Grand Rapids Cosmetic Dental Veneers
Veneers are a widely used cosmetic dental procedure in which our Grand Rapids dentists place a covering over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only applied to teeth that will be visible when a patient is talking or smiling.
The use of dental veneers becomes a viable option if your teeth are chipped, stained, gapped or if the enamel on your teeth are badly worn or not properly aligned.
Our Grand Rapids dentists can provide excellent cosmetic dentistry services and smile enhancement through the application of dental veneers. The procedure used by our professional dentists can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using a procedure called bonding. The indirect technique usually involves two appointments since the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory.
The procedure starts during an initial appointment, at which time your teeth will be prepared, impressions will be taken and your teeth will be given a temporary covering. It usually takes from two to three weeks for your new veneers to return from the laboratory, at which time the covering is removed and the veneers are bonded to your teeth. These laboratory-fabricated veneers are usually made from porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.
The advantage of veneers over crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, making the procedure more comfortable for the patient.
Dental porcelain veneers, also known as dental laminates, are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth. In most cases, Porcelain Veneers are used to correct orthodontic and cosmetic issues with your teeth. These thin shells adhere to your teeth and can improve the appearance of each tooth through changes to its color, size, length or shape.