Porcelain Veneers

Veneers at Ann Arbor Smiles

Veneers refer to the technique used by dentists to place a thin layer of porcelain over existing teeth to recreate and strengthen the existing teeth. However, this irreversible treatment is not for everyone, but for smaller adjustments can be faster and less expensive than alternate methods.

Veneers can be a slightly less invasive way to correct cosmetic and medical issues that occur with the alignment of your teeth. Moreover, this procedure can be a great choice for those who are looking for slight changes in their tooth position, size, shape, or color. To find out if you could benefit from veneers, schedule an appointment with your Ann Arbor Smiles Dentist.

 

Benefits of Veneers

Veneers can be very beneficial as they:

  • Resist staining
  • Teeth can remain mostly intact (less removal than a crown)
  • Can quickly change tooth shape, correcting gaps, twists, and slight overlaps

 

Potential Downsides to Porcelain Veneers

While veneers have an overwhelmingly positive effect on whole-mouth health, there are a few potential downsides to every cosmetic procedure. Due to the need to reduce the tooth size to place the restoration, the tooth enamel will be reduced.  Because the dentin will be exposed without the veneer, this procedure is irreversible.  In addition, each tooth is individually sculpted, veneers can take up to a few weeks. The permanent layer generally needs to be received from a lab. In the meantime, you will wear temporaries.

With any cosmetic or medical dental procedure that exposes the dentin, your teeth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. This is normal and can last a few weeks after the procedure. If it lasts longer there may be an issue and you should contact the office.

 

Warning:

Porcelain and Ceramic teeth restorations are very hard, but also very brittle.
Do not bite or open things with your teeth!

 

Maintaining Your Porcelain Veneers

For the majority of patients, maintenance of your porcelain veneers is exactly the same as your natural teeth. The regimen of brush twice a day, floss daily, and a fluoride rinse stays the same. However, your dentist should recommend a non-abrasive toothpaste.

After your procedure, your dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment. This appointment is important and adjustments can be made for comfort or color.

In addition, if you have a history of grinding or clenching your teeth, or if you play contact sports, you should talk to your dentist about a bite guard to protect your investment.

To extend the life of your restoration,  maintain twice a year appointments with your Ann Arbor Smiles Dentist. Only a non-abrasive polish should be used during professional cleanings. Also, a dentist can check for potential issues or hairline cracks in your restorations. Furthermore, with proper care porcelain veneers can last at least a decade.

Call Ann Arbor Smiles today to see if you are a candidate for cosmetic dentistry!

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A message regarding COVID-19

We are committed to your health and safety.

After serving our community as dental professionals for so many years, we recognize the importance of continuing to serve you reliably, safely, and compliantly at all times.

Our governing body has issued a recommendation that all non-essential and elective dental services should be suspended while emergency treatment will still continue.

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Your team at Ann Arbor Smiles