How Do Dental Veneers Work?

Dental veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that are custom made by a dentist. Veneers are shells that fit over your teeth and are one of the most common cosmetic dental treatments. Dental veneers can have many benefits from covering a chip/crack, making teeth appear the same shape and size, or covering up stained teeth. Veneers are sometimes used as part of a smile makeover. In this article, we will cover how veneers work, who is a good candidate for veneers, and other cosmetic treatments to consider. If you live in Chicago and are interested in getting cosmetic dental work done, please click below to book an appointment. 

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers are coverings that are designed to fit over your teeth. Veneers are custom-made so that they fit your smile specifically. Dental veneers are frequently made from tooth-colored materials like porcelain or other composites. Dental veneers are recommended for patients that have aesthetic issues with their smile like cracks, chips, misshapen teeth, gaps, or tooth discoloration. Veneers are bonded to the fronts of your teeth and provide a false front. They are a purely cosmetic treatment and do not provide structural support to your teeth or help prevent cavities. 

Who Is A Good Candidate For Veneers?

Dental veneers are recommended for patients that have aesthetic issues with their teeth especially their front teeth. For example teeth that are cosmetically chipped or cracked can receive veneers to hide the signs of damage. Cracked or chipped teeth sometimes require restorative treatments like dental crowns if the chip or crack is significant, but if the chip or crack is small, veneers will usually work. Veneers are also a good choice for people who have stained teeth or who have teeth that are not symmetrical. 

How Are Veneers Different From Crowns

A dental veneer is a synthetic shell that attaches to the front of a tooth and provides only cosmetic benefits. A dental crown is a synthetic cap that is placed to the chewing surface of a tooth and can protect the tooth. Crowns are frequently used to replace the damaged section of a tooth after a tooth chips or cracks. Crowns are also used after root canals or as part of dental bridges. Unlike veneers, dental crowns are a functional dental element that are designed to help replace the function of a tooth. 

Dental Veneers In Chicago

If you live in Chicago and are interested in learning more about either cosmetic dental treatments or restorative dental procedures, please give us a call. We provide dental services in our 11 offices throughout Chicago. 

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