About Dental Veneers
Smile Brighter With Porcelain Veneers in Lombard
Our porcelain veneers in Lombard have been the answer for many patients who have been fed up with having chipped, broken, discolored, or misshapen teeth and just wanted to finally have the confident smile they’ve always wanted to see themselves with. When you come to Brett Blacher DDS, our Lombard dental practice is excited to help you achieve the smile you desire with our custom made porcelain veneers. Dr. Blacher will pay close attention to your natural tooth size, shape, texture, and color, and will even consider your gender, lifestyle, and ethnicity when designing your new veneers. When you need a smile that looks beautiful and brings out your natural beauty, Dr. Blacher will provide you with a cosmetic look that’s yours and yours alone.
The Veneers Process
Step 1 – Initial Consultation With Dr. Blacher
Before you have veneers placed, Dr. Blacher must analyze your teeth and assess your oral health to determine if veneers are the right cosmetic option for you and your smile. Good candidates typically have good overall oral health, without any issues like cavities or periodontal (gum) disease. In addition, the teeth that are being treated must be relatively strong, without any major damage like large chips or cracks.
If you grind your teeth or have untreated TMD/TMJ, this can damage and destroy your veneers, so they may not be right for you. Patients with sensitive teeth or thin enamel may also not be recommended for veneers, as the application of veneers requires Dr. Blacher to remove a very thin layer of enamel. This can make tooth sensitivity worse in some cases.
Step 2 – Preparation for Veneer Application
During this appointment with Dr. Blacher, your mouth will be numbed and a thin layer of enamel (equal to the thickness of the veneer) will be removed from your teeth. This enamel is removed to ensure that the veneer fits seamlessly when it is bonded to your teeth. Then, impressions will be taken and sent to a third-party lab, where they will be custom made to fit your smile. You’ll be sent home with a set of temporary veneers to protect your teeth until the permanent ones arrive at our office.
Step 3 – Application Of Veneers
Once your veneers arrive, you’ll come in for your last appointment. It typically takes about 2-3 weeks to manufacture your veneers. During your last visit, Dr. Blacher will check each veneer and make sure they fit perfectly into your mouth.
Then, using dental cement, your veneers will be bonded into place permanently. After this, Dr. Blacher will polish each one to remove any excess cement and buff the veneer to give you a bright, fresh smile.
Step 4 – Recovery And Post-Operative Care
Veneers do not require any significant anesthesia or sedation, and the placement process is completely non-invasive. Patients typically will feel no pain or discomfort after veneers are placed. However, your teeth may be slightly sensitive for a few days once the procedure is complete, so you may want to avoid extremely hot or cold beverages and foods. It may also take you a little while to adjust to your new bite.
Beyond this, simply brush and floss your teeth normally to keep your veneers clean. Avoid chewing extremely hard foods like almonds with your front teeth, and don’t chew on non-food objects like pens or fingernails.
Alternatives To Porcelain Veneers
There are a number of alternatives which may be recommended if veneers aren’t the right option for you. If your teeth are simply stained, teeth whitening is an efficient, affordable choice.
If your teeth are seriously damaged and cannot be treated with veneers, porcelain crowns may be recommended. If you only need one or two teeth to be treated, a procedure like dental bonding and contouring is another alternative.
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Your Dental Veneer Appointment
To begin preparing your tooth for a veneer, Dr. Blacher will carefully remove about a half millimeter of enamel from the tooth’s surface. While you are anesthetized during treatment and should feel no pain, you may request sedative medication to help relax through the process. Next, an impression of your tooth or teeth is made and is sent to the dental laboratory to design your custom dental veneers. At your next appointment, these veneers are carefully positioned and their color is compared with your natural teeth. They are placed with a strong dental cement and can last anywhere from several years to over a couple decades with proper care.
A Smile Built to Last
Maintaining your healthy smile and mouth is essential for ensuring that your veneers last many years. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended to brush and floss your veneers as if they were regular teeth. Never use your teeth as “tools” to open packaging or bite into unnatural or very hard objects. Because veneers are made of a very strong porcelain material, they are highly resistant to chipping and staining, but will need your support through regular brushing and flossing to stay healthy for years to come. If you’re looking to improve your smile and upgrade your sense of confidence with dental veneers in Lombard, call our office to make an appointment at 630-916-0701.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Veneers?
While anyone can be a candidate for veneers, there are certain requirements to meet. Firstly, you must have healthy teeth and gums, and sufficient enamel for the veneers to attach to and stay in place.
In addition to these general requirements, there are some telltale signs that you should invest in veneers. For example, if you have discolored teeth–a problem that affects 57% of Americans– veneers can be an excellent solution for you. In addition, if your teeth are severely misaligned, veneers can help straighten them out and give you a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Furthermore, veneers can also help address multiple cosmetic issues simultaneously, making them a great option for those looking to fix several cosmetic issues all at once.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The good news veneers can last a long time. Porcelain veneers, for example, have an excellent longevity rate of between 15-20 years. Composite veneers, on the other hand, can last for up to 7-10 years.
In any case, proper oral hygiene is key to making sure your veneers remain undamaged and clean, so be sure to brush twice per day and floss daily to get the most out of your investment.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Veneers?
Veneers offer numerous advantages to patients, including:
One advantage of veneers is that they can help improve the functionality of teeth. For example, if a tooth is chipped or cracked, a veneer can be placed over the damaged area to restore its shape and size. This can improve the ability to chew and speak properly and prevent further damage to the tooth.
Additionally, veneers can also be used to correct issues with bite alignment, which can lead to improved jaw function and reduced discomfort.
In addition to the functional benefits, veneers also offer significant aesthetic advantages. They can improve the appearance of your teeth by correcting imperfections such as stained, broken, or misshapen teeth. This can give you a more confident, beautiful smile that you’ll be eager to show off.
Veneers are a long-lasting solution. As aforementioned, Porcelain veneers can last up to 15-20 years or even more, while composite veneers can last up to 7-10 years with proper care. This makes veneers a worthwhile investment for patients who are looking for a durable solution that’ll provide lasting results.
Unlike other cosmetic dental procedures, such as implants that require intensive surgical procedures, dental veneers are a minimally invasive treatment option. This means less recovery time, which means you’ll be able to enjoy your new and improved smile in just a few visits to your dentist.
Veneers also require low maintenance. All you need to do is to maintain good oral hygiene, follow your dentist’s instructions and schedule a dental checkup at least once a year.
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At Brett Blacher DDS, dentistry isn’t just about repairing teeth--it’s about improving the long term health of every patient through care that is personal to each client. We talk to each patient as a person first, understanding their specific needs and helping them achieve a level of health they never thought was possible before, so they can enjoy their smiles for years to come with a dentist they can trust.