Veneers are thin tooth-colored shells made of durable materials that are bonded to the tooth surface to enhance and restore its appearance.
The most commonly used materials for dental veneers are porcelain and composite. Composite resin restorations are shaped and bonded to the tooth. Porcelain veneers are created in a dental lab and are the most stain resistant material.
Ask your dentist in Chicago which option is best for you at Urban Smiles Dental. If you require minor changes and your teeth are otherwise healthy, cosmetic bonding is a good solution. If you have broken, spaced, and/or discolored teeth, or if you grind or clench your teeth, then porcelain veneers may be the better choice.
The application process for porcelain veneers requires multiple steps. First, you must book an initial consultation at Urban Smiles Dental. During that visit, you can discuss your goals and your Chicago dentist will discuss how porcelain veneers can benefit you. If needed, impressions or digital images will be taken. Next, the affected tooth will be prepared for the restoration. To apply the veneer, a small amount of the tooth structure must be removed. At that time a temporary veneer will be placed. At the second visit, the temporary veneer will be removed and the permanent restoration will be bonded to the treated tooth.
Tooth-colored composite veneers at Urban Smiles Dental can be placed in one appointment. Only a small amount of the outer structure must be removed to bond the material to the tooth. The composite resin material is not as long-lasting or durable, and it is not stain-resistant, like porcelain veneers in Chicago.
The preparation of dental veneers preserves more tooth structure, as very little enamel needs to be removed. This type of cosmetic restoration can enhance the appearance of your teeth, and soft tissues in the mouth respond well to veneers. The color is custom designed to match your natural teeth, and porcelain veneers offer stain resistance.