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5 Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

5 Benefits of Porcelain Veneers Grand Rapids, MI

Veneers are essentially teeth covers made out of thin slices of porcelain. During the veneers procedure, our dentist will bond the porcelain to the fronts of your teeth to hide tooth discoloration, small chips, or other small cosmetic issues. If you have ever felt self-conscious about your teeth, you owe it to yourself to ask our dentist about the veneers process. Continue reading to learn why more and more patients are asking about porcelain veneers.

1. Fixes Small Imperfections

Dental veneers are able to fix small cosmetic issues that are visible when you smile or talk. During your consultation, our dentist will be able to determine if you’re a likely candidate for veneers. For example, our dentist may recommend veneers to close slight gaps between front teeth. If the tooth is fragile, our dentist may instead recommend a porcelain crown to restore the tooth to its natural strength and appearance. Either way, our dentist will be able to find the right solution for your smile.

2. Looks and Feels Natural

The veneers procedure takes two trips to our office. During your first visit, our dentist will remove enough enamel from the fronts of your teeth so there’s space for the veneers. Otherwise, the porcelain veneers will make your teeth seem large and bulky. Next, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. To protect your teeth in the meantime, our dentist will place temporary veneers.

When you return to our office, your veneers will be ready. Our dentist will make sure the tooth restoration matches the color of your natural enamel. That way, you can smile with confidence after leaving our office. We may also need to slightly adjust the fit of the veneers so they look and feel natural.

3. Minimally Invasive

Once you remove enamel, it’s gone for good. Fortunately, we only need to remove a small amount of enamel from the fronts of your teeth to make room for the veneers. Since the veneers process is noninvasive, you may not even need anesthesia while your dentist removes enamel.

While porcelain veneers are only bonded to the fronts of your teeth, dental crowns have to fit over the entire tooth. This means that our dentist would have to remove more enamel for a crown than for a veneer.

4. Easy Maintenance

While veneers are stain resistant, 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 your dentist. This easy maintenance will help you keep veneers pearly white so you can enjoy a beautiful healthy smile. Since dental veneers are non-porous, they are able to resist permanent stains and cavities better than natural tooth enamel. In other words, minimal effort is needed to maintain veneers.

5. Durable and Stain Resistant

Practicing good oral hygiene and being conscious of the foods you eat can help your veneers last for years to come. For example, dental veneers can chip if you bite down on ice and stain if you drink too much coffee. If you take good care of your veneer teeth, you can expect them to last about 10 years.

Dr. Yun DDS is dedicated to helping patients smile with confidence with veneer teeth and other cosmetic dentistry services. To schedule your appointment with our Grand Rapids dentist, call NorthPointe Family Dental at (616) 288-6134.