Over the years, your teeth experience wear-and-tear, as well as stains caused by certain foods, beverages, and tobacco use. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry techniques like veneers, achieving a bright, white smile again is possible. Jeffrey Gilmor, DDS, Verena Phillips, DDS, and their caring team at Glen Dental Center in Glenview, Illinois, regularly use dental veneers to help their patients look and feel their best. To request your appointment, call the office today.
Veneers are custom-made shells of porcelain or composite resin that your dentist attaches to the front of your permanent teeth. In addition to resisting stains caused by food and beverages, dental veneers mimic the light-reflecting properties of your natural tooth enamel. If you’ve ever wanted to have a Hollywood-worthy smile, veneers are worth considering.
Dental veneers can correct a wide variety of cosmetic imperfections, including:
The team at Glen Dental Center might also recommend veneers to treat teeth that are irregularly shaped or misaligned, to cover up small gaps or spaces between your teeth.
Applying dental veneers requires two separate appointments. During your initial consultation, your Glen Dental Center provider reviews your medical history, does an oral exam, and discusses your goals for treatment.
Following this discussion, your dentist can determine if veneers are right for you. For example, if your teeth only have mild stains or discoloration, you might benefit from a less invasive type of cosmetic dentistry like Philips Zoom! whitening.
To prepare your teeth for veneers, your dentist administers a local anesthetic. Then, they gently remove a half-millimeter thick layer of enamel from your teeth. After preparing your teeth, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth using a puttylike material and sends them to a lab that creates your veneers.
A few weeks later, you return to Glen Dental Center. During this appointment, your dentist spreads a bonding cement on your teeth, aligns your veneers, and uses a special light beam to harden the cement.
Dental veneers can last 7-15 years if you take good care of them.
The team at Glen Dental Center recommends brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the office every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. You might want to avoid drinking beverages that can stain your veneers like coffee or red wine.
To learn more about the amazing benefits of dental veneers, make an appointment with the team at Glen Dental Center. Call the office today.