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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a perfect example of how cosmetic dentistry can make a big difference in the appearance of your smile. These wafer-thin shells of porcelain are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth to mask imperfections and revamp your smile. In recent years, porcelain veneers have become quite popular due to their ease of treatment, conservative nature, and affordability.

Placing Porcelain Veneers

St. Joseph dentist Dr. Sven Erickson carries out each step of your porcelain veneers procedure with extreme precision and thoroughness. He has many years of experience with veneer design and placement. His skill level is vast, and he knows the special nuances that are important for achieving exceptional results.

Dr. Erickson works with three advanced dental labs, Aurum, Williams, and Heritage, to get the best possible results on your porcelain veneers procedure. Your teeth will be prepared and an impression will be taken and sent to the lab for use in the construction of your porcelain veneers. Once the veneers are ready, Dr. Erickson uses a safe, strong bonding agent to secure them in place and ensure a natural look.

Porcelain Veneer Candidates

In order for you to be considered a good candidate for porcelain veneers, your tooth issues should be purely cosmetic in nature. They are a successful aesthetic enhancement but are not generally recommended for improving a tooth that has become weakened or compromised. Porcelain veneers may be combined with other restorations as part of a smile makeover. Here are some common issues veneers can help alleviate:

  • Tooth gaps – Gaps between teeth can cause people to be self-conscious about their smile. If a tooth gap is affecting your smile appearance, porcelain veneers can help cover the gap so that it is not visible to others.
  • Crooked teeth – Porcelain veneers are often recommended to mask the look of crooked teeth. They are nicknamed “instant orthodontics” because they correct the appearance of crooked teeth in just two appointments, eliminating the lengthy straightening process associated with braces. If you are not concerned with actually straightening your teeth, but would like to address the cosmetic issues associated with this problem, porcelain veneers are an excellent solution.
  • Short teeth – One tooth or several teeth that are shorter than the rest can stand out and mar an otherwise lovely smile. Porcelain veneers offer a way to elongate short teeth for a more balanced smile appearance.
  • Discolored or stained teeth – Certain stains, such as those caused by chemicals, do not respond well to tooth whitening procedures. In these cases, Dr. Erickson may recommend porcelain veneers to instantly brighten discolored teeth.
  • Tooth crowding – Teeth that are too close together can make your smile appear unattractive. Porcelain veneers can be bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to create the appearance of proper spacing.

FAQ


Yes. It is very common to combine a dental veneer procedure with several other treatments when performing a smile makeover. Many of our patients receive dental veneers in conjunction with tooth bonding, gum recontouring, and other cosmetic dentistry solutions.
We use high-grade dental porcelain to create your dental veneers because we feel this material gives the best results possible. Porcelain is a translucent material, which means it reflects light in much the same way that natural enamel does. Your dental veneers can be designed to match your natural tooth color for a result that is very lifelike and attractive.
At our St. Joseph dental practice, we work with our patients to ensure a comfortable payment process. During your initial visit, we will present the cost breakdown and provide details on our various payment options. We accept third-party financing from CareCredit as well as all major credit cards.
Dental veneers, also called porcelain veneers, are placed on the front of teeth and may be used on just one or several teeth in a row. After a comprehensive dental examination, St. Joseph cosmetic dentist Dr. Sven Erickson will explain how veneers work, what they can and cannot accomplish, and what dental problems they can be used to repair.
Definitely not. Very little natural enamel is removed, and although this can cause some tooth sensitivity, it is not regarded as painful. A topical numbing agent may be used to reduce irritation if necessary. If you have had problems in the past with extreme sensitivity, please talk to Dr. Erickson to make sure we take the proper precautions.

Serving St. Joseph, Niles, South Bend, Kalamazoo and all of Southwest Michigan

Porcelain veneers are popular here due to their ease of application, lifelike appearance, and the diverse set of cosmetic dental problems they address. If you are interested in porcelain veneers, you may want to investigate the many ways they can improve your smile. Veneers are such a versatile cosmetic dentistry solution because they can be placed to correct several smile problems with very little removal of natural tooth enamel. If you have gaps in your teeth, discoloration on one or a few teeth, slightly misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, or unusually short teeth, talk to St. Joseph cosmetic dentist Dr. Sven Erickson about the benefits of strong, natural-looking porcelain veneers.
  • Tooth gaps – Gaps between teeth can cause people to be self-conscious about their smile. If a tooth gap is affecting your smile appearance, porcelain veneers can help cover the gap so that it is not visible to others.
  • Crooked teeth – Porcelain veneers are often recommended to mask the look of crooked teeth. They are nicknamed “instant orthodontics” because they correct the appearance of crooked teeth in just two appointments, eliminating the lengthy straightening process associated with braces. If you are not concerned with actually straightening your teeth, but would like to address the cosmetic issues associated with this problem, porcelain veneers are an excellent solution.
  • Short teeth – One tooth or several teeth that are shorter than the rest can stand out and mar an otherwise lovely smile. Porcelain veneers offer a way to elongate short teeth for a more balanced smile appearance.
  • Discolored or stained teeth – Certain stains, such as those caused by chemicals, do not respond well to tooth whitening procedures. In these cases, Dr. Erickson may recommend porcelain veneers to instantly brighten discolored teeth.
  • Tooth crowding – Teeth that are too close together can make your smile appear unattractive. Porcelain veneers can be bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to create the appearance of proper spacing.
Please contact our St. Joseph cosmetic dentist today to schedule your appointment at Modern Dentistry Associates, serving patients in Southwest Michigan, St. Joseph and Kalamazoo, Michigan and Elkhart, Indiana.
Every patient will see unique results. After your tooth impression, we will place temporary veneers that can give you an idea of what your final result will look like. Also, we suggest you take a look at our before and after gallery to see how natural and beautiful Dr. Erickson’s dental veneers turn out.

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