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By Dr. Constance Smith
August 21, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: veneers  

If you think your smile looks dull or drab, you may have thought about undergoing cosmetic dentistry procedures to give it a pick-me-up and achieve the beautiful smile you want. Dental veneers can help you revive your smile and repair your teeth to ensure you have top functionality. Find out more about dental veneers with Dr. Constance Smith at her practice in Jackson, MI.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a very thin shell of porcelain crafted to fit over the surface of a tooth. Thanks to their design, a veneer simply covers the tooth to hide its imperfections and does not require any other teeth to provide its support. During the veneer process, your dentist will first prepare your teeth, then take a mold of your mouth. The mold serves as a design basis for your veneer for the dental laboratory who creates it. After about two weeks, the laboratory completes your restoration and sends it to your dentist’s office where it will then be permanently bonded to your tooth by your dentist.

Can dental veneers help me? 

If you have a chipped, cracked, uneven, discolored, or misshapen tooth, veneers can transform your smile into one that you have always dreamed about. However, in order for your dentist to place veneers on your teeth, you need a healthy, strong foundation. Your smile should be free from any signs of teeth decay or gum disease and you should have a strong at-home oral care routine to keep both your teeth and veneers healthy and clean. In addition to these factors, you should also have a committed schedule for routine examinations and cleanings every six months with your dentist.

Dental Veneers in Jackson, MI 

If you think that veneers could benefit you and your smile, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best course of treatment for you. Your dentist will use a physical examination and consultation to go over your dental health and address your questions and concerns about your natural teeth and new veneers. For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Smith at her practice in Jackson, MI. Call (517) 787-7520 to schedule your appointment today!

By Dr. Constance Smith
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Could your smile use a little help? Jackson, MI, dentists Drs. Constance Smith and Ian Liskiewicz explain the benefits of veneers.veneers

What are veneers?

Veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that fit over the fronts of your teeth. They're often made of porcelain, a durable material that's strong enough to endure wear and tear. Porcelain also offers another important advantage. Because it's translucent and reflects light the same way tooth enamel does, your veneers will look completely natural. Porcelain veneers are also incredibly stain resistant. Coffee, tea, cola and other beverages and foods that stain tooth enamel won't stain veneers.

How can veneers improve my smile?

Veneers are an excellent solution if you have chips, cracks or other imperfections on the front surfaces of your teeth. They're also used to hide discolorations, whiten all of your teeth, length short teeth, close small gaps and change the shape of teeth.

What happens when I receive veneers?

In most cases, your teeth will need to be filed slightly before you receive veneers. Removing a very small amount of tooth enamel ensures that the veneers will fit properly. Dental laboratory technicians will create your veneers using impressions from your mouth. Because it will take a few weeks for the lab to finish your veneers, you'll leave our Jackson office wearing temporary veneers. Once your new veneers are ready, they'll be attached to your teeth using dental cement.

Am I a good candidate for veneers?

Dental veneers are a good choice for many people. Veneers may work for you if:

  • You don't have tooth decay, gum disease or other dental issues.
  • Your enamel is strong enough to support the veneers.
  • You don't grind or clench your teeth. Grinding or clenching can damage the veneers. If grinding or clenching is a problem, you may still be able to receive veneers, as long as you wear a night guard while you sleep to prevent damage.
  • You practice good oral hygiene. Regular brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste maintains the appearance of your veneers.

Would you like to transform your smile with veneers? Call Jackson, MI, dentists Drs. Constance Smith and Ian Liskiewicz at (517) 787-7520 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Constance Smith
August 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

If you feel as though your teeth need a boost, you could benefit from dental veneers. Dental veneers can completely overhaul your smile, changing the shape, color, length, and width of your existing natural teeth. Learn more about what dental veneers can do for you with veneersyour Jackson, MI area family dentist, Dr. Constance E. Smith.

