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If you look in the mirror, and your smile could use a little help, maybe dental veneers are a good choice for you. Veneers are thin shells made out of porcelain that are cemented to the fronts of your teeth and are used to cover up small problems like chips or stained teeth. They can also be used to correct the shape of a tooth or decrease the space between teeth.

The process for placing veneers is relatively simple. The dentist will remove tiny amount of enamel from the front of your tooth, and then make an impression of it. That impression will be used to make your permanent veneer, and you will be given a temporary one to wear until is ready. Your permanent veneer will be shaded to blend in perfectly with the other teeth in your smile.

If you take the proper care of your veneers, they can last over a decade, but they are not invincible. They can still be damaged, and it will be up to you to make sure that they stay in good shape. You will need to continue to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Although veneers cover the fronts of your teeth, decay can still attack the backs. Veneers can be stained by tobacco, foods and beverages, and will need to be polished by the dentist. And of course, if you eat hard to tough foods, grind your teeth, or chew on pens or other objects, you can chip or crack your veneers.

If your smile could use a little improvement, why not talk to our Dentist, Dr. Doris Madrigal about veneers. To make an appointment at DM Family Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois, call 773.252.5757 today.