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Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so you want to be able to put your best smile forward. If your teeth are less than perfect, flawed with chips and cracks, discolored, or worn down, dental veneers can provide you with a complete smile make-over so you can flash your pearly whites with confidence. Dr. John P. Lynch, Dr. Sheila E. Lynch, and Dr. Frances E. Lynch are dentists at Lynch Dental Center in Chicago, where they provide fill dental services including porcelain veneers.
What You Need to Know About Porcelain Veneers
A porcelain veneer is a thin but durable porcelain sheath that is shaped to fully cover the front of a tooth. They can be customized to match the color, size, and shape of your existing teeth. To prepare your teeth for veneers, Dr. Lynch will remove one millimeter of enamel from the surface of your tooth then make an impression to send to the lab where your permanent veneers will be made. Dr. Lynch will fit temporary veneers until you return to the office to have your porcelain veneers fitted one to two weeks later. Once your permanent veneers have been fitted, Dr. Lynch will adjust them for your personal comfort.
Who Are Good Candidates for Veneers?
Chicago dental patients who have the following dental issues are good candidates for dental veneers:
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Chipped or fractured teeth
- Minor gaps between teeth
- Minor overcrowding
- Problems with your bite
Veneers can make a dramatic change to your smile and your personal, work, and social life. Don’t hide your smile any longer. If you would like to find out more about veneers, schedule an appointment with River Forest Dental Center today. Call our River Forest office on (708) 366-6411 or our Chicago office on (312) 263-3235.
Orthodontics, veneers and other cosmetic dental techniques can turn a less than perfect smile into a beautiful one—but not always very quickly. For example, porcelain veneers can take weeks from planning to installation, including the meticulous work of an outside dental lab to produce veneers that look natural as well as beautiful.
But you may be able to take advantage of another approach, one that often takes no more than a couple of dental visits. Called direct veneers, it's actually a process of bonding and sculpting life-like composite materials to teeth that are heavily stained, chipped or that contain tiny crevices called “craze lines.”
Unlike the similarly-named traditional method, direct veneers don't involve the creation of layered porcelain veneers fashioned by a dental lab. But this newer process is similar to the older one in that some of the enamel must be removed from the teeth in question to provide a suitable surface for the composite material to adhere. This alteration will be permanent, requiring a restorative covering on the treated teeth from then on.
Right before this preparation, though, a dentist typically makes an impression of the patient's mouth. This will be the basis for creating the procedural plan for the dental work, particularly a “trial smile” from similar composite material that can be applied to the patient's teeth before actual restoration work begins. This temporary application gives both patient and dentist an opportunity to visualize the final look, and make needed adjustments in color and shaping.
Once the work plan is finalized, the patient then returns for the actual restoration procedure. The dentist begins by applying and bonding the composite material to the prepared teeth. Then, using a drill and manual instruments, the dentist shapes and smooths the material into a tooth-like appearance that blends with other teeth. The procedure can take a few hours, but it can usually be completed during a single visit.
Although direct veneers may not last as long as porcelain veneers, the process is less costly and requires less time to complete. Direct veneers could be an economical solution for achieving a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on direct veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic with a firsthand patient account by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A New Smile With Direct Veneers.”
These days, there are numerous ways to get that picture-perfect, million-dollar smile. Maintaining it, on the other hand, will take some work on your part. Sometimes, good oral hygiene habits may not be enough to preserve that natural white smile because your teeth have been cosmetically or structurally damaged.
Until you consult with one of the dentists here at Lynch Dental Center, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, or Dr. France Lynch, in Chicago or River Forest, IL, here are common options to help you maintain your dazzling smile:
The most obvious solution that comes to mind would be teeth whitening. Although there are many teeth whitening home kits, it is still best to go to your dentist to get the treatment. Teeth bleaching involves the use of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. These chemicals remove teeth stains to reverse discoloration as well as signs of routine wear.
Made from composite or porcelain material, this dental solution makes use of tooth-colored shells to achieve a natural-looking white smile. The veneer is installed over the tooth surface to restore its original color and protect the tooth enamel from decay.
Dental veneers are not only good for whitening teeth, but also for concealing minor misalignment, hiding spaces, and repairing cracks/chips on the tooth. On average, the procedure can be completed in two visits to your dentist in River Forest or Chicago.
