Smiling is a great way to reduce stress, what happens though when it is your smile that creates stress in the first place. It can be very nerve wracking to always cover your mouth when you smile, but there is a way to reface teeth that are stained, have surface cracks, chips, unsightly gaps or even slightly crooked. The solution is veneers in Downtown Chicago. There are two different approaches to veneers; one requires surface preparation; the other does not.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are quite thin wafers that are custom made to fit on the front of teeth that have been previously prepared for them. The surface of the target teeth is ground down, and an impression is made. The veneers are made to suit and affixed to the teeth with resin which is in turn, set with light. Conventional porcelain veneers take a minimum of two visits to the dentist; one to prepare the teeth and make the impressions and the second to fit the veneers and make any minor adjustments.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are also veneers, but they are ultra thin and require no preliminary tooth preparation, they are bonded directly to the surface of a tooth. As there is no grinding, there is no need for an anesthetic.
Lumineers are about as thick as a contact lens, perhaps 0.2 mm. Conventional veneers in Downtown Chicago are about 0.5 mm thick. You may not think that such a small difference would mean much, but it does. Adding bulk to teeth will only cause unnecessary complications; this is why teeth are ground down to accept conventional veneers.
A serious downside to conventional veneers is the fact that the procedure is permanent; it cannot be reversed because the enamel has been ground away. Both approaches have their pros and cons; your dentist will lead you in the right direction.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth either Lumineers or conventional veneers in Downtown Chicago can remedy the situation. To discuss the better option for you, you are invited to contact Pure Dental Spa.