Everyone wants that perfect straight and bright smile, but not everyone is lucky enough to be born with perfect teeth.  Minor chips, irregular shapes, overlapped teeth and discoloration of teeth are common and can make people hide their smiles or feel uncomfortable.

At Streamwood Family Dentistry, Dr. Lucy Shah specializes in treating patients with cosmetic concerns and offers personalized solutions to fit each patient’s needs.  If your teeth make you self-conscious for any reason, dental crowns & dental veneers may be a solution to consider.

Sometimes called porcelain veneers, or porcelain laminates, veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored material that are adhered to the front surface of your existing teeth to improve their appearance.  Dental Crowns can also be used in conjunction with veneers if the entire tooth needs to be protected.

Your Streamwood dentist may recommend crowns or veneers for one or several of your teeth to correct:

  • Worn down teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth

Because veneers don’t usually require as much tooth shaping as crowns do, they are a strong and attractive alternative that preserves as much of the tooth as possible.  Dental veneers can be made from ceramic, which is a very strong material that resists forces of natural biting and withstand against staining and minor chips and fractures.

Veneers appear very natural and are resistant to staining from coffee, tea or even cigarette smoking.  With proper care (which is no different from your standard brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings) veneers can last 5 to 10 years, at which point they can simply be replaced.
The cost of veneers is generally not covered by insurance, as the procedure is considered cosmetic, but at Streamwood Family Dentistry, we cater to each person’s needs and provide payment plan options that best your budget

Below is an actual patient case of Dr.Shah’s for a patient that wanted a total smile make-over.  If you would like to learn more about improving your smile with crowns or veneers, call (847) 740-0219 to schedule a FREE consultation.