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October 23, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile by masking discolorations, chips, cracks, and other cosmetic concerns. With veneers, it is possible to achieve the smile you desire. A dentist can help you decide if veneers are right for you. At Lake View Dental Associates, Dr. Scott Emalfarb is your dentist for veneers in the Lakeview Chicago area.

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are wafer-thin laminates that cover the front surface of teeth with cosmetic imperfections. Once in place, veneers conceal any flaws, such as stains or cracks, and give teeth an improved appearance. Each veneer is custom made for the tooth it will cover. The size, shape, and color can all be customized to achieve the best fit and most natural look possible. Once veneers are placed on the teeth, they blend right in and the only thing that will be noticeable to others is your new smile.

Benefits of Veneers

There are numerous benefits to choosing veneers to improve your smile. Placement of veneers on the teeth is a relatively simple procedure. Additionally, because veneers are permanently affixed to the teeth, there is no worry that they will come loose or fall off when performing routine functions like eating. Our Lakeview dentist can help you decide if they are right for you. Veneers can transform your smile by improving the appearance of teeth with any of the following concerns:

  • Cracked or chipped areas
  • Stains or discolorations
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Crooked or misshaped
  • Rough or uneven surfaces

There are so many reasons you should consider veneers. In addition to concealing a wide range of cosmetic concerns and giving you the smile you desire, veneers are custom made just for you, they look completely natural, and placement is permanent so they remain securely in place. For veneers in Lakeview, schedule an appointment with Dr. Emalfarb by calling Lake View Dental Associates at (773) 472-6322.

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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.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.