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Veneers Shelby Township MI

Not having an ideal set of perfectly white teeth does not indicate that you cannot achieve a sensational smile that everyone talks about. Teeth restoration involving porcelain veneers is our daily bread, gifting you with a smile you won’t have to hide any longer. Reveal your joy with this minimally invasive technique in only two visits to Great Lakes Dentistry. 

 

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers originated in Hollywood to give celebrities a perfect smile when filming. The founder of the technique, Dr. Charles Pincus, had no idea that his temporary invention aimed at enhancing the brightness and symmetry of stars’ teeth will become a hit decades later. Today, not only Hollywood’s major league enjoys the benefits of porcelain veneers – you, too, can feel and look like a movie star. 

Veneers are thin porcelain shells used by Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver, our talented dentist, to perfect many dental flaws. Bonded directly to the front of your teeth, dental veneers are custom made based on exact specifications for each tooth that is being repaired. Because of their customization abilities, porcelain veneers can conceal the undesirable color, shape, or contour of natural teeth. At Great Lakes Dentistry in Shelby Township, MI, veneers are most often used to correct:

  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Misshapen or irregular teeth
  • Very worn teeth
  • Slightly misaligned teeth
  • Teeth with gaps or spaces

It generally takes two visits to our dental office to design, create, and apply your restorations. Although, in some cases, a complete smile makeover can be completed in a single visit. Typically, at your first visit, your teeth will be prepared through a light rebuffing process that removes a small layer of tooth enamel. This ensures your veneer will fit properly and be the correct size and shape. Along with molds of your smile, this information is sent to a dental laboratory where your veneers will be made. When the finished dental restorations arrive at our practice, we will invite you back to our office and ensure that they fit perfectly. After any final adjustments have been made, your dental veneers will be permanently cemented into place. On average, they can last for over a decade when taken care of properly with good oral hygiene and vigilant oral health protection. 

 

What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?

The primary benefit of porcelain veneers is their aesthetic nature. The porcelain restorations can be of any shape and color. They are very thing, only half a millimeter in size, and do not give the impression of “artificial teeth.” The size and color of the veneers should be selected together with your dentist, who will advise on their optimal parameters.

Another advantage of the great importance is that plaque builds up to a much lesser extent on porcelain veneers, making them more resistant to tartar and discoloration. On the other hand, you should be especially careful about oral hygiene when wearing veneers. The condition of your new restorations largely depends on the hygiene and condition of your teeth and gums.

 

How to take care of porcelain dental work?

The most foolproof way to ensure dental longevity and optimal satisfaction is to treat your new veneers like your natural teeth. Or better, if your previous oral hygiene habits were up for a debate. You should brush and floss your teeth as recommended and continue with regular dental checkups.

Habits that involve grinding your teeth, biting your nails, or chewing on foreign objects should be under control since those can significantly damage your new dental restorations. If your issue involves grinding teeth during sleep, consider asking your dentist about a nightguard to avoid chipping or breaking of your porcelain veneers. 

Although porcelain veneers are durable, avoid putting too much unnecessary pressure on your teeth by eating very hard or crunchy foods in excessive amounts, as the risk of chipping or otherwise damaging your new restorations increases. As with your natural teeth, you should limit the consumption of red wine, black tea, coffee, as well as tobacco products to avoid staining your veneers. Although the risk of porcelain veneer discoloration is very minimal, being cautious about your habits will guarantee the longevity of your new beautiful smile. 

Excessive amounts of alcohol may eventually damage the bonding material between the veneer and the natural tooth.

To learn more about dental veneers in Shelby Township, Michigan, we encourage you to call and schedule a cosmetic consultation today. We are eager to help transform your smile!

Call us today at (586) 677-2828 for your free consultation to see what treatment is right for you.

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