Are you unhappy with how your smile looks? Do you have a space between your teeth that you don’t like? Possibly, you feel your teeth are too small? You have healthy teeth so you don’t want to have extensive work done to enhance their appearance. There is another option! Here in Rochester Hills at Dentate Smile Design, Dr Tate Vo can help you acquire that beautiful smile you have been dreaming of!
Porcelain Veneers allow you to change the shape, color, and position of your teeth with minimal breakdown to your natural teeth. Veneers are most commonly used to correct enamel defects, discoloration, chips in teeth, size, length, or to close gaps. They are a feasible alternative to time consuming orthodontics. This procedure is a more conservative approach than full porcelain crowns.
The first step is a consultation allowing you to explain to your dentist the look you are wanting to achieve. During this appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth, making sure dental veneers are appropriate for you. You will get information on what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. Often, if there are multiple teeth involved, we do a wax-up of your teeth to provide the doctor with a blueprint of what you are looking for. This helps both you and your doctor, together, determine what you want to accomplish. It also provides a better understanding and agreement for the end result.
It’s time to prepare your tooth/teeth for Porcelain Veneers. Your dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface. Next, your dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory that will be working closely with your dentist to construct the Veneer. If a wax-up has been completed, the laboratory will have access to it as well, so they can make the Veneers look exactly as you and the doctor planned them.
Once the Veneer has been completed by the laboratory, it is time to place them. Before the dental Veneer is permanently cemented, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. Your dentist will make sure that you approve of the appearance as well. The dentist may need to make some small adjustments at this time. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the Veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched — which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. Now it’s time to cement the Veneers.
How do you care for your beautiful new smile? Simply continue to brush and floss as is standard for over all dental health. Avoid biting into hard substances, as this can loosen or crack the veneers. Anything that can crack or chip the enamel of your original tooth can damage a Veneer.
Dr Vo has had in-depth training on how your jaw and teeth should come together with her advanced training in Prosthodontics. She applies her knowledge to all dental work she participates in. This additional expertise will help make sure that the Veneers are placed and adjusted properly for your specific needs. Call us today to set up a consultation to see if Porcelain Veneers are right for you. We look forward to meeting you soon.