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Chipped, gapped, misaligned, or discolored teeth can adversely impact your self-confidence, which is an especially important consideration for significant events such as a job interview or a wedding. Porcelain veneers can restore the beauty of your teeth and make you want to smile again.
If your teeth and gums are healthy, then veneers can provide you with the beautifully straight, even teeth and gleaming smile that will help build your self-confidence. If you’d like to make minor changes in the size, shape, color or alignment of your teeth, then call our Westland office and we’ll schedule a consultation for you. If you and your dentist decide that you’re not a candidate for veneers, then we can offer other procedures that will provide the results you’d like, so give us a call.
What Type of Veneers Would Be Best for My Situation?
Veneers are comprised of very thin layers of dental porcelain that look and function like your natural tooth enamel. They’re an excellent option for correcting minor aesthetic flaws in your healthy teeth, such as:
- Size and shape: If your teeth are chipped or have gaps, then a veneer can be applied to the front of them, which will even out the spaces and hide the chips. If your teeth are too short because of bruxism or a similar condition, then veneers can lengthen them. If you think your teeth are too round or too square or too small or too big, then the veneers procedure can adjust them so that you’re happy with their appearance. However, if you suffer from bruxism, then you might want to consult your dentist about a mouthguard that can be worn at night since bruxism can damage your veneers.
- Tooth Color: Many lifestyle habits can result in unsightly teeth. Drinking coffee, tea or colas can result in dull and discolored teeth, and smoking can cause stains that no tooth whitening procedures can eliminate. Veneers, however, can provide you with the bright, stain-free smile that you want and no one but you and your dentist will know that you have veneers.
- Alignment and spacing: If your teeth have uneven gaps or minor misalignments that make you self-conscious, then veneers can even the spacing so that you have beautifully straight, even teeth.
During your initial consultation in our Westland office, your dentist will evaluate your teeth and your objectives to determine if veneers are a good solution for you. If not, then we’ll make recommendations so that you can achieve the great smile that you want. If the veneers procedure is a good option for you, then your dentist will make a mold of your teeth, so that the veneers fit well. Depending on the brand of veneers, your dentist may need to remove up to 1mm of dental enamel, but it’s a painless procedure. Once we’ve added the veneers to your teeth, the veneers won’t move and you won’t have to worry about stains. They’ll look and feel like your natural teeth, so you should see a boost in your self-confidence. If you’re interested in this procedure, then call our Westland office and let us help you.
Are Veneers and Crowns the Same Thing?
Although they’re made from the same type of material and both are permanently installed, veneers and porcelain crowns are two separate dental procedures. A veneer is a thin layer of dental enamel that’s used to enhance the aesthetic appeal of teeth and correct minor flaws in appearance or alignment.
A crown, however, is used to correct significant damage to a tooth, whether the damage is the result of decay or trauma, and the crown covers the entire tooth whereas veneers are applied only to the fronts of the teeth. Crowns are often used for back teeth because they strengthen the teeth, which is important for molars. Crowns require more removal of the tooth enamel — a minimum of 2mm — and they can make a more substantial change to the structural strength of the tooth.
How Frequently Do Veneers Need to Be Replaced?
With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last for decades. Unless they’re subjected to trauma, they’re permanent installations, so as long as you maintain the good oral hygiene regimen of brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups, they may last a lifetime. This assumes that you use your teeth for their intended purpose, not for bottle or bag openers or for any other unintended purpose.
Based on their durability, the porcelain veneers cost is usually very affordable. The cost for your porcelain veneers procedure will be unique to you and will depend on the number and type of teeth involved, the brand of veneers you select, any additional work that you need, and your insurance coverage. During your initial evaluation in our office, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive estimate of your porcelain veneers cost, so call us today to schedule your evaluation.
What Are Lumineers®?
Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers that are very popular because of their natural appearance and their thinness. They require little to no removal of tooth enamel and many last for 20 years or more. They’re also very translucent, so they both look and feel natural. If you want more information on this brand, then call our Westland office and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
What Type of Upkeep Do Veneers Need?
Veneers require the same type of maintenance that your natural teeth require. Regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental checkups will keep your veneers porcelain looking great for decades. If you tend to grind your teeth, check with your dentist about a mouthguard for bruxism, and take care when biting into hard substances like candy apples.
Are Lumineers Available in Westland?
If you want porcelain veneers in Westland, then call our office for an appointment. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and schedule a consultation. We’re among the best in Westland for porcelain teeth and we’re sure to be able to provide you with the beautiful smile that you want, so give us a call at (734) 329-5284.