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Veneers

At North Suburban Dental, we want every one of our patients to have a smile that they’re proud to show off. The confidence that comes with being genuinely happy with your smile is invaluable, and it can help you move through the world with greater positivity. If you find yourself covering your mouth when you smile due to gaps in your teeth, discoloration, chips, or crookedness, a set of custom veneers may be a good option for you.

What are Veneers?

Veneers have come a long way since their inception in the 1920s! Originally created as a way to enhance the smiles of actors, veneers are now a common cosmetic choice for anyone looking to significantly improve the look of their teeth. Customized to fit the wearer’s smile, veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are designed to fit over the natural tooth. The porcelain used in veneers is durable enough for permanent wear. This material is tooth-colored and stain-resistant, with a natural translucency that helps it blend in well with your other teeth.

The Process

First Steps

The process will look different depending on the results of your consultation. If you decide to move forward with veneers at one of our facilities, our cosmetic dentist in Highland Park or Mundelein may review your records, take x-rays, and conduct a survey of your mouth. If it’s determined that you are a good candidate, we will determine how many veneers you’ll need to meet your ultimate smile goals. It’s possible to have just one veneer made for a single problem tooth, but in many cases multiple are preferred for best results.

Preparing Your Teeth

With a plan in place, your dentist will need to trim roughly a half-millimeter of enamel from each tooth receiving a veneer. This process makes room for the restorations to come. Your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth that will be sent to the lab making your veneers. You may be given temporary veneers while your permanent set is being manufactured.

Placing the Veneers

On your return visit, our cosmetic dentist in Highland Park or Mundelein will check the fit of the veneers as well as the color match. If no adjustments need to be made, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and the surfaces slightly roughened to help adhere the veneer. A special type of cement will be used to bind each veneer to your tooth, cured with an ultraviolet light.

Follow-up

Your dentist may request a follow-up appointment to check that the veneers are properly placed. If you report having issues with them or the placement seems off upon inspection, your dentist will help make any necessary adjustments at this point. 

Contact Us

If you live in the north suburbs of Chicago, we have a cosmetic dentist in Highland Park as well as Mundelein who can help you get the smile you want. Please call us with any questions you have or to schedule an appointment.

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