Porcelain Veneers in Chicago, IL
Everyone wants a beautiful smile, and one of the most effective ways to transform yours from dull to dynamite is with porcelain veneers. These wafer-thin restorations are what Hollywood celebrities use to achieve their sparkling bright smiles, and you can too!
Led by Dr. Vlad Fedin, Chicago Dental Arts provides the highest quality porcelain veneers available in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Fedin has extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry procedures, including the placement of porcelain veneers.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
You may be an excellent candidate for porcelain veneers if your teeth are otherwise healthy but you struggle with these cosmetic dental concerns:
While extrinsic (surface) stains can be treated with teeth whitening (like Zoom! teeth whitening or BIOLASE laser treatments), deeply discolored (intrinsic) dental discoloration caused by medications, illness, or genetics can only be treated with dental veneers.
Mild Dental Misalignment or Small Gaps
Seriously misaligned or twisted teeth should be corrected with braces or Invisalign®, but mild cases can often be addressed with porcelain veneers.
Structural damage to teeth that jeopardizes their health may require porcelain crowns. However, chips and other surface damage can be treated with dental veneers.
Worn down, Small, or Misshapen Teeth
If the tooth is very small, you may need a crown, but usually, Dr. Fedin can use veneers to deliver a uniformly attractive smile.
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Considered to be the most convenient and predictable way to restore your smile, our Chicago porcelain veneers are popular for the following reasons:
- Veneers can dramatically improve your smile
- Veneers involve a fast and easy process
- Veneers can be combined with other cosmetic dental services for a smile makeover
Dental veneers are often a significant part of a complete smile makeover when combined with other cosmetic dental treatments such as:
- Invisalign® clear aligners – If your teeth need to be straightened, this would be the first step. During the last two weeks of your Invisalign® treatment, you can add a professional-strength, at-home teeth whitener to use with your clear aligners to brighten your smile.
- Professional teeth whitening – If you have extrinsic staining on your teeth, whitening them before receiving veneers will allow you to choose a brighter shade when color-matching your veneers (or crowns) to your natural teeth. Chicago Dental Arts offers Zoom! and BIOLASE.
- Dental crowns – For teeth that are extremely small, broken, or have deep cracks, a crown may be needed and will blend in perfectly with your veneers.
- Dental implant placement – If you have missing teeth, you can opt to have dental implants placed before receiving porcelain veneers. This procedure would begin before receiving veneers and during or after any orthodontic treatment.
Want to learn more about what porcelain veneers can do for you? Call Chicago Dental Arts today at (312) 642-6631.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Dental veneers are extremely thin porcelain shells typically attached to front-facing teeth and usually require two dental visits, two weeks apart.
At your first appointment, Dr. Fedin will prepare the teeth to be treated by removing some of the enamel. He then makes an impression of your teeth, which is sent to our trusted lab to fabricate your porcelain veneers.
Once they are ready, you will return to our office, and Dr. Fedin will place them on your prepared teeth using a strong adhesive cement.
Is There Downtime Associated With Porcelain Veneers?
Patients receiving up to four dental veneers generally feel little to no pain and can resume their normal activities immediately.
Patients receiving eight or more veneers may experience mild soreness in their gums and jaw. Over-the-counter medications are usually sufficient to relieve this discomfort but may not be needed.
Taking Care of Your Porcelain Veneers
Even though your porcelain veneers are almost paper-thin, they are strong and resilient. However, they are not indestructible, and certain beverages, foods, and behaviors can decrease their appeal.
Dr. Fedin recommends porcelain veneer patients avoid:
- Red wine, coffee, tea, grape juice – Veneers are not as vulnerable to pigment causes of discoloration as natural teeth, but if these and similar beverages are consumed regularly, they can eventually stain your veneers. When you do drink these beverages, use a straw to limit contact with your veneers.
- Hard foods – Eating exceptionally hard foods, like hard natural nuts, corn nuts, and popcorn kernels, increases the risk of damaging your porcelain veneers, as does chewing on ice.
- Alcohol – Drinking alcoholic beverages can slowly degrade the bonding material used to secure the veneers to your teeth, so it’s best to limit your alcohol consumption.
- Tobacco products – Smoking or using tobacco can also loosen the adhesive used to attach your veneers. Additionally, tobacco will stain veneers.
Be sure to implement or continue a proper oral hygiene routine that includes brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes. Give extra attention to where the veneers meet the gum, as debris can get stuck here and cause bacteria to grow, leading to plaque, tartar, decay, and gum disease.
Floss once per day at a minimum, or ideally, both in the morning and at night.
Finally, attend your scheduled twice-yearly dental check-ups and cleanings.
What Results Can I Expect After Receiving Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers provide the fastest and easiest way to your ideal smile and work well with other dental procedures. You can expect your treated teeth to be:
- More uniform
- Free of visible structural flaws
Looking for Porcelain Veneers in Chicago, IL?
Dr. Fedin and the entire team at Chicago Dental Arts are here to restore or improve your smile through custom treatments like porcelain veneers.
Check out Dr. Fedin’s before and after photos here.
Call our Chicago, Illinois, cosmetic dental office today at (312) 642-6631 to learn more about porcelain veneers. We look forward to answering your questions!