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Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dental care focused on improving the aesthetic appearance of a person’s smile. It encompasses several different treatment approaches that range in complexity from simple, professional teeth whitening to surgically placed dental implants. Dental veneers, among the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry, can deliver a major impact with a minimally invasive treatment process. 

What Are Veneers?

Veneers (also called dental veneers) are a type of cosmetic dental prosthetic. They consist of tooth-shaped wafer-thin shells that are made from a durable, tooth-colored material. 

The dental veneers are permanently attached to the front surfaces of a patient’s teeth. They cover the entire visible portion of the teeth to create a new look by covering up minor to more complex cosmetic imperfections. 

Types of Dental Veneers

Most commonly, dental veneers are made of porcelain, but they can also be manufactured with composite resin, zirconia (zirconium dioxide), and other materials.

There are also non-permanent, removable dental veneers (commonly called flippers or snap-on veneers). These are not designed for all-day, daily wear but are useful for temporarily improving the look of one’s smile for photoshoots, modeling gigs, or pageants. 

The Advantages of Veneers

Dental veneers are an excellent option for improving the look of your smile and creating dazzling, natural-looking results. They offer a variety of versatile applications and can be used to address several cosmetic concerns. Dental veneers are often used to:

  • Mask permanent stains or discoloration

  • Correct the appearance of an abnormally sized or shaped tooth

  • Create the look of straight teeth

  • Cover up a gap between teeth

  • Hide a silver-amalgam dental filling

  • Improve smile symmetry and balance

  • Create an evenly colored bright-white smile

Dental veneers can be applied in an entire set for a complete smile makeover or individually to address minor concerns. 

The Dental Veneer Placement Process

The process of getting dental veneers can vary somewhat, depending on the type of dental veneers you are receiving. Generally, however, you can expect to undergo the following process when getting dental veneers. 

Consultation, Preparation, and Design

The first appointment for dental veneers begins with a consultation and examination of your teeth and gums. Our dentist talks with you about your smile concerns, desired look, and treatment expectations. 

If you decide that dental veneers are the right treatment option for you, then we can begin the treatment process by recontouring the surfaces of your teeth to accommodate a set of dental veneers. This involves removing a thin layer of tooth enamel (about the same thickness as a dental veneer) from the front surfaces of teeth. This ensures a strong bond between the veneers and the tooth enamel in addition to creating space for a comfortable and natural-looking fit. 

This preparation process is typically performed using local anesthetics to prevent the patient from experiencing any sensitivity, pain, or discomfort. 

We then take three-dimensional, digital scans of your teeth that will be used in the design and creation of your dental veneers. These digital images and designs are then submitted to our dental lab to be used in the custom creation of your dental veneers. 

Before sending you home, our dentist will fit you with a set of temporary veneers to keep you comfortable and smiling while your permanent veneers are manufactured.

Dental Veneer Adjustment and Placement

Once your permanent dental veneers are ready, we’ll schedule you for your placement appointment. At this appointment, our dentist removes your temporary veneers before cleaning and preparing the surfaces of your teeth to receive the permanent veneers. 

We then apply a thin layer of dental cement and affix the permanent veneers. If necessary, we will trim and adjust the dental veneers to ensure a perfect fit and flawless look. 

Once the dental cement is set, you are ready to go and enjoy your dental veneers. 

Dental Veneer Aftercare

Dental veneers do not require any special aftercare. However, we do recommend that patients be mindful of the way they care for their dental veneers to prolong their lifespan. 

This includes continuing to practice good oral hygiene at home and visiting the dentist twice a year for a checkup. 
Additionally, we recommend avoiding highly pigmented foods and drinks to prevent staining, not chewing on ice or hard objects, and refraining from tobacco use of all kinds. 
We also recommend wearing an athletic mouthguard during sports and physical activities and a nightguard if you suffer from sleep bruxism (clenching your jaw and/or grinding your teeth during sleep). 
If a dental veneer comes loose, is stained, or is damaged in any way, it will need to be replaced to preserve your look and protect the health of your natural teeth. 

Revitalize Your Smile With Dental Veneers in Elgin, Illinois

At Bright Valley Dental, our dentist is experienced and skilled in cosmetic dentistry. Whether you have minor concerns or more complex cosmetic issues with your smile, we can work with you to determine the best course of treatment to help you restore your oral health and enhance your looks by creating the smile of your dreams. 

To learn more about the cosmetic treatments we offer or to request a dental veneers consultation with Dr. Varma, we welcome you to contact our dental office in Elgin today. 

FAQ

Dental implants can last 15 to 20 years or even longer with proper care and maintenance.

The dental implant procedure is performed by providing local anesthesia, which minimizes the discomfort during the process. Some soreness or discomfort may occur during the healing period, but it can be managed with pain medication.

While many individuals are candidates for dental implants, a thorough evaluation by a dentist or oral surgeon is necessary to determine suitability. Factors like overall health, jawbone density, and oral hygiene habits may influence candidacy.

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