Are your teeth chipped, stained or gapped? Is the enamel on your teeth badly worn or are your teeth improperly aligned? Our Ann Arbor dentists provide excellence in cosmetic dentistry and smile enhancement through the application of porcelain veneers. Also known as dental laminates, these are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth. Porcelain Veneers are extensively used to correct orthodontic and cosmetic issues with your teeth. These thin shells are adhered to your teeth and can improve the appearance of each tooth through changes to its color, size, length or shape.
Dental veneers can be manufactured from porcelain or resin compound materials. Porcelain veneers exceed performance of resin in stain resistance and natural appearance. Porcelain veneers such as Lumineers are thinner and require minimal to no removal of the tooth surface before installation. Your Huron Dentist will advise you on the best choice to improve your smile.
Porcelain dental veneers typically require multiple trips to the dentist, with the number of visits tied directly to the severity of your dental problems. Single or multiple teeth can be prepared and receive porcelain veneers simultaneously.
The first step requires a consultation with our expert Ann Arbor dentist. During that appointment your teeth will be examined and options to correct your dental problems will be discussed. If porcelain veneers are a viable alternative, then digital x-rays and impressions of your mouth and problem teeth will be completed.
The second step requires preparing your teeth to accept the custom designed veneer. Approximately ½ mm of your tooth’s enamel will be removed from the surface in order to offset the thickness of the new porcelain veneer. After the enamel removal, your dentist will create the final impression for your subsequent office visit. It typically takes 1 to 2 weeks for your custom porcelain veneers to be created and received by Huron Dental Center. If the amount of removed enamel is excessive, temporary dental veneers can be applied for an additional cost.
The final step is the permanent bonding of the veneers to your teeth. As the porcelain veneer is being installed, our dentist will dry fit the veneer and fine-tune the shape of the covering creating the most natural fitting results. Your existing tooth will be carefully cleaned and etched so as to create a better surface to attach the veneer and optimize bonding. After the application of the porcelain veneer, a specialized light is shown onto the veneer to activate the bonding process of the agent. Finally, your teeth are cleaned and excess adhesive is removed. You may require a follow-up appointment to examine the veneers, check adhesion and inspect your gums for any irritation caused by the new prosthetic.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent middle of the road alternative to braces or crowns. Take advantage of the various options available today for cosmetic dental procedures and walk away with an amazing smile. Please contact us to schedule your personal dental consultation or call us directly at 734.973.9155.