The concept of a veneer was invented almost 100 years ago in Hollywood, California. Actors wanting brighter smiles on-screen had false fronts affixed to their teeth for filming. Although this allowed for fabulous smiles for a short period of time, there was no way to keep the false fronts permanently attached until many years later.
Modern Porcelain Veneers in Belvidere
With research and development in adhesive dentistry in the 1960’s, experts discovered a way to prepare teeth for bonding by “roughing” the surface of the tooth to allow a better base for the bonding agent to attach. In 1982, this bonding technique was used to place veneers permanently, and the popularity of veneers started its rise to fame. Today, patients have access to advanced procedures, like veneers, to significantly improve the appearance of teeth.
What is a Dental Veneer?
A veneer is an extremely thin shell of tooth-colored material that is bonded to the front of a tooth to help change the color, size, shape, or length of the tooth. Veneers look like a natural tooth and can be used to fix a variety of conditions:
- Stained teeth
- Uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Broken, chipped, or worn teeth
Porcelain veneers, sometimes called dental porcelain laminates, are one type of veneer available at Belvidere Dental Designs. Patients may choose porcelain for different reasons, including:
- Will not stain as easily as resin veneers.
- Looks more like a natural tooth.
- Strong and long-lasting.
Obtaining Porcelain Veneers
Treatment planning: Talk to the dentists at Belvidere Dental Designs about the goals you would like to achieve with your dental appearance. After an examination and possibly dental x-rays and/or impressions of your teeth, we'll provide all the information necessary for you to make an informed decision regarding porcelain veneers in Belvidere.
Preparation: The tooth, or teeth, are prepared using an anesthetic prior to the beginning of the procedure, as decided by you and the dentist beforehand. We'll help you choose the color that you feel matches the rest of your teeth the best. Preparation of the tooth ensures the veneers fit correctly. Finally, we'll send impressions to the lab, placing a temporary veneer while you wait for the permanent ones to arrive.
Placement: On the day of bonding, dentists inspect the veneers and your teeth for a guaranteed comfortable fit. Repeated removal and trimming ensure long-lasting results; we'll also inspect your veneers to make certain they match the color you originally selected. Next, the tooth is cleaned, polished, and roughened slightly more for a good bond, the special cement is applied to the veneer, and it is placed on the tooth. A special light activates the cement to harden quickly. All that remains is to clean away any excess cement and make any adjustments needed for the perfect bite.
Are you ready to learn more? Feel free to call our staff today to inquire about porcelain veneers in Belvidere, Illinois.Porcelain Veneers Belvidere
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