Dental veneers are thin, porcelain shells that cover deep tooth stains, gaps between teeth, slightly crooked teeth, and short teeth. Veneers can cover the front of each tooth and treat single teeth or all of the teeth in the smile line to create a brighter and more even smile. Porcelain veneers are a part of the cosmetic dentistry services in our Arlington Heights, IL, dental office. Cosmetic dental treatments enhance the natural smile, leading to brighter and straighter teeth.
Veneer FAQs: Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington Heights, IL
Many patients have these questions if they are considering treatment with dental veneers:
Do porcelain veneers ruin healthy teeth?
We will need to prepare your teeth for veneers by removing a small layer of the tooth enamel. While this does not ruin your natural teeth, it will ensure that the veneers do not look or feel bulky. Veneers also help improve the appearance and strength of the smile by treating damaged teeth.
Am I a candidate for dental veneers?
We will recommend dental veneers for patients with the following:
- Chipped Teeth
- Tooth Stains
- Uneven Teeth
- Spaces or Gaps Between Teeth
- Bite Issues
Veneers cover teeth but are not meant for large areas of damage like crowns. Instead, dental veneers cover cosmetic problems that do not require orthodontic or restorative care.
How long do veneers last?
Dental veneers can last 10 to 15 years with the right care. After receiving veneers, patients should avoid hard or crunchy foods and refrain from eating or drinking foods or beverages that easily stain. To prevent damage, patients must use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste when brushing their veneers. Following these instructions will make veneers last.
How much do dental veneers cost?
Each patient has different needs. The cost of veneers will vary based on the materials and how many each patient needs. While composite veneers may cost less, they may not last as long. Lumineers are a thinner type of veneer that may cost less than conventional veneers but are best for discoloration.
What can I eat with dental veneers?
Directly after patients receive their veneers, patients must follow a soft diet. Avoiding hard, sticky, or hard-to-eat foods like carrots, caramel, and meats will allow you to get accustomed to your veneers. Then you can incorporate foods from your regular diet after several days.
How can I keep my veneers clean?
Gently brush your veneers using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Avoid staining foods and beverages like berries, tomato-based sauces, coffee, tea, and wine. Finally, avoid tobacco products, as they can easily yellow your natural teeth and veneers.
Do you have more questions about veneers? Call AH Smiles for treatment with dental veneers today at (847) 230-9703. You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Brent Engelberg on our website.