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In the world of dentistry, there are many options available to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. One type of dental restoration that is fairly quickly to achieve–compared to wearing braces–are dental veneers.

What Are Dental Veneers and How Do They Work?

–Veneers are customized, translucent shells worn over teeth to give you a quick yet effective way to enhance your smile. If you have damaged teeth, whether crooked, chipped, cracked or discolored, dental veneers can help restore your smile.

–Veneers are routinely used to whiten the appearance of teeth, and can lengthen a tooth that may have been worn down by constant grinding and clenching (bruxism). They can be used to fill minor gaps in between teeth, even those caused by gum disease, and help mask discolored fillings on the front teeth.

–Veneers are ultra-thin shells customized to resemble your natural teeth and fitted over existing teeth. Made to mimic the way natural teeth reflect light, they can also protect the health of the tooth underneath the shell if you care for them properly.

–Most veneers are made from porcelain or composite resin. Bonded to the existing tooth, porcelain veneers are often used for extensive tooth corrections, while composite resin veneers are used for minor tooth issues. Porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant and natural-looking than composite veneers, but composite veneers are thinner, which means less of your tooth surface needs to be removed. With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last many years. Dr. Gary Wegmann is pleased to offer porcelain veneers at The Chicago Family Dental Center.

If you would like to know more about how dental veneers can correct your smile, please call our caring team at 312.551.0500 and we will help you restore your smile!