How you feel about yourself impacts how you interact with the world. Feeling good about your smile can improve your life in surprising ways.
You may find your professional life changes for the better when you’re more confident about your appearance; and your social life could well become more interesting. If you want to make some serious changes in the coming year, consider improving your smile.
At Bucktown Wicker Park Dental in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Melissa Daza and Dr. Michelle Schwartz want to help you maintain excellent oral health, but our staff also wants to help you feel great about your smile. We know that having confidence in your appearance helps you reach your goals, whatever they may be.
Veneers are one of our most popular options for improving smiles, and in this post we look at some of the reasons people choose them.
What are veneers?
Veneers are very thin, shell-like structures that cover your teeth. Veneers can be made from various materials, but we find that porcelain is often a good choice because it looks most natural. Your veneers are custom-made to match your mouth and give you the look you want.
Veneers can be used to correct numerous flaws, and they’re safe and effective. If you have any of the following issues, veneers could be right for you:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps or uneven spaces between your teeth
When your dentist places your veneers, she can improve the symmetry of your smile instantly. And, you can enjoy the results for many years to come.
The process of getting veneers
You’re likely to need two appointments in order to get your veneers permanently placed. During your first visit, we design your smile to suit your needs and goals. Then, we make molds of your mouth and send them to a special lab where your custom veneers are created.
During your second visit, we prepare your teeth for your veneers. First, we thoroughly clean your teeth, so that there’s no bacteria or other debris. This helps your veneer stay in place and prevents tooth decay beneath your veneer.
Depending on your teeth and where your veneers are being placed, your dentist may remove a very thin layer of enamel. This improves the appearance of your veneers and helps them stay in place. Your veneers are bonded to your teeth with a safe dental cement, and we use a special ultraviolet light to harden the cement quickly.
The process of getting veneers is virtually painless, and in just two visits we can completely transform your smile. In order to maintain their look, there are a few things you need to know.
You’ll need to clean your veneers carefully, just as you do your natural teeth. Brush and floss daily and after meals. Schedule routine checkups and professional cleanings at Bucktown Wicker Park Dental too. These simple steps will keep your veneers looking great for years.
If you ever feel a rough edge on your veneers, schedule an appointment. It could be excess cement, which can be removed easily by one of our dentists.
When veneers are properly cared for, we expect them to last about 15 years. You may need to take special precautions, and our staff goes over those things with you carefully. For instance, you may need to break a nail-biting habit.
Protecting your veneers
If you grind your teeth at night, or you play a high-impact sport, we may suggest you use a nightguard or a sports guard to protect your teeth and veneers.
Are you ready to transform your smile? Schedule an appointment at Bucktown Wicker Park Dental, and let’s get started! Call our office today or contact us through this website anytime.