Porcelain Veneers – Chicago Loop, IL
A Long-Lasting, Whitening, Reshaping, and Restoration
Does your smile have flaws? Chips, cracks, deep discolorations, and other imperfections can make you hesitant to smile. If you’d like to correct the blemishes without drastic or uncomfortable procedures, talk to Lakefront Dental about porcelain veneers in Chicago Loop.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin coverings that fit snugly over the surface of your teeth. Hiding any and all imperfections, these customizable “masks” can transform your smile in just two appointments! Considered to be one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available, everyone from Hollywood movie stars to your average working professional can achieve a beautiful, longer-lasting smile.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Correct Teeth?
By conservatively resurfacing anterior teeth with porcelain veneers, patients can whiten their teeth in a manner that does not allow shade regression over time. In addition, porcelain veneers strengthen chipped or fractured tooth enamel, fill gaps in between teeth, and can reshape tooth anatomy to a more pleasing and attractive form. In many instances, there is minimal to no drilling of enamel required in preparing the natural teeth for veneer placement. Usually, with otherwise healthy teeth and gums, only two appointments are required for veneer fabrication and delivery.
Who is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Most individuals who are looking to take their smile from drab to fab can take advantage of the benefits offered by porcelain veneers; however, there are a few things that are required:
- Tooth enamel: When preparing your teeth for your veneers, your cosmetic dentist in Chicago Loop will need to remove a small portion of tooth enamel to make sure the veneer lays flat and adheres to the natural tooth. If you don’t have enough tooth enamel from the start, this will make the procedure much more difficult, if not impossible.
- Overall good oral health: Minor cosmetic imperfections don’t necessarily qualify as “bad” oral health. What we’re referring to is tooth decay or gum disease. Both problems would require that you have dental work to fix these issues before receiving porcelain veneers.
- No grinding of the teeth – If you want your veneers to last as long as possible, individuals who are prone to teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, may be better suited for another form of cosmetic dentistry. Why? Because the pressure placed on your teeth when you grind or clench can cause your veneers to chip or break.
What is the Procedure for Porcelain Veneers Like?
When you arrive at Lakefront Dental, you will always be greeted with a warm and friendly welcome. As we escort you to the dentist chair, one of our highly trained cosmetic dentists will begin by removing a small bit of the enamel from your tooth. Depending on your individual needs, you may or may need sedation during your procedure.
Once your teeth are “prepped,” we’ll take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab, so the technicians can begin to work on your veneers. This can take 1 to 2 weeks for your permanent veneers to be created.
When they’re ready, you’ll return to our office for your final appointment. This is when we will check to make sure your veneers are the correct color, size, and shape. Cleaning the veneers thoroughly, we will use a special bonding cement to place the veneer on your natural tooth. Finally, we will use a curing light to help the cement harden quickly.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
Determining how much your porcelain veneers will cost is dependent on several factors, including:
- The number of veneers you’ll need to have placed
- Any pre-dental work before receiving your porcelain veneers
- Anesthesia or sedation
- Whether your insurance will cover all or part of your procedure