Veneers are thin, customized covers that are laid onto the teeth and bonded to the surface. Although they can be made of different materials, porcelain is frequently used because of its durability and realistic appearance. We offer porcelain veneers at the Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Michigan as a conservative alternative to crowns since they require less removal of the tooth’s original surface. With veneers in place, patients can expect straighter, whiter, and more even-looking teeth.
During your initial visit, you and Dr. Milan will discuss the process of placing porcelain veneers at our Birmingham, Michigan office. Dr. Milan will also discuss the options available to you (e.g., types and shades of veneers). On your next visit, we remove a very small layer of each tooth’s outer enamel. A local anesthesia may be used. Dr. Milan makes a mold of the teeth from which our very talented lab technician creates customized veneers for the teeth. The lab prepares the veneers in roughly seven to ten days. During this time, temporary veneers are crafted by Dr. Milan and worn by the patient. The temporaries allow us to preview what the final veneers will look like while changes could still be made if necessary. Once the porcelain veneers have returned from the lab in Birmingham, Michigan, the patient makes their final dental visit in which we apply the veneers to the teeth using a bonding material. When exposed to light, this bonding material dries and hardens. The finished result is extremely strong.
Following the Procedure
Patients may experience some sensitivity in the teeth, especially to hot or cold substances. This sensitivity should lessen within two weeks. If you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect the teeth. Veneers are quite strong and can withstand considerable force when a patient bites down, but they may fracture or break if abused. Patients should therefore avoid hard or sharp foods such as ice or pistachio shells that may cause undue stress. Veneers should be cared for in much the same way as normal teeth; this includes daily brushing, flossing, and periodic check-ups with a dentist. Given the proper care, veneers can keep you smiling for decades to come. If you want to find out more about porcelain veneers at the Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, contact us today.