By River Forest Dental Studio
May 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

If you have imperfections in your teeth which you wish you could repair, dental veneers could be the answer to your problem. Veneers fix a variety of aesthetic dental issues and help you get the smile you love. Learn more about dental veneers with help from your River Forest, IL dentist.Veneers

How do veneers work? 
Veneers are usually made from porcelain. The super-thin shells fit over the front of a tooth to mask its imperfections and create an improved appearance. The procedure for veneers requires your River Forest, IL dentist to prepare your teeth. The process involves shaving a tiny amount of enamel, usually about half a millimeter, from the front of the teeth to make room for the veneer’s width and give the teeth a roughened surface. This helps the adhesive bond with the tooth. Since this preparation process removes some of the tooth itself, veneers are a non-reversible procedure. Luckily, your veneers will last upwards of 20 years with the proper care.

What can veneers do for me? 
Veneers are a versatile dental restoration, allowing your dentist to use it to correct a myriad of issues with your teeth. Some of those issues include:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • slightly misaligned teeth
  • slightly overlapped (overcrowded) teeth
  • slightly gapped (under crowded) teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • stained teeth

Though veneers do quite a bit to improve the appearance of your teeth, they cannot replace necessary procedures to remove decay or correct bite problems. Sometimes, more aggressive treatment than dental veneers, such as braces, is necessary.

Are there different kinds of veneers? 
Veneers are normally made from porcelain, which has the same light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth and is widely considered to be the most natural looking material for dental restorations. A dental laboratory creates the veneers in-lab and returns them to your dentist’s office for placement onto your teeth. Veneers can also be made from composite resin. Your dentist molds this type of veneer directly onto the teeth, eliminating the laboratory step. However, composite resin veneers may not be as natural looking or long-lasting as porcelain veneers. Your dentist can help you determine which option is best for you.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Gina Piccioni, DMD and Dr. John G. Hartmann, DDS at River Forest Dental Studio in River Forest, IL. Call (708) 366-6760 to schedule your consultation for veneers today!


Gina Piccioni, D.M.D. and John G. Hartmann, D.D.S.

River Forest, IL Dentist

River Forest Dental Studio