Have you ever watched an old movie, and noticed that some very famous actors had teeth that were far less than perfect? Today, even soap opera stars and reality show contestants have gleaming, white smiles. That’s because dental technology has advanced to the point where a dentist can offer cosmetic treatments that were once unheard of, but now widely available.
You’ve no doubt heard about porcelain veneers. They’re simply thin shells that fit over your natural teeth, and they can correct a multitude of problems like discoloration, misalignment, chips, uneven teeth, and crooked teeth. They can even widen or lengthen your teeth.
When you have porcelain veneers made, a thin layer of enamel is shaved off your teeth so that the veneers will bond correctly. This is done using a local anesthetic, so you don’t have to worry about experiencing any pain. Then, your cosmetic dentist takes impressions of your teeth. These impressions are sent to a lab where your veneers are manufactured.
When it’s time to have your veneers installed, the cosmetic dentist may do a little fine-tuning on your natural teeth, just to ensure that the fit is perfect, and will make sure that the color of the veneers is exactly right. Then they’ll be put in place with a special cement.
Your veneers will look completely natural, so when people compliment you on your beautiful smile, it’s up to you whether or not you tell them that you’ve had work done. It can be a secret between you and your cosmetic dentist!
Porcelain veneers feel and function exactly like your natural teeth, so you can eat and drink everything you enjoy. They require no special care. Of course they won’t decay, and they resist staining, so as long as you brush and floss as you normally would, and see us for regular checkups an cleanings, your veneers will last a very long time.
Porcelain Veneers, or Lumineers®?
So, what’s the difference between traditional porcelain veneers and Lumineers®? At Atrium Family Dental, we can offer you either option, but our preference is for Lumineers®. That’s because they’re much thinner than porcelain – about the thickness of the average contact lens. They fit amazingly snugly, and there’s no need to remove any of your tooth enamel in order to install them. That means that you won’t lose any of the protection that enamel gives your original teeth.
Another advantage that Lumineers® has over porcelain is that they can be removed if necessary. With porcelain, removal is at best difficult, and at worst impossible. This is because of the preparation that’s involved in getting your teeth ready to accept porcelain veneers. When teeth have been scraped, possibly drilled, and otherwise altered to accept porcelain, removal of those veneers is not a good idea.
Finally, because Lumineers® can be installed with no preparation, the process is considerably quicker. That means fewer office visits and considerably less time spent in your cosmetic dentist’s chair.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers or Lumineers®?
If you are dissatisfied with your smile and in good health, then you are likely a candidate.
At Atrium Family Dental, we would be happy to talk with you about the benefits of porcelain veneers and Lumineers®. Call us at 815-462-9990 to book a consultation, or use the convenient form on our Request Appointment page. We look forward to seeing you!
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