All About Porcelain Veneers

September 15, 2021 Jeffrey T. Baker, DDS PC

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?

Are you embarrassed by your cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth? Do you not like to show your teeth when you smile? If you answered yes to either of these questions, our Shelby Township cosmetic dentists may recommend porcelain veneers.

Veneers are thin tooth-colored coverings that are secured to the front of a tooth which conceals cosmetic issues and gives you more peace of mind to smile, and smile big.

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Here’s what you need to know about the veneers procedure and their benefits.

Benefits to Keep in Mind

Porcelain veneers have a number of advantages as a cosmetic option. For one, they provide a natural tooth look by covering imperfections like small cracks, chips, and discoloration/stains. Unlike dental crowns, porcelain veneers also allow you to keep your natural tooth structure intact as only half a millimeter of enamel is removed to fit the veneer to the front of your tooth.

However, it’s important to remember that because enamel is removed in this way, the procedure is permanent. Our cosmetic dentists want you to be sure of your decision to pursue veneers and will confirm that you understand their irreversible nature before getting started.

In terms of stains, veneers are able to resist tooth discoloration because they are nonporous. This doesn’t mean they’re impervious to cavities, though. If you indulge in too many sweets and acidic foods they can dull and even become damaged. With proper care, your porcelain veneers can last for 10 or more years.

What to Expect For the Procedure

The porcelain veneers procedure takes two appointments. During the first appointment, a half millimeter of enamel is removed from each tooth receiving a veneer. You may be wondering why you need to lose tooth enamel to get a veneer, and there are two reasons.

First, it roughens the surface of your tooth, helping the veneer attach and stay there. Second, to maintain a natural appearance because if enamel isn’t removed, it would make your teeth look noticeably bigger. After enamel is removed, our dentists will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab. Temporary veneers are put on your teeth for protection until the second appointment.

When you return for your permanent veneers, our dentists will first double check that the veneers are the best color and fit. Occasionally, slight alterations need to be made which is not uncommon. Next, the teeth receiving veneers are cleaned and polished to help them bond with the veneer. Our dentists will then cement the veneers on your teeth and clear away any excess cement.

After a quick bite check to ensure everything is properly aligned and not conflicting, the porcelain veneers procedure is done, and you can eat and drink normally immediately after your appointment.

Maintenance & Care

Take care of your porcelain veneers like you would take care of your natural teeth, by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once daily. You can also add a fluoride mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine which will strengthen both your natural teeth and veneer(s). There are also a number of things you shouldn’t do when you have porcelain veneers.

Don’t bite down on ice, hard candy, or nuts. Avoid sticky foods. Alcohol can damage the bonding material and your veneers may eventually fall off. Also, please don’t use your teeth as tools. Your teeth can last for centuries, but using them as tools significantly increases the chances of injury and can weaken them.

Ready for an Appointment?

If you’re interested in getting porcelain veneers, our cosmetic dentists in Shelby Charter Township, MI, can help get you started. Please call the dental office of Jeffrey T. Baker DDS PC at (586) 992-9222 to request an appointment with one of our two dentists.

This blog post has been updated.

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