Many of us wish our smiles looked different. Whether or not others notice, we still fixate on irregularities and often view them as flaws. While this is unfortunate, it is a reality, and we firmly believe that everyone should feel confident in their smiles. While looking at various cosmetic procedures, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the options available to us. Luckily, porcelain veneers are a service that can fix several issues at once, making them one of the more efficient cosmetic options. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist discusses this procedure and the myriad benefits they provide.
What Are Veneers?
They are made from thin high-quality, biocompatible porcelain and are applied with a very strong bonding agent. When your dentist suggests them and you move forward with the procedure, they will take precise measurements of your smile to determine their size and placement. Every veneer is different because they are crafted to match your unique teeth and mouth — in addition to what you want them to solve. Once they are applied, they should last for decades as long as you take care of them and continue visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.
What Can They Solve
Veneers can mask gaps between teeth, alter the appearance of their shape, and cover up stains. While teeth whitening can help remove stains near the surface of your enamel, they often fail to cover up deeper ones — known as intrinsic stains. Porcelain works well because it sits over your existing teeth and covers up the discoloration. Your dentist will be sure to precisely color match them to the rest of your teeth, so they fit in seamlessly and blend in with your natural smile. Ultimately, they will be indistinguishable within your mouth.
How To Take Care Of Them
Because the porcelain is designed to closely resemble your teeth, you will just need to care for your veneers the way you do your other teeth. This means brushing them twice a day and flossing once per day — most likely in the evenings after your last meal. You will also want to use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen your enamel. As you should in general, it is also important to avoid acidic and sugary foods and beverages, whenever possible. These can weaken your teeth and veneers, as well as cause discoloration.
It is also important to continue seeing your dentist for checkups to make sure everything looks good and that your veneers are sticking as they should. If you ever have any problems with them, be sure to contact your oral healthcare provider as soon as possible. This way they can treat the issue before it develops and worsens.
Call Us To Schedule An Appointment For Porcelain Veneers
If you aren’t happy with your smile, we are here to help. For any questions please contact your Livonia, MI, dentist, Dr. Stewart, by calling (734) 425-4400.