Are Porcelain Veneers Worth It?

May 17, 2019 Kalamazoo Smiles

Porcelain Veneers Dentist in Kalamazoo, MIDo you have small chips, cracks, or gaps in your front teeth? If so, our cosmetic dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, may recommend porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of your smile. These veneers are wafer thin and sit on top of your natural teeth.

Having a healthy, attractive smile can help you make a great first impression. It can also help you feel more confident as you go about your day. Here’s what else you need to know about getting dental veneers.

Restore Teeth With Small Imperfections

Dental veneers are able to fix small cosmetic issues that are visible when you smile or talk. During your consultation, Dr. Bandos will determine if you’re a candidate for porcelain veneers. For example, she may recommend veneers to close slight gaps between front teeth.

If the tooth is fragile, Dr. Bandos may recommend a dental crown instead. This type of restoration will restore the tooth’s natural strength and appearance. Either way, our dentist will be able to find the right solution for your smile.

Preserve More Natural Tooth Structure

Once you remove enamel, it’s gone for good. That’s why we always recommend the most conservative treatment possible for your smile.

The good news is that we only need to remove a thin layer of enamel to place veneers. This is different from other types of restorations, such as crowns.

With a crown, we’d have to file down and shape the tooth so there’s enough room to place the restoration. As such, it’s more invasive than the veneers procedure.

Smile with Confidence

The veneers procedure takes two trips to our office, unless we use CEREC. During your first visit, we’ll remove a thin layer of enamel from the fronts of your teeth. That way, there’s space for the porcelain veneers.

Next, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. To protect your teeth in the meantime, we’ll place temporary veneers.

When you return to our office, your permanent veneers will be ready. Dr. Bandos will make sure the veneers match the color of your natural enamel. She may also need to make small adjustments to the fit of the veneers so they look and feel natural.

Enjoy Long-Lasting Veneers

Your porcelain dental veneers may last up to 10 years as long as you practice good oral hygiene. It’s also important that you avoid bad habits that could damage your veneers. For example, porcelain veneers can chip if you bite down on ice and stain if you drink too much coffee. If you take good care of your veneers, you can expect them to last for years.

Enjoy Simple Maintenance

Since porcelain veneers are porous, they resist stains better than natural enamel. But you’ll still need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily to maintain good oral health. Also, make sure you schedule regular dental checkups with our cosmetic dentist.

This easy maintenance will help you keep your veneers pearly white. That way, you can enjoy a beautiful healthy smile.

Book a Consultation for Veneers

Dr. Katherine Bandos is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Kalamazoo, MI. As such, she’d be more than happy to help you achieve your smile goals. To request an appointment, please call Kalamazoo Smiles at (269) 353-3700. You may also fill out our online contact form and a member of our team will reach out to you soon.

This blog post has been updated.

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