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Veneers in Harper Woods, Michigan

What Are Veneers?

If you want to improve the appearance and aesthetic of your teeth, you could consider the use of veneers. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed.

Are Veneers Right for Me?

Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding and are highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea or cigarette smoking. Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model of your teeth provided by your dentist. Veneers are usually irreversible because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.

Veneers

Helping You Look Your Best

Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. They are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.

Our Simple Treatment Process

Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation and bonding. During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting one to two hours, your teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of your teeth and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.

During the final "bonding" visit, also about one or two hours, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerin to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth.

To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.

During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you’ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.