Porcelain Veneers An Overview
A smile makeover or tooth repair can be achieved using porcelain veneers that are custom made for your unique smile. Color matched to your natural teeth or your cosmetic goals, porcelain veneers can give you a smile that you look forward to sharing with others each day. Veneers can be used to cover a single tooth or multiple teeth as part of a smile transformation.
Porcelain veneers are similar to dental crowns, but they cover the front and sometimes sides of the teeth rather than the entire tooth. They are custom made from fine, tooth-like porcelain material and permanently bonded to your teeth. Advances in material and technology make today’s porcelain veneers look and feel more like natural teeth. Dr. Prendergast offers porcelain veneers as well as composite resin dental veneers at Infinity Dental in Fox Lake.
Do You Need Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can be used to treat one tooth or several teeth for a complete smile makeover. They can effectively address a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental concerns including:
- Closing spaces between teeth
- Repairing chipped or broken teeth
- Covering stains or discoloration in teeth
- Straightening crooked or uneven teeth
- Fixing worn down teeth
Porcelain veneers may also be used to correct crooked teeth instead of traditional orthodontic treatment if no bite problems are present.
Schedule a Consultation
If you want to learn more about how porcelain veneers can improve your smile, make an appointment with Infinity Dental of Fox Lake today.
Porcelain Veneers What to Expect
Placing porcelain veneers typically requires two visits to our office to complete. The procedure will begin with a comprehensive evaluation of the teeth, mouth, and jaw including any necessary x-rays and a review of your medical and dental history. Once Dr. Prendergast has decided on a treatment plan, he will discuss your aesthetic goals and present associated treatment costs for your consideration.
To prepare your teeth and accommodate space the veneers will take, we will remove a small amount of tooth surface structure. Next, Dr. Prendergast will take dental impressions. These impressions will be used to fabricate your custom porcelain veneers in a dental laboratory. They will be colored matched to blend seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. Typically, provisional dental veneers will be placed over the teeth to protect them while the permanent veneers are being made. Once the veneers are complete, you will return to our cosmetic dentistry office in Fox Lake for the final placement of your restorations. Dr. Prendergast will try the veneers on your teeth to check the fit and color. Once both you and the dentist are satisfied, we will use a special bonding cement to secure the porcelain veneers to your teeth.
The best part about dental veneers is they are not susceptible to decay so there is no threat of getting a cavity. They are more stain resistant than natural teeth and can maintain their beautiful appearance with good oral hygiene each day. Porcelain veneers are designed to last for many years and with proper care, maintenance, and regular dental visits they can last a lifetime.