Veneers are ceramic dental restorations that are bonded to the frontal surface of the teeth. They are used to treat various oral conditions, such as cracked, chipped, naturally misshapen, excessively spaced, or crooked teeth. Since they are made from dental-grade ceramic, they can be made to mimic the aesthetics of the natural teeth perfectly.
What are the advantages of choosing veneers?
- Veneers are highly durable, which makes them last for several years without any hassle.
- Though they are relatively thin, they exhibit excellent strength.
- Removing a thin layer of enamel during the preparation phase will suffice to place the veneer on the tooth.
- Veneers not only restore a tooth to its ideal functionality but also it’s aesthetics.
- The procedure for placing a veneer is quite simple and doesn’t consume a lot of time.
Are you a candidate for veneers?
The dentist will conduct an in-depth diagnosis and determine your candidacy for veneers. If you have the following dental conditions, veneers can be used to treat them:
Cracked or broken teeth: Teeth that have cracked or sustained damage due to external trauma can be restored to their ideal strength and structural integrity using veneers.
Chipped or naturally misshapen teeth: Biting into anything too hard or going through a hard fall can chip the teeth. In some instances, the teeth can be naturally misshapen. Veneers can be bonded to such teeth to bring them back to their ideal contour to give you a pleasing smile.
Excessively spaced: Teeth that are spaced too far apart from each other may grab all the unwanted attention. They can be made to look appropriately spaced by bonding veneers to their frontal surface.
Discoloration: Teeth that are badly discolored may not respond well to teeth whitening procedures. They can be brought back to their color using veneers, as they are made from tooth-colored, dental-grade ceramic.
What is the procedure?
The teeth will be cleaned and digitally scanned to get a better view. Once the candidacy is confirmed, the dentist will prepare the teeth for the procedure by removing a thin layer of enamel by gently buffing it. X-rays and scans will be taken to create a digital impression of the tooth requiring the veneer. It will be sent to a dental laboratory for fabricating the veneer, which usually takes a few days. Until then, a temporary veneer will be placed to protect the prepared surface.
During the following consultation, the temporary veneer will be removed, and the teeth will be cleaned. The prepared surface will be etched using a suitable etching solution, which helps to roughen its surface. This allows the veneer to bond firmly to the tooth. Photosensitive dental adhesives are used for the purpose, which will be hardened using a curing light. The dentist will make sure the veneer is bonded perfectly in place through a bite test, and the restoration would be polished to enhance its luster.
Call us at (773) 880-2310 to have a consultation with Dr. Eliot, and learn more about veneers. We also serve Lakeview and Lincoln Park areas of Chicago, 60657.