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By Dr. Brian Gniadek
November 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Do you want pearly white teeth that are properly shaped and aligned?

According to your Lindenhurst, IL, dentist, beautiful teeth are attainable. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, maybe you'd like to try veneers.

Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain covers cemented to the exterior surface of your teeth. They are strong, don't stain and look like natural tooth enamel. Your doctor actually removes some enamel off the surface of your natural teeth before bonding the veneers. This part of the procedure irreversible, but aligns veneers with the rest of your natural teeth.

In recent years, technology has created veneers thin enough to be placed on the existing tooth surface. The natural-looking restoration improves many aesthetic issues:

  • Say goodbye to stained teeth: Teeth stain over time. It results from drinking coffee and tea, eating staining foods like blueberries, smoking, chewing tobacco, or old age.
  • Don't deal with peculiarly shaped and abnormally sized teeth: Teeth-grinding, everyday wear and tear, or naturally pegged teeth are hidden when you use veneers that are shaped the way you want: squarer, rounder, smaller, or taller.
  • Eliminate large gaps between teeth: Your Lindenhurst dentist uses veneers to close small gaps between teeth and can even correct slight alignment issues.

It's important to take care of your veneers:

  • Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.
  • Minimize the amount of coffee and tea you drink.
  • Avoid dental-staining food, such as blueberries.
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings to remove hardened plaque.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day, while holding your brush at a 40-degree angle, to clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • Floss at least once before bed to remove food debris.
  • Get fluoride treatment to prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay.

Want to learn more about veneers? Call our Lindenhurst, IL, office at (847) 265-9070 for more information!

By Dr. Brian Gniadek
April 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
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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.