Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays. For more COVID related information click here.

Dental Veneers

Having good teeth not only gives strangers a great first impression, they inspire self-confidence to be yourself and smile without any hesitation. The more you smile, the more joy you will spread to those around you, which will provide a pleasant and satisfying atmosphere wherever you go! If your smile isn’t as beautiful as you would like it to be because of a cosmetic flaw, you may have a tendency to keep yourself from smiling in certain situations. It’s not uncommon for people to be self-conscious about their smile if there is a chip on a tooth or a tooth is discolored, but if so you are missing out on all of the wonderful benefits of feeling secure in your appearance. Veneers are an amazing option to fix cosmetic dental issues and give your smile the dazzle you deserve!

Woman smiling who has dental veneers

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers are a wafer thin material, usually made out of porcelain, that are custom made to fit onto the front of teeth. They are bonded to the tooth to improve the overall appearance of your smile. They can change the shape, color, size, shade, and length of your tooth to provide a uniform and natural looking smile you can be proud of!

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What Cosmetic Problems do Veneers Fix?

Dental veneers can fix teeth you may have imagined would have involved a much more expensive procedure. Veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are:

  • Discolored
  • Worn down
  • Chipped or broken
  • Spaced with gaps between them
  • Crooked or misaligned

Dental Veneer Process

The process for Dr. Game to apply a dental veneer typically will take a few appointments. The first appointment will be an initial consultation to discuss with Dr. Game what your overall goals are, and if dental veneers are the right solution for you and your smile. During this consultation, Dr. Game will examine your teeth, take X-rays, and might take an impression of your mouth and teeth. He will answer any questions you might have about dental veneers, their benefits, and possible limitations.

The next step is to remove about ½ millimeter of enamel from the tooth. This is close to the thickness of the new veneer that will be placed on your tooth. Dr. Game will make an impression of your tooth, which gets sent to a laboratory for creation. The creation of the veneer usually takes around 2 weeks to a month. If needed, a temporary veneer can be placed onto the tooth until the permanent veneer is ready.

The last step is to bond the veneer to your tooth. Dr. Game will ensure that the veneer fits perfectly onto your tooth before the bonding is completed, examining all aspects of the fit and color. If necessary, he will make adjustments to the veneer to achieve the perfect fit. Your tooth will be prepared for the veneer by being cleaned, polished, and then roughened for a strong bond. Using special cement, Dr. Game will bond the veneer to the tooth, making sure it is positioned perfectly. A special light is used to harden the cement quickly, and then Dr. Game will make any necessary adjustments and remove any excess cement. You will be able to smile with confidence with your new, natural looking smile!

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Stono Dental Care

Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays

Over the next few weeks, we will slowly start to reopen our practice. As most of you know, most dental problems get worse overtime, and we want to treat dental issues before they become bigger problems. We want to ensure our patients that we are taking COVID-19 (and all infectious diseases) seriously and are adding extra precautions to protect you and our team.

We are offering special hours and accommodations for our senior and high-risk patients:

  1. Special hours: We are reserving 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays for our seniors and high-risk patients.
  2. Mobile check-in: There will be no need for you to come into the waiting area. When you arrive, text 843-779-9096 or call 843-203-5429 to let us know that you are here. We will come to your car, bring you in the side door, and take you directly into a treatment room.
  3. First in room: You will be the first patient using the treatment room in at least 36 hours, since we are not normally open on the weekends or Wednesdays.
  4. Paperwork: Any paperwork that you need to complete will be sent to you via email or text so that you can complete it on your own device. We will also allow you to complete the paperwork in the treatment room using paper or a disinfected iPad.
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  5. Mask: If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you to enter and exit the office. Our team will keep masks on when we are within 6 feet of you. Since we will be wearing masks, please forgive us if it makes communication harder and please know that we are still smiling underneath.
  6. Closed rooms: Each of our treatment rooms are closed with walls and doors and have their own air return vent. Closed rooms are very effective at keeping potential diseases from spreading from room-to-room.
  7. Check-out: The check-out process will be performed in the treatment rooms. After you are finished, you will leave the office through the side door and avoid the waiting area.
  8. Additional screenings: We will be screening all patients and team members for travel, symptoms associated with COVID-19, and contact with anyone showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The temperatures of all patients and team members will be recorded.
  9. Mouth rinse: All patients will use a mouth rinse to destroy viruses and kill bacteria before treatment.
  10. Limit office traffic: We will require all non-essential families/friends to stay at home or wait in their vehicles during appointments.
  11. Infection control: We will continue our normal practice of following universal precautions, as we always do. This means after every patient, the room will be disinfected with chemicals that have been shown to be effective against the coronavirus in 30 seconds (Optim1), the instruments will be sterilized, and our team will continue to wear appropriate protective equipment such as mask and gloves.
  12. Addition cleaning: More frequent sanitation processes for the reception area and bathrooms.
  13. Suctions: As many of you know, we have always used special suctions. Not only do these suctions isolate the area being worked on and protect patient, they also prevent the spread of disease.
  14. Clean air: We have added additional air purification systems to our office.
  15. Stono Dental Care is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team. Thank you for your patience and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Take care,
    
Andy Game, DMD, MBA

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