Achieve Symmetry and Enhanced Aesthetics with Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that attach to the front surfaces of teeth to cover small imperfections and enhance the entire appearance of your smile. Drs. Art Carpenter and Sejal Jobalia can design one or more custom veneers to help you achieve the symmetrical, attractive smile you desire. To learn more about how porcelain veneers can give you renewed confidence in your smile, contact our Kenilworth, IL, practice today.
Are Veneers Right for You?
Veneers are a cosmetic treatment that can conceal:
- Small cracks and chips
- Staining and discoloration
- Excessive spacing between teeth
- Worn teeth
Meanwhile, it is important to have healthy gums and teeth before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. During a consultation, we can take note of your goals and evaluate the state of your smile to determine if veneers are right for you.
Creating and Placing Your Veneers
Placing veneers requires two office visits. During the first, your dentist will carefully remove some enamel - roughly equal to the thickness of an egg shell - from the front surfaces of the teeth you wish to treat. This creates room for the veneers so they can achieve a natural look. At your request, local anesthesia can be administered before this step.
Next, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will guide technicians at an offsite laboratory while they craft your veneers to achieve a precise fit with your smile. We will also send instructions specifying the color of your veneers to match your teeth. While you wait for your permanent veneers, we will provide temporary veneers. Your permanent veneers will be ready in two to three weeks.
When you return to our office, your dentist will check each of your veneers to ensure a proper fit. Once the veneers are bonded into place, we will once again check the fit and make certain that your bite is comfortable.
Caring for Your Veneers
With proper care, your porcelain veneers can several years. As always, you should brush and floss at least twice per day. You can brush and floss your veneer just like your surrounding teeth. You must also continue to attend your biannual checkups and cleanings. In the meantime, you can prolong the life of your veneers by avoiding habits such as chewing pen caps, ice chips, and fingernails. When enjoying sticky or hard foods, try to avoid chewing them with your veneer.
Eventually, your veneers will need to be replaced. As with your original veneers, your dentists will take care to provide replacements that match your teeth and provide a beautiful complement to your entire smile.
Achieve the Brilliant Smile You Deserve
Sometimes a minor imperfection can cause major feelings of self-consciousness. We are passionate about helping our patients achieve their very best smiles in every respect, and you can depend on us to take great care in providing you with veneers that help your smile look outstanding. To learn more about how we can enhance your smile with custom porcelain veneers, please contact us today.