Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or plastic that are placed on the front surfaces of your teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of your smile by covering or changing the color and shape of your teeth.
How Are Your Teeth Prepared for Veneers?
To prepare for veneers, your dentist will need to make sure that you are in good oral health. Issues like decay and gum disease must be treated before veneers can be placed. Your dentist will also take impressions of your teeth. It typically takes 2-3 weeks for a dental laboratory to create your veneers.
How do Veneers Work?
Veneers can be used to close gaps between teeth, change a tooth's color, or restore a cracked tooth. The process is simple – your dentist in Joliet IL will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth or teeth being treated, then remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of the teeth. An impression is taken of the teeth. The impression is sent to a dental lab, where a custom veneer is crafted. Once the veneer returns from the laboratory, it is fitted on the tooth. The veneer is bonded to the tooth using a special resin.
What are Aftercare Tips for Veneers?
After receiving veneers, most patients have questions about their aftercare. Caring for your veneers is just as important as the veneer procedure itself. With proper care, your veneers can last decades. Here are a few things to keep in mind following your veneer procedure:
- Brush your teeth twice a day using non-abrasive toothpaste.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Don't brush too hard.
- Floss your teeth once a day.
- Avoid biting your nails. Doing so can chip your veneers.
- Don't chew ice.
- Don't use your teeth as a tool to open packages or cut tape.
- If you play contact sports, wear a mouth guard to protect your veneers.
If done right, veneers can be beautiful. Each case and each person is different. If you want veneers, you want a change in your life. Talk to us so we know you and your needs.
At Dentistry with a Smile, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (815) 254-2668 or visit us at 2716 Caton Farm Rd, Joliet, IL 60435.