Porcelain veneers can help Oakbrook Terrace, IL patients revitalize their smiles and improve their ability to eat and chew foods. They are wafer-thin, custom-made shells that adhere to the front surface of teeth. They can be color-matched to your existing teeth. Once we bond them, they will withstand the rigors of everyday chewing and eating, sometimes more so than other cosmetic dentistry methods, such as bridges. We use them to fix discolored, worn down, chipped, broken, and misaligned teeth. Veneers are also perfect for closing the space between teeth.
The Many Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers provide many undeniable benefits to anyone who takes advantage of them. They provide a natural tooth appearance, and they do not clash with your gums. Porcelain is a stain-resistant material. We can even select a color that will make darker teeth appear whiter when you smile. Most importantly, veneers are convenient. They do not require as much shaping as crowns, making them a less time-consuming procedure. However, they are generally stronger and look better than crowns, despite their simplicity.
The Dental Veneer Process
The dental veneer procedure is as no-hassle as it gets! We need to reshape the tooth before we start – usually an amount equal to the veneer’s thickness. Then, we make a model – or impression – of the impacted tooth. We send the impression to the laboratory, which then fabricates the veneer. It usually takes two to four weeks for us to receive the finished veneer from the lab. Once we receive it, we bond it to your teeth using cement. We then etch, clean, and polish it to give it the natural tooth-looking appearance.
Take Care of Your Veneers, and They’ll Take Care Of You
Veneers will last anywhere between seven to 15 years – but only if you care for them. Proper brushing and flossing habits remain paramount. One of the additional benefits of porcelain veneers is they do not require any special aftercare. But neglecting oral health will significantly reduce their lifespan and waste money. If veneers aren’t in your wheelhouse, we provide crowns and bonding, both of which achieve similar goals as veneers.