If you’ve ever felt self-conscious of showing your smile, it’s time to request an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists in Holland, MI. Dental veneers can restore the appearance of front teeth with small chips, cracks, stains, and other imperfections. They can also last between 10 and 15 years when you practice good oral hygiene.
Here’s what else you need to know about dental veneers.
Improve the Appearance of Front Teeth
Dental veneers are able to fix small cosmetic issues that are visible when you smile or talk. During your consultation, one of our dentists will be able to determine if you’re a likely candidate for veneers. For example, we may recommend 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.
Preserve as Much Enamel as Possible
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.
While porcelain veneers are only bonded to the fronts of your teeth, a dental crown has to fit over the entire tooth. This means that we would have to remove more tooth structure for a crown than for a veneer.
Smile with Confidence
The veneer 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 porcelain 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. 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 dental veneers so they look and feel natural.
Cosmetic dentistry is as much an art as it is a science.
Avoid Staining Teeth
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 for years.
Enjoy Simple Maintenance
Whileare 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 cosmetic 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 care for porcelain veneers.
Request an Appointment with Us
Dr. Ryan Lebster and Dr. Jose Vivas are cosmetic dentists in Holland, Michigan. To request an appointment and learn if you’re a candidate for porcelain veneers, call the Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center at (616) 399-3946. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.
This blog post has been updated.