If you’re not happy with the look of your smile, Sylvan S. Stern, DDS, of Southfield, Michigan may suggest dental veneers, thin partial shells of translucent porcelain that can brighten your smile and correct a range of flaws affecting your natural teeth. To learn more about what veneers can do for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Very thin shells of a translucent, tooth-like material such as porcelain, veneers bond to the front of your teeth, to improve the color, shape, and spacing of your teeth. Once in place, veneers can closely resemble your natural teeth or produce a brighter shade, if your natural teeth are stained or discolored. Although several materials can achieve good results, including resin composites, porcelain generally produces the most natural appearance, while providing the best stain resistance.
Veneers are usually the choice to fix problems such as:
Dental veneers typically need two or three visits to Dr. Stern, depending on the work required in your case. Your first visit creates the plan for your veneers, what you hope to achieve, and how the final results should look. This may be part of a regular dental visit, discussing your ongoing dental care.
Once you’ve made the decision to proceed, the next visit prepares your teeth to receive the veneers. A small amount of tooth enamel must be removed to both make room for the veneer and to create a bonding surface. A dental impression is then made, which serves as the working model from which the dental lab creates your custom veneers. The manufacturing process may take several weeks.
The bonding visit starts with placement and adjustment, as each veneer is examined for fit and trimmed, if necessary. There is a final cleaning, polishing, and etching of the teeth receiving the veneers prior to permanent cementing. This cement may be tinted to adjust the color seen through the translucent veneers.
You’ll brush and floss your teeth as you always have, including regular checkups to assure the health of your teeth and the integrity of the veneers. Though porcelain resists stains well, you may wish to avoid food and drink that typically cause dental staining. Veneers typically have a lifespan of about 10 years or longer.