The Ways Veneers Can Improve Your Smile

In recent years, cosmetic dentistry has proven that achieving the perfect smile is easier and faster than ever. One of the most drastic veneersways to improve your smile is with dental veneers. In only two dental visits, you can transform your smile and boost your confidence. Find out more about veneers with help from your River Forest, IL dentist.

What are dental veneers? 
Dental veneers are paper-thin shells of porcelain. Unlike a dental crown, which covers the entire tooth, veneers only affix to the front of the teeth to mask their imperfections. Veneers are resilient and durable, lasting many years with the proper care. Veneers are non-invasive and do not require surgery or recovery time. Your dentist places veneers over a series of only two dental visits, dramatically changing your smile in a short amount of time. 

What do veneers repair? 
Veneers mask aesthetic imperfections of the teeth, including:

  • chips
  • cracks
  • small gaps
  • small misalignments
  • staining
  • yellowing

Veneers last up to 20 years before requiring replacement. Though veneers are versatile, they cannot necessarily replace orthodontic treatment. Patients with heavily misaligned teeth or bite issues might need more aggressive treatment like braces.

Placing Veneers 
Traditional veneers usually require two dental visits. At your first visit, your dentist prepares the teeth by shaving off a tiny portion of enamel. However, other options like “no-prep” veneers do not require preparation. If veneers are made from porcelain, a dental laboratory creates the restorations by hand, customizing each one based on a mold of your mouth. Porcelain veneers require a second appointment to place them onto the teeth since the lab needs time to fabricate the restorations. If the veneers are made from composite materials, your dentist molds the veneer directly onto the teeth, cutting out the laboratory step.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Courtney Villari, DDS at Ovation Dental in River Forest, IL. Call (708) 689-0419 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment for veneers today!

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