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By David Cooley, DDS
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Can you dramatically change the appearance of your smile and actually have dental enhancements last? You can if you are a candidate veneersfor porcelain veneers from your Kalamazoo, MI, dentist, Dr. David Cooley. Finely crafted from dental- grade porcelain, realistic porcelain veneers disguise a variety of dental flaws. The finished result delights patients for years to come.

What are porcelain veneers?

Having a long history, but becoming more popular and easier to place over the past 30 years or so, porcelain veneers are thin pieces of translucent ceramic. They are customized in shape and color to cover the front of teeth that have minor cosmetic flaws such as chips, cracks, deep stains, gaps and crowding. Some people call them "instant orthodontics" because they disguise aesthetic defects that previously required braces to correct.

Often part of a complete smile makeover, veneers beautify and protect healthy teeth. They last a long time, too--even decades--with good oral hygiene at home and at Dr. Cooley's office.

Veneers create a whole new look

This popular cosmetic treatment is simple. In just two to three appointments with Dr. Cooley your healthy teeth can change into a spectacularly beautiful healthy smile.

Start with a cosmetic dentistry consultation with your Kalamazoo dentist. He will examine your teeth and gums to make sure they're free from cavities and gum disease. Also, people who grind their teeth typically cannot receive veneers until their brusixm is corrected, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Then, the dentist takes X-rays and photos to understand your bone structure and facial appearance. Next, he'll ask you how you want to improve your smile. When you agree on the changes, he'll write a treatment plan which precisely addresses them.

The veneer process

When you and your dentist have agreed upon which teeth will receive veneers, he will remove a small portion of enamel. This resurfacing, along with some mild etching, ensures a good bond and allows the veneers to fit properly within your mouth. Dr. Cooley takes oral impressions to send to the dental lab, and he places temporary veneers to cover the teeth while the permanent ones are crafted.

Veneers are customized one by one, using quality ceramic that may be varied in shape and color. At the next dental visit, Dr. Cooley removes the temporary veneers and bonds the new ones in place with special cement and a curing light. The light activates a strengthening chemical within the adhesive, making the bond exceptionally durable.

With minor adjustments in dental bite, the veneer process is complete. As a cosmetic dentistry patient, you'll return to the office in about a week for a follow-up. At home, you'll brush and floss and usual. Plus, it's important to get your six-month cleanings and check-ups with your dentist.

It's easy

Dr. Cooley creates stunning new smiles with porcelain veneers. Find out if this aesthetic service is right for you. Contact the office team in Kalamazoo, MI today for a personal consultation: (269) 345-1021.