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Just like adults, teenagers experience chipped, stained or disfigured teeth. And during a life stage where issues with appearance can be acutely painful, these defects call out for a solution.
And, there is one: porcelain veneers. These thin wafers of custom-made porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to cover dental flaws. They’re one of the least invasive—and most affordable—methods for smile enhancement.
There is one caveat, though: The affected teeth will most likely need alteration. Veneers can look bulky when bonded directly to teeth, so we compensate for this by removing some of the surface enamel. This changes the tooth permanently, to the point that it will always require a veneer or some other form of restoration.
But although this may be a minor issue for an adult, it could pose a problem for a teenager. That’s because the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, is larger in a younger adolescent tooth than in an older adult tooth. Because of its size, it’s closer to the tooth’s surface. During enamel reduction for veneers on a young tooth, this could lead to inadvertent nerve damage. If that happens, the tooth may need a root canal treatment to preserve it.
If the adolescent tooth needing a “facelift” has already been root canaled or sustained significant structural damage, then altering it for veneers may not be too concerning. Likewise, if the teeth are smaller than normal, the bulkiness of a veneer may actually improve appearance and not require alteration. We’ll need to examine a young patient first before making any recommendations.
There are also alternatives to veneers for improving smile appearance. Enamel staining could be enhanced temporarily with teeth whitening. Small chips can be repaired with bonded dental material, or in skilled hands be used to “build” a veneer one layer at a time with no enamel reduction. Although not as durable as regular veneers, these bonding techniques could buy time until the tooth is more mature for veneers.
Whichever path we take, there are effective ways to transform a teenager’s flawed tooth. And that can make for an even better smile.
If you would like more information on dental restorations for teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Veneers for Teenagers.”
Improving your smile may seem like a hopeless effort, especially if the imperfections in your smile seem to outweigh the beautiful parts. However, with dental veneers, you can repair imperfections, correct small misalignments, and even restore the color of your teeth in just a few dental appointments. Find out more about dental veneers with Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry in Ukranian Village in Chicago, IL.
Am I a candidate for veneers?
A good candidate for veneers is in excellent dental health and understands the importance of an at-home dental routine paired with bi-annual dental examinations and professional cleanings. Though keeping your veneers healthy is the same process, proper dental hygiene becomes more important than ever when it comes to extending the life of dental veneers or other restorations. In addition to keeping your smile healthy and clean, a good candidate for veneers should be free from teeth decay or gum disease.
What can veneers repair in my smile?
Think of a veneer as a super-thin shell which fits over the face of your tooth, masking its flaws and covering the whole tooth to give it a new appearance in one fell swoop. With this method, veneers can help improve the appearance of a tooth with several problems, including:
- yellowed appearance
- discolorations or stains
- slight misalignments
- slight overcrowding
- small gaps
Dental Veneers in Chicago, IL
If you think you could benefit from dental veneers, you should consult with your dentist to determine if this is the best treatment for your smile. The process will require several dental visits and at least two weeks for a dental laboratory to custom make your veneers. Your dentist may place temporary veneers to protect your teeth in the meantime. Your dentist will also prepare your teeth prior to placing the veneers. This process involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the teeth to make room for the dental veneer.
For more information on dental veneers, please consider a consultation with Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry in Ukranian Village in Chicago, IL. Call (773) 661-0330 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Riyal and the staff at Miswak Dentistry today!
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
Find out what dental issues veneers can easily fix.
When we have smile imperfections that cause embarrassment, it can be difficult to feel confident in our appearance. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry can be the answer to most patients’ dental needs. When patients hear the words cosmetic dentistry they may think it’s invasive, time-consuming and too expensive, but it doesn’t have to be that way at all. Find out how your Ukrainian Village dentist Dr. Tariq Riyal can give you the smile you want with veneers.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers may not look like much, but these thin shells of porcelain are cemented to the front surface of your teeth to cover over common flaws and give you a smile that looks healthier and more ideal without looking fake or unnatural.
In order to obtain this perfect smile without the veneers looking bulky, your dentist in Chicago, IL will need to shave down a very small amount of tooth enamel. This will give us the space we need to apply your beautiful new dental restorations. This does mean that you’ll have veneers for the rest of your life but the enamel we remove is so small that it’s completely painless and won’t even require anesthesia.
What dental problems can veneers treat?
Veneers really are quite versatile when it comes to how they can be used. If you are dealing with any of these flaws then you may be able to benefit from porcelain veneers:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked or misshapen teeth
Are you looking to get a brighter smile but suffer from stains that whitening just won’t treat? Do you want to get a straighter, more even smile without needing to wear braces for almost a year? Then in only two visits, let dental veneers give you the smile you want without going through long orthodontic treatments or other cosmetic options that won’t end up giving you the results you need. Find out just how far veneers can take your smile.
Let Miswak Dentistry give you the smile you deserve. Call our office to schedule a consultation and find out if veneers are right for you.
Porcelain veneers are excellent for restoring otherwise sound teeth that are stained, chipped or slightly misaligned. But the question for many is, are they long-lasting?
Just as the term is used in building construction, a dental veneer is a thin covering of material that’s bonded to the outside of a tooth to conceal blemishes. Very thin layers of dental porcelain (a form of hardened glass colored to match a patient’s natural teeth) are created by a dental lab technician to achieve the preferred shape and size of the patient’s tooth. Unlike crowns or other restorations, veneers require very little tooth preparation to accommodate them.
As to their longevity: if cared for properly, a veneer could last for twenty years or more. While the veneer itself isn’t subject to the effects of dental disease, the tooth and the gums that support it are. Shrinking gum tissues as a result of periodontal (gum) disease, for example, could have a negative effect on the veneered tooth and subsequently the veneer. It’s important, then, that you properly practice daily brushing and flossing, along with keeping up regular office cleanings and checkups.
There’s one other important consideration: while porcelain veneers can withstand normal biting forces, if they’re subjected beyond their tolerance they could shatter. You should be careful not to subject your veneered teeth to an abnormal biting force, such as biting down on an extremely hard object. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, wearing a night guard can minimize the force created from the grinding.
It’s possible to repair and re-bond a loose or slightly chipped veneer. In some cases, though, severe damage may require a replacement. Still, by using common sense about what you bite down on and taking proper care of your teeth and gums, you can minimize the chances of damage and enjoy many years of a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: How Long will Your Porcelain Veneers Last?.”