At Eastland Dental Center in Bloomington, IL, we see patients daily who are interested in rejuvenating their smiles. Cosmetic dental procedures were once only for the rich and famous, but have become much more accessible and affordable in recent years. Porcelain veneers can completely transform the look of the smile. Whether you want to enhance a single tooth, or are interested in a full smile makeover, dental veneers can help you with a beautiful, natural looking smile.

Why patients in Bloomington, IL may consider dental veneers

There are so many benefits to having a beautiful smile. Your smile is often one of the first things people notice about you. If you have teeth that are stained, cracked, misshapen, or unevenly spaced, you could give the wrong impression on dates, in job interviews, or many other social and professional situations. Beautiful, vibrant smiles give a positive first impression. In fact, research has shown that people with attractive smiles are perceived as friendlier, happier, and more successful.

Another benefit of a beautiful smile is increased confidence and self-esteem. It’s amazing how great people feel when they can smile freely without being embarrassed by their teeth.

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What are dental veneers?

Think of dental veneers like custom fabricated covers for your teeth. Veneers are made of porcelain, which is a strong, durable material that has a translucency like natural tooth enamel. When veneers are adhered to the front of the teeth, they can disguise a wide variety of imperfections including:

  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Permanent stains
  • Uneven lengths
  • Gaps

The Porcelain veneer process

A beautiful, transformed smile takes time to achieve. Veneers become a permanent addition to your smile, which is why we pay close attention to detail and take the time necessary to ensure the results are beautiful and natural looking.

Step One: The Consultation

This initial appointment allows us to evaluate your teeth and listen to your concerns, so we can determine if veneers are a good choice. If any of your teeth have decay or if you have gum disease, this will need to be treated before receiving veneers.

Step Two: Preparation

Bloomington Tooth Porcelain veneer processTo begin, the dentist will need to remove a small portion of the enamel (approximately .5 – .7mm) for the veneer to adhere to the teeth and not add bulk. The next step is to use a shade guide to determine which color of porcelain to use for your veneers. If you are treating just one or two teeth, the shade will be chosen to closely match neighboring teeth. If you are having veneers put on all the teeth we can determine what shade of porcelain you desire. After reducing the enamel, impressions will be taken to fabricate the veneers. The turnaround time on veneers is typically about two weeks.

Step Three: Evaluating the veneers

Once the veneers are complete, you return to Eastland Dental Center for final bonding. Before we permanently attach the veneers, we need to check the fit, shape, and color to make sure they are correct. The dentist can make minor changes to shape and size in the office. When evaluating the color, the dentist may need to try multiple shades of cement to get the right combination for a natural look.

Step Four: Final Placement

Once you and the dentist are satisfied with the color and shape of the veneers they can be permanently bonded into place. An etching solution is applied to the teeth to create a rough surface for the cement to bond to. The solution is washed off after about 15-20 seconds and then bonding agent can be applied to the teeth. The dentist will then apply the chosen color of cement on the inside of the veneers and then place them onto the teeth. A curing light is used to complete the bond.

Step Five: The follow-up appointment

After about a week, you will return to the office for an evaluation to see how your gums are responding to the new veneers. If your veneers need any small adjustments, they can be made at this time too.

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