Dental Veneers Treatment at Streitz Dental

Veneers seem to recently be the buzzword for a quick fix of esthetic dental problems. While it can be a fantastic esthetic makeover in some situations, this is not always the case. It seems as though the marketing of this procedure may have gotten ahead of the benefits.

We complete many porcelain veneer cases in our practice, and we want to explain the costs and benefits of the procedure a little more here. Dental veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that cover the front and biting edges of your front teeth. In order for the porcelain to have the right proportion to the rest of your teeth and mouth, it is necessary to remove part of the front and top of the tooth. The removal of a portion of your tooth is irreversible. It takes careful planning and consideration by our dentists to determine if you are even a candidate for veneers, as you can end up with a disastrous situation if certain criteria are not met.

One additional point that many dentists may fail to mention is that veneers are not forever. At some point they will need to be replaced, possibly multiple times throughout your life depending on the age of the veneers. The positive thing about veneers is that they are one of the quickest ways to create beautiful esthetic improvements to your teeth – usually only two appointments are necessary within a couple of weeks.

At Streitz Dental Arts, we love placing veneers because it is one of the most rewarding procedures we offer within a relatively quick time frame. However, we would like you to explore all options before making your decision.

Questions that you should ask yourself and one of our dentists before your veneer appointment:

  1. Have you explored non-invasive options like orthodontics or cosmetic bonding?
  2. Have you tried professional whitening?
  3. What laboratory does your dentist use? (This is one of the most important things to consider. Streitz Dental Arts uses an award-winning laboratory in downtown Chicago for all esthetic porcelain work.)
  4. Are you allowed to see a ‘wax-up’ of your proposed veneers before you start the procedure?
  5. What is the cost?

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