Porcelain Veneers

Worn, chipped, or discolored teeth can affect the overall look of your smile and make you feel self-conscious when talking or taking photos.

Porcelain veneers are extremely lifelike ceramic shells that cover cosmetic flaws and blend beautifully with your surrounding teeth.

Why are veneers with Dr. Art Carpenter such a great choice? 

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Precisely Customized for Natural-Looking Results

Cover Multiple Concerns 

While other cosmetic treatments are only designed to address one imperfection, porcelain veneers from our Kenilworth, IL, dental practice can conceal minor misalignment, chips and cracks, deep stains, minor gaps, and natural wear on your teeth. We offer this popular treatment for patients in Evanston, Glenview, and surrounding communities.

Improve Your Confidence

By addressing parts of your smile that you are unhappy with, porcelain veneers can renew your self-confidence. If you cover your smile in photos or when talking, veneers can transform the way you feel about yourself. 

Long-Lasting Results

Although they will need to be replaced at some point, veneers are designed to last for many years. They are also made from non-porous porcelain, so they are stain-resistant and can look incredible for years to come. 

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Veneers Have Shown Impressive Durability 

According to research published by the British Dental Association, porcelain veneers have "very high" durability and success rates. The study suggested that as many as 95 percent of the veneers studied were still in good condition after 10 years. 

The popular treatment is highly versatile...

Dental Veneers Can Enhance Teeth That Are:

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What factors help patients qualify for veneers?

Good Oral Health & a Commitment to Regular Exams

Sufficient Amount of Enamel 

Before placing veneers, Dr. Carpenter or Dr. Jobalia will need to remove a small amount of enamel. For this reason, you should have a healthy amount of remaining enamel to qualify for veneers. 

No Clenching or Grinding

Although the porcelain used to make veneers is very strong, it is not unbreakable. If you grind or clench your teeth, you could easily fracture your veneers. Conditions such as bruxism should be addressed before receiving veneers. 

Minimal Misalignment 

Porcelain veneers are a fast way to achieve a straighter-looking smile without braces. However, if you have severe malocclusion, you might benefit from undergoing orthodontic treatment

Ready for Permanent Effects

Because veneers require enamel removal, the procedure is irreversible. Although porcelain veneers can look and feel great for many years, they will need to be replaced at some point and require a lifetime commitment. 

Have Good Oral Hygiene

Although ceramic is resistant to stains and decay, your surrounding teeth need to be properly cared for to prevent oral health issues. For the best results, we recommend regular visits to our office so that we can periodically evaluate the integrity of your veneers.

Veneers Are a Leading Cosmetic Treatment

While you may be hesitant to choose veneers rather than undergo individual treatments to correct imperfections like stubborn stains, misalignment, or cracks, it is important to consider the advantages of porcelain veneers. Since veneers cover the entire tooth, they can address multiple issues like discoloration and unevenness all at once. Instead of needing individual treatments, veneers can streamline your treatment timeline to a brilliant smile. 

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Take a look at how porcelain veneers are placed...

Choosing between  Traditional and No-Prep Veneers

Minimal, or no-prep, veneers are exceptionally thin, meaning Dr. Carpenter or Dr. Jobalia can place them with little to no changes to your teeth. This conservative process makes minimal-prep veneers a great option for patients who have worn or thinning tooth enamel or who desire a reversible option.

However, no-prep options are not right for every patient as their thin structure may not hide certain types of imperfections, such as severe discoloration.

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Wondering what to expect when receiving veneers?

The Typical Timeline for Receiving Porcelain Veneers

Evaluation

Dr. Carpenter will examine the condition of your smile to make sure you have a healthy foundation to support cosmetic treatment. If needed, he will treat any existing cavities or gum disease prior to beginning your veneers treatment. 

Anesthesia

To ensure your comfort during the procedure, Dr. Carpenter will administer local anesthesia. Local anesthesia completely numbs the treatment area so you should feel no pain.

Preparation

In order to create room for your veneers, Dr. Carpenter will remove a conservative amount of enamel – roughly the thickness of an eggshell. If you choose minimal-prep veneers, this step might not be necessary. 

Impressions

Next, Dr. Carpenter will take impressions of your teeth to send to our trusted lab. We will also provide information on the shade so the veneers match the color of your surrounding teeth. 

Fabrication

A ceramic artist will create your permanent veneers using the most lifelike, high-quality materials available. This process typically takes about two to three weeks. To protect your teeth during this time, we may provide temporary veneers. 

Placement

When your veneers are ready, you will come back to our office for your final appointment. Dr. Carpenter will carefully check the fit and feel of each veneer before bonding it permanently in place. 

How Can I Maintain  A Flawless Smile? 

Caring for your veneers is fairly simple. However, there are certain precautions you should take to prevent damage to your veneers. If you suffer from bruxism or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you should wear a mouthguard while sleeping. Additionally, you should avoid

  • Biting your fingernails
  • Chewing ice, pens, or other hard objects
  • Opening packages with your teeth 

You will also need to maintain proper oral hygiene, which includes undergoing regular dental check-ups. 

