If your teeth are chipped, distorted or damaged, veneers by a Rockford dentist can restore your smile to the look you want. They are made of either porcelain or composite resin and resemble natural teeth so exactly that few people other than your dentist will ever know you have veneers.
What are veneers? Veneers are made of very thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin, which is attached directly to your existing teeth. Not only do they resemble tooth enamel, they are strong like teeth, making them the perfect choice for people who want to enhance their existing teeth.
Benefits of veneers. Veneers are tough, resilient, and do not require the removal or any significant filing down of your existing teeth. The materials used are actually more resistant to coffee and tea stains than tooth enamel, which means they will retain their color well. They can be a preferable alternative to whitening in some cases and can fix a variety of small imperfections in the teeth.
Ideal candidates for veneers. Porcelain veneers work in many different situations and for many different people. They can be used to fill in gaps, lengthen teeth, shape or whiten teeth, fix fractures or even correct minor bite problems. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you are an ideal candidate for veneers. Veneers may not be a good choice if you clench or grind your teeth, though. The constant pressure can cause the thin pieces to break or chip.
Procedure. The procedure consists of laying very thin layers of the porcelain or composite against the tooth enamel. First, a very small amount of tooth enamel is removed (less than 1 mm) to create grip for the adhesive that holds the veneer in place. Filing down the enamel also helps retain a more natural look and feel once the veneer is in place. Once the veneer has been placed, it is quickly cured using a special light.
Are veneers reversible or removable? No. Since veneers require the filing down of your tooth, they are not intended to be removed. However, they may need to be replaced if they get damaged or broken.
Do veneers require special care? No. Once they have been placed, veneers feel much like your natural teeth and require the same care and attention – regular brushing, flossing, and dental check ups.
Alternatives to veneers. Veneers are just one treatment option for damaged or discolored teeth. Other treatment options depend on your concern and oral care goals. For discoloration, whitening or bleaching may be recommended. For teeth that are crooked, braces or orthodontia work may be an option. For teeth that have been chipped or fractured or need to be shaped, dental bonding may work. Be sure to discuss all of your treatment options with your dentist to find the solution that best meets your needs.
Contact Susan P. Anderson For Veneers In Rockford
Find out if veneers are right for you. Contact Susan P. Anderson, DDS General Family Dentistry at 815-623-1900 to learn more about veneers in Rockford or to schedule an appointment.