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No two smiles look alike, nor should they. However, some smile features stand out more than others--tooth color, alignment, and amount of gum tissue as examples. At North Creek Dental Care of Naperville, Dr. Jordan Simonovich places dental veneers to correct flaws which detract from smile aesthetics. Learn here about how these translucent porcelain shells enhance appearance and increase self-confidence.
What are porcelain veneers?
Also called dental laminates, porcelain veneers designed by your Naperville dentist are tooth-shaped covers which disguise defects such as:
- Small gaps
- Mild overcrowding
- Stains which cannot be removed with professional whitening
Your Naperville dentist bonds veneers over the prepared tooth surfaces to create a new, refreshed image and to reinforce tooth structure.
Are veneers right for you?
A lot depends on how what changes you'd like. Also, Dr. Simonovich does a complete oral examination to ensure you have no active decay or gum disease. The dentist wants your input on how you want your smile to change. Would you like your teeth to look bigger or smaller? Are stains and cracks your main concern? Do you desire a more well-aligned smile without having to undergo orthodontic treatment?
All things considered, many people make great candidates for dental veneers. X-rays, photos, and oral impressions, along with a detailed care plan, help the dental technician sculpt the veneers in just the right shape, size, and color.
The dental veneer procedure takes two to three visits to North Creek Dental Care of Naperville. An important part of the treatment is gentle enamel reduction. Dr. Simonovich removes about 1/2 mm of enamel from the cheek-side of each tooth. Resurfacing allows the veneers to fit comfortably and to feel natural. After this, the dentist places temporary veneers which you'll wear until the permanent ones are placed.
When the new veneers are placed, Dr. Simonovich uses a special bonding cement which he varies in color. This variation, combined with the translucency of the veneers, achieves a very natural appearance.
Keep your veneers shining
Oral hygiene is easy. Just brush twice a day and floss daily as recommended by the American Dental Association, and see Dr. Simonovich twice a year for cleanings and exams. Although veneers resist stains, avoid excessive amounts of coffee and dark foods such as curry, soy sauce, and berries. Also, stop tobacco usage in all forms.
Finally, while your laminates are very strong, excessive biting forces can crack or dislodge them. So, employ common sense: use scissors and bottle openers, rather than your teeth, to open plastic packaging and your favorite beverages. Don't chew ice, peanut brittle, or hard candy.
Enjoy that perfect smile
Porcelain veneers can give you one. Call North Creek Dental Care of Naperville for your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Simonovich in Naperville, IL: (630) 983-9877.
For over three decades, veneers have helped mask dental imperfections like chipping, staining or gaps and improve the appearance of millions of teeth. As the name implies, this thin layer of porcelain covers a tooth's visible surface and accurately mimics the texture, color and translucence of natural teeth.
Veneers could be just the solution you need for a more attractive smile. But before you begin treatment, be sure you have these 3 essentials in place to ensure a successful outcome.
True expectations. While the transformation of a tooth's appearance with a veneer can be astounding, veneers in general do have their limitations. You need an adequate amount of the tooth's structure present for a veneer to properly adhere — if not, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. Likewise, gaps and other misalignments may be too great for a veneer to cover: in that case, you should consider orthodontics. A thorough examination beforehand will determine if veneers are the best option for you.
An artisan team. Every veneer is custom made to match an individual patient's tooth shape and color, handcrafted by a skilled dental technician. There's also an art to the dentist preparing the tooth beforehand and then properly positioning the veneer for bonding to achieve the most attractive result. Be sure, then, that your veneer "team" comes highly recommended by others.
The best materials. The first porcelains were powdered glass ceramics mixed with water to form a paste. Technicians shaped the paste in successive layers and as it oven-cured it took on the beautiful translucence of natural teeth. Unfortunately, this type of porcelain could be brittle and prone to shattering when subjected to heavy biting forces. In recent years, though, we've begun to use ceramics reinforced with other materials like Leucite for added strength. Today, the materials dentists use have much better durability.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.