SHOULD I GET VENEERS?
When you browse your photos on Instagram and Snapchat, how good do your teeth look? Are you hiding your smile because you don't like how your teeth look? If your smile isn't as attractive as you'd like, you may want a cosmetic makeover with dental veneers. A thin porcelain shell, cosmetic veneers fit over your visible teeth to mask stains, cracks, gaps, as well as missing, asymmetrical, or crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers are so popular because they offer a quick, effective smile makeover. DentalWorks in Chicago, IL offers cosmetic veneers made from high-quality porcelain so your new smile looks beautiful and natural. To help decide if you should to get cosmetic veneers, think about if:
YOU HAVE COSMETIC CONCERNS
Most people want veneers to correct cosmetic concerns like minor cracks, chips, stains, gaps, or misshapen teeth. A single treatment, like cosmetic bonding or tooth whitening, may be enough if you have one issue, but porcelain veneers can treat multiple issues at the same time with great results. Veneers can also be a good option if you have deep or dark stains that cannot be lightened, even with laser teeth whitening. You may have researched another cosmetic treatment, for example bonding and contouring. Cosmetic bonding can be used to address many of the same cosmetic problems as veneers, but the material used in bonding is less resistant to stains, chips easier, and the treatment will need to be re-done every few years to maintain your results.
YOU WANT TO BE ALMOST PERFECT
Older veneers made teeth look too perfect, which made them look fake. Veneers today are customized to look natural so others may notice you look better, but they won’t know exactly what you did. While veneers can be used to improve your smile dramatically, you may want to keep some of your personality. For example, if the gap in your front teeth is your defining trait, but you want it to be less prominent, your veneers will be designed to match this goal.
YOU HAVE MICRODONTIA
Microdontia is an often hereditary condition where the teeth are abnormally small and typically have large gaps. If you have microdontia, your smile may look like it’s still full of baby teeth. Even if small teeth and gaps aren’t affecting your oral health, it may be making you look less “adult” than you’d like. Custom veneers are usually a great choice for patients with microdontia. Cosmetic veneers can give you a beautiful smile that matches your other facial features. DentalWorks in Chicago, IL has helped many patients with microdontia gain confidence in their appearance with custom porcelain veneers.
YOU HAVE GOOD ORAL HEALTH
In order to be considered for veneers, you must already have healthy teeth and gums. Problems like decay, cavities, gum disease, and plaque buildup must be treated before you can receive veneers. Since the veneers are bond directly to the teeth, optimal oral health is key for their application and long-term success. Masking problems like decay or a gum infection with a veneer can actually make your condition worse, which is why your dentist should perform a thorough assessment to check for and treat problems before starting the veneers process.
YOU DO NOT GRIND OR CLENCH YOUR TEETH
Tooth grinding and jaw clenching, also known as bruxism, can cause significant damage to your oral health. It can lead to tooth fractures, chips, as well as the dental misalignment. This is not only a problem for your natural teeth, it will affect the porcelain veneers you just invested in. If you have signs of tooth grinding or jaw clenching, your dentist may recommend a night guard to protect both your veneers and teeth. A custom night guard may also help you get a better night’s sleep!
YOU’LL TAKE CARE OF YOUR VENEERS
Cosmetic veneers from DentalWorks in Chicago, IL are made with high-quality porcelain that is strong, but they still require proper care. This means no chewing on ice or biting your fingernails. In addition, you should not use your teeth as tools to open packages or for cutting tape as this can shift your veneers. Although veneers are more resistant to staining, you still need to practice good oral hygiene. You should brush and floss, with proper technique, to maintain the appearance of your veneers and health of your mouth. You should also continue to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings. When you are here, we can also show you some brushing techniques and recommend products. If you experience any issues with your veneers, you should schedule an appointment to get them examined by a dental professional.
OTHER COSMETIC DENTISTRY TREATMENTS
At your initial consultation at DentalWorks, we will review all your cosmetic dentistry procedure options, including dental veneers. Depending on your needs and goals, you may be a better candidate for bonding and contouring, professional teeth whitening, or even a restorative procedure. We want to make sure you are clear about all of your options and you are making the best choice for your oral health and appearance. Come to your appointment with questions and an open mind. We offer many advanced dental procedures that can be combined to create your custom smile makeover treatment plan.
YOU’RE READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP
Once you’ve considered all these points and you’re ready for an in-person consultation, contact DentalWorks in Chicago, IL. We will ask about your aesthetic goals before helping you decide if porcelain veneers or another cosmetic treatment is best for you. Once you have decided to get porcelain veneers, your dentist will create a treatment plan to craft and place your high-quality custom veneers. Unlike older veneers that required a significant amount of enamel to be removed, our veneers need minimal or no preparation to be placed. This means it’s easier than ever to get!