Revamping your smile with porcelain veneers is actually a lot simpler than you might think. All of our dentists can place these ultra-thin ceramic shells on the fronts of your teeth to effectively transform your smile for years to come. Rest assured they’ll look completely natural since they’ll be hand-crafted by a professional ceramist. Veneers in West Bloomfield can conceal several cosmetic flaws at once, such as minor gaps, chips, cracks, and stubborn stains. To learn more about how the porcelain veneers procedure works, simply keep reading below.
The process of transforming your smile starts with a consultation. This appointment is necessary because each veneer is highly customized. Veneers are like snowflakes in that no two veneers are exactly alike.
During your consultation, we’ll examine your oral health to determine whether you’re a good candidate for veneers. This generally means that your teeth and gums are infection-free. If that’s the case, we can discuss what smile goals you hope to accomplish and whether veneers are the best way to achieve them. If you wish to move forward in the veneers process, we’ll explain the necessary steps and make sure you understand all the details of the treatment.
When you return to our office next, your cosmetic dentist in West Bloomfield will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers. As thin as they are, veneers still add a slight thickness to the tooth. Because of this, we’ll have to shave off about half a millimeter of enamel from the affected teeth. This step ensures your veneers will look natural and not bulge out in your smile. Once this step is complete, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to send to a dental lab. While your restorations are being made, we can affix you with temporary veneers to protect the exposed dentin of your teeth and let you try out your new smile.
Your veneers will be ready in about two or three weeks, so you’ll return to our office then to have them bonded. After taking off the temporaries, we apply a slightly acidic gel to the teeth, which dissolves some of the minerals on the outermost layer to create a rough surface. The bonding agent works more effectively with roughened surfaces.
Next, the bonding agent is applied to the teeth, and the veneers are placed. We seat the veneers into place with gentle pressure, and then harden the cement into place by shining an ultraviolet curing light onto them. After making any final small adjustments if needed, you can leave our office with a new and improved smile!
Porcelain veneers are unmatched in their ability to enhance smiles, and countless patients have told us that veneers have made an incredible impact on their lives. To learn more about how veneers can benefit you, give us a call.