When you look at your pearly whites, do you notice small blemishes or discoloration that has not gone away even with other treatments? If this is the case, we have a way to improve the appearance of your smile with one cosmetic treatment. At Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI, we offer porcelain veneers to camouflage the look of unsightly blemishes. In today’s blog, read about how this process works and what to know before starting.
How Veneers Are Placed
First, you will need a consultation to ensure that you are a good candidate for this option. Patients who have cavities, gum disease, or other dental concerns should have these treated before veneers are placed. You will also discuss with your dentist which teeth you would like the shells to be on. In most cases, patients have these put only on the teeth that show when they smile or speak.
Next, you will have a small part of your enamel shaped down. This is necessary because it improves the fit of the shells when they are placed. The dentist will take an impression of your smile for the shells to be created. In the meantime, the dentist may place temporary ones over your teeth. When the permanent ones are ready, the dentist will check that they fit properly. Finally, they will be cemented in place. The material these shells are made of allows them to be durable against pressure when eating, and they are stain-resistant.
Porcelain Vs Lumineers
If you are hesitant to have porcelain veneers placed due to the irreversible preparation stage, there is an alternative solution. These are thinner than the porcelain used traditionally and require less preparation. For patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile without permanently changing their tooth’s structure, this is a great option. The placement of them is similar but does not include the process of shaving down a tooth.
Can I Do This Instead Of Restorations?
Veneers are great for patients who want to disguise stains that cannot be removed with whitening, unsymmetrical teeth, or minimal cosmetic damage. However, if you have a broken tooth or alignment problems, veneers are not a viable option for you. Instead, crowns can be placed to restore a damaged tooth and protect it from further problems. For patients with crooked teeth, we recommend orthodontic services such as Invisalign that can shift teeth into proper positioning. Before beginning any cosmetic treatment, your dentist will do a thorough examination of your smile to determine if it is the right option for you.
Talk To Your Dentist Today
For questions about this cosmetic enhancement, or to schedule a consultation, contact us at Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI, today at 248-852-1820.