What's keeping you from showing off a great smile? A big chip off a tooth? Tobacco stains? Or is it that gap right in the front of your mouth? Smile flaws are no big deal as long as your teeth and gums are healthy, right? Wrong! Your smile is what people notice first, creating an impression that's positive or negative.
Would you like to show off your best possible smile? Dr. Mark Makela, your expert dentist in Petosky, MI, can show you how to improve your smile aesthetics. Beautiful porcelain veneers created just for you can make all the difference. Here's how.
What are porcelain veneers?
Often called dental laminates, porcelain veneers are customized shells of super-thin ceramic made to disguise the front of flawed teeth. Tooth-shaped and naturally-colored, veneers bond permanently to teeth free of decay and extensive restorative work. They usually appear right in the smile zone at the front of the mouth--the area which shows prominently when a person smiles or laughs.
Porcelain veneers cover defects such as:
- Cracks and chips
- Small gaps
- Mild overcrowding
- Deep discoloration from tobacco, prescription drugs or root canal therapy
Accomplished in just two visits to Dr. Makela's office, veneer treatment lasts for years, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Plus, veneers compliment your natural physical features; so your smile looks like you--only better!
What is the process like?
It starts with an exam and consultation with Dr. Makela. He ensures the patient's teeth and gums are healthy before starting any cosmetic treatments. With that established, he takes X-rays and photos and discusses how the patient would like to see his or her smile change. Some patients bring photos of smiles they like, and the doctor may even preview how the finished smile will appear.
After consultation, the dentist takes oral impressions and removes a small amount of enamel from the front side of the teeth receiving veneers. This minor reshaping allows the veneers to fit properly inside the patient's mouth. Also, it makes the veneer process permanent.
Then, Dr. Makela places temporary laminates and sends treatment instructions to an outside dental lab. At the lab, a highly trained ceramist sculpts each veneer individually.
When the patient returns to the office, the dentist removes the temporaries and bonds the new veneers in place. He uses a special cement which may be varied in color to match the surrounding teeth. After adjusting the fit and bite, the treatment is complete.
Caring for veneers
That new smile requires nothing more than daily flossing and brushing and six-month check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Makela. However, anyone wearing veneers should treat them gently. That means no chewing ice cubes, or opening plastic packaging with your teeth.
Curious about porcelain veneers?
Why not learn more about dental laminates by contacting Dr. Makela for a cosmetic dentistry consultation? You'll be surprised at the many services he offers to creates vibrant, long-lasting smiles. Call (231) 347-2511 today for an appointment.