Complete Health Dental Care

Carl S Piontkowski , DDS

General Dentist located in Clinton Township, MI

A great smile lets the world know how warm and confident you are. If you’re missing your youthful smile, then rejuvenate it with dental veneers. These thin sheets of porcelain cover your existing teeth to resolve gaps, discolored teeth, or other imperfections. Talk with Carl Piontkowski, DDS, at Complete Health Dental Care to see if veneers are right for you. Veneers are available to residents from in and around Clinton Township, Michigan. Call the practice or set up a consultation using the online booking tool.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain – about the width of a contact lens – that fit over your existing teeth to improve your smile. This cosmetic procedure provides you with durable and long-lasting veneers that make you feel more confident about your smile.

What types of dental problems do veneers correct?

Veneers can’t replace teeth or resolve decay. But, veneers can improve the look of your teeth. Consider veneers if you have:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Worn down, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Misaligned or misshaped teeth

Crowns and braces can correct some of these problems too, but veneers offer a quicker and easier solution.

What is the process for getting veneers placed?

If you and Dr. Piontkowski decide that veneers are the right step for you, you’ll need two more visits to finish the process.

At the first visit, Dr. Piontkowski will examine your mouth, take X-rays, and make an impression of your mouth and teeth to serve as the veneer model. He sends the impression off to a laboratory to have the veneers crafted.

At the second visit, Dr. Piontkowski will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers. He will file down just about one-half millimeter of enamel – about the width of construction paper – to make room for the overlay. Before he bonds the veneers into place, he’ll check the color and fit to ensure you get a natural-looking and feeling fit. Once the veneers are just right, he cements them permanently into place.

You usually don’t require any local anesthesia during the impression-making or veneer placement. But, talk to the team at Complete Health Dental Care about your comfort level and concerns.

You may be asked to make a final follow-up appointment to make sure the fit and look of your veneers is just right.

Do veneers require special cleaning or care?

Regular brushing and flossing, as well as your annual dental exams, keep your veneers looking and feeling their best. With good care, they typically last between 7-15 years before they need to be replaced. Porcelain veneers do resist stains, but could discolor with too much exposure to coffee or red wine.

To learn more about veneers, call Complete Health Dental Care or book an appointment online today.