Our teeth are as unique as a fingerprint or signature. Everything from the shape, color, texture, and alignment contribute to the overall appearance of our smile. While factors like microesthetics, macroesthetics, and teeth angulation are mostly things we are born with and have previously had little control over, modern technology and cosmetic dentistry have made it possible for people from all walks of life to achieve their best smiles - regardless of genetics, accidents, or past coffee and red wine consumption!
The Advantages of Dental Veneers
Some dental problems are fairly straightforward. For simple staining and discoloration, a few professional tooth whitening procedures can do the trick. A broken or severely decayed tooth can be repaired with a crown, and orthodontic treatment can fix significant alignment problems for crooked and unevenly spaced teeth. For the more subtle dental issues that may not require braces or dental caps but still affect the cosmetic quality of the teeth, porcelain veneers offer the perfect solution.
Several Dental Problems, One Solution
Cosmetic dentistry has been described as both an art and a science, and for good reason. Fixing imperfections like small chips and cracks, and reshaping the size and shape of a tooth while preserving the look, feel, and structure of the natural teeth requires a great degree of skill and precision. Made of a thin layer of porcelain, veneers are designed to replicate the properties of a tooth's natural surface. Veneers are also incredibly easy to maintain and care for, requiring the same daily brushing and flossing routine as natural teeth.
What Can Veneers Do?
- Improve tooth color
- Size and reshape teeth for improved symmetry
- Minor spacing and alignment
Caring for Your Veneers
Just like the teeth nature gave you, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day. This will remove dental plaque and ensure good gum tissue health around the veneers. Regular checkups at the dental office will remain as important as always to your oral and general health. And keep in mind that as tough as veneers are, they may not be able to withstand forces that come from using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example) or biting into very hard foods like candy apples — which isn't good for your natural teeth, either! And if you grind or clench your teeth at night, you might be advised to get a custom-made nightguard to protect your veneers — and your investment.
For more information on Veneers in the Wheaton, IL area
call Dr. David L. Carlson today at (630) 653-9002!
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