Facts About Dental Veneers

  • Fast and Easy: Thanks to their design, dental veneers affix to the surface of your existing natural teeth to mask their imperfections and abnormalities. Dentists can normally prepare the teeth for, place, and bond dental veneers in only two dental appointments. The process is painless and effective, taking place right in your dentist’s office and usually only requiring local anesthetic.
  • Made to Last: A dental laboratory creates your dental veneers specifically for your teeth. Between veneers’ materials and design, these restorations usually last upwards of 20 years with the proper care. Tooth decay and gum disease can shorten the lifetime of your veneers, making your at-home oral care routine important in keeping your veneers and natural teeth healthy.
  • Quality Materials: Porcelain is the material of choice for dental veneers for a reason. This material has similar light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth, allowing the veneers to blend into your smile seamlessly. Additionally, porcelain is stain and scratch-resistant.
  • Versatile: Dental veneers can improve the appearance of several dental issues, including chipped, cracked, yellowed, stained, slightly overlapped, and slightly gapped teeth. Veneers can also alter the shape or length of a tooth, making them effective in correcting uneven smiles or misshapen teeth.
  • Easy Care: Dental veneers require the same care as your natural teeth. Simply brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once. Commitment to this at-home oral care routine will keep your teeth healthy and decay-free in between your regular, bi-annual dental visits with your Jackson, MI dentist Dr. Smith.

Contact Your Jackson, MI Dentist
For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Constance E. Smith, DDS, PC in Jackson, MI. Call (517) 787-7520 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for veneers with Dr. Smith today!

By Constance E. Smith DDS PC Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
January 23, 2015
Category: Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

If there's ever a time of the year when you want everything to be picture perfect, it's the new year. When you're starting down the road toward your resolutions, the last thing you want is to do it with yellowed, unsightly teeth! If you are one of the many Americans with a smile you're less than thrilled about, why not do something about it? This year is the perfect year to reclaim your smile and your life by visiting your Jackson dentist, Constance E. Smith, DDS, PC for veneers.

Why Choose Veneers?

Whether you have chipped, broken, discolored or even crooked teeth, veneers are a great way to achieve that picture-perfect smile you've been wanting. Because veneers are applied to the front of your teeth, covering your natural teeth, they easily and completely cover any current imperfections. Plus, veneers are completely natural looking, so no one has to know that the beautiful smile you're sporting isn't your own. Look great and finally get the zest for life you've been missing with a quality pair of veneers from Dr. Smith.

Worried About Visiting the Dentist?

If the idea of visiting a dentist in Jackson leaves you feeling a little apprehensive, you aren't alone. Many people are afraid of the dentist for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, when you visit Dr. Smith, dental fear is one thing you can put behind you. Not only will Dr. Smith provide you with caring and compassionate dental care, but she will work with you ahead of time to help you decide and feel comfortable with the best treatment option for you. If you want a dental experience you can actually enjoy, followed by a smile you'll truly love, call Dr. Smith, your friendly Jackson dentist, and ask about veneers today.

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Nothing says confidence like a bright, beautiful smile. But problems with your teeth’s appearance — discoloration, abnormal shapes, or gaps — may be giving you reasons not to smile. If so, you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers.

A veneer is a thin covering of porcelain or other dental material permanently attached to the face of a tooth to improve its appearance. Veneers help resolve a variety of aesthetic issues: their life-like color can brighten dull, stained teeth; they can “lengthen” shortened teeth caused by wear or normalize congenitally misshapen teeth; they’re also helpful in reducing small gaps or used in conjunction with orthodontics for more serious misalignments.

The first step to a better smile with veneers is to assess your teeth’s current condition and develop a treatment plan. Your input is extremely important at this stage — what changes you believe would improve your smile. We would also offer valuable insight, based on our knowledge and experience, into what is realistically possible and aesthetically appealing regarding porcelain veneers.

Once you have decided to go forward, the next step is to prepare the teeth for attaching the veneers. Depending on their size and location, this preparation can range from no tooth structure removal to a relatively small amount of structure. If the latter is needed, we remove only what’s necessary to achieve the aesthetic result since structural reduction isn’t reversible.

After preparing an impression of your teeth, we would send it and other instructions to a dental technician to create the permanent veneers. In the meantime, we’ll install a temporary set for you to wear while the permanent set is under construction.

Once we attach the permanent veneers, they will adhere so securely a drill or laser would be needed to remove them. We achieve this attachment by creating microscopic pores on the face of the teeth and the inside of the veneer with a mild acid solution. The bonding cement seeps into these pores and creates a strong bond that virtually unites the tooth and veneer into one.

Although your new veneers are made to last, you’ll need to maintain them like your other teeth, with a little added caution when biting and chewing. All in all, though, you’ll be able to smile again with confidence — for many years to come.

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.”