The differences between a good smile and a great one are often subtle. 

Most dentists can place porcelain veneers, but designing them to bring out a beautiful smile takes a special kind of artistry. 

Drs. Andrea Clegg and Thomas Nabors can create the camera-ready smile of your dreams with veneers in Nashville, TN.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that fits over the front surface of a tooth to refine its appearance. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is often used to conceal aesthetic issues like:

  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Stains
  • Misalignment
  • Gaps
  • Asymmetry

At Beam Smile Design, our dentists custom-design veneers that not only hide imperfections, but make minor adjustments for balance and harmony. The result is a picture-perfect smile tailored to your features.

Close-up of a traditional veneer on a tooth

Prepless Veneers

Our Nashville dental practice offers two different types of dental veneers: traditional veneers and prepless veneers.

With traditional veneers, a small amount of enamel is removed from the tooth. This provides room for the porcelain veneer to lie flush with your natural teeth and blend in seamlessly. 

Prepless veneers alter the tooth far less; most patients do not even need numbing anesthetic. Prepless veneers are Dr. Nabors' specialty, and dentists from across the country fly to Nashville to learn from him.

Our dentists will help you decide if traditional or prepless veneers are best for your smile during your veneers consultation. 

Smiling Nashville veneers patient

Benefits of

Porcelain Veneers

  • Quick Treatment

    Veneers can be completed in as few as two appointments. 

  • Boosted Confidence

    Patients who love their smile can confidently share it with the world.

"I’ve had my veneers from Dr Nabors for almost 3 years now and they are still beautiful! I get many many compliments and always send multiple people his way! Stop searching, you found your guy!" Traci Lyons, 2024

Am I a Candidate for Dental Veneers?

You may be a good candidate for veneers if you:

Are in good oral health

You must be in good oral health and free of dental concerns such as tooth decay and gum disease before veneer treatment. This ensures a healthy foundation for your porcelain veneers. Our dentists offer a range of treatments to help you qualify. 

Have sufficient enamel

Traditional and minimal prep veneers require a small amount of enamel to be removed to allow the veneer to bond properly to the tooth. Your dentist can determine if prepless veneers may be a better option for your smile. 

Are ready for an investment

Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment, and therefore are not generally covered by dental insurance plans. We offer financing options and a complementary Smile Virtual Consult to help you fit veneer treatment within your budget.

Veneers Treatment Timeline

Our secret for a beautiful smile? When designing veneers, our dentists study not only your teeth, but also your lip shape and skin tone. 
Our secret for a beautiful smile? When designing veneers, our dentists study not only your teeth, but also your lip shape and skin tone. 


You will have an initial consultation at our Nashville, TN, dentistry practice with Dr. Nabors or Dr. Clegg. During this appointment, they will discuss your cosmetic goals and examine your teeth to determine if veneers are the right treatment for you. If a tooth has significant damage, they may suggest an alternative treatment, such as a dental crown

Tooth Preparation

For traditional veneers, your dentist will prep each tooth receiving a veneer by removing a small layer of enamel. Your dentist does this carefully and only removes what is needed to allow the veneer to fit properly. While you are waiting for your permanent veneers, temporary veneers will be placed to protect your teeth.


Next, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. Digital technology means there is no need for messy and often uncomfortable putty impressions. The impressions are sent to our trusted lab, where your custom veneers will be crafted from high-quality porcelain. 


Once your permanent veneers are ready, you will have another appointment. Dr. Nabors or Dr. Clegg will remove the temporary veneers and bond the permanent porcelain veneers into place. They will then check for fit and comfort and ensure the veneers look great. 

All that is left to do is enjoy your new smile. If you have questions about the process, we are happy to help. 

Prepless Veneer Treatment

Though all our veneers patients start treatment with an in-depth consultation, the placement process for prepless veneers requires only one visit. You can come in for your appointment, we’ll take your impressions, and then we’ll attach the prepless veneers. No enamel removal or temporary veneers are necessary.

If you later change your mind, prepless veneers are removable. Unlike traditional veneers, we can take prepless veneers off your teeth if you decide you don’t like them, and there will be no residual damage to your teeth.

smiling young woman

Frequently Asked Questions About Veneers

Does dental veneer placement hurt?

No. Dental veneers are practically painless. If you have a sensitive tooth, your dentist can numb the area. However, most patients do not need this, as only a small amount of enamel is removed. 

How long do veneers last?

Veneers are made from high-quality porcelain and can last for up to 15 years. To keep your smile looking camera-ready, be sure to practice good oral hygiene and maintain regular dental visits. It is important not to use your teeth to bite your nails or open packages. The extra pressure can chip or damage your veneers, as well as your natural teeth. 

Is there a limit to how many veneers I can have placed?

No. However, this dentistry treatment is best for front teeth, as veneers are thin and cannot withstand the bite force that the back teeth endure. Our dentists can place a natural-looking dental crown to restore the appearance and function of a back tooth. 

"Beam smile design is the best cosmetic and general dentist office! Haley and Dr. Nabors were amazing with my veneers. Haley communicated with me ongoing about the process and what to expect. Dr. Clegg is so helpful, kind and patient - she walked me through options for Botox for my clenching/grinding and more. I highly recommend this practice for everything from general dentist needs to cosmetic dental work!! I’m so glad I found them and will be a lifelong patient!" Melissa Culbreth, 2023

Beam Smile Design

Welcome to Beam Smile Design. Led by Drs. Andrea Clegg and Thomas Nabors, our practice in Nashville, TN, offers cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry services to help patients achieve the smile of their dreams. Our affiliations include:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics

We're happy to offer virtual consultations. Request yours online or call us today at (615) 256-1600.

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