3 Steps to a Better Smile through Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers Grand Rapids

Have you ever hid your smile in a group photo or felt self-conscious about the condition of your teeth? You may want to consider the benefits of porcelain veneers. Not only are porcelain veneers long lasting, but they are also more durable and stain resistant than natural tooth enamel. To determine if you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, we recommend you speak with an Grand Rapids cosmetic dentist.

In this blog post, you will learn about the three steps to any successful porcelain veneer procedure so you can feel informed and confident when seeking treatment.

Porcelain veneers resolve the following dental issues:

  • Discoloration
  • Chips
  • Gaps
  • Breaks
  • Crooked
  • Irregularly Shaped

Attaining a beautiful and healthy smile starts with a consultation with your cosmetic dentist and ends with applying the dental veneers to your teeth.

1. Consultation

Before treatment can begin, your dentist will need to make sure that you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Your cosmetic dentist should also discuss what other options are available to you. For example, dental bonding is less expensive and well suited for small chips or cracks. However, dental bonding only lasts 3 to 5 years while porcelain veneers last for 10 to 15 years. These kinds of tradeoffs need to be discussed with a cosmetic dentistry professional so you can pick the most appropriate procedure for your smile.

2. Preparation

Since porcelain veneers are applied to the surface of your teeth, your dentist will remove the top ½ millimeter layer of the receiving teeth to create space. Otherwise, the veneers will make your teeth seem big and bulky. If you experience any dental discomfort or pain during this procedure, your dentist can use local anesthesia.

After the fronts of the receiving teeth have been filed down, your dentist will take dental impressions. The dental impressions are then sent to the lab where they will make your new porcelain veneers. You will need to return to the dentist’s office in about one to two weeks when your veneers are ready.

3. Procedure

A dental veneer is essentially a porcelain shell adhered to the surface of your tooth. Your dentist will make sure that the veneer matches the color of your natural tooth enamel and trim away any excess material. Once your dentist is satisfied with the fit and color of the veneer they will prepare the surface of your tooth. To ensure the best bond between your tooth and the dental restoration, your dentist will clean, polish, and etch the surface of the receiving tooth. Cement is then used to bond the porcelain veneer to the tooth. Your dentist will then remove any excess cement and check your bite to ensure your customized porcelain veneers are an optimal fit.

If you are interested in learning more about our porcelain veneers service, please feel free to call our Grand Rapids dental practice at (616) 363-5677. Dr. Samuel Spraggins DDS at River Valley Dental has dedicated his career to providing patients with the highest level of dental care.