Are you hoping to improve the appearance and structure of your teeth? College Drive Dental Associates provides a permanent solution to your oral health issues—veneers! Made from a natural-looking porcelain material, this custom-made solution can fix a variety of problems, from cracked teeth to gaps and beyond. Veneers are a quick and easy way to obtain the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Want to know more? Check out these answers to your most common questions.
What are veneers?
Ultra-thin shells made from either porcelain or resin, veneers are used to renew to look of your teeth while also restoring the strength of your dental enamel. They are bonded directly onto your teeth during a series of in-office procedures, and they are custom-made to fit the contours of your smile.
Why would I need veneers?
While veneers boast many cosmetic benefits, they also serve many restorative purposes as well. For starters, if you have chipped, misshapen, or severely discolored teeth, veneers can help to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile while also restoring your teeth’s strength and shape. They can also be used to repair teeth with chips or small holes, or teeth that are particularly worn down—enhancing your bite and improving your oral health.
What are the benefits of using veneers?
Less intrusive than crowns or braces, they can greatly improve the appearance of gaps or small misalignments in your bite. Veneers are also very tough to stain, so they are a surefire way to transform discolored teeth to sparkling white. They are individually sculpted for each patient, which means we can give you your ideal, natural-looking smile with this non-invasive procedure.
How does the process of getting veneers work?
Typically, it can take two appointments to complete the process. The first step would be to remove a small amount of your dental enamel. While we don’t typically administer local anesthesia for this process (as it is relatively pain-free), this option is available for those with low pain tolerance. We will also clean the tooth and determine the correct shade of the veneer at this time. Once this process is complete, we will take an impression of the teeth, which will be used to create the veneer. Once your device has been created, we will remove the temporary and clean the tooth thoroughly. After the tooth is clean, we cement the veneer onto your tooth carefully—paying mind to the exact contour and fit of the device— and harden the cement with a special light. Finally, we will remove any excess material and polish the veneer. Your smile will be instantaneously brighter!
How do I take care of veneers?
Luckily, maintaining veneers is fairly easy—just keep up a proper oral hygiene routine! We recommend brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. You might also consider limiting foods and liquids that can stain your veneers, such as coffee. This will help you to maintain their clean, glossy appearance for up to ten years, when they will eventually need to be replaced.
Do you think dental veneers might be right for you? Simply call College Drive Dental Associates today! We’ll schedule a consultation in our convenient Palos Heights location to discuss your options and get you the smile you’ve always wanted.