Porcelain Veneers in Detroit
Also Serving Patients in Clawson and Birmingham, MI
While teeth whitening can greatly improve many patients’ smiles, some teeth require more extensive treatment than can be provided by whitening alone. For these patients, porcelain veneers may be a preferable cosmetic dentistry solution. As people age, their enamel – the hard, white material that covers the teeth – can wear down and become dull and discolored to an extent beyond what can be corrected with whitening. Age can also lead to chips, cracks and unevenness. To address problems such as extremely discolored, worn, cracked, chipped or uneven teeth, Detroit cosmetic dentist Dr. Grodin offers the latest natural-looking porcelain veneers to his cosmetic dentistry patients.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, hard shells used to cover the teeth to create a straight, bright smile. Each veneer is custom designed and molded to perfectly fit one tooth and is permanently bonded to the tooth with a strong resin cement.
Porcelain Veneer Treatment
To provide you with the latest, naturally-looking porcelain veneers, Dr. Grodin will first prepare your teeth by reshaping them slightly in order to create a good fit for the veneers. Next, impressions of your teeth are taken and used to create a mold of your mouth, which in turn is used to fabricate your dental veneers. Temporary veneers, which look gorgeous, are worn by the patient for a few weeks while the real veneers are being made at the lab. Dr. Grodin will later carefully place the real veneers on your teeth, giving you a natural-appearing, bright new smile. Normally, only a few visits are needed to create a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers.
Care and Maintenance of Veneers
Patients who receive porcelain veneers are told to live their lives normally. They are told to care for their new smile with good oral hygiene and regular recall visits at the dental office to keep the teeth and gums healthy. That is the best way to keep the veneers in great shape.
Porcelain Veneers FAQ’s
How Long do Porcelain Veneers Last on Your Teeth?
Porcelain veneers rarely stain, chip, break or come off. They are very strong and should last many, many years, and possibly forever.
Are Porcelain Veneers an Alternative to Braces?
Depending on the age of the patient, porcelain veneers may be an effective way to create a straight, white smile. Sometimes braces, or orthodontics, would be preferable. A dentist can help you decide which option is better. Porcelain veneers normally can be placed in much quicker than orthodontics. Veneers are placed in just two appointments spaced a couple weeks apart, while braces are usually worn for several years. Orthodontics can only change the alignment of teeth. Porcelain veneers can change alignment, as well as the shape and color of the teeth, creating a dazzling smile.
What are the Restrictions Placed on the Patient?
Basically, there are no restrictions once the veneers are placed. Common sense will help veneers to stay on forever.
What is the Cost of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can be somewhat expensive, but patients who have had the procedure feel it was worth the cost. Having a gorgeous smile greatly improves one’s confidence and self-esteem. Each case is unique, and the cost varies based on the complexity of the case. Financing is available through a company called CareCredit.
Will Dental Insurance Help Pay for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers are normally considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore are not covered by dental insurance.
How Does One Choose Which Office to Get Porcelain Veneers Done at?
The price of veneers varies greatly from one dental office to another based on the clinical skills and experience of the dentist and the quality of the laboratory used to fabricate the veneers. The porcelain veneer procedure is very technique-dependent, and the confidence of the dentist and staff is key. Some dentists have patient testimonials that you can review. In summary, experience, skill level, confidence and choice of laboratory are the main factors that will help the cosmetic patient choose the correct dental office.
Contact Our Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Grodin derives great satisfaction from helping his Detroit porcelain veneer patients achieve the smile of their dreams. To learn more about porcelain veneers or to schedule a consultation, please contact our Clawson, Michigan office by calling (248) 288-1110 today.