If you have ever felt self-conscious about your smile, you owe it to yourself to ask your cosmetic dentist about veneers. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells bonded to the fronts of your teeth that show when you smile or talk. Compared to other tooth restorations, dental veneers are an affordable smile makeover. If you wish to improve the appearance of your smile, keep reading to learn what happens during the veneers procedure.
Our Grand Rapids dentist at Lake Michigan Dental also recommend you schedule a consultation with your dentist.
If you are serious about restoring your smile, your first step is to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist. During the consultation, your dentist will go over your options to help you achieve your best smile.
Dental veneers are able to restore:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Irregularly-shaped teeth
Keep in mind that porcelain veneers are best for front teeth with minor damage or discoloration. For example, a crown may be better suited for a tooth made fragile after a large dental filling or root canal. Your dentist will help you understand all your options so you can make the best choice for your smile.
The first step in theis to prepare your front teeth. Since veneers sit on top of your teeth, your dentist will need to remove enough enamel so the tooth restorations don’t make your teeth look large or bulky. While most people don’t experience pain when enamel is removed, you may ask your dentist for local anesthesia if you experience any dental pain or discomfort.
Once your teeth are prepped, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the lab where your veneers will be made. Your new veneers will be ready in about one to two weeks. In the meantime, your dentist will place temporary veneers over your teeth to protect your smile.
When you come back for your second appointment, your dentist will have your dental veneers ready. However, before bonding them to your teeth, they will make sure that the veneers are the right color, shape, and size for your smile. Don’t be alarmed if your dentist has to make slight alterations to your veneers. This is a normal part of the process to make sure you are receiving a custom fit that will last for years to come.
Once your dentist is satisfied with how yourlook, they will clean, polish, and etch the fronts of the receiving teeth. That way, the veneers will be able to bond strongly to your teeth. Once the veneers are bonded, your dentist will check your bite before sending you home with your new smile.
Our family dentists at Lake Michigan Dental are dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile with veneers and other cosmetic dentistry services. To schedule an appointment with our Grand Rapids cosmetic dentists, call our office at (616) 453-8211.