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A beautiful smile and teeth have a great shade, alignment, spacing and shape. For many patients, they can use improvements in many of these things. Thanks to the help of Porcelain veneers that can be achieved. Dr. Neil Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, MI, can examine your teeth and determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for veneers.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin layers of strong porcelain that substitutes for tooth enamel. When these veneers are bonded to the teeth, they create a beautiful, new and natural-looking surface. The added perk is that these veneers do not stain like normal teeth, so if you love coffee or tea, you’re in luck. Ultimately, veneers can be made so thin that they are undetectable in the mouth. Your Novi dentist can create veneers that improve your smile just the way you want it to.
When you’re having a consultation regarding veneers, it’s important to communicate your expectations with the process. A model is taken off your teeth and wax veneers are placed in your mouth so you can see exactly what your new smile will look like. Once you agree with the treatment, your teeth are prepared by a dental laboratory. A temporary set of veneers are given to you to wear during the time your set of veneers are made. After they have arrived at your dentist’s office, your teeth are prepared by removing a small amount of your existing tooth enamel to create a viable surface to apply them to.
Teeth are restored with porcelain veneers in miraculous ways. With the help of Dr. Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, MI, your dream smile can be achieved. To schedule an appointment today, call (248) 347-0030.
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
Why you should think about porcelain veneers
You hardly recognize yourself. Your smile has become old, faded and dull. You have small chips in your front teeth, making your smile look uneven and unsightly. Porcelain veneers are the perfect choice to give you a bright celebrity-perfect smile quickly. Your new smile is just a phone call away from Dr. Neil Blavin of Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, Michigan.
You will love your new smile with porcelain veneers. They are the high-tech, versatile way to fix many cosmetic issues with your front teeth. Dr. Blavin wants you to know porcelain veneers are right for you if have teeth that are:
- Excessively worn down from a bad bite
- Cracked or chipped from aging
- Traumatically injured or broken
- Gapped or spaced apart from genetics
- Crowded or slightly overlapped
- Deeply discolored from medications like tetracycline
Porcelain veneers are thin laminates of beautiful porcelain, which is color-matched by Dr. Blavin to blend into your smile perfectly. They have many benefits including stain resistance, making them the perfect choice for coffee drinkers and smokers. They are also a strong and conservative treatment option because Dr. Blavin doesn’t remove much tooth structure, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers.
Your porcelain veneer treatment will take between two and three appointments. The first appointment is typically a planning appointment when Dr. Blavin will tell you what to expect and you agree on the treatment plan. He begins your veneer treatment by lightly preparing your teeth for the veneers and then making molds of your teeth. Dental laboratory technicians take the molds and custom-make your new veneers. At your next appointment, Dr. Blavin will place and permanently cement your sparkling porcelain veneers in place.
With proper care, your porcelain veneers will last many years. Imagine years of beautiful smiles! Don’t you deserve it? Of course you do! Don’t settle for an aging, dull smile when you can have a dazzling new look. Call Dr. Neil Blavin of Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, Michigan and find out why dental veneers are right for you!
Porcelain veneers are excellent for restoring otherwise sound teeth that are stained, chipped or slightly misaligned. But the question for many is, are they long-lasting?
Just as the term is used in building construction, a dental veneer is a thin covering of material that’s bonded to the outside of a tooth to conceal blemishes. Very thin layers of dental porcelain (a form of hardened glass colored to match a patient’s natural teeth) are created by a dental lab technician to achieve the preferred shape and size of the patient’s tooth. Unlike crowns or other restorations, veneers require very little tooth preparation to accommodate them.
As to their longevity: if cared for properly, a veneer could last for twenty years or more. While the veneer itself isn’t subject to the effects of dental disease, the tooth and the gums that support it are. Shrinking gum tissues as a result of periodontal (gum) disease, for example, could have a negative effect on the veneered tooth and subsequently the veneer. It’s important, then, that you properly practice daily brushing and flossing, along with keeping up regular office cleanings and checkups.
There’s one other important consideration: while porcelain veneers can withstand normal biting forces, if they’re subjected beyond their tolerance they could shatter. You should be careful not to subject your veneered teeth to an abnormal biting force, such as biting down on an extremely hard object. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, wearing a night guard can minimize the force created from the grinding.
It’s possible to repair and re-bond a loose or slightly chipped veneer. In some cases, though, severe damage may require a replacement. Still, by using common sense about what you bite down on and taking proper care of your teeth and gums, you can minimize the chances of damage and enjoy many years of a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: How Long will Your Porcelain Veneers Last?.”