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If chipped, discolored, or stained teeth are causing you not to smile, then call our New Lenox office about porcelain veneers. Minor disfigurations in color, shape or size can easily be rectified with porcelain veneers in our office, so call us today to learn more.
What’s the Purpose of Porcelain Veneers in New Lenox?
Veneers porcelain can camouflage uneven gaps, teeth that are unevenly shaped or teeth that are stained or discolored. Some of the uses of veneers are outlined below.
- Size and shape: If your teeth have been shortened due to bruxism, veneers can lengthen them, although you might want to talk to your dentist about a bruxism mouthguard. One or more chipped teeth can make you severely self-conscious and keep you from smiling, which can be important for some events such as a job interview or a wedding. If your teeth are not the shape or size you desire, their appearance can be changed with porcelain teeth, and they’ll look so natural that only you and your dentist will know that they’re veneers.
- Tooth color: If the effects of the aging process or lifestyle habits such as smoking or dietary habits such as drinking coffee or red wine have caused your teeth to be dull, discolored or stained, then veneers can restore them to a beautiful color. Since veneers are available in a range of shades, you can have teeth that are lighter than your natural shade.
- Alignment and spacing: Although small gaps may not be large enough to warrant braces, they can be large enough to make you self-conscious. Veneers can even the spaces and provide you with beautiful, evenly spaced teeth. Call our office today if you want an appointment or have questions.
During your initial appointment in our office, your dentist will examine your teeth to ensure that veneers are a good fit for you. If not, then we’ll suggest an alternative that will help you achieve a beautiful smile. We will also discuss the porcelain veneers cost. The cost for your porcelain veneers procedure will be individual to your specific needs and will be affected by the brand you select, the number of teeth involved, any additional dental work that you need, and your insurance benefits. We’ll provide you with an estimate beforehand so that you’ll know what to expect for your porcelain veneers cost.
If you and your dentist agree on veneers, then we’ll take a mold of your teeth to ensure that your veneers fit correctly. Depending on the brand of veneers that you select, we may need to remove up to 1mm of your tooth enamel, but it will be a painless procedure as will the installation of the veneers. Once your veneers have been affixed, they’ll remain in place — you needn’t worry that they’ll slip or fall out and you needn’t worry about stains either. Your veneers will look and function the same as your natural teeth.
Are Crowns and Veneers the Same Thing?
Although porcelain crowns and veneers are made of the same materials and both improve the appearance of your teeth, they serve two entirely different functions. Veneers are strictly for aesthetic improvement, they provide no structural modification or enforcement. They’re applied to the front of your teeth only and a maximum of 1mm of your tooth enamel will be removed. Dental crowns, however, cover the entire tooth and are often referred to as dental caps because they cap the entire surface of the tooth. Crowns are used to structurally correct teeth that have incurred substantial damage due to infection, decay or trauma, and they’re often used for the back teeth such as molars that require additional strength for chewing and bite strength.
Do Veneers Last Very Long?
Unless damaged by trauma, your veneers should last for decades or the rest of your life as long as you maintain them properly. This means you shouldn’t use your teeth to open bottles or bags or anything else.
What Maintenance Routines Do Veneers Need?
Veneers need the same good oral hygiene practices that your natural teeth need. Regular flossing and brushing, routine checkups with your dentist, and using your teeth only for their intended purpose will all ensure that your veneers last as long as possible. To schedule an appointment or an evaluation, call our office.
What’s the Procedure for Scheduling an Appointment for Veneers in New Lenox?
If you’d like to schedule an evaluation for veneers, call our New Lenox office at (815) 410-1206 and we can help you. We want you to be thrilled with your new smile, so don’t delay, call us today. We look forward to hearing from you.