, Dr. Patterson must remove a small amount of enamel from the treated tooth. This ensures the veneer lies flush with adjacent teeth and doesn't look bulky. Numbing anesthetic may be needed during enamel removal. Traditional veneers easily conceal multiple kinds of dental imperfections.

Minimal-Prep

Minimal-prep veneers are thinner than the traditional version, so very little, if any, dental enamel needs removing. This may eliminate the need for numbing injections. This option is ideal for adults without sufficient enamel to support traditional porcelain veneers. However, they don't work as well to close gaps between teeth.

The Traditional Veneer Timeline

Same-day veneers can be placed in just one visit. However, traditional veneer placement may require two appointments. If you opt for the traditional method, here's what you can expect during your treatment:

Preparation

During your first visit, Dr. Patterson will prepare your cosmetically compromised teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel.

Impressions

Next, our dentist will take precise digital images of your teeth. These are sent to a trusted outside dental lab where a trained ceramist will craft your customized veneers. This process can take two to four weeks. Before you leave, Dr. Patterson may provide you with a set of temporary veneers to wear until your permanent ones are ready. 

Placement

During your second visit, Dr. Patterson will assess the color, fit, and shape of your customized restorations before bonding them permanently in place. You will leave this appointment with a complete, functional smile!

Are Veneers Covered by Insurance?

Since these restorations are purely cosmetic, they are not covered by dental insurance. That's why Dr. Patterson offers six- and 12-month interest-free payment plans that can make this life-changing service affordable for everyone.

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Brookhaven Dental Center

Dr. Shannon P. Patterson and the team at Brookhaven Dental Center provide high-quality, compassionate care so that patients in Auburn, Lincoln County, and surrounding areas can enjoy brilliant smiles for a lifetime. We are affiliated with several organizations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • Phi Kappa Phi

To learn more about our services or schedule a consultation, call us at (601) 833-0746 or request an appointment online.

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