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Smiling with pride can sometimes be difficult for someone with chipped, gapped, discolored, or misaligned teeth. Taking pictures can become much more stressful and when you hide your smile, it can be hard to feel confident about your appearance. But not to worry! Dr. Ema is an expert at applying dental veneers to her patient’s teeth to give them smiles they’ll love!

A dental veneer is a thin layer of materials that covers the teeth and can be altered in size, shape, and color for a natural-looking smile which can cover chips, worn down teeth, or other dental conditions which can cause a person to hide their smile.

But deciding which type of dental veneer is best for you can depend on several factors, and during your initial consultation, Dr. Ema will help you create a personalized treatment plan that best works for you. However, it’s still important to know what kind of veneers are available when choosing your veneers.

Types of Veneers

Direct Veneers

Direct veneers, also known as direct composite bonding, are cost-effective alternatives to veneers and Lumineers, as well as traditional braces. These veneers are applied to the teeth without the removal of enamel.

Porcelain Veneers

Our most popular material for veneers, porcelain veneers use this material to cover and reshape the teeth for desired results. This material protects your natural teeth and can give your smile a brighter appearance.


Lumineers are stronger as they are applied in multiple, thin layers, and because of these thin layers, less enamel will be removed when the veneer is applied. These veneers are often recommended when the patient is seeking minor changes to their smile.

Zirconia Veneers

Zirconia veneers also require less enamel to be removed when applying them to the teeth and is a strong sturdy material that can protect your natural teeth. Zirconia veneers are often recommended when the goal is to cover extreme staining on the teeth.


Taking Care of Your Veneers

Dr. Ema will recommend the material that is most appropriate for you and custom-fit the veneer to the size and shape of your teeth. But no matter the type of veneer you go with, taking care of them is as easy as taking care of your natural teeth.

Patients will need to return to the Chicago Veneers office one week after application of the veneers to ensure they are fitting comfortably in the patient’s mouth and are not obstructing the patient’s ability to chew or speak. After this first visit, patients should return to the office for regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

For those who will be using veneers long-term, these check-ups also allow for maintenance to be performed to ensure the quality and appearance of your veneers, and we often recommend the use of a night guard to prevent damage due to at-night teeth grinding.

No matter your smile, it is our goal to help you achieve your smile goals!

To learn more about veneers or to schedule a consultation, call us today at (312) 435-0411.

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