So you want a completely new looking smile but you don’t know how you’ll possibly ever accomplish this feat without years and years of cosmetic dental work? Porcelain veneers are often called “instant orthodontics” because the cosmetic results are similar to those offered through orthodontic treatments. Unlike metal braces or Invisalign, veneers can reshape your smile in two short visits. To answer the question “Are veneers worth it?”, the answer is YES!
Consider the details, so you have a better understanding of the fact that your photo ready grin is within reach.
How Veneers Help You Score a Winning Smile
Veneers make an excellent form of cosmetic treatment because they can address a number of esthetic concerns through a single form of treatment. Deep discoloration or staining, jagged edges, and poorly shaped teeth can all be corrected with veneers. Veneers are worth it because they not only improve your smile but they also protect your enamel.
Maintain More of Your Healthy Teeth
Thanks to modern advancements, veneers can be made of durable porcelain that is crafted thinner than before. Sometimes as thin as a contact lens. Yet they’re still a durable form of enhancement. This allows dentists to preserve more of the healthy tooth, while still placing veneers that sit naturally within the smile allowing for great confidence. If you are looking for a smile solution that will create noticeable but also natural looking smile enhancements, no-prep veneers are a great solution.
Prep less or no-prep veneers are made even thinner than their predecessors, meaning very little or no preparation must be done to your existing teeth in order to fit you with custom veneers. This is great news for patients that may have delayed treatment for fear their teeth will have to be heavily sanded in order to affix veneers. If you are looking for a seamless way to enhance your smile, prep less veneers could be ideal.
Are veneers worth it when you have significant concerns?
When you’re looking at your smile and you have some significant shape or tooth position issues, more planning is needed. If you consider drilling on teeth a negative, then you want less drilling to achieve your dream smile. A better cosmetic dentist will balance what is in your best interest. Veneers can be usually placed but perhaps too much drilling is needed to accomplish an ideal shape. Your dentist should be your advocate and tell you when something more than quickie veneers is best. There are times when a short course of Invisalign will pay big dividends.
Are there more conservative treatment alternatives to veneers?
If you only have minor cosmetic blemishes, you may want to consider:
- Cosmetic bonding: Minor structural problems, like a chipped tooth, tooth decay, or sealing a root canal can be addressed using cosmetic bonding. The strong tooth colored material can be color-matched to your smile.
- Teeth whitening: Dr. Fondriest recommends take home teeth whitening kits. Nite White Excel 3 is a liquid gel that safely and effectively whitens your teeth while you sleep. The FDA has recognized the active ingredient in Nite White, carbamide peroxide, for many years as an oral antiseptic. The gel can remove stains caused by food, coffee, tobacco, aging, and other sources.
Veneers are best reserved for teeth that are:
- Very discolored
Why is a No-Prep Veneer Worth it as an Option?
For a long time, veneers had to be made at least 0.5 mm thick, in order to prevent breaking. And while that may sound incredibly thin, for most patients it still required heavy filing of the teeth in order to affix the veneers in a way that allowed them to sit properly within the smile. However, skilled ceramicists have now found a way to make veneers less than half of that size, as thin as 0.2 mm, roughly the thickness of a contact lens, which means very little, or even no drilling! High-quality veneers will last a long time.
This is great news for patients with healthy teeth, whose only problems are cosmetic. Because it means very little of the natural tooth enamel will be damaged. It also makes the procedure of affixing tooth veneers less invasive and more comfortable. In fact, many patients do not even require anesthesia, while obtaining no-prep porcelain veneers.
How To Begin Your Journey With Dental Veneers
The best way to start is to come in to discuss your smile with our team. We can tell you all about smile improvements, which are right for you, and even whether some other treatment could be even better.
If you do proceed with the life-changing benefits of dental veneers, your new smile can be fitted after two easy treatment visits to our dental practice. During your first visit, Dr. Fondriest will prepare your teeth by removing some of the natural tooth structure on the teeth that will be fitted with veneers. This simple procedure is performed using local anesthesia and possibly sedation. Once your teeth have been prepped, an impression of your smile will be taken, and you will be given temporary veneers.
Over the course of the next week or two, your new veneers will be manufactured. The shells will be shaped to enhance the symmetry of your smile, and the color will be customized to brighten your smile. During your second and final visit, Dr. Fondriest will attach the new shells using a special bonding agent. Any minor adjustments that are needed will be made at that time, and you will be able to immediately return to work and normal activities. One benefit of porcelain veneers is that there is almost no recovery time needed. You will find that the journey with veneers was totally worth it.
Come learn why veneers are totally worth it
Would you like to see the before and after pictures of the featured opalescent veneer patient above? If you thought that drastic cosmetic results only come with extended hours in the dentist’s chair, think again! Veneers can revamp your smile in only two easy visits to our Chicago area dental practice. Both men and women are asking for this treatment.
See our team soon for your first visit to discuss why veneers are worth it. Or, if you already have started on your makeover journey but want to confirm your dental treatment plan. To schedule a consultation to plan your cosmetic dentistry, call us today at 847-234-0517. We proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area. Our boutique dental practice mostly serves the Chicago metropolitan area including the North Shore and Northwest suburbs, but we often get patients from all over the United States.