Veneers are tooth restorations made from dental-grade porcelain. They will be bonded to the front surface of the teeth using dental adhesives and are used to treat common cosmetic issues like cracked, misshapen, chipped, worn out, discolored, or excessively spaced teeth. They are relatively simple restorations that require very little preparation of the tooth, and the procedure can be completed in a short span of time.
Uses of veneers
Misshapen or chipped teeth: Teeth that are naturally misshapen or chipped due to external trauma can be brought back to their ideal shape using dental veneers.
Excessively spaced teeth: The condition where there are excessive spaces between teeth is a type of malocclusion called spacing. By bonding veneers to such teeth, the space between adjoining teeth can be eliminated.
Cracked or broken teeth: When you bite into anything too hard, it could crack or break. This can be quite a painful condition and also lead to oral infections. Hence, a veneer can be bonded to the tooth to restore it.
Discolored teeth: Teeth that are severely discolored can be brought back to their ideal appearance by bonding veneers to their front surface.
Why should you choose veneers?
- Veneers are highly durable.
- They are long-lasting.
- Veneers are versatile as they can be used for various types of dental restorations.
- Since veneers are made from a dental-grade ceramic material, they can be customized to match the appearance of the adjoining natural teeth.
- Placing veneers will ensure you retain your natural tooth almost entirely, as a very thin layer of enamel is removed during the preparation phase.
How is a veneer placed?
The dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis during your initial consultation to understand the severity of the condition. He will prepare you for a digital scan by cleaning the teeth and remove a thin layer of enamel from the tooth receiving the veneer. A hand-held digital scanning device scans the tooth and produces a digital mold. It is shared with a dental laboratory for fabrication, which may take a few days.
Once the veneer gets ready, the dentist will inform you and schedule a follow-up consultation. He will clean your teeth and remove any tartar deposits present on it. He will roughen them using an etching solution. The veneer is placed on the tooth and checked for fit before permanently fixing it. If any changes are required, the dentist will make them and bond it to the tooth permanently using dental adhesives. It is hardened using a curing light, and the veneer is polished to give it just the right luster.
Please schedule an online appointment or call us at (773) 374-9778 for Chicago and (708) 914-4381 for Homewood to have a consultation with Dr. Moore, and we will be happy to help.