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Posted by Judie Langford on Sep 13, 2020 in Dentist

Dental Veneers – An In-Depth Guide

Dental Veneers – An In-Depth Guide

Dental veneers in Highland Park are a very popular option to create beautiful front teeth that give you the smile that lights up a room. Veneers, which are usually made of porcelain but can also be created from a composite resin, are very thin, hard shells that are permanently bonded to your teeth, similar in some ways to an artificial nail.

However, unlike an artificial nail these laminates are very, very thin but very strong. They do not peel off or come loose and may last for twenty years or more with very minor care and attention.

An Assessment

Your first appointment will allow you to meet with your aesthetic dentist for a complete examination of your teeth. Typically at this time you should have a complete oral cleaning and also whiten your teeth if you have any concerns. This is important because veneers, like other dental work, will not respond to whitening processes and will be created to blend with your existing smile.

By having the whitening process completed then the veneers can be matched to your dazzling white smile and allow you to maintain a consistent, bright color on all your visible teeth.

Your aesthetic dentist will talk to you about what you want to change with your smile. This could include addressing gaps between teeth, elongating or widening teeth slightly or covering up areas of heavy staining or discoloration.

The Preparation

To allow your veneers to fit to your gums a very small amount of the surface of the teeth to be covered is gently buffed off. For some people this is done with local aesthetic to avoid any discomfort. The amount removed is only about ½ a millimeter, which is the thickness of the veneer itself.

If you are selecting porcelain veneers a mold is then taken of your teeth along with digital images that allow the lab to match the shape and color of the veneers to your surrounding teeth. This will take a few days to a week, and then you will return to have the veneers bonded permanently on your teeth.

The Final Step

Before the aesthetic dentist permanently bonds the veneers in place they will be positioned on your teeth and changed as needed to create just the look that you want. The color can also be adjusted at this point but not once they are bonded to your teeth.

You will be able to use your new veneers immediately, although it often takes a week or so to get used to the feel of your new teeth. You will care for them just like your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing all that they need to stay looking terrific.

To learn more about dental veneers in Highland Park schedule an appointment Visit at Chicago Beautiful Smiles.