By Greg Herzler, DDS
May 22, 2014
What do Niall Horan of One Direction, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hilary Duff have in common? In addition to being famous, they are all celebrities that have veneers. These porcelain, tooth-colored coverings can conceal dental problems that keep Saginaw, MI patients from smiling a Hollywood smile.
Veneers act like concealer for teeth. They are custom-made “shells” that are cemented onto the teeth to conceal what is beneath them. Dr. Herzler offers porcelain veneers, which are known for their durability and natural-looking appearance.
The process to getting veneers begins at Dr. Herzler’s Saginaw, MI dentist office. There, he can describe veneers and show you pictures of past patients’ “before” and “after” photos to better understand what types of results you can expect from veneers. These coverings can conceal chipped, gapped, stained, uneven or otherwise less-than-cosmetically pleasing teeth. Some of Dr. Herzler’s patients do not necessarily have displeasing smiles, but instead use veneers to achieve a more refined appearance to their smile.
Getting veneers does require removing a small portion of dental enamel, typically less than a millimeter. Doing so allows the veneer to adhere more effectively while also ensuring the veneer can sit “flush” or naturally over your teeth. After removing this enamel, Dr. Herzler will take a mold of your teeth and can apply temporary veneers until yours return from the dental laboratory. You can select a desired tooth shade for your veneers, allowing you to experience a whiter smile.
When your veneers return from the dental laboratory, Dr. Herzler will cement them on your teeth to ensure long-lasting results. While you do not need to change your habits significantly after getting veneers, you should avoid using your teeth for cutting non-food objects or opening packages as these and similar activities can damage the veneers.
Porcelain veneers mean you do not have to wear braces, having bonding work done and whiten your teeth just to achieve a better smile. Veneers help to offer the results of these three procedures in one.
If you have questions about porcelain veneers at Dr. Herzler’s Saginaw cosmetic dentistry office, please call (989) 793-7733.