Are Veneers Right For You?

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Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth? There’s a solution for that! Veneers offer a way to improve the look of chipped, stained, or broken teeth. This cosmetic dentistry option is also commonly used for correcting the look of teeth that are crooked or misaligned. If you have always desired the ability to change the appearance of your teeth, veneers offer a great opportunity for doing so.

What Are Veneers Made Of?

Veneers are constructed of very delicate, porcelain materials so that they can be sculpted and then bonded to the surface of your teeth. They are also designed to match the natural look of your smile.

What Is the Process of Getting Veneers?

Being fitted for veneers is completely painless, but you will need to schedule a few appointments with your dentists. Your dentist will first make a series of impressions of your teeth in order to make a replica of the teeth on which the veneers will be placed. A stone casting will then be created. This casting will assist in the fabrication of a wax up as well as your final veneers. Wax ups are sometimes used in the creation of temporary veneers that can be worn while your permanent veneers are being constructed.

Temporary veneers are typically constructed of an acrylic material that can be cemented onto your teeth. While temporary veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth, you should not expect them to be the same shade as your final set of veneers. In addition, they may feel slightly rougher than permanent veneers, which will feel like smooth enamel. While wearing temporary veneers, it is important to avoid sticky candy, gum, and any type of hard food.

One of the most important decisions that will need to be made during the process is the selection of a shade for your veneers. Your dentist can assist you in recommending a shade based on the color of your other natural teeth. The ultimate goal is to choose a shade that will look as natural as possible while still providing you with a beautiful look.

Your teeth will need to be prepared for the placement of your veneers. The amount of preparation required may depend on the position of your teeth and the type of veneer that is going to be used. Preparation often involves contouring the surface of your tooth. You will usually receive your final veneers within one to two weeks. Depending upon your situation, a local anesthetic may be used.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers typically last between ten and fifteen years. To maintain the beautiful look of your new veneers, it is important to try to avoid red wine, tea, and coffee to prevent any staining. Regular dental checkups are still required, but it should be kept in mind that veneers cannot be whitened like natural teeth.

If you have any questions on Veneers and whether or not they may be right for you, feel free to give Hinsdale Dental a call today at: 630-323-5200.

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