The first thing that people notice about us is our smile. Having a smile that is both healthy and beautiful can help us feel more confident. If you’re looking to improve imperfections in your smile, then look no further than the office of Dr. John Leitner. Within a few appointments, we can give you a smile you’ll want to show off for years to come with porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells bonded to the surface and biting edge of your upper or lower teeth for a natural-looking appearance. Veneers are also a great way to conceal difficult stains and discoloration. Dr. Leitner will also match the color of the veneer to the rest of the teeth so they blend flawlessly into your smile.
Porcelain veneers can be incredibly effective for creating your ideal smile. Tooth whitening may not be effective for every patient so veneers are a great alternative to get the bright smile you’ve always wanted. Receiving veneers is a simple and minimally invasive procedure used to restore a number of dental imperfections. This includes damaged, chipped, crooked, misshaped, or gapped teeth in as little as two appointments at our Grand Haven office.
Ideal candidates for veneers:
Porcelain veneers are designed to improve the appearance of your smile by covering the teeth with a custom-made, wafer-thin shell that aligns with the contour and color of your teeth.
You’ll benefit from getting porcelain veneers because they:
The process involves a simple cosmetic procedure by Dr. Leitner and is usually complete within two to three appointments.
During your initial visit, Dr. Leitner will examine your gums and teeth to ensure that you are a good candidate for veneers. He’ll then make impressions of your mouth and teeth and possibly take X-rays. Dr. Leitner will reshape the surface of the tooth and trim the enamel, as well as discuss the advantages and limitations of veneers and explain the procedure in detail.
During the second appointment, Dr. Leitner will trim and color the veneer to match your smile. He’ll then clean and etch your tooth to create a good surface for the veneer to stick then bond the veneer to the tooth using a special dental-grade adhesive.
Once the tooth is properly positioned, Dr. Leitner will shine a special light onto the veneer to harden the bonding agent and remove any excess cement before making final adjustments to the veneer.
During your follow-up appointment, Dr. Leitner will check your gums to assess how they’re responding to the procedure. He’ll also assess the integrity of the veneer to ensure it hasn’t shifted or come loose. Dr. Leitner will also answer any last questions you may have and discuss proper care methods.
Following your veneers procedure, your diet will not be affected. However, chewing on hard objects such as ice may increase your risk of cracking or chipping the veneer.
Veneers are considered a permanent procedure because tooth enamel is etched in order for the veneer to be placed. Unfortunately, they don’t last forever, and will usually need to be replaced. Practicing good hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing before bed, and rinsing after meals paired with visiting Dr. Leitner for routine cleanings will decrease the risk of cavities and tooth decay as well as prolong the life of your porcelain veneers.
Unlike your regular teeth, veneers are incredibly 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.
Porcelain veneers can only be removed and adhered by a dentist, so if you chip your veneer or it falls off, give our Grand Haven office a call at (616) 842-2850 and we’ll be happy to help.
With proper care, veneers last an average of 10 to 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 any teeth grinding (bruxism) will help maintain your new pearly whites. It’s also a good idea to avoid opening containers with your teeth.
The cost of your veneer treatment 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. We also recommend that you contact your dental insurance provider ahead of time to learn if your plan will provide any coverage.
Dr. Leitner and his staff are focused on helping you achieve your dental health and smile goals. Veneers may help to restore the smile you’ve been longing for. Give our Grand Haven office a call at (616) 842-2850 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page to begin your journey towards your dream smile.