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. At our practice in Kenilworth, IL, Drs. Art Carpenter and Sejal Jobalia can design one or more custom veneers to help you achieve the symmetrical, attractive smile you desire.
Are Veneers Right for You?
Porcelain veneers are a highly versatile cosmetic treatment that can conceal a wide variety of imperfections, such as:
- Small cracks and chips
- Staining and discoloration
- Excessive spacing between teeth
It is important to understand that some of these conditions may require restorative treatment if they are compromising or posing risks to your oral health. For example, extensive structural damage may require a crown, and pronounced misalignment may require orthodontics.
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. It is important to have healthy gums and teeth before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. If your smile is compromised by gum disease or another oral health issue, we can provide treatment to restore the health of your smile before placing your veneers.
If you do not have enough enamel to support traditional veneers, you may still be a candidate for minimal-prep veneers.
In order to place traditional veneers, Dr. Carpenter or Dr. Jobalia will likely need to remove a thin layer of enamel from the teeth being treated. As such, you must have sufficient tooth enamel to support the ceramic. If you do not have enough enamel to support traditional veneers, you may still be a candidate for minimal-prep veneers.
Additionally, patients who grind or clench their teeth due to bruxism may not be able to receive veneers. While veneers are created using strong dental ceramic, consistent pressure from grinding or clenching can potentially cause the porcelain to break or come loose. In some cases, we can treat the underlying cause of your bruxism and restore your candidacy for dental veneers.
Creating and Placing 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 process creates room for the veneers so they can achieve a natural look. Local anesthesia is administered before this step.
Next, we will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will guide technicians at an offsite laboratory as 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 may provide temporary veneers to protect your teeth and reduce sensitivity. 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.
While we work hard to provide the most conservative treatment possible, most patients require some alterations to their teeth before receiving traditional veneers. If you are concerned about permanently changing the structure of your teeth or if you do not have sufficient enamel, we offer minimal-prep veneers.
Since minimal-prep veneers are exceptionally thin, they are a convenient and conservative alternative to traditional veneers. However, minimal-prep options are not right for every patient. In some cases, they can appear bulky, so patients with proportionately large teeth may prefer the traditional option. In addition, the thinner porcelain is more transparent and therefore, not as effective at hiding certain imperfections, such as gaps or severe discoloration.
Since there is no significant recovery time associated with porcelain veneers, most patients return immediately to their normal daily activities. However, there is the possibility of dental sensitivity for the first few days after treatment. We typically recommend patients avoid very hot or cold foods, as well as crunchy, hard, or chewy foods for about a week or until the sensitivity clears.
Caring for Your Veneers
With proper care, porcelain veneers can often last 10 years or more. 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 should 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, we will take care to provide replacements that match your teeth and provide a beautiful complement to your entire smile.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Few cosmetic treatments can offer the kind of comprehensive results provided by porcelain veneers. Veneers are highly stain resistant and can last for years, meaning you can experience the same benefits as a teeth whitening procedure with longer-lasting results. Additionally, dental ceramic is able to mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth for an incredibly lifelike effect.
One of the most significant advantages, however, is the increased self-confidence that comes from having a symmetrical and charismatic smile. A set of porcelain veneers can completely transform your appearance. Smiling is linked to an improved mood and emotional wellness. The happier you are with the appearance of your smile, the more likely you are to use it.
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, contact us online or call our office at (847) 251-5004 to schedule a consultation today.