Dental veneers are thin shells of translucent, tooth-colored porcelain or resin that are attached directly to your teeth. Veneers are customized to conceal imperfections in the color, shape, and overall appearance of your teeth. If you want to achieve an unforgettable smile, Drs. Jeffrey Grabiel, John Mills, and Raymond J. Kim at Legacy Dental Group in Birmingham, MI, can place porcelain veneers to enhance your smile and improve your self-confidence.
Veneers can artfully conceal:
The translucence of porcelain mimics the natural sparkle of enamel. We use the best labs in the country to create veneers that are as life-like as possible. Our veneers are made with medical-grade ceramic to produce a surface that resists staining.
At Legacy Dental Group, we offer both traditional porcelain veneers and composite bonded veneers. The advantages of composite resin veneers are that they are created in one visit and are less expensive than porcelain. However, composite veneers may not replicate the natural appearance of teeth as well as porcelain veneers. They can be repaired, unlike porcelain veneers, but are not quite as resistant to stains. These types of veneers are not as durable as their porcelain counterparts.
It is important to note that although dental veneers can improve the appearance of your smile, they do not realign or correct your bite the way orthodontic treatments can. If dental misalignment is affecting your oral health, orthodontics may be a more appropriate treatment. It is also important to be in good oral health before receiving veneers. If necessary, our dentists can complete periodontal treatments to resolve gum disease prior to your veneer treatment. They will also address any tooth decay with treatments such as fillings.
The best way to determine if veneers can help you achieve the smile you want is to make an appointment at our office. During a consultation, you can discuss your goals and needs with one of our highly trained dentists and decide if veneers are right for you.
Porcelain veneer placement typically requires two visits. During the first visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and discuss your desires and expectations. Your active involvement in designing your smile helps ensure you and your dentist are on the same page as they create your treatment plan.
Your teeth will typically be prepared by trimming a small amount of the enamel to accommodate your veneers without appearing bulky. If necessary, your dentist will place temporary veneers to protect your teeth. Your need of a temporary appliance depends on the extent of the changes made to your tooth structure. Your impressions are then sent to one of our trusted cosmetic labs. It typically takes four weeks for your porcelain veneers to return to our office.
If you want to conceal cosmetic flaws and achieve an even, dazzling smile, your dentist at Legacy Dental Group can place veneers to improve your smile and overall appearance.
At your second visit, your dentist will remove any temporary veneers. At this point, you will assess the porcelain veneers with your dentist to check their shape and color, as well as the fit and feel. If they do not meet your expectations, we can make changes before they are bonded to your teeth.
To place the veneers, your dentist will clean your teeth before applying a mild acidic solution. Next, he will use a tooth-colored adhesive to bond the veneers to your teeth. After the cement is hardened with a curing light, your dentist can remove any excess cement and polish your veneers.
Proper care is crucial for maintaining the appearance and longevity of your veneers. The best ways to maintain veneers include consistent brushing and flossing, dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year, and avoiding using your veneers to bite or crack hard objects such as nuts or ice. By following these tips, your porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years.
A charismatic smile is possible with the help of Legacy Dental Group. Our team is dedicated to personalizing each cosmetic treatment for a completely natural-looking result. Contact our office online or call (248) 644-3131 today to find out what veneers can do for you.
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