Holly A. Scott-Hetchler DDS, PC
Cosmetic Dental Veneers
Enhance the Appearence of Your Smile
While you may hear about Hollywood stars’ smile transformations through dental veneers, you don’t have to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous in order to opt for this dental procedure. Dental veneers are a non-invasive way to cosmetically change the shape, size and color of one’s teeth. Veneers are thin, shell-like pieces of porcelain that go over the front of your teeth to hide imperfections and to create a whiter, straighter and more ideal smile. Since dental veneers are made from porcelain, they also offer durability and strength that is similar to the enamel of a natural tooth.
One of the advantages of dental veneers is that it’s a simple, non-invasive way to improve your smile. Before the veneers are applied, we will shave down a very small amount of your natural tooth’s enamel—only about ½ millimeter. We do this to make a little extra room for your veneers so your smile doesn’t appear bulky or unnatural. However, since only a limited amount of the enamel is removed, anesthesia is not required and the process is painless.
Before applying the veneers, we will match them to the color of your natural teeth to make sure we create a uniformed and natural look. Once we have determined the dental veneers that are right for you, we will affix them to the front of your teeth using a special resin. Once you have approved the look of your veneers, we will use a laser to harden the resin and permanently affix your veneers to your teeth.
Since we do have to remove your natural tooth’s enamel, this procedure is not considered reversible; therefore, make sure you are ready to commit to having dental veneers for the rest of your life.
You don’t have to change your oral routine around when you opt for dental veneers. You can still continue to brush and floss each day as you normally would. However, habits such a biting your nails or grinding your teeth can twist the veneers and apply unnecessary pressure, which can cause damage. Therefore, we recommend being mindful of these bad habits and talking to your dentist about ways to combat these problems so you can get the most life out of your dental veneers.
To find out more about dental veneers or whether this treatment option is right for you, call our office today at (517) 487-6333 to schedule your consultation.