Other Tips to Maintain a White Smile
Aside from the dental procedures previously described, there are other things you can do to maintain your white smile, such as:
- Eating foods like apples, carrots, celery, and pears, which forces the production of more saliva, which, in turn, washes away the food debris caught in your teeth.
- Using sugarless gum with tooth-cleansing action to help with whitening.
- Avoiding sugary foods and drinks that can cause discoloration or tooth decay.
For More Teeth Whitening Options, Call Us
Contact Lynch Dental Center to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, or Dr. France Lynch. Call (708) 366-6411 to reach our River Forest, IL, office or (312) 263-3235 to reach our Chicago, IL, office.
The hallmarks of a healthy and beautiful smile typically include white, perfectly shaped, and correctly aligned teeth. But what if you lack one or all of these qualities? Fortunately, you can have all those qualities and more with dental veneers. Veneers are basically very durable, thin shells that can cover your teeth’s front area to conceal a variety of imperfections.
At Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, IL, your dentists, Drs. John Lynch, Sheila Lynch, and Frances Lynch offer porcelain veneers that closely mimic the natural sheen and look of real teeth to give patients gorgeous and authentic-looking smiles.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Veneers can offer a wide array of benefits, which makes it one of the most popular and versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments available today. You can even use them with other cosmetic procedures such as in a smile makeover for example. Specifically, veneers can offer the following benefits:
- Conceal noticeable discoloration, which includes intrinsic stains
- Mask tiny chips and cracks
- Hide minor misalignment
- Close slight gaps or spaces between your teeth
- Enhance the look of unusually shaped, worn, or small teeth
Can I Get Dental Veneers?
To figure out if you’re an ideal candidate for dental veneers, your dentist at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, IL, will assess the condition of your teeth and discuss how veneers can help your smile. Take note though that if you have severely uneven or crooked teeth, your dentist might suggest orthodontic treatment before you can get dental veneers.
The Dental Veneers Procedure
After your initial consultation and fitting, you’ll come back to the clinic and your dentist will examine the color, shape, and fit of your custom-made dental veneers. This is to ensure that they fit correctly and look perfect. Your dentist will then give your teeth a thorough cleaning to prevent bacteria from being trapped in between the veneers and your real teeth and then causing decay.
Next, the surface of your teeth will be resurfaced using a grinding device to make them a bit rougher so that the veneers will stick better. The veneers will then be attached to your teeth using dental cement and “baked” under ultraviolet light to speed up the drying process. You now have a smile that you can truly be proud of.
Interested in dental veneers to improve your smile?
Call our Lynch Dental Center office in Chicago, IL, at (312) 263-3235 or our River Forest, IL, office at (708) 366-6411 to book your appointment with one of our dentists, Drs. John Lynch, Sheila Lynch, or Frances Lynch today.
It’s pretty rare for someone to be born with a perfect smile. Everything from chips to discolorations can happen at any time. As a result, you may be feeling less than confident in your appearance because of your smile. If so, our River Forest, IL, dentists Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch offer a fast and effective solution for getting a brand new smile.
Here are some of the reasons people are getting dental veneers,
Brighten Your Smile
While teeth whitening is a great option for those who are dealing with yellowing smiles that have dulled over the years, this professional whitening system is only able to remove external stains. Internal stains will not respond as well to professional whitening. So if you are dealing with internal stains veneers could give you a brighter smile.
Veneers are also stain-resistant, which means that they won’t discolor over time.
Hide Cosmetic Flaws
Since veneers cover the entire front surface of your teeth they can hide a wide range of aesthetic problems. After all, these thin porcelain shells can easily change the color, shape and length of your teeth to give you a more uniformed and beautiful smile. They can improve everything from misshapen or uneven teeth to cracks and chips. Veneers may also strengthen teeth that have been worn down by teeth grinding.
Straighten Your Smile
While veneers won’t be able to always take the place of orthodontic treatment, veneers may be able to give you a straighter, more aligned smile without needing braces. If you are dealing with small gaps in your teeth, minor crowding or crookedness then veneers may be all you need to get a straighter smile quickly.
If you want to restore your self-esteem and appearance with the help of dental veneers then call Lynch Dental Center today. We have offices in Chicago and River Forest, IL. Schedule your cosmetic consultation with us.