- December 26, 2017
If you want a whiter, brighter smile, teeth whitening is a great option. Professional teeth whitening treatments can whiten teeth by several shades, dramatically improving the look of your smile. Sometimes though, veneers instead of whitening is the better option as teeth whitening doesn’t work for everyone.
At Shorewood Family Dental Care, we offer dental veneers as a way to achieve a brighter, whiter smile, even when teeth whitening treatments fail. We encourage you to learn more about dental veneers and then call our Shorewood, IL office to schedule a consultation.
When Teeth Whitening Won’t Work
Typically, teeth whitening treatments work on stains left behind by food, drinks, and smoking. But you may find that teeth whitening unsuccessfully fixes stains caused by:
- Tooth enamel imperfections or thin enamel.
- Tooth decay or infection.
- Metal amalgam fillings.
- Trauma to the tooth.
In cases where teeth whitening doesn’t work, there are still options to be considered. If you want a whiter smile, consider dental veneers instead of whitening.
Dental Veneers For Whiter Teeth
The main purpose of dental veneers is to hide imperfections in your smile. That includes discoloration. If you have teeth that aren’t responding to teeth whitening treatments, we encourage you to consider dental veneers.
At Shorewood Family Dental Care, we offer porcelain veneers that can give you the smile of your dreams.
Our porcelain veneers are wafer thin and affix to the front of your teeth. To ensure the best fit, we will gently remove a thin layer of your tooth’s enamel before bonding them to your teeth. We will make sure the color of your new veneers match the color you’re looking for, while still looking natural.
Benefits Of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers have the ability to completely transform your smile unlike any other dental treatment available. If you’re curious about the benefits of covering the front of your teeth with dental veneers, allow the benefits to speak for themselves. Benefits of dental veneers include:
- Porcelain, the material our veneers are made from, is naturally resistant to stains that otherwise wreck your natural teeth. Porcelain won’t stain or discolor like other cosmetic materials can.
- Porcelain is incredibly durable. Because of its strength, your veneers can last for more than a decade if properly cared for.
- Speaking of care, there’s no special care required with porcelain veneers. Once we place your beautiful dental veneers, you just need to make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. You should also maintain regular checkups with your dentist.
Dental Veneers Procedure: What To Expect
Usually, two appointments are needed for dental veneers. During your first appointment, we will go over your goals and look at your teeth to make sure you’re a good candidate for the treatment. To be a good candidate, you’ll need enough enamel, no sign of decay on the teeth we’re applying veneers to, and good oral health overall. If necessary, we will take X-rays.
Once it’s determined that you’re a good candidate for veneers, we will clean and prepare your teeth. To prepare your teeth, we will remove a thin layer of enamel then take an impression.
That impression is sent to a dental lab to make your customized dental veneers
Once your customized veneers arrive from the lab, usually after a couple weeks, you’ll come in for your second appointment. During your second visit, we will fit you with your veneers, make any adjustments as needed, and affix them to the front of your teeth. From there you can enjoy your bright smile without restrictions!
If at any point you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, we offer several comfort options to help you relax. We’re more than happy to accommodate you if you struggle with dental anxiety. Keep in mind your health and happiness are our top priorities.
Learn More: Choose Veneers Instead of Whitening to Brighten Your Smile
To learn more about how you can get the whiter, brighter smile of your dreams, even after teeth whitening treatments have failed, call Shorewood Family Dental Care and ask about dental veneers. Our experienced, friendly, and professional staff here in Shorewood, IL will happily walk you through the treatment process so you know exactly what to expect.