What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Porcelain veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to dental crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. As with most dental restorations, porcelain veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. However, porcelain dental veneers are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a beautiful and quick way to cover a variety of cosmetic dental issues including:
- Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
- Crooked teeth.
- Misshapen teeth.
- Severely discolored or stained teeth.
- Teeth that are too small or large.
- Unwanted or uneven spaces.
- Worn or chipped teeth.
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
Getting dental veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the porcelain veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and Dr. Rice to most closely match the color of the surrounding teeth.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and dental veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond. You will receive care instructions for your new porcelain veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your dental veneers.
Lumineers are a special type of porcelain veneers also offered by Elgin cosmetic dentist Dr. David Rice. They are thinner than the traditional dental veneers and therefore require less preparation of the natural teeth. Lumineers are often referred to as “prepless veneers” or “no-prep dental veneers”. Since the enamel is not removed from the natural teeth, Lumineers can be removed in the future, if necessary. Similar to traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers are durable and regular brushing, flossing and dental visits will help them keep your smile radiant.
If you live in the Bartlett, St Charles and Elgin area, contact David Rice DDS today to learn more about porcelain veneers and the prepless Lumineers. The beautiful smile you deserve can be your sooner than you think.