Porcelain Veneers In Glendale Heights
Are you considering improving your smile? Porcelain veneers are probably the most powerful treatment in cosmetic dentistry for correcting a wide range of common cosmetic complaints, from discolored teeth to chipped teeth to gapped or crowded teeth.
While not for everyone, our professional dentists at Glendale Heights Family Dental can help you determine if veneers will be the best option for giving you that movie star smile.
WHAT PORCELAIN VENEERS CAN DO FOR YOU
Porcelain veneers can treat a wide range of complaints people have about their smiles.
They can improve the appearance of smiles that are:
Worn or naturally short
Gapped, crowded, or crooked
Or are otherwise unattractive. Porcelain veneers can be used to reshape your smile, and they can be used to treat as many or as few teeth as you need, from just a single tooth to the entire visible portion of your smile.
By reshaping your smile, they can:
Give you increased confidence in both personal and professional situations
Help you be more expressive
Free you up to laugh more
Make you feel younger
Allow you to look fabulous wherever you go–a perfect smile is the ideal accessory to any outfit.
WHAT ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS?
They are thin slivers of advanced ceramics. They are fitted to the front surface and sometimes to the chewing surface of your front teeth. Because they are ceramic, they have a similar translucency to tooth enamel, which gives them a natural luster.
The advanced ceramic also makes porcelain veneers extremely durable. Studies have shown that more than 80% of them are expected to be in place 20 years after placement.
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF VENEERS?
The most obvious benefit to veneers is the increased confidence that comes from having a more flawless smile. Veneers are also specifically molded for your teeth, making it nearly impossible to tell the difference between the veneer and your tooth. The veneer is bonded to your tooth in whatever form it’s in, meaning no additional drilling or shaping is needed in most cases. No special maintenance is required — just brush and floss like you would normally.
Veneers can make any tooth appear bright white, but you can select any shade you want. You may choose to opt for something closer to your natural color so the change is not quite so obvious.
All of those pros make veneers sound pretty great, right? There are a few other things to consider before making the decision to invest in porcelain veneers.
Veneers do not change color once they are made. While the rest of your teeth will naturally change over time, the veneer will not, which can lead to awkward differences in your smile.
However, with regular visits to the dentist, you can stay on top of this issue and ensure your smile stays consistent for as long as you have veneers. Because porcelain is so delicate, veneers are also more prone to chipping and cracking than crowns or fillings. They are not recommended for people with habits like biting their nails, grinding their teeth, or chewing on ice. But, those habits are correctable and having a nicer smile may be worth it in the long run.
Finally, teeth can still decay while they are under a veneer, which can lead to root canals and crowns down the road. Veneers should not be used if you have a history of weakened enamel, gum disease, or other dental conditions. If this is the case with you, your dentist can recommend other treatment options to fix broken or missing teeth.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR PORCELAIN VENEERS?
After your initial consultation, your dentist will work with the laboratory to make your veneers. It takes 2-4 weeks after your initial consultation for the veneers to come back. If needed, temporary veneers can be put on while waiting for the permanent ones to come in.
vIn order to apply the veneer, about one millimeter of enamel will need to be removed from your teeth. This is far less than what’s removed for a filling or crown. The tooth will also be cleaned, polished, and etched to allow the veneer adhesive to bond properly.
Your dentist will apply a cement to the veneer and place it on your tooth. The cement is cured with a special light to quickly create a bond. From there, adjustments can be made as needed. You will need to visit Glendale Heights Family Dental for a follow-up appointment a week or two after the veneers are placed to check in on how they are settling in your mouth and determine whether any additional adjustments are needed.
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