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If you're looking for a cosmetic enhancement with a “light” touch, you can't beat dental veneers. These custom-made wafers of dental porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or gaps, revitalizing your smile.
But with traditional veneers, a minimal impact doesn't mean no impact at all. Although they're quite thin—often a millimeter or less—they can still look bulky when bonded to unprepared teeth. Dentists usually remove a small amount of surface enamel to help them appear more natural.
The alteration itself is painless, and only the bare minimum of enamel is removed. Even so, the alteration is permanent—the tooth will require a veneer or other form of restoration from then on. But a new kind of veneer may make it possible to avoid any enamel removal, or much less. These no-prep or minimal-prep veneers are even thinner, between 0.3 and 0.5 millimeters.
With these ultra-thin veneers, your dentist may only perform a little minor enamel re-shaping, particularly the sides of the teeth, to ensure a good fit. As thin as they are—akin to that of a contact lens—no-prep veneers can be bonded to the teeth surface without the need for fitting them under the gum line.
No-prep veneers are ideal for people with smaller than normal teeth, or that appear smaller due to other facial features. This also includes teeth that have worn down from age or teeth grinding, or those that are misshapen in some way. They also work well with people who have a narrow smile where less teeth than normal are visible in the “smile zone.”
They can also be used with patients who have oversized or prominent teeth, but it may still require some enamel removal. The only qualification for anyone receiving ultrathin veneers is that their enamel is in reasonably good health.
Because there's little to no alteration of the teeth, no-prep veneers can be reversed. Removing them, though, is no easy task, so you'll still need to think long-term before obtaining one. All in all, though, no-prep veneers in the right setting can still transform your smile without much permanent change to your teeth.
If you would like more information on no-prep veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”
It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.
This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.
Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.
If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.
More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.
Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.
Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.
Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.
As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.
If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”
Dental veneers offer many ways to improve and enhance your smile’s appearance.
We understand that even the smallest imperfections in a smile can make you feel discouraged and like you have to hide your smile from those around you. Here in Novi, MI, our dentist Dr. David Salah prides himself on crafting beautiful, memorable smiles with the help of dental veneers. Wondering if dental veneers are right for you? Here are the top reasons why you might want to consider getting this popular cosmetic treatment,
Veneers Hide Your Imperfections
The main reason people turn to our Novi, MI, dentist for veneers is that these porcelain coverings are easily able to hide a variety of flaws and defects in a person’s smile. Veneers are great for improving the appearance of,
- Short, stubby teeth
- Worn teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Misaligned or crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Malformed or oddly shaped teeth
They Can Straighten Your Smile
You may think the only way to get a straighter smile is with braces, but if you are only dealing with minor misalignment issues then you may be surprised to discover that veneers can also offer you a straighter smile.
Since veneers are bonded directly to the front of your teeth where they cover the entire front surface, this means that we can cover gaps between teeth and make slightly overlapped teeth appear straighter without ever needing braces.
They are Stain Resistant
Many people turn to veneers because they have deep, dark stains from dental damage or tobacco use and they want to get a brighter smile. If this is the case for you, you’ll be thrilled to discover that veneers are made from porcelain, which makes them completely stain resistant.
They Look Natural
We are dedicated to giving our patients gorgeous smiles that still look natural. Each veneer that we place is customized to not only perfectly cover your tooth but is also crafted to mimic the look of real tooth enamel, all the way down to the way that it reflects light. No one will even be able to tell that you have veneers.
Veneers are Incredibly Durable
Along with being stain resistant, porcelain is also very durable. This means that you can protect your smile just by placing these porcelain shells over the front of your teeth. Over the years, veneers may even prevent teeth from chipping or cracking.
Do you have questions about getting dental veneers from our Novi, MI, dental team? Want to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for treatment? If so, call Progressive Dental Group at (248) 349-7560 to schedule a consultation.
How veneers from your dentist in Novi, MI, can give you a new smile
Do you want a new smile? If your smile isn’t all that it could be, it’s time to consider renewing your smile with porcelain veneers! Available from Dr. David Salah, your dentist here at Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, read on to learn how veneers can give you a brand new smile.
What veneers can do for you
Veneers are thin laminates of sparkling porcelain that are cemented to the front surfaces of your teeth to hide a number of aesthetic issues, including:
- Areas of broken tooth structure from trauma
- Chipping and erosion from aging or bad habits
- Fracture lines or cracks from wear-and-tear
- Blotches or discolorations from genetics or medications
- Heavy staining from coffee or tobacco use
With veneers, you can change the color, shape, size, or any other aspects of your teeth that you don’t like. In some cases, you can even cosmetically hide gaps or spaces between your teeth, overlapping, or tooth rotation.
When you choose veneers, you will enjoy:
- Natural beauty, because veneers are created using porcelain, a light-reflective material that closely resembles tooth enamel
- Long-lasting good looks, because porcelain is stain-resistant, allowing your new veneers to stay beautiful for years
- Conservative treatment, because your dentist removes very little tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers
Veneers require two-to-three appointments to complete, including a consultation appointment. This appointment is the perfect time for you to ask any questions, and get a preview of what your new veneers may look like. Next, your teeth are prepared and models are made of your prepared teeth. These models are sent off to a dental laboratory, where skilled artisans will create your veneers. After your veneers are ready, they will be cemented on to your teeth, and you will have a great new smile!
Interested? Give us a call
Imagine having a perfect, beautiful smile in just a couple of appointments! It’s possible, thanks to the beauty and versatility of veneers. To learn more about how to renew your smile with veneers, call Dr. David Salah of Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, today by dialing (773) 935-9818.
Do you have an oddly shaped tooth or a few cracks or chips in your teeth? Even small imperfections in your teeth can be very noticeable. Unfortunately, when your smile isn't bright and beautiful, you may not feel as confident about your appearance as you would like. Our Novi, MI, dentist, Dr. David Salah, explains how veneers can conceal flaws and transform your smile.
Thin porcelain shells cover imperfections
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain created from impressions of your teeth. Each tooth-shaped veneer is no thicker than a fingernail but offers impressive coverage for imperfections. Veneers are applied to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement and provide a long-lasting way to improve the appearance of your smile.
Veneers conceal a range of flaws
Versatile veneers can be used to cover a variety of imperfections that mar the front surfaces of your teeth, including:
- Changes in Color: Teeth can be discolored due to decay, trauma or use of the antibiotic tetracycline in early childhood. Veneers are available in many shades, which helps ensure that your previously discolored tooth now blend in with your smile perfectly.
- Minor Imperfections: Small chips in teeth and cracks draw unwanted attention to your smile. Veneers hide these flaws and other imperfections, such as uneven surfaces or pits.
- Oddly Shaped Teeth: When one or more of your teeth just don't look like they belong in your mouth, veneers can help. They're often used to improve the appearance of crooked, pointed or twisted teeth.
- Length Issues: Imperfections aren't the only issues that can affect your smile. Whether a tooth is naturally too short or has shortened due to a nighttime grinding habit, veneers offer a simple way to add length to teeth to teeth.
- Gaps: Small spaces between front teeth or other teeth are easily corrected with veneers.
- Whitening: Teeth whitening treatments only last a few years and may not lighten your teeth as much as you had hoped. Veneers offer a long-lasting alternative to whitening for Novi residents. They're available in many shades of white and are very resistant to stains from coffee, tea, wine and cola.
Are you ready to upgrade your smile with veneers? Call our Novi, MI, dentist, Dr. Salah, at (248) 349-7560 to schedule an appointment.