Does it Hurt to Get Veneers?

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Complex dental procedures can be intimidating, especially if you’ve had bad experiences with a dentist in the past. Even if you’re highly motivated to get treatment to repair a cracked, chipped, uneven or otherwise imperfect smile, a cosmetic dental procedure like having porcelain veneers placed might seem like too much to handle.

The placement of porcelain veneers, though, is relatively simple and painless. If fear of pain from the procedure is keeping you from getting the perfect smile you’ve always wanted, rest assured that you have nothing to fear.

How are veneers applied?

The process of having your teeth treated with porcelain veneers is usually a three-step process.

Porcelain Veneers: Safe, Long-lasting and Effective

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When many of us think of porcelain, we are reminded of smooth, white surfaces. Tile, vases and collectible dolls made of porcelain are known for having a durable, yet refined, appearance.

So when we look in the mirror, it’s no wonder we would want to have smiles that reflect the same smooth, white and refined look.

In their search for a brighter and whiter smile some people turn to “do-it-yourself” teeth whitening kits sold in drugstores. Some even visit kiosks at shopping malls where employees without proper training use near-professional-grade tooth whiteners. However, as many news reports have stated, these customers can end up paying a pretty severe price for getting dental work without a dentist.

Inlays & Onlays

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If you suspect you need a filling, there are more choices these days than there used to be when your only option was unattractive metal fillings. Today you can choose a white composite fillings or porcelain inlays or onlays. Metal fillings are compressed into the cavity tightly enough to not fall out, but porcelain onlays and inlays are bonded to the tooth, and become part of it thus providing a more stable and durable foundation.

What are inlays and onlays?

Porcelain inlays and onlays are custom-fabricated fillings to help restore teeth that have a cavity. Inlays are smaller, and contained within the cusps, or tips of the tooth. Onlays are made for larger areas of decay and extend over to the outside surface of the tooth.

Grand Rapids Dentists Merge Practices

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BSN Stock Photo Grand Rapids, Michigan dentist Van Haren Family Dentistry assumed the practice of Grand Rapids dentist Dr. Robert Bochniak on March 1st, 2009. The merger is a win-win-win for Dr. Bochniak, Van Haren Family Dentistry, and patients. Dr. Bochniak will continue to see his patients at Van Haren Family Dentistry for 6-12 months while transitioning to full retirement. Patients will experience a smooth transfer of care to Grand Rapids family dentist Dr. Ryan Van Haren.

In a letter to patients, Dr. Bochniak stated, “It has been my privilege to have been able to take care of your dental health. I have been fortunate to have so many wonderful patients. However, the time has come for my retirement. I will miss you all greatly.”

Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS)

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Due to the large percentage of Americans who avoid trips to the dentist as a result of severe dental anxiety, sedation dentistry has become an increasingly popular field in the dental profession. Modern sedation techniques have enabled dentists to offer their patients a way to relax so that they can receive the treatments necessary to maintain proper oral health.

While sedation dentistry has become very popular, it is still a specialization. It is important to go to a dentist who has taken continuing education courses in the area of sedation dentistry and who is up-to-date on all of the latest advances in the field.

What is the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS)?

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