Porcelain Veneers in Highland Park - Carol Lockwood, DDS
If you were not born with a picture-perfect smile, Highland Park cosmetic dentist Dr. Carol Lockwood can help you achieve it, thanks to porcelain veneers. These thin, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain can act as a concealer for a number of dental imperfections, leaving you with a flawless smile.
Dr. Lockwood helps her patients not only improve their smiles, but also boost their self-esteem. Porcelain veneers require minimal preparation and can prove to be an intervention that can give you a decade or more of a beautiful smile.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Applied?
Veneers are custom-made from porcelain, which closely resembles your natural teeth. If you are considering porcelain veneers in Highland Park, you can schedule an initial consultation at Dr. Lockwood's office to find out if this treatment is right for you. At this consultation, Dr. Lockwood can answer questions you have regarding porcelain veneers to determine if they will help you meet your goal smile. Once you decide on your treatment plan, she can take preliminary impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental laboratory where your custom veneers will be created.
Porcelain veneers do require the buffing of a small portion of outer dental enamel (less than 1 millimeter) This allows the veneers to rest as evenly as possible on your teeth. The preparation will take place before the impressions of your teeth are created and you will be supplied with temporary veneers while your final veneers and customized at a trusted dental lab. When your final dental veneers are available, Dr. Lockwood will apply them at her dental office using a special bonding cement and light to cure the cement and set the bond.
With more than 22 years of dentistry experience, Dr. Lockwood prides herself on the ability to offer natural-looking cosmetic dentistry services in Highland Park. The quality of her work ensures that your dental veneers will truly give you the smile you have always dreamed of showing to the world.
What Conditions Can Porcelain Veneers Address?
Dental veneers are an alternative to more invasive dental interventions, dental crowns, harsh teeth bleaching, and metal braces. They can correct a number of imperfections that keep you from smiling a perfect smile. These include:
• Chipped teeth
• Cracked teeth
• Short or small teeth
• Stained teeth
• Too-large teeth
• Unevenly spaced teeth
• Worn teeth
At your cosmetic dentistry consultation, Dr. Lockwood can help determine if your cosmetic dental concerns can be addressed with porcelain veneers.
How Do I Care for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining, which means they will stay white for an extended period of time. Dr. Lockwood will offer instructions on how to care for your veneers, which are very similar to how you care for your teeth in general: brush and floss regularly and keep twice-yearly dentist appointments.
Dr. Lockwood may recommend wearing a custom night guard, which protects your veneers from chipping due to grinding your teeth while you sleep. If you take excellent care of your veneers, you can expect them to last 10 years or more. At this time, new veneers can be applied to refresh and maintain your smile.
To learn more about getting veneers in Highland Park, contact Dr. Lockwood's dental office to make an appointment for a porcelain veneers consultation.