Stunning, Natural-Looking Effects

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The Results  Can Be Life-Changing 

Many patients who are considering veneers are worried that the results won't meet their expectations. But veneers have come a long way since the unnatural, bulky restorations that were common in the past.

Today, dentists use advanced planning methods and state-of-the-art materials to create veneers that have the same color, texture, and shine as your natural teeth. Properly executed, veneers are virtually indistinguishable from your surrounding teeth. 

These natural-looking restorations can help your smile look brighter and younger, boosting your overall self-confidence. 

Transforming Smiles for Decades

“Ceramic veneers have had an amazing effect on dentistry since their introduction more than 20 years ago.”

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Wondering about the Cost of Treatment? 

Because porcelain veneers require a lifetime commitment, it is normal to feel anxious about the cost. We are completely transparent about pricing. Each veneer costs roughly $1,500 at our practice, but your total will depend on several factors.

There are less expensive cosmetic procedures available, including dental bonding. Bonding is widely used for many of the same cosmetic imperfections. It is important to know the material used for bonding does not have the same durability or lifelike qualities as porcelain.

We accept CareCredit® financing so patients can afford out-of-pocket costs.

Which Factors Determine My Total Cost? 

The total cost of veneers varies depending on a variety of factors, including the type of veneer, how many teeth you want to treat, and any other treatments you opt for. During your initial consultation, our doctors can examine your teeth and design a treatment plan customized to your aesthetic goals and provide a cost estimate. 

Your Choice of Dentist

One of the main influences on the cost of your treatment is the dentist you choose. Typically, dentists with more experience charge more for porcelain veneers. However, it is important to keep in mind that veneer placement is a delicate and often permanent procedure which requires an advanced understanding of both cosmetic dentistry and the mechanics of your smile. Dr. Carpenter and Dr. Jobalia have spent many years performing cosmetic treatments and can ensure the placement of your veneers enhances the appearance of your smile while maintaining your oral health. 

Type of Veneer

At our practice, we offer both traditional and minimal-prep veneers. The different materials used in each type of veneer affects the price of treatment. Traditional veneers are typically made with dental ceramic, which can realistically mimic the properties of natural teeth. Minimal-prep veneers are made with a thinner material, allowing Dr. Carpenter or Jobalia to place them without altering the structure of your teeth. The differences in price between these two material types can affect your final treatment cost.

Extent of Treatment

Some patients only want to change the appearance of a single tooth, while others want to enhance their entire smile. Typically, the more veneers we place, the higher the final cost of treatment. 

Combining with Other Procedures

Porcelain veneers can dramatically enhance the appearance of your smile. However, in some cases, patients wish to enhance their results by adding other procedures into their treatment plans. At our practice, we can include veneers as part of a personalized smile makeover plan to address a wide range of cosmetic issues. Two of treatments most commonly combined with veneers are teeth whitening and gum contouring

Flexible Financing Is Available

Since veneers are a cosmetic procedure, they are generally not covered by insurance. Paying out of pocket for cosmetic treatment can feel out of reach for some patients. At our practice, we offer flexible, affordable third-party financing to our patients in Kenilworth, Evanston, Glenview, and surrounding communities. You can discuss your payment and financing options with our team during your initial consultation. 

The best way to find out how much your treatment with veneers will cost is to schedule an appointment at our office.

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. 

Not sure veneers are worth the cost?

Porcelain Veneers Offer  Substantial Advantages over Cheaper Options

Comprehensive

Few cosmetic treatments can offer the kind of comprehensive results provided by porcelain veneers.

Long-Lasting

Unlike dental bonding, veneers are highly stain-resistant and can last for years with proper care.

Lifelike

Dental ceramic is able to mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth for an incredibly lifelike effect.

More Reasons  to Choose Veneers 

One of the most significant advantages 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. Our team consistently see these results in our Kenilworth, Evanston, and Glenview patients and just how far-reaching those effects can be.

Are Veneers Right for You? 

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Porcelain veneers are a highly versatile cosmetic treatment that can conceal a wide variety of imperfections, such as:
  • Misalignment
  • Small cracks and chips
  • Staining and discoloration
  • Excessive spacing between teeth
  • Wear

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 budget, 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.

Porcelain veneers lying in the foreground, model of lower jaw out of focus in background.

Porcelain veneers can create a beautiful, natural-looking smile, but it is important to consider your budget before committing to treatment. 

Minimal-Prep Veneers

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.

Recovery

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.

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. From start to finish, we can provide streamlined and convenient care to patients in Kenilworth, Evanston, Glenview, and nearby areas.

Choose a Highly Trained Team 

Dr. Carpenter

Dr. Carpenter has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is proud to offer various state-of-the-art services for his patients, including: 

  • Dental implants 
  • Fully guided implant surgery
  • Inman Aligner™ 

He regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best care. To schedule a consultation at our office, request an appointment online or call us at (847) 251-5004.

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We have been coming to Dr. Carpenter for several years now after seeing dentists that lacked good patient relationships. Dr. Carpenter is patient with those who fear going to the dentist (that's me), explains what needs to be done and provides different options for treatment. Worth the trek from the city!

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