Porcelain Veneers in Royal Oak, MI
Are you considering porcelain veneers in Royal Oak, MI?
Patients often come to our dentist in Royal Oak, MI concerned about cosmetic flaws that affect the way their smile looks and the way they feel about themselves. A discolored smile or crooked teeth can make it hard to be confident. At Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, we understand, and we have had great success using porcelain veneers to conceal these flaws and more. And we love helping our patients achieve the beautiful smiles they’ve always dreamed of.
If the appearance of your teeth bothers you, call our Royal Oak dental office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Suchi Chalasani DMD to see if porcelain veneers are an appropriate solution for you. We also invite you to reach out to a member of our friendly dental team if you have any questions.
Continue reading to learn more about our porcelain veneers.
- What are porcelain veneers?
- Are porcelain veneers right for me?
- What can porcelain veneers do?
- Are veneers expensive?
- Are veneers similar to dental crowns?
- How do I take care of my dental veneers?
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are often worn by celebrities and models, giving them a symmetrical and picture-perfect grin. But we believe that everyone should have access to cosmetic dentistry that dramatically changes their smile.
Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are designed to fit across the front of your teeth. These shells flawlessly conceal a range of cosmetic concerns, and they do not require surgery or recovery time. No time off work!
Some types of veneers require that a small amount of enamel be removed from your teeth to help them fit properly while other veneers can be placed directly across your teeth with minimal preparation.
Dr. Chalasani will discuss both types of veneers with you as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each type to help you decide on the tooth veneers that are right for you.
Are porcelain veneers right for me?
If you’re looking for porcelain veneers in Royal Oak, the first step is a meeting with our dentist. This meeting includes an exam, a thorough health history, and a conversation about your smile goals. If no recent or relevant films are on file, we may also take x-rays.
This meeting helps your dentist determine whether porcelain veneers are right for you.
If you are a good candidate, we take impressions of your smile. These models are then used to create your porcelain veneers.
If veneers are not right for you or will not give you the smile you’ve been looking for, your dentist may recommend other cosmetic dental options or even a combination of treatments designed specifically for you.
At Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, we want to help you achieve your dream smile.
What can porcelain veneers do?
Porcelain veneers, once the secret of celebrity-perfect teeth, can dramatically change the appearance of your smile.
Porcelain veneers can do all of the following:
- Cover stain-resistant discoloration to give you white, sparkling teeth
- Conceal chips and other damage
- Hide damage to the enamel
- Lengthen teeth that are too short or are eroded
- Fill in gaps created by small or widely spaced teeth
- Conceal gummy smiles
- Hide tooth shape abnormalities
- Conceal slightly crooked teeth
- Provide a visually even alignment
Because veneers are thin and translucent, your natural tooth surface shines through. This allows your veneers to reflect light in a way that is similar to the way your natural teeth will, making them look more realistic so that nobody knows the secret to your gorgeous smile.
Porcelain veneers cannot prevent decay or gum disease, and they are not appropriate for patients who have either of these conditions. However, if you have these conditions and would still like tooth veneers, we will work with you to improve your dental health. At that point, we are happy to reassess whether veneers are right for you.
Are veneers expensive?
Many factors come into play when determining the final cost of your dental veneers.
These considerations include the type of veneer you choose, the number of veneers, and any pre-veneer treatments that may be required to bring you into candidacy for this cosmetic option.
A member of our team will provide pricing following your exam, and your dentist in Royal Oak will not move forward with your treatment until you understand and agree to all fees.
Are veneers similar to dental crowns?
Our porcelain veneers in Royal Oak, MI are merely cosmetic—meaning they can dramatically change the appearance of your smile. Dental crowns, however, have a variety of uses.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that goes over a prepared tooth.
In cosmetic dentistry, a crown conceals flaws, discoloration, chips, shape abnormalities, and gaps between teeth.
In general dentistry, a tooth cap provides support to a tooth that has been weakened by decay or injury—helping to prevent breakage.
If you have a missing tooth, a dental crown works with a dental bridge to stand in for this tooth or teeth. A dental crown also tops a dental implant post if you opt for this type of permanent tooth replacement therapy.
A dental crown may be a viable option to conceal a tooth flaw. However, a tooth crown is not a good option if you’re trying to hide slightly crooked teeth or visual alignment issues.
In many cases, patients opt for combination cosmetic therapies to correct or conceal multiple issues.
At your cosmetic dentistry consultation, your dentist goes over your options to help you make the best choice for your smile.
How do I take care of my dental veneers?
For the most part, caring for dental veneers only requires the same good dental hygiene habits your teeth need to stay strong and healthy. While veneers are designed to be durable and stain-resistant, they are not as strong as your teeth, and they could be damaged if you use your teeth for anything other than chewing food.
If you chew your fingernails or pencils, veneers may not be right for you. You should also never use your teeth or veneers to open a bottle or carry a heavy package.
If you have a condition like bruxism that causes you to grind or clench your teeth, veneers may not be appropriate without therapy. We are happy to work with you to treat this condition with occlusal guard therapy to make you a better candidate for veneers.
Also, if you compete in contact sports, we recommend a mouthguard and the proper face gear to keep your teeth and veneers safe from impact.
It’s important to remember that porcelain veneers and restorations will not prevent gum disease. Gum disease may lead to veneer and tooth loss. Regular dental visits for exams and teeth cleanings, coupled with an excellent care routine at home, are your best defense.
Schedule You Exam for Porcelain Veneers in Royal Oak, MI
Are you ready to talk porcelain veneers with Dr. Chalasani? Do you have questions about cosmetic dentistry in Royal Oak?
Give a member of our dental team a call today to schedule your cosmetic dentistry exam and start your journey to a new smile.
We proudly serve patients in Royal Oak, Troy, Clawson, Warren, Southfield, Farmington Hills, and beyond.
We look forward to helping achieve your best smile.