Your smile is one of the first features that many people notice about you. So, if your teeth are crooked, discolored or just not in the condition they used to be, you might not feel comfortable smiling when you are around new people. There was a time when our Shelby Township dental patients didn’t have great options for getting back their beautiful smile. However, advances in dental care have brought us the dental veneer. Veneers are a great way for many patients to have a beautiful new smile, without all of the effort. If you are thinking about a smile makeover and are considering veneers, here’s how to tell if they are a good choice for you.
What Are Veneers?
This is probably the first thing you need to think about if you are considering veneers for a smile makeover. Veneers are non-reversible coverings of porcelain that are attached to your teeth. They are similar to a crown, but are less intrusive. Along with correcting shape, straightness, and color of your teeth, veneers also provide support for your teeth, so they can be used on teeth that have minor damage such as cracks or chips.
How do Veneers Improve My Smile?
Veneers are a great way to improve the look of your smile without braces or crowns. Veneers can easily change the shape, color and length of your teeth. The changes that are possible with veneers can be as subtle or as dramatic as you want. Working with your Shelby Township dentist, you can design the perfect smile, before any work is done. You can get exactly the smile you want, without waiting for braces or other dental procedures.
Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Not everyone is a good candidate for veneers. If you have substantial tooth alignment issues that need to be corrected, veneers are not the best option for you. You will benefit more from treatments like braces or Invisalign clear aligners. However, if you have minor alignment issues, haven’t achieved the results you want from whitening products, and you have great dental hygiene, you are the perfect candidate for porcelain veneers. One thing to keep in mind is, if you have any signs of decay on your teeth or we are helping you treat gum disease, we may suggest waiting or avoiding veneers. Even though veneers won’t decay, the tooth underneath can, so having healthy teeth and a good routine of dental care is essential for veneers.
What Else Should I Know?
There are a few other things to keep in mind if you are considering veneers. First, the process of placing porcelain veneers is a two-step process, and takes between two weeks and a month before you have final results. The first appointment we will prep your teeth and take impressions of your mouth. To protect your teeth, we will install temporary veneers. Once your permanent veneers are created, we will schedule your second appointment to attach your new veneers. Second, veneers do not respond to teeth whitening products. So having a good oral health routine before and after your veneers is essential to keeping your smile healthy and stain free. Lastly, having veneers doesn’t mean you can skip regular cleanings and check-ups. In fact, it is more important that you visit us regularly to ensure that your teeth remain healthy and your veneers are in good condition.
Are You Considering Dental Veneers and Want More Information?
Porcelain veneers are a great option for Shelby Township dental patients that want to make their smile look great, without a ton of effort. HPS Advanced Dental has a variety of cosmetic dentistry options, including veneers that can help you have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. To learn more about our cosmetic dentistry options or to schedule an appointment, call (248) 652-0024, today.