Since every tooth is only a single part of the same smile, any deviations in size, shape, or color from the teeth around it may upset your entire smile’s appearance. If more than one tooth needs a cosmetic touchup, then altering them to create your perfect smile might seem challenging. In most cases, Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas prefer not to alter a tooth’s healthy structure, and offer a number of cosmetic procedures that can conservatively improve your smile. Porcelain veneers, for instance, can completely revamp your smile with minimal tooth preparation, and can address a multitude of aesthetic issues in a single procedure.
What Veneers are Good For
If you have one or more teeth that are stained, discolored, chipped, oddly-spaced, slightly crooked, just don’t seem to fit the contour of your smile, then veneers can probably help you improve them. A porcelain veneer is a thin, hand-crafted porcelain shell shaped like the front surface of your tooth. The tooth-colored porcelain, or ceramic, that veneers are made from is semi-translucent, like the enamel that surrounds your healthy teeth. Because they cover the fronts of your teeth, veneers can address a wide range of concerns, from single-tooth to total-smile improvement.
How Porcelain Veneers are Placed
Before Dr. Maria or Dr. Thanasi Loukas recommend porcelain veneers, your smile makeover will begin with a personal consultation and thorough examination. If veneers are right for you, then Dr. Loukas will carefully prepare your teeth by sculpting a minimal amount of tooth enamel so your veneers can fit comfortably. Afterwards, an impression will be made of your smile, and then sent to a skilled ceramist at a trusted dental lab to fabricate your porcelain veneers. Depending on your preferences and the severity of your smile’s issues, you may benefit from no-prep veneers, which don’t require permanent tooth preparation before placement.
About Your Park Ridge Cosmetic Dentists:
Though we can rebuild your smile if it’s compromised by cavities, gum disease, or tooth loss, preventing such issues with improved dental hygiene can help you avoid the need for complex restorative treatment. Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas are highly-skilled cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentists serving the Park Ridge and surrounding Chicago communities. To schedule an appointment, call Loukas General Dentistry today at (847) 696-1919.