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If you have ever felt self-conscious about your smile, you owe it to yourself to ask our cosmetic dentists 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

Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers?

If you are serious about restoring your smile, your first step is to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentists. During the consultation, our dentists will go over your options to help you achieve your best smile.

Dental veneers are able to restore teeth that are:

  • Discolored
  • Chipped
  • Gapped
  • Crooked
  • Irregularly shaped

Keep in mind that porcelain veneers are best for front teeth with minor damage or discoloration. For example, if your tooth has a large dental filling, it may be too fragile for just a porcelain veneer. A dental crown would be a better fit to strengthen the function of the tooth while also improving its appearance.

Step One: Preparing Your Teeth

The first step in the veneers process is to prepare your front teeth. Since veneers sit on top of your teeth, our dentists 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 pain or discomfort.

Once your teeth are prepped, our dentists will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the lab that will make your veneers. Your new veneers will be ready in about one to two weeks. In the meantime, our dentists will place temporary veneers over your teeth to protect your smile.

Step Two: Bonding Your Veneers

When you come back for your second appointment, our dentists will have your permanent dental veneers ready to go. However, before bonding them to your teeth, we’ll 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 our dentists are satisfied with how your cosmetic veneers look, they will clean, polish, and etch the fronts of the receiving teeth. That way, the veneers will bond strongly to your teeth. Once the veneers are bonded, our dentists will check your bite before sending you home with your new smile.

Step Three: Maintaining Your Smile

Porcelain veneers can last for several years if you take care of them properly. Fortunately, all you have to do is continue with your normal oral hygiene routine: brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and scheduling a teeth cleaning every six months. Veneers are even more resistant to staining than natural teeth, but if you want, you can take the extra precaution of avoiding staining drinks like tea and coffee.

Restore Your Smile with Veneers

If you’re interested in a smile makeover, porcelain veneers are a safe, affordable, minimally invasive option. Our Grand Rapids, MI, cosmetic dentists can help you achieve the smile of your dreams with porcelain veneers. Call Lake Michigan Dental today at (616) 453-8211, or contact us online to request an appointment.

This blog post has been updated.