Veneers are essentially a costume for your teeth. In fact, the first veneers were created by a Hollywood dentist in 1928 to change the appearance of an actor’s teeth for a film.
Today, veneers have become more popular and less temporary - a good veneer can last for decades. If you’re in Crown Point but have a tooth or teeth that could use a little Hollywood makeover, the Dental Image can help give your smile the costuming it needs to be camera ready!
A veneer is an incredibly thin, tooth-colored shell that is shaped like the front of a normal tooth and bonded on top of another tooth in your mouth. Veneers are most commonly applied to the teeth in the front of the mouth as those are the most visible. They can be used to improve the appearance of a single tooth, or across multiple teeth to give the appearance of an even smile.
No matter what your reason for improving your smile, the specialists at Dental Image in Crown Point can help you figure out an option that is right for you. Sometimes, veneers can be used in combination with other procedures like crowns to address severe smile issues.
Veneers have evolved from their original application as simply a way to temporarily change the appearance of the teeth. Today, veneers can be used for a variety of reasons, including:
There are generally two main types of veneers: dental porcelain veneers and composite veneers. The way the veneer is constructed and applied could make a big difference in what happens to the existing tooth it is designed to cover.
The majority of dental veneers are made from porcelain. Porcelain veneers tend to resist stains and reflect light better than their composite counterparts.
Composite resin veneers are cheaper and quicker to apply than porcelain. However, they are weaker and tend to crack and stain faster.
The traditional method of applying veneers involves grinding down the tooth to create the appropriate surface for the veneer. This can be a painful process and is irreversible. However, thanks to advances in technology, there are also now “no-prep” veneers made out of incredibly thin porcelain. These veneers can be installed in the mouth with minimal tooth preparation, and in some cases can be installed without anesthetic.
At Dental Image, we believe the best way for us to help you improve your smile is to take a good look at where you are. As part of your initial consultation, we will take digital X-Rays and use advanced camera technology to share results with you, so you can see what we see.
This helps us make sure we provide our patients with the best possible guidance. During this process, we will work with you to determine if veneers are the right fit for your mouth, and if so, what type will work best for the expressions you like to make and the smile you want to have.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are most smiles that go through veneer implantation. At Dental Image, we believe the most important thing to do is make sure you are happy with your mouth.
That’s why we create temporary veneers that match the shape and size of the permanent ones and install them on a temporary basis. These temporary veneers allow you to make sure you will be happy with the final look and feel of your mouth before any permanent changes are made. Once that’s done, your final veneers are crafted and matched to your teeth to again make sure the fit is perfect. If it is, the original teeth are beveled down (as little as possible) and the veneers are attached with a bonding adhesive.
If they are properly taken care of, your new veneers should last between 15 and 30 years before they have to be replaced. During that time, you should treat them like you do your normal teeth - with routine brushing, flossing, and checkups at the Dental Image.
If for some reason your veneers become detached or damaged, our dentists should be able to repair or reattach the veneer. In some cases, a new veneer may have to be crafted to replace a damaged one. If and when your veneers need to be replaced, our Crown Point dentists at Dental Image take the utmost care to remove your existing veneers without causing any further grinding to the teeth during replacement.
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Our smile specialists are ready to make sure your smile is as healthy as possible. We offer treatments to meet your every dental need and customized plans tailored to your smile. At Dental Image, we believe everyone deserves a healthy, happy smile. Make an appointment today and let us help you find yours.