Posts for tag: Veneers

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
February 21, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

A gorgeous set of teeth is a precious asset but if even one tooth is damaged, misshapen, crooked, or discolored, it can easily prevent your smile from reaching its full potential. Fortunately, here at the Farmington, MI, office of your dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, dental veneers can be used to conceal these defects and enhance your smile. Read on to learn more about what this treatment can do for you.

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, porcelain-crafted shells that are securely attached to the front of your smile to enhance its shape, shade, and overall look. These days, most people opt for porcelain veneers because they offer light-reflective and translucent properties that are very similar to the enamel of natural teeth.

Although veneers have been around for decades, newer application techniques and materials have modernized this cosmetic dental procedure. This makes it one of the most practical and effective cosmetic treatments in the world.

Prepping The Teeth for Dental Veneers

To begin this process, your teeth will undergo a preparation treatment in which some enamel is removed to allow your teeth to accommodate the veneers. Next, your dentist will take impressions of your prepared teeth and send them to a dental lab where the veneers themselves will be crafted.

Placing The Dental Veneers

Once your dental veneers have been fabricated, the next step is to bond them to the front surface of the teeth. Your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and applied with a special gel that will make them more adherent. Once this is completed, your veneers will be attached using a joining agent to secure them in place. This will create a sturdy physical bond that creates a flawless unit between your veneers and your teeth surface.

Choosing The Material for Your Veneers

When figuring out which materials to use for your veneers, take note that different materials serve different purposes. You can trust your Farmington dentist to determine the best material that will give you the best results possible. That being said, in certain cases, the material’s durability will be the deciding factor, while in others, the material’s ability to conceal very dark stains will be more important.

Interested in Restoring Your Smile with Veneers?

Arrange an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, DDS, PC, to learn how veneers can address your specific smile woes. Dial (248) 478-4755 to get in touch with our Farmington, MI, office.

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
May 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Porcelain veneers, offered by your Farmington, MI, dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, provide a simple solution for many cosmetic dental issues.veneers

What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are only attached to the fronts of your teeth, the area where imperfections are most noticeable. The fingernail-thin shells are crafted from an impression of your mouth. In most cases, your Farmington dentist will need to remove a thin layer of enamel to ensure the best fit.

How can veneers improve my smile?

Veneers are an excellent option if you're concerned about one or two discolored teeth or want to brighten your entire smile. The restorations are available in many shades and can match the color of surrounding teeth or whiten your smile. In fact, veneers are often the reason that celebrities have such white teeth. The restorations are very resistant to stains.

Wear and tear can take a toll on your body and your smile. Unfortunately, even minor imperfections, like chips or cracks, can be very noticeable. Veneers conceal flaws between a thin layer of porcelain, improving the appearance of your smile.

Do you dislike the shape of a few of your teeth? Even one oddly shaped tooth can be distracting. Veneers improve the shape of problem teeth and make your entire smile look more uniform.

Short teeth can benefit from veneers too. If your teeth have become a little worn down because you grind or clench them while you sleep, you may be a perfect candidate for veneers. Of course, once you receive your veneers, you'll want to wear a nightguard to prevent damage to your restorations or your teeth.

Even slight gaps between your teeth can make you want to hide your teeth. Luckily, veneers cover those annoying spaces. (Large gaps may require orthodontic treatment.)

Are you ready to transform your smile with porcelain veneers? Call your Farmington, MI, dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, at (248) 478-4755 to schedule an appointment.

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
August 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Dental VeneersIf you are not 100% happy with your smile or have a few things that you would like to change or improve, you are not alone. Studies have shown that most people would like to make cosmetic improvements to their teeth, either to fix common damage like stains or to make aesthetic improvements to the size or shape of their teeth. Dr. Stephen Harris, a dentist in Farmington, MI, offers porcelain veneers and other cosmetic and general dentistry options for the entire family.

Veneers in Farmington, MI

Veneers are one of the most common procedures available to make cosmetic improvements to a damaged smile or to change the size, shape, or color of your teeth if you just don’t like how they look when you smile. Dental veneers offer a number of benefits including:

Minimally invasive - natural looking results and significant improvements to your smile, without drastically altering the characteristics that make your smile unique

Durable and long lasting - with good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist for follow up care, porcelain veneers can last an average of five years, but often much longer

Fast results - even if you have been living with damaged teeth for years, you can walk out of the dentist's office with a brand new smile in just a couple of visits

Fortify your teeth - veneers may be a solution for cosmetic issues with your teeth, but they can also provide an added layer of protection against wear and tear and the effects of aging and diet on your teeth

Find a Dentist in Farmington, MI

There has never been a better time to take control of your smile and oral health. For more information about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options, contact our office by calling (248) 478-4755 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steve today.

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
February 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  
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Porcelain veneers are excellent for restoring otherwise sound teeth that are stained, chipped or slightly misaligned. But the question for many is, are they long-lasting?

Just as the term is used in building construction, a dental veneer is a thin covering of material that’s bonded to the outside of a tooth to conceal blemishes. Very thin layers of dental porcelain (a form of hardened glass colored to match a patient’s natural teeth) are created by a dental lab technician to achieve the preferred shape and size of the patient’s tooth. Unlike crowns or other restorations, veneers require very little tooth preparation to accommodate them.

As to their longevity: if cared for properly, a veneer could last for twenty years or more. While the veneer itself isn’t subject to the effects of dental disease, the tooth and the gums that support it are. Shrinking gum tissues as a result of periodontal (gum) disease, for example, could have a negative effect on the veneered tooth and subsequently the veneer. It’s important, then, that you properly practice daily brushing and flossing, along with keeping up regular office cleanings and checkups.

There’s one other important consideration: while porcelain veneers can withstand normal biting forces, if they’re subjected beyond their tolerance they could shatter. You should be careful not to subject your veneered teeth to an abnormal biting force, such as biting down on an extremely hard object. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, wearing a night guard can minimize the force created from the grinding.

It’s possible to repair and re-bond a loose or slightly chipped veneer. In some cases, though, severe damage may require a replacement. Still, by using common sense about what you bite down on and taking proper care of your teeth and gums, you can minimize the chances of damage and enjoy many years of a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on porcelain 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 “Porcelain Veneers: How Long will Your Porcelain Veneers Last?.”

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
June 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

A great smile has many things including shape, alignment, color and proper shape of the teeth. If you feel that your teeth could use some veneersimprovement, then your Farmington, MI dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, may have the answer. Our professional dentist can examine every patient and determine whether or not they are a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

More about Veneers

Veneers are thin coverings custom made to fit over the top of the surface of the teeth. They are super thin and made of a strong material, porcelain, in order to remain durable for a long period of time. When they are bonded to the teeth, they create a natural smile that is beautiful and white. Porcelain is a great material for this restoration as it doesn’t stain.

Because of dental technology advancements, these veneers are so thin they can’t be detected in the mouth. Some enamel is removed before the new veneers are placed over the surface of the patient’s teeth. These veneers can improve the color of the teeth by restoring their natural white. They also can improve both the size and shape of the teeth that have been worn down from teeth grinding. Both minor alignment and spacing issues can also be corrected by a Farmington dentist such as Dr. Harris too.

He takes a model of the patient’s teeth and creates wax veneers to make sure that the patient likes the fit and the look. After this is agreed upon, the actual veneers are created. After they are made, the patient has some of their tooth enamel etched away and the new veneers are placed on the front surfaces of the teeth.

In order to learn more about dental veneers from our Farmington, MI dentist, Dr. Harris, call to schedule an appointment today at (248) 478-4755.



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