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By City Square Dental
January 16, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Just like adults, teenagers experience chipped, stained or disfigured teeth. And during a life stage where issues with appearance can be acutely painful, these defects call out for a solution.

And, there is one: porcelain veneers. These thin wafers of custom-made porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to cover dental flaws. They’re one of the least invasive—and most affordable—methods for smile enhancement.

There is one caveat, though: The affected teeth will most likely need alteration. Veneers can look bulky when bonded directly to teeth, so we compensate for this by removing some of the surface enamel. This changes the tooth permanently, to the point that it will always require a veneer or some other form of restoration.

But although this may be a minor issue for an adult, it could pose a problem for a teenager. That’s because the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, is larger in a younger adolescent tooth than in an older adult tooth. Because of its size, it’s closer to the tooth’s surface. During enamel reduction for veneers on a young tooth, this could lead to inadvertent nerve damage. If that happens, the tooth may need a root canal treatment to preserve it.

If the adolescent tooth needing a “facelift” has already been root canaled or sustained significant structural damage, then altering it for veneers may not be too concerning. Likewise, if the teeth are smaller than normal, the bulkiness of a veneer may actually improve appearance and not require alteration. We’ll need to examine a young patient first before making any recommendations.

There are also alternatives to veneers for improving smile appearance. Enamel staining could be enhanced temporarily with teeth whitening. Small chips can be repaired with bonded dental material, or in skilled hands be used to “build” a veneer one layer at a time with no enamel reduction. Although not as durable as regular veneers, these bonding techniques could buy time until the tooth is more mature for veneers.

Whichever path we take, there are effective ways to transform a teenager’s flawed tooth. And that can make for an even better smile.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Veneers for Teenagers.”

By City Square Dental
December 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

When you look in the mirror, do the imperfections in your smile jump out at you first? If so, you may benefit from a cosmetic dentistry veneersprocedure to brighten, enhance, or even completely renew your smile. With a versatile procedure like dental veneers, you can do all these things and more. Find out more about dental veneers with Dr. Whitney Behm at City Square Dental in Woodstock, IL.

What can veneers do for me? 
Dental veneers fit onto the surface of the teeth to cover them and change their appearance. While a veneer can completely change the appearance of the tooth, it can also only change certain things, like the length or width or color of the tooth. Additionally, a veneer can repair cracks or chips in a tooth or even out a too-long, too-short, or pointy tooth. Veneers are a powerful cosmetic tool which, with help from your dentist, can renew your smile and help you feel as great as you look.

How does the procedure for veneers work? 
Your dentist will most likely require several visits to properly design, create, and place your new veneers. You will need one appointment to consult with your dentist about your expectations and results and determine if this is the best procedure for your teeth. Your dentist may begin the preparation process at this visit, preparing the teeth to receive the veneers by removing a super-thin layer of enamel from their surfaces. If necessary, your dentist will place temporary veneers after taking an impression of the mouth. This ensures a natural look and strong bond between restoration and tooth. At a follow-up appointment, your dentist will remove any temporary veneers and fit and permanently place the final restorations onto your teeth.

Dental Veneers in Woodstock, IL 
If you think you could benefit from veneers, it is important to consult with your dentist to ensure that another cosmetic dentistry procedure would not better suit your wishes. For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Whitney Behm at City Square Dental in Woodstock, IL. Call 815-337-1932 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Whitney Behm today!

By City Square Dental
July 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

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.

By City Square Dental
May 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Would you like to correct several cosmetic dental issues but don't want to undergo multiple dental treatments? Veneers offer the perfect veneersway to treat many cosmetic problems. Dr. Whitney Behm in Woodstock, IL, explains how veneers work and discuss how they can improve your smile.

Veneers enhance your smile

Veneers conceal damage and imperfections in teeth and are very effective in changing the shape and length of teeth. They're made with very thin pieces of porcelain designed to cover the fronts of teeth. Each veneer is custom-made to ensure an excellent fit. Porcelain is often used in dental restorations because it's very durable and it looks like tooth enamel.

Veneers address many common cosmetic issues

You would think that every tooth in your mouth would look exactly the same, but that's not always the case. One or two teeth may be pointed or crooked or shaped a little differently than their neighbors. Veneers are designed to transform unusual looking teeth simply and easily. They can even be used to fill in gaps between teeth.

Veneers are also a good choice if you want to lengthen a tooth or hide discolorations, cracks, chips and other problems that may affect your smile. When your teeth aren't as white as you would like, veneers provide an excellent alternative to professional whitening or over-the-counter whitening kits available in Woodstock stores. Whitening products don't always whiten teeth as much as you would like. Many people who choose veneers as whitening option appreciate the fact that they can choose the final color of their teeth.

Veneer considerations

Although veneers offer many benefits, they do have a few drawbacks. They're not a good choice if you have large gaps between teeth, very crooked teeth or large cracks. Braces may be a better choice if you have large spaces between teeth or crooked teeth, while a crown may be needed to protect your tooth if you have a large crack.

Ready to make over your smile with veneers? Call Dr. Whitney Behm in Woodstock, IL, at (815) 337-1932 to schedule an appointment.