You deserve a custom solution to eliminate the flaws and imperfections that prevent your smile from looking its best. That solution is porcelain veneers. At Michel Dental, our dedicated dentists use these handcrafted creations to create breathtakingly beautiful smiles here in Topeka and Silver Lake, KS.
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin coverings bonded to the front of teeth to conceal stains, chips, gaps, and other blemishes. They can even reshape teeth that are slightly crooked. Made of lifelike dental porcelain or composite resin material, your high-quality dental veneers will look and feel completely natural and resist staining.
The entire process takes about three visits. At the first visit, you and one of our dentists will discuss your smile goals. Don’t underestimate the importance of your input. After all, we want to make sure that you are completely satisfied with your new smile.
Many of our patients who have had porcelain veneers bring photos of friends and celebrities who have smiles they would like theirs to look like. With all of the information you provide combined with the X-rays, impressions, and photographs that we take, our dentists are able to create veneers that are perfectly you!
After we design your veneers to suit your facial shape and coloring, we’ll remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth receiving veneers. This step is necessary to ensure that your veneers fit comfortably in your mouth and do not protrude. Then, we will make a dental impression and apply temporaries.
Using our exact specifications, a ceramic artist at a cosmetic dentistry lab will make your restorations by hand. When they’re completed, our team will remove the temporaries and permanently affix your porcelain veneers to rejuvenate your smile and provide lasting beauty.
Porcelain veneers are very strong. However, they are not impervious to damage. Therefore, try to avoid biting down on hard objects such as ice chips, carrot sticks, and even your fingernails in order to maintain their integrity and lovely appearance.
Oral hygiene with porcelain veneers is extremely important, too. Twice daily brushing and flossing at least once a day not only keeps your veneers in top condition, but also maintains the health of the remaining tooth structure hiding behind the veneers. We will also want you to keep attending your regular biannual dental checkups.
If you’re ready to have a perfectly flawless smile, then contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about porcelain veneers. Michel Dental gives residents of Topeka, Silver Lake, Lawrence, Manhattan, and surrounding areas quality care for distinctive smiles. Call today to schedule your appointment or consultation with one of our dentists.
The cost of your veneers will vary based on several different factors, such as how many veneers you’re receiving and where in your mouth they will be placed. Keep in mind that because veneers can last up to a decade (possibly even two with proper care) and can correct multiple smile flaws in one treatment, they should be well worth the price. With that said, you’ll want to make sure they are the best cosmetic solution for you.
There are many cosmetic services available to you, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re aware of them first before choosing veneers. Not only do they hold different costs, but they often take less time to complete. Cosmetic services available at Michel Dental include the following:
In the majority of cases, you won’t be able to receive coverage for veneers from a dental insurance provider. This is because veneers are purely seen as a cosmetic addition to teeth and do not necessarily restore them like other treatments do (such as metal-free restorations.) With that said, there are ways to make your treatment more affordable.
For example, CareCredit allows patients to cover the cost of treatment over the course of several months, meaning you won’t have to pay for services in one lump sum. Additionally, you can pay with little-to-no interest attached depending on the payment plan you choose.
Michel Dental also offers a Smile Savings Plan that provides discounts on other services in-house. For example, patients can receive a 15% discount on all other treatments when they sign up (and this includes cosmetic services like veneers.)
If you would like to learn more about veneers or another cosmetic treatment that may better suit your needs, you’re always welcome to give us a call directly or ask about it during your next appointment. We’re prepared to help you transform your smile in a way that fits in your budget.
If your otherwise beautiful smile is marred by dental flaws such as chips, cracks, or stubborn stains, then veneers in Topeka might be just the thing you need to revitalize your smile and regain your confidence. However, chances are you have a few questions about how the treatment works. Don’t worry; we’ve taken the liberty of answering some of the questions about veneers that we get asked the most frequently.
Because a tiny layer of enamel is removed in the process of placing veneers, they are considered a permanent treatment. This is because enamel does not grow back once it has been shaved away. For this reason, you will always need some kind of restoration to protect your teeth in the future, whether that be more veneers or dental crowns.
If you have any of the following imperfections in your smile, veneers in Silver Lake may be just the treatment you need:
Since veneers are often considered a purely cosmetic treatment, we ask that your mouth be infection-free before placing veneers. This means that if we examine your mouth and find cavities or traces of gum disease, we must first deal with those issues.
The process of removing enamel might normally hurt, but we typically make sure that our patients are numbed up with plenty of local anesthetic beforehand. The level of soreness you experience after the numbness wears off will depend mostly on how many veneers you’re receiving. In general, the more veneers you’re getting, the more soreness you can expect to deal with afterward. However, this is nothing that can’t be managed by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever or applying an ice pack to your cheek in 10-minute intervals.
For the first few days after getting veneers, we recommend sticking to a soft food diet to help you get used to your new restorations. After that, you should be able to eat pretty much whatever you want, although there are some foods that we suggest avoiding in order to prolong the lifespan of your veneers. These items include:
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