Your smile is one of the first things people see. But when you have dental imperfections, your smile is the last thing you want to show off. You may even feel self-conscious or embarrassed talking and laughing with people.
Don’t let dental imperfections control your smile. Melissa Daza, DDS, Michelle Schwarz, DDS, and the team of compassionate dental professionals at Bucktown Wicker Park Dental in Chicago, Illinois, understand the negative impact a flawed smile can have on your self-esteem and your life.
In our practice, we’ve noticed many patients with smile flaws feel especially self-conscious because of cosmetic flaws like discoloration and chipped teeth. That’s why one of our favorite procedures at Bucktown Wicker Park Dental for fixing a wide range of smile flaws is dental veneers.
Read on to learn more about this simple, effective procedure that can help you get the smile of your dreams.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are extremely thin, custom-made shells made to conceal and cover the front surface of your teeth. These shells are fixed in place so you can eat, drink, and talk just as you always have.
Each veneer is tailor-fit by your dentist at Bucktown Wicker Park Dental to bond to each tooth. To do this, Dr. Daza or Dr. Schwarz removes the outermost layer of your enamel to make space for the veneer so it sits perfectly on your teeth. The result is a bright, even, natural-looking smile you’ll want to show off.
Veneers are made from either porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain offers better stain resistance and more closely matches the appearance of natural tooth enamel, while resin composite veneers require less prep work and alteration to your natural teeth, but not as much protection against stains.
The material used depends on your unique situation. Dr. Daza or Dr. Schwarz first evaluate your smile and reviews all options, giving you the best veneers for you.
How do veneers easily correct a wide range of smile flaws?
Because they’re able to address more than one cosmetic imperfection or problem at a time, veneers are considered a versatile treatment option. Most patients in our practice have more than one issue they’d like to address, like whitening and straightening.
Veneers provide a cost-effective option for making over your smile in more ways than one. Here are some of the ways dental veneers correct a wide range of smile flaws.
Concealing chips and cracks
Small chips or cracks come easily by biting something too hard or bumping into a hard surface. Veneers conceal these flaws by covering them with porcelain or resin composite.
Closing gaps between teeth
You can still have small gaps and spaces, even if you had braces in the past because over time your teeth move creating embarrassing gaps and spaces. Veneers provide a lasting solution for closing spaces between teeth.
Covering up discoloration and other flaws
Tooth whitening is a great way to brighten some smiles. But some stains, like those in deeper layers of the teeth, can’t be fixed with traditional whitening methods. With veneers, your smile immediately becomes whiter and brighter. What’s more? Veneers cover up other dental flaws, like previous dental work, such as crowns, crooked teeth, or uneven surfaces and edges.
Creating a uniform smile
Sometimes, one or more of our teeth don’t match the rest in color or size. If you grind your teeth, over time they may become significantly smaller. With veneers, the team at the Bucktown Wicker Park Dental can easily give you a balanced, uniform smile.
Am I a good candidate for veneers?
Dental veneers are a minimally-invasive way to improve the look of your smile. Unlike crowns, that require extensive reshaping of your natural teeth, or implants, which call for more invasive procedures, dental veneers provide a minimally invasive way to improve the look of your smile.
Not everyone is a candidate, however. Some patients with active gum disease, weakened teeth, or with inadequate enamel may need to discuss alternative treatments.
Dr. Daza or Dr. Schwarz will evaluate any current dental conditions along with your dental history to tailor everything to your unique needs and preferences, helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Cosmetic imperfections shouldn’t ruin your smile. Let Dr. Daza and Dr. Schwartz help make your dream smile a reality with dental veneers. To learn more, call our Chicago office or book a visit online today.