John Leitner DDS 575 Robbins Road, Grand Haven, MI 49417

(616) 842-2850

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers in Grand Haven, MI

Get Ready, Get Set, Smile!

Get Ready: Benefits of Dental Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of your smile by covering the tooth with a custom made, a wafer-thin shell that aligns with the contour and color of your teeth.

You’ll benefit from getting porcelain veneers because they:

  • Cover gaps between teeth
  • Improve the appearance of crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Cover teeth that are worn down, chipped or broken
  • Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Are durable, strong, and easy to maintain
  • Are custom made to give a natural look

The process involves a simple cosmetic procedure by Dr. Leitner and is usually complete within three appointments.

Get Set: The Process and What to Expect

Your First Appointment – Preparing Your Teeth 

During the initial visit, Dr. Leitner will examine your gums and teeth to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. He will then make impressions of your mouth and teeth and possibly take X-raysHe will reshape the surface of the tooth and trim the enamel. Dr. Leitner will discuss the advantages and limitations of the procedure and explain what is to be expected.  

Your Second Appointment – Getting Your Veneers

During the second appointment, Dr. Leitner will trim and color the veneer to match your smile. He will clean and etch your tooth to create a good surface for the veneer to stick. Then, Dr. Leitner will bond the veneer to the tooth using special cement. 

Once the tooth is properly positioned, Dr. Leitner will shine a special light onto the veneer to harden the bonding agent. Dr. Leitner will then remove any excess cement and make final adjustments to the veneer.

Your Third Appointment – Checking Your Smile  

During the follow-up appointment, Dr. Leitner will check your gums to assess how they are responding to the procedure. He will also assess the integrity of the veneer to ensure it hasn’t shifted and isn’t loose. Dr. Leitner will then answer any last questions you may have and discuss proper care.

Who is a Candidate for Veneers?

Ideal candidates for veneers:

    • Have plenty of tooth enamel. During the bonding process, it’s important that the veneer has a strong surface to bond with
    • Have good oral health. Dr. Leitner may be able to address disease or decay prior to getting started. 
    • Have cosmetic imperfections such as cracked or misshapen teeth, discolored teeth or gaps between teeth
    • Practice good dental hygiene

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do veneers last?

With proper care, veneers last an average of 10-15 years. Where you fall within the range is dependent on your diet and lifestyle.

Hard foods and extreme sports may put you at risk of damaging your new smile. Wearing a mouthguard during sports and addressing teeth grinding will help maintain your new pearly whites. It’s also a good idea to avoid opening containers with your teeth and always maintain a healthy oral hygiene schedule by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once.

Are veneers permanent?

Veneers are considered a permanent procedure because tooth enamel is etched in order for the veneer to be placed. Unfortunately, they do not last forever and usually need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. They can only be removed and adhered by a dentist so if you chip your veneer or it falls off, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

How much do veneers cost?

On average, veneers cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth. The cost depends on how many teeth will be getting veneers as well as other specifics of your treatment plan. For an accurate estimate, schedule a consultation and we can decide what’s right for you.

Will porcelain veneers stain?

Unlike your regular teeth, veneers are very stain resistant. However, after many years of wear, they can become stained or discolored. It’s important to note that you cannot whiten veneers with a whitening treatment. If you’re considering whitening your teeth, that should be done prior to getting veneers, unless you’re getting veneers on all of your front teeth.

Will veneers increase the risk of tooth decay?

Practicing good hygiene and visiting the dentist for routine cleanings will decrease the risk of cavities and tooth decay.

Are veneers whiter than the rest of my teeth?

Dr. Leitner will match the color of the veneer to the rest of the teeth.

How will veneers change my diet?

Your diet will not be affected, however, chewing on hard objects such as ice may increase your risk of cracking or chipping the veneer.

Call Us Today to Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Leitner and his staff are focused on achieving your dental goals. Veneers may help to restore the smile you’ve been longing for. Fill out the contact page, or give us a call at 616-842-2850 to begin your journey toward a healthier smile.