If you have pointy, stained, or unusually shaped teeth, veneers can provide a bright, white, symmetrical smile. At Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, PC, experienced dentist Bob Davidson, DDS, uses classic porcelain veneers to transform smiles. To make an appointment at the practice in Elburn, Illinois, call the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative team or click the online booking tool.
Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain bonded to your natural, permanent teeth. They cover minor imperfections that won’t respond to other types of treatment like braces or teeth whitening.
If you chip or crack a tooth, it’s possible to get a single veneer, but Dr. Davidson usually recommends getting between six and eight. That allows for a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Dr. Davidson uses veneers to minimize the appearance of mild to moderate oral imperfections, including:
You might also benefit from veneers if you have noticeable gaps or spaces between your teeth.
At the practice of Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, P.C., getting veneers takes two appointments:
During your first appointment, Dr. Davidson conducts an oral exam and asks about your goals for treatment. Then, he takes a series of oral X-rays to assess the position and condition of your teeth.
After gathering the necessary information, Dr. Davidson administers a local anesthetic and removes a thin layer of enamel from each tooth. Then, he takes digital impressions of your teeth and sends them to a dental laboratory that manufactures a custom set of veneers.
When the lab completes your veneers, you return to the practice of Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, P.C. Dr. Davidson once again administers a local anesthetic, lines up the veneers with your teeth, and carefully bonds them in place. Afterward, he polishes them, removes any excess material, and provides you with care instructions.
Veneers don’t last forever, but they typically last 12-15 years and sometimes even longer. To extend the lifespan of your veneers, Dr. Davidson recommends practicing good oral hygiene. Brush and floss daily and visit the practice at least two times a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To minimize damage to your veneers, like chips or cracks, wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports and wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth. In addition, avoid bad habits like chewing on ice cubes and opening objects with your teeth.
To further explore veneers, make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, P.C. by calling the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff or by clicking the online booking tool.