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Porcelain veneers are a quick and convenient way to improve the appearance of stained, misshapen, damaged or misaligned teeth. Imperfections are masked by strong, thin porcelain shields that are bonded to the front of your existing teeth.
Once cemented into place, veneers hide tooth stains that did not respond to teeth-whitening techniques, chips and other flaws. Veneers can also be sized by your dentist to give your teeth a more pleasing shape or length, or to fill gaps between teeth. You can get a veneer for a single tooth or cover all upper front teeth for a dazzling smile.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Using computer modeling, the experienced Chicago dentists of Contos Smile Center can create a veneer that is an ideal match for the color and thickness of your existing teeth. You can expect your veneers to last at least 10 years, with a lifespan of 20 years or more not atypical.
Veneers are strong and natural looking. And because they are made of an advanced composite, they resist stains. Lovers of coffee, tea or red wine no longer need to worry about repeated teeth whitening procedures to maintain the brilliance of their smile.
The option is a quick and convenient way to address dental issues that might normally require more complex procedures.
Who Should Not Get Porcelain Veneers?
This option is not a way to cover up serious oral health issues, however. Before porcelain veneers can be considered, your Contos Smile Center dentist will need to treat any existing gum disease, fill cavities and cure any infections. Porcelain veneers may also not be appropriate for patients who tend to grind or clench their teeth, as this may damage the veneers over time. In some cases, your dentist will recommend a mouth guard to wear at night as a way to prevent chipping or friction that will wear away the surface.
Porcelain Veneers Treatment Details
To make room for a veneer, and to firmly attach the veneer to the surface, some of the natural enamel is removed at the start of the procedure. This is a simple process that is done with local anesthetic. Reshaping the existing tooth in preparation for a veneer is necessary to ensure your tooth will have the same thickness after placement, and to promote a strong bond between veneer and tooth.
The necessity of this also means that veneers are a permanent solution, and cannot be reversed at a later date. For patients who prefer a temporary solution to quickly improve the appearance of teeth, dental bonding may be appropriate.
With dental bonding, the structure of the tooth is not modified; composite material is bonded to the tooth in a quick process that can later be reversed, if desired. During a bonding procedure, your dentist carefully applies a tooth-colored composite material that can be sculpted into any shape or size. This material can add balance to misshapen teeth, cover gaps, make crookedness less noticeable, fill cracks and add volume to teeth with chips. Dental bonding can also be used to cover up discoloration.
For more information on porcelain veneers or to schedule an appointment in our Chicago office, call (773) 973-0531 or email Contos Smile Center today.
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