Want to enhance your looks?
Do you have discoloration, misaligned teeth, or gaps between your teeth?
Are you embarrassed by your teeth?
Almost no one has the perfect set of pearly whites. Almost everyone has at least one flaw in their smile, whether it is discoloration, cracked teeth or even irregularly shaped teeth. Porcelain veneers can help transform your teeth’s surface, giving the appearance of a perfect Hollywood smile.
Our dentist in Howell, Michigan suggests that you must treat your porcelain veneers no different than you’d treat your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing to eliminate all plack. Many people have success with porcelain veneers since there’s little risk of damaging them unless you clench or grind your teeth at night. If this is indeed the case, your dentist will fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night.
Porcelain Veneer Procedure
According to WebMD, the following four steps are involved in the porcelain veneer procedure:
- Diagnosis and treatment planning. During this appointment, you’ll explain to your dentist the result that you’re trying to achieve. Your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve.
- Preparation. On your next visit, your dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface. Next, your dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer.
- Bonding. On your last visit before the porcelain veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color, and adjust it as needed. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched -- which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. Cement is applied to the veneer to place on top of your tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, your dentist will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden quickly into place. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary.
- Follow up. Your dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer's placement.
If you believe you’d be a great fit for porcelain veneers, we’ll do everything we can to get you that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted! When you choose us as your dentist in Howell, Michigan, you’ll receive excellent care and education from Dr. Gary R. DiStefano, D.D.S. and Dr. Kaitlyn Monash, D.D.S. Plus, our friendly team of periodontal therapists, hygienists, and office staff will help make your experience at our practice as pleasant and fun as it can be.
We’re dedicated to maintaining a high level of service for our patients so we can remain the best dentist in Howell, Michigan. Call us at (517) 546-8983 to schedule your first diagnosis and treatment appointment today! You’ll be on your way to a healthier beautiful smile before you know it!