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By The Office of Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler
April 06, 2012
Category: Dental Education
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Improve the Appearance of Your Smile with Dental Veneers

Is your smile red carpet worthy? Could you walk a Hollywood premier with a smile that impresses the crowds? Over the years our teeth can significantly change. Whether your smile is discolored, crooked or damaged, there is a way to bring your smile back to life. If your smile is less than you have hoped for, talk to your Lansing dentist about the benefits of a smile that has been restored by dental veneers.

Are You a Candidate?

Dental veneers are not an appropriate treatment plan for everyone, but the vast majority of patients will be candidates. It is important for your dentist to thoroughly assess your oral health, as the state of your teeth will largely determine whether or not the porcelain veneers will be a success for your smile.

Veneers fix most of the aesthetic issues that patients have with their teeth. In many instances, dental veneers can be used to correct the following:

· Stains

· Chipped or broken teeth

· Crooked or misaligned teeth

· Gaps between teeth

· Holes or fractures

However, you may not be a candidate if you have unhealthy teeth. If your teeth are suffering from decay or gum disease, your dentist will not be able to place veneers on them. The possibility for veneers still exists, but these conditions need to be successfully treated before you are considered to be a candidate for veneers.


The Veneers Process

Severe dental defects, such as permanent stains and unsightly gaps, can be easily repaired and perfected with porcelain veneers. Dental veneers are ultra-thin, custom made shells that are crafted of tooth-colored materials to dramatically enhance the position, size, color and shape of your teeth.

More so, veneers are generally stronger and less susceptible to stains than other cosmetic dental treatments, and can even be a viable alternative to braces for certain circumstances. From chips and crack to gaps and stains, veneers can dramatically enhance flawed teeth, leaving you with a natural, beautiful smile that you’ll be happy to show off.

The application of veneers involves your cosmetic dentist preparing your teeth by removing a very small amount of enamel from the surface in order to accommodate the veneer. Your dentist will then make an impression of your teeth, which will then be sent to a dental laboratory where your veneers will be fabricated. When you go back for your final appointment, your dentist will permanently bond the durable and highly stain-resistant veneers to the front of your teeth, resulting in a stunning, new smile.

Remember, there is a wide array of cosmetic dental procedures and techniques available. Even if porcelain veneers are not an appropriate solution for your smile, you and your dentist in Lansing can find a way to create the  

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