Posts for: March, 2019
Your dentist in Swartz Creek, MI, Dr. Gerald Ryan, renews smiles with a popular cosmetic service called porcelain veneers. Custom-made, according to your preferences and Dr. Ryan's treatment plan, veneers disguise a plethora of dental flaws, transforming dull, stained, chipped teeth into a Hollywood smile. Why not come to Gerald Ryan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for a friendly consultation and see if veneers are right for you?
What are porcelain veneers?
They look like one-dimensional natural teeth. Thin shells of high-grade ceramic, these laminates bond to the front of one or more teeth, disguising stains, chips, cracks, and more. While extremely thin, they add a large measure of resiliency to each tooth.
To qualify for veneers, you'll undergo a complete oral examination, including X-rays, impressions, and photos. Be sure to tell Dr. Ryan exactly how you want your smile to improve, and together, you'll arrive at a workable care plan. The planning aspect of any aesthetic dental service is critical to treatment success and overall patient satisfaction, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Details you should consider
1. Porcelain veneers are permanent smile enhancements, which do not decay and are highly resistant to stains and chipping. However, they do not last forever. Likely, Dr. Ryan will recommend replacement in about ten years.
2. Dr. Ryan resurfaces your teeth before placing your veneers. This involves a painless removal of about 1/2 millimeter of tooth enamel so your veneers fit and bite accurately.
3. Your Swartz Creek, MI, dentist will try on your veneers before final bonding with a special tooth-colored adhesive.
4. Veneers vary in color, much like natural teeth, so your finished smile looks totally natural.
5. To keep veneer margins healthy, brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and floss once a day, just as the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends. See Dr. Ryan and his team every six months for a hygienic cleaning and check-up. Your dentist will check your veneers for signs of wear.
6. Never bite into super hard foods, such as candy apples or ice, because your veneers could fracture or come off. The ADA adds that the forces of biting and chewing are substantial--up to 200 pounds per square inch; so over the long run, it pays to be gentle with your porcelain veneers and all of your teeth, too.
7. Each patient and each tooth is different. Porcelain crowns may be the better choice for extensively decayed, cracked, or misshapen teeth missing a substantial amount of their structure.
Why not find out more?
At Gerald R. Ryan DDS, your professional team wants each patient to have a healthy, attractive smile he or she can be proud of. Porcelain veneers could help you achieve that laudable goal. Please contact our Swartz Creek, MI, office today to arrange your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Ryan. Call (810) 635-8446.