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 features.
Why are veneers with Dr. Art Carpenter such a great choice?
What Exactly Are They?
These restorations are ultra-thin shells made of medical-grade porcelain. They are placed over a damaged, worn, discolored, or misshapen tooth in a process that usually spans two appointments. During these appointments, your dentist will review your dental concerns, prepare the affected tooth, take impressions of the tooth, and send these impressions to a dental ceramist.
The dental ceramist will then create a custom restoration that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. The final restoration will be sent back to our Kenilworth office, serving Evanston and Glenview, where one of our dentists will then permanently place the shell over the affected tooth.
Porcelain Has 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 restorations studied were still in good condition after 10 years.
The popular treatment is highly versatile...
Dental Veneers Can Enhance Teeth That Are:
The Preferred Treatment for Permanent Conditions
While whitening and other cosmetic dentistry treatments can correct or conceal surface stains, porcelain veneers are the preferred treatment for permanent imperfections that can affect the tooth, such as:
- Tetracycline stains
- Discoloration from internal bleeding
- Stains caused by genetics
If you have a permanently stained or discolored tooth, porcelain restorations are the surest way to conceal them. During your consultation at our Kenilworth office, our doctors will examine your affected tooth or teeth and recommend whether this dentistry option is right for you.
What factors help patients qualify for this procedure?
Good Oral Health & a Commitment to Regular Exams
Sufficient Amount of Enamel
No Clenching or Grinding
Ready for Permanent Effects
Have Good Oral Hygiene
A Leading Dentistry Treatment
While you may be hesitant to choose this treatment 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 they cover the entire tooth, they can address multiple issues like discoloration and unevenness all at once. Instead of needing individual treatments, these restorations can streamline your treatment timeline to a brilliant smile.
Take a look at how porcelain veneers are placed...
Choosing between Traditional and No-Prep Options
Minimal, or no-prep, these restorations are exceptionally thin, meaning Dr. Carpenter or Dr. Jobalia can place them with little to no changes. 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.
Are You Curious How to Prepare for This Treatment?
Also, do your best to ensure that you maintain good oral health. Although porcelain restorations can conceal cosmetic imperfections, they cannot treat oral health issues. If you have cavities, infection, or gum disease, we will need to treat these as part of your preparation. We can handle nearly every concern in-office for streamlined care.
Wondering what to expect throughout the treatment?
The Typical Timeline for Receiving Porcelain Veneers
How Can I Maintain Flawless Results?
Aftercare 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
The Results Can Be Life-Changing
Many patients who are considering this treatment are worried that the results won't meet their expectations. But dental work has 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, these restorations are virtually indistinguishable.
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.”
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 restoration 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 varies depending on a variety of factors, including the type of restoration, the extent of your treatment, and any other treatments you opt for. During your initial consultation, our doctors can examine your concerns 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 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 new restorations enhances your appearance while maintaining your oral health.
Type of Restoration
At our practice, we offer both traditional and minimal-prep options. The different materials used in each type of restoration affects the price of treatment. Traditional veneers are typically made with dental ceramic, which can realistically mimic the properties of natural teeth. Minimal-prep options 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 look. Typically, the more restorations we place, the higher the final cost of treatment.
Combining with Other Procedures
Porcelain veneers can dramatically enhance your appearance. 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 makeover plan to address a wide range of cosmetic issues. Two of the treatments most commonly added on are teeth whitening and gum contouring.
Flexible Financing Is Available
Since this is a cosmetic procedure, it is 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 will cost is to schedule an appointment at our office.
Few cosmetic treatments can offer the kind of comprehensive results provided by porcelain veneers. They are highly stain-resistant and can last for years, meaning you can experience the same benefits as a 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
Few cosmetic treatments can offer the kind of comprehensive results provided by porcelain veneers.
Unlike dental bonding, porcelain is highly stain-resistant and can last for years with proper care.
Dental ceramic is able to mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth for an incredibly lifelike effect.
More Reasons to Choose This Treatment
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 your appearance, 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?
- 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 budget, and determine if this treatment is right for you. It is important to have healthy gums and teeth before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. If your oral health is compromised by gum disease or another issue, we can provide treatment to restore your oral health health before performing any cosmetic procedures.
If you do not have enough enamel to support traditional veneers, you may still be a candidate for minimal-prep options.
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 this treatment. While we use 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.
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 options.
Since minimal-prep veneers are exceptionally thin, they are a convenient and conservative alternative to traditional techniques. 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 New Restorations
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 restorations 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 treatment by avoiding habits such as chewing pen caps, ice chips, and fingernails. When enjoying sticky or hard foods, try to avoid chewing them with the treated areas.
Eventually, your restorations 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 facial features.
Achieve the Look 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 restorations that help your features 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 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.
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!Kelly B.