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Custom-Designed Porcelain Veneers Can Give Your Smile and Self-Confidence a Huge Boost

Porcelain veneers can mask minor cosmetic flaws such as stains, chips, and irregularly shaped teeth. When they are affixed to the front of your teeth, they can conceal a broad range of problems at once, limiting the number of treatments you may require. Made from state-of-the-art porcelain, the modern versions of this material have a convincing sparkle, and they are available in subtle color variations. At his Troy, MI, practice, Keith W. Kelley, D.D.S., uses an advanced digital imaging system to show you the expected results prior to your treatment to allow you to visualize your near picture-perfect smile and make an informed decision about whether veneers are right for you.

Determining Your Candidacy for Porcelain Veneers

Dr. Kelley can use porcelain veneers to address a number of concerns, including:

  • Chips or cracks
  • Dental stains
  • Gapped teeth
  • Unusually shaped or irregularly sized teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth

To qualify for veneers, the teeth you wish to treat should be strong and healthy. If they have cavities or fillings, they are likely not strong enough for the treatment. In addition, if you suffer from bruxism, it may limit your candidacy since chronic teeth grinding can put too much pressure on the porcelain. If you do not qualify for veneers, Dr. Kelley can suggest an alternative cosmetic procedure to enhance your smile.

An illustration showing how a veneer fits over the natural tooth

Your Porcelain Veneers Treatment

While veneers are incredibly thin, Dr. Kelley will still need to remove a small amount of enamel to make room for them. By lightly buffing your teeth, he can eliminate just enough tissue that your veneers fit comfortably over your tooth. If necessary, he can administer local anesthesia, so the treatment should cause negligible discomfort. Once your teeth have been reshaped, a member of our team will take impressions so our lab can create the most accurate veneers possible. Not only will our technicians match them to the shape of your teeth, they can also choose a precise color to blend in with the natural shade of your smile.

Dr. Kelley will take extra steps to ensure lifelike results that exceed your expectations.

Once the veneers come back to our office, Dr. Kelley will microetch your teeth with a special chemical solution. Without causing any discomfort or weakening your teeth, this process will provide more surface area and create a stronger bond for the porcelain. Dr. Kelley will attach the veneers with composite resin, using a special curing light to harden this material. Finally, he will secure them in place and double check them to ensure a healthy bite and satisfactory aesthetic results. Once the veneers are in place, you should notice an immediate improvement in your smile. Nevertheless, you should come back in for a two-week follow up.

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

There are many important reasons to consider porcelain veneers. Their benefits include:

  • Comprehensive treatment: Veneers can address various concerns at once. Instead of coming in for multiple procedures, you will instead require just two convenient appointments.
  • Realistic results: Porcelain is slightly translucent, so it will sparkle just like your dental enamel. Plus, Dr. Kelley can design your veneers to match the proportions of your smile and other facial features.
  • Durability: When you maintain good dental hygiene and do not put too much pressure on your teeth, veneers can last for many years.
  • Affordable: Used as “instant orthodontics,” veneers cost much less than traditional braces. Further, they are a more economical option than undergoing several cosmetic treatments.
  • Non-invasive: Veneers require very little alteration of your teeth. As a result, your teeth will remain very strong, and the procedure can involve minimal discomfort.

Why Choose Dr. Kelley for Your Cosmetic Care?

When you decide on veneers, you need a dentist who will deliver superior results. Dr. Kelley has the necessary skill and expertise. As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, he stays informed about the latest techniques and newest developments in dental materials. He will take extra steps to ensure lifelike results that exceed your expectations. Before he even begins treatment, he will use a digital imaging system to give you a virtual smile makeover. That way, you can see what veneers will look like, and you can work together to design your custom treatment plan.

Contact Our Office for a Consultation

To learn more about veneers or to view your digital smile makeover, contact Dr. Kelley’s office online. You can also book an appointment by calling (248) 828-3185.

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