Do you ever hide your smile? Do you ever feel self-conscious about your front teeth?
If so, it’s time to schedule an appointment with one of our veneers dentists. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells we’re able to bond to the fronts of your teeth. Porcelain veneers match the color and shape of your natural teeth so you can smile with confidence.
Continue reading to learn why our dentists may recommend porcelain veneers or other cosmetic dentistry procedures to restore your smile.
Dental veneersare able to fix small cosmetic issues that are visible when you smile or talk. During your consultation, our dentists will be able to determine if you’re a likely candidate for veneers. For example, we may recommend veneers to close slight gaps between front teeth.
If the tooth is fragile, we may instead recommend a crown to restore the tooth to its natural strength and appearance. Either way, our dentists will be able to find the right solution for your smile.
Once you remove enamel, it’s gone for good. Fortunately, we only need to remove a small amount of enamel from the fronts of your teeth to make room for the veneers. Since the veneers procedure is noninvasive, you may not even need anesthesia while one of our dentists removes enamel.
While porcelain veneers are only bonded to the fronts of your teeth, dental crowns have to fit over the entire tooth. This means that we would have to remove more enamel for a crown than for a veneer.
The veneers procedure takes two trips to our office. During your first visit, we’ll remove enough enamel from the fronts of your teeth so there’s space for the veneers. Otherwise, the porcelain veneers will make your teeth seem large and bulky. Next, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. To protect your teeth in the meantime, we’ll place temporary veneers.
When you return to our office, your veneers will be ready. One of our dentists will make sure the tooth restoration matches the color of your natural enamel. That way, you can smile with confidence after leaving our office. We may also need to slightly adjust the fit of the veneers so they look and feel natural. Cosmetic dentistry is as much an art as it is a science.
Practicing good oral hygiene and being conscious of the foods you eat can help your veneers last for years to come. For example, porcelain veneers can chip if you bite down on ice and stain if you drink too much coffee. If you take good care of your veneer teeth, you can expect them to last about 10 years.
While veneers are stain resistant, you’ll still need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily to maintain good oral health. Also, make sure you schedule regular dental checkups with one of our dentists. This easy maintenance will help you keep veneers pearly white so you can enjoy a beautiful healthy smile. Since dental veneers are non-porous, they are able to resist permanent stains and cavities better than natural tooth enamel. In other words, minimal effort is needed to maintain veneers.
Our dentists at Contemporary Family Dental offer porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options so you can achieve your best smile. To schedule your appointment with one of our veneers dentists in Grand Rapids MI, call (616) 209-3969.
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