Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin custom made shells that cover the front surface of your tooth to improve their appearance. They are made of tooth colored materials and can be used to enhance the color of teeth that have been worn down or stained. They can also be used to improve the shape or size of the tooth.


Types of veneers
There are two types of veneers that are commonly used. Porcelain veneers are more durable, and resist stains better. The properties of the material also help to create a very natural tooth look. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers are not made in a laboratory, but instead directly applied to the teeth. They typically have a shorter life span, and are less expensive.

When should you consider dental veneers?

  • Your teeth are stained or discolored teeth
  • Your teeth are crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Your teeth have spaces between them
  • Your teeth are broken or chipped


How it's done:

Two visits to our Chicago Heights dental office are typically required for placement of porcelain veneers. At the first visit, a portion of the teeth may be filed down or removed so that the veneer can bond on top. Secondly, an impression of the teeth will be taken to send to the dental lab to create the final appliance. Lastly, a temporary veneer will be placed to protect the teeth while the permanent veneer is prepared at the laboratory.


At the second visit, the temporary veneer, if you received one, will be removed. Then, the new veneer received from the laboratory will be checked to see if it fits well. It's best not to adjust porcelain veneers after they are bonded to your teeth, so any adjustments will be made beforehand. Once you and your Chicago Heights cosmetic dentist are satisfied with the look and feel of the veneer, it will be bonded to your tooth.

 

For more information on the benefits of dental veneers, or to request an appointment with a Chicago Heights cosmetic dentist, call (708) 755-2220 or Click Here today.

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