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Porcelain Veneers in Traverse City, MI

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About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a highly effective and popular solution for individuals with severely discolored or damaged teeth at Yancho Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Traverse City, MI. The thin, translucent laminates are created in a dental lab from a mold of your teeth, and are then bonded to the front of the tooth creating a permanent, painless solution to discoloration, chips, cracks, spacing issues, and uneven teeth due to grinding and wear. Although receiving porcelain veneers is considered a cosmetic procedure, the veneers also serve as a barrier that will protect damaged teeth from additional damage and therefore may eliminate the need for additional treatments that you may have otherwise required. Due to the need for the removal of some of the tooth structure, board-certified dentist Dr. Phillip Yancho typically reserves porcelain veneers for individuals with severe discoloration or worn teeth. Young patients with only moderate discoloration or a minor chip will typically be better suited with a different procedure. Taking this into consideration porcelain veneers last longer, appear more natural and remain white longer than bonding. When used in conjunction with gum contouring, which creates a more proportionate symmetrical frame for your teeth, porcelain veneers can give your smile a whole new look.

What to Expect

Before a porcelain veneer is placed, the dentist must remove a thin layer of enamel from the front surface of each tooth to make room for veneer. After the enamel is removed a digital impression of the teeth is made and sent to a dental laboratory where an expert will tailor-make the patient’s veneers. The veneer is made of several thin layers of ceramic. Until the veneer is ready, the patient will wear a temporary veneer. Once the veneer is ready, the patients will return to the dentist for an appointment where a special resin is used as a bonding agent between the veneer and the tooth. Veneers are durable and can last up to 20 years with proper oral hygiene and care.

Treatment Aftercare

For the first few days, a patient may be more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures because of the removal of the natural enamel. This should subside within a few days. A week after the veneers are placed, a patient needs a follow-up appointment at the dentist’s office to make sure the mouth is responding well to the veneers. Due to the material they are made of and since they are easy to polish, the probability of staining veneers is slight to none. It’s still a good idea to brush after consuming foods or drinks that stain the teeth, especially coffee, soda, tea, and red wine. Veneers should be brushed with a non-abrasive toothpaste, flossed, and rinsed with mouthwash just like natural teeth. Patients should be sure to keep up with regular dental appointments so the dentist can perform professional maintenance by polishing the veneers with a special, non-abrasive paste to keep them in pristine condition.

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Veneers are a great idea for anyone who wants to revitalize their smile. If you think this is the procedure for you, give our office a call as soon as possible to set up your consultation, so we can make your smile more brilliant than ever